The last project started in Arizona has been completed – the Mystery Quilt project – which ended up being a table runner:
I am not a person who enjoys mystery projects. As soon as I finish one step, I want to move on to the second step. With mystery projects, you have to wait till each succeeding step is released. Waiting is not something I enjoy. I also like focusing on one project at a time, so mystery projects and I have never been compatible.
For some inexplicable reason, I agreed to participate in this mystery project, and am I ever glad I did. I learned about the 10 Minute Block – which I altered as I didn’t like the big expanse of fabric in the corners. I fused strips of contrasting fabric down the middle of those corners, so the scale of all the pattern pieces is similar.
I learned about the Double Diamond ruler too, which was oodles of fun for the interlocking braid strip.
And last but not least, I learned about the Flights of Fancy 5 Minute block. By the way, none of the blocks actually took 5 or 10 minutes. Much debating, much rearranging, and much sewing and un-sewing took place, so I ended up spending lots more time on these simple blocks. Now that I know what I’m doing, these blocks would actually take 5 or 10 minutes to sew, but there had to be over 40 of us in this workshop, and trying to get everybody on the same page, at the same time, was quite a feat. Our teacher did a great job leading this workshop.
I did change the layout a bit. The extra black strips between the blocks added some length, and the sashing added a bit more.
I am quite pleased with how this table runner turned out. The turned edges of the Cathedral window type blocks, and the braided strip added wonderful dimension, and I like the fabric choices.
Now to finish the quilting on my improv quilt, face it, attach a hanging sleeve, and label. I’ll share a photo of that as soon as I finish it. Hopefully, it will be including in an upcoming exhibit, and then I have a long list of scrap quilts I’d like to make, and garments to make. Yes, I would like to make some items of clothing for myself. I find I am drawn to skirts, and don’t have any casual ones in my wardrobe. When I googled cotton skirts, I was appalled at the prices, so will see if I can manage to make a few – with pockets. I gotta have pockets.