Mystery Quilt Alongs Sparkling Sampler

The 2020 Create with Claudia Mystery Quilt Along Pattern – Sparkling Sampler

It’s hard for me to believe that we made it! The first annual event that I have hosted is finishing up with this post. So without further ado… may I present the free mystery quilt along pattern.

When I first started designing this project, I wasn’t sure people would be interested. Boy was I wrong. As of writing this, there are almost 500 members in the Create with Claudia quilt along facebook group. So many of them have been sharing their progress along the way.

I have been touched by all of the support and I hope that everyone who has joined in has enjoyed the quilt along as much as I have.

With that being said, to date we have made 33 blocks and are ready to assemble the top. Below, you will find the quilt layout as well as row by row directions. This is an easy top to put together. The only hiccup is the center section, but honestly, that is easy too.

Variations of Mystery Quilt Along Pattern

My Christmas version of the 2020 mystery quilt along pattern

While what I will be demonstrating is the final version of the quilt, you can easily change it up any way you want to if you prefer. At the end of this article you will find a photo of the quilt made by my extremely helpful tester. She added a border around the outside and I think it looks terrific.

There is also a person who is only making one of each block and putting together a small wall hanging for her kitchen. I can’t wait to see that one!

Just have fun with it and make sure to post a picture of your final quilt to social media! Make sure to use the hashtag below so we can all see your beautiful work!


You can head over to Instagram and see some lovely versions too. I hsave been amazed at all of the wonderful color combinations that people have been using.

*Download the Free 2020 Mystery Quilt Along Pattern PDF File Here*

Video for the Quilt Along Top Assembly

I put together a quick video demonstrating how the quilt top comes together.

2020 Mystery Quilt Along Pattern Layout

Lay out your blocks as shown. Then sew together each row. Note that rows 3 and 4 will be sewn together a bit differently because of the large center block.

Row 1 Layout:

Sew together from left to right:

Row 2 Layout:

Sew together from left to right

Rows 3 & 4 Layout:

You will need to sew together the left and right sections of rows 3 and 4 before you assemble the entire row.

Left Section (4 blocks)

Right Section

  • Nine Patch from January & Old Maid’s Puzzle from June
  • Nine Patch from January & Sawtooth Star from April

Row 5 Layout:

Sew together from left to right

  • Shoofly from July
  • Half Square Triangle from February
  • Nine Patch from January
  • Nine Patch from January
  • Half Square Triangle from February
  • Bear’s Paw from May

Row 6 Layout:

Sew together from left to right

  • Half Square Triangle from February
  • Pinwheel from August
  • Contrary Wife from October
  • Churn Dash from September
  • Friendship Star from March
  • Half Square Triangle from February

Sew Individual Rows Together

Once you have pieced each row together, it is time to sew the completed rows together to finish the top.

Once finished with the top, you can back, quilt and bind as desired.

My always helpful husband holding up the finished quilt.

Next Year’s Quilt Along

I am happy to say that I will be hosting another mystery quilt beginning in January next year. The 2021 mystery quilt, entitled “Stars of the Prairie”, will be larger, measuring about 72″ x 84″ when finished.

You can find out all of the details about it here.

Thanks so much for joining in! I hope to see you next year!

Happy Quilting!

My original test quilt, done when I was originally writing the pattern.
My awesome pattern tester’s version. She added a lovely border to finish hers off.

All Three Versions Together

I can’t decide which is my favorite between the Christmas version and the multi-colored one. My mom likes the pink and purple one so it’s heading to her.


  1. Mary Reed

    December 1, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    The pink and purple one is my favorite one also! I like how the purple is in the outside corners but they are all lively.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      December 3, 2020 at 5:06 AM

      Thank you!

  2. Gina

    December 1, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    Beautiful versions of the game pattern.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      December 3, 2020 at 5:06 AM

      Thanks so much!

  3. JoAnn Titus

    December 29, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    I can’t wait to start this. I have studied your pattern and the only thing i would like, if possible, are the dimensions and fabric cutting directions for the December square.
    I will be signing up for the 2021 sew along! Love this idea

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      December 30, 2020 at 10:36 AM

      Great. There is no block for December, only assembling the whole top. I figured that was enough for the month. Have fun and glad you are joining in!

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