Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
My church quilting group meets every other week in the fall
and winter to stitch on the UFOs and learn new techniques. I go sometimes, but
I never miss the Mystery Quilt Day.
A mystery quilt is an
adventure, especially for those quilters who might be color coordination
challenged. This year’s mystery quilt fell at a bad time for me, so I took a
short cut (which was an allowable choice) and used a jelly roll selection. The
problem was, the store didn’t have a contrasting enough second jelly roll to
make an eye catching quilt. My best friend offered to cut the strips but I
didn’t want to impose on her too much and use fat quarters, which wouldn’t cut
quickly. With no other choices, I opted for two rolls exactly alike. In the
rolls, the colors looked like they had enough contrast. Spread out on the
quilting table, not so much.
When making a mystery quilt the quilter has minimal
information about the quilt. We’re told to buy “X” amount of fabric, light
dark, and medium color values, and cut it in such and such a fashion. Then we
come together at the church and receive our quilting instructions one block at
a time. Once we’ve completed a bunch of blocks and have to start assembling them,
we get to see what the quilt is supposed to look like. I say supposed to look
like, because mine never look that nice.
Here’s what one of
the completed quilt looks like. I think the name of the quilt is Keys to My Heart. The blocks look like keys, and the border (which you can't see) has block hearts at the corners. Note: this is not my quilt. I should be so
Now here’s one of my sample blocks (on the left) and here’s a sample block of another quilter (on the right) who used some
of the same fabric as I did but apparently got the last jelly roll of
I like her blocks much better than mine. Needless to say,
this will not be my favorite mystery quilt unless I decide to rip apart all the
blocks I managed to sew at the quilting bee and start over. With everything
that’s going on in my life, I don’t think that will happen. My quilt may become
a very small, and very unattractive, lap quilt for my office. On the bright
side though, if I use a colorful fabric for the back, maybe no one will notice
Do you have a quilt or other craft project that just didn’t
work out right?