My Mystery Quilt

Sometimes, when we meet someone new, there is an instant connection. That’s what it was like when I met Alisha at Connecting Threads last year. A part of what we do at Quilters Newsletter is keep up with the current trends in fabric – colors, prints, fibers, etc. I met Alisha at International Quilt Market and we just clicked. She is more than an acquaintance, she is a friend. I follow the Connecting Threads blog to see what is going on in her world. Her blog last week (on March 13th) was especially nice. She talked about herself and what her job entails.

At the beginning of National Quilting Month I decided I wanted to do something new and personally challenging. On the Connecting Threads blog they announced a mystery quilt. It was a short one, all to be done in the month of March. I could handle that size of commitment. I’d never done a mystery quilt before so it seemed to qualify.

In week one, we were told what fabrics to choose. They had a number of different ideas in their packet. This was hard, hard, hard for me. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my sewing and to choose four fabrics without knowing how they were going to be used together was really difficult. Then, because of my ongoing quest to use the fabric I have; I had the additional “problem” of finding those four fabrics in my existing stash. No shopping allowed. Here is what I finally decided on.

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Here are the fabrics I selected.

I have a little hint for you here. Don’t forget your fabric has two sides. The white on my ivory tone-on-tone was a little too bright to suit me. So I flipped it over and used the wrong side. You can see the right side of the fabric on the left side in this photo and the wrong side of the fabric on the right in the photo. I hope you can see the white is more subtle on the wrong side of the fabric.

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My ivory fabric up close

Another hint, I labeled a small swatch of each fabric so I’d remember which fabrics were which numbers. I taped those swatches to the door of my sewing cabinet. This was after I’d had to refer back to the description several times. It was making me feel a little less than smart and wasting my sewing time.

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Swatches on my sewing cabinet

Here is an in-progress shot. I’ve completed week two and I’m ready for week 3.

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Week two sewing completed

Now week three is sewn and I’m trying to guess how the whole thing goes together.

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Probably not!

I’m pretty sure this isn’t it!

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I like this!

I might be on the right track here. But how do the parts I made in week two fit into the overall plan? I’ve been to the Connecting Threads blog this morning but week 4 wasn’t posted yet. I’m telling myself to be patient. (In the time since I wrote this and now, when I am finishing attaching the photos for you on the blog, the last segment is up and I can’t wait to go home and sew.)

Now let’s get back to my friend, Alisha at Connecting Threads. Here are the fabrics they are using at Connecting Threads. Aren’t they pretty?

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Connecting Threads fabrics

There are only 13 days left in National Quilting month. I wonder what quilting projects I can finish?

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1,016 Responses to My Mystery Quilt

  1. Karrie Smith says:

    I love the fabric she chose to giveaway! And your quilt is looking awesome! Can’t wait to see what the finished quilt looks like. Thanks for the chance to win ;)

  2. Donna Schuttig says:

    these are beautiful fabrics and i’d love to win them. also, like your star blocks.

  3. Dianne Nichols says:

    I have just started quilting. Have 1st one pieced and ready to “in the ditch” quilt.
    Wish me luck.

  4. Lorie says:

    What a generous offer!! I would be honored to make a quilt with these gorgeous Connecting Threads fabrics!!

  5. Karen A says:

    I love these soft colors. This fabric would be perfect for my bedroom.

  6. Vicky Morrow says:

    Gorgeous fabrics! and Thank You to Connecting Threads for your donation! It is so great when a company offers something like this. I know that I will be visiting the Connecting Threads website even more than I do already. And Quilters Newsletter, my kudos to you for publicly hosting a blog by one of your staffer who admitted that she hadn’t done anything like this before! That took guts from both of you!

  7. Robynne Schott says:

    I find blues most relaxing and would love to have a new quilt for my guest room.

  8. Judy Hildebrand says:

    Thank you and Alisha of Connecting Threads for this wonderful opportunity to win some fabulous fabrics.
    And I think you made nice choices of fabrics for your quilt and love the way they are coming together. Anxious to see the end result.

  9. Judy U says:

    Love the fabric and the quilt would love to win the fabric would try the making the quilt.

  10. j.bellinger says:

    Hi there,
    As usual, I found this giveaway a day late ! I have enjoyed this mystery quilt greatly. Well the bad news is I missed out on the giveaway fabrics, the good news, they were the fabrics I chose and made my quilt with! Love them. Hope CT keeps all us quilters excited and ready for the next quilt. Thanks again. Jeanie B.

  11. Nancy Gardner says:

    The fabric is outstanding, but simple. I love it. Love to see the finished quilt. Thanks for giving me a chance to win.

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  13. Jo McGonigle says:

    I would love a chance to win some fabric. Also love your mystery quilt.

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  15. Becky Lowery says:

    Would love to win these, they are beautiful!

  16. Ella West says:

    Is there a way to get this pattern and make this quilt? could not find it on Connecting threads

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