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…..
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!!
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……
When I finished the October step in the Morewood Mystery I couldn’t wait for the November clue to come out. BUT, when it did, life was simply too busy to get it done! I did find time before the end of November, but just barely!!
Fortunately the steps were fairly easy and didn’t take too long.
First was to used some of our half-square triangles and the Irish-chain units to make this tulip-looking block….
They look pretty good all laid out although I have no idea what orientation they will be in the final project……
Some of my yellows lack a bit of contrast but I am hoping that those lighter colors will be attached to darker colors to help with the contrast.
The next step was to make a series of Half-Square-Triangle units. Thankfully I remembered the instructions about ironing these units prior to cutting them …..
Here are my November batch of HST’s……
I am super happy with these, especially with the sparkle that they provide!!