Tuesday, October 1, 2013


It is that time again to begin another leg of our two year trip,
Left is my Paisley Jacob's Ladder
 A twenty-six month Journey
Dorothy Young, owner, of the yahoo group "A Pocketful of Mysteries" is presenting her Block of the Month quilt series. It began in January 2013, and will continue for the next two years.
 The yahoo site for this trip is:
It is not too late to join in. This block and the other nine are at the beginners level. 
So far I have found the construction of the blocks very simple.  I do recommend you start with the first block if you are a beginner.  There are simple techniques you will pick up on the journey. 
This block is very relaxing and very quickly constructed.  It uses techniques you have already learned in past blocks. One of my favorite techniques, the pin wheeling of  the centers of the four patch. I give a tutorial in this article:
The main reason I like this method is it results in a nice flat top.  There is no bulk in the center where the seams nest.
The block on the left is the one I have made for my friend.  This is the first block where I haven't used both her dark and her light constant.  I have used the butterscotch in another of her blocks and I wanted to make sure it didn't look like a mistake in the finished top.  So it was applied in this block. 
Another technique used in the block is the construction of the "half Square Triangle".  I wrote a short tutorial in this article:
The block on the right is another color way I have been doing.  I still need to catch up on several of the first blocks.  The reason I started another color combo, I wasn't using the paisleys up fast enough.
See you next month, already I am anticipating it!  LOL 
My quilting fix now, will be getting the first Clue for my Guild mystery quilt  ready to be presented, October 16.
This is the first time I have been down that road.  Planning a Mystery quilt is very different than making a quilt.  This is the introduction to our Quilt mystery. 
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind
First Clue to be presented October 16.

This journey with the alphabet blocks is taking me on journeys through the corridors of my mind.
 While you're on a quilting journey of any kind, please think about reducing your stash and making a quilt top to send to the "Quilt of Valor" group in your area .
  Join us in this 2 year journey. There are several hundred friends taking the trip
The following, are blogs written each month on my journey through the alphabet.
Other blog sites by me:
Where I have stories of my cats and other pets
a blog about my courtship with my husband,
and a blog about my most embarrassing moment.
A "Soap box" blog where I do air my opinions.
blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures
Blog about an endangered beneficial beetle
New Blog:
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I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
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