Mystery Quilt Begins

As I mentioned to some of you at Thanksgiving, Quiltmaker magazine has a new Mystery Quilt series starting in the current (January/February) issue and going through the next five issues. I will admit that I’ve been becoming less and less inspired by the designs in Quiltmaker — I’m not sure if this is because their designs are getting objectively less interesting, or whether it’s because my tastes are growing in a different direction — but I’m intrigued by this idea.

(I’ll also admit that about 80% of my intrigue is because of the beautiful palette of fabrics they’ve picked for their rendition of the quilt, another 10% is the coolness of the first block, and the remaining 10% is because I love a surprise.)

It’s very difficult to select fabrics for a quilt whose design is a secret when you start, but the whole quilt is done in tone-on-tone fabrics of varying values, which makes it a little easier. I bought a few fabrics over the holiday weekend, and supplemented with fat quarters and various scraps from my stash:

Fabrics laid out for the Mystery Quilt

Only five of these fabrics are newly-purchased. My early stash-building strategy was (unbeknownst to me) heavily oriented toward tone-on-tones, so there are a lot of fabrics in here that I bought long ago. Also, you may not be able to tell from the photo, but there are leftovers from at least four different projects in there, including two baby quilts. (!) I still need to purchase some longer yardages of very light and very dark fabric, but this is a start. Anyone care to join me in the project?

One Response to “Mystery Quilt Begins”

  1. Ann says:

    Well, goodness, just as I was contemplating an e-mail to Cathy about her plans for the Quiltmaker mystery quilt, along comes Cathys’s post about said quilt, so now I can bring everyone into the conversation, so to speak. Cathy, I confess to being baffled when you mentioned the Quiltmaker mystery quilt when we were fabric shopping at Thanksgiving, because I had not yet received my copy of the current issue. When I got it and had a chance to browse through it, I found the mystery quilt and looked at it with more than usual interest since I knew you had decided to work on it. I don’t usually see the point of a mystery quilt – why work on something when you don’t know what it will be? And I’m not at all sure what in the world I will do with a 58″ square wall quilt. But I think I’m going to do it anyway. I’m joining the fun 45% because I love to piece, 45% because I think it will be cool for two (or more) Crackpots to make the same quilt and see how different they are, 5% because mysteries are cool, and 5% because it’s always good to have an excuse to buy fabric. Let the fun begin!

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