Mystery quilt

I am relatively new to the craft of patchwork quilting and the more I find out about this fascinating pastime, the more I realise I don’t know much!

Today I went to a local quilt exhibition and discovered yet more quilting delights and surprises. The exhibition was hosted by the Lutterworth Piecemakers, a quilting club based in South Leicestershire. There was a number of standalone designs, beautiful quilts clearly made with love and so much patience, but what really caught my imagination were the “mystery” quilts.

The idea of a mystery quilt is that a person designs the eventual finished quilt, then month by month, provides the group with a panel to complete based on given instructions. Each individual quilter can choose their own colourway and add their own embellishments and interpretation of the instructions so that at the end of the given period, when all the panels are finally put together, bordered, quilted and bound, you get a series of “same but different” finished results.

It is amazing how different the same design can look in different colours so that there can be no two quilts the same. Incredible. Here are some examples of the finished quilts and the individual panels which make up the whole.

The mystery quilt is called “House and Home”

It was a lovely couple of hours wandering around admiring the details and hard work which has gone in to making these heirlooms. One lady had taken 6 years to complete hers.

We even had time for two cups of tea and a piece of cake whilst talking to some quilting afficianados who could have been talking a different language….jelly rolls, fat quarters, layer cakes, in the ditch, long-arm quilter…..etc etc. As a novice, I could have been quite overwhelmed, but as I keep telling everyone. How difficult can it be? It’s only sewing in straight lines!

I may have to change my opinion!

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4 thoughts on “Mystery quilt

  1. That is such a cool idea. I love quilting….there are many books on it. Now days there are some awesome web pages all devoted to quilting. I used to work in a fabric store and I fell in love with all the lovely materials. My favorite story was the man that came to pick up quilt fabric for his wife that was sick. He brought several bolts of polyester and cotton fabrics. I told him that his wife would want 100% cotton. He asked me what difference it would make, I replied about $2000 in the value of the quilt. He called his wife. He then put back all the fabric and brought 100% fabric only. I love the 9 patch patterns. I actually did a picture quilt on the nine patch theme. It was one of the bigger picture creations I made.

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