|Clue #1 underway|
There is a huge community of quilters involved in these mysteries! The Facebook group has over 70,000 members! What a wealth of information and good cheer! The fabric information was provided in November. There is a suggested color palette, which is beautiful of teals, corals and dark browns. Since I am really trying to reduce my stash, this palette wouldn't work, since I have literally a scrap of brown in my entire fabric collection! I had sufficient fabric in red (having recently won some red fat quarters at the quilt retreat AND at a guild meeting!), and gold/yellows. The reds are dark, so I went with the darkest black fabric I could find to make sure there was contrast. I had some, but did need to buy a few half yards to keep it scrappy. I love using the mono filter on my phone to check the contrast!
|A flight of beer at Somerville Brewing Company|
|Make Way for Ducklings at the Public Garden|
|Top of Observation Tower at Mt. Auburn Cemetary|
This Mystery Quilt is going to take me out of my comfort zone, and make me a much better quilter. I always struggle with the 1/4 inch seam, and reading Bonnie's great tips, now realize that I have been cutting my fabric incorrectly all these years!
I did a test piece to check both my cutting and my sewing. I have to pay attention (can't be watching Ozark or Stranger Things while doing this) but it seemed to be OK. I also dug out an index card, and checked the 1/4 inch seam on my machine. In the meantime, my threader just snapped right off! Until I have time to take it to the shop, I'll just have to squint to thread the machine!
I am going to take my time doing this quilt. I carefully cut the strips I calculated were necessary for the first clue. Because it is a mystery, I don't want to cut too much fabric, not knowing what fabric requirements are next. I only had a few strips left over (that will certainly be used elsewhere!), and only needed to cut a few extra. Not bad.
I still need to work on my cutting, since there is still something a bit off!
|In theory, these strips should be perfectly aligned.|
|This phone was taken before the trimming!|
Some of the reds do read as very dark. I hope there is enough overall contrast. I am enjoying seeing how the fabric shows up in little pieces!
The next clue drops on Friday (tomorrow). I'll let you know how that goes!