Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Step 1

Here it is, Materials List and step 1 or our Mystery Quilt.

This will make a quilt 48inches square. If you would like to make it 48" x 72" you will need 2.5 metres of background fabric, plus borders and another 50% more of your 2.5" wide strips or jelly roll strips.

Assorted 2.5inch strips of scraps or part of a jelly roll (approx. 24 2.5" strips)
1.5mtr background fabric with another 40cm extra for the border.

Step 1 Instructions
From your 2.5" wide strips of scraps or jelly roll cut:-
32 4.5" long strips
32 6.5" long strips

From your background fabric cut 6 x 2.5" wide strips across the width of fabric.
Subcut the background fabric strips into 64 x 2.5" squares.

Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of your 64 squares corner to corner.

With right sides together, place a background square on right hand end of the 4.5" strips, making sure your stitching line runs from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner.
Stitch along the marked line as per diagram below to snowball the corner. Trim excess fabric a quarter inch for seam allowance and press open.

With the pile of 6.5" strips, place a 2.5" background square on the left hand end of the strip, making sure your stitching line runs from the top left to the bottom right corner. Stitch along the marked line. Check the diagram. The stitching angle is critical so keep one as a template and make sure all stitch lines are going in the right direction.

More chittering than a scurry of chipmunks

Wednesday was just one of those days, everyone seemed to be talking, laughing and just jollying around, so many projects on the go and all being busily worked on.
Mind you, as soon as the camera comes out they all stop chatting, no-one wants an open mouth pic on the post!
Karen J, with her back to us, was working on the binding of a cute Sudoku quilt.
Karen very kindly gave an impromptu mini class on the construction of her Sudoku quilt using 9 different fabrics,
and being the very clever lass that she is, the same fabrics in a large 9 patch formed the backing.
Sue A presented a tutorial a few years back on a Sudoku quilt, but if you missed it or need a refresher here are a couple of links,
Rose Smith has a youtube video here
with comprehensive instructions here
but if you really want a quilting sudoku challenge, try this one from Moda Bake Shop,

Julie, who is also a member of the Mooloolah Valley quilting group bought her mystery flimsey along to share,
It was the at the Mooloolah Valley Show and Tell that Wendy was first inspired to present a mystery quilt to our group, and I must say the idea has been enthusically embraced.
Helen T also bought her finished Mystery along

Fae was working on sandwiching another quilt, she already had the cute little bears fabric but a quick trip to the fabric shop was needed to snaffle the other fabrics, including a nicely matched backing.
Fae also had a finished offset squares quilt ready for sharing,
That's Sherrye in the background, helping out Courtney by pressing and cutting her fabrics for the Mystery quilt.

Pat bought her machine along to work on the quilting of her current cutie, 'Catlady', a Coton + Steel pattern by Sarah Watts, Pat was convinced to stay in the main room with the rest of us and it was 'quilt central' most of the day, everyone popped along for a look and a chat.
Quilting progress to date, wanting to use up every little piece of her Japanese cat fabric, Pat pieced the backing for 'Catlady'. Pat ends each quilting line, tying and burrying each thread - no short cuts here!

Karen has been stitching little frock and nicker sets for her newest Grandie, using a Cabbage Patch doll pattern (who remembers those, the dolls and the patterns, the patterns were such a boon to stitching little things for bubbies all those years ago)
beautiful tie backs and edged in lace, Karen even stitched sweet litte roses along the lace on the lavender dress.
Remember that cute little apron Karen made for another Grandie? well lucky lass now has a matching little tote.

Marie has been stitching up a storm,
creating two identical quilts for twin sisters, it's their 21st soon and Marie will have these beauties to gift to them.
A medallion created with 'Sister' sentiments and appliqued roses, edged with (according to Marie, hundreds) of flying geese. Truly a gift to treasure.
Marie was thrilled to find a Derivian marker at Spotlight to use for the verse, comes in different colours and is only $4. You can read about them at.

Jackie shared her latest with us. Lovely vibrant colours, 2.5" strips crosscut and sashed.
The backing was a piece purchased a few years back when the Palmwoods patchwork shop was relocating, of course it was on sale, at a ridiculously low price and Jackie knew she just had to have it, being a little short one end Jackie pieced some more vibrants down the side and voila! another brilliant backing.
Jackie wanted an allover quilting design that didn't detract from the vibrancy of her quilt, and was thrilled with the job Letitia did.
Letitia is growing her longarm quilting business and specialises in quilting all over designs as opposed to pantograph patterns that go edge to edge in a repeat pattern. She prefers to quilt a design that complements your quilt without overpowering the work done by the quilt owner.
If you have the odd flimsey sitting around wishing it was a quilt, speak to Letitia, her rates are most reasonable and she can be reached at:
Letitia Turner
Home Ph. 5476 7351 or
Mob. 0434 829 128

Step 2 reveal of the Mystery quilt, lots of little baggies of finished strips were on display.
Wendy handed out Step 2 instructions and gave a little demo, there were some sneaky questions she managed to answer gardedly so as not to give the game away.

Links to Step 1 instructions can be found in the sidebar.

Sheila is spending some time with the Grandies, took a trip to the wildlife park, but hey, not a Grandie in sight, could be something to do with the crocodile she is holding, reckon we will all be doing a little surreptitious finger counting when she gets back!
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