A surprise arrived in my mailbox on Thursday! It was full of quilty goodness. My sister sent me a mystery quilt. She decided to kit up everything to make the blocks for Moda's Sampler Block Shuffle. Each block was in a sealed envelope with the fabric and directions. She sent me the first 18 blocks and put two more into the mail today.
I was signed up for Friday Night with Friends, so of course I had to start these mystery blocks immediately. I shelved working on a UFO because it would be rude of me not to participate in my sister's mystery project immediately. Right? Well that is my story anyway... I made the first 10 blocks Friday night--a very productive FNwF because my family ate leftovers and I binge watched Netflix in my sewing room as I sewed. Here is the link to what everyone else around the world did:
The fabrics my sister sent are all Bonnie and Camille's Hello Darling with a creamy off white background--I love her choices. The blocks will finish 6 inches. Here is the link to their free patterns:
I made the other 8 blocks this afternoon after returning from teaching my Quilty Fun class. I think the class was pretty successful--everyone got all their background cut for their first row and most of the ladies made at least two cocoa cups. It is going to be cool to see how different they each quilt will look because of the fabrics used.
Sorry, my lighting is bad because I finished these blocks after dark. There was only one appliqué block, but I chose to use Heat and Bond and my machine's blanket stitch. All 18 blocks are done!
I have been making progress on hand quilting the borders of my Cottage Garden project.
I am about 75% done. One issue I have been having is some of my wool appliqué pieces are being pulled up by snap on hoop, so I am going to need to make a few repairs. Any advice on how to avoid that? I will work more on this for Slow Sunday Stitching. Here is the link to that handwork inspiration:
This week I plan on unearthing another UFO to work on and starting to cut up a bunch of scrap squares for Carole's Scrap Dance Tango--Mystery Quilt 2016. I usually do not participate in mystery quilts, but since this one will be made with only the scraps I already have-- why not? I can always donate it to a charity unless of course I love it! Carole is kindly giving the numbers for different sized quilts too. You can find more information here: