COTSIM Mystery Quilt Clue #1

It’s time to dab a little sun tan lotion (or sunscreen) behind your ears to get in the mood for an imaginary trip to Key West!

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery (COTSIM) Clue # 1 is ready to download now! Download Clue #1 (PDF, pages 8-17)

The smell of suntan lotion brings back memories of childhood days on the beach when we were eager to get a tan. Remember Coppertone and baby oil?

Now, Monkey wears a big straw hat and sunscreen instead of suntan lotion.

Times have changed but we can have fun sewing in the shade of a feathery Key West pine.

Let’s go!

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Clue #1

Monkey was caught on camera with the evidence!

We’re printing Diamonds and Small Triangles so we can start sewing by hand or by machine—or a little of both!

Download Clue #1 (PDF, pages 8-17)

Even if you plan to sew most of the quilt by machine, you can sew these units by hand, and vice versa. Isn’t that cool?

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

We’re printing and sewing with the Key West Beauty 6-inch shape collection

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Custom Page Sizes allow us to print exactly what we need without waste.

8 diamonds can be printed on a scrap 3.75 x 11.25, as shown on page 23 of the Key West Beauty 6-inch shape collection.

Love the lines. Quilt more!


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Already in the case file:

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

Even now that you know what the first units look like, we don’t think you will be able to guess the COTSIM design yet because these shapes are so versatile.

Remember that a good detective has interrogation skills. (That means “If you have questions, please ask.”)

Welcome to Margaritaville!

Linda & Monkey


New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

9 thoughts on “COTSIM Mystery Quilt Clue #1”

  1. Hi Deb,
    You are correct. It does look as if it might be easier just to press both seam allowances toward the triangles. However, when it comes to sewing the next seams, there are advantages to pressing both “to the left” as shown in the illustration. I planned out all of the pressing to make it easier to join the blocks into rows.
    There’s a method in the madness. 🙂
    Please do post your photos on Facebook! I would love to see your fabrics and your first units!
    Hugs, Linda & Monkey

  2. Linda,
    So much fun! I just finished machine stitching Step 1. My only question is the pressing. I can clearly see the first triangle seam is pressed to the triangle or the white piece. The second triangle feels “flatter” and wants to go to the triangle as well. So both would be pressed away from the diamond. However, I think your picture is showing the second side should go to the diamond. Could you clarify that and if it makes a difference.

    I will post my picture on FB group of step 1 and my fabrics

    Thanks for all you do and give to us!

  3. Hi Kelly,
    If you are only going to do a little bit of fussy cutting, just cut 8 diamonds that way.
    If you want all of the pieces to be fussy cut, print 5 identical sheets of 60 diamonds.
    I know it sounds odd, but if you have a good fabric for fussy cutting, this works like a charm because of the way the diamonds are distributed in the quilt.
    Mysterious, eh? 🙂
    Linda & Monkey

  4. I’m confused as to the fussy cutting. I was going to do it, but do I need 8 identical diamonds or 12 sets of 5 identical diamonds? The clue said 8 if I fussy cut but 12 sets of 5 if I do it the stack and whack way (my preferred method).

    Thanks for any help!

  5. Like when the waitress shows up to take your order, I guess I need to finally decide which fabrics I’m going to use for the mystery. So many choices!

  6. What memories of long summer days at the beach and the smell of Coppertone and baby oil that ad video brought back!
    I love this first clue – it will be so much fun with the potential of loads and loads of continuous stitching!


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