For those that know me really well, they know that my quilt designing/creating normally doesn't fall into a free-form, modern kind of style. But everyone once in a while I like to challenge myself to do something different. The mystery quilt came about as a result of research that I was doing on the internet looking for instant challenges that I could use in my engineering classes with the kids as I teach. The one I found was written for an art class, but it gave me the basis for challenging myself to growing in my freedom of design, especially in a non-geometric type basis.
The Basis of this Mystery Quilt -
1. Each step of the mystery will be given every two weeks. First steps will be posted on 1/11/15.
2. Each step of the mystery will specify something to be added to the quilt, but it will not specify how it is to be added or what size to be added. You will be able to use whatever method you want to use - piecing (hand or machine), applique (hand, machine, fusible), etc.
3. There will be 6 steps in the mystery quilt, not counting the border and finishing of it.
4, The Goal of this mystery quilt is to grow your free-form design skills without stressing about it,
5. Remember in this mystery there is no "right answer" for what your quilt will end up looking like. Each quilt is meant to be the creators own personal creation and no two quilts will look alike!
6. I will post pics of what I do before each following step is posted, but I won't post them with the instructions because I want to give everyone a chance to bring their inner designer to the forefront of their process.
Finished Size of Quilt - without borders the quilt will be 30" by 45". Borders will bring it up lap quilt size. I will be posting what I do for borders (after I figure that out....lol....) but you'll also be able to do whatever you want to do for the borders as well.
Fabrics required for the quilt -
Background fabric (a tone-on-tone, solid, small scale print or neutral) - 1 1/2 yards
Note: You want this to be something that the other fabrics will show up against instead of blending into.
Dark "Neutral" - Should work well with the background fabric - 1/2 yd
Light to Medium "Neutral" - Also needs to work well with the background fabric - 1/2 yard
Coordinating Fabrics - 6 different fabrics or colors, you'll be able to use scraps to FQ's for these.
Border fabric - the border for this has not been decided on yet, so I don't have measurements for this at the current time.
The fabrics that I'm using in the quilt this time are shown to the right. My color inspiration came from the chevron print that I found out in Arizona at Christmas time. I still need to pull a darker green as well, but haven't done that yet.
I will be using my inspiration fabric in the quilt as well, and then most likely in the eventual border as well.
The greens and the two smaller pinks are from my scraps, the other three pinks are yardage.
My background fabrics are two different white-on-white prints that I had here. (Surprised? What can I say, I like multi-fabric quilts....lol.)
So are you game to work the mystery quilt with me? Leave me a comment and let me know - I'd love to hear from you!
1. It's a new year and so far no repeat of last years major snow storm!
2. I have a job to go back to tomorrow as school starts up. Something I don't take for granted.