Monday, April 9, 2018

The Beginning of a Mystery?


I unofficially dubbed myself the Queen of QAL's last year.  I don't think it is much of a secret if we have been friends in real life or in quilt blog land that I love a great QAL and at the top of that list...a mystery QAL.  I've dreamed of hosting my own, but so far have shied away from the idea.

I recently gave the members of our guild a challenge, the Birthday Challenge.  The idea is to create anything (quilt, mug rug, purse, ect) using primarily your birthstone color.  The idea being that someone could guess your birth month based on what you created.  Everyone will bring their finished projects to the June meeting so we can share them.

For my item, I decided to pull from the David's design book.  I'm his wife, I have permission.  Legally they are half mine any way...or that is our joke.  I landed on one I loved and went to work writing a pattern for it.  After the numbers where crunched and graphics where made, I started testing the pattern and making the quilt.


 Then it dawned on me...this pattern would make a great first mystery quilt.  The pattern would be great for a beginner and would look great in so many different color ways.  It only requires a background fabric and three additional fabrics.

If there is interest in a mystery QAL, I will offer the quilt in two different sizes, baby and a larger lap quilt.  When I made my test quilt (baby size)  I was easily able to prep, cut and construct the quilt in one afternoon.  So, I'm officially putting this feeler out there to see if anyone would like to play along on what should be a quick and easy mystery quilt.  So, would you be interested in joining in?  Would there be anything in planning it that could make it easier on you?  When you work on QAL's do you prefer to have an entire month to work on a set of instructions or do you prefer every two weeks? 

So that's it.  I am asking you to trust me completely and sew blindly.  Well, not with your eyes closed that's just a lawsuit waiting to happen.  More like a quilting trust fall.  I think you know what I mean.  Maybe I can even drum up some sponsors?  Respond below and let me know what you think.


Today I'm linking up with Main Crust Monday.

21 comments:

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish,
I am NOT a mystery QAL person, I have discovered. I like knowing where I'm going and what it looks like on the way. However, since it is you, I would be willing to swear off my never-again oath and give it a try. I would probably do the baby quilt size. This actually sounds really fun!
~smile~ Roseanne

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I hope you get enough interest to do it, Tish. I'd be happy to sponsor for you. :)

Cyndi Williamson said...

I would love to do this! Either size.

Nancy J said...

I am in, and I will sponsor a prize, will email with my idea to see if it is suitable. Love your deep rich colours.

Carol Andrews said...

I love mysteries and would really enjoy doing one with you. I love the fabrics and colors you have chosen and have been viewing the stash. I think I may get need to visit a fabric enabler! Hee Hee!

Louise said...

Yup, I'm in. Turns out a mystery QAL is the only kind where I won't just finish the darn thing in two days no matter what. Every two weeks works for me, the Queen of Short Attention Spans.

Would the pattern look good scrappy? You said three colors, but they don't all have to be the same fabric, right? Any advice you could give on the three fabrics needing to be (light, medium, dark) or (blue, green, yellow) would be great.

Stitchin At Home said...

I swore never to do a mystery quilt again ever. Sounds like it might be fun.

Liz Horgan said...

I love a good quilt along and a mystery QAL is even better!
I would do either size. I have a bunch of monthly things going on this year that I'm trying to keep up with, but I think I could add another and still do my own sewing in between!
So a clue either every two weeks or monthly would be fine.
I hope this works out!
The fabric you choose is beautiful!

Cathy44647 said...

Put me down for the lap sized - gotta love a mystery - a mystery with fabric! love it!

POLLYS POCKETS said...

I have been in a sewing funk, maybe a good mystery is just what I need.

piecefulwendy said...

Oh my gosh, reading through the comments made me giggle. You know I'm in. I just told someone I was down to one QAL. Ha! As far as sizes, would the baby quilt size also work as a wall hanging, I assume?

Lisa J. said...

I'm not promising anything....but the odds are better if it doesn't start too soon....or it it goes long enough not to end in May.

Sandra Walker said...

Quite the response to your idea my dear, yay you! Love your fabric pull, and well, being your official partner in crime and getting to peek at that design book from time to time, this one is going to be a good 'un. LOL on what Louise said; wait until you see the final parade of Postcard from Sweden next week and hear her tell all...

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Well, that sounds like fun! I like instructions once a month but then it probably doesn't matter as the time sneaks up and surprises me anyway. A smaller project like a lap quilt would be perfect. I need some that size for our quilt auction as you know, every group needs to raise some money.

Emily said...

I'm in! Probably baby sized for me, but I would be interested in finished sizes if you make that information available. I prefer once a month for instructions but know I can always just finish late. (Though I admit that's not quite as fun.) I might ask for fabric advice once I know how much would be needed. I hope you do it!

Vicki in MN said...

I will enter a 'possible' on joining in. Time frame-when would it start/end?

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I'm always game for a QAL. I prefer monthly instructions. I like ones that don't have a lot of fabrics. And I love guidelines on fabric choices. Looking forward to hearing more.

Cozy Quilts by Linda said...

I'm up for a mystery challenge....colour choices are going to be interesting for mine.

Cheryl said...

That sounds awesome! I am in for sponsoring, tech editing, and I will try to join in quilting too :)

Sandy said...

I am SO in! I've never done a mystery QAL. Can't wait.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

See you ! As we say here . I had just decided no mire qal for a while . Except for making a red white and blue quilt with you . Then I saw the magic words , easy and quick . Guess I'm a sucker who's easily led

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