Mystery Quilt Alongs Sparkling Sampler

Mystery Quilt Along Details

It’s the end of November, and that means that it is almost time for the mystery quilt along to start. I’m pretty excited, and I’ve picked out my fabrics. Have you? Here is what you need to know.

How it Works and What You Will Need

Welcome to the first ever Create with Claudia Mystery Quilt Along. Since it is my first one, I am keeping it fairly simple and traditional, so it is good for beginners as well as more experienced quilters.

A new block will be published at the beginning of every month for the first eleven months of the year. The final month will be the quilt top assembly instructions. There will be multiples of the block needed for almost every month. Don’t worry though, the more that are needed, the easier they are to assemble.

Because some people like to look at patterns and some people like to use video tutorials, I’ll be giving you both. Each month I will be doing a blog post which will include the pattern. In addition, I will be uploading a video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I’ll be sending out the tutorial to my email subscribers, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on a month.

Also, if you would like, head over to facebook and join my facebook group that is just for this quilt along. You’ll be able to get the latest updates and see what other people are doing to!

Here’s what you need to know.

Finished Quilt Top Size

36″ X 36″

Fabric Requirements (Note that these estimates are generous)

  • Various fabrics totaling approximately 3 ½ yards for the top. (*See note on fabric choices below)
  • Backing – 1 ½ yards
  • Binding fabric requirements depend on how you plan on binding.

*Note on fabric choices:

One of my favorite things about quilt alongs is to see all of the color combinations and fabrics that people come up with.

In the quilt I made for this quilt along, I chose to use the same background fabric (Fabric A in the monthly patterns) for all of the blocks. If you decide to do this, you will need about 2 yards total of the background fabric.

However, there are no rules for color choices. Just have fun with it.

Monthly Block Patterns

My Fabric Pull

Here’s my fabric pull. The off-white with tiny green dots fabric is my choice for the background. I’m in love with these cheery colors!

Fabric Pull - Create with Claudia 2020 Mystery Quilt Along

These are all Moda fabrics that I bought from The Fat Quarter Shop, and include pieces from the following collections:

  • Best Friends Forever by Stacy Iest Hsu
  • Flower Sacks by Me and My Sister
  • Sweet Harmony by American Jane
  • Essential Dots


You will need basic sewing and quilting supplies.

General Pattern Guidelines

Along with the month-specific instructions that will be provided for each block pattern, the following general guidelines will apply to all of them.

  • Scant 1/4” seam allowance should be used
  • Arrows indicate pressing directions
  • Generous fabric requirements are given
  • Cutting instructions provided are for all of the blocks in the given month

Be sure to share your progress on social media using the hashtag #createwithclaudiaqal so everyone can see your work!

Clue # 1

It is all about a lot of squares to get us started.

*This mystery quilt along is for entertainment purposes only. There are no prizes or giveaways.*

Best efforts have been made to ensure that the instructions are correct, however sometime errors occur.


  1. Amanda

    November 24, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    So I have subscribed to you so does that put me in automatically for the quilt along.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      November 25, 2019 at 5:08 AM

      Thanks. You don’t have to subscribe to the email list to join in. The quilt along is open to anyone. The email is just a nice way to get the monthly reminder. I will be posting a new block each month and then the directions for putting it all together for the last post. I hope you enjoy the quilt along.

  2. Chin Beley

    December 4, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    I’d love to join the QAL and have subscribed to your newsletter as well 💜 looking forward to it!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      December 4, 2019 at 7:56 PM

      Great! I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Kathy

    December 5, 2019 at 2:58 AM

    My first quilt along. So looking forward to doing this. Thank you.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      December 5, 2019 at 4:50 AM

      Mine too. Glad you are joining in and I hope you enjoy the quilt.

      1. Mavis Skene

        February 2, 2020 at 2:14 AM

        Very excited I’m a beginner and I’m disabled and 77. Never too old to learn. I live in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Must find January block now so I dont miss out.

  4. Debbie

    January 1, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    This sounds fun! Would a scrappy approach be OK for this mystery? Scrappy is my favorite. I could use one color of scraps throughout (plus background) if that would work better than multi colors. Thank you for offering this.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 1, 2020 at 3:13 PM

      I think scrappy would work with this pattern. I do use the same background fabric each month to help tie it together, but it’s completely up to you. Glad you will be participating!

    2. Kay Clark

      February 25, 2020 at 9:53 AM

      Starting late but will catch up.

  5. Kaye Hunt

    January 1, 2020 at 9:57 PM

    This will also be my first quilt along. Looking forward to doing it. Thank you.

  6. Laura

    January 3, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    So did I read that right that the finished size is 36” x 36”??

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 4, 2020 at 4:40 AM

      Yes, it’s a wall hanging quilt.

  7. Bonny Davidson

    January 4, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    I am new to quilting in general. So, and I am excited to do this mystery quilt along. But do you only make 1 block of each different pattern for the quilt? So, by the end you have 11 blocks to put together for the top? Or do you make more than one of each?

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 5, 2020 at 8:52 PM

      Glad you will be participating! In January we make 8 blocks (all the same). Other months vary with the number of blocks. The January pattern has been posted so that will give you an idea of how it works.

      1. Cassie

        May 7, 2020 at 4:02 PM

        I’m going to try start your quilt along and get caught up this month. Thx, cassie

        1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

          May 9, 2020 at 7:18 AM

          Great. I’m glad you are joining in.

      2. Washiela Ratcliffe

        July 3, 2020 at 12:20 PM

        Trust me to be Miss-Tardy-to-the-Party – very late in fact … but I’m in! 💝

        Love getting your emails, so I’m looking forward to quilting along with others. I’ll do my utmost to catch up.

        Thanks Claudia 🌹

        1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

          July 4, 2020 at 6:49 AM

          That’s terrific. I’m glad you are joining in and enjoy the emails. Thanks

  8. Robin

    January 11, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Excited to do my first quilt along! Can’t wait to see what everyone else come up with. Thanks for doing this Claudia!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 12, 2020 at 6:15 AM

      Glad you will be joining us!!

  9. Adey How

    January 11, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Hi there
    Can I please be part of this mystery quilt?
    I’m from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.
    Thanks Adey

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 12, 2020 at 6:15 AM

      Hi Adelaide – There is no official sign up, just join in the fun. Here’s where you can find the first block There is a link on my home page as well. At the beginning of every month I will be posting the new block. I also have a facebook group which and Instagram which will have updates. If you would like, you can also sign up for my email list which will send out a link the the monthly block. Have fun and thanks for your interest!

  10. sheila oxley

    January 17, 2020 at 12:12 AM

    Hi Claudia. I was wondering about the fabric requirements…. You say 3 1/2 total for the top and lower you mention doing all the same as the background and we would need 2 yrds…so if I use a solid background then I would only need another yard and a half for the top? I have a fat quarter bundle I’m thinking of using, but would need more if I need 3 1/2 plus 2 for the background. Thanks for dong this QAL, it looks like fun!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 17, 2020 at 5:23 AM

      Hi Sheila – The 2 yards is included in the 3 1/2 total. So, yes, you would only need another yard and a half for the top. Just a note though, I give very generous fabric requirements so you will probably have some left over. Glad you will be joining along! This is my first time hosting a quilt along so I hope it goes smoothly!

      1. sheila oxley

        January 17, 2020 at 5:35 PM

        Thank you, I think the bundle I have will work perfectly! I’m glad I’m a part of your inaugural QAL!

  11. Zoe' Poutoukalis

    February 1, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    I’ve joined in the Quilt Along & I’m looking forward to learning & also having fun along the way. I’m eager to get started;
    Warm Regards, Zoe’
    from Tasmania, Australia

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 1, 2020 at 2:02 PM

      Welcome and glad you are joining in.

  12. Deb Brooks

    February 8, 2020 at 12:17 AM

    Hi just joined a month late… but I can catch-up. So I like the idea of using the same back material as fabric A through out the mystery quilt. So my question is on the other fabrics needed…. so I was to collect fat quarters for the other fabrics in each block, should I get 11 different ones? That’s is where I am a little lost. Please advise!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 8, 2020 at 5:44 AM

      Glad to have you joining! It’s really up to you on how many different fabrics to use. You can go from just making it a 2 color quilt to using lots of different ones. There are some months where the block has 2 fabrics and some where I use more. I like a scrappier look which is why I went with a larger variety of fabrics, but in all of my versions I use the same fabric as Fabric A every month. If you want to see what looks other folks are doing you can head over to my facebook group (create with claudia quilt along) or check out instagram (#createwithclaudiaqal). Good luck and I hope you have fun!

  13. Rachel

    February 8, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Hi Claudia,

    I just joined the quilt along today (February 8th) and have only made one quilt before. What type of fabric is best for quilting? I have limited access to fabric stores, and can’t always find fat quarters.

    Thank you! I am very excited to have found your web site and facebook page!


    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 8, 2020 at 8:01 PM

      Welcome. I find that 100% cotton quilting is best for quilting, especially when starting out. You don’t specifically have to have fat quarters, just enough fabrics to make the blocks for the quilt. Scraps will do, or larger pieces. Good luck!

      1. Anneke Mentink

        May 6, 2020 at 8:05 PM

        How many blocks do i have to make of the block of te month, is one enough?

        1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

          May 7, 2020 at 6:46 AM

          It depends on the month. For example January has 8 blocks and March needs 2.

  14. Kim

    March 15, 2020 at 12:05 AM

    Hi Claudia ,
    It’s March and happy I found your YouTube video for the mystery quilt-a-long. Love both of your color choices. Looking forward to catching up! Ladies…. Happy Quilting!

    Ohio, USA

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      March 15, 2020 at 7:24 AM

      Glad to have you joining in on the quilting fun!

  15. Judy Fish

    April 6, 2020 at 3:35 PM

    Sort of scared and sort of excited to try this (I am such a perfectionist that I often talk myself out of even trying – thus my reason for not starting till now). Such a goof ball, I am. Nor do I need to start one more project, but I ma going to do it anyway.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      April 7, 2020 at 9:14 PM

      Hope you give it a try. Good Luck

  16. Judy Fish

    April 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    I’ve been putting notes in my quilting journal, planning to start – but only began yesterday. I keep second guessing myself on fabric choices, because I do not know what the finished quilt will look like. I don’t know how many different fabric choices to include so it doesn’t look lopsided or hodge podge. Because 8 blocks are made of one pattern and 2 of another, I question how much of a different fabric I should include. I know that I am overthinking this, but….

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      April 21, 2020 at 8:36 PM

      I think one thing that may help is using the same fabric every month for Fabric A, the background. That is my white with green dots fabric in the articles and you’ll see it every month. You may want to see what other folks are doing as well. If you are in Instagram look up the hashtag #createwithclaudiaqal or you can also look on facebook at my group Create with Claudia Quilt Along. There are lots of ideas for the months. And some people lay out all of the months they have done together so you can get an idea of what different combos look like.

  17. Anneke Mentink

    May 6, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Do i have to prewash the fabric before cutting

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 7, 2020 at 6:47 AM

      Prewashing is up to the individual quilter I like to prewash, but many folks don’t.

  18. Barbara

    May 17, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Fantastic, this is my first quilt along and I’m hoping as a beginner quilter I can stumble through. I’m so happy I came across your quilt along in YouTube.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2020 at 5:39 AM

      That’s great! I hope you enjoy it. I’m sure you will do well.

  19. Althea

    August 1, 2020 at 10:28 AM

    Fabric Question – I what to use the same background fabric for each block, as you did with your white/green polka dots, so my question is this…how many yards of the white/green polka dots did you purchase? 1 yard? 1-1/2 yards? Less/more? For all the other block fabrics I will use what I have in my stash.
    Thank yoiu for this fun quilt-along.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      August 2, 2020 at 6:52 AM

      Hi – 2 yards is what I suggest for the background fabric. It’s a generous estimate, but I like having lots of extra fabric. Glad you are joining in. I hope you have fun!

  20. Linda L Henderson

    September 1, 2020 at 10:51 PM

    I am a little confused about the September 2020 block. Should I use a quarter inch seam of a scant quarter inch seam like all the others?

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 2, 2020 at 5:16 AM

      Oops, I must have changed the wording. I’ll have to check on that. Use the scant seam allowance if you have been using that all along. You just want to be consistent throughout the quilt. Thanks.

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