NYE Mystery Quilt: Part 2

Progress continues on my Sparkling New Year’s Eve Mystery Quilt.  I was only able to spend one night working on it, so I set out to mark all of my half square triangles for sewing. 

I realize that this was part of the preparation step that was supposed to be done before the sew-along, but I was not able to mark any of them.  But all my squares are now marked and ready to sew.  

When I mark my HSTs, I prefer to mark all of the sew lines.  My go to supplies include a FriXion pen and my Omnigrid Marking Ruler.  The pattern recommends using Deb Tucker’s 180 Studio, Quilters Magic Wand.  I have not personally tried a Magic Wand, but it is essentially the same thing.  They are both ½ inch rulers that you are able to center diagonally on the square and mark the sewing lines, ¼ inch on both sides of the center diagonal.   

As this is not a sponsored post, and I do not receive any compensation for my opinions, here is why I opted for the Omnigrid Marking Ruler.  They are sold in a set of three in various lengths.  This allows me to use a ruler that is right for the job. The rulers are clear and the length is clearly marked in standard 1/8 inch which allows them to be used as a basic ruler when needed.  I find it a plus whenever a tool can serve multiple purposes.  Please note, there are other brands of rulers available. Regardless of which brand you choose, a ½ inch ruler will make all HSTs easier. 

The next step is to sew and cut all of my HSTs, and then the dreaded step of ironing them.  Stay tuned to see as the quilt progresses. 


NYE Mystery Quilt: Part 1

Today I wanted to share my current quilt project with you.  I am working on the Sparkling New Year’s Eve Mystery Quilt. Stitchin’ Heaven, Craftsy and National Quilters Circle joined together to hold a virtual New Year’s Eve Quilt-along.  The virtual event was hosted by Rob Appell and Tiffany Hayes.

Being a mystery quilt, I had no idea what the pattern would look like. I opted for a spring beachy vibe and will be using coral, light blue, gray and white.  To add to the adventure my sister joined me New Year’s Eve to sew together while we watched the streaming video.  During the 5 hour long stream we walked through each step and the final quilt was revealed in the end.  While there is no way that anyone could complete this quilt top in 5 hours I did manage to get 1 block done, along with some sub-blocks. 

Now that the final quilt pattern has been revealed, I think I would have changed up the color arrangements. However, I have decided to keep the fabric arrangement I selected and count it as part of the mystery quilt process.  If you would like to see the final pattern you can find it on Craftsy (here). 

I am usually able to sew for a couple of hours each week but that has not happened lately. I am reminded of a verse in Proverbs

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9”

I have great plans, but life seems to go awry, and my attention is needed elsewhere.  I have not been able to work on it lately, but hope to be able to sew some this week. I will keep you posted as I make progress. Stay posted for more updates.