Week Three of Four Mystery Quilt

Week 3 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge by Sharon Wasteney, Something Stitched

Always use a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam allowances toward the solid.

 

Block C requires these pieces:

(1) 3 ½” x 18 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 9 ½”;

(1) 9 ½” x 18 ½”;

(1) 3 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1through 4.

Sew #2 print to #3 print, press seam to #3; sew #4 print to #1 print, press seam to #4. Join #2,3 to #4,1, forming a four-patch block.

Sew 3 ½” x 6 ½” piece to left edge of four patch block. Sew 6 ½” x 9 ½” to right edge of four-patch block.

Sew 3 ½” x 18 ½” to top of enhanced four patch and sew 9 ½” x 18 ½” to bottom of block.

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block C will be 18 ½” width and 18 ½” height.

 

Block D requires these pieces:

(2) 6 ½” x 21 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 9 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1through 4.

Sew #3 print to #1 print, press seam to #1; sew #4 print to #2 print, press seam to #4. Join #3,1 to #4,2 forming a four-patch block.

Sew 6 ½” square to left edge of four-patch block and 6 ½” x 9 ½” to right edge.

Sew remaining 6 ½” x 21 ½” pieces to top and bottom of enhanced four-patch block.

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block D will be 21 ½” width and 18 ½” height.

Sew block C to block D.

Sew C/D piece to bottom edge of A/B block then set aside for final row.

 

 

 

 

 

Two-thirds done. How easy is this!!

 

 

Rusted and Felted

Today I will be joining a group of fiber arts enthusiasts at the Rockport Center for the Arts to share the rust dyeing technique. Coming from a farm background I am familiar with how equipment rusts if not taken care of. I remember greasing plow blades and cultivator shovels to prevent rust. Now I am looking for all kinds of bolts and washers and nails and chains and anything else that is or can be rusted to create an interesting pattern on fabric. The sample shown combines a Tyvek leaf ( my favorite technique) on a rust dyed background with felted leaves on the side. I painted the background fabric using Setacolor paints with commercial batiks that combine so well with hand dyes. Made on a rainy day, it reflects the mood of the day with the sun trying to shine but the rain prevailed. Looking forward to the exciting but unknown results that take place when a group with artistic bent comes together.

To Dye For

 

 

 

 

My morning and early afternoon was spent dyeing vintage linens and over dyeing other fabrics with a Texas friend. While she likes bright colors I tend to stick to the more grayed organic tones. I like to dye fabrics with someone who is my opposite in color choices because it compels me to pour those bright colors over my linens and enjoy the surprising results. I can’t think of any vintage linen I have dyed that I haven’t liked when I finally took it out of the dryer. They may not be as bright as I had hoped, they may have been brighter than I hoped, but they always have an amazing beauty that pleases my artistic muse and I seem to find a use for them. Because I like to make nature inspired art quilts I find I need those bright bits of color to make the project more interesting. Bright bits of color in friendships make my life more interesting as well.

Week Two of Four Mystery Quilt

Week 2 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge by Sharon Wasteney, Something Stitched

Always use a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam allowances toward the solid.

 

Block A requires these pieces:

(2) 6 ½” x 24 ½”;

(1) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″;

(1) 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1 through 4.

 

Sew #1 3 ½” print square to #2 print square, press seam to #2; sew #3 print to #4 print, press seam to #3. Join #1,2 to #3,4, forming four patch block.

Sew 6 ½” solid square to the left edge of the four patch.

Sew 6 ½” x 12 ½” rectangle to the right edge of the four patch.

Sew 6 ½” x 24 ½” rectangles to the top and bottom of the enhanced four patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block A will be 24 ½” width and 18 ½” height

 

 

Block B requires these pieces:

(1) 9 ½” x 15 ½”;

(1) 3 ½” x 15 ½”;

(1) 3 ½” x 6 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1 through 4.

 

Sew #2 print to #3 print, press seam to #3; sew #1 print to #4 print, press seam to #1. Join #2,3 to #1,4, forming a four patch block.

Sew 6 ½” square to left edge of four patch. Sew 3 ½” x 6 1/2” rectangle to right edge of four patch.

Sew 9 ½” x 15 ½” rectangle to top of enhanced four patch.

Sew 3 ½” x 15 ½” to bottom of enhanced four patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block B will be 15 ½” width x 18 ½” height.

 

Sew block A to block B on the 18 1/2″ edge and set aside.

 

I told you it was simple!!

Since this is my first try please know that I will gladly accept suggestions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 Mystery Quilt (corrected version)

Wow!! I was so motivated to try this that I made a mistake.  You will need 2 1/2 yards of background solid or reads as solid rather than 1 5/8 yards.  So then there are some additional cuts to be made. The new directions as as follows and thank you to my wonderful artsy group for trying this and making the corrections.  In actuality the directions were for four blocks rather than six.

Week 1 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge

Finished Quilt Size: 39.5” x 54.5”

 

Fabric Requirements:

  • 2 ½ yd of solid or “reads as solid” for background
  • 1/8 yd of at least 4 different coordinating prints for accent

(optional substitute: 24 different 3 ½” squares)

  • 2 ½ yd backing

 

 

Cutting:

Background-

Cut 6 strips 6 ½” by width of fabric (wof);

Subcut each strip as follows:

Strip 1-21 ½”, 3 ½”, 12 ½”

Strip 2-21 ½”, 9 ½”, 6 ½”

Strip 3- 24 ½”, 6 ½”, 6 ½”

Strip 4-24 ½”, 9 ½”, 3 ½”

Strip 5- 21 ½”, 9 ½”, 6 ½”

Strip 6- 21 ½”, 9 ½”, 3 ½”

 

Cut 2 strips 3 ½” x wof;

Subcut strip 1: 18 ½”, 15 ½”;

Subcut strip 2: 18 ½”

 

Cut 2 strips 9 ½” x wof;

Subcut strip 1: 18 ½”, 15 ½”;

Subcut strip 2: 18 ½”

 

Coordinating prints-

From each of 4 prints cut six 3 ½’ x 3 ½” squares (24 total)

Label each stack of six squares 1-4

 

Binding: Cut six strips 2 ½” x wof

It’s A Mystery To Me!

It’s A Mystery To Me!

 

Having just completed my first mystery quilt retreat I am motivated to offer a modern mystery quilt challenge via my website. It will be a small, modern styled quilt suitable for a throw or if done in specific color schemes could be a modern style baby quilt or play mat as well. It will use a main background solid and then at least four small coordinated solid or print pieces of your choosing. It is SIMPLE squares and rectangles with no intimidation factors other than the unknown. And, since it is my first try, you can wait until all the instructions are on the website along with my finished product photo and then decide if you want to try it, no longer a mystery of course! It is comprised of four different blocks combined to make a six block quilt.   Complete directions for fabric needs will be posted Monday, February 27 with additional directions each Monday for four weeks. I hope you will share your finished tops or quilts with others or send to me via email so I can share. I also appreciate feedback that is constructive.

Respect and Remembrance

 

 

As much a part of family legacy as the birth of new generations is the passing of those we love. There are many ways we may show our respect at the passing of a loved one. In the past colors used for clothing indicated the process and time of mourning for family members. Articles of clothing may be used to make quilts as remembrances of our loss. When a friend passed away her family chose to drape her casket with a quilt as a symbol of her love of sewing and quilting. Others make quilts after the passing of a loved one as part of the grieving and healing process. The making and using of this small quilt, Doves of Remembrance, is a symbol of respect and remembrance, a celebration of love for my mother who taught me to sew.

 

Rusted Relics

Rust

Yesterday I tried rust dyeing for the first time. It’s not a new process but I had never actually done it for myself. This morning I rinsed and pressed the small pieces of fabric. I learned several things. Results are less definite if too many layers are used. Weighting the layers contributes greatly to the clarity of the design. And I also learned that I like whatever comes out because it makes me have to think more creatively than if it had come out exactly as I had planned. Bottom line, it was creative fun and more fun is in store as I explore how to use the vintage buttons I grabbed for creative projects just before we left for the winter home. Some will notice the backside of the poster holding the buttons is an old election poster from my home county. The buttons were picked up at an auction but were carefully arranged on cardboard of all kinds. The buttons, the rusted fabric and an old Felco feed sack will find their way into a collage celebrating the life of my father’s parents.

Pearl Buttons

pearl-buttonsI acquired a vest and purse totally covered with pearl buttons more than twenty years ago.  They have graced my sewing room as a testament to the buttons used on blouses, baby clothes and more.  The vest was in a bad state of repair when I acquired it and finally I decided that the buttons were more useful to be incorporated into artful quilts while the purse remains in a frame hanging on the wall.  I did not expect it to take so long to remove the buttons but the “string” used to sew them on was still quite strong.  At the end of the task I had a pint jar full of mother of pearl buttons of various sizes and shapes. Now to dream up a new project that highlights their beauty.

Ode to Quilter’s of ’57

block-one

Ode to Quilters of ‘57

Before leaving for our extended summer vacation throughout northwest USA and Canada and Alaska I had cut pieces for a quilt that I might work on while traveling. I did take my Featherweight Singer machine thinking there would surely be rainy days when we wouldn’t be touring or sight seeing. I got all the block pieces done and the individual rows sewn and then we were into Alaska and all sewing ended. I have a commitment to finish the 2018 raffle quilt for the Texas quilt guild but for breaks I pulled out the blocks and have begun to work on them. It is just not me to work on only one project at a time and a diversion is needed sometimes when working on a large project to change my tension (not the machine but the human). So one of the thirteen blocks has been completed. Three blocks will make up the quilt: Farmer’s Daughter, Sister’s Choice and Grandmother’s Choice. The working title of this project is “Ode to the Quilters of ‘57” in remembrance of my grandmother’s quilting group.

The same blocks are being used in the raffle quilt along with a couple of others so perhaps a pattern for others to use will emerge from the two projects.

ode-to-quilters-of-57