Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sapphire Stars Clue #2

Salutations Sapphire Stars Mystery Quilters!
And a hearty welcome to all of my new followers!

Are you all ready for Clue #3?

JUUUUUUUUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did I get you?
You all KNOW we are only on Clue #2!

In Clue #2 for our Sapphire Stars Mystery.............

Get out your feather boas quilters........
because we are going to be.........


Hold on!  Hold on!  Hold on!!!!!!
Not THAT type of stripping!!!!!!!


I intentionally maneuvered this clue to the #2 spot
because it is going to require the most sewing of all 
of the mystery clues.

I promise you.....if you can get through this clue,
it is smooth sailing from here on out!
Also, remember, this mystery quilt will be using the 
Tri-Recs Tools in a future clue
that will be coming up before we know it!

I trust that you all will use whatever method of 
strip piecing that works for you.
You can alternate the directions of your seams if you desire.
I simply put the pedal to the metal and
my units turned out just fine.

Make SURE you are using an accurate
1/4" seam

Also, please READ through the ENTIRE
post.  All points are covered.

Here are your instructions for Clue #2:

From your strings, pull any and all strings that measure at 
least 1.5" in width in the following colors.
Light Blues
Royal Blues
Reds (all shades)
Yellows (all shades)
We will need 2 different lengths of 1.5" strings/strips.

Here is the rundown:
Cut the following....
48: 1.5" x 4.5" yellow strips (all shades)
48:  1.5" x 4.5" red strips (all shades)
24:  1.5" x 4.5" light blue strips
24:  1.5" x 4.5" royal blue strips

You will also need.....
Cut the following......
44:  1.5" x 7.5" yellow strips (all shades)
44: 1.5" x 7.5" red strips (all shades)
22: 1.5" x 7.5" light blue strips
22:  1.5" x 7.5" royal blue strips

Here are all of my strips cut and ready
for some power sewing.
This is also the order we will be sewing our strip sets in.
It will help to keep these  strip sets in their own stacks.

royal blues,reds, and yellows
light blues, reds, and yellows

just as in the photo above.
For both the 4.5" lengths, and the 7.5" lengths.

This clue is a testament to having your strings organized by color.
It helps so much!
I did pull from my strings to obtain almost all of my pieces for this clue.
Working from my smallest of scraps helps make my quilts
VERY scrappy which is what I am always striving for.

Some of you may be saying.....
"I don't save strings though????"

You can certainly cut the strips needed
from larger scraps and stash as well.

You can tell this is a smaller piece of scrap fabric.
I would suggest ironing scraps that will work for this clue....
then layer cutting several pieces at a time.
(Truth be told, this piece of fabric wasn't ironed before this photo!
But, as I said before, I pulled my pieces from my strings, so this is 
just an example shot! LOL)


I know this sounds like a lot of 1.5" strips........
and it is......
once again,....if you get through this clue.....
you've got it made from here on out!

You can always duplicate fabrics as well.
So, if you have a longer 1.5" strip, you can cut as 
many 4.5" and 7.5" lengths you can from it.

An 18" length of fabric which is usually a fat quarter size
 will yield 4: 4.5" cuts if cut accurately.
  And you can also get
1: 7.5" cut as well as 2: 4.5" cuts from
an 18" length of fabric.

So don't let the numbers scare you.
I know you all have fat quarters and stash 
that will work for this clue.
I believe in you!
If you don't, ask fellow quilting friends
to borrow some fabric from them!

Here are my units all sewn together.
Strip sets should measure: 
3.5" x 4.5"
3.5" x 7.5"

Press all strips toward the yellow strip.
This goes for all of the strip sets made for both
4.5" and 7.5" strip sets.


Take your 7.5" length strip sets and place them 
by your sewing machine like this.
Royal blues on the far left, and light blues on the right.
We are going to stitch these together.
Make SURE you are sewing together the 7.5"
strip sets only!  NOT the 4.5"!!!!
Leave the 4.5" strip sets alone for now.

After sewing these together,
you will then have 22 units that look like this.
Press seams all in same direction toward yellow strip
on far right.
Strip sets should measure:
6.5" width by 7.5" length.
Notice the royal blues are on the far left.
I realize this photo doesn't show the truest of colors,
but, trust me, those royal blues need to be on the left side,
and the lighter blues need to be in the middle.

That's all folks!
At least for Clue #2
Here is a link to


And many thanks to my friend Heather of 

Here are the PDF's for this mystery quilt:

(As soon as the PDF for Clue #2 is done I will post it here.)

I also cannot thank my friend Ann of

enough for helping me with her EQ7 skills
in the designing of this quilt!

I can't wait to see your progress with this step!
Please share your progress on your blogs
and help spread the word about this free mystery!

Until next time,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. Thank you for the great instructions, Kevin!! I always love it when patterns tell me which way to press my seams! Will you let us know when the PDF for Clue #2 is posted??

  2. This I can manage, Kevin. I just have to remember that my blue is gold and my yellow is teal - LOL! I hit three quilt shops yesterday looking for my constant and ended up with four choices. I'll see how these new units look before a choose one.

  3. Racy post ;) This one may take me longer, since I'm headed to TN next week.

  4. Whew!! I was have Mystery withdrawals!! I'm SEW glad that Clue #2 has been released. I've been looking forward to it ALL MONTH!!!

    OK, so maybe it WAS only this WEEK!!! Either way, I was ready for another clue and you didn't disappoint. This should keep me busy for the next week or two (since I won't necessarily have time to focus on the Mystery.) Thanks, Kevin!!

  5. Your colors really make it sing. I love your sense of humor as well!

  6. Kevin--will be be using the strip sets at 4.5" and 7.5" or will we be trimming them to another length? I ask because I like to make mine a little bit longer (.5" or so), so I can trim them to make sure the ends are square. If we are going to be trimming these, I won't need to do that. (I hope this makes sense--I'm taking a medication that has made me a little foggy! :) )

  7. Okay Kevin... we're trusting you 100%! I'm off to the sewing room....

  8. I have got to pull fabric!! Thanks for the pdf.

  9. Great instructions and pictures to go with them. There should not be any questions as to how to do Clue #2. I'm so ready to make my machine hum with the chain piecing. But it will have to wait until after Saturday's sewing party. lol

  10. P.S. Don't know why it says 7:31 pm as time. My computer says 9:31 pm on the screen. Are you streaming from the West Coast???? :)

  11. Wait! What have I been missing in my blog funk? Kevin, you're doing a Mystery? And it's only clue 2 right now. . . I have to surf back to get plugged in! This is fun. :)

  12. It is going to be one bright and fun quilt. Wish I could join you, but I'm doing a different strippy. Have you heard that starching while pressing will keep your strips from fraying. Happy sewing!

  13. You should have been a comedian! Clue #3 indeed! Actually, the way summer is rushing by, I really did think I missed one! I'm heading to the strip piles now! Take your time with the next clue, wink!

  14. I have clue 1 done. Cut all the strips for Clue 2 and taking them on vacation with the Featherweight.

  15. Clue #2 is done. Going to be a long month waiting on #3. However there shall be no twiddling of thumbs, there is a list of UFO's to the right of my machine and fruit in the garden that needs picking. This is going to be a bright and cheerful quilt and I for one have never worked with this range of colours before. THANKS

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