Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 2

Week 1 of the National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge was a great success – we loved seeing the beautiful color combinations you all have chosen! It’s now time for our second week reveal! This week we will be making blocks two and three.

Over the course of six weeks, we will be creating the Mystery Ice Crystals quilt pattern, designed by the talented Toby Lischko.

Looking for fabric requirements? Find them here!

Click the button below to download a PDF with instructions for week two. Make sure to share your progress in the Quilt Block Challenge Facebook Group – we can’t wait to see everyone’s work!

If you haven’t signed up for the Quilt Block Challenge, there’s still time! You can sign up here to make sure you get the block assignments delivered to your inbox each week. And make sure to visit Toby’s quilt gallery to see more of her beautiful work!

Other blocks from this challenge:

Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Fabric Requirements
Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 1
Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 2
Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 3
Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 4
Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 5
Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Finishing Instructions

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87 Responses to “Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge: Week 2”
    • mybooks64

      I think the 1″ is to help you see the scale, so when you print it, that square should measure 1″.

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    • lorettadel

      The 1″ square is there as a measuring device to make sure your printer is printing at the right size. Adjust printing zoom if the 1″ square is larger or smaller than 1″.

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    • pjserge

      The box with 1” is the gauge box when you print out your pattern make sure that it measures correctly, measure the box. If it measures 1”, then your pattern should come out to 12.5” after sewing together. Hope this helps.

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    • Theresa

      When you print out the pattern the 1” square needs to measure one inch, if it does not then you have to adjust your printer settings.

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    • Carlie

      these are so you can check that it is printed out correctly….. the square should measure 1” when it is printed, if it doesnt you need to tweak your settings on your printer

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    • BEVERLY

      Sherry, the 1″ squares are on the pages to check that you are getting the correct size for your templates. Once you have printed the page, check the 1″ block to make sure it is accurate. If not, print again at ACTUAL SIZE – NOT FIT TO PAGE.

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    • dbpike2

      It is to check your printer to make sure it is print the size required or the blocks. Hope this helps. Toby was talking about it on the facebook link. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    • cynthia.parent

      It is to be certain your patterns are printed to the correct scale. Print the pattern and measure the square to confirm it is 1″. If you print at “actual size” you should be good to go! If the square is not 1″, you blocks will not be the correct size.

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    • Jacqueline Beach

      The square with 1″ written in it should measure out to be a perfect 1″ square as a sizing guide for accuracy in printing

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    • Cynthia

      The 1″ square is so you can check the size when you print the copy out. After you print the copy, check to be sure the square measures 1″. If it doesn’t, you may have to adjust your sizing on the printer or your piece won’t be the correct size. If it’s bigger than an inch, your block will be bigger. If it’s less than an inch, your block will be smaller.

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    • Tia

      The 1” square is ther eto help you verify your printer printed the pattern to the correct scale. If it measures exactly 1”, you don’t have to do anything. If your one inch square is any different, you’ll need to try printing it again.

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    • Isabelle

      On your paper, you measure it. If you have a real 1″, the size is right. For that you have to print “real size”. Sometimes printer is set to shrink to fit and then the square does not measure a real one inch, and you’ll have trouble when assembling all of the blocks…
      Love <3

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    • Holly Young

      You measure the one inch block to make sure that it is truly one inch so that you can make sure that your pattern printed at the correct size.

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    • poe2828

      To verify that your print is the correct size. When you print your templates measure the 1″ block with a ruler to see if it is one inch. If it is not the templates will make a smaller block .

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    • Jeanie Bassett

      In case you have not already gotten a reply, the 1″ box is for you to check your copy to see if it copies “actual size”.

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    • Mars

      This is there to ensure your pattern printed correctly. If you measure that square, it should be 1″. If it isn’t then you need to re-print your pattern (usually want to ensure printing with no scale or at 100% will help)

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    • Deborah Andry

      Sherry A Hudson, the 1″ boxes are there so you can measure to see if it printed as 1″. If it measures 1″ after you print it, then you have the pattern printed at the correct size. If the box measures differently you will need to adjust you printer settings to 100% and reprint the pattern.

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    • Heather

      That is the test block to see if your printer printed true. If it measures 1″ you have a true print and can use the pattern as is. If it is smaller or larger look in you print settings and see why it isn’t at 100%.

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    • Bonnie

      if the square is not printing out 1″ on your paper the pattern pieces will not be the right size either.

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    • Janna Pierson

      I believe they are just a gauge for you to measure (check) to make sure you printed out your patterns the correct size.

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    • SCOTT

      All patterns include a 1″ square as a guide to keep the patterns consistent. Sometimes copying a pattern will shrink or expand the pattern and you’ll get a wonky result. If your printer prints the pattern and the 1″ square IS 1″ on a side, all is right with the world. Otherwise, you need to experiment with shrinking or expanding the copy setting until the 1″ square is a perfect 1″ square. Printer/copier shops can do this for you, saving time if not money.

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    • mybooks64

      I think the 1″ is to help you see the scale, so when you print it, that square should measure 1″.

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    • Barbara

      The squares are to make sure you are printing out at 100% the square is supposed to measure 1″ if that does then your paper pieces are printed out at the proper size.

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    • Michelle McKenzie

      They are to measure to make sure your pattern printed to scale. They should be 1″ when measured with a ruler. If not, your pattern is not printed the correct size.

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    • Barb Zamastil

      Having trouble with week #3 matching up sides and staying square. Is there a secret to this?

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    • Ginny McCann

      That square is for checking that your piece matches your gauge. I would use a ruler to check that your printer has printed the gauge accurately.

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    • Sheri

      Hi, those are registration squares. When you print out the pattern on your printer you’ll want to make sure those squares print EXACTLY 1″ or nothing will fit together correctly.

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    • Nicole Reed

      The squares should measure 1″ when printed. This is so that you know the patterns printed at the correct scale.

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  1. rjohnson04

    I’m new to paper piecing and had fun with the first block but I don’t know what the 1” square is for on blocks 2 and 3. Could you please explain? Thank you.

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  2. Leeann Bradley

    Do you know when I will be receiving my material? I ordered it last week. Your already on your next two blocks

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  3. Charlene Cairn

    The first block went together quite well, so the next two shouldn’t be a problem.

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  4. Jacqueline Beach

    The square with 1″ written in it should measure out to be a perfect 1″ square as a sizing guide for accuracy in printing

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  5. Tiffany Turcotte

    Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter account. Is there just a regular ol’ website where the pictures of everyone’s blocks can be viewed?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Tiffany,

      I do apologize, however to only way to share the completed blocks or to view the completed blocks is on our Facebook page “NQC Quilt Block Challenge.” You can however still participate and make the quilt without Facebook.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  6. Maureen Swain

    Can someone please tell me where to find the pdf for block 2 and 3….. I have tried everything to find them, but keep getting the pdf for Ice-Crystals Block. Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Maureen,

      The name of this quilt is Ice-Crystals, so it does sound like you are getting the correct PDF to download.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  7. Ellen

    Again I did not receive an email for block 2. I called the number which I was sent for block 1, but she was no help. I know I signed up for this challenge 2x to be sure I would get it. Please let me know what I need to do to get block two and the rest. Thank You!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Ellen,

      We are sorry to hear that you did not receive block 2. Did you check your junk/spam folder to see if the email was in there? I have signed up your email address again to see if that helps with the emails to start going to you.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  8. jenday100

    I notice no 1/4 inch seam allowances on Blocks 2 and 3 around the edges. Should I be concerned?

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  9. witchdoctor_mom

    I am new to quilting in general and to paper piecing specifically. This pattern is not making sense to me.

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  10. Dolores L. Padilla-Kairaiuak

    Trying to open Block 2 & 3 and video for Block 1. Block 1 isn’t opening –no video. I do not have a printer so I am going to FedX to copy.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Annette,

      We are sorry to hear that you did not receive week 2. Please make sure to check your junk/spam folder to see if the emails are going in there.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  11. Louise

    How can I find the demonstration video that I watched a couple of days ago. I want to rewatch it.

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  12. tv4c

    Is it recomended that we go ahead and sew blocks one two and three together? And do we sew them in a straight line or two blocks on top and two in the second row ( when wae get block 4)

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      No, it is not recommended that you sew any of the blocks together yet. The finishing and assembly instructions will be coming out later.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  13. Barb Oberg

    I am doing something wrong. I can’t get in so I can find the patterns for block 2 and 3. Help

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barb,

      The patterns for blocks 2 & 3 are located within this post. Simply click on Download Pattern to start the download process.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lynn,

      Week three will be sent out by email Friday around 3:00 PM CST.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Vivian,

      Unfortunately, You would need a printer to print of the patterns.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  14. Barbara Zamastil

    Having trouble with block 3, it just doesn’t go together evenly. Seems as if pattern pieces don’t fit. Help?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Patty,

      This week contains block 2 & 3. Block 2 is pages 1-4.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  15. Dawn Gilbert

    Why are Different weeks links updated I do a search for week three and it only gives me up to week two

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Dawn,

      Week 3 will be sent out by email today around 3:00pm CST.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  16. Anita

    Are there any video for the Mystery Quilt explaining how to do this. I am new to quilting and have never paper pieced. Help

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  17. JoAnna Hunsucker

    Please add the 1″ square to the week 5 to ensure consistent sizing.

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  18. rboehler

    Eager to get started on finishing this challenge quilt…wish I could say I was ‘patiently waiting for the Finishing Instructions’ to be posted…LOL

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