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Are you ready to start the first Inklingo Mystery Quilt?

You can download the first clue of COTSG here now!

Download: The Case of the Secret Garden Clue # 1 – Free PDF (8 pages, 1.3 MB)

Monkey loves a Mystery!

Monkey loves a mystery!

This one is perfect for everyone because it can be hand pieced or machine pieced.


COTSG Case of the Secret Garden

The COTSG uses the New York Wheel Shape Collection, which we just introduced a few days ago on the blog.


Mysterious Clues

The Mystery Quilt uses 6 inch blocks, so it is a bit small for a beginner to quilting, but it is perfect for a beginner to Inklingo.

By the time you finish the Case of the Secret Garden, we think we will have taken the mystery out of Inklingo. (There’s no real mystery once you’ve printed your first sheet of fabric.)


Fabrics for the Inklingo Mystery Quilt

I was able to use fabrics from my stash. You might not need to buy anything other than the shape collection and it is at a special sale price, but only for a limited time.


Hot Leads

There are hot leads in the first clue.

If additional evidence or plot twists are uncovered, they will be on the blog before the next clue is announced.

We think you can copy the Mystery badge in the right sidebar for your blog or website, but we are not experts. If we need a new code, please let us know, okay?

The mystery badge is available for Inklingo Affiliates too in the usual way.

It is a good idea for quilting detectives to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar), so they are sure to witness everything

Here it is again: The Case of the Secret Garden Clue # 1 – Free PDF (8 pages, 1.3 MB)

Let the mystery begin!

Linda & Monkey

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32 Responses to “The Case of the Secret Garden COTSG”

  1. […] is a screenshot of my ideas for making my Case of the Secret Garden quilt larger with a border of applique and more New York Wheel […]

  2. […] is Cookie’s Inklingo mystery quilt!  The Case of the Secret Garden.  All finished and quilted.  I’m working on this mystery too.  Mine will probably be […]

  3. […] Case of the Secret Garden quilt top is done! This quilt was an Inklingo mystery quilt begun in February.  Thanks to Linda Franz for this awesome […]

  4. […] quilt projects are looming on the horizon, but my next goal is to finish the Case of the Secret Garden Inkling Quilt. All the blocks have been stitched (by hand!) and I’m ready to start putting this puppy […]

  5. […] pieced the curves on this.  Reminds me of all the Inklingo stitching I still have to go on the Case of the Secret Garden quilt.  Inklingo would have made this a LOT […]

  6. […] – Barb and I both brought our Inklingo projects – I’m still working on the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and Barb is doing both COTSG and the Inklingo Periwinkle Octagon Quilt.  We hand stitched […]

  7. […] been slowly but surely working away at the Case of the Secret Garden Inklingo Mystery quilt for weeks (months? years???).  The final Clue 8  reveals what a truly awesome quilt this […]

  8. […] even had lots of stitching going on!  I worked on my Case of the Secret Garden blocks (no pictures, sorry).  Kay had this really neat book of embroidery stitches and she was […]

  9. Linda says:

    Hi Gail, Good news! You are in time to start the mystery. I think there are quilters who are waiting to see what the quilt will look like before they even start, so you will have some company.
    The shapes are available at this link.
    The $20 sale price will last a few more days.
    Even if you don’t do the mystery, there is great info in the clues which will help you with any Inklingo project.
    If you have any other questions, please ask. I am happy to help.
    Linda & Monkey

  10. Gail Hayes says:


    Am I in time to start this Mystery quilt and am I now on the blog. I have downloaded the First clue. Do I still need to buy and download the shapes?


  11. […] bargain, in my opinion) and that’s all you will need along with the free collection and Clues 1 and 2 and you too could be starting The Case of the Secret Garden Mystery […]

  12. […] about The Case of the Secret Garden mystery quilt before on my blog. Clue 2 was revealed yesterday. Clue 1 was released last week. I’m going to be printing fabrics tonight and tomorrow as I follow […]

  13. […] is starting a Mystery Quilt using Inklingo’s newest collection, The New York Wheel.  The first clue involves selecting your fabric and cutting your freezer paper.  Come on and jump in ~ Everyone […]

  14. […] first clue to the mystery and the post about printing test sheets are a great way to get started on The Case […]

  15. […] Inklingo Mystery Clue #1 […]

  16. I’ve been picking out fabrics and making sure everything is prewashed and ready to go! I will be sure to blog about this too – AND I have a friend who loves mysteries who is going to join in! It will be her first experience with Inklingo – yippee! I think I’m going to use a stripe in this as my medium. Hope that works! I have 2 yards of this fabric and it goes very, very nicely with my dark so I couldn’t resist. And who knows? I might just let those stripes run willy-nilly in the design. LOL!

  17. Cathie in Ut says:

    Have fun with your mystery everyone…can’t wait to see what you end up with…

  18. Linda says:

    I hope you find a dark fabric you love, Sandy. High contrast with the other fabrics and light enough on the wrong side to print. That’s good. Love, Monkey

  19. Sandy says:

    Since this will be my first project, the black stripe will be on hold.
    further fabric search is under way.

  20. […] first ever Inklingo Mystery Quilt, “The Case of the Secret Garden,” has begun. The first clue is available to download. The quilt will be made with the New York Wheel collection that I used to […]

  21. Monkey says:

    Hi Melinda,
    I am glad you are doing the mystery! This is going to be fun.
    Linda & Monkey

  22. Monkey says:

    Hi Sandy,
    It is hard to imagine “a black multiple colored thin stripe” without a picture, but if you like it and if there is strong contrast with the other fabrics, it should work. Have you looked at the wrong side? Is it light enough to print? A test page is a good idea because there are a lot of dark shapes. You would not want to have to use templates for those!!
    The mystery doesn’t allow for directional fabric and you might need more to make sure the stripes go the way you want to (see page 5).

  23. Linda says:

    Hi Barb,
    Yes, you are correct. You could use directional fabric, but it would be a lot more printing and a lot more waste. Striped fabric is the same (page 5 of Clue # 1). In Clue # 2, there is a diagram for an efficient layout for each shape, but if you wanted stripes to go along the center instead of side-to-side, it might not be as efficient.
    I hope you will be following along with the clues, Barb! It would be even better in person with marshmallows.
    Linda & Monkey

  24. Barb Vlack says:

    I’m guessing non-directional fabric would be recommended unless you don’t mind if your stripes go in different directions. But that’s only a guess from an “amateur sleuth.” The clues so far don’t make anything obvious. VBG

  25. Sandy says:

    So detective Monkey. What do you think of a black multiple colored thin stripe for the dark?

  26. Karen says:

    Hey Monkey, my favorite gumshoe is back on the case. Hurray!! I could never resist a a good mystery 😉

    Hugs, Karen aka quiltbug

  27. Cathi says:

    This first clue has me hooked! I’m off to rummage in the stash to see what I can come up with. 🙂

  28. Bruce Stripe says:

    Just ordered the New York Wheel Shape collection. Linda and Monkey make the ordering process so much easier now with Paypal.
    Thank you.

  29. Bruce Stripe says:

    OK, you lured me in. I love a good mystery so I am off to purchase the design collection. You do realize that means I need to put my Insanity quilt aside until this mystery is solved. I do suppose I can work on the Insanity between clues of the mystery.

  30. Melinda Noonan says:

    Pattern all printed out and I am gathering up my fabrics. Need to wash some of it so I am ready to start printing. I will use from my stash.

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