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Thread: McCalls Quilting Jan/Feb 2012 / 3 month mystery quilt along

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    Red face McCalls Quilting Jan/Feb 2012 / 3 month mystery quilt along

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    Speaking of mystery quilts have you seen the one in a Magazine ? let me run and grab it .....

    It starts in the McCalls Quilting Jan/Feb 2012 and runs for three months ... I think I am getting addicted to these mysteries and my Quilt Club is doing one



    OMG, Sitting on my computer, within inches of my fingers is the Jan/Feb issue LOL I had my DH pick it up for me because I wanted to do the Jinny Beyer quilt on pg 72.. skipped right over the mystery quilt on page 40!

    With all of the pieces that need to be made and some of the matching that needs to be done in this 1st step, it will not only be a challenge for beginners, but also for those of us that are a little weak at matching intersections.. especially on bias triangles. should be a good challenge, I'm in! I will start a new thread just for this one.. Whoo HOoo a new mystery quilt


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    The above conversation is what started this thread. The previous thread can be found under the title of New Year Mystery Quilt, above is message 392 and if you read the whole thing, you will see that we had a wonderful and fun time creating the mystery quilt.
    The quilt is now finished and the directions from that mystery have now been removed from the net.. BUT here is another current, on going NEW project an it wont be removed, we will have it till we get rid of the mag.
    For those of us who don't belong to a group or guilds (like myself) we have to find ways to amuse ourselves LOL


    This looks like it will be a fun one and we have a month between issues to work on it. Will you join me and work on this mystery together?

    This is the current issue of McCall's Quilting, Jan/Feb 2012 issue. Mine came with a bonus CD with 5 additional quilts patterns, the mag was shrink wrapped. The display date is till 1/30/12. I found my copy at JoAnn's Fabrics, but would imagine that you could find it a grocery store news stand as well.

    The mystery is starts on page 40, gives fabric color suggestions and clear directions. The fabric requirements look a little high to me, but left over for the stash is always a good thing


    We will be making lots of triangles, so you can either do them like the directions say or I would use the Thangles on a roll or even (my favorite) print your base patterns from the CD - Half Square Trangulations by Brenda Henning (Bear Paw Productions) I do not endorse or sell either of these products, but have used both and it is only a suggestion on my part, but I can tell you the both are wonderful time savers and make your work VERY accurate and in the case of the CD, well worth the investment ( http://www.bearpawproductions.com/st...php?cat=1&ID=2 ) If you do use one of these products, it will take a little work with the calculator so see how many of what you will need to sew together. I know that last statement is confusing, if you have seen or used either of these products, you will know exactly what I am saying. I will try to do some calculations and get them posted so those with calculator-pobia, wont have to dust off the calc! LOL
    Ok, lets post pictures of our progress as we go. If you need help in posting pictures, PLEASE say something and someone will help you with this task.


    Susan

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    I found you !!!! You know I will be trying this one Had so much fun with the last one - Thanks for starting the topic
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    I've been looking at that since I got the magazine but haven't quite figured out whether I'll jump in or not. Your enthusiasm has me leaning toward YES.

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    Rainbow- come on , you know you want to
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    I have no idea how I missed that article! Thanks for posting it on here, I've got 3 new quilting magazine's as part of Christmas presents that I haven't even had a chance to read yet. I'm doing the Border Creek mystery quilt, and starting a new one at our LQS next month but that is a BOM quilt, and if you go to Craftsy website they've got a free BOM that you can do at no charge for the instructions if you can't find it I will try and post a link to it.

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    It looks like it will be a fun one.. one draw back to my original post.. The use of the two products wont work for this quilt. I did a test square just to confirm the measurements of the squares, and unfortunately, both of the products do not go up to the size of square we will be using. Sad really, I was looking forward to 'power sewing' the triangles, but these are large enough that I dont believe anyone will have any issues. My suggestion is to sew, cut and press all of the triangles, sit in front of the tv, do the matching and then run them all through the machine at the same time.


    Hey Sharon, look on page 42, under the "Making of the pieced squares". It say Make 100 [64] total and under diagram II it says make 40 [24] the numbers don't add up. Whats your take on these numbers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila_H View Post
    I have no idea how I missed that article! Thanks for posting it on here, I've got 3 new quilting magazine's as part of Christmas presents that I haven't even had a chance to read yet. I'm doing the Border Creek mystery quilt, and starting a new one at our LQS next month but that is a BOM quilt, and if you go to Craftsy website they've got a free BOM that you can do at no charge for the instructions if you can't find it I will try and post a link to it.
    Hey Sheila, post a link.. Im to lazy to go and look LOLOLOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    Rainbow- come on , you know you want to
    I really, really do. It's been sitting open on my work table since I got it. I've even gone through my stash to find fabrics, but haven't found quite what I want yet.

    I'm looking forward to everyone posting pics of their progress.

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    Count me in. I will look for the magazine when I go out next. I like honing my quilting skills doing something different.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Count me in. I will look for the magazine when I go out next. I like honing my quilting skills doing something different.
    That's the way I look at it also. They always seam to do something that I am not good at or very weak at, so in that respect, Mystery quilts are a good thing! (as if they were ever a bad thing.. just sayin')

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriclovr View Post
    Hey Sharon, look on page 42, under the "Making of the pieced squares". It say Make 100 [64] total and under diagram II it says make 40 [24] the numbers don't add up. Whats your take on these numbers?
    I just figured it out. They are giving you the option of two sizes of quilt, hens the two numbers.. DHU! Good thing we have lots of time to make this one LOL

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    What size is everyone making ? I am leaning towards the smaller one - since there are so many triangles , etc...
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    I saw that on another article in a different magazine the larger number 100 is for a standard sized quilt and the smaller number in the brackets is if your making a lap quilt

    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriclovr View Post
    It looks like it will be a fun one.. one draw back to my original post.. The use of the two products wont work for this quilt. I did a test square just to confirm the measurements of the squares, and unfortunately, both of the products do not go up to the size of square we will be using. Sad really, I was looking forward to 'power sewing' the triangles, but these are large enough that I dont believe anyone will have any issues. My suggestion is to sew, cut and press all of the triangles, sit in front of the tv, do the matching and then run them all through the machine at the same time.


    Hey Sharon, look on page 42, under the "Making of the pieced squares". It say Make 100 [64] total and under diagram II it says make 40 [24] the numbers don't add up. Whats your take on these numbers?

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    Here is the link to the free tutorial on the Craftsy website for the BOM that looks interesting, they've got real video images for doing the blocks.

    http://www.craftsy.com/class/The-Cra...f-the-Month/50

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    Good luck ladies! Haven't seen the magazine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila_H View Post
    Here is the link to the free tutorial on the Craftsy website for the BOM that looks interesting, they've got real video images for doing the blocks.

    http://www.craftsy.com/class/The-Cra...f-the-Month/50
    Thanks for the link, I really don't want to sign up for anymore sites, you should see my spam folder as it is! I just deleted 630 spam messages!!

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    I just started the Craftsy BOM, and I really like both the directions and the quilting squares. At the end, they will all come together as a lap quilt, with directions on both binding and quilting it. The first two blocks have been a lot of fun, and you learn new piecing techniques with each set of blocks. The course itself is FREE, as in no money at all, although you can buy the fat quarters used for around $80. I'm not buying the fat quarters. I'm just dipping into my stash for what I need, and that's been a whole lot of fun - sort of matching the patterns and colors in the fabrics, keeping track of the fabrics so they all come together as a whole in the end. "Playing in my stash" as I call it, and that's been fun. I have more than enough fabrics to pull from my stash. It'd be silly of me to buy more fabric, and besides, I'll be using fabrics I bought because I loved them. I looked over the fat quarters they're using, and don't care for them as well. And they do encourage you to use your own stash! They'd love to see photos of completed quilts at the end, especially of quilts done from a stash. So check it out! You can have fun, have a free tutorial, end up with a lap quilt, and reduce your stash all at the same time! Once I'm done with this, I'm going to try a Mystery Quilt, which also sound like fun!

    Happy Quilting!
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    Ok, pulled fabrics according to the directions. I thought it would be easy, but boy the 2nd fabric that requires 3 1/8 yards kicked my bu.. um rear! Here is my test picture to see if they all work together, tell me what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriclovr View Post
    Ok, pulled fabrics according to the directions. I thought it would be easy, but boy the 2nd fabric that requires 3 1/8 yards kicked my bu.. um rear! Here is my test picture to see if they all work together, tell me what you think.

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    Looks great.
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    I love the blue in the lower left...what is that?

    Ok I think I'm in...I've never done triangles so this coud be bad. I'll have to buy fabric, but may wait a little cause I joined two bom's here and havent started those either....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtgirl View Post
    I love the blue in the lower left...what is that?

    Ok I think I'm in...I've never done triangles so this coud be bad. I'll have to buy fabric, but may wait a little cause I joined two bom's here and havent started those either....
    The salvage says Karen Neuburger www.quiltingtreasures .com I bought it at a store that was going out of business in Prescott AZ a couple of years ago. It called to me and said 'take me home take me homeeeee" LOL

    I just went to the connecting threads web site and found that they have lots of fabrics that are 'reasonable' price, not the 10 or 11 dollars a yard that the quilt shops are now charging (which IMHO, is ridiculous!) So that might be a good place for you to start looking if you need to purchase fabric for this project.

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    Love your fabric choices- now I have to start looking for mine
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    The instructions are for 2 different sized finished projects. The pieces may be used in different final settings to achieve the finished sized required. Just choose your size and go for it. Another way to do a lot of HST is to take a strip of both fabrics, half the width of the fabric and the width of the block you need for the finished HST. Press them good sides together. On the back of one, mark the blocks, mark the diagonal line in a zigzag pattern, then sew up one side and down the other. Set seams, cut blocks apart and then cut the HST. (If you plan to square down, use a little bigger square, I use Eleanor Burns SquareUp Ruler, before I press open.) Press open. And you will have done six at a time. This is like making your own Triangle papers for any size HST you are making.
    Charlie

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    Looks neat. Gonna' give it a try. I want to make a memory quilt for a friend who recently lost her husband, using his flannel shirts. I think either block done in alternating reverse color blocks would work. Hmmmm, have to figure this one out. There's my January project. Can't wait the year for all but I think either of these would work.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Ok I think your fabrics all go good togeather, I'm also gona do the mystery & have my fabrics pulled from my stash, my friend is doing it with me & we are doing the small size.

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