"A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
EDITED SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
If there is a need to edit The edits will appear in the date color in the text.
When you belong to a guild, you participate, sometimes as the chairperson of a project. This is how I became chairperson of "the guild Mystery quilt". Yikes, did I really sign up for this. I have a partner in crime. She signed up because she thought it would be fun. At our first meeting she admitted she had never done a mystery quilt. Uth oh, I need help. She is hiding her talents under a basket. She is the pianist who plays by ear. She looks at a pattern and is able to execute it without doing the math.
We designed a quilt our guild can call their own.
FABRIC CHART ABOVE: You will notice that the "B" and the "F" Fabrics are close in color. The pattern is different but the colors and value are the same. This will result in a different looking quilt, (not drastically different).
This is the only chart I have a "C" fabric featured in. The fabric was there when I was picking fabrics and looked great. But I am one who changes her mind on borders and know I will probably change my mind again. lol
At the bottom of the blog, there are 5 more fabric charts of quilts which are in progress (testing out the pattern to make sure the instructions are on point). They are there to show you different interpretations. I have used only fabrics in my stash. My cohort used her stash too.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS IN BOLD PRINT.
(LARGER QUILT REQUIREMENTS IN PARENTHESIS)
THE FABRIC ALLOTMENT CONTAINS FABRIC NEEDED FOR THE OUTER BORDERS ON THE SMALL QUILT. WHEN TIME TO CUT THESE, YOU WILL BE TOLD YOU CAN WAIT TO CUT YOUR FABRIC FOR BORDERS. YOU MIGHT LIKE TO DESIGN YOUR OWN BORDERS.
FABRIC F: This is the place your darkest choice of color would work best. This fabric touches “B” and “E” 1 yd (2 yd.)
A 3 ring folder to keep the installments (some installments refer you back to others).
If you are doing the quilt on the internet the installments are right here you don't need the note book.
(I always print out the instructions from the internet so I will have them in front of me.)
BASIC QUILTING TOOLS:
Rotary cutter, rulers, mat, scissors, Sewing machine, needles, thread, loaded bobbins, straight pins. (Things you normally use) Have them ready.
The ruler I use when squaring up units, is the small 5” EASY SQUARE JR. It is a handy size for squaring up smaller units.
A Large 12” sq. is handy for the corner block squaring.
HINT: Use some tiny bits of self adhesive medium grit sand paper on the back of your ruler. It will keep the ruler from sliding out of position on the fabric. (This hint originally came from a work shop with “Pat Spathe of Nickel quilts”).
Homemade "marking board": A piece of cardboard larger than an 8"X10" sheet of very fine grit sand paper. Use a glue stick and mount the sand paper on the cardboard. The sand paper keeps the fabric from slipping and stretching out of shape. (My sand paper is mounted on the flip top of the box I use to keep my notebook and “this quilt” related items.)
JUNGLE FABRIC CHART
Since I posted the article I have made another quilt. Mostly ignoring guidelines I've set. (Picking from a stash using what I had to see if it worked). I used an "A" fabric which has a dark background, I made the "D" fabric lighter instead of a darker medium. I used a medium dark for "E" fabric, which should be lighter. This one worked too. The only thing sis some design elements do not show off as much. This quilt is a fun everyday quilt for a child. When I joined the first clue units into the quilt, (I didn't fussy cut), I made sure the animals in the unit were going the same direction. If I had enough fabric, fussy cutting would have been great.)
This is my cohorts second quilt. The fabrics have a very "English cottage garden" look. I haven't seen her quilt yet. If I were making it I would have used the "F" fabric for "B" and the B fabric for the "F" position. I can't wait to see if there is definition in the pattern where it butts up against the "E" fabric. I spoke with her today at guild. She said the design element does not disappear in the "F" fabric, it just becomes a muted design.
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