Saturday, December 16, 2017

Quick Mystery Unit

Late yesterday I thought I really should make some sort of effort towards Christmas decorations, so here it is:
Wreath quilt on the wall, tree skirt on a table, and a mini fake tree. And lights!

Part four of Bonnie Hunter's mystery went live some time overnight. It was the first thing I looked at when I woke up. The unit has more triangles, but as I've been having triangle trouble the last couple of weeks, I wanted to avoid triangles if I could. I knew there was a "no triangles" method of making this unit, but couldn't remember what it was called. Once I found it, I also found that I used it a few years ago for a previous mystery.

First step, lots of cutting:
But no triangles.

Then some sewing,

some chocolate,

some pressing, and some more sewing, and some more pressing, and I had this:
Still no triangles (except the chocolate).

The next step to make this week's units would be to cut my rectangles something like this:
The pencil isn't at quite the right angle, but you get the general idea. However, I am not going to cut these units apart yet. Of course I don't know what Bonnie has planned for them, but it is quite possible they could turn into something like this:
And if so, it would be a lot easier to sew on the neutrals before cutting the rectangles apart. I will wait and see!

If you want to try this method, you can find instructions by searching for "Mary's Triangles" or "Shaded 4-Patch". Here's one blog post I found with good diagrams.


This clue was much quicker than the last one! Now I can do some of the other sewing I need to finish this week.

Here's Bonnie's link-up for this week. Check it out!

19 comments:

  1. You have more decorations than I do! I can't believe how quickly December is passing. Thanks for the triangle info. I want to try this.

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  2. Great chocolate colours in your units.

    A really good way of dealing with triangles, thanks for the link.

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  3. love your little lighted wreath--we just have a small tabletop tree this year with some fiber optic lights...those parts look tricky on BH's mystery--good plan to wait and see...hugs, Julierose

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  4. Thanks for the triangle info. I always have trouble with them and plan on trying this method.

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  5. That's so clever. I agree, a little tired of
    sewing triangles. And my hands are very tired of cutting them . I'm just doing a minimum of pieces so I can see what it goes together like.

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  6. I wish I had read this before I cut all mine out last night.... bahahaha

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  7. Awesome tip! Thank you so much for sharing. ;^)

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  8. Wonderful tip! I'd been trying to figure it! Thank you and Merry Christmas! -Jean

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    1. I can't find how to sign up for your Newsletter!??? -Jean

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  9. Great units, and super way of doing it. I did it Bonnie's way, and that was so fast and easy. BTW: Your link doesn't work in the linky party.

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    1. Thank you! I've re-done the link and it is working now.

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  10. THANK YOU!
    Hey Vireya, I spent way too much time yesterday trying to find this 'work-around'(I knew there was one). I am still not getting anywhere fast with last week's clue and now have to stop and decorate a Christmas Cake!!!
    Cheers Wendy.

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  11. Ahhh, the chocolate method. . . Why didn't I think of that?

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  12. I did the units the traditional way, and yet it was much faster than clue #3! Specially as I just finger pressed the seams instead of ironing so that I didn't distort them. Thanks for sharing your tip!

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  13. Our quilt group had just done a mystery with exactly the same construction... so my part fours that are sewn are looking just like yours!

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  14. Thank you for reminding me of this technique....I saw it demonstrated in a magazine a few years ago and had forgotten about it. I'd much rather construct Part 4 using this method that cutting and sewing triangles. Just found your blog...I will enjoy going through the archives. Blessings from West Virginia, USA.

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