Thursday, June 13, 2024

Marble Mystery Quilt Starting in Two Weeks ++ Sponsors & Prizes

Only two weeks until the kick off of the Marble Mystery Quilt Along!  I am so excited and I hope that you are too!  You can find out all about the quilt along here including dates, the un-mystery quilt option, and the Facebook group.


For the Marble Mystery quilt along, each set of instructions are posted on the first Thursday of each month. The first Thursday of July happens to be the 4th, so the kick off will be a day early, on Wednesday July 3rd.


This has been my most asked question, how to join in on the Marble Mystery quilt?  There is no official sign up, list, or cost to join in the mystery quilt along.  Each set of instructions will be posted to this blog as a post on the first Thursday of each month.

To ensure you do not miss any of the posts, you can do any of the following:

  • Join the Meadow Mist Designs Newsletter, the newsletter typically is sent out the day after the instructions are posted with a link to that month's instructions.


Check out all of our generous sponsors and the prizes they are donating. All prizes will be given out randomly to those that enter the final reveal parade (finished quilt tops or finished quilts).  Be sure to scroll to the bottom for an awesome giveaway.

I want to thank all of our sponsors for generously donating prizes for this quilt along!  Without further ado, here are the sponsors in random order...

Large Spool Collection - 12 Large Spools

Aurifil is a favorite of quilters for their high quality, wonderful colors, and variety of thread weights.  Aurifil thread is made from the finest cottons grown in the Mako region of Egypt and manufactured in Milano, Italy.

$25 Gift Certificate - 3 Winners

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts makes custom quilts and designs quilt patterns.  Her patterns include instructions for all sizes from wall to king, including two lap sizes, wherever possible.  Clear instructions with easy-to-read charts and diagrams are also a part of her patterns, as well  as fabric requirements using yardage and precuts when applicable.  She loves strip piecing because it saves time and she includes directions for strip piecing if it works for the pattern.  You can find all of her patterns in her shop, Busy Hands Quilts.

Custom Table Runner

In addition to teaching and designing knitting patterns Ellen, from The Chilly Dog, is also a skilled weaver. Merging sustainable design practices and Finnish-American craftsmanship, she primarily weaves with deconstructed, used textiles on the rug loom built and used by her grandfather. See what Ellen is weaving today on Instagram. Elle is giving out an fabulous Handwoven 12 x 35" cotton/linen/nettle fiber/silk table runner. You can see behind the scenes of her process and loom in her video.

2 Winners - Zipper Pouch

Since 1984, Darcy Falk as been creating original artworks from textiles, using a wide variety of techniques, including a full range of surface design processes, including dyeing, painting, and embellishing.

Her work has been included in national and regional juried and invitational exhibits in New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Colorado, Oregon, California, extensively throughout the state of Arizona, including at the Coconino Center for the Arts (Flagstaff), Tohono Chul Park (Tucson), and Sky Harbor International Airport and in international exhibits in Japan, Europe and Australia. She recently exhibited her work at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego.

Darcy creates beautiful home accessories and bags through her shop Tallulah Art Head. She is generously giving away 2 small zipper pouches using oilcloth fabric.

$50 Gift Certificate

Backside Fabrics specializes in wide quilt backing fabrics that are both beautiful and affordable. I love wide back fabrics so I do not have to piece a backing and Backside Fabrics has the largest selection I have ever seen.

$35 Gift Certificate

The Fat Quarter Shop features high quality quilting fabric for quilting, sewing, crafters and fabric lovers of all ages. They have all of the latest prints as well as a huge selection of solids, patterns, notions, quilt kits.

$50 Gift Certificate

North Star Quilt Shop is your trusty sidekick on all your quilting escapades! With a hand-picked array of fabulous fabrics, notions, and boundless inspiration, we're here to ignite your creativity and breathe life into your quilt projects. Visit North Star Quilt shop, Instagram, and Facebook.

Quilting Jetgirl
2 winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is back as a sponsor! Yvonne blogs at Quilting Jetgirl. She has been quilting for 20+ years and credits quilting with helping her feel balanced and connected to both her local hometown community and a larger global community. Her patterns are available through her shop.

$100 longarm quilting voucher

Quilting by Anne-Marie offers custom and digital edge-to-edge long arm quilting services to quilters nationwide. Whether you're modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, Anne-Marie will work with you to select a design to complement your quilt. She strives to provide excellent customer service in a timely fashion.

Prize details: $100 will cover many designs of edge-to-edge longarm quilting of mystery quilt (or equivalent size quilt). Winner responsible for shipping (both ways) and batting.

$20 Gift Certificates - 2 Winners

Soma of InkTorrents Graphics is a multitalented artist creating intricate paper pieced designs, beautiful paintings, and stunning photographs.  You can visit Soma on her website to see her artwork and in her shop where you can purchase her art and photo prints, journals, and quilt patterns.  Soma is offering a $20 gift certificate to quilt patterns from her shop.

2 pdf Patterns - 2 Winners

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs focuses on producing innovative patterns with clear instructions by combining her technical writing and math skills with her love of quilting. She loves teaching computer aided quilt design and basic quilting skills to others. You can find all of her patterns in her shop and she just published her third book, Just Two Charm Pack Quilts.

3 pdf Patterns

Heather Briggs is the owner and quilt pattern designer for My Sew Quilty Life. She designs one-of-a-kind beautiful quilts using traditional piecing methods for any level maker. She loves a beautiful romantic color palette that tells a timeless story especially with floral based quilt designs and designs incorporating cute details like bows.

Sign-up for the Meadow Mist Designs Newsletter to make sure you don't miss any 
Meadow Mist Designs happenings!


Friday, May 17, 2024

Willow Lily Pattern Release

🌱It's pattern release day!  Willow Lily is now available!

You all know I love charm squares and I love half-square triangles and Willow Lily is the perfect combination of the two.  It is simple to make, beginner friendly, and can highlight your favorite prints.

If you liked my Just One Charm Pack Quilts and Just Two Charm Pack Quilts books, then you will love Willow Lily.  The pattern contains instructions for 3 sizes: lap, throw, and twin.

The lap size uses just one charm pack plus an additional fabric and a background fabric.  The throw and twin sizes use just two charm packs plus an additional fabric and a background fabric.

The digital version of Willow Lily is available in my shop and Etsy and the print version of Willow Lily is available as pre-order in my shop.

Willow Lily - Digital Pattern: Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Shop and Etsy

Willow Lily - Printed Pattern PRE-ORDER: Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Shop Note: The pre-order printed patterns will ship around May 24th.


The main (lap sized) cover version of Willow Lily used the Love Always collection by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics along with Moda Bella Solids in white and charcoal. I used a fat quarter bundle that I cut into charm squares.

I love the colorfulness of this collection and how it pops against the dark gray. I used some leftover fat quarters and some yardage of an older Anna Maria Horner print for the backing.

For the quilting, I used an all over paisley design. I thought that curved quilting played well with the straight lines in the piecing.


I made a second lap sized version of Willow Lily using the Flower Girl collection by Heather Briggs for Moda Fabrics along with Moda Bella Solids in white and gray. This is Heather's debut collection for Moda Fabrics and I love how soft the colors are.

I am always amazed at how different a quilt looks by changing out the colors and prints!

For the quilting, I used an all over meandering design. I love the crinkly texture that a meander gives a quilt. It make it look like it is already been loved and washed.


Willow Lily contains lap, throw, and twin sizes and uses 1 charm pack (lap) or 2 cham packs (throw and twin) along with an additional fabric and a background fabric.

Willow Lily is on sale in my pattern shop (digital and pre-order print versions) and on Etsy (digital version) at a special introductory price of $9.87 now through Tuesday, May 21st (midnight ET).

In both my pattern shop and Etsy, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.

Note: The pre-order printed patterns will ship around May 24th.


I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills!!  I will also linking up to Yvonne's Favorite Finishes.


Thursday, May 16, 2024

Malted Mystery ++ Reveal Parade and Prizes

Thank you to all of the quilters that joined in on the Malted Mystery Quilt Along!  Today is the reveal parade and prizes will be awarded.

If you would like to make a Malted Mystery Quilt, you can start at any time, the instructions will always be posted as blog posts!  Find out all about the quilt along at the Malted Mystery Main Page.  

Now that the Malted Mystery Quilt has ended, you can find a easy to print, full version of the pattern for sale in my pattern shop.

Full pdf Instructions of Malted Mystery Quilt

Without further are the OVER 280 Malted Mystery Quilts...

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Here are the prize winners (winners randomly selected from quilts submitted to the linkup).  Learn more about the sponsors here.  Winners should have received an e-mail from me.

Quilting Jetgirl: Two winners of 2 pdf patterns each
Link # 208 ltrout
Link #74 Maria S.

Fat Quarter Shop: $35 gift certificate
Link #24 Kate


Aurifil: 12 large spool thread collection
Link #137 Liz B.

Busy Hands Quilts: Three winners of $25 gift certificates each
Link #11 Cindy Fo.
Link #119 Sarah J.
Link #55 Roseline

 Backside Fabrics: $50 gift certificate

Link #153 Susan B

 Quilting by Anne-Marie: $90 voucher for longarm quilting of mystery (or equivalent) quilt

Link #279 Jeni O.

Sew Colorado Quilting, LLC: Voucher for longarm quilting of mystery (or equivalent) quilt
Link #85 Claire

Meadow Mist Designs: Two winners of 2 pdf patterns each
Link #190 Pat C.
Link #116 Lois T.

My Sew Quilty LifeOne winner of 2 pdf patterns
Link #65 Kaylin S.

Thanks again for taking part in the Macaron Mystery Quilt and thank you again to all of our wonderful sponsors!




Monday, April 29, 2024

Malted Mystery ++ Link Up Due Thursday May 2nd

Just a reminder that the deadline to enter your Malted Mystery quilt top or quilt into the reveal parade to be eligible for prizes is  Thursday, May 2nd at midnight ET.

Remember, you can always find all of the information and pattern instructions on the Malted Mystery Quilt Page.

On May 2nd, the pdf instruction links will be removed from the blog (the instructions will remain in the posts).  

If you would like a single pdf of the entire Malted Mystery pattern, it is now available in my shop.


Two Ways to Link Up

1.  Link up into the linky party directly using the link here.  If you have any problems with the linkup (can't get it to work, your image is sideways, etc.) skip to option 2.

2.  E-mail a picture of your quilt top / quilt to I am happy to load your picture into the party.  

Please let me know if you are outside of the US.  More than half of the prizes are available for everyone around the world.


  • Do I need to finish my quilt (quilted and bound) to take part in the parade and be eligible for prizes? 
    • No, you can enter pictures of completed quilt tops or finished quilts.
  • I posted my quilt picture to Facebook / Instagram / my blog, am I entered into the parade? 
    • No, you must link up your picture to be eligible. I will help you if you have any problems (
  • How are the prizes given out? 
    •  All prizes are given out randomly to quilters who participate in the reveal parade.
  • I loved the mystery quilt so much I made two (or more) versions, can I link up both of them? 
    •  Yes! You can link up all of the quilt tops and/or finished quilts you made from the Malted Mystery quilt and each quilt gets an entry into the prize drawing.
  • I changed up the design (added borders, arranged blocks differently, changed size, etc), can I still enter the reveal parade for prizes?
    • Yes!  Any and all Malted Mystery variations are eligible for prizes.



Friday, April 19, 2024

Flutter Pattern Revisited

I just updated Flutter just wanted to share the newly redone pattern.  I created the Flutter pattern back when I was working on promoting my first book Modern Plus Sign Quilts.  

I combined the plus sign with Drunkard's path blocks and they reminded me of butterflies so that is how it got its name.

Flutter originally was published in Modern Quilts Unlimited (which is not longer published) as just the throw size and I expanded it into a three size pattern: baby, throw, and twin.

Flutter is a great first curves pattern because the curved blocks are a nice, large size which makes the curve more gentle and easier to sew.

Here are renderings of all three sizes:


I made my version of Flutter using Kona Cotton solids in flamingo, lipstick, navy, and white by Robert Kaufman. The batting was Warm & White by the Warm Company and Aurifil thread was used in the piecing and quilting. I matched the quilting threads to the Kona colors.

I quilted each Drunkards Path block using butterfly looking ruler design which I posted a tutorial on the blog about right here.  I quilted the plus signs in a dense back and forth and the white background in a tiny stipple.

I hope that you enjoy it the pattern and I would love to see your versions of Flutter (make sure you share them on social media with #FlutterQuilt).