Mystery QAL February Update

The page has turned and a new month has begun. Hard to believe that we are already into the second month of the new year! This is also the second month of our very first Mystery QAL.

We have had a great time watching the progress continue on all of the projects. We are so impressed with your selection of patterns as well as the accompanying fabrics. Kudos to you for your creativity!

We started this project back on January 1, 2018, and, as you know, it all finishes at the end of March. You may use this post as your place to link up your February progress. If you need assistance doing so, don’t hesitate to let us know.

If you are not currently enrolled and would still like to join here are the rules:

Mystery QAL January 1-March 31, 2018 Rules

The fabric we are using is this one.

Fluffer Nutter You Be You
Fluffer Nutter You Be You

I purchased it on-line through the Fat Quarter Shop.

Here’s a list of the participants:

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact either myself, through a comment on this site, or Tracy at It’s A T-Sweets Day.

We look forward to hearing about your adventures!


From the Past to the Present

How Come?

Ever since I shared the post titled  How Come I’ve been thinking about my past and the influence it has had on my art. The thoughts that rambled through my mind are the inspiration for today’s post. I’m sharing this personal information not to shame any one person or to entertain your sympathy. I simply felt the need to analyze and write about the choices I’ve made through my art.

The Past

I grew up under the influence of a domineering person. Their need to control the world around them spilled over into their interaction with others. When I was a child they used every opportunity available to attempt to control my thoughts and my actions. Even after I was married they felt the need to meddle in my life. They considered my spouse and I too ignorant to make our own decisions.

Being tired of and annoyed with their controlling nature I found ways to slowly separate myself from their grasp. My drifting away frustrated the individual immensely; but I was bound and determined to find my own way.

This person was also an angry being with a very short fuse. Their explosive personality, joined by their facial expressions and the tone in their voice sent fear through my body on a regular basis. To put it simply, I was terrified of this individual.


This person has been dead for twenty years but the mental influence they exerted over me still haunts me today. The legacy they left behind has made it difficult for me to interact with other people. Conflict of any kind terrorizes me. My difficulties with personal relationships have made me both a loner and a rebel. I don’t like being told what to do or how to do it.


So how does all this play into my quilting? Well, my desire to break free from my past is fueled by my passion for improvisational piecing. Creating an original art piece without a pattern or pre-conceived plan gives me the freedom to express myself; to break free from the negativity and rigidity of my past.

This freedom spills out through my wonky designs and vibrant colors. The imperfect lines created by my art show my desire to meander through life uninhibited by negative forces. The explosion of color echoed through most of my pieces is my voice shouting to the world that I am here and very much alive.


AQ # 24_ Multicultural (another view)

Art brings the joy to my heart and the breath to my lungs that I craved as a child. Without it I would suffocate.

Thank you for your visit!

Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson

A QAL Project For Me, Day 11


It’s so hard to imagine that I have been at this for eleven days! The process has been both invigorating and grueling all at the same time. Analyzing and rethinking my design is the grueling part. By that I don’t mean it’s a negative feeling. No, it is the feeling of mental exhaustion. The hours away from my studio help to replenish my energy and clear my mind. This temporary respite provides the invigoration that I feel when I once again return.

Time to examine today’s accomplishments!

Day 11

While critiquing yesterday’s accomplishments I thought I saw a few areas in my design that needed filling. My goal today was to create a couple more blocks to close in those areas.

To make those blocks I pulled scraps from my baskets. The color schemes chosen were selected to compliment the designated areas. The photos above show some of the items I chose as well as progress that I made.

When deciding on the colors and patterns that I will use, I try to make certain I repeat them at least three times throughout my piece. This technique helps to spread the visual impact of the fabric to multiple areas.

My Goal

The four principals of

  • color,
  • pattern (circles, lines, flowers, etc.),
  • value (light, medium and dark) and
  • orientation (landscape vs. portrait),

when in balance, are what make a

  • well-rounded,
  • eye-pleasing

composition. Meeting those four goals was my plan at the start of this original art piece. I  hope that I can say that I achieved that goal when I finish this piece.

Another Look

My post today would’t be complete without the daily analysis process. Time to pull those photos together to take a look.


Above is my color photo analysis. A careful examination of the two days I believe shows the achievement of three things

  1. the successful addition of new blocks
  2. a more interesting display of color, and
  3. a good mix of landscape and portrait blocks.

Next I want to assess my color values.


I think things are looking pretty good and it’s safe to say that there’s not much that I would change.

Thank You!

This brings to a close another day in this adventure. I believe it is safe to say that the end is just around the corner. Thank YOU so much for putting up with my ramblings! You know that I don’t say that just to see my words in print. I really do look forward to and appreciate your visits. I know your time is just as valuable as mine and I am honored that you have chosen to share it with me.

Talk with you again soon!