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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Bubbles, AP # 38


Random Order

I’ve been meandering through my inventory of finished, original art pieces choosing and revealing them in random order. I’m normally a very organized, methodical person so this flies against my normal behavior. Perhaps it’s my way of stretching my boundaries.

Let’s get started with today’s reveal.

Another One Is Finished!

Throughout the adventure of creating blocks for my Mystery QAL art piece I created 40 different units.

  • Thirty-two of them found a home in my largest original art piece Neighbors, AP # 37,
  • Six of them make up Disjointed, AP # 36
  • One was used in At An Angle, AP # 34 and the remaining block has been called
  • Bubbles, AP # 38

Let’s Take A Look

Bubbles, AP # 38
Bubbles, AP # 38

Measuring 13 1/4” x 13 3/4” this piece is fairly small in size. I chose to single it out to be used as an individual art piece because I thought it had enough character to stand on its own. The angular lines of the center section contrast nicely with the circular movement in many of the other fabrics.

The center of the wonky log cabin block was a leftover scrap from one of my earlier art pieces. I’m glad that I saved the remnant because it makes a great addition to this one. While you wouldn’t be as familiar with the other fabrics as I am, I can identify many other connections. In a way this tiny original art piece takes me on a trip down memory lane.

Making the original art piece much larger are the surrounding two borders. The first is a shade of magenta and the second is one of the Grunge Basics fabrics named Faded Denim. I’m a big fan of the Grunge fabric line. Their mottled appearance adds so much texture to everything its added to.

The Name

I bet you can figure out why I named this piece Bubbles. That’s right; you guessed it! The circles repeated throughout many of the fabrics were the inspiration for the name. They were the first identifying trait that drew my attention.

The little bubbles brought back memories of the summers I spent with my children. I could visualize them actively blowing soap bubbles through those little plastic wands so many of us are familiar with. I know it’s probably a cheesy name but it’s the first thing that popped into my head and typically that’s usually the name I go with. There is no sense in spending too much time over-thinking it.

The Back Side

Bubbles, AP # 38 Backing
Bubbles, AP # 38 Backing

To wrap this tour up let me share a few final details. This original art piece was quilted with a straight-line motif using a variegated King Tut thread. The edges of my art piece are protected by facings fashioned from the same fabric as the backing. Also attached is a hanging sleeve and a label.

Thank YOU!

We made it through another successful original art piece reveal. I hope that you enjoyed reading the history behind Bubbles! I certainly appreciated your attention and your willingness to stick with me until the end. Thank YOU for sharing in this experience. I look forward to our next visit. 🙂

Talk with you soon!

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Mystery QAL March Update


Time Is Running Out! 😧

This is IT! This is the last month of our Mystery QAL; isn’t it hard to believe! Even though there are only 30 days left there is no need to panic. We still have plenty of time to finish!

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

Your Updates

We’ve asked everyone that’s participating to keep us up-to-date on their progress by linking your posts to our blog pages. This post is where you will link your March updates. If you need assistance doing so don’t hesitate to let us know.

Here’s a reminder of the rules for participation:

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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.

Who Is Participating and What Are They Doing? 🔎

✺ Cindy (that’s me 🙂 )@ In A Stitch Quilting (updated 3/8/18)

✺ Tracy (my cohost) @ It’s a T-Sweets day! (updated 3/2/18)

✺ Abbie @ Sparkle On (updated 2/26/18)

✺ Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting (updated 3/5/18)

✺ Edith @ Ediscraftinglife (updated 2/26/18)

✺ Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling (updated 1/26/18)

✺ Kathy E. Hazel’s Daughter (blog address added 3/20/18)

✺ Lori @ quilting needs.com (updated 3/5/18)

✺ Michelle @ Creative Blonde (updated 1/29/18)

✺ Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us (updated 3/9/18)

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

✺ Verlynne on Instagram

To read about the progress everyone is making just click on the links above. I think you will be glad that you did!

Any Questions❓

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 seeing your final reveal on March 31, 2018! 🙂

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