Friday, July 12, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ My Fabrics

I am happy to share today the fabrics that I will be using for my version of the Mosaic Mystery quilt.  I am using all Painter's Palette solids by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.



I had the opportunity to learn and try out these solids a few years back during a block hop for the New Quilt Bloggers group.  This brand of solids quickly became one of my favorite solids to work with. I would estimate the weight and feel of the fabric somewhere between a Kona and a Bella, a really nice weight and thickness.

Painter's Palette solids wash great, have a wonderful hand, and are one of the least fraying solids I have ever worked with. You can see all of the available colors here and PBS even has a chart showing matching Aurifil colors.

Paintbrush Studio Fabrics generously provided me with the fabrics I am using for the Mosaic Mystery quilt.  If you would like to make your quilt using Painter's Palette solids, you can find almost every color (plus a color card) available at Pineapple Fabrics.  The solids are only $6.99 per yard!


Fabric A - 134 Tomato

Fabric B - 049 Coral

Fabric C - 100 Aruba

Background - 000 White

Binding - 050 Cadet

Backing - 048 Pale Pink

The Mosaic Mystery quilt is just getting started so I hope you decide to join in!  All of the information about the quilt along can be found on the Mosaic Mystery Quilt page.  Remember, you can link up your fabric selections yesterday's post to win some great prizes.





Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ July Fabric Linkup



I hope that you have decided to join in on the Mosaic Mystery Quilt Along and are starting to pick out fabrics!  Today is the link up to show off your fabric selection and enter to win some great prizes.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:


July's Sponsors & Prizes



Bear Creek Company is sponsoring a $50 gift certificate to their shop.

The Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 as a family business based out of Lebanon, Oregon. Over the years they have grown and the online shop now has thousands of yards of fabric available, plus Aurifil thread, notions, and books. Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a flat shipping fee, quick shipping, and every order includes a surprise gift; everyone loves something exciting and free.

Bear Creek Quilt Company has put together some wonderful quilt kits for the quilt along.  You can click here to see all of the available kits (and check back often as new kits may be added as the current ones sell out).

Bear Creek Quilting Company has recently added a new category to their fabric selections, Buy the Bolt which offers larger cuts of fabric (2-7 yards). This offers a great deal to stock up on yardage that you love for quilt tops, backgrounds, and backings. You can find their selection of bolts right here.






Paintbrush Studio Fabrics is giving away a Fat quarter bundle of Painter's Palette Solids (US mailing addresses only).

Have you tried Paintbrush Studio Fabrics solids? They are called Painter's Palette Solids and they are one of my favorites. Their weight is between a Kona and a Bella. They wash great, have a wonderful hand, and are one of the least fraying solids I have ever worked with. You can see all of the available colors here and PBS even has a chart showing matching Aurifil colors.

I am using Painter's Palette Solids that Paintbrush Studio Fabrics generally provided in my version of the Mosaic Mystery quilt.  I will be posting about my fabrics tomorrow :)



Now onto the linkup!

Linkup Details:
  • You will link up your picture of your fabrics using the inLinkz system below.  Details on how to link up and a practice link up party can be found here.
  • The linkup party will open at 12:01 am EST on the second Thursday of the month (7/11) and will stay open until 11:55pm EST on the last day of the month (7/31).  Winners will be announced within the first week of the following month.
  • The prizes will be awarded randomly to people who link up using this system on this post (posting a picture on Facebook is awesome, but it needs to be entered here to be eligible to win).
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



Friday, July 5, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ Fabric Kits


While the fabric kits for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt were posted yesterday, they were located at the bottom of a very long post.  I wanted to make sure that you did not miss the kit options, so I am highlighting them here in their own post :)

The Bear Creek Quilting Company and Needle and Foot have put together some beautiful kits for you to choose from that will make beautiful Mosaic Mystery quilts.  Each of the kits contains fabric for the quilt top and binding.  Backing fabric will need to be purchased separately.

Needle and Foot





Bear Creek Quilting Company

You can find all of the Bear Creek Quilting Company kits together in the Mosaic Mystery Kit Category 
(So you can click this link to see all of the kits available instead of clicking each individual kit.  Check back often as Bear Creek continues to add additional kits)
















Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Mosaic Mystery Quilt!



Any questions?  Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  I look forward to seeing everyone's fabric selections.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of August (the 1st).


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ Fabric Requirements

Welcome to the start of the Mosaic Mystery Quilt!!  
I am so excited to get started and I hope you are too!



About the Quilt Along - As a reminder, the Mosaic Mystery Quilt is a free quilt along hosted on my blog (all instructions will be posted here) running from July 2019 through April 2020 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The lap-sized mystery quilt is at an advanced beginner level containing basic piecing techniques (no applique, Y-seams, or paper piecing).

The directions and all of the other information related to the mystery quilt can always be found on the Mosaic Mystery Quilt Page.

Facebook Group I encourage you to join the Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group (if you have not already).  We now have almost 4,000 members in the group and I am so excited for the members to start sharing pictures of their fabric picks.  If you want some feedback on possible fabric choices or have any questions during the quilt along, the Facebook is an excellent resource.  Please share your progress pics on social media with the hashtag #MosaicMysteryQuilt and tag me at @MeadowMistDesigns.

Sponsors - 
We have 18 generous sponsors and over 44 prizes being awarded in monthly in-progress and reveal parade giveaways.  You can read about the sponsors and prizes here.

Monthly Prize Linkup - The linkup to post your fabric selections (and be eligible for July's monthly prizes) will be posted on the second Thursday of the month (July 11th) and will be open until 11:55pm on the last day of the month (July 31st).  Most details about the prizes and sponsors for the month will be posted next week.

Fabric Kits - On this post right below the fabric selection tips are some fabric kits available from the Bear Creek Quilting Company and the Needle and Foot companies. They put together some beautiful fabrics that look great in the mystery quilt design!

Unmystery Quilt - If you signed up for the un-mystery quilt option, you should receive an e-mail showing the design, some colorway options, the kit options, and a quilt top coloring page around 7 am (EST) today (July 4th). You can e-mail me at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com if you have any questions or do not receive the file.

If you would like a sneak peek now, you can click the following link get one: Un-Mystery Sneak Peek

Remember, the only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise.

Printer Friendly Monthly Instructions - Click the link below for a more printer friendly version of the Fabric Requirements and Fabric Selection Tips.


And now without further ado....July's instructions...




Fabric Requirements


The Mosaic Mystery quilt is a lap sized quilt and contains 4 different fabrics in the quilt top:






Fabric Selection Tips

Within these quilt instructions, the following colors will be used to represent the fabrics:



  • It is suggested that a solid or a tone-on-tone print that reads as a solid be used for the background fabric.
  • Due to the finished fabric piece sizes and piecing methods for the quilt top, it is recommended that fabric prints used have a non-directional design.
  • Each of the fabric yardages above may be made using scraps of similar colors instead of a single fabric if desired.  Generally, the pieces within the quilt will be 6 ½" x 6 ½" or smaller.  
  • Within the quilt, each of the fabrics A, B, and C are adjacent the background fabric, but none of the fabrics A, B, or C are next to each other.
  • In these instructions, the background is shown as white, but the quilt design looks very good with other colors and tones of background (light, medium, and dark) as long as the fabrics A, B, and C have good contrast with the background color.
  • You can use any fabric you would like for the border (it will be next to the background fabric and none of the fabrics A-C).  In the instructions, fabric A will be used for the border.



Fabric Kits

Check out these beautiful fabric kits curated by Needle and Foot and the Bear Creek Quilting Company!

Needle and Foot



Bear Creek Quilting Company

You can find the Bear Creek Quilting Company kits all together in their Mosaic Mystery Kit Category 
















Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Mosaic Mystery Quilt!



Any questions?  Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  I look forward to seeing everyone's fabric selections.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of August (the 1st).


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - June 2019

Welcome to June's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!


My favorite finish for the month was making some pincushions using Karen Lewis's newest fabric line, Wayward, for Robert Kaufman.  Karen gave me a charm pack of the new prints at QuiltCon and I was excited to play with the neutral prints with metallic accents.

I figured the best way of using the charm pack was to make some smaller items that could highlight the different designs.  Pincushions it was :)





Ready for the party?  

Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • For instructions on how to link up blog, Instagram, or pictures from your computer (new - there is now a way to just upload a picture without a web link) to the party, click here.  
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party (and the button graphic if you would like).
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt - Practice Linky Party


Are you excited for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt Along to start?  Kick off is in one week!

New this year will be how you linkup your quilt and/or progress pictures for the monthly and reveal parade prizes.  We will be using inLinkz to enter the pictures.

So everyone can get comfortable with this new system, below are instructions on how to enter the linkup and a test linkup where you can practice entering (the test linkup is just a test, feel free to link any pictures you would like as many times as you need to to feel comfortable with the setup).


How to add your picture to the linkup


Step 1:  Click the "Add your Link" button


Step 2: Log in to InLinkz using a Facebook, Google, or InLinkz account (or create a new account)


Step 3: Click the "Add Link" button


Step 4: Enter information to link up
A:  Add your link of your blog post/Instagram post if applicable.  If you are just uploading a picture, click the blue "Enter without link" button.
B:  Add your caption (the text you want to show up under the picture)
C: If you added a URL, then images will show up.  If you are entering without a link, click the gray cloud "Upload" button.  Then select and crop (if desired) your picture.
D: Click the box to agree to the InLinkz terms.
E: Click the "Save" button, you did it!  When you go back to the blog page, your picture and text should show up.



Questions?  You can ask them in the comments below or e-mail me at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com


Here is the test linkup, feel free to play around and get comfortable with the system.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter






Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ Sponsors & Prizes


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

New this year, in addition to prizes given out at the reveal parade in April 2020, we are also going to have monthly prizes!  All prizes will be given out randomly to those that enter the monthly and reveal parade link parties.

Also new this year is that to enter the monthly and reveal parade prizes, you will be uploading your in-progress and finished pictures into a linky party.  You do not have to have a blog, Facebook, or Instagram to enter, you can upload a picture directly from your computer and I will be posting a test linky party next Thursday you can practice with.

I want to thank all of our eighteen (18!!) sponsors for generously donating prizes for this quilt along!  Without further ado, here are the sponsors in random order...




Reveal parade prize: Half yard bundle of Painter's Palette Solids

Monthly prize: Fat quarter bundle of Painter's Palette Solids 

Paintbrush Studio Fabrics makes some of my favorite solids, Painter's Palette Solids.  The fabric has a great hand, colors, and low fraying.  You can see all of the available colors here and PBS even has a chart showing matching Aurifil colors.







Hobbs Batting
Reveal parade prize: Twin-sized cotton/wool batting Monthly prize: Twin-sized cotton/wool batting 

Hobbs strives to create the best battings for quilters and has many options such as wool, cotton, polyester, and silk for quilters to choose from.  I love using Hobbs battings in my quilts.






Reveal parade prize: collection of 12 large spools of thread
Monthly prize: collection of 12 large spools of thread

Aurifil is a favorite of quilters for their high quality, wonderful colors, variety of thread weights. I love Aurifil's thread colors and weights (and my machine loves Aurifil thread)! Aurifil thread is made from the finest cottons grown in the Mako region of Egypt and manufactured in Milano, Italy.






Reveal parade prize: $25 gift certificate
Monthly prize: $25 gift certificate

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, whenever 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 ♥ strip piecing because it saves time, and she includes directions for strip piecing if it works for the pattern. You can find her patterns in her Etsy shop, Busy Hands Patterns







Reveal parade prize: 2 winners - six-month subscription

Make Modern is a wonderful digital quilting magazine that is stuffed full of great modern patterns for quilts of all sizes and other quilted items. I have been honored to have been able to contribute a number of patterns to the magazine through the years.





Needle & Foot
Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate

Monthly prize: $25 gift certificate

While Needle & Foot has been around since 2014, Bernie began stocking fabric in January of 2017. She strives to carry a wide variety of quilting cottons.  In her Etsy shop, you will find a large selection of small fat quarter bundles, an affordable way to have a collection of pieces from one line without having to buy the entire fat quarter bundle.  Also, Bernie has recently expanded and now carries a selection of voiles and stretch knit fabrics for sewing garments. Providing individual help is a pleasure for Bernie so don’t hesitate to contact her with questions or concerns when selecting fabrics.

**Needle and Foot is making some kits available for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt, more details will be shared on the Fabric Requirements post on Thursday, July 4th **








Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate

Monthly prize: $50 gift certificate

Christine Scholz, is the owner of BackSide Fabrics, an internet only, family run business, and is located in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). They specialize in a large selection of wide quilt backing fabrics that are both beautiful and affordable, and Quilters Dream Batting. 






Reveal parade prize: One copy of the Painted Stars quilt pattern and a 14-piece fat quarter bundle from Brushline fabrics

Monthly prize: One pdf quilt pattern

Beth from Cooking Up Quilts is a quilter, pattern designer, DIYer, blogger, wife and mother. She shares her passion for creating on her blog Cooking Up Quilts.  You can find her patterns in her shop







Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate

Monthly prize: $50 gift certificate

The Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 as a family business based out of Lebanon Oregon. Over the years they have grown and the online shop now has thousands of yards of fabric available. Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a flat shipping fee, quick shipping, and every order includes a surprise gift; everyone loves something exciting and free.

**The Bear Creek Quilting Company is making some kits available for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt, more details will be shared on the Fabric Requirements post on Thursday, July 4th **









Reveal parade prize: 3 yards of Kona cotton

Monthly prize: One winner of 2 pdf patterns

A family affair! Honey, Bunny, and Doll Patterns are designed by a mother (Lori) and two daughters (Alison and Amanda). While it is hard for them to live in three different states, their mutual love of quilting keeps them close! They aim to design quilts that appeal to a wide variety of quilters and designs that work well with a range of different fabric styles. We also offer a limited selection of kits and precuts in our Etsy store, as well as a variety of 108" wide backing fabrics!








Sew Fresh Quilts
Reveal parade prize: $50 of patterns
Monthly prize: $50 of patterns

Lorna is a modern quilter, pattern designer and the author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Lorna uses traditional piecing methods to create a menagerie of animal quilts and an occasional block design. Lorna's patterns are available at her Etsy shop.







Reveal parade prize: One winner of 2 pdf patterns

Monthly prize: 4 winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is back as a sponsor for the third year in a row! 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









Reveal parade prize: 4 winners - each winning the Little Penguin Pattern Bundle

Soma of Whims and Fancies is a software engineer by trade. Aside from math and science, she has loved painting and photography since she was a child. Soma started quilting in 2012. Within a couple months of that, she started writing quilt patterns. Soma blogs at Whims and Fancies and her patterns are available through her shop.








Reveal parade prize: Quilter's Planner

Monthly prize: Quilter's Planner


The Quilter's Planner is a yearly organizer designed specifically for quilters, perfect for organizing work, family, quilting, and life.  The planner also comes with a magazine with a year long quilt along as well as over 10 other quilt patterns.





OLFA 
Reveal parade prize: Navy blue splash kit
Monthly prize:  45mm Ergo Cutter in Pacific Blue

OLFA makes superior cutters, mats, rulers and more, the perfect tools to cut fabrics and make accurate quilts.  OLFA just launched their new, navy blue colored mats and cutters.







Fat Quarter Shop
Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate
Monthly prize: $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 hige selection of solids, patterns, notions, quilt kits.  Free shipping on orders over $80!





Tish in Wonderland
Reveal parade prize: 2 winners of 3 pdf patterns each

Tish N Wonderland is a quilter and pattern designer.  Tish describes herself as a quilter who like to live on the edge, sometimes running with scissors and stitching outside the lines.  







Reveal parade prize: 1 winner of 2 pdf patterns

Monthly prize: 4 winners of 2 pdf patterns each


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.




Questions about the quilt along?  Please ask any questions in the comments below.