O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along Intro

Do you have piles of scraps stacking up that are just waiting for a project? I don’t know about you, but it drives me a little batty to have a bunch of unused pieces of random fabric laying around. I look at them and keep thinking… I need to make something out of those! That’s why I decided to do a Quilt-Along based on using leftover scraps! Get your sewing machines ready because today officially marks the first clue release for my Oh Say Can You Sew” Mystery Quilt-Along!

You might remember me talking about my Mystery Quilt-Along during, Stitch with Lisa Bongean a few times over the last couple of weeks. If you missed it, let me tell you about the details. I’m calling this Quilt-Along, Oh Say Can You Sew because I have so many reds, whites, and blues leftover from previous projects (American Gatherings Quilt-Along, my American Gatherings book, and Stars & Stripes to name a few). I thought it would be a fun way to get an awesome patriotic quilt out of simply recycling my scraps. I also thought it would be entertaining to make this a mystery project – meaning you are not going to know exactly what you’re making until it all comes together in the very end! I think it’s exciting, can you handle the suspense?

Now don’t worry, I know it’s scary to jump into a project without knowing what the final results will be, but you can trust me – I would never have you make something that I didn’t have 100% confidence in. What I WILL tell you about this quilt is that it’s a pretty good size. It will be two blocks with a scrappy sashing. If you are using all scrap pieces for this project, be prepared to use up a lot of them!

How the Oh Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along works is simple and fun. On the first Monday of every month we will release a new FREE clue (there is no specific time that I will be releasing the clue – please keep an eye on the blog throughout the day)! There will be seven clues released in total. When the clue is released it will be posted not only here on my blog, but also on our YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Each clue will be available to download as a printable PDF FREE for one month. When then next month’s clue posts, the previous clue will no longer be available for free, but can be purchased to download through our website for $5.00 each. You can download the first clue by clicking the button below!

EDIT: This QAL is now complete. The full pattern and instructions are available to purchase in either paper or PDF format by clicking HERE!

As you might have already seen, for the first clue you will be making 31 blue and cream 9 patches. These can be done with 1 1/2″ strip sets or 1 1/2″ squares (I did all strip sets for my quilt because that’s what worked best for the scraps I have). They can be the same or different on each side. The only “rule” is that you need to pay attention to value. In other words, where I have dark pieces on my quilt, you put dark on yours. And where I put light pieces you put light. If you follow this rule it will all work out perfectly!

What makes this Quilt-Along even more fun is that anything goes! If you don’t want to do a red, white, and blue quilt that’s ok! You can use any scraps you’d like on this project. Just remember to pay attention to value when deciding on your fabric placement.

I really encourage all of you to get in on this fun Quilt-Along! Spring cleaning is upon us – what better way to use it as an excuse to QUILT more?! LOL Let’s get those scrap bins emptied out to make room for what else, but more scraps ! This project really only requires a little bit of sewing time each month, so don’t be afraid to dive into this one. You’ll still have time for other fires, I promise!

You can follow along as I turn my scrap bin into a masterpiece by watching me on my YouTube Channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean every first Monday of the month where I’ll be “cluing you in” to the next clue on my list! As always, make sure to “like” and comment during our LIVE broadcasts, along with here on my blog posts and facebook for a chance to win a prize! Let me know if you plan to join me for my Oh Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along!If so, are you planning to do red, white, and blue or another color scheme? Let me know! …and don’t forget! Tomorrow is our first “Shop Talk with Shelley”! Tune in for that at 9AM CST by hitting the link below! See you soon! ~Lisa

81 responses to “O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along Intro”

  1. Patty Jones Avatar

    I’m in!!! Not sure what colors I will use just yet, been thinking and can’t decide. I will stew on this for a bit while I try to catch up on some other sewalongs. Can’t wait to see the mystery at the end! Thank you Lisa!

  2. Lois Wilhelm Avatar
    Lois Wilhelm

    Sounds like fun! I do have lots of scraps LOL!

  3. pwid5626gmailcom Avatar

    I think I can, I think I can! 😂. So want to try this quilt a long. Haven’t done a red/white/blue for a long time! Thanks Lisa for another challenge!

  4. kpavski7243 Avatar

    I will be doing the red white and blue as I also have a lot of scraps in those colors. I also decorate for the whole summer in red white and blue and always can find a place to put another quilt

  5. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    I think I should do it! I could use a clean out!

  6. Christy Johnson Avatar
    Christy Johnson

    I’m in!! I have quite a few red, white and blue fabrics from a couple of your fabric lines. I can’t wait to see how this evolves.

  7. Dorothy Avatar

    I can’t seem to find the fabric requirements ……

  8. pam e Avatar
    pam e

    i’m in– I don’t have many red-blues– Going to use up what I have though… Thank you Lisa for putting this together…

  9. Shirley Ewing Avatar
    Shirley Ewing

    Well, I’ve been resisting this since I’m Canadian. But I stopped and read your introduction and became convinced that I want to join in the fun. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about colours. But I think I will probably stick to the red,white, and blue.

  10. Karen VR Avatar
    Karen VR

    I will be happy to participate in this quilt along. I have so many Red, white and blue fabrics, scarps and otherwise. I will use scraps where I can and fat quarters when I need to cut into them. I’m starting to think I need a bakers rack set-up to hold my works in process though.

  11. Sherilyn Avatar

    Sew fun! I cut up my “Flag” SAL scraps up already for your other flag pattern, both the throw and mini one. I am sure I can find more in my stash though! 😜

  12. Pam Marcis Avatar
    Pam Marcis

    Is there an approximate size of the mystery quilt

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Pam! Since it’s a “mystery” I’m keeping the exact measurements a secret for now. I will say that it is a good size for a full to queen size bed, depending on the mattress setup. Thanks for participating and happy stitching! ~Lisa

  13. dtwest3 Avatar

    I’m getting ready to go work on my block 1 now. Excited to start!

  14. Dorothy Avatar

    Have fabric requirements been posted for this quilt along? I can’t seem to find any info other than “scraps”.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Dorothy! Because it’s designed around using scraps, I haven’t posted exact fabric requirements for this project. You basically just figure it out as you go. For the first clue, I used 1 1/2″ strip sets because that’s what worked best for the scraps I have. You could also use 1 1/2″ squares. No matter which way you choose to go about it you just need to end up with 31 total 3 1/2″ blocks at the end. If you’re worried that you may not have enough scrap to finish the project, our “Oh Say Can You Sew” fabric bundles have 12 fat quarters in the blue, cream and whites, and 8 fat quarters in the reds. A bundle of each should be enough to complete the project! ~Lisa

      1. Dorothy Avatar

        Lisa, thank you for getting back to me. Have tons of scraps to see me through 🙂

  15. Bev Freswick Avatar
    Bev Freswick

    I’m in!! Sounds like a fun project and I have plenty of scraps!
    Thanks doing this, Lisa. Your projects never disappoint.

  16. Judy Avatar

    This is going to be fun! Thank you Lisa😊

  17. Laura B Avatar
    Laura B

    Oh Thank the Good Lord. I have so many scraps that I just couldn’t part with. Mine with definitely be scrappy – meaning all different colors. Thank you thank you !!!

  18. Vickie Mayfield Avatar
    Vickie Mayfield

    I’m in!!! I did the American Quilter’s SAL and it was so much fun! I have learned so much from you and know this is going to be Amazing! Super excited about this! Thank you Lisa for this!

  19. Carolyn Serold Avatar
    Carolyn Serold

    I noticed that your nine patches had white with blue shirtings. I have several of your white with red shirtings. Should I use the reds in these blocks or save for future blocks? I have all your blue shirtings as well.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Use them…it won’t matter…some of mine do have red

  20. Sarah (Sally) Murray Avatar
    Sarah (Sally) Murray

    Oh goody! A Lisa quilt to work, thank you. Of course I’ll be using red, white and blue (Gatherings) since I have oodles of scraps but maybe, just msybe I’ll also be making a scrsppy color one since Garden Gatherings are cslling my name!

  21. Dolores Avatar

    I am ready, so let the fun begin! Even though I have plenty of American Gatherings scraps I did order more blue and cream. I thought the cream would be a good contrast to the white and some of the blues are from your Starlight Gatherings fabric line. Thank you Lisa

    1. Dolores Avatar

      Ops I meant to say Star and Stripe Gathering Fabric Line – Sorry

      1. Dolores Avatar

        This is my 1st mystery quilt. Pretty excited about it too!

  22. Pat Avatar

    All in! Will do red, white, and blue. Lots of scraps from Quilts of Valor projects.

  23. Marie Avatar

    Sounds like fun. Planning on donating to VA Hospital if it isn’t too large. Thanks for sharing your amazing quilt design skills with us!

  24. Shelly R Avatar
    Shelly R

    What a great idea to use up all the scraps from my AQS quilt, which is beautiful. I am anxious to start this new adventure.

  25. Diane+Madison Avatar

    Count me in! I love anything red, white, and blue!

  26. Pam in NC Avatar
    Pam in NC

    How fun! And yes! Who doesn’t have red, white and blue scraps! This will be a joy to sew along. Thanks for the offering!

  27. Beverly Townsend Avatar
    Beverly Townsend

    I could be wrong, but looking at the pattern I believe you would need to have 22 of the 1st strip set with the dark blue on the outsides. Very excited for a fun new mystery and to use scraps. Thank you.

  28. Penny Siemen Avatar
    Penny Siemen

    I for sure am doing this, I have so many scraps of red, white and blue scraps and I LOVE your quilts so I am sure it will be Amazing,,, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS….

  29. Kelly L Crittle Avatar
    Kelly L Crittle

    I was just thinking I needed a scrappy project for all my red, white and blue scraps that I have been reluctant to toss. You must have been reading my mind Lisa. I am starting today!

  30. Nancy Ritzman Avatar
    Nancy Ritzman

    Yes, I will be joining the sew along

  31. Sue in NE Avatar
    Sue in NE

    I am excited to join you in this sew along. I will use the red, white and blue theme as I have quite a stash of these colors. Thanks so much Lisa!

  32. Natalie Rogers Avatar
    Natalie Rogers

    I have all my extra fabric and will be doing this too. I love your nine patches.

  33. Nancy Avatar

    I’m in but should probably talk myself out of it, but then I’ll be mad so…yup…I’m in.

  34. Cathy Brock Avatar
    Cathy Brock

    I am definitely in! received my fat quarter bundles you talked about when you announced this on your live. Can’t wait to get going.

  35. Stephanie Tabares Avatar
    Stephanie Tabares

    This sounds like so much fun. Not sure what yet if it will be a red,white and blue or true scrappy from my scrap stash.

  36. Linda Crumpton Avatar
    Linda Crumpton

    I’m in. Love mystery quilts. Thank you Lisa.

  37. Helen from Victoria Australia Avatar
    Helen from Victoria Australia

    Sounds great! I’m in! Yet to decide on color.

  38. Susan Ingram Avatar
    Susan Ingram

    I’m in. I didn’t plan to join in, but clue one sounds so easy, I can’t resist. I also like that the clues are published once a month. I love red, white and blue quilts.

  39. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    Love it, now to decide which fabric to use?

  40. Carol B. Avatar
    Carol B.

    Looking forward to this mystery!

  41. Dana in Illinois Avatar
    Dana in Illinois

    Thanks so much for doing this! I am looking forward to trying to keep up!

  42. Cheryl Baker Avatar
    Cheryl Baker

    Love blue and cream so will start with those colors and then see what’s next before making another color decision! sounds fun!

  43. Rhonda Smith Avatar
    Rhonda Smith

    Hope I remember to check in for new clues! Can’t wait to work on this.

  44. Penny Miller Avatar
    Penny Miller

    Im doing scrappy all different colors. can you tell me if it would be best to use the same color group ( example green blue tan) for blue placement with another color group for the red. would that keep the design more visible or wouldn’t it matter

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      scrappy version, spread the colors random in the darks…do not use all the same colors…you want the 9 patches to have a bunch of different colors to them…

  45. sewsingular Avatar

    I always want to join in on Quilt Alongs, but finding the time to do it is my problem. I will try to participate and I actually would like to make the quilt in red, white and blue. I do have scraps in these colors.

  46. Karen Delmarco Avatar
    Karen Delmarco

    I’m in! Been wanting to do a red,white and blue quilt!! Love all your projects!

  47. Pam Landolt Avatar
    Pam Landolt

    I am eager to join this sew along with you. I have a lot of scraps left from your collection so can now make something beautiful with them! Thank you Lisa for doing this💕

  48. Missy Avatar

    I’m definitely in with a red, white and blue color palate. I’ve printed the first clue and am ready to start.

  49. wannajava Avatar

    I have lots of scraps, Will random scraps in a dark value for the blue work. Then use a cream or light color for the rest ?

  50. […] Bongean of Primitive Gatherings just released block #1 in her QAL “Oh Say Can You Sew.” She’s using Red, Cream, and Blue scraps for the design, but I have chosen to sew from my […]

  51. Brenda Avatar

    Does Clue 1 use white or beige fabric with the blue?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Brenda! It’s done in white but because it’s scrappy quilt you can do it in any color you want!

  52. Becky Richard Avatar
    Becky Richard

    Excited to get started. Spent the morning starching fabric.

  53. Brenda Avatar

    For clue 1, should i use white or cream with the dark blue? TIA

  54. Jana Farrier Avatar
    Jana Farrier

    I’m in, I have a huge tote of Halloween fabric, so that’s what I will be working with. It’s my daughters favorite holiday, so this could be a Christmas gift for her.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I love it Jana!

  55. Team J, MI Avatar

    First clue complete and ready for the May clue. This is sew fun.

  56. Karen N Avatar
    Karen N

    I am excited to participate- it will help fill the time between Moda Blockheads…. not that I don’t have plenty else to do. I am going to go Civil War Reproductions but am deciding if I am going to go purchase (help the economy!) a chunk of background fabric as I am making my Moda Blockheads scrappy. Will you send out a reminder to go “look” or where should I sign up to get into the “group” Thankyou for doing this- always love your patterns and works of arts.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Karen, which group are you looking to get in to?

  57. Jane N Avatar
    Jane N

    Will all the blocks be tiny?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Jane! I don’t want to give too many details away since it’s a “Mystery Quilt,” but I will say that all blocks will combine to make larger blocks! Stick with it, you won’t be disappointed! ~Lisa

  58. Judith Marketos Avatar
    Judith Marketos

    It sounds interesting and may be a challenge! But here I go. I may have to purchase some “scraps” if I don’t have enough. Thank you so much for the challenge.

  59. Michelle N Avatar
    Michelle N

    I think I am going to join! I’m thinking of aqua, peach and whites for mine. I rarely sew with red lol.

  60. valleystitcher Avatar

    Ordered the whole shebang. Beautiful fat quarters. Can’t wait to cut into those reds. Thank you Primitive Gatherings for selection and speedy delivery.

  61. Elwyn McGaugh Avatar

    Thanks for doing this sew along. I just could not resist.

  62. Bev Thompson Avatar
    Bev Thompson

    I have a couple of time sensitive projects I’m working on already but I am saving the directions for this one to do in the future!

  63. Kathie Heath Avatar
    Kathie Heath

    The timing on this project couldn’t be better! I was just sitting in my sewing room thinking about my next project. Your video came up on my YouTube list and my decision is made! I’m going scrappy and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

  64. bneuen Avatar

    How many of the 3 1/2” squares should be cut for block 3?

    Loving the SAL. Thanks.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hello! Sorry for the delay, I have been traveling! If you are doing the “controlled” version of the O’ Say Can You Sew quilt, you will need to make four of the 3 1/2″ squares of whichever fabric you chose to be the controlled element of your quilt. I explain it all on the YouTube tutorial for Clue #2 which you can find by clicking this link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6GfhUj9Xjw

  65. […] Find out more on Lisa’s blog […]

  66. Sjoukje Avatar

    I started this project while I was in Florida,(clue#1) then spent time with family in the Netherlands (where I bought some fabulous fabrics and sewed clue#2) and now, back home in the Fingerlakes, NY, am ready to sew Clue#3. Great project!

  67. Billie Kneen Avatar
    Billie Kneen

    Can you do this in two colours?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Billie – This quilt is intended to be scrappy so anything goes as long as you follow the lights and darks!

  68. Gail Smith Avatar
    Gail Smith

    I finished my top, did a scrappy, to use up my fabric! Lol. Was a lot of fun. Had to finish before we leave for the winter.
    Thank you,

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