Take a ride in the mystery machine….

The Mystery Machine is on the prowl again with the next clue in the Macaron Mystery from Meadow Mist Designs.

This is our first month of sewing and, like many mystery quilts, it starts with half-square triangles!!

While doing last year’s mystery, I learned the trick of ironing the half-square triangles before they are cut apart. I first wrote about it in this post.

The problem that I have had with this technique is that when I start to cut the triangles apart, the folded fabric gets in the way…..

When Cheryl was showing the technique again, she made a simple comment to TURN THE BLOCK OVER and make the cut…..

Oh….that makes more sense!!

But you say “what if the fabric gets folded under”?

IT GETS CUT!!!

Okay….new plan….. turn it upside down, run my fingers down the center of the two seams to make sure that the fabrics are laying flat…..

NOW I can safely make the cut!!!

I used the “Bloc-Loc” ruler to square up the blocks, leaving a small pile of snippet cuttings….

Now came the fun part….. laying out the blocks and trying to IMAGINE how they might go together….

I love how these look, especially the swirls that show up at various points…..

So it is back in the box to wait for another month and another clue……

I can’t wait to use that peppermint-colored fabric!!!

It’s time for a good mystery!!!

I am excited that it is once again time for the annual mystery quilt sponsored by Meadow Mist Designs. This year’s offering is the Macaron Mystery.

The teaser photo appealed to my senses…..

…and I was excited to start pulling fabrics!!!

When I started last year’s “Morewood Mystery”, I was trying to conserve fabric (for some strange reason) and chose to use only scraps for the quilt. I was pleased with the results…..

….but I did make my life a LOT harder!!!

This year, I have made a pact with myself that I am going to USE the fabric on my shelf and not try to hang on to it and I thoroughly enjoyed selecting the fabrics for this new creation…..

The blotchy print is one that I bought on our trip to Austin, Tx in 2020 and that is bringing an enjoyable memory to the project!!

It took about 2 hours to do the cutting…..

There were a lot of 5/8″ and 7/8″ measurements which I normally don’t work with so it will be interesting to see what I will learn during the project.

That is one reason that I enjoy mysteries and challenges….I ALWAYS learn something!!!

So, it is now boxed up and waiting for the next clue….

…..only 3 weeks to wait!!

The joy of uneven borders

When we left the Morewood Mystery Quilt, I was debating about how to add length to the quilt so that it could become a twin size quilt.

It was almost wide enough already but definitely needed some extra length.

IF I had known the finished size, I would have made one more row of blocks and IF I had just used a few fabrics, I would have made the extra blocks now. BUT, since I had used all scraps, I knew that it would be a herculean task to pull scraps to make those 5 extra blocks.

SO….I decided to work with uneven borders!!

I was first introduced to this by Pat Speth who was a speaker at our local quilt guild. She encouraged us that it was okay to have borders of different widths….if nothing else, it could make the math simpler for pieced borders!!

I felt that the quilt needed some more yellow to bring out the yellows in the blocks, so I started by adding a yellow border to the top and bottom…..

Next, I added a purple border….1.5 inches to sides and 2.5 inches to the top and bottom, followed that with a green border all the way around the quilt….

The finished quilt is fun and bright and will hopefully make the recipient smile!! It is being donated to a local women’s rehabilitation shelter and I am hopeful that it will brighten many of their faces and days!!!

Many thanks to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for this fun mystery. I learned many things including…..

If you are interested in the pattern, it is available on Cheryl’s website.

The Mystery is Revealed

This week I felt like Inspector Clouseau…..

The case was indeed SOLV-ED!!

This month was the last clue in the Morewood Mystery from Meadow Mist Designs, and it was SO much fun to see how it all came together.

We ended up with two blocks…..

One of the nicest things about this quilt is that there are NO seams inside the block that have to match. I only had to match the corners….

This meant that sewing the blocks together was super fast and easy!! I would start out by matching the leading edge corner and sewing about an inch….

Then I would match up the seam at the end of the block…..

….and hold it as I sewed the seam…..

…letting the machine pull the block toward the needle….

This is the final design…..

I love the design and the movement across the diagonal of the quilt. However, part of the design is lost because I didn’t have enough contrast between the yellows and the background fabrics. This would have been solved if I had used one white fabric for the background rather than lots of scrap fabrics. Live and learn!!

Also, I wish that it was one more row in length so that it could easily become a twin bed quilt. Now I COULD make 5 extra blocks but instead, I am adding a yellow border to the top and bottom and then additional borders to all sides…..

When it is finished, it will be donated to a women’s rehab center that is in need of twin-size quilts. I think that it will be a happy addition to any room!!

More on the Mystery….

This past week I was determined to catch up with the Morewood Mystery.

When I showed the December clue, I commented that the next step was starting to put some of the bits and pieces together. For me, this is the MOST exciting part of a mystery quilt….seeing how it is going to fit together.

Now, as we have been working on the various pieces to the puzzle, I had formed an idea of where I thought we were headed. But, after completing the January clue, I have NO idea!!

This month we put together these funky, asymmetrical blocks…..

I am super pleased with the piecing and most of my corners matched well.

I had fun laying out the blocks and trying to get some idea of “who-done-it”….ie… what the final pattern would look like……

….but neither of these takes into account the other bits and pieces that still need to be included……

It definitely is a mystery!!

Come back next month for the next clue. AND, if you want to join in, there is still time!! You can find all of the instructions on the Morewood Mystery Website……