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Starting 2022 With A Mystery...

For those who are passionate about sewing and all things quilting...

We all love a good mystery. Mystery Quilt 2022 - Sign up open now!

Who’s up for a Mystery? I’ve been working on a really cool Mystery quilt pattern over the last few weeks. It’s been so hard not to show everyone any more than the fabrics and colours that I’ve used!!

Here’s a colour wheel that shows the colours used for the blocks in the centre, and the outer rings are the background and border.

The instructions are for a 56½” square bright, cheerful and fun quilt top. It will make a great start to 2022, and enough to blow the grey weather and cobwebs away.

This is a 4 month program, where each month from January to March 2022 you will receive a set of instructions in pdf form by email to make the blocks required. In April 2022 you will receive the final instructions for piecing the blocks and borders together to make the surprising and attractive design.

You will need basic knowledge of Patchwork and Quilting but with no technique any harder than making half square triangles it is suitable for a relative beginner. There's still plenty to keep an experienced patchworker happy too.

Here’s a sneak peak of the fabrics that I have used, which are from the Alison Glass Kaleidoscope Plaids and Stripes range …

Each month should take no more than an hour or two, with a bit longer required for the final construction, and of course the layering and quilting - instructions are not included for this stage.

On sign up/purchase of the pattern you will be sent the fabric requirements and detailed cutting instructions, so you can get yourself ready to start piecing as soon as you receive the first sewing instructions. As part of the initial download you will find an agreement form to fill in and email to me with your email address details, so that I can send you the monthly instructions direct.

Basic fabric requirements are 8 long or fat quarter yards or metres. 1.25m (1.35yd) of background fabric and 0.75m (0.75yd) of border fabric.

Any fabrics, modern, contemporary, traditional, floral, plaids, you name it will work well with the design.

There will be a quilt along running through my social media accounts @halfstarquilts on Facebook and Instagram from when the patterns are issued and a private Facebook Group that you can join to share your photographs as you go along. I will be sharing hints and tips throughout the time too :)

I have also been working with The Cotton Patch to offer 4 kits of different colourways which you can see here
(Click on any of the images to go to the website page)

Sign up to purchase the pattern must be made separately via my Etsy shop and is not included with any kit.

A quilt for me!

You will have seen in the last newsletter I had made a lap quilt for my daughter to take to Uni - she loves it and has it on her bed to help her through those homesick moments, and it doesn’t do a bad job of keeping her warmer either :) I found the Accent quilt pattern (designed by Nik Sewell at The Cotton Patch) so easy and fun to make that I started to look at all of the fabrics that I have in my stash to make another. Like most of you I have enough to start my own shop, and so it took a little while!

Many many years ago, and I’m talking over 10 years ago probably, I fell in love with a fabric range by Valori Wells called Karavan. Mainly because of the elephant design. I’ve had a couple of fat quarter packs for a while waiting for a good pattern, and so when I came across them in my search a plan came together.

The elephant designs were a little too big for the design so I chose, in true Jayne style, to focus on their rear ends :D (Isn’t that right Diane of Stitchscape?). I had great fun quilting around the designs and practising some spirals. I was thrilled to find that in my foresight for this exact quilt I had purchased 1.25m of one of the fabrics which was a perfect size for the backing. I found a very co-ordinating floral fabric for the binding and an offcut of wadding which couldn’t have been a better size and shape too. My needle minder even matches 👌😊

I’m not sure that my husband was too convinced when I declared that the project had cost me ‘nothing’. Hopefully you’ll all agree with me though!? 😉

I rarely make anything for me, so this was a real treat. I’ve probably said before that I’m not the most accomplished quilter but enjoy the process and having a bit of fun, not really worrying about it being perfect. I hope that I can encourage others to give it a go without fear of it not turning out exhibition worthy.