And welcome to
Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery Quilt
We’re excited to bring you Quiltmaker’s first New Year’s mystery quilt, Auld Lang Stitches—an online exclusive for our readers.
Here you can find yardage requirements and color ideas for your quilt. Fabric selection is easy—you’ll need a background fabric and 2 contrasting fabrics. We’ve chosen a white tone-on-tone for the background along with red and blue tone-on-tones for the 2 contrasting fabrics.
Here’s what you’ll need for a 72″ x 96″ twin-sized quilt:
Finished Blocks: 12”
White Tone-on-Tone: 6 3/8 yards for blocks
Blue Tone-on-Tone: 3 1/2 yards for blocks and binding
Red Tone-on-Tone: 3 5/8 yards for blocks
Backing: 6 1/4 yards
Batting: 80″x 104″
Here are some other color palettes to tempt you:
If you’d like to take a scrappy approach, decide on three contrasting colors and think in terms of value. Be sure that each color can be distinctly seen from the others. Keep the values within each color fairly close. I took this photo to check out my values.
I can see that I’ll need to eliminate the lightest yellow-greens from the stack above, and possibly the lightest red-violet, too. Standing back to view the fabrics helps you to see the values, too.
Pull fabrics from your stash or visit the quilt shop for a variety of prints and tone-on-tones in each color. Aim for variety in the size of the prints, but remember to keep the values (lightness or darkness) fairly close.
Here are some other color ideas:
Red and green plus a background like white or tanBlue and green plus light gray for the background
Reds and oranges plus pale yellows for the background
Blues and hot pinks plus pale purple for the background
I could go on and on!
I hope to see you on January 1st for Part 1 of Auld Lang Stitches. What a great way to start the new year!
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Need fabric? Visit Keepsake Quilting for lots of options!