Monday, 10 August 2009

What's on my design wall?

This is one of my "in progress" projects. In July some of the local quilt shops hosted a shop hop. As part of that, they each sold a kit for 1 part of a mystery quilt. The shop hop was a "Quest for a Cure" shop hop, and the mystery quilt was made from fabric from Northcott's Quest for a Cure "Cambridge Square - Blue" fabric line.

Following a 3 year tradition, I decided to participate in the mystery, and donate the resulting quilt to - a charity that holds an annual quilt auction and donates the proceeds to cancer support groups. I have donated a quilt every year for the past 3, and I try to use at least some fabric from Northcott's current "Quest for a Cure" collection in the quilt I donate. So, this was a perfect starting point for my next donation, and I picked up all the kits on my tour.

Unfortunately, the first 2 parts of the mystery which I attempted were both short on fabric. A rather disappointing start. I debated my options: give it up as a lost cause; purchase an additional fat quarter of each of the 6 fabrics I was (so far) short on; or try to make something from what I had. I chose option 3. I gave up on the "mystery" aspect, and pulled out all the fabric and directions for the quilt. With a bit of creativity, I rearranged the colour scheme into something that was mostly achievable with the provided fabric. I picked up one extra matching fat quarter, and continued on my way.

I now have the 4 main blocks done, seen here on my design wall. All that remains to do is the sashing and border. Nine 3-inch star blocks are part of the sashing - I guess I'm doing some more work in miniature in the near future.

Head over to Judy's blog, to see what other quilters have on their design walls.


  1. Great blocks! Love the layout. Any idea what the name of the block is - or is there a patten?

  2. Thanks! I don't know what the name of the block is, but it is apparently adapted from a pattern by Elizabeth Hamby Carlson. Looks like it might be a variation on Burgoyne Surrounded.

  3. That is going to be a gorgeous little quilt. I love the pattern.