Wednesday, October 3, 2012


AQS is sponsoring a Modern Mystery Quilt Project designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  I decided to join with several of my Guild sisters to do this quilt.

Week One was to select the fabrics and then make 10 rectangular blocks using 2 colors in each block.

Choosing my fabric was a lot of fun.  I immediately knew that I wanted to use brights.  The sample blocks done by Weeks were all solids, but I wanted to use prints instead.  I included one or two solids.

Here is my "palette" of fabrics.

I also pulled these other fabrics in the reds and oranges, but decided to hold them in reserve.  Not sure they play well with these.

It was necessary to choose a  background fabric that would contrast with the fabrics in the blocks.

I chose the soft grey.  It is a subtle contrast; however, it is darker than the lights and lighter than the darks.  I guess that is just what mediums are.  LOL   I think this will give the emphasis to the blocks instead of bringing the eye immediately to the background.  We shall see! 

After all, this is a mystery quilt.  That is the fun for me.  Taking the risk of not knowing the outcome forces me to trust the design journey.  I am always pleased with the results of my mystery projects and I have so much fun as I go along. 

 I don't try to "figure it out" ahead of time.  I like the surprise.  It would be like reading the last chapter of a book before I read the preceding chapters.  That would spoil it for me.

Here is a sample of my Week One Rectangle Blocks.

I am off to a good start.  Anxious to get on to Week Two construction.

Will keep you posted on my progress.



  1. Sandi that looks like so much fun! I so wanted to join in on this....I haven't sewn in dayssssss! Missing it big time - but no nrg to even pick fabrics.haha I LOVE what you've got going...can't wait to see what develops. Thanks for posting!

    1. I am enjoying it, Lynn, and I know your life is on crazy fast forward right now. Maybe you can print out the steps and do it later. I know, I know, that takes some of the fun of the mystery out of it.
      Sending you hugs and prayers for Mom and you and Bob.

  2. Oh very nice Sandi...I will have to get my camera out and post my progress I don't know why I didn't think of that...can't wait to see how it progress'sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    1. Yes Sharon, you do need to post your progress. Today I am working on Week Two. I am behind, needless to say.