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.
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.
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.
Here is an in-progress shot. I’ve completed week two and I’m ready for week 3.
Now week three is sewn and I’m trying to guess how the whole thing goes together.
I’m pretty sure this isn’t it!
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?