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Summer mystery revealed

Several people have asked what the finished Summer Mystery looked like when completed. Up until now I have replied that they need to look at the instructions – especially the penultimate week to find out why I couldn’t tell them.

However . . . having found the photos of my quilt in the construction phase while I decided just how to finish it . . . I thought I would show you why I couldn’t tell you.

The mystery instructions had you make 16 blocks in total – 8 of one, 8 of another – and the final instruction (before quilting and binding) was to arrange the blocks in a way that you yourself felt most pleasing. It took me a long time to settle on one.

So first I set the blocks alternately and then started turning them around (they are directional blocks).

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Then I put one set of blocks in the centre and corners and turned them around a few times

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Finally I put the other set of blocks in the centre and corners and turned them around

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If you are still struggling with the layout of yours I hope these photos have given you a few ideas, rather than muddled you even further.

For those who have yet to make the quilt, perhaps you can now see why a final photo of the finished quilt was not possible at the time.

This is one of the joys of patchwork – the endless possibilities from two simple blocks put together.

PS. Mine was finished and gifted to charity – probably Siblings Together, as that is where my larger quilts go; the smaller ones go to Linus.


Christmas Mystery Part Seven – the Solution

Well done, you’ve made it to the end and all will be revealed. The quilt top is completed, just a little titivating to finish the quilt completely now.

Download the final instructions and a picture of the finished quilt here. It would be lovely to see photos of your finishes too – why not send them to us, the address is in the sidebar.

The weekly blocks will be appearing here again on Mondays very soon, maybe even next week! Or perhaps next week will just be a picture of the completed Mystery. Who knows?

Christmas Mystery Part Six

Very nearly there, but first . . .  a few more mitres. Dig out the instructions for Part Three and the links to the videos for a refresher course if you need to.

Download the instructions for Part Six here and practice those mitres – you’ll be an expert by the time we’ve finished.

Hope you’re pleased with what you’ve made so far. We’re nearly at the end of our Mystery and all will be revealed next week. Don’t forget the final part, November 17th is the date for the diary.

Christmas Mystery Part Four

Part Four of eight already! No mitres this week – hopefully you have all been successful and are happy with the results so far.

This time we will be making more little units – lots of cutting and stitching. Download the instructions for Part Four here.

After watching a few videos recently, please can we stress the safe use of those lethal weapons aka rotary cutters. If they are sharp enough to cut through 6 to 8 layers of fabric then they are sharp enough to cut through you. Please make sure you have the blade guarded at all times except when actually making a cut – our students have been heard muttering our mantra under their breath – ‘Guard off; roll and cut; guard on; cutter down’. Do always cut away from yourself as well – not across and most certainly never towards as the consequences if the cutter slips (and they do) don’t bear thinking about: a very nasty gash in your arm if you’re lucky, but a nick in a major blood vessel (no time for an ambulance) if you’re not. And besides which – the blood will ruin all that lovely fabric.

Enjoy making this week’s units and we’ll see you back here next week to find out what to do next.

Christmas Mystery Part Three

This week we learn about mitres! Lots of diagrams to help you with this technique which many of us find scary, but then wonder why when we actually try it – and it works. Be brave – give it a go!

Download Part Three instructions here and get your mitres done.

If you are still confused there is a blurry video – but good explanation on You Tube. Just don’t, please, use the rotary cutter the way demonstrated – it is so dangerous to cut across yourself and even more so to leave the guard off the cutter when you put it down – she very nearly sliced her fingers at one point. Another good and brief video (with safer use of a cutter!) is here, but when I was watching it ground to a halt and stuttered about a minute from the end – but there was enough information there to get the idea. There are plenty of other videos up there but these two were brief and came closest to the method in the pattern. Good Luck – it is easier than it sounds, honest!

Christmas Mystery Part One

Last Monday you should have downloaded the requirements list and cutting instructions so hopefully today you can’t wait to get stitching.

Download the first set of instructions here and dive in!

To encourage you to start/continue your collection of festive quilts, runners, mats etc here’s a peek into the drawer full of just those things that Chris has –

xmas quilts

No more talking – you’ll be wanting to get on with making the first part of this little wall-hanging.