Sunday, July 17, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt Along 2016: Fabric Selection

Do you love a good mystery?!?  Consider joining Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs for her annual mystery quilt along!!  Last year's quilt along was a total blast, as Cheryl does a fantastic job as pattern designer and quilt along host!  Each month from now until April 2017, Cheryl will reveal a new set of instructions (via email, blog post and facebook group), to construct a mystery quilt that will finish at 60" x 60".   You can get a sense of the process and designs, by checking out some of her past quilt alongs on her blog.

Some quilt along highlights include:
1.  It's totally FREE to play along!!  All you have to do is email Cheryl with your interest so you are added to the distribution list to receive the monthly instructions via email.
2.  Not keen on mysteries?!?  You can let Cheryl know and she will send you a picture of the final quilt design so you can plan accordingly.  But please, no spoiler alerts for those of us who are in for the mystery!!
3.  There is an option to join the Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group.  There are almost 700 active members posting pictures of their fabric and progress, which is great for motivation and inspiration.
4.  There are some pretty sweet sponsors providing incentives for completing your quilt tops.  Last year, I won beautiful edge to edge custom quilting from Jan over at Quilting Among the Groves just for participating and posting a picture of my finished quilt.

July's set of instructions was all about fabric selection!  Cheryl provided us with information about fabric yardage requirements, along with helpful tips on fabric selection (solids or small scale prints that read as a solid, non-directional prints, and contrast considerations).  Armed with this information, I spent considerable time pulling fabrics, mostly from my stash.  As I typically buy half yards to one yard cuts, I needed to visit my local quilt shop for the Fabric E that required two and a quarter yard of a light value fabric.  Once that was purchased, I did a bit more fine tuning of my selections.  I am still torn on which Fabric A (left most fabric) to choose...dots in the top or fireworks in the bottom pic.  I've got a few more weeks to mull over my two options before the next set of instructions are revealed in August.  Feel free to vote on your favorite by leaving me a comment!      
Choices!  Choice!  Two Options for Fabric A:  Dots or Fireworks?
And if you hate picking out fabrics, Cheryl has teamed up with two fabric shoppes to offer three different Meadow Mist Mystery quilt fabric kits!  You can simply purchase your favorite and play along!!

I can't wait until next month and seeing what will become of these fun fabrics!  I hope you will consider joining the fun--as we are just getting started!!

2 comments:

  1. I like the "fireworks", Mel.Thanks for posting your fabric choices. I'm still working on mine!

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    1. Thanks Laurel...I am a huge fan of the fireworks print...it's been in my stash for a few years waiting for the perfect project. This mystery quilt along may just be its turn!

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