I’ve never done a mystery quilt before. Sure, I’ve been tempted but I never really understood why. I mean, why do something you don’t know if you’re going to like when it’s done? Well… I’ve finally figured it out. Because it’s FUN! The result isn’t the important thing here, it’s the process – the experience.
I’m not sure why I decided to join the Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt (From My Carolina Home) but before I knew it I was sucked and having a blast! The quilt along was in full swing when I joined but I’ve now caught up and eagerly awaiting the next installment. *so much fun*
Step 1 was to pick the fabric. Since I don’t have a stash of scrap fabrics I picked an old charm pack from moda, “Wildrose”. I love it. Initially I had planned to use several different white fabrics but in the end I used only one of them.
I began cutting the pieces to the specified sizes. Since this is my first mystery quilt and my first patchwork in 7-ish years I decided to do the table topper. I forgot to take a picture of the all the half square triangles that were created.
These are the strips that came out of step two. I have no idea where this is going but I like it.
More strips 🙂
And even more strips!
There are three steps left, the quilt is supposed to be finished in September. *gah* How on earth am I supposed to make it until then? I can’t wait to find out what it will look like when done. I’m having so much fun that I’m already planning on doing another mystery quilt once this is done!
I can’t deny it any longer, the urge… at first it was barely a whisper somewhere deep down in my mind and I could pretend that I didn’t hear it. But the urge refused to be ignored and took hold and grew so large that finally I had to see the elephant in the room. Ok, I understand that this probably doesn’t make any sense to anyone but me… but I suppose that’s kind of the point. The urge to create is deeply personal and it can, and will, take many expressions if you let it. I can’t remember when it happened, maybe it was a gradual thing, but somewhere down the road I figured that one expression was more important than the rest. So I pushed all my energy towards this one thing and neglected the rest. All I can say is that I didn’t think it through… and I regret that. I can’t do anything to change the past, but in the future I can do my best to not put any parts of my creativity a corner.
What on earth am I on about? Well, what I’m trying to say is that I’ve finally listened to the creative elephant and picked up sewing again. I haven’t sewed anything in about 7 years and I haven’t made a garment in maybe 25 years? So, I decided to pick something easy. First up is a top, the free Sorbetto from Colette Patterns. I’ve printed the pattern, assembled it and cut it out. I’m taking it slow and easy, trying to not rush the process in a misguided attempt to make up for lost time. One step at a time… and maybe, just maybe I’ll be brave enough to acknowledge the other creative creatures that are lurking behind the sewing elephant.