I guess you could say I’m addicted to QAL’s (Quilt Alongs), especially if it is a Mystery. The first quilt top I made was a Mystery QAL The very first year I started quilting, I went to as many quilt shows as I could. At one of those shows, I heard about a Quilt Retreat. The project was a Mystery QAL which we worked on from Thursday – Sunday. Once finished, I had a beautiful quilt top which, if I had seen the finished quilt, I would not have even attempted it. Was it difficult, maybe. Was it a learning experience, YES!
I have been following Carole on her From My Carolina Home Blog for a number of years. She hosts several projects during the year. In the Fall, she has Autumn Jubilee – a month of projects that include a QAL. I recently wrote about the queen size quilt I made following her 2020 Autumn Jubilee Mystery QAL. Click here to read about my quilt. Her patterns are easy to follow and it’s fun watching the variations that other quilters post on her Facebook page.
In the Spring, she has Scrap Dance – a Mystery QAL to use up your scraps. So my Current Project #1 is Scrap Dance 2021 Pachanga Mystery. My scraps are not as organized as I would like, so I’m using some Fat Quarters from my stash. It’s not too late to join in on the fun. Clues are released the 2nd & 4th Fridays.
I’m out of my comfort zone. I’m using color combinations I’m not use to using. Carole suggested using black for the background and a variety of bright colors. She has given us requirements for different sizes – Table Topper, Crib, Throw, Twin, Full, Queen, or King. I chose to make a queen. At least that’s what I’m aiming to make.
I sorted through my boxes of Fat Quarters and found some bright fabric bundles. I don’t usually wash my fabric, but with so many different colors, I thought I’d better. I’m glad I did, the color catches came out dark. Black is a basic color I have on hand, so I’ve been able to pull all my fabrics from my stash.
Step One was to collect your fabrics and had cutting instructions. Now if you are much more organized than I am, and your scraps are already cut, there were sizes & numbers of cut pieces each project required.
Step Two is Flying Geese – I love the No Waste method that Carole shares in this post – Poof, you get 4 Flying Geese at one time and no leftover little triangles. I still need to trim them. But will wait until I have more made.
Step Three was just released. I need to finish my Gaggle of Flying Geese before I move on. With the weather in the forecast, as long as we don’t lose power, I’m hoping to get a lot of stitching done.
Many of our friends & family in Texas & Louisiana are experiencing unprecedented cold & snow with power outages. Thoughts & prayers to those experiencing this unusual weather and it’s after effects.