SWEET DREAMS MYSTERY QUILT 2017

LABOR DAY RETREAT

MYSTERY QUILT

SWEET DREAMS

A little history about this quilt.  I chose the fabric for a baby quilt for my granddaughter who was born 5 years ago, but my daughter didn’t like it, and so this fabric has been sitting in my stash just waiting for the right project.  I need to mention that I saw this design on Quilting With Nancy and I want to give her show credit for the ideas.   This quilt will be given as a charity quilt.  The pattern is very easy to make and is very forgiving.  I started playing with it even further using Electric Quilt software.  I have not decided on a name for this block pattern yet.

There are 4 blocks to this quilt and the size is 30 x 30, perfect size for a baby quilt.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  Will be different for each separate block.  A FQ would be perfect for this project.  The colors I chose are pinks and polka dots in flannel.  You can use bright colors if you wish.

Before we begin I should let you know that this is based on the simple but elegant 9-Patch block but with a twist.  There are 4 variations to the block that will be used.  Remember that when you make your block, all pieces combined should add up to 12.5 inches when finished.  There will be a secondary pattern that shows up in the sashing when it is completed.

Block 1:  Please make a 12.5 inch 9-patch for the first block.  The measurements are 4.5 inch squares.  You can find it at:  http://quilterscache.com/N/NinePatchBlock.html if needed.

This is my finished Block 1:

Block 2:

From fabric 1, cut one 9 x 5.5 inch rectangles.  Set aside.

From fabric 2, cut one 9 x 5.5 inch rectangles.  Set aside.

From fabric 3, cut four 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips, and one 9.5 x 2.5 inch strip.

From fabric 4, cut two 2.5 inch squares.

Remember that these pieces will equal 12.5 inches when the block is finished.

  1. Take the 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips and sew it to one of the 2.5 inch squares, and then sew one of the 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips to the other side.  Repeat for 2 units, one for the top and the other for the bottom.
  2. Take one 9.5 x 5.5 rectangle and pair it with the 9.5 x 2.5 inch strip. Sew together and then add the other 9.5 x 5.5 rectangle to the other side
  3. Add the two strips to the top and the bottom. You now have a 12.5 inch wonky 9-Patch square.

Block 1 and 2:

Block 3:  Will be posted Thursday afternoon.

Sorry about the delay in getting the second part of the mystery quilt out. I had my 5-year-old granddaughter over today and she was helping me. It will be out a little later this evening. Thank you for your patience.

Just an update. It is 108 and very humid here and my studio gets the brunt of the afternoon heat, sew I am going to wait a while and then finish up. I will probably go ahead and post either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. My apologies, but I  amoverly sensitive to the heat. Thanks!

Block 3:  Now that we have played with making the center section smaller, we are now going to expand the it.  Choose 3 coordinating colors and cut the following:

Fabric 1:  One 9.5 inch square

Fabric 2:  Four 9.5 x 1.5 inch strips

Fabric 3:  Four 1.5 inch strips

This time the border will be skinny.  Take your 9.5 inch square and go around the square, like so:

I somehow when sewing it, still managed to get it wrong, but the picture shows you what it should look like.  Will post a picture when it is done.  😀

Block 4:  I bet you can guess what we will be doing next.  The outside borders will be expanded and the center of the block will be smaller.  I will post the directions for that on Saturday afternoon once I figure it out and the rest of the directions probably on  Sunday.  Thanks for playing along and for your patience.

Here is what we need to make block 4.  I chose 4 pieces for it as I wanted the center to be different.

Fabric 1:  Two 4.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.

Fabric 2:  Four 4.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.

Fabric 3:  Two 2.5 x 4.5 inch strips.

Fabric 4:  One 2.5 x 4.5 inch strip.

Here is a picture of how it should look.

Here are all 4 blocks together.  As you can see, I redid the third block.  When working with flannel, it is very easy for the fabric to get distorted, so be careful when cutting and measuring it.  I still need to trim down and press, but I like the way they go together.

SASHING:  I plan to use 3.5 inch strips of the different fabrics.  When the sashing is put together, you should see another 9-Patch emerge as a secondary design.  Hope to finish that this evening, but will wait until it cools down a bit in my studio.  I will leave the outside borders for you to do.  I hope you had fun playing with different variations on the 9-Patch block!

CORRECTION TO BLOCK 3:  The outer pieces of the block should be 2 inches, not 1.5 inches.  My apologies for not catching that earlier.

SASHING:  Here is what I have but I may change it later on.  I used 3 inch strips and this is what I came up with.  Notice how you have another 9-Patch from doing the sashing this way.  Hopefully I can get this done sometime this week and I will post it later.  Thank you for joining me on this mystery!

 

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FALL RETREAT LOTTERY BLOCK

There is still plenty of time to sign up for our Fall Retreat Lottery Blocks! If you want to play, please send me your name, address and how many blocks you want to make to luv2cutfab@gmail.com. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Sept 6 and winner takes all.

The block that was chosen by popular vote is the Wandering Star. The pattern can be found at: http://quilterscache.com/W/WanderingStarBlock.html. The block is 9 inches and the colors are 30’s or bright and cheery colors for the end of summer.

Please read the rules in the guidelines file for more information on swapping.

RULES:
1. In order to be eligible to win the blocks, you must email me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with your name, address, and the number of blocks you are going to make.
2. Limit on blocks is 6. When you make your blocks, each block counts as a chance to win all of the blocks. EXAMPLE: If you make 4 blocks, that is 4 chances to win. Winner takes all blocks.
3. DEADLINE: You have until September 15 to finish and mail off your blocks. You must post by private email the date that you sent, and a confirmation number from the post office. I will set up a group for private emails where we can keep in touch.

MYSTERY QUILT!! Sweet Dreams

Just a note that the cutting instructions for our mystery quilt will be posted tomorrow, August 31, in the morning. The clues will be out later in the afternoon. It is a fairly easy quilt and goes together very quickly.

I have chosen pastels for this quilt as it will be a charity quilt for our guild, but you can use any colors you like. It is very forgiving and looks good in a variety of color waves.

FALL RETREAT STARTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 31.  Please join us for a fun filled 5 days of sewing! See you soon!

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SUMMER RETREAT LOTTERY BLOCK

LOTTERY BLOCK

The block that was chosen by popular vote is the Wandering Star. The pattern can be found at:http://quilterscache.com/W/WanderingStarBlock.html. The block is 9 inches and the colors are 30’s or bright and cheery colors for the end of summer.

RULES:
1. In order to be eligible to win the blocks, you must email me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with your name, address, and the number of blocks you are going to make.
2. Limit on blocks is 6. When you make your blocks, each block counts as a chance to win all of the blocks. EXAMPLE: If you make 4 blocks, that is 4 chances to win. Winner takes all blocks.
3. DEADLINE: You have until September 15 to finish and mail off your blocks. You must post by private email the date that you sent, and a confirmation number from the post office. I will set up a group for private emails where we can keep in touch.

I hate to bring this up but it is necessary as we have had a few players leave in the middle of a swap and never hear from them again. If you want to do this swap, then please read all the way down.

SWAPPING RULES FOR 2017:
Email me or the person in charge of the swap with the name of the swap in the subject line. My email address is luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Send your name, address and other pertinent information in the email before the swap closes. Once we have 10 swappers or at least 5-7, then the swap will close, and you will receive by email a list of the people you will be sending to. You are responsible for the postage and for sending out on time.

A swap can be closed or cancelled for lack of participation. My hope is that we will have several swaps going onto choose from and lots of swappers. If we have more than 10 swappers, then a second group may be created to accommodate everyone. All swaps will be one-on-one, no centralized swaps. When you send the swap out, please email the tracking number so we can keep track of the swap and so we don’t have to hunt you down to make sure that it is taken care of. All communication will be through private messaging.

COMMUNICATION: I feel that this needs to be addressed yet again, and I really hate to nag. In order to be involved in a swap, you have to communicate with everyone especially when you are sending out your swaps and receiving. If you have trouble sending, you must let the coordinator of the swap know. If you do not let us know even after being contacted, you will be banned from swapping. Failure to do so is not only mentioned in the guidelines but it is also rude and unfair to the other players. Please read the guidelines before signing up.

PROBLEMS:
1. If you decide that you are not able to do the swap, please have the courtesy to let me know before the deadline, and it can be arranged.
2. If something happens during the swap and you’re not able to follow through please let us know and we can possibly help you out. We cannot help if you don’t let us know.
3. If you decide after the swap has closed that you are not able to do the swap and do not let someone know, you will be banned from swapping.
4. If you drop from the swap and do not let me or a swap moderator know, that is cause for being banned from the group.

Thank you!

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SUMMER RETREAT MYSTERY QUILT

LABOR DAY RETREAT

Thursday, August 31 to Tuesday, September 5

RETREAT! NO! WAIT! KEEP ON SEWING!

Summer is coming to an end and school time will be starting once again and now is the time to get a head start on our Christmas projects and have a little fun while doing so. You have a chance at winning some goodies with a few games and there will be lots of chatter to get to know each other a little better. And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your sewing room to participate!

There will be a lottery block to be raffled off.  The lottery block will be decided on a few weeks before the retreat so you will have time to make it in advance.  There is a limit of 6 blocks that you can make and each block counts for a chance at the drawing where winner takes all.

Plus, a peek at a new original Mystery Quilt.

Hope you will join us over Labor Day Weekend!

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SWEET DREAMS

I named this for my granddaughter, Emma, who is now 5 years old. I had chosen these fabrics for when she was born but my daughter changed her mind and wanted something different, and now I have a new use for them.

I am posting this early as we might be out of town tomorrow and I wanted to give you a head start on choosing your fabric choices. Of course, you can go with any color scheme that you like as the pattern is very forgiving and a lot of fun to work with.

Here are my choices.

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Swap Ideas

Here are a few ideas for our group. See what you like and please post yes or no. Please remember that the rules are in the guidelines and that we need at least 8-12 players for a swap/event to take place. When we have enough players, then it will be posted in Events with the rules and date(s). Each poll will be separately to make it easier to set up.

Group Swap: Possibilities can include sewn blocks, machine embroidery, special occasion blocks (Christmas, etc), Miniature blocks, or Theme blocks, or etc. Hostess will provide details.

Non-sewn Swap: Can be either charms, noodles, layer cakes, Fat Quarters, or a combination.

Secret Sister Swap: One on one with a hostess providing rules, dates, and time.

You must be a member of Scrappy  Quilters to participate.  Please vote for your choice(s) under polls.  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScrappyQuilters/

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SCRAPPY QUILTERS NEWSLETTER Summer 2017

 

Please read all the way to the end.  It is a little long but has information on upcoming events.

This is a listing of challenges, mysteries and swaps for 2017.  Please check the files under Guidelines for more information before signing up.

LABOR DAY RETREAT:  Thursday, July 31 to Tuesday, September 5

RETREAT! NO! WAIT! KEEP ON SEWING!

Summer is coming to an end and school time will be starting once again and now is the time to get a head start on our Christmas projects and have a little fun while doing so. You have a chance at winning some goodies with a few games and there will be lots of chatter to get to know each other a little better. And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your sewing room to participate!

There will be a lottery block to be raffled off.  The lottery block pattern will be decided on a few weeks before the retreat so you will have time to make it in advance.  There is a limit of 6 blocks that you can make and each block counts for a chance at the drawing where winner takes all.

Plus, a peek at a new original Mystery Quilt.  Hope you will join us over Labor Day Weekend!

ONGOING:

UFO CHALLENGE 2017:

Do you have projects that are hiding in your closet that you don’t know how to finish or haven’t had the time to finish for whatever reason? Do you have items that have been around so long that they have become part of the décor in your room? Do you have UFOs that someone gifted to you and are at a loss on how to finish them? Well, this is the start of a new year, a new chance to finish them once and for all. That means binding and labeling. Let’s take control of our UFOs and get them done instead of being afraid to finish and hide them away for yet another year or two! The first person to finish gets a FQ from my stash!

VIEWER’S CHOICE:  You must send a picture of the finished project to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Remember, this is for all projects and they must be finished with binding and quilting, if applicable. All entries will be entered into Viewer’s Choice and will be voted on by the group and the winning project will be the banner quilt for the following month.

TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT: Are you up for a challenge? Do you have what it takes to complete it? Are you bored with the same patterns and are looking for a change? Then you have come to the right place.  Each month I will choose a block to do. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and you can choose to pass on the block if you wish.  It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing or something entirely new. The object is to get ourselves out of our comfort zones and play a little bit and experiment with new techniques.  To sign up just post your name below. All I ask is that if you want to play along just post pictures to share with the group.

BUST THE BITS AND PIECES PARTY: This is an easy way to use up those small scraps that have a tendency to breed while we are sleeping. Every so often, I will post some fun, fast and easy links on ways to use up scraps. If you have a link you want to share, please do so. It is open to everyone and is designed to use up those pesky little pieces.  This is not a swap but just a challenge to clean out our scraps and help keep them under control.  If you find a link that uses up stash and scraps, please share with the group!  Sherrill YiDonoy has been kind enough to post tutorials for various projects.  Thank you Sherrill!

UPCOMING SWAPS:

CRAZY SCRAPPY FABRIC SWAP

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: October 2017
SWAP ENDS: December 1, 2017

The swap startup date has been pushed back to October and will give everyone more time to decide. We all have scraps that are too small to do anything with and don’t want to throw away. Sew the scraps together so you can make a square out of them. As of now, I’m thinking the number of squares will be determined by the number of participants. The squares will be 5″ X7″.  The deadline is set out to December and if you are interested, you will have a head start on making your squares. Please include your name and address when you sign up as these squares take a little bit of time to make and that you will have enough time to finish and send without too much stress. Of course, if you finish early, then go ahead and let Cheryl know so she can keep the swap updated.  Any questions, feel free to ask Cheryl Hall at kscujst9395@yahoo.com with your name and address.

IDEAS:

FABRIC SWAP: Do you need to stock up on certain colors or novelties or prints? Then sign up to swap with your friends and see what goodies you receive. Start date to be announced.

BLOCK SWAPS: Fun new blocks to swap with each other. You make a block for each person signed up and receive back from everyone! Start date to be announced.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com and I am sure we can work something out.

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LABOR DAY RETREAT

LABOR DAY RETREAT

Thursday, July 31 to Tuesday, September 5

RETREAT! NO! WAIT! KEEP ON SEWING!

Summer is coming to an end and school time will be starting once again and now is the time to get a head start on our Christmas projects and have a little fun while doing so. You have a chance at winning some goodies with a few games and there will be lots of chatter to get to know each other a little better. And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your sewing room to participate!

There will be a lottery block to be raffled off.  The lottery block will be decided on a few weeks before the retreat so you will have time to make it in advance.  There is a limit of 6 blocks that you can make and each block counts for a chance at the drawing where winner takes all.

Plus, a peek at a new original Mystery Quilt.

Hope you will join us over Labor Day Weekend!

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