The Mystery is Over

Now that the end of our second Mystery QAL is just around the bend I decided it was time to share my own project. Over the last three months I have been busy designing, and creating my masterpiece. This wonderful little art quilt originated while exploring the Five-Sided Made-Fabric technique taught by Victoria Findlay Wolfe in her book 15 Minutes of Play.

Late in 2017 I challenged myself to create each of the 32 projects listed in the book. Although my progress has been slow, I have enjoyed and learned a lot from each of the sections.

Creating my own fabric from scraps is a technique I have used many times. I have not, however, tried Victoria’s version. On pages 40-41 she provides directions for a Five-Sided Made-Fabric. As the name suggests, each of the blocks begins with a five-sided center.

Using the QAL designated fabric,

English Tea
Collection: English Tea Pattern: Tea Flowers Color: Tomato Item #: 91329 Vendor: Connecting Threads

along with scraps from my overflowing bins, I fashioned together nine blocks. All nine were then combined to create an art piece I have called Five-Sided Center. Art Piece # 45 measures 23 1/4” x 23 1/4”.

My new art piece was sandwiched with a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a cotton fabric backing. I quilted my piece on my conventional sewing machine using a variegated thread and a geometric straight-line pattern. The raw edges of Five Sided Center are protected by a facing. A hanging sleeve and label were added to the back.

This is my Mystery QAL art piece.

Five Sided Center, AP # 45
Five-Sided Center, AP # 45

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope that you have enjoyed reading about and seeing my latest art piece.


20 thoughts on “The Mystery is Over

  1. Cindy, your pieces always resonate with me…however this one hits home in that you used materials and methods I have easy access to and have enthusiastically explored – especially the fact that you machine quilted on your ‘conventional’ machine…which is the tool I’m struggling to master with larger quilting pieces!

    1. Laura, Thank You for your very kind compliment. It’s so nice to hear that you found the piece relatable and perhaps gave you inspiration! I admire you for tackling a large quilting project on your conventional machine. I tried and became way to frustrated; thus I know have my longarm. I wish you all the best in your quilting endeavors! 😊

  2. Spectacular piece. That red center gives continuity to the piece. I love that! Victoria Findlay Wolfe is our special guest instructor at my guild quilt show next year! Think about a road trip…….Ocean Waves Quilt Guild . org; April 26 & 27 2019, Delaware!!! We will have a display of her quilts, she is vending a booth, and teaching & lecturing too! Spring in Delaware is a mighty pretty place too. (And I live just ‘down the road & round the corner’ from the school where the show is being held).

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