I'm participating in Cheryl's Meadow Mystery quilt along. By "participating" I've been mostly "watching everyone else make progress sewing for the past 3 1/2 months while I do nothing."
In September, when the first sewing instructions came out, I cut out all my fabric (only a month behind schedule). This week I finally sewed some of that fabric together. So far, I've finished the September, October, and November sewing steps. And I'm about a third of the way done with the December sewing. With any luck I'll finish those blocks up today and switch gears to a couple free motion quilting projects that I'd like to finish in the next week or so.
First, September's instructions were all about HSTs. I made 56 HSTs using the two-at-a-time method. 32 of them went together in these four colorful blocks and the other 24 (butterflies/white, not all shown) were awaiting further instruction. I'm so pleased with having chosen the Tula print for the variations in color it brings to the project. My last mystery quilt was scrappy for each set of fabric. This time I stuck to one fabric for each set, but this print brings a bit of that scrappy quality that I love.
October's instructions were to make all the hourglass and half hourglass blocks (52 total!). You can better see here that my white is actually a white on white print with small flowers.
November's instructions were to create the 16 flying geese and 16 square in a square units. I'm a little concerned that my square in a square units don't quite have a quarter inch seam allowance off all the points. Hopefully I don't lose too many points from my inner squares once these are pieced into larger units. I totally could have ripped out all my stitching before I trimmed them so that I could fix my seam allowance, but it seems this was one of those "done is better than perfect" moments. ;-)
Today I used a bunch of those units from September and October's sewing to start making these blocks. There are nine in all to make in December. I have three more to sew of each of the top blocks. I had all nine blocks up on the design wall and what stood out to me is that this quilt is going to be a lot of white. Perhaps that should have been apparent when there were 2 1/4 yards of my white fabric and 3 1/4 yards of my four other fabrics combined. But it didn't really hit me until today. I have never made a quilt with so much white fabric. That said, I'm excited to see it coming together. I'm eager to see what January holds for this project. It's feeling great to be nearly caught up. Note to self: start piecing the backing fabric. I think I'll use remnants of these fabrics and other purples.
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Congrats on catching up! I'm an entire Mystery Quilt behind, with the blocks from *last year's* QAL still waiting to be finished! :) I do like the color gradation in the print you've chosen - it does have a scrappy feel to it. It will be fun to see everyone's finished version of the same quilt.
Thank you, Beth. I really love to see all the different versions. I'm definitely keeping an eye on some of my favorite palettes. By the way, my Midnight Mystery from last year is stalled at the finished quilt top stage. I should really get on that. ;-)
Great blocks! It is really cool to see how that ombre Tula print looks in the design. There is a lot of white but I think that you will be happy and that the white will be balanced in the final design :)
I have no doubt that I'll be happy. I'm really enjoying watching it unfold. Thank you, Cheryl!
Sarah, this is looking really nice. I think the amount of white will be pretty with the darker purple shades - sort of a winter wonderland effect. How big is this going to be?
Cheryl's patterns are so pretty - this will surely be so here. I think the pattern will be quite dramatic with these fabric choices.
Hope all is well and you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season. :-)
Thank you, Bernie. If I remember correctly, it's 60"x60". So as of this month we will have 13 of the 25 blocks finished. (I'm making the assumption that the entire quilt is blocks... perhaps there are borders for part of that.) Happy Holidays!
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
I love that you and I are using the same Tula Pink print but in different areas of the quilt. It will be fun to see how that works out for us both. And I'm in the same step with December at the moment... only 6 more blocks to sew. We can do it today and it will be fun to know you're sewing along with me. :)
I was excited when I saw the Tula print in your earlier sewing. I love the palette you've chosen. My favorite part of this experience is seeing how the different palettes come together. Happy sewing today!
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Participating, watching...all the same thing. LOL But congrats on getting caught up.
Thanks, Anja! It's nice to be able to check something off the old to do list.