Thursday, February 10, 2011

Announcing a new Mystery

My 1st cut-and-paste wall hanging is ready to quilt. If you've been following my blog for a while, you should recognize this.  It took me a while to get this far because I wasn't happy with the 1st red that I chose for the appliqué in the center.  Too bad that meant I had to go shopping for more. The appliqué block is a variation of the Whig Rose. Most quilts that I saw with this block have that jagged zigzagging red piece colored green, but it didn't look very organic to me, and I didn't think that the block needed more green so I used red there. I've got this one basted and I'm going to quilt it on my domestic.  It's only about 28" square.

 I have decided to post the next quilt that I'm going to be working on as a mystery!  I have conducted a few mysteries when I 1st started teaching quilting.  I ran those differently than most teachers would have. Basically we all worked on the same components for the quilt, but how you decided to arrange your pieces in the end was entirely up to you.  I did not provide a final plan for those mysteries. They were fun because everybody's turned out different.  I won't do that to you this time, I have definite plans.

There are Thirtysomething units in the mystery quilt. If you're not familiar with those you can follow this link and print off detailed directions on how to make Thirtysomething units. You could make a few before you decide if you want to participate in the mystery. The quilt will finish 48" square. I'll post a new clue once a week.  If your friends like mysteries, invite them to join the fun. Use your medium and dark toned scraps for this one, or do what I did and pull a range of co-ordinating batiks from my stash. Here's the requirements.

Light background - 1 7/8 yards
Medium and dark scraps - 18 strips 2.5" x 20".  Not cut with a zigzag like in the jelly rolls.
And 36 squares, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8". Cut each square once diagonally to make 72 triangles.
Border - 5/8 of a yard for 3 1/2"  border. You can select this when you're through piecing if you wish.
Binding - 1/2 yard
This is what I'll be working with.



kadyb said...

Love your color palette for the mystery quilt. And, I just received my copy of S is for Scraps - and all the quilt projects are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Love that pallet you have chosen, that could easily be my pallet too. I already have about 6 other "mysteries" going on right now, what the heck, I think I can add one more to the bunch! I will give it a try.

Heather said...

the wall hanging is lovely.

Great choice of fabrics for the mystery.

Quiltmama said...

Hi Gayle, i am going to purchase your S for Scraps. The quilt shown is beautiful.

Heather said...

I have all my fabric , well, not the border nor binding, and am getting ready to press and start cutting. will be writing about this in my blog on Tuesday, will add a link to your post for others who might be interested.