Mystery quilts can be a lot of fun to do. If you are wondering what they are all about, basically, you get instructions one step at a time, without knowing what the finished quilt top will look like. It often becomes clear during the process, but occasionally you are totally surprised at the end.
Whether you are new to mystery quilts, or have done dozens of them, you just might enjoy the one starting up later in June over at Delaware Quilts. Marge’s Mysteries for Relay support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She holds six events a year, and asks that participants make a $5 ACS donation to join the fun and create one mystery quilt. What a great idea! Since many patterns cost significantly more than five dollars, this is a great deal for the quilter. But, more to the point, it is also a fun way to support a good cause. Her directions are great, she readily answers questions, and she offers her mysteries in many sizes. The upcoming one has separate cutting directions for scrappy or non-scrappy versions. You can see patterns from Marge’s past Mysteries for Relay on her website.
The weather has been totally bipolar in the Twin Cities this week. Tuesday we were the hottest city in the US, coming in at 103 degrees F! That is way above norm for Minnesota, and shattered a lot of records. Less than 48 hours later we woke up to a brisk 53 degrees. Nothing like a 50 degree temperature swing to confound the garden plants. Alas, my lupines opened the day before the heat blast, and withered away nearly instantly.
I want to thank you for all the email this last week! I do not always get time to answer them all, but this week there have been two common questions. The first one is, “When will I list more layer cake sets and two-inch squares for sale?” I have them up again, thanks for asking! The picture shown here shows a quilt made using one of my 64 piece layer cakes, and the quilter got the technique from the Liberated Cross Blocks at Lollyquiltz. She just paired up the 10 inch squares instead of the rectangles used in that tutorial. Nice tutorial, and a great application of the technique.
And the other common email query comes from people looking for more giveaways. Well, it appears to be relatively quiet out there in quilty giveaway land this week, but I suspect it will pick up again soon. My Other Quilty Giveaways list on the right side of the page has been updated, and if you know of more, please email me.
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