Mystery Quilt Announced!

Bonnie Hunter is graciously designed another mystery quilt.  She announced colors and yardage requirements yesterday.  I started blindly planning for this quilt back in August. I will be deviating from her colors somewhat.  I am going with cheddar for my oranges and blacks for the neutrals.  A skyish blue for blue.  Yellow in place of red, and neutrals for green.  All of these contrast greatly and have already starched/ironed the fabric I know I will be using.  If you are interested in colors and mystery quilt building I highly recommend going to her blog at quiltville.blogspot.com or by clicking this link directly to go to the details of the mystery quilt. This year’s mystery will be different for me.

With the upcomming delivery of my new longarm, I am itching for this process and have lots of tops to finish.  The mystery will be on the back burner ready to start after the reveal.  Because I have deviated to my own color scheme, I want to make sure I like the end result.  Last years On Ringo Lake mystery quilt is still only partially quilted waiting for me to quit being lazy and get going.  It is hard to quilt on a 6 inch throat space.  It really builds up your trapezes muscles, the muscles between your shoulders and your neck.  In much quilting my neck looks like that of a body builder.  (Too bad the rest of me us a gelatinous mess, ha!)

For the neutrals my plan is to go black.  The great thing about planing a quilt like this is photography.  What looks great to the human eye, may not look as great on camera.  Some of these may not make the cut.  These were taken from a layer cake called Harvest Moon.

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For orange I am going cheddar!

For the blue I am going my hue of blue.

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For red I will go yellow.  Will need to pull more from the stash or make a trip to the quilt shop.  I may shop my mothers stash.  🙂

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I Think for the greens I will go neutrals!

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I can’t wait to see how this unfolds!  I am dreaming of a mystery pineapple in blacks with colors in the corners.  I have the larger version of the folded corners ruler and I am finding I really like this ruler.  I can straight cut my smaller pieces of fabric with it as well as snowball the corners.  I have even used this as a binding tool and have emailed Doug Leko the creator of the tool and told him as such.  I am hoping that planted a seed and he teamed up with Bonnie for a dramatic mystery quilt event.  If you are having a hard time ordering this tool, last year I just ordered straight from him at Antler Designs.  This is Doug’s website, and he even signed my receipt and thanked me for my purchase.  Since is he is such a youngster I imagine his inventions as they come will take the quilting industry by storm in the future.  This ruler really makes you work smarter not harder!  For those of you curious about this implement, click here to see how you use it.  Bonnie is also demonstrating the larger version here.  A word of caution.  Using this tool, your 1/4 inch seam allowance needs to be a couple of  threads in so when you fold the fiber over the thread stitching, it will press out to the perfect dimension.  Something I learned during On Ringo Lake, my machine was waaaaaaay off for the seam allowance.  Quite frustrating if you do not know what is going on.  This makes beautiful flying geese without having to draw the line on the fabric then trim, then press.  It skips the tedious step of drawing the line.  The cut is accurate and the seam presses out perfectly to the right dimension.

If you have never followed along on a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, no matter what your experience YOU will LEARN more in a few weeks, than the lifetime you have been doing it!  I promise!  It will improve your piecing and accuracy in all things quilty.  You will get lessons on color and value, and if I am not mistaken there will be an upcoming video where Bonnie and Holly Anne Knight of String and Story discuss switching up the colors and how you know what direction to take.  I am curious about this and you will probably find mention of it here soon.

This week I have rather abandoned the sewing machine.  The temps in the house rose to an uncomfortable level and I refuse to run the AC.  It will be there, and guess what it cooled off just yesterday so I will be back at foot pedaling my way through fabric.  For now I have gotten out my knitting loom and with a hodgepodge of yarn have came a ways on a cuddle blanket.  I am playing with stitches and have attempted a trellis stitch, as well as just a knitting stitch.  I will attempting other stitches and will reveal this work one day when quilty things have slowed down.

So are you participating in this years Mystery Quilt?  I look forward to hearing your comments!  And thank you for reading my blog!

Snowballed 6 Patch Tutorial

I am excited to share with you a pattern that I invented this week.  And I am sharing it free.  I ask only for you to give me credit if you use it, the pattern is mine, the blocks you make with it are yours.  Thank you….signed Dawn, Webmaster of Myquiltprojects.wordpress.com

Now, the formality is done lets get busy with the tutorial.

A 6 patch, this is probably known by another name, but for our purposes we are calling it a 6 patch today.  A scrappy simple block.  For this block you will need one 4 1/2 inch square and five 2 1/2 inch squares.

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Sew the left two 2 1/2 inch squares together.  Then sew the three remaining 2 1/2 inch squares together like sew.  Press seams up and to the right.

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Next sew the the left sewn two squares to the 4 1/2 inch square.

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Now, you will take the bottom row of sewn 2 1/2 inch blocks and sew those to the bottom of the joined 4 1/2 inch block.  Press seams out from the 4 1/2 inch block.

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Lookin’ mighty scrappy so far!  And you have completed your 6 patch block.  This is a great scrap buster.  I had so much fun pulling fabrics for this.  But best of all I used up almost all of my 2 1/2 mini charm packs.  Great variety, no cutting, win win!

The rest of this tutorial is a brainstorm I had a few night ago.  You see I am in a block swap.  These 6 patch beauties will be swapped for someone else’s.  I kept thinking, how am I going to make this my own and make it different than the other swap members?

I decided on using my Folded corners ruler.  I was playing around on the ironing board and came up with the idea by actually folding the corners of 4 of these blocks and magic happened!

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By snowballing a large square and a small square on a 6 patch, and joining 4 together it makes a secondary block.  A spool!  How appropriate!

So the tutorial continues.  I chose cheddar as the spool color.  Even though the whole quilt will be scrappy, I have decided to tie them all together with a cheddar color.  You could use any color, have fun with it.

For each 6 patch you will need one 4 1/2 inch square of cheddar, and one 2 1/2 inch square of cheddar.

Place your 4 1/2 inch square of cheddar with right sides together to your 6 patch block aligning with the existing 4 1/2 inch square.

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Using the Folded Corners Ruler, by Doug Leko, trim your corner.  This ruler is amazingly accurate!  Perfect for snowballing!

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Now you have two seams to sew, one on the 6 patch and one bonus HST.

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In the next step you will use your 6 patch and align your cheddar with right sides together in the opposite corner from your previous snowballing.   Using your ruler, snowball.  Sew the 6 patch cheddar trimmed seam as well as your bonus HST.

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Finger press, and then iron.  I am pressing all of my cheddar seams towards the cheddar.

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And you are now ready to join 4 snowballed 6 patches together alternating large and small cheddar to get this block below.

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The great thing about this secondary block, it will go throughout the quilt making these spools magically appear.  I have always wanted a cheddar quilt.  I am well on my way.  All of those bonus HSTs will be incorporated as corner stones around the perimeter of the quilt top.  I am far from showing you that portion, but am certain it will happen soon.  Here are some examples of my bonus HSTs.

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My fun has just begun with this scrappy project.  Just working a tad here and a little here, I have already sewn almost 65 blocks with cheddar goodness.  It is sew great to use up all those scraps, and to move fabric out of the stash.  I hope I have been clear on the instructions.  Please if there is something you do not understand, pose a question in the comments section.  Thank you for reading my blog!