NOTE: This mystery is being put on hold for a bit. We will resume in July.
SCHEDULE: This quilt is going to take a little longer than I planned originally, so I am setting a schedule for the remainder. I will post on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings until finished. This allows us time to play catch up while figuring out this maze.
The last few months have been very different for all of us, what with social distancing, staying home and safe and I am sure that it has gotten to us at times. But being quilters we are a creative bunch and we are prepared for this! We have a lot of UFOs, new starts and ideas to keep us busy, so in keeping with that I am announcing yet another new MYSTERY QUILT to start on June 1.
This is just for the fun of it and is called Escape Your Sewing Room Maze Quilt. There are even a few obstacles to overcome with this quilt.
HINT: Start shopping your stash for a variety of light or medium color 2.5 inch charms, and 2.5 inch strips of various lengths, one solid color as a contrast.
Clues will be given out in rows with how many squares you will need. You will also need a darker, bright color 2.5 inch charm. This will be explained as we go along.
More details will be available on Thursday, May 21, 2020. There is no picture of the quilt at the moment, that will be revealed at the end of the mystery.
See you tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: Yesterday my DGD, Annalee (age 8) came over and helped me pick out charms for the mystery and I believe she did a great job! This is a stack that I plan to use. As you can see I like a scrappy look and it’s also a good way to use up some stash.
Large variety of light and medium color 5 inch charms.
Length of fabric cut at 2.5 inch strips. You will need 2 at 56 inch strips. These will be for the outside of the quilt.
I have a lot of strips, actually 2 bins full of 2.5 ones, plus another tote that has not even been sorted yet. Sew, I will be choosing a different pattern/color for the inside. I really need to use these up somehow.
Several BRIGHT OR DARKER 5 inch charms. These will be explained as we go along.
We are starting the maze and attempting to escape the Sewing Room! Our first obstacle are the walls that are keeping us inside, and we need to find the door. But where is the door? It’s blocked by furniture that is piled high with tools and piles of fabric. What tool can we use to get out? A ROTARY CUTTER and our trusty RULER to the rescue! We can cut our way out.
WHEW! We made it to the sewing machine! Make sure that your needle is sharp and your bobbin is full. But first, what is that blocking our sewing machine?
First, we need to find 14 charms and sew them together to start our path.
GREAT! We have found our way past the furniture! But where is the wall? FIND a long 56 inch strip and sew to the top of our path. Once together, using a 2.5 inch strip, sew it to the top of the row.
CLUE #2: The Second Row:
Our sewing machine is blocked with bins of fabric. We need to move the bins before we can sew our rows. Where do I put it? There’s very little room left on my table. CAREFUL! Don’t put it in the chair, you will need to sit!
Here is the first row with the walls:
This second row will need to be pieced in sections. I will be back at 11:30 with the solution. (I’m a slow typist and seamstress.) This is the first section. It is broken down into 3 pieces. We will deal with the second half in a while.
SEWING INSTRUCTIONS: Note: This is going to be a little tricky as we want it to fit together without sewing set-in seams.
Starting with the middle section:
1. Sew 4 charms together to make a strip that measures 18.5 inches.
2. Sew a blue strip across the top of it.
3. Next sew a strip that abuts with the end of the top blue strip to the side.
Starting with making a four patch square. It should be 9 inches.
BOTTOM OF ROW:
1. Sew 3 charms together. These will nest under the top charms. Make sure to form a corner under the last top charm.
2. Save a 3 inch strip for the side. Unless you want to do a set-in seam.
1. Make a 4 patch that measures 9 inches.
2. Next to the inner section that abuts the strip, sew a 9 inch strip. This should abut and form a corner with the strip.
3. Choose another single charm and place under the 4 patch. Don’t sew them together yet as we need to add to this section a little more.
4. Save a 3 inch strip for the side.
PUTTING ROW ONE AND TWO TOGETHER:
As you can see, I have the first part of row 2 put together, and yes, there are a few set-in seams. I had planned to put it all together before posting it but then I kept changing my mind on the setting.
This section consist of 5 charms that meet the top row with a strip sewn to the top of it. The bottom part has not been sewn on yet but has the same number of squares.
Until I figure out this half, let’s go back to the other side. Under that 4 patch, there is another square. Wonder where that lead us? DANG! Another wall or something. Can’t quite make out what it is. OUCH! I hit my thigh on the corner edge of my cutting table. Gonna have a nice bruise from that! Now that I know what it is, maybe I can move some stuff off there. Let’s see, there are at least 3 stacks of something soft. Oh, it’s just fabric. Wait, something hissed at me. Sorry, Racer. Didn’t mean to disturb your royal highness, the cat!
Now that I have moved Racer to the bed, I can sort through the piles and get started. But,we had a few minor problems that are taking a little time to resolve, so it will be this afternoon before I can post the next part.
We will be working in smaller sections for a while and then will piece it together later. This next section brings us back to the other side of the quilt. We will be going down for a bit and then back up and filling in a few areas as we go along.
ROWS #3 and 4, FIRST SECTION:
Now that we have found our cutting table, it’s time to clear up the piles. If you’re like me, there are all types of treasures to be found! Let’s see what the first pile is. Hmm, it seems to be 2 quilt tops that have the backing and batting together, but they need to be pinned still. Well, those can go on my chair for right now. Oops, maybe I should change my mind on that. The chair is piled high with even more projects that need work. Running out of space to put stuff, so into my closet for a while. That’s good, now I can lay out our next section. Pictures will be coming up soon.
LOOK! We have an opening! Maybe it will lead to a way out. Or will it? Who knows what else we will encounter.
The best way to put this section together are in rows. The first section requires 3 charms and a strip of the wall. Sew together into one long strip.
Then using 3 charms for the top and another 3 for the bottom sections, sew a strip of the wall together.
WOW! The maze took a round-about turn all of a sudden! Thought this was going to be the way in, but no! The sunlight was playing tricks with my eyes and the heat confused me and it turned out to be a dead end. Not sure about your weather but here in the valley it is 102 and humid.
So, changing the pieces around, it should look like this. This is the side of the quilt. What we thought to be a door, is actually a dead end. Must be one of the many bookcases filled with UFOs and other treasures. Really need to move stuff around, yet again.
But as we travel down the side of the quilt, there is an opening starting to form. I wonder what is in store next? Could it be a way out?
REMEMBER The bright colored charms that were mentioned before? Now is the time to bring them out. As you may have noticed there are some odd little spots that need to be filled. These charms will be used to fill those spaces. These represent overcoming the obstacles in this quilt. The Bright Charms can be embellished any way you wish, embroidery or applique or even a fun charm representing sewing.
Come back on Monday, June 15 for the next installment. It is just too hot to sew here.
Please feel free to post comments. I would love to hear from you.