"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Musings on potential mystery quilt

One of the things I'm considering designing for posting next year is a mystery quilt.   Now I don't like and don't participate in typical mystery quilts.    However there was one mystery quilt that I did like and enjoyed the process of making it.   Actually I enjoyed the mystery enough that I made it twice at the same time.   The pics in this point show the two quilts that I made as a result of the mystery quilt.

The mystery quilt was one that didn't specify what fabrics had to be used, didn't give a specific block or pattern that had to be used, or anything too confining.   Instead it was based on monthly "Rules" such as "Include one or more yo-yo's in your block" and "put words in is somewhere".   In addtion, the monthly "rules" specified the size of the area (block) to be added to the quilt.   Each person participating in the mystery were able to interpret the rule according to how they wanted it to be added into their quilt.

Each quilt made came out looking very different, and because everyone was able to implement the "Rules" in their way and colors, everyone ended up loving their quilt.    If you'd like to see more of the quilts that resulted from this mystery you can look at the website - http://dodmystery.blogspot.com/ .

I'm in process of writing up a set of similar "rules" for a mystery quilt.   The rules will be based off of an art challenge that I found online while looking for something for school and will lead to a more and instead of randomly sized blocks, the base block size will be specified to make it more cohesive.    My current plan is to test the instructions this summer while I'm out of school and a good friend may also test them.   And then once they are tested will decide when to start posting them.  

I currently plan to release one "rule" a month, but might consider twice a month.    Those of you who read my blog, would you consider making the quilt?   And if yes, how often would you want clues/rules posted?

1. Last day of final exams is today, last day of school for us teachers is tomorrow!

2. God has provided a way for me to get the training I need in order to become certified to teach driver's ed and make extra income to help pay off bills and keep food on the table and gas in the car!


Kat Scribner said...

I tell you, if there were general guidelines like the size of a block and to incorporate something specific but select your own interpretation, I LOVE the idea. I havent gone to look at the link of examples yet, but sounds like a fun way to go. We love to make our own choices.

desertskyquilts said...

You know I'd do it again next year, and probably once a month would do for me, though twice wouldn't be impossible.