New Year’s Mystery: Part 6

Welcome back to the New Year’s Mystery quilt! Today we have Part 6 and photos from the actual quilt-in-progress.

NewYearsMystery 300 New Years Mystery: Part 6

I hope you’re having a good time with this. There’s a lot of piecing in this quilt, but it will be worth it. It really is a lovely design!

Auld Lang Stitches, Part 6

Printer-friendly pdf for Part 6


Red Tone-on-Tone
96 rectangles (D) 2″ x 5″

Blue Tone-on-Tone
96 squares (E) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

White Tone-on-Tone
96 squares (E) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″


Sew a unit 7 and red D together as shown to make a section 2. Make 96 section 2’s.

Section2 212x300 New Years Mystery: Part 6*     *     *     *     *

General instructions for the “Stitch-and-Flip” technique: Align a patch (* in this example) on the corner of a unit right sides together.

stitchandflipart New Years Mystery: Part 6

Mark a diagonal line on the patch from corner to corner and sew on the marked line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. Flip the patch open and press.

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Retrieve your section 1′s from Part 5. Add a blue E to the corner of a section 1 using Stitch-and-Flip as shown below to complete section 1. Complete 96 section 1’s.

Section1 SF1 109x300 New Years Mystery: Part 6

Important note: To make bonus half-square triangles, sew again 1/2″ away from the line of stitching across E, towards the corner you’ll be trimming off. The photo below shows this on a red section 2.

bonusHSTsphoto New Years Mystery: Part 6

For bonus half-square triangles: Sew again 1/2″ away from the first line of stitching on E, and then cut between the lines of stitching.

Cut between the lines of stitching and you’ll have a “bonus” half-square triangle you can use in another project.

bonusHSTsphoto2 New Years Mystery: Part 6

Cut between the lines of stitching and you get a bonus half-square triangle to use in another project.


Last step for Part 6: Using Stitch-and-Flip, add a white E to the corner of a section 2 as shown to complete section 2. Complete 96 section 2’s.


Section2 SF 109x300 New Years Mystery: Part 6

I haven’t always been successful with Stitch-and-Flip, but I have coping strategies. You can read about how I make it work in Confessions of a Stitch & Flip Flunkie. Reading this post may help if Stitch-and-Flip gives you fits!

Our sewer for Auld Lang Stitches was Margaret Kennedy, a member of the 2014 QM Scrap Squad. She made step-outs of every part of the mystery and I wanted to share them with you today.

Part6photo New Years Mystery: Part 6

Margaret Kennedy made step-outs for our mystery quilt.

Keep on piecing and I promise you it will be worth it! Part 7 goes up Thursday, 2/12.

If you missed earlier parts, find them:
Intro post with yardage
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Part 5

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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5 Responses to New Year’s Mystery: Part 6

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you for doing this quilt for us. I am not done but I can see it will be nice. I look forward to another mystery quilt someday. Next year??

  2. Stephanie says:

    I unfortunately can’t copy t instructions so I have be using graph paper to copy it. And then using the pink and green colored pencils to do the design (these are the two colors I am using. I love how the blocks are going. Such a fun project. It will look so intricate when done. I just know the final project will be beautiful. Thank you Diane for doing this mystery quilt. You have gotten back into quilti, which I didn’t think I would do again. To bad I gave most of my fabric away to a cousin.

  3. Judy Snider says:

    Hi!! Love the mystery!! I’m up to date and I think it is going to be a great quilt!!

    The PDF button was giving me a blank sheet???


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