Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Works In Progress

Hi.  I'm linking to the Quiltsy Team blog again. 

This week I worked on contest or mystery quilt blocks.  I love Aurifil thread, and they have a Block of the Month contest.  If you make the block and post it on Flickr, you have a chance to win thread.  Here's March's entry.

I'm also doing a Quilt Along with Jo's Country Junction.  This is called Pieceful Nights.  I had to buy the pattern, but again, there are good prizes.  I won this FQ bundle, and wanted a really pretty quilt to show it off.  I think this design will work nicely.  I'll need to find border fabrics, which will be a challenge.   This collection seems to be sold out.  I'm sure I'll figure out something when it's time to finish it. 
And I am doing the Plenty of Fish mystery quilt from Prairie Quilt Merchantile on Facebook.  This is Step 1.  I have to catch up on the next two.  A mystery quilt gives a variety of steps, but you don't know what the quilt will actually look like until the end.  It's a challenge because you can't picture it and don't know exactlyhow the fabrics will work in the design.  you just have to trust that your lights, mediums and darks will be a good selection.  This one will have a very large variety of fabrics, almost 30.  Although I use strip packs (Jelly rolls) and FQ bundles, and charm packs, and some of my quilts look scrappy because of that, I seldom pick my own array.  For this one, I picked from my supply of fat quarters and some yardage.  It was a challenge to make the choices.  I do love coordinating fabrics, but usually I choose based on the finished quilt.  Since I don't know what this will look like, it was a different challenge.  Pushing the envelope, and being creative is always a good thing.  But the first step was very easy, so that helped. 
Those are my fabric choices, and below is Step 1. 
So, that's what I'm doing!  I also picked up flannel backed tablecloth fabric yesterday.  I got the blue plaid one.  I need to make a better design wall.  The tablecloth I have thumbtacked to the wall is falling, so I want to put this new piece up with a simple frame.  I think the blue "grid" from the right side will show through, and help me if I need lines to help lay out a quilt.  I needed something fast and easy, and cheap.  40% off coupons and some scrap trim pieces from the garage should do it.  I'll let you know!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Looks like you are a busy girl! I always struggle with mystery quilts as I really like to work in more medium tones. Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

thebutterflyquilter said...

I like your choices for your mystery quilt. Waiting to see the finished quilt.