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Take 12 Moda designers, add some Moda fabric, ask each designer to design a block and what do you get?  It’s another wonderful, cute,  fabulous Designer Mystery Quilt that you’ll find at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Rows of houses and snowmen.  It’s such a cute quilt, and I designed one of the blocks for it.  As the mystery unfolds, you’re going to be glad you joined, because the finished quilt is adorable!  You’ll be able to use it the entire winter, and if I were making the quilt I’d be sure to personalize it for my family.  Embroider house numbers, street names, or family names on each block and you’ve got a quilt your family will treasure.

Kimberly asked us to answer a question and I didn’t have to think about it very long.  She wanted to know “Out of all the places you’ve visited, which place is your favorite?”   Just fly into London, rent a car, visit the Cath Kidston shop, and then drive slightly over an hour and you’ll be at my favorite place…the Cotswolds.  It’s like traveling back into another era of time, where life is still romantic, people live the simple life and neighbors all know each other.  I LOVED the Cotswolds.

Bed & Breakfast

This is the bed and breakfast we stayed at.  It’s an area where around every corner…

around every corner…you’ll find another thatched roof house!Thatched RoofThe birds sing the sweetest songs, of course.

Bird on roof copy

And even garbage day is pretty!

Garbage DayYou’re sure to make lots of friends if you visit…

Ba, Ba ____ Sheep copy…and meet some people that have a great sense of humor…

Deaf catsAt the end of a long day, you can soak in a nice hot bath…

Bathroon to relax inHouses are my favorite thing in any part of the world.  If you love them like I do, you’ll love The Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery for 2015.    You can read all about it on the Jolly Jabber blog today then take their fun quiz to find out what quilt block you are.  I took the quiz and here’s how I answered (hope my hubby isn’t reading number 3):

1. You’re in New York for the first time – yes! Where do you go first?  I said I’d be taking photos in the SoHo neighborhood.

2. Your eccentric next-door neighbor swings by to ask for:  A look at the antique candelabra you just bought.   I love vintage finds so this is definitely me.

3. Your idea of a perfect date is:  My husband watching the big game while I’m sewing with my cats.

4. What’s your favorite thing about sewing?  Everything!

5. What’s your favorite thing hanging on your walls?  A bookcase full of my favorite reads.

Turns out I’m the row house quilt block!  Well I don’t know if it’s true, but it was a cute quiz!  What block are you?  Take the quiz and you’ll find out.

Hop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog for some fun!  I love a good mystery, don’t you?


The closer it gets to Christmas, the more overwhelmed we tend to feel.  It’s hard to find time for quilting when Christmas shopping is front and center.  I know you don’t have a minute to spare, but think how great you will feel if you start the New Year with something new to work on.  Making something at the start of the year will show everyone that yes indeed, you are going to use that fabric you bought last year.  Yes indeed, you are going to finish something you started.  Yes, Yes, Yes!   You can do it!

Choose some fabric you love and get ready to sew this quilt!

I’ve graphed out my quilt, picked fabric I’m excited to use, and now I’m going to select a solid to co-ordinate with my fabric.  Using a solid in a quilt is a wonderful way to give your eye a place to “rest” and Moda has lots of Bella solids to choose from.

Selection of Bella

I pulled a few different shades to try, put some of the fabrics on top of the stack and stood back to look.  These all look pretty good so what should I choose?

Fabric meets Bella


Since I want a more “vintage” look to my quilt, I went with the slightly darker shade you see on the bottom of the stack, Bella #9900 13.  It’s really rich looking and I think it will be perfect in the quilt, but the main thing is I love it!

Now that I have a solid, it’s back to my original sketch.  I want to use the solid, but I’m in LOVE with the light cream prints in the fabric line.  The block would be boring without them.  Just look at them waiting for me on the top of the bundle…

Single Block


…I’m a little worried that they’ll be too busy in the block, but I know I can always “calm” everything down by using a simple sashing in-between, so I decide to go for it!


See the solid Bella in the blocks?  I’ll keep it the same in each block and then I’ll use 2 different “light” fabrics in each block. The nine patch in the centers will always be the chestnut color although the fabrics will vary.


 This is going to be so much fun!  I don’t worry too much about how busy a block might look.  I know the fabrics all look good together and the “busier” blocks will add more interest to the quilt.  I use some masking tape and give each block a number so I can remember where I want them in the quilt.  This can easily change as I finish the blocks and move them around.

One more block

Our Moda Lissa used tons of different fabrics to design her beautiful quilt and the result was stunning.   If she can do it, I can walk on the wild side a bit too!  I’m going scrappy in a controlled sort of way.


Tone it down main quilt photo


You’ll find some helpful videos on All People Quilt, to help you square up your fabric and get started cutting.  Remember to iron that fabric before you cut!

I made a copy of the instructions, and inserted each page in a plastic sleeve inside a binder.  It helps keep me organized and makes it easier to follow the directions.  Then I labeled all my strips and placed them in plastic bags.  Keeping everything in my Art Bin container makes this project portable.

Art Bin and Binder

I’m making blocks throughout the next month when time permits.  You’ll find all the posts for this APQ quilt along when you click on “Categories” at the top of my blog, and then click on “Blog Hops”.

I’ll be back soon with some Christmas posts. In January I’ll pick sashing to go in my quilt!

Are you feeling inspired yet?   For more inspiration follow us on Pinterest.  #APQquiltalong


Make a plan for your own version of this beautiful quilt!


By now I hope you’ve found a fabric line you’d like to use for your quilt.  Did you pull from your stash?  Start with a fat quarter bundle? Once you’ve picked your fabric, where do you start?   Do you feel a bit lost when it comes to fabric placement?  Here’s a few steps you can follow to help you get started.

Step one:   Divide up your fabric

This is really fun:  Separate your fabrics by color.  Once you’ve done this, the lights, medium and dark fabrics will stand out.  It looks like I have four main colors:  Dark plum, medium plum, chestnut, and ivory.  I’ve decided I’d like my quilt to have a vintage feel to it, and these colors should be perfect.Divide fabrics by colorSince I have a limited number of fabrics in the chestnut color,  I have to limit the use of this color or pull in some more fabrics from my stash.  I think I may limit the use of this color but I’ll see how it looks in the next step. See the darker plum color?  It’s so dark I know it will stand out when placed in the quilt so I want to it in a prominent place in the quilt. Now that I’ve got the fabrics divided up by color, I’m going to graph out a block so I can see how the colors “play” together.

Step two:   Graphing out a quilt block

Grab some graph paper and colored pencils.  Any size graph paper will work as long as you have each square on your paper equal 1 inch on your quilt.  Draw several blocks on graph paper and color in the squares with colored pencils.  You should get an idea of where to put the dark, medium and light fabrics.  Play around with the colors and see what happens in the block. I wanted to limit the use of the chestnut color and make the dark plum stand out, so here’s how I ended up coloring my block:


Graphing out the quilt in the computer or on graph paper is a starting point for any quilt.  Once you learn how to do this, you’ll be able to take almost any quilt pattern and get an idea of how it will look in new colors. Now that I have one block graphed out I can make some color copies of this block, cut them out and play around, or if you have a design program (such as EQ7) you can download fabric swatches and “computerize” your layout. This will give you an idea of color placement and instead working willy-nilly, you’ll have a plan and a goal.

 Graph quilt

The darker plum is forming a circle inside the blocks and I love the look!  It looks solid, but imagine how it will be with assorted plum fabrics!  I don’t want it too scrappy, so  I’m going to choose one plum fabric for each block.  I’ll probably do the same for the chestnut in the center and the medium plum forming the chain.  What I haven’t decided is what to do for the white parts of the blocks.

If you’re using graph paper, continue on adding the 9 patch sashing blocks, or if you have a design software such as Electric Quilt 7, you may want to use it to finish graphing out your quilt.   I have Adobe Illustrator, and I used it to make a tentative layout for my quilt.


I like the idea of leaving off the sashing/9 patch blocks around the outside of the quilt, and instead I added an inner and outer border.  Hmmm, how about corner squares in the border?  They look a little busy so I’ll probably make the border plain.

Of course I really want to add an applique block to this quilt so how about leaving out one of the pieced blocks and adding a flower basket?  I like the idea, and if I end up using it, I’ll be sure and give you the pattern in case you’d like to do the same.

Join me next week to see what fabrics I decide to use in the white sections of the graph.

Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie

Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane

Jennifer Keltner of American Patchwork & Quilting

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life


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