KQG Mystery Quilt Pt 3. (+ FREE PRINTABLE)

The final installment of the Kanata Mystery Quilt was provided at the February meeting so now it’s time to finish!  All my blocks are pieced and ready to be sewn together.

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The “mystery block” is called Cat Nip and the quilt pattern is The Cat’s Meow.  I’ve never seen it prior to this although some ladies who participated had previously seen the pattern.  In all honesty, I’m not sure I would have done this if I’d seen the pattern beforehand but I guess that’s the point of a mystery quilt!

All the completed quilts are to be shown at the Kanata Quilt Guild June meeting so for now, this quilt is being put on the shelf because I have so many other projects that need to get done before.  I have a couple baby quilts that need to get finished before March/April.  I have one top done already and can’t wait to show the finished quilt.  It might be one of my favourites (I know I say that about most of my quilts but…shouldn’t it be that way?) so stay tuned for that post.

Speaking of plenty on the go, how do you keep track of your on-the-go projects?  I recently started using a project tracker in my Quilter’s Planner Mini and it’s a game changer.  I can see at a glance what I have on the go, at what stage of the process and other useful information.  Because it’s been so useful for me, I’ve decided to make my own and share it with you!  You can find a free printable project tracker below.  Feel free to print as many copies as you like/need and share it with your friends as it is for personal use (please don’t try and sell it).

Click here to download girlxfabric’s Projects at a Glance.

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KQG Mystery Quilt Pt 2

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted!  I feel like I should have a bunch of finished projects to share but…I don’t.  I have finished the second part of the mystery quilt though!  Talk about half-squares triangles!  This installment needed 96 HSTs – 1.5″ half. square. triangles. (Yes, that’s small)

If you have a bunch of half-square triangles to do, I suggest trying the Laundry Basket Quilts triangle paper.  This stuff is a life saver when it comes to large quantities of small HST.  It makes 32 HST in one go, amazing right?!  I mean there’s still the task of cutting but it makes it all super easy and quick.

I have another tip to share – chain piecing and the Cutting Gizmo.  Many beginner quilters don’t use or never heard of chain piecing.  This technique is basically stitching pieces together with one continuous length of thread without stopping in between pieces.  This saves time (and  thread) because you aren’t constantly stopping, snipping, and starting again.  I feel like I’ve mentioned this fantastic tool before (maybe?) but The Cutting Gizmo is a must have if you chain piece.  It makes snipping the connecting threads so easy and super quick!

I have just one more piece of advice to give to all quilters of all levels – NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHOW OFF YOUR WORK!  I started quilting in July 2016, joined 2 quilt guilds and have participated in almost every ‘show n tell’ in both guilds.  It doesn’t matter how talented you are (or how untalented you think you are), you are making works of art.  Your passion for what you do shows through in every stitch and whether you know it or not, you are inspiring other quilters to make their own masterpieces.

Mystery creates wonder…KQG Pt 1

I’m participating in the Kanata Quilt Guild’s mystery quilt! Since I started quilting, I have yet to make a quilt top that is from an ‘actual’ pattern – they have all been my own designs.  You would think that since I’m a beginner I’d want to follow a pattern but….nope! So this will be a first for mystery quilts and a first for actually having a real pattern to follow.

I was a little hesitant to sign up because I actually don’t like the ‘mystery’ part of a mystery quilt.  How can I choose the right fabrics if I don’t even know what I’m making??  Luckily, my first ever quilt retreat was with the ladies from the Kanata Quilt Guild and most of them were working on their mystery quilt. I was able to see what fabrics others had chosen and get an idea of what I’d like to do.  I decided to go in a completely different direction than everyone else…I went the way of Christmas fabric. I absolutely LOVE the fabric I chose so I’m excited to get the next installment.  The backing fabric is the cutest ever but you’ll have to wait until the quilt is done to see it!