Monday, April 24, 2017

A Quilt Show and a Mystery

Our patchwork group has just finished our bi-annual quilt show. The new gigantic cover photo shows my Chester Criswell and Malaga 1937 which had their first public outing.




We changed venue this year. The space was new to us so the set-up time was longer, but we had twice as many visitors as our previous show.  Our group has 25 members and we only show quilts that have been finished in the last two years.  We hung a total of 173 quilts!







This is my chimney sweep swap, with reproduction blocks made by friends at Quilts in the Barn / Wonga Park.




Ryan turns three next month, this is his big bed quilt.


Now that the quilt show is done and dusted .....

Are you ready for a mystery?


The blog posts over the last few months have shown blocks inspired by the Malaga 1937 friendship quilt.  Some people have been sewing along, some have been reading the stories.  I have been trying out layouts and ideas and have finally decided what the finished quilt is going to be.

I plan to release the pattern (and stories) in September 2017. I thought it might be fun to run the blocks as a mystery from May to August.  Weekly deadlines keep me on track, and you can all be pattern testers as well as getting the instruction for free. 

If you are interested please leave a comment below.  This isn't a binding commitment, you can always make as few or as many blocks as you like.  If there is no interest I won't run the mystery ... but it might be fun.

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    1. I'm going for short and sweet rather than long and involved (like the CCCQ).

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  2. Love all your quilts. I think a mystery would be fun.

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    1. Thank you! I think a little mystery will be fun too.

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  3. Sounds like fun! I love mystery quilts!

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  4. Please count me in! I learnt to love needle turn applique while doing the Chester Criswell Quilt (still doing it if I'm honest) and I think a mystery with you will be fun!!

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    1. This mystery isn't needle turn, it will be pieced blocks - but please don't let that stop you!

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  5. Have enjoyed the Malaga series, have a stash of 30s fabric that I've longed to dive into and always wanted to be a pattern tester so I'd love to participate!

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    1. That's great Vivian, I've had an excellent response so the mystery is a go-ahead - look out for a blog post tomorrow!

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  6. Sharon, SO EXCITED! Yes, I would love to participate! Can't recall if I already told you, but thinking about it again today :)

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    1. Glad you are excited Wanda, hope you aren't disappointed. It certainly won't be on the epic scale that the Chester Criswell Quilt was - closer to three months than three years!

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  7. Hi Sharon
    I came on over after seeing Carole's post and link..am I still able to join in please??

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  8. I read Carole's post too. Any room left?
    Ginabeth Young, USA

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    1. Of course you can Ginabeth, there is room for everyone. The first week is here:

      http://chestercriswellquilt.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/and-mystery-begins-now.html

      If you are on Facebook there is a mystery group here:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1797251287255211/

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  9. I am very interested in your mystery have been seeing some amazing blocks and I think I have 3 minutes in the day to start one!

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