Saturday, January 2, 2010


Well, I went out this morning and finished the last part of the Mystery Quilt. As with all classes there were parts I liked and parts I didn't, but I did learn things.

I learned that I like symmetry more than I thought I did. It bothered me that the center sashing was going to be quilting differently in the vertical space than the horizontal space. So, being the queen of my own quilt, I quilted them all the same.

I learned that it can be fun to quilt traditional designs in a non-traditional way. Those funky Baptist Fans were really fun to quilt, and they went fast. The squiggly crosshatching was also very easy, and much less stressful to quilt that regular crosshatching.

Lastly, I learned that when quilting is pretty dense it bothers me that there are empty spaces. When I was stitching the serpentine design on the last outer border, it bothered me that there was empty space between the arcs. I put in some squiggly lines similar to what I did in the bear paw blocks. I bothers me that there are empty spots in other places, but not enough for me to go back and quilt them.

Now I have some new quilting designs in my pocket. Thank you, Cindy.


  1. I've been following your progess and love it.
    I find I don't like little puffy areas around dense quilting. I love doing squiggle cross hatch--looks good and less stress. It's great to learn a new way/ new design. You've started your year off on a very good foot!

  2. Oh, I am so glad to see your quilt. I have been gone and will be putting my top together tomorrow and beginning quilting next week. Now I have an idea of what I will be doing. Thanks

  3. It looks wonderful. What a great way to start the New Year.

  4. It's so much fun watching you work! :)

    I like your revisions to the original plan. I don't like empty spaces, either. I'm loving that funky Baptist Fan design. It looks very forgiving.

    I enjoyed following your progress. It turned out to be a beautiful quilt!

  5. What fabulous quilting and such awesome detail.

    You are one talented woman.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cindy Carter
    Quilt Patterns from Seattle