Mystery QAL # 2 Finale


We did it! Mystery QAL # 2 has now come to a close! All the hard work you have been putting into your project should now be ready to be revealed. We have been looking forward to this day for three months. Time now to celebrate!

Here is a list of ladies that participated:

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

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Mystery QAL # 2: June Update


The final days of our Mystery QAL are upon us. Woohoo! Let me remind you of the rules.

Mystery QAL # 2 Rules Page

Below is a list of the Mystery QAL # 2 participants:

Now head back to your sewing room. You have a project to get finished. 💃

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The Mystery is Over


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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.

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Combined Activities

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A Personal Goal

Back in December of 2017 I challenged myself to travel through Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play. In her book I found 32 different projects that I wanted to attempt. With five months of 2018 almost gone I’ve made barely a dent in my challenge.

So far I have used two of her techniques to “make” fabric

  1. Free-Pieced Made-Fabric Page 30-32 and
  2. Paper-Piced Made-Fabric Page 36 (see photo below)
Bits and Pieces-Day Six Paper Pieced Block
Bits and Pieces-Day Six Paper Pieced Block

I also skipped ahead and created a Sawtooth Star block (see page 49). This mini art piece was entered into the Project Quilting Season 9, Challenge 9.1 competition. Even though my entry did not win a prize I had a great time making it. I also really enjoy having it on display in my home.

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PQ-Season 9, Challenge 9.1 Flower Garden

My New Project

Time to pick up where I left off. Once again I’ve combined two projects into one.

  1. My Mystery QAL entry and
  2. Learning how to make Five-Sided Made-Fabric following Victoria’s instructions on pages 40-41.

One of the fabrics I used was the current Mystery QAL fabric chosen by my co-host Tracy from It’s a T-Sweets Day.

Mystery QAL 2
Mystery QAL Hosted by Cindy of https://inastitchquilting.com and Tracy of https://itsatsweetsday.blog

Making the Blocks

Making the blocks, with the five-sided center, was really very simple. I had a stack of pre-cut red fabrics leftover from a previous project. To turn them into 5-sided blocks all I had to do was trim off a few corners. I trimmed each one differently to make sure no two blocks were the same.

The remaining pieces, for each block, were taken from my over-flowing stash of fabric scraps (one of these days I’m going to get them organized). I tried not to complicate my choices by applying a bunch of design rules; all I wanted to do was have fun.

So Much Latitude

Other than the required 5-sided center and the occasional addition of the Mystery QAL fabric, no other rules applied. I even got to choose the finished block size and the number of blocks to make. For this small quilt I decided to make 9 blocks measuring 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

This is how my Mystery QAL #2 project looks now.

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

The Finishing Touches

I’ve already chosen the fabric that will be added to the back and have my batting all ready to go. The three pieces will be sandwiched together and quilted. As of right now I haven’t decided what stitch pattern I will use. I need to get busy and finish this up because the 2nd Mystery QAL ends on June 30, 2018.

Making Progress

Now that I have attempted four of the thirty-two projects, in 15 Minutes of Play, I only have twenty-eight to go. Woohoo! I’m on a roll now!

Thank You so much for sharing your time with me today! I always look forward to these visits.

Talk with You soon! : )

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Mystery QAL # 2: May Update


We’ve almost made it through the first two months of our Mystery QAL. Time once again to give you a little nudge and keep you focused on your project. We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on your updates. The progress you have made is so encouraging. This Mystery QAL looks like it is on track to be the best one yet.

If you are visiting for the first time and would like to join the Mystery QAL you will find the specifics about participation listed below. All of us are using the fabric chosen by my cohost Tracy. Tracy selected Tea Flowers from Connecting Threads.

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

Here are the rules for participation:

Mystery QAL # 2 Rules Page

Please note: In order to be entered into the drawing for Mystery QAL # 2’s prize you must complete your item, and post a story about it on or before June 30, 2018. The story must include a photo of the finished project along with a link to Tracy’s blog as well as this one.

Below is a list of the Mystery QAL # 2 participants:

To show your enthusiasm for Mystery QAL # 2 you can add the following graphic to your posts and/or sidebar of your blog.

Mystery QAL 2
Mystery QAL Hosted by Cindy of https://inastitchquilting.com and Tracy of https://itsatsweetsday.blog

Do you have any questions! If so don’t hesitate to contact either myself through a comment or Tracy at It’s A T-Sweets Day.

Now head back to your sewing room. You have a project waiting for you. 💃 We will touch base again on or around June 28, 2018.

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Mystery QAL # 2: April Update


Can you believe the first month of our second Mystery QAL is almost over! It seems like only yesterday that we were getting started. The rules for our Mystery QAL state that Tracy and I will give you a little nudge each month around the 28th. The purpose for this gentle prodding is to rekindle your enthusiasm. We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on your updates. The progress you have made is so encouraging. This Mystery QAL looks like it is on track to be the best one yet.

If you are visiting for the first time and would like to join the Mystery QAL you will find the specifics about participation listed below. All of us are using the fabric chosen by my cohost Tracy. Tracy selected Tea Flowers from Connecting Threads.

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

Here are the rules for participation:

Mystery QAL # 2 Rules Page

Please note: In order to be entered into the drawing for Mystery QAL # 2’s prize you must complete your item, and post a story about it on or before June 30, 2018. The story must include a photo of the finished project along with a link to Tracy’s blog as well as this one.

These are the Mystery QAL # 2 participants:

To show your enthusiasm for Mystery QAL # 2 you can add the following graphic to your posts and/or sidebar of your blog.

Mystery QAL 2
Mystery QAL Hosted by Cindy of https://inastitchquilting.com and Tracy of https://itsatsweetsday.blog

Do you have any questions! If so don’t hesitate to ask.

Now head back to your sewing room. You have a project waiting for you. 💃 We will touch base again on or around May 28, 2018.

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Mystery QAL # 2


Tracy at It’s A T-Sweets Day and I have just successfully completed our very first Mystery QAL. We had such a great time watching the progress of the many participants. Chosen as the winner of our Mystery QAL was Abbie from Sparkle On. Abbey made this beautiful table runner.

Abbie’s Mystery QAL Table Runner
Abbie’s Beautiful Mystery QAL Table Runner

Abbey’s prize was one yard of free fabric. The fabric was chosen by Tracy to be the designated fabric for Mystery QAL # 2. Yup, that’s right! We have decided to host another one! But, before I give those details let me first give a big THANK YOU to the participants of Mystery QAL # 1: Abbie, Susan, Edith, Elana, Kathy, Lori,Michelle and Roseanne. Without their enthusiastic participation our QAL would not have been successful. In my mind they are all winners! Of course, I would also have to thank my cohost Tracy! Tracy helped to get the QAL off the ground and added her own special flair to the festivities. Now, let’s move on to Mystery QAL # 2.

The second Mystery QAL kicked off on April 1, 2018, and ends on June 30, 2018. Tracy had the privilege of selecting the mandatory fabric for this QAL. Chosen by her was Tea Flowers from Connecting Threads.

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

Here are the rules for participation:

Mystery QAL # 2 Rules Page

Please note: In order to be entered into the drawing for Mystery QAL # 2’s prize you must complete your item, and post a story about it on or before June 30, 2018. The story must include a photo of the finished project along with a link to Tracy’s blog as well as this one.

Here’s a list of the ladies that have already signed up to participate in Mystery QAL # 2:

To show your enthusiasm for Mystery QAL # 2 you can add the following graphic to your posts and/or sidebar of your blog.

Mystery QAL 2
Mystery QAL Hosted by Cindy of https://inastitchquilting.com and Tracy of https://itsatsweetsday.blog

If you have any questions about Mystery QAL # 2 don’t hesitate to contact either myself through a comment or Tracy at It’s A T-Sweets Day.

We look forward to hearing all about your adventures!

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Mystery QAL Finale


Hard To Believe

I can’t believe it’s already time for our Mystery QAL to end. It seems like only yesterday that Tracy and I were making plans. Just like with so many other events this too has drawn to a close.

Thank You!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the women that chose to join Tracy and I on this adventure. Deciding to participate in a project that provided very little guidance had to take a leap of faith. Bringing your project to a close took hours of self-directed effort on your part. You were the one that had to take our designated fabric and turn it into something spectacular. I am grateful for all the time and effort you invested in your work of art.

The Participants

Now that our event has finally drawn to a close let me present to you the names of the participants and their projects.

✺ Cindy (that’s me 🙂 )@ In A Stitch Quilting

At An Angle, AP # 34
At An Angle, AP # 34

✺ Tracy (my cohost) @ It’s a T-Sweets day!

Tracy’s Delilah Quilt
Delilah, One of Tracy’s Many Mystery QAL Masterpieces.

✺ Abbie @ Sparkle On

Abbie’s Mystery QAL Table Runner
Abbie’s Beautiful Mystery QAL Table Runner

✺ Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Susan’s In-Progress Absolutely Gorgeous Masterpiece!
Susan’s In-Progress Absolutely Gorgeous Masterpiece!

✺ Edith @ Ediscraftinglife

Edit’s Beautiful Mystery QAL Quilt Top
Edith’s Beautiful Mystery QAL Quilt Top

✺ Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling

Elana’s Very Creative In-Progress Favorite Book Quilt
Elana’s Very Creative In-Progress Favorite Book Quilt

✺ Kathy E. Hazel’s Daughter

Kathy E Table Runner
Kathy E’s Beautiful Mystery QAL Table Runner

✺ Lori @ quilting needs.com

Lori’s In-Progress Masterpiece
Lori’s In-Progress Masterpiece

✺ Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Michelle’s Adorable Mystery QAL Table Topper
Michelle’s Adorable Mystery QAL Table Topper

✺ Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Home Sewn By Us Fluffer-Runner
Home Sewn By Us Fluffer Nutter Runner

✺ Verlynne on Instagram Note: Unfortunately I was unable to locate information about Verlynne’s progress.

One Lucky Winner

When we began this QAL we told everyone that a gift would be given to one lucky person. Tracy will be providing the gift and randomly selecting the winner in the next few days. Be watching for that very important announcement!

Bye for now!

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The Neighborhood


Finally Finished!

After three months of cutting, pressing and stitching, my last Mystery QAL art piece has finally been completed. The art piece I am about to reveal has been titled Neighbors, AP # 37. I chose this name because the overall appearance reminds me of the diversified neighborhoods often seen within the confines of a city. Contained with a metropolitan community you might find

  • single family dwellings,
  • multi-family units,
  • ranch style homes,
  • bungalows,
  • multi-story and
  • high-rise buildings.

I believe the collage created by the unique blocks sandwiched together in my piece are similar to that of a city. With no two blocks the same, each one has the opportunity to add its own flair to the neighborhood.

It All Started

This art piece began on January 1, 2018. I shared its history via a series of posts; thirteen to be exact. You may find those posts listed under the category Mystery QALNeighbors measures 72” x 34”. This quilt, as with most others, was sandwiched with a layer of Warm & Natural batting along with a backing of a very pretty floral fabric. I purchased the floral print sometime ago from the discount table at a local fabric store. As soon as I saw it I just new it would make a wonderful quilt back someday. I’m so happy I decided to add it to my shopping bag.

The Quilting

To secure the sandwich together I used a variegated King Tut thread. The colors in the thread nicely complimented the fabrics used in my project. My piece is filled with straight and angular lines. Using those lines for inspiration I stitched a geometric quilting motif over the entire surface, with each block receiving individualized attention.

A Surprise

In the bottom right corner I personalized the quilting by adding one of my signature stitching designs. Early on in my longarm quilting career I had fun experimenting with the endless possibilities for quilting stitches. The stitch I grew to like the most was my very own version of a flower. Typically I don’t stitch it on quilts that are quilted with straight or angular lines. In this case I thought it would be fun because after all this art piece was titled Neighborhood and who wouldn’t want to have flowers planted in their neighborhood! To add even more bling I stitched  a handmade bead I purchased from jimenastreasures on Etsy. Parmila lives in Spain and creates the most unusual items. Shown below is a photo of one of my favorites.

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A Bead From Jimenastreasures

To cap off the really cool bead I added a small teal one to the very top. Take a look below.

Neighbors, AP # 37 Flair
Neighbors, AP # 37 Flower Embellishment

The Finishing Touches

Most quilts are finished with a binding surrounding all four edges. I could have done the same with this art piece but I really didn’t want to add another fabric. I also didn’t want the binding to take away from my design; I wanted to leave the edges unobstructed. To secure them I made facings from the same material I used for the backing. I also added a hanging sleeve and of course a label.

Lets Take A Look

I think that pretty much covers everything I have to say about this piece; other than the fact that I am absolutely in love with the final outcome. With nothing more to say let me share photos of the art piece I call Neighbors, AP # 37.

Neighbors, AP #37
Neighbors, AP # 37

The next six photos are of my favorite blocks.

Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 1
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 1
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 2
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 2 This one is my all-time favorite!
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 3
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 3
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 4
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 4
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 5
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 5
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 6
Neighbors, AP # 37 Block 6
Neighbors, AP # 37 Label
Neighbors, AP # 37 Backing and Label

Thats All Folks!

This brings to a close my adventures in the Mystery QAL. I hope that you have enjoyed flowing along and witnessing the process I took to create my many pieces. Don’t forget to check out my Mystery QAL Category for a complete listing of the posts pertaining to this adventure. If you missed seeing the other three pieces here they are.

Munga Tusen Tak!

That’s Norwegian for Many Thanks! My husband is 50% Norwegian. Aspects of his heritage often filter into our daily lives so I thought it would be fun to honor him by sharing a Norwegian phrase. 🙂

Thank you so much for faithfully following this series. Your comments and likes have made it even more enjoyable.

Talk with you soon!

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