So, it totally wasn’t fair to tease last week about a mystery quilt and then have radio silence! Obviously, since this is a MYSTERY quilt along, I can’t reveal everything, but here are some fun details. As more information becomes available, I’ll be posting it both here on the blog and on our official Quilt Along homepage. If you’d like to receive updates by email, sign up at the bottom of the page.
The Gypsy Queen Mystery Quilt Along will run from the end of August through the end of November. The quilt finishes at 67″ square, but with some extra blocks, it could easily be up-sized to 98″ square. Gypsy Queen has a bohemian, Moroccan, mosaic feel to it. We’re making our sample using Pat Bravo’s Artisan line for Art Gallery Fabrics, which lends an autumn-y feel to the quilt, but the pattern would also rock as a Christmas/Winter-y quilt. I can especially envision Sandy Gervais’s Very Merry line for Moda Fabrics. We’ve also had requests for a more feminine or spring-y palette and Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics fits the bill perfectly!
We ARE carrying kits with for all THREE lines in the shop, but I anticipate that they’ll go fast.
The quilt was designed with a 6 color + background palette. For the mystery portion of the quilt along, my personal inclination would be to use yardage over scraps or fat-quarters. I think that you’d need to see the whole quilt to preserve the primary and secondary design elements before using more than 6 prints. Once we’ve published a traditional pattern at the end of the quilt along, it will be much easier to sort your tones out into an awesome, scrappy quilt. If scrappy quilts or fat quarters are your thing or that’s all you have on hand, though, I say go for it! Just separate the prints into Dark, Medium, Medium/Neutral, and Neutral groups. 🙂
Of all of our current patterns, the mystery quilt is probably most similar to our Aspen Glow quilts. The difficulty level is somewhere between a Very Confident Beginner and Intermediate. The pattern uses Half-Square-Triangle blocks, Flying Geese blocks, some traditional piecing, and some “Stitch, Trim, & Flip” type blocks. No applique, templates, or special rulers required. It’s very straight-forward construction, but there are lots of tiny blocks, so accurate cutting and piecing skills are a must!
After completing the cutting for the entire quilt, each week will have you building portions of blocks. Rather than weeks and weeks of prep work – like making 5000 HSTs one week and 301 flying geese the next – you’ll have a finished block (or portion of a block) after each week. The finishing instructions will be available around Thanksgiving, so it’s totally feasible to have a finished quilt
We’re doing this as a free mystery QAL – so tell your friends, your guild, your sewing circle! The instructions will stay on the blog, but only until the end of the year. Once “the cat’s out of the bag” the traditional pattern – put together in a non-mysterious way – will be available for purchase.
So, that’s the gist of the mystery quilt. If you’d like to participate and/or would like to receive updates by email, sign up below. If you need a little help pulling your color palette together, just email me – I’m happy to help! If you have more questions, just leave them in the comments field below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!