Thursday, December 1, 2022

Melodic Mystery ++ Flower Blocks


Let's Make Some Flower Blocks!  

Welcome to the December set of instructions for the Melodic Mystery Quilt!  December is a busy month for many people so I designed this month's piecing to be a little quicker.

The Melodic Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that runs from July 2022 through April 2023 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. 

There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along, instructions are published monthly so there is plenty of time to catch up! You can find all of the information about the Melodic Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more in the Main Melodic Mystery Quilt Page.


Easy to Print PDF Instructions

You can download the monthly instructions in an easy to print, pdf version right here:






Flower Blocks

Combine the following pieces to make 9 flower blocks 9 ½" x 9 ½". 

1.  Arrange the following units and pieces according to the diagram. 
4 C/bg HST units 3 ½" x 3 ½"
4 fabric A squares 3 ½" x 3 ½"
1 bg square 3 ½" x 3 ½"

2. Sew together the units and pieces into rows, pressing seams open or away from the fabric A squares.  Each row should measure 3 ½" x 9 ½".

3. Sew the rows together, pressing the seams open or towards the HST units, to make a flower block  9 ½" x 9 ½".  

4. Repeat steps 1-3 to make a total of 9 flower blocks.





Quarter Blocks

Combine the following pieces to make 4 quarter blocks 6 ½" x 6 ½".

1.  Arrange the following units and pieces according to the diagram. 
2 A/bg HST units 3 ½" x 3 ½"
2 bg squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" 

2. Sew together units and pieces into rows, pressing seams open or away from the HST units.  

3. Sew the rows together, pressing seams open, to make a quarter block 6 ½" x 6 ½".  

4. Repeat steps 1-3 to make a total of 4 quarter blocks.





Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Melodic 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 next month.


 

 




Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - November 2022

  Welcome to November's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!





My big finish this month was the Board & Batten quilt and pattern and the announcement of a new quilt along starting the beginning of next year.  

Make a Board & Batten with me starting Thursday, January 5th and running through March 2nd!  The pattern contains instructions for baby, throw, twin, and queen and it is a super fun, beginner friendly quilt to make.  The perfect way to kick off 2023!

You can get your copy of Board and Batten in my pattern shop (digital or print version) and visit the Board & Batten QAL page for all of the quilt along information.



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.
  • 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

 





Monday, November 28, 2022

Thanksgiving Pattern Sale Ends Today

Just a quick reminder that the 

Thanksgiving Pattern Sale

sale is ending tonight at midnight (EST).





Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free 
Digital patterns, print patterns, or a mixture of both.


Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Shop

No coupon code needed, the discount will be automatically applied when you add 3 patterns to your cartThe patterns may be digital, printed, or a mixture of both.  

This sale is cumulative meaning that for every 2 patterns bought, you will get a free pattern.  Buy 4 patterns, get 2 free, buy 6 patterns, get 3 free, etc.


Sale Timing: The sale runs through midnight (EST) on Monday, November 28th.


Etsy Pattern Shop

I am also offering the buy 2 get 1 free patterns in my Etsy Shop, but to get the discount you will need use the code THANKSGIVING during check out for the sale (discount not automatically applied).

Etsy - Use code THANKSGIVING for Buy 2, Get 1 Free

Sale Timing: The sale runs through midnight (EST) on Monday, November 28th.
 

 




Friday, November 25, 2022

Board and Batten - Quilt Kits

 Are you joining in on the Board and Batten quilt along?  

The pattern is available now and the quilt along kicks off on January 5th.  It is the perfect quilt to start the new year making!  The pattern is pre-cut and scrap friendly and contains baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes.

I had such fun rendering Board and Batten in all sorts of colors and prints and with dark backgrounds and light backgrounds to give you ideas on which fabric combinations you may wish to use.

Being that the pattern is so pre-cut and scrap friendly, you might already have the perfect fabric waiting in your sewing room. If not, then you can shop some Black Friday sales :) 

Reminder - You can grab a copy of the pattern during my Thanksgiving Sale now through Monday, Nov. 28th where all of the patterns in my shop are buy 2 get 1 free (digital and print).

No coupon code needed, the discount will be automatically applied when you add 3 patterns to your cart.  The patterns may be digital, printed, or a mixture of both.  

This sale is cumulative meaning that for every 2 patterns bought, you will get a free pattern.  Buy 4 patterns, get 2 free, buy 6 patterns, get 3 free, etc.




Quilt Colorway Renderings

Here are a bunch of different Board & Batten renderings, each illustrated in the throw size.  Below each picture is a link to the print fabric collection and the background fabric shown in the picture.  

If you like a rendering and decide to make the quilt with that fabric, you can click the link and add the amount of fabric needed for your size to your cart shown in the fabric requirements chart below. All link are affiliate links to Fat Quarter Shop unless otherwise stated.



My scrappy version using blue, turquoise, lime colored solids on a white background.


This is what I am making for the quilt along.
Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off

Same collection with a pink background (I almost went with this version)
Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off


Fat Quarter Shop - Black Friday Sale - 20% off



** Right now, Connecting Threads has its Black Friday sale going on so the Board & Batten quilt kit (along with the whole site) is 25% off with the coupon code SITWIDE25.  So the quilt is on sale for only $39.74 (from $52.99 org.) and you can find it here.** 


Which is your favorite?  What fabrics are you going to use?











Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Board & Batten - "ele" Quilting Design

Does your quilt have a regular, repeating pieced grid?  Then I have a great quilting design for you!

When I am deciding what quilting design to use on a quilt and I decide that an all over design works best, I look at the piecing of the quilt.  If the quilt has a piecing grid (meaning that there is the same size block or unit repeating across the quilt), then I try to use this grid in my quilting.

This grid keeps the quilting spaced and consistent.  Plus there is no marking :)

Board & Batten has a grid design (each square is either a solid fabric or a half square triangle) so I used this grid to create a fun and quick quilting design.

"ele" Quilting Design

The "ele" quilting design I used for Board & Batten runs vertically in the quilt top, but was actually quilted in my machine left to right like a typewriter.  

I started the design off the left hand side of the quilt (so no thread burying, yippee) and quilted the following pattern:

1. Quilted a cursive "ele" in the first block.
2. Crossed downward through the grid seam intersection.
3. Quilted an upside down "ele" in the second block (the second block is one block to the right and one block down from the first block)
4. Crossed upwards through the grid seam intersection. 

I continued this pattern all the way to the other side of the quilt and ended off the quilt (again no thread burying).  Then, like a typewriter, I moved the quilt to start the next row of quilting.

Here is a short video showing the quilting across a section of the quilt.


My quilting is far from perfect, but always aiming for the seam intersections kept the spacing of the design consistent and look more even then it really is.


Here is how the quilting looked in the finished quilt:



I love this design due to the impact this quilting gives with no marking and no thread burying.  The next time you are trying to figure out how to quilt your quilt, if your design has a grid, try something like this :)

If you want to make your own Board & Batten, you can get a copy:


Board & Batten - Digital Version

Board & Batten - Printed Version


And remember, the Super Thanksgiving Sale is going on right now, Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free!  
Digital patternsprint patterns, or a mixture of both.

In my pattern shop, no coupon code is needed, the discount will be automatically applied when you add 3 patterns to your cart. The patterns may be digital, printed, or a mixture of both.  In my Etsy shop you will need to use the coupon code THANKSGIVING.








Monday, November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving Sale (and Board & Batten Launch)

I hope that you will be enjoying the holidays this week!

Happy Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Cyber Monday!



To celebrate, I am offering a special discount: 

Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free!  
Digital patterns, print patterns, or a mixture of both.


Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Shop

No coupon code needed, the discount will be automatically applied when you add 3 patterns to your cartThe patterns may be digital, printed, or a mixture of both.  

This sale is cumulative meaning that for every 2 patterns bought, you will get a free pattern.  Buy 4 patterns, get 2 free, buy 6 patterns, get 3 free, etc.


Sale Timing: The sale runs through midnight (EST) on Monday, November 28th.




Etsy Pattern Shop

I am also offering the buy 2 get 1 free patterns in my Etsy Shop, but to get the discount you will need use the code THANKSGIVING during check out for the sale (discount not automatically applied).

Etsy - Use code THANKSGIVING for Buy 2, Get 1 Free

Sale Timing: The sale runs through midnight (EST) on Monday, November 28th.




Board & Batten Pattern Launch (and QAL)

This is the perfect time to get your copy of my newest pattern launching today, Board & Batten, to be ready for the quilt along starting on January 5th.  You can get all of the information about Board and Batten here.  

You can use the Thanksgiving sales to get any fabrics you might need for the quilt. I will be posting about some kit options from the Fat Quarter Shop on Black Friday the 25th.


Thank you so much for your support throughout the year!


 




Board and Batten Pattern Release

It's pattern release day for Board & Batten!  I am very excited to time this launch with my Thanksgiving Sale (see below for details).  The Board and Batten quilt along will kick off in the new year! 



Board and Batten is a super fun and quick pattern based on half square triangles to make a modern herringbone-like design. 

The pattern is perfect for your pre-cuts or scraps you have in your sewing room being charm pack, layer cake, fat quarter bundle, and scrap friendly.  

Board and Batten contains instructions for baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes.

If you love half square triangles (HST), then this quilt is for you!  And we are going to have a super fun quilt along kicking off on January 5th.



Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free!  
Digital patternsprint patterns, or a mixture of both.

In my pattern shop, no coupon code is needed, the discount will be automatically applied when you add 3 patterns to your cart. The patterns may be digital, printed, or a mixture of both.

This sale is cumulative meaning that for every 2 patterns bought, you will get a free pattern.  Buy 4 patterns, get 2 free, buy 6 patterns, get 3 free, etc.



FABRICS & MATERIALS

For my cover version of Board & Batten I used a variety of Bella Solids in blues, turquoises, and limes against a background of Feather.  I love the scrappy goodness. 


I used my favorite Warm & White batting by the Warm Company and light cream 50 wt Aurifil thread for the quilting.  

For the quilt along, I am planning on using Honey by Alexia Abegg for Ruby Star Society along with a Bella Navy background.  

I will be sharing a bunch of additional renderings and kit options for the pattern on Black Friday (so you can take advantage of the fabric sales if you would like).





ABOUT THE QUILTING

I wanted to pick a quilting design that added texture but did not away from the piecing or bright prints.  When I have a quilt design that is in a grid, I try to see if I can use the grid (to minimize any marking that needs to be done).  For this quilt I used a cursive "ele" in each block.

I will be posting (including a short video) on how I quilted this quilt on Wednesday (11/23).





PATTERN DETAILS

Board and Batten is beginner friendly and contains baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes.  The pattern is pre-cut and scrap friendly with instructions for using charm packs, layer cakes, fat quarters, and scraps.







Once you make a Board and Batten quilt of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #BoardandBattenQuilt and #BoardandBattenQAL during the quilt along.

In both my pattern shop (digital and print versions) and Etsy (digital version), during my Thanksgiving Sale, you can buy two patterns and get one free.





MANY THANKS

I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!), and Aurifil for the thread.




REMINDERS - SALE AND QAL


Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free!  
Digital patternsprint patterns, or a mixture of both.
The sale runs through midnight (EST) on Monday, November 28th.


Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Shop -  No coupon code needed, the discount will be automatically applied when you add 3 patterns to your cart.  The patterns may be digital, printed, or a mixture of both.  

This sale is cumulative meaning that for every 2 patterns bought, you will get a free pattern.  Buy 4 patterns, get 2 free, buy 6 patterns, get 3 free, etc.


Etsy Pattern Shop - I am also offering the buy 2 get 1 free patterns in my Etsy Shop, but to get the discount you will need use the code THANKSGIVING during check out for the sale (discount not automatically applied).



Quilt Along

This is the perfect time to get your copy of my newest pattern launching today, Board & Batten, to be ready for the quilt along starting on January 5th.

You can find all of the information for the Quilt Along on the Board and Batten QAL page.



 

 





Thursday, November 17, 2022

Tea Leaves in Quilter's Planner 2023

The Quilter's Planner 2023 is now available and I am very excited to show you my contribution to the planner, the Tea Leaves pattern.

Photo by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for Quilter' Planner 2023

I designed Tea Leaves using the traditional bear claw block in a more modern setting to look like falling leaves.  The throw sized quilt is fat quarter friendly and is written at the confident beginner level.

The fabrics in the quilt are Fabric from the Attic by Giucy Giuce for Andover Fabrics along with some Century Solids.  I also used my favorite batting, Warm & White from the Warm Company and Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting.

Here is the picture of the Fabric from the Attic collection, it is one of my favorites and I have actually made three quilts using these fabrics now.  I checked and it is still available on Etsy, I found these three listings for the collection: one, two, three.


I love the bright colors and Kitty's photography is always wonderful.


Photo by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for Quilter' Planner 2023

The planner is available right here.  The planner has multiple cover options, Sunday/Monday start days for the calendar, and many options for the weekly calendar portion of the planner.


I went with the rainbow cover, Sunday start, and vertical calendar design.


Which cover is your favorite? Remember you can get your Quilter's Planner 2023 right here.




 




Monday, November 14, 2022

Board & Batten - Pattern Coming Soon & Quilt Along!

I'm so excited to share that my newest pattern Board & Batten will be released next Monday (the 21st) during my Thanksgiving sale and I'll be hosting a Quilt Along for the pattern starting January 5th!



PATTERN LAUNCH   

Board & Batten is a super fun and easy, beginner friendly quilt design that contains instructions for baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes.  The pattern is pre-cut friendly and has instructions for using charm packs, layer cakes, fat quarters, and scraps.

Board & Batten will be officially released next Monday (Nov. 21st) along with my super Thanksgiving sale so that you can grab the pattern during the sale.

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE

The quilt along will be kicking off on Thursday, January 5th with the quilt parade on Thursday, March 2nd. This is the perfect fun and easy quilt along to kick off 2023!

Buying the pattern during the Thanksgiving Sale will give you time to pick your fabrics (you can shop the holiday fabric sales or put some fabric on your Xmas list ).

PRIZES

I have a bunch of prizes including a huge fat quarter bundle and two different Aurifil multi-spool collections for those that link up a quilt top or finished quilt for the March 2nd parade.

The prizes will be given out randomly to those that participate in the parade.  The quilt can either be a quilt top or finished quilt and may be any size.

QUESTIONS?

I hope you decide to join in!!  If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comment section below or e-mail me at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com







 




Monday, November 7, 2022

Spinning Stars Printed Templates Now Available

 


Spinning Stars - Printed Templates


I asked a number of quilters what some of their biggest pain points about paper piecing were and the number one answer was printing or photocopying the paper templates.

So to help with that, I am happy to announce the availability of printed paper templates for my best selling paper pieced pattern, Spinning Stars.

The printed templates contain the 54 sheets needed to make the lap size version of Spinning Stars along with 2 extra of each template type. 

The paper is regular copy paper, my favorite paper to paper piece with. I did look at the special paper piecing paper (which is more like thin unprinted newspaper) but was unable to find a source that could print the templates economically.

Right now, the templates are on sale for only $12 plus shipping (from the regular $15 price). The shipping cost is $8.00 for USPS Priority Mail and any additional patterns, books, etc ship for free.

You can get your templates here






Spinning Stars - Pattern + Templates Bundle Special

If you purchase the Spinning Stars pattern, either printed or digital, and the template packet, you will receive $4 off the bundle.  This is addition to the templates being on an introductory sale ($3 off right now).  This bundle discount will show up automatically in your cart, there is no coupon code.

Note: If you already own the Spinning Stars pattern and would like to purchase the templates, you can use the coupon code "TEMPLATES" for $4 off the price of the templates so you can take advantage of the special bundle pricing too.

Please let me know what you think of this option and if these templates are well received, then I would be happy to offer template packets for other paper pieced patterns.

Thanks!


Spinning Stars Links

Spinning Stars Digital Quilt Pattern

Spinning Stars Printed Quilt Pattern

Spinning Stars Printed Templates