One of my guilds does a mystery quilt every year, and this year, we’re doing a sort of “design-your-own-mystery” quilt. My friend, Candy, did this with her guild, and their quilts were absolutely gorgeous, so I asked her if I could steal their idea, and she said “Sure!”, so I based our program this year on their previous project.
It’s called “The Happenstance Quilt”, since how they turn out is kinda sorta pretty much happenstance (and everyone’s will be different — I’m so excited to see the reveal in May)!
First, we could decide on three different size options: 54″ square, 72″ square, or 81″ square. And you can make any one of those bigger with the addition of borders at the end, if desired.
The first step was to start with a center block, which could be either 18″, 24″, or 27″, based on the size of quilt you chose to make. Me, naturally, I want the biggest one possible — I always want it big because I’m hoping it will use up the biggest amount of scraps!
Altho we started this back in the fall, and I’m passing out our final installment tonight at our guild meeting, I only just a couple weeks ago made my center block. Cos I’m speedy like that.
Here’s my center block:
As I was riffling through the drawer of orphan blocks, I found this little wall quilt top that I made in a workshop with my other guild a few years ago, and never quilted. It was very nearly the right size, but I, of course, wanted to start with the 27″ center, so I added the black-and-white striped frame to bring it up to size.
Now to get on with Step 2 for this one, which I’m not divulging here because it is, after all, a mystery that we’re not done with yet.
But . . .
As fate would have it, while I was cleaning, sorting, purging, chucking, and searching through all the piles I have around here, I also found this:
It was formerly the center of a large medallion quilt I was intending to appliqué several eons ago, but then decided it wasn’t worth my effort. Turns out, I could trim it down, and it’s the perfect size for the center of my mystery quilt!
And I also found this — a whole lot of bias vine already made!
And these — a whole bunch of leaves already cut and ready to appliqué. I seriously don’t know how I hadn’t already gotten rid of this stuff — (hoarder, maybe)?
So . . . now I have two mystery quilts started. That, or I’m gonna have to make up my mind which one to continue with, and put the other one back aside for now. If I do them both, it’ll use up even more scraps, tho, right?
And I’ve been wanting to make a traditional-looking Christmas quilt, and I think the red and green one might be a perfect start for that. What do you think?
Which one would you go with? Would you do both, or just pick one?
I’ll keep you posted on what I end up doing . . .