Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lyn is here...had a bit of a hiccup this morning....

Good Morning, A very Warm thank you, to Madame Samm for the invitation to be Guest blogger today.

How you may ask, to manicure 12-16 stashes? Simply, by organising a Mystery Quilt Project through your Friendship or Quilting Group.

Requirements:12-16 willing quilters to participate, through to the very end of the project. (to avoid disappointment to fellow quilters, need to be committed)
Start at the beginning of the year, for completion in time for the Christmas Festivities.
Quilting Mama to oversee the smooth running of the Mystery Quilt Project.

Quilting Mama to choose a suitable pattern design. ( that will include 12-16 different blocks, many free designs to choose from the net.)
Make participants aware, the finished size of the block. ie 12 1/2 inch block. Also, for each participant of her obligation to fellow participants.
Each person is given their pattern. Then they make one block, in their desired colourway.
Next step, place the finished block into a container. Add approx. 1 1/2 metres of your chosen background fabric. Place your name/details on the container, with your likes and dislikes of colours.Each month/fortnight/week when you meet, each person takes a different container and makes the same block from the pattern sheet they were given, in the chosen colour of the other participants. (12-16 times, depending on the number of participants)

The best part, to me, was choosing from my stash, the different colour combinations, for each participants blocks.

When all the blocks are completed, Quilting Mama returns the containers, back to their owners, with 12-16 completed blocks, in readiness for the final step.
Each Quilter, then completes her Mystery Quilt, in readiness for Show and Tell at their last meeting for the year.

I hoped you enjoyed the idea, of manicuring your stash. The end result 12-16 completed quilts.

Warm Regards, Lyn


  1. Great idea! I love the finished quilt!

  2. I love this idea and I think it would work great in my guild. Thanks for posting. blessings, marlene

  3. That is a great idea...great post!


  4. What a great idea! Love it!
    ~Kimberlee, www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

  5. That is such an excellent idea!

  6. OK....I really like this idea...was the "book" the pattern for everyone to follow?
    I have googled the book but can't find it...is the "Star Sampler" by The Quiltery still available?

    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Great idea. My friends quilt guild does something similar to this,they put them in coffee cans, and call them "tinners". Each tin is a different pattern.

  8. We did this for valentines! Except it was a row and spacer that you actually added to the quilt top so by the time you got it back you have a finished top. It was super fun to see what everyone else comes up with. I love the way yours turned out.

  9. Lyn, this is a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing with us. This was a wonderful post. Hugs Ariane


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