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A Little Mystery.

Posted on | February 1, 2014 | 13 Comments

Each year I manage to attend a workshop for a mystery quilt. This one was held on a day that was 41c but thankfully the workshop was held in air conditioned comfort.

This is the end result.

Sunburnt Quilts - Ribbon Quilt

It is a small lap quilt – about 40 X 40 inches. I tend to make them small as I like to see how the pattern goes together, then I like to choose the fabrics I think will work best and make another quilt.

Have a look at the fabric and colours in the original, here.

My colours don’t show up well in the photo so here is a close up of the fabrics.

Sunburnt Quilts - fabrics

The fabrics are from Leesa Chandler’s Passage To India range.

I think a lot of straight line and zig zag quilting will work for this little one.

We have had a few milder days but are now back to heat wave conditions. I definitely prefer to be inside once the temps go over 40c on a regular basis. As a result, more sewing is happening.

I have made all the blocks for the Kitchen Window quilt and will hopefully complete the framing in the next few days.

Sunburnt Quilts - Kitchen Windows


I have also made all the blocks for a quilt using the disappearing pinwheel/churn dash blocks. I think I may keep it simple with white sashing between the blocks.

Sunburnt Quilts - Pinwheel/Churn Dash Blocks

I will have a play with the layout for both of these quilts. Again, a perfect activity for indoors with the air conditioner.

Enjoy your weekend.




13 Responses to A Little Mystery.

  • Your churn dash blocks look wonderful and I really like the Passage to India fabric – just beautiful. Nice layout! The kitchen windows are fun, too. Glad you are staying cool inside while we in the Northern Hemisphere are staying warm inside!! ;)

  • joan says:

    You have been a busy girl. Good thing there is air conditioning! Mystery quilts are fun, but I have a hard time not knowing what I am putting together! I tend to wait til it’s over then make mine! LOL!! I love how your window blocks are coming out! Your pinwheel/churn dash is really cool.

  • Linda King says:

    Your kitchen window quilt is looking wonderful, as is the churn dash of course. Stay cool, I’l be thinking of you as I brave the -14 we have today. LOL.

  • I haven’t started my Kichen Window yet… but YOURS in looking great so far. You’ve been busy! :)

  • Cheryl says:

    Love doing a mystery quilt class Karen – such gorgeous fabrics. Am loving that disappearing pinwheel/churn dash – had not seen this one before

  • Hi Karen — I recently had been wondering if you have been having warmer than normal weather…42 seems pretty miserable. Here in the midwest USA we are having record breaking arctic blasts and lots of snow. Wish we could trade a few degrees! Love all your pictures but especially the kitchen window blocks. You have been busy!!

  • Fiona says:

    love all your quilts…. and pretty fabrics …. this weather is nuts… hope you keep cool…

  • marina says:

    the heat has definitely brought out your mojo.
    Love all your projects especially the kitchen windows, the black borders just off set the other fabrics so beautifully.
    the fabrics in your churn dash blocks look fab as do the leesa chandler fabrics, so rich.
    enjoy some more sewing, the heat is here for a while!

  • Rachaeldaisy says:

    You’re certainly making the most of the heat wave and getting lots of sewing done. I love the mystery quilt pattern, such an effective way to use that block.

  • Hi Karen – my goodness you’ve been busy!! Your projects are wonderful! I especially like the fabric you are using for your kitchen window quilt. I think you used Malka D’s fabric – I just bought a bunch of her newest stuff and am so excited for it to arrive!! How funny!

  • Shez says:

    Wow such beautiful work there Karen,you are so clever.xx

  • Melody says:

    Wow, gorgeous quilts

  • Suz says:

    You have been busy Karen! And I agree- inside on 40C days are perfect for sewing! (That’s what I intend to do tomorrow!) I love the variation of the Churn Dash block! White sashing will be perfect!


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