Monday, July 29, 2013

A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING

INTRODUCTION TO:
"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.

http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-mystery-in-making-clue-1.html
http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-mystery-in-making-clue-2.html
http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-mystery-in-making-clue-3.html
http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-mystery-in-making-clue-4.html
http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-mystery-in-making-clue-5.html

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 tussled with patterns.  We found ones which are free for personal use, are not necessarily free for guild use.  Thus began our quest for a pattern.  The perimeters:  We needed something that would appeal to a variety of quilters.  Our last mystery quilt was a scrap quilt, we thought the group would enjoy a change with a planned color scheme.  We looked for something to use stash yardages (maybe the focus fabric we bought and didn't know what we'd ever do with it). 
 
We found a pattern with one of the fabric manufactures.  We asked permission to convert it to a mystery quilt.  In the conversion, the pattern ended only as an inspiration. 
We designed a quilt our guild can call their own. 
This introduction will set the scene to follow the clues.
 
“A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING”
PIECEMAKERS GUILD 2013/2014 MYSTERY QUILT

A mystery quilt in 5 installments
Finished small Quilt, 57” sq with borders
Small quilt without borders 45” sq
Larger quilt, 63” sq without borders
 
Thank you for participating in this mystery. We hope it will be fun, easy, and educational.  If you know how to use the machine and how to stitch a 1/4 inch.  You should be comfortable working on it.  Newbie’s to the world of quilting may need a little help. 

During the Holiday Season there will not be an installment in December.  This quilt is designed to be done by beginners but it is not a “simple” quilt.  Each step includes hints and construction techniques.  Fabric cutting instructions may contain cuts which might not be used in that part.
Label them and set them aside.

This should not be a stressful quilt for you.  Each of the Clues should only take 2 hours of your time to complete (unless you choose to do the larger quilt, that installment will take, maybe 4 hours).  The First installment may take a little more time, 3 hours at the most.

Abbreviations used in the mystery:  WOF=Width of Fabric, SQ= Square

FABRIC CHOICES:  Six fabrics are required.   The quilt is not conducive to scraps, but it is stash friendly. Our stashes tend to lean towards one color family more than the others.  In my stash the hardest fabric to find is the focus fabric.  The focus fabric background needs to be light in color with multiple colors in it (they can be bright or dark).

   My stash is very limited in light background fabrics.  A large designed focus fabric works well. This fabric will have at least 5+ inches of design showing in the blocks.  It is also used for the larger border.  You will choose the other fabrics from the colors in the focus fabric.  Pick colors from the fabric you want to emphasize.  I.E., your fabric has a white background, which maybe you don’t really like, but it has another light color in it, you could use your light color for background fabric; minimizing the effect of the white. 

You should make a chart with a swatch of each fabric by its letter name, this helps keep confusion out of each step (I use a 2 ½ X 4 ½” rectangle.  When the  project is done I have usable pieces of fabric to use.)  I will refer to each fabric in the construction of the quilt, with letters.
 
FABRIC DESCRIPTIONS AND FABRIC REQUIREMENTS OF THE QUILT: 

There is always a worry when you participate with an unknown.  The biggest one I always have is, “Did they give a generous estimate of the fabric needed?”  When I cut these fabrics there was more than I needed.  When I cut the strips into sub units I had even more “left over’s”.  If you have fabric you would like to use, but think you’ll run short, email.  I have the left over amounts recorded and will be able to tell you where you can scrimp. 

























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) 

FABRIC A:  This is your focus fabric.  It should have a light background (AS IN LIGHTER THAN THE FABRICS DESIGNS.  IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE WHITE.  AS IN THE GRAY ORIENTAL FABRIC BELOW) with a couple of colors in the designs.   2 1/4 YD (3 yd) is the minimum.  Remember the adage “Measure twice, and cut once.”   Fabrics “A”, “B”, and “E” touch each other.  (This fabric could a fussy cut type.  If you fussy cut you will need more fabric).  The quilt lends itself to theme prints.   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 B:  Choose a color on the medium to the dark.  This would be a good place for a solid to semi solid (blenders, tone on tones, batiks). 1 yd.(larger quilt needs the same).   

FABRIC C:  Something with pizazz. This is your inner border.  Pick something in the focus fabric which will stand out but not domineer.  You can also go wild with a bright version of one of the colors in your focus fabric. It is a border you can wait till you have assembled your top to make the decision on this fabric.  3/8 yd (No measurement available for larger quilt, 1 yd should be more than enough)                                                                                                                           

FABRIC D:  Medium to medium dark.   Do not make it medium dark if the “B” and “F” fabrics are medium dark.  You want good contrast with the “B” and “F” fabrics, but do not go light.  ¾ yd. (same for the larger quilt).

FABRIC E:  Light to medium light. (“D” and “E” are in the same Unit together) 1 yd (2½ yd.).  If your “D” is on the medium dark side do not go too light.  Medium would work better. This is the "background" fabric.

FABRIC F: This is the place your darkest choice of color would work best. This fabric touches “B” and “E” 1 yd (2 yd.) 

ESSENTIAL TOOLS:

If you are a quilter, you have them at your finger tips.  I am listing the ones I am using. 
This is my “MISE EN PLACE”* for this recipe.
 
*Mise en place is a French term that translates as “everything in place,” and refers to the organization of equipment, ingredients, and thought processes employed by the cook. Planning and anticipating the needs of a recipe from beginning to end for the successful completion of the recipe, while maintaining order in the kitchen. They do all they can ahead of time without spoiling the results.

Organizational tools: 
A container: large enough to hold your finished units and your fabrics.  Not necessary, but very helpful.  You will be working on this for at least 6 months.  It will help keep it handy in one place between installments.

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.

RULERS:
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”).
 
While working on this quilt I have used a long ruler for cutting strips and a medium length ruler for cutting sub units and marking pieces.

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.)

This quilt pattern is very good for featuring theme prints or even fussy cutting fabric with larger designs.   If you are fussy cutting you will need to figure for extra yardage.

The larger version of this quilt will not have border instructions supplied.  It will be up to your discretion on how to border it.  I did include the approximate (but not accurate amounts for the larger borders if you want to do it the same as the smaller version).

MORE FABRIC CHARTS:

Periwinkle roses fabric: This fabric presented a challenge to me because my stash is very shy in "blues" which would work.  I wanted to use the "yellow" in the quilt but alas among the yellows they were either too light or too yellow. 

The selvage strip is to help you if you have trouble deciding what colors work, refer to the selvage. 

The "B" fabric I used in one of the other sample quilts.  I was calling it very close on the amounts.  It turned out too close.  I mentioned measure twice and cut once, I should have listened to my own lessons.  Also do not watch baseball at the same time!  I had exactly what I needed for the "D" fabric.  I cut one  strip one inch shy.  I ended up having to piece the pieces I needed.  It was a good lesson in frugality.  A hint:  When you have to piece pieces, Iron the seams open so the fabric lies flatter. If you are 3 feet away you can't see the extra seams.


Gray Oriental fabric: When I saw this fabric in the stash I really wanted to feature the blues in it.  I didn't have a single blue which would work.  I did have the wonderful black with the blue in it ("F" fabric).  My "B" fabric was very dark and I worried about the relationship between the two fabrics.  Yes they did blend together when they touched but they made a pleasant design feature. 
 
The fabrics which, to me, didn't work as well in the quilt were the "E" and "D" fabrics. The "E" was too light and the D too dark to play together. (They will be in the same unit in the quilt.)  When I added the final rows and made the larger version they did look nice.  You'll notice I haven't picked a "C" fabric yet.
 
 
Pink and Blue Fruit fabric:  I'm scrapping the bottom of my stash closet for fabrics with light background.  You will notice these fabric selections have two fabrics repeated which I used in another quilt.  In this quilt the only fabric I would change is the pink fabric, even though it is a perfect match, Is too light to be touching the "F" fabric.  It looks good but it makes that unit's design feature very prominent.  What would I choose instead?  Probably a medium dark green, but if I choose that green then I would probably have to change D and E too.  
 

                              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.)
 
 
The above quilts are the ones I have started.  I will make one more as I make this journey with you. (WITH THE ABOVE NEW ADDITION IT LOOKS LIKE I NEED TO RAID THE STASH FOR ANOTHER FOCUS FABRIC FOR MY QUILT BEGINNING October 16.)
  My Cohort in this mystery is also checking the instructions out.  She has made two quilts so far.  Hers are mostly from stash.  I believe she said she had to purchase one fabric in each quilt. 
 
COHARTS  FABRIC CHARTS:
 
 ZANY CHART
This is a "Zany" Quilt. The choices are very happy and exciting together.  Her fabric choices work.  The "B" does stand out, but doesn't dominate. 
 


ENGLISH GARDEN CHART
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.
 
The following public group is set up for the discussion and display of your discovery journey.  Looking forward to meeting you.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mysterymaking/

mysterymaking-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


Other blog sites by me:
http://pitbulladog.blogspot.com/
about our pup we acquired at our gate.
 
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
 
All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GLORY BOXES "ON POINT"

"Glory Boxes" is a fascinating block.  On my other blogs about the block I explored the different looks.  I used fabric I didn't care for in my explorations.  I didn't expect to be using them for anything.  I never intended them to become anything but UFOs.
The following blogs are about this block:
 
 
Above you see the transition of one of the blocks.  I recently decided to do a "Roosting Robin" on one of my online groups.  Also my guild is hosting a year long, "Do your own thing".   It's where you work on a project and each month show the completed "block", at the end of the year you are to present a finished quilt.  I feel this will fit the bill.  I realize it will be taking the blocks out of the UFO status and placing them in the active list.  
 
The "Blooming Glory box was framed with 3 1/2 inch unfinished background strips.  This is almost all I had of that fabric, Woo Hoo.  One down, a jillion to go.  I put the block "on point" with the addition of the Burgundy Rose fabric. 
 
Even though I have quilted/pieced since 1997 I have never attempted  "On Point" piecing.  Mainly because the patterns never appealed to me.  But when I was playing with these "Glory" blocks this one was side crooked on the table and I thought I really like the way it looks. So with the help of friends I used the following the following formula for putting my block on point:

Finished size / 1.414 + .875 for seam allowance. So, yours would be (15 / 1.414) + .875 = 11.48. Cut a square 11.5 inches and slice on one diagonal. This will give you 2 corner triangles with the grain line running on the outer edges of your top.
 
Will I continue and use the on point setting else where in the quilt.  That remains to be seen. No plans as yet.
 
Hopefully this will be a journey with the minimum pitfalls. I know it will have plenty of challenges the first one being I am working with colors with which I am not comfortable .
 
If you are interested in the BOM this block was presented in the following online group:
 
"THROUGH THE ALPHABET"
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 is:
It is not too late to join in. This block and the other six 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. 
 
 The following, are the blogs I've written each month on my journey through the alphabet.
 

 
 New Article on my blog: 
"A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind
 
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:
 
All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

GLORY BOXES BLOOM

To say I am having fun with the BOM this month is to put it lightly.  After I wrote the blog about the 4 different effects using different fabrics I suggested that they also looked like tulips.  While down in the dungeon I couldn't stay away from the machine.  I had to see if they really did look like tulips.
VOILA! 
A BLOOMING GLORY BOX
 
It is amazing the difference color and placement can make in a block.  This is the same pattern with the same pieces.
 
 
Hope you are having fun with your blocks and finding inspiration at your finger tips.  If you haven't started the trip yet join us in this 2 year journey. Find inspiration to make glorious creations.
 
There are several hundred friends taking the trip
The following, are the blogs written each month on my journey through the alphabet.

http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/07/block-of-month-g-is-for-glory-boxes.html
  http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/06/block-of-month-f-is-for-friday.html
 
 
 New Article on my blog: 
"A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind
 
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:
 
All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission




Monday, July 8, 2013

G IS FOR GLORY BOXES 4 WAYS

This quilt block is the 7th block in a BOM series by Dorothy Young. 
You can view my first rendition of the block in the following blog:
 
While working on the block, which I interpreted different than the example Dorothy gave us.  It made me wonder if there were other ways.  Using the same color families and the same pieces, I changed the look of the block. 
 
If several of this block were connected together you would see a woven ribbons effect, especially if you used the same 
fabrics in the same position. 
 
 
This block would give a cathedral windows effect if each quadrant's center background square was enlarged
 
 
This block would give a totally different woven effect
with a wider reveal. 
 
 
The following block would give your quilt a spinning star effect.
I know there are other ways this block can be manipulated.
 
 Changing the outside frames to be the same colors as the star points would make another look. 
 
Taking the 4 inside background squares and making them the same color families as the star points and then using back ground fabric for the framers will give you floating tulips (4 of them).  Having each quadrant a different color would make the definition of the pattern more intense.
 
Hope you are having fun with your blocks and finding inspiration at your finger tips.  If you haven't started the trip yet join us in this 2 year journey. Find inspiration to make glorious creations.
 
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.
 
 New Article on my blog: 
"A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind
 
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:
 
All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission

Saturday, July 6, 2013

BLOCK OF THE MONTH: G IS FOR GLORY BOXES





"THROUGH THE ALPHABET"
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 is:
It is not too late to join in. This block and the other six 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 is my Glory Boxes Block.  It is a very appropriate block for me this month.  I have a son who is in the Navy for the last 26 years.  His favorite holiday since he was a toddler has been the 4th of July. 
 
My name is Gloria and I am called Glo by my friends. Hence, the play on words which is the name of this blog site, "Glorious Creation". 
 
I took some poetic license with this block.  I saw the essence of the Double friendship star in the design.  Evidently the block lends itself well to different interpretations.   I used the standard 3 fabrics I have been using throughout the BOM (the first BOM in the series has the photos of the control fabrics I will use for the next two years).  This time I added a new paisley to the mix (the brighter blue).
 
BTW, I was not intentionally making a red white and blue quilt.  It is just turning out that way.  As you can see the main two paisley fabrics have several colors I can choose from. 
 

The  following block is made by Dorothy, owner of "A Pocketful of Mysteries".  This was the example she made for us.  You can see the possibilities, different colors in different spaces  will make in the block's design.
 
In this journey through the Alphabet I am taking a friend along for the ride.  She is also making blocks for me.   This is the block I have made for her.
 
I used the same fabric positions as I did for my block.  I am wishing I had tried another layout.  I may have to take a moment out and make a totally different color way and layout.  I am enjoying this BOM.  I couldn't wait to drive home on the fourth of July from my trip to Denver to work on this block.  I made them up on the afternoon of the 5th.  As always Dorothy's concise directions led to fast construction.
 
I have a hint.  On constructing each of the quadrants use a slight quarter inch and when you join the quadrants use a correct quarter inch.  Your block will end up an exact 9.5 inches.


 Join us in this 2 year journey. There are several hundred friends taking the tripThe following, are the blogs written each month on my journey through the alphabet.


 
 New Article on my blog: 
"A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind
 
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:
 
All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission