Monday, January 25, 2010

Tea Block


I promised myself one of my resolutions for the New Year was to 'simplify' my life style. Is it working? I still see myself signing up for classes, volunteering for another club, starting new projects, and scurrying around town always looking for more to purchase. I never seem to have enough, however I seem to thrive on keeping busy.

Then the weather changes. A snow storm bombards our city and the roads became treacherous. I had planned to walk to the mall, however it would have been difficult straddling those ruts. Oh goodie, I said to myself as I spread out my project on the kitchen table, grabbed a cup of coffee, and settled comfortably into my chair. I stitch! My husband was reading the newspaper and seemed to be content. I wanted to see how much I could accomplish with my new block.

I was rather excited about the design. I used a teapot pattern from Kay Mckenzie's book "Teapots 2 to Appliqué", then designed embroidered flowers in the teapot. A little bird is hand appliqued above the bouquet, hopefully conveying 'JOY' as it helped me stitch the flowers.

I had contemplated my venturing to the LQS, however decided I had too many projects in progress, therefore planned to remain comfortable in my home. I wanted to complete this block and then I would not feel so guilty if I started another project, or would I? I haven't even thouight about the "Beaded Journal Project" I had signed up for in the fall of 2009! Gerry already has several lovely birds all beaded. I will be checking her site shortly; I really love her blog and find her work SEW inspiring and 'bead' dazzled...this is my new word for my new venture, beading!

I smiled to myself and felt so good doing my favorite thing! Besides my husband decided to stay home to watch his favorite sport on television, curling playoffs. A team from our city is competing against the Kevin Martin team for the upcoming Olympics.

I love when my husband and I can spend a day together! He has the greatest ideas for snacks...hmmm, I thought I was going to start my diet today! Both of us are retired but it is amazing how busy we both always seem to be. I am honored he decides to stay home as he has an attitude that we should both be able to do as we please now that we are retired. I have tons of hobbies which I can do. His hobby usually takes him outside as he prefers outdoor exercise and loves to walk. Goodie, I say to myself, the free time he leaves me with provides a wonderful opportunity to pull out my sewing. Who wants to do housework anyways?

I listen to the wind howling fact this howling woke me up...and it is only 5:30 in the morning. We slept in! Oh goodie, Block number two is done, now what to do next? Isn't life grand...LG as my husband would say!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

TAT'S Finished...well maybe?

Please NOTE the dark blue border at the top is our wallpaper border, not the quilt; I purposely used the short form TAT for "A Tisket A Tasket" .

I entitled this WIP 'finished', however, I am still not sure about this border fabric and quilting may be delayed for a bit. Fabric is from my 'stash' and I love the fabric, especially those roses, and the color. However, when I first posted this photo to Flickr someone suggested the large flowers competed with the baskets. In fact, I have had second thoughts about the sashing also as would you believe my first sashing was in a pretty green that really looked nice, I thought. I thought the green really pulled out the greens in my individual blocks, but what about my other colors, tha tis my rich burgundies and pinks? Of course I also needed my DH's opinion as I sewed. DH assured me the green sashing really looked nice.

However, I couldn't sleep the day I had added the green, waking up at three in the morning, turning on the lights to check IF I really had accomplished that much. Well, have you ever had nights like this when you wake up, not feeling 100% well emotionally then tend to relate the pukey feeling to something that happened during the day? Well, believe me, this pretty green sashing did not look 'pretty' at three o'clock in the morning and almost made me sick to my stomach.

One remedy came to mind! What time is it? All the fabric stores in the immediate area did not open until nine or even ten! Could I wait that long? I hurriedly pack up my car with my WIP, and extra blocks, etc. and head out of town to a quilt shop just half an hour out of town! I was going for HELP or at least for another opinion! I was keeping my fingers crossed the shop would be 'open'. It was! The ladies starting pulling out fabrics that were workable, had 'punch'...and I was feeling elated, relieved, and excited about this new shopping experience. Well, a quilter can never legitimize her trip to a LQS without exiting with a bag of fabric, can they? I had used about a quarter of a tank of gas, therefore it was my responsiblity to make my trip worthwhile. After, all my shopping, I felt I was in heaven as I now had not one, but two bags of goodies! I couldn't wait to return home with my 'new' purchases, RIP off the now 'sickly' green, replacing the green with the new pretty pink. I was so excited! It took me two whole hours to rip, but I was loving every minute as I could already envision this pretty pink sashing doing the trick! Pink is my favorite color any ways..besides blue...well 'one' of my favorite colors!

I sewed the entire day...then couldn't wait to post my photo to Flickr for viewers critiques...however, something was not quite right yet! Now that I reflect, perhaps that nauseated feeling was my coming down with the dreaded stomach flu.

I wait in front of my monitor for my first HIT! Three hits, and nothing, then it comes...a viewer leaves a comment...she thinks the roses compete with my baskets. That did it!!!...but didn't I ask for suggestions from other experienced quilters? I soon delete the photo from any more critiques. Now what do I do?

My stomach is feeling nauseated again!!! I considered replacing the border with a smaller print..however I still LOVE these roses and just could not imagine my wasting all that lovely fabric. After all I can almost smell these roses! Perhaps the fabric being sentimental to me as 'roses mean remembrance' and I did sew this quilt in memory of my Dad. My love for roses is another story as I think I have roses in most of my blocks. I had spent SEW much time hand appliqueing all those blocks. Needless to realize, this entire sashing was or should I say IS now my first 'saga' of 2010. In the meantime, I will work on my other WIP's. Hmmm...and I just realize perhaps this is why I may be notorious for having more than one WIP. I asked my DH if he thinks I have OCD, (which thankfully I do NOT have)...I just know I like 'nice' things and if I do something, I am very conscientious and will excel. I feel God has blessed me with my love to work with my hands.

Back to my quilt top...I hung the top in my room and I must have looked at it one hundred times, trying to figure out what I am going to do. I squinted at it, smiled at it, peeked at it, ignored it, poked at it, wrote about, asked several friends about it and even cried at it. Alas, I never realized this quilting is serious stuff! I have also purchased MORE fabric for that border, but when I hold my 'possible purchase up to the border, it does nothing for me. So for now I am a basket case! I almost feel ill about all this, but a lesson is learned, or has it? I now vow, if I ever tackle another major year long project...well to be truthful many of my projects have been works in progress (WIPs) for more than a year, I VOW, and promise myself to select my border first, then pull my colors from the border. However I really 'bonded' with this BOM (block of the month). I have met so many wonderful, talented friends on Flickr! These freinds have become such a part of my life now. I check my NEW groups DAILY to view the new additions to our happy little family...yes we are expanding! I now belong to three Flickr groups and projects: 2010 Tea and Coffee Quilt Along, Snowbound and A Tisket a Tasket group.

And this reminds, I missed posting Ms Snowlady with her

'B * L * I * N * G *', as I stitched some lettering and beads on this block.

And now please tag along for a virtual tour...grab your coffee and see what us quilters are up to.


...I have more than one come to mind

"When in doubt, just take the next small step."

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"Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".

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"Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special."

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Have a wonderful day, my friends.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Prayer for Haiti

Various pieces of fabric are accumulating on my kitchen table again...hmmm...I wonder what project I will tackle next. The days are getting longer, however the weather outside is still too cold to garden, therefore I have an urge to sew, quilt, cross stitch or create simply something! I am overwhelmed with ALL I have!

I glance at the television set and shudder. Tears roll down my cheeks. I am having to change the channel as the Haiti devastation is too depressing and sad to listen to! An occasional glimmer of hope shines through those mountains of dust and rubble whenever there is a special report about a survivor or other miracle, but it is still heart breaking!!! My heart breaks for these poor people, especially the young helpless children, now orphans in a big and scary world.

Even though it is cold outside, I still have a roof over my head and we are warm and have more than enough to eat. Those poor children are losing parents, limbs and countless numbers of lives...and now do not even have water to drink or food to nourish those little bodies...what can a single person do to help? When does the suffering stop? How can such poverty exist so close to this country of plenty?

I start counting my blessings. I don't think I will ever complain again. Seeing all that rubble is heart beaking enough. I turn off the television and say a prayer...why does all this happen dear Lord?

Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU, because this morning I woke up and knew where my children were. Because this morning my home is still standing, because this morning I am not crying because my husband, my child, my brother or sister needs to be dug out from underneath a pile of concrete, because this morning I was able to drink a glass of water, I was able to turn on the light, and take a shower, because this morning I was not planning a funeral, but most of all I thank you this morning because I still have life and a voice to cry out for the people of Haiti.

Lord I cry out to you, the one that makes the impossible, possible, the one that turns darkness in to light, I cry out that you give those mothers strength, that you give them peace that surpasses all understanding, that you may open the streets so that help can come, that you may provide doctors, nurses, food, water, and all that they need in a blink of an eye. For all those that have lost family members, give them peace, give them hope, give them courage to continue to go on! Protect the children and shield them with your power. I pray all this in the name of Jesus.

To all my blogger friends, please pray this prayer for the people in Haiti.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Poem About Our Girlfriends

Sorry...I am cheating this morning as I have a head ache
and cannot think properly to
blog. However, here is a copy of a recent email that I liked:
A Poem About Our Girlfriends

Someone will always be prettier.
Someone will always be smarter.
Some of their houses will be bigger.
Some will drive a better car.
Their children will do better in school.
And their husband will fix more things around the house.
So let it go, and love you and your circumstances
Think about it!
The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart.
The most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children.
The richest woman you know with the car, the house, and the clothes ~ might be lonely.
And the Word says, 'If I have not Love, I am nothing.' So, again, love you.
Love who you are.
Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say,
'I am too Blessed to be Stressed and too Anointed, to be Disappointed!'

Put on your "big girl "panties and deal with it.

'I am too Blessed to be Stressed and too Anointed, to be Disappointed!'

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOOO HOOOOO what a ride!'

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hankering for a Handkerchief

I refer to my favorite thrift store "VV Boutique" instead of it's original name "Value Village". Yes, shopping at VV Boutique is one thing my husband and I have in common. Of course DH is also 'thrifty', and not a collector therefore will not buy anything unless he can eat or wear it. Because thrift stores NEVER carry food items, DH usually is found in the clothing or housewares section where I should be! However, I often wonder why we have at least half a dozen thermoses, tea kettles and portable radios accumulating in our home! They seem to multiply like baby bunnies! But then I understand how DH prefers his coffee in a thermos as this reminds him he is travelling! And if he only paid twenty five cents for the container, he is even happier!

I was in the thrift store today...and I immediately made a bee line to the craft section. I seldom peruse the clothing section as I can never find anything in my size that does not either smell of moth balls or looks too old. Unless the clothing still has a factory tag and is my size will I even be interested. However, the last time I bought eight pieces of clothing for one dollar a piece, everything fit me! In this six month lapse, I have only worn two of the purchased garments. But it is always necessary to have more than one pair of black trousers, isn't it?

Hopefully, I have passed the stage of 'collecting' vintage clothing. How could I resist a burgundy velvet skirt for fifty cents when I can use it for my crazy patchwork? Well, my friend had asked me to pick up a vintage garment for the same idea of converting to a dress for her antique doll, but I knew I would NEVER part with my find! I can see her hesitancy in the cashier's eyes as she peers at the tag on the skirt then at me; she probably thinks I actually intend to wear this extra-small sized skirt! Not a chance! I just smile at her as I hand her my two tax! Yeah!

Well, the thrift store today, operated by the Salvation Army had few treasures; perhaps no one has started their spring cleaning yet! But shopping there was a great alternative to garage sales, which I love! DH also forgot when he turned down this one street that there was a thrift store located there. He asked me how I knew about this place. I non-chalantly replied I follow this route whenever I venture to that part of the city to perform my 'errands'. DH tends to suggest I make my trip worthwhile as gas is so expensive! However, he does not realize I never need an excuse to shop! DH also forgot that I love garage sales and my car should have a sign reading: "This car stops at all garage sales and thrift stores!" Someday, I may find enough courage to blog about my most embarrassing outing to a 'garage' sale.

Today, I did find a few little treasures that I just had to have! DH checked out some sweaters, however reported the prices were too high, but I clutched an embroidered hankie and a wee bottle of perfume still in it's original package! My treasure to be was ONLY 49 cents! Oh if only it were 'senior's' day as I would have handed over my cash and selections for my senior husband to qualify for a senior discount! What can a person purchase for this price these days? However, my other item was a quilting book priced at $6.99; buying 'another' quilting book was debatable! The book was really NOT my style of patterns, however I reluctantly paid the price telling the cashier I was making a charitable donation (and I convinced myself there were teapot quilts in this book! I expressed I would have to live to be one hundred to complete all the projects I wanted to do.

However, finding that hankie was pretty exciting for me! We never had time to stop for that cup of coffee, therefore I tried to convince DH, my new found treasure for 49 cents made me happier than the coffee anyway! And because the activity at our next doll club meeting was 'Hankering for a Dress', that is using a handkerchief to make a dress for Barbie, I exited the store with a smile on my face. I pondered 'what am I doing' as I must already own over two dozen vintage hankies in my 'collection'! Besides today's find was pretty, dainty and 'NEW'...well in it's original package. I wondered whether the flowers were hand embroidered or machine stitched. Oh, if only all the fancy vintage linens I found could relate their little "snotty" stories. Whenever I see vintage needle work, a mental image of a little lady stitching perfect stitches comes to mind. Why is it hand embroidery is almost considered a dying art? Not only are these vintage hankies embroidered, most have neatly crocheted or tatted edging. I crochet and I tat, therefore I appreciate how much time and patience can be involved in creating these delicate hankies.
Well, now I anticipate our hankie dress activity; however, I ask myself one question: "why is it that I never can be happy with just ONE?".

Another thought came to mind as I was reflecting...I can always use my new purchase for my Hankie Quilt or CQ work. Pam, another fellow blogger has been using these little hankies for her Garden Quilt. Please check out her work here. Her work and site is most inspiring! Hmm...I had better perform a Google search to check out inspiration for other hankie quilts...look at all the amazing results I find! Isn't technology wonderful! And to think there are MORE hankies out there just waiting for me to find! Here is one of my favourites! be continued...

I am relieved I am not the only person with this passion! HERE IS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE ABOUT 'HANKIE COUTURE'...


Thursday, January 14, 2010

As I sit here sipping my cup of coffee and organizing my files in my computer, I found this email and thought this little verse was appropriate for our 2010 Tea And Coffee Quilt Along. Of course my email had music added and it was beautiful...sorry I do not know how to add music to a blog (yet) as I have heard several. But right now this early in the morning 'slience is golden' as I organize my thoughts FOR TODAY...may your day be blessed too. Please have an oatmeal cookie...they have zero calories. (C:

I've never made a fortune,
And it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,

I'm happy anyhow
And I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going's tough
But I've got loving ones all around me,
And that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
And the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
And the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,
About the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
To help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

- source unknown...(if anyone knows who composed this article, please contact owner of this blog and I will assign where credit is due...thank you)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

BUNNY HILL'S Jumping for JOY "SNOWBOUND " Project

Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs has done it again! She is offering another year of fun and free patterns! Not only does Anne design wonderful quilts, she runs a business, and composes a fabulous blog! What a doll she is! If you are ready to be inspired in 2010, please check some of Anne's posts!

I had so much fun stitching the "A Tisket a Tasket" BOM in 2009 and was thinking I was going to be enduring applique withdrawl in 2010 , but Anne generously is offering FREE patterns again. And the blocks are entitled "Snowbound"...and who does not like snowmen? Well I think Anne will feature more than this one snowman (or snow 'lady') in her BOM project, don't you?

I had purchased approximately six pieces of snow related fabrics on SALE, and have decided I had better use for this fabric ASAP, as my stash need NOT grow any more. The price was right at 65% discount. And the weather has been frightful here with frigid, record-breaking temperatures...perfect for my diving right in and completing my first block. After experiencing some disappointment in adding the sashing and border to my TAT blocks, I was intending on taking a break from these blocks, but I am addicted especially to the hand applique sttiching. I find this most relaxing and therapeutic...also because my sewing machine is too antiquated and does not have a blanket stich option.

I feel this block is very different from my previous blocks as I chose a dark fabric as I just could not see myself stitching a snowman on the lighter she is. Guess it is difficut to determine the sex of snowflakes, but the pink heart buttons are rather are giveaway, don't you think? And I have learned how to line my lighter pieces in this block, therefore the snow lady is warm and cozy with her doubly lined coat. But then who has ever heard of a snow person getting cold?

I think I am going to have a riot doing this quilt! As once I post my photo on Flickr, one tends automatically meets many fun and talented quilters. And what happens when a bunch of snowflakes stick together? One gets snow people of course....SEW if you like snowman and sewing, please come join the fun!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

BLUE Tuesday Morning!

Brrr...this is the scene out my window these days...(with a little help from my photo editor, of course)

How does anyone else feel motivated on a cold day like this? Here in "Winterpeg", it is not even seven in the morning and I have already exhausted visiting all my FAVORITE blogs which inspire me! Nothing NEW is posted yet as everyone is still sleeping, in bed where I would also be, but a head ache forced me to stumble out of bed to ingest some aspirins about an hour ago...but I can still type, so those aspirins are helping! Now if only, I felt like doing something productive...and what is that you ask?
I was having disastrous results with finishing the border and sashing on my 2009 A Tisket a Tasket quilt and feel I have to put that project on the back burner for awhile...but yesterday I just couldn't wait any longer and have started another project, Anne Sutton's "Snowbound"!!! I just had to start using that fabric. Not only was the price right, but it all needed 'fondling' badly! Needless to say I am wondering if every project I have started recently is using BLUE fabric!!! Perhaps the block I started also has the Monday morning 'blues', although I do intend to change that soon! I am trying something different this time! Using darker background fabric as I just did not like my white snowman on an off white background.

However, it is Tuesday today and I always look forward to the 'New Topic Tuesday' Jeanne has posted for our group, that is the 2010 TEA and COFFEE QUILT ALONG! Yes, the group's members have found all kinds of links for FREE patterns too and have posted photos on Flickr of their creative works! That reminds me, have I already posted a blog of my first block?
Jeanne's ideas have been wonderful and has our entire group buzzing with discussions and excitement...and that reminds me, if you want to join a FUN and TALENTED ( I humble myself here?) group, LOVE tea or coffee themed projects, this group may be the 'cup of tea' for you! It is FREE to join! Sit down with your cuppa and check us out HERE! I have some new ideas "BREWING' on the back burner, but hopefully new ideas will be HOT soon....that is if my brain does not remain dormant...after all I did feel like hibernating this winter!

If you are not into quilting, how about embroidery as our group members do this too! In fact I am considering doing some emboridery for my next block. It all depends what my mind construes for an idea to portray JOY!
Trusting you all have a wonderful day...and week and please return to check my blog or bookmark these links for more browsing! I promise to have more photos soon...oops that reminds me...I also signed up for a Beaded Journal Project as I love bead work...hmmm...I do think I have enough WIP'S for 2010 already and it is only the second week in January!

PS. I just knew Jeanne would post her new Topic Tuesday for something to read...and I see she has posted it! This gal not only quilts beautifully, she is quite a writer also!

PS...and if your day is BLUE, try CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate is proof God wants us to be happy. - Flickr site

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Equal arts of light and dark chocloate make a balanced diet.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

As the year ends

It seems as each year ends,
I look back and think of my friends,
What I did right what I did wrong,
Who came into my life and who is gone.

But every year there are those who remain,
Looking only for friendship nothing else to gain,
They have stayed by me through good and bad,
Smiled when I am happy held me when I've been sad.
After so many years you begin to realize,
That a friend is life's greatest prize,
Not the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow,
That we seem to seek where ever we go.

So as I grow older and begin another New Year's Day,
I will thank God for those friends He sent my way,
And my New Years resolution will always be,
To thank Him again for every breath of life He's given me.

Then I will pray He will show me the way,
Give me the wisdom and guide me through each day,
And most of all at the end of each year,

Keep by me those friends I will always hold so dear,
And as I make new friends I'll treasure the old,
For the first are silver the latter is gold.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My First Block for 2010 Tea and Coffee Quilt Along

I forgot to add the button before taking this picture without button. Yes, I designed this...even did the writing. It was't that easy to do everything with needle turn applique, but I really started enjoying it after my 'mystery' quilt I sewed New Year's Day was finished. I first intended a bird to be sitting on top of the gift teapot, with the bird tying the ribbon, but when I enlarged my original pattern for the teapot, I also enlarged the bow, and did not leave enough room for the bird...of course I had to rip and make new smaller bow. My husband liked the 'Christmas' bird, so I chose a dove to fly instead of sit on the package..(C:....but then there was not enough room above the teapot but I added the 'peace' writing. Now I have found a theme for my blocks as each month will have a different 'theme'...guess what the theme for February will be? January's block is a surprise...still need to be inpsired but ideas are starting. I have lots of ideas for 'summer' blocks so may do summer block next, but then who knows how many times I may change my mind.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Return of the Wonderful One-Day New Years Mystery! - I DID IT!

Here is my Mystery Quilt I sewed January 1, 2010. I decided to do it after all! I am pretty happy with the end result. It is lap quilt size, that is 42 inches by 54 inches. (approximately eight hours of cutting and sewing); I would definitely do this again!

On Friday, January 1, 2010, Planet Patchwork once again hosted one of its most popular events, the Wonderful One-Day Mystery. This much-anticipated day-long quilt project featured Inspector Merry Mayhem's newest mystery offering, "Have a Nice Trip."

If you haven't participated in one of our mysteries before, here's how it worked. Planet Patchwork posted, in advance, the fabric requirements, cutting instructions, and general information to get me started before mystery day. I had time to raid my stash or visit several local quilt shops to purchase the fabric and tools I needed. However, I did not cut the pieces for the quilt before hand, since this seems to be the most time-consuming part of the process. I did everything today and wished I were more organized to have done before hand.

Then today at noon, my husband went to see his grand children, as he was warned I may sew, so shortly after he left, I got busy! It was too COLD out to venture any where! Minus 32 Celsius!Planet Patchwork Mystery Quilt was in my plans!

Now, where did I save the link to the site...and after five or ten minutes, I successfully performed a Google 'mystery quilt search and found it!!!!

HELP! Very organized mystery installments were posted and I was already behind by two installments! Each webpage or if you preferred to use, PDF files explained construction of the quilt top without revealing what the final product would look like. I was able to see the design unfold as I proceeded.

After cutting and sewing almost steadily for six hours or so, I became tired and my shoulders and neck were sore. At the end of the day, I ALMOST had a lap quilt top....

I know I won't have to set my alarm clock for tomorrow as my dear husband is usually up and clanging the coffee pot around six or seven, so I will be awake early in the morning to sew the remaining two strips and the two panels at the top and bottom of the quilt...but do I dare photo as I have a friend who wants to do this project too, and I do not feel it would be fun to reveal the mystery design AFTER she has a chance to make hers....after all not knowing what the final design is is part of the fun! Now to finish at my leisure with backing, batting, and quilting stitches.

The day is also accompanied by a chat room where mystery quilters can compare notes and talk to the mystery designer, Merry May. I was too late to qualify for the door prizes given throughout the day through random drawings, however will be sure to register early in advance for their next mystery quilt featured at different times annually.

After mystery day, participants can post photos of finished tops at Planet Patchwork's Flickr site. You can see examples of previous mysteries in the beautiful galleries that are posted there. Please have a look!

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