Thursday, July 2, 2015

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Cutting Instructions

Welcome to the second month of instructions for the Midnight Mystery Quilt!  The first set of instructions posted in June were on fabric selection (link in the Mystery Quilts tab above).

First, a Few Announcements:

1. Is it too late to join? - I have been asked a few time whether it is too late to join in.  It is definitely not too late! All we have done so far is select fabric so you can very easily catch up.  Also, the instructions for the mystery quilt will always be available on the blog (see Mystery Quilts tab above) so you can start at any time.

2.  Want instructions in an easier to print format? - Simply leave a comment below (with e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger) or send me an e-mail at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com to get on the e-mail distribution list.

3.  Share your progress - Don't forget to post pictures of the fabrics you have chosen and your in-progress pics to our very active Facebook group and on social media using the hashtag #MidnightMysteryQuilt.

4.  New Sponsor - I am so excited to announce that the Midnight Mystery quilt-a-long just got its fourth sponsor, The Fat Quarter Shop, who is generously giving away a $100 gift certificate!

A few more quilt-a-long announcements can be found at the bottom of the post... and now are you ready to start cutting into your fabrics?


The cutting instructions contain both a listing of pieces by size for cutting from multiple fabrics and cutting instructions for each set using a single fabric.  Please note that if using the cutting instructions for a single fabric, in some cases a few extra pieces will be cut than needed in the pattern.

Fabric Set A 
(shown as pink in future illustrations)

Number of pieces needed:

Cutting instructions if cutting from a single fabric:

1.  Cut 2 strips 6 ½” x WOF
      a.  Cut 1 strip into 6 squares (6 ½” x 6 ½”).
      b.  Cut 1 strip into 2 squares (6 ½” x 6 ½”) and 2 rectangles (6 ½” x 3 ½”).
2.  Cut 4 strips 4” x WOF
      a.  Cut each strip into 4” x 4” squares (10 per strip) for a total of 36 squares (4” x 4”).


Fabric Set B 
(shown as yellow in future illustrations)

Number of pieces needed:

Cutting instructions if cutting from a single fabric:

1.  Cut 2 strips 7” x WOF
      a.  Cut each strip into 7” x 7” squares (5 per strip) for a total of 9 squares (7” x 7”).
2.  Cut 5 strips 4 ¾” x WOF
      a.  Cut 4 strips each into 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” squares (8 per strip) for 32 squares (4 ¾” x 4 ¾”).
      b.  Cut 1 strip into 2 additional squares (4 ¾” x 4 ¾”) squares and use the remainder of the                        strip to cut 4 squares (4” x 4”).


Fabric Set C
(shown as purple in future illustrations)

Number of pieces needed:

Cutting instructions if cutting from a single fabric:

1.  Cut 2 strips 7 ¼” x WOF
      a.  Cut each strip into 7 ¼” x 7 ¼” squares (5 per strip) for a total of 9 squares (7 ¼” x 7 ¼”).
2.  Cut 4 strips 4” x WOF
      a.  Cut each strip into 4” x 4” squares (10 per strip) for a total of 38 squares (4” x 4”)
3.  Cut 9 strips 3 ½” x WOF
      a.  Cut each strip into 2 rectangles (13” x 3 ½”) and 2 rectangles (7” x 3 ½”) for a total of 18                     rectangles (13”x 3 ½”) and 18 rectangles (7” x 3 ½”) .


Fabric Set D
(shown as white in future illustrations)

Number of pieces needed:

Cutting instructions if cutting from a single fabric:

1.  Cut 4 strips 4” x WOF
      a.  Cut each strip into 4” x 4” squares (10 per strip) for a total of 38 squares (4” x 4”).
2.  Cut 15 strips 3 ½” x WOF
      a.  Cut 9 strips each into 2 rectangles (19” x 3 ½”) for a total of 18 rectangles (19”x 3 ½”).
      b.  Cut 6 strips each into 3 rectangles (13” x 3 ½”) for a total of 18 rectangles (13”x 3 ½”).


A Few Additional Announcements:

1.  Prizes - We will have a bunch of prizes for the quilt reveal in March 2016 (these will be randomly given away).  The sponsors of the Midnight Mystery Quilt are The Bear Creek Quilting CompanyPile O'Fabric, The Fat Quarter Shop, and Meadow Mist Designs.  Details on what each are giving away can be found in the sponsors post here

2.  Quilt KitsPile O'Fabric (one of the quilt-a-long's sponsors) originally offered two Midnight Mystery Quilt Kits (in a 1st colorway and a 2nd colorway) and both colorways sold out in less than one week!  I have worked with Alyssa and we have created a 3rd, 4th, and 5th colorway which are now available.  The kits include all of the fabrics needed (6  yards total) to make the quilt top and the binding (backing not included). Each of the kits are $52 with free shipping within the domestic US. 

3.  The Un-Mystery Quilt - Want to join in the fun but making a mystery quilt is not your thing?  If you would like to see the final pattern to decide whether to join in, or to help pick colors; simply e-mail me and I will send you a sneak peak (the only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise).


4.  Facebook Group - We now have a very active Facebook group to share progress pictures and connect with other mystery quilters.  Please consider joining in :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIP - MQG Challenge Quilt

Today, I would like to share one of my work-in-progress quilts, my Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt and July ALYoF goal.  

The MQG challenge quilt is due by the end of July and had the following rules:
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
An equilateral triangle quilt has been on my to-do list forever and with some of the prints being equilateral triangles, it seemed like a good fit.  (Below is one of the prints.)


I played with EQ7 until I found a design I liked (see my post yesterday on how to design a triangle quilt quickly and easily on EQ7) and started cutting fabric.


I have cut all of my triangles and started piecing them together.  We have until the end of July to finish the quilt which seemed like such a far way off when we got the fabric, but now is right around the corner.  I better get sewing :)



I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.


The MQG challenge quilt is also my July goal for ALYOF.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tutorial - How to Design Triangle Quilts in EQ7


For the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge, we had to use the Riley Blake fabric the Cottage Garden collection in a quilted item, challenging ourselves to make something we never have before.  
An equilateral triangle quilt has been on my to-do list forever, so I decided that was what I was going to make.  

I usually use EQ7 (Electronic Quilt) software to play with different layouts, fabrics, colors, and sizes before setting on a design to make, but I had no clue how to use EQ7 to design a triangle quilt.  I dove into the instruction manual (which is awesome by the way) and learned how to design a triangle quilt quickly and easily.  I would like to share that knowledge with you today.

To design a triangle quilt in EQ7:


1.  Within EQ7, select the tab "Quilt" at the top of the screen, then "New Quilt", then "One Patch Quilt"





2.  The new quilt that shows up will automatically default to a hexagon quilt.  Now select the tab "Layout" at the bottom of the screen.





3.  A One Patch Layout Screen will pop up.  Use the pull down menu on Patch style and select Thousand Pyramids.  (Note: by changing the patch style you can create other types of one patch quilts such as hexagon, diamond, and tumbler.)





4.  Now you just need to play with your dimensions and setting to get the type of triangle and the size quilt you would like.  I wanted an equilateral triangle (also known as a 60 degree triangle) so I set my width and height to be equal.  You can change the number of units in the horizontal direction and the vertical direction.





5.  Finally, you can design your quilt to have half triangles on the ends of the rows forming straight sides or design your quilt to have full triangles on the ends of the rows for a zigzag edge.  The straight side version is what comes up automatically, to get the zigzag sides, select the tab "Borders" at the bottom of the screen and press the Delete button to delete the border.





The design on the left has a border and the design on the right has no border.

I hope that this tutorial was helpful!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below or e-mail me and I will do my best to answer them.


I am linking up to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday over at the wonderful Late Night Quilter's blog.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Giveaway Winners Week 2 of the 2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

I am happy to announce the winners from the Week 2 giveaways for the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.



Thanks again to our generous Week 2 sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop: Aurifil, Pile O’Fabric, The Fat Quarter Shop, Meadow Mist Designs, and Quilting Jetgirl.

Without further ado, the 5 winners are:

(1) Sis Boom Aurifil Thread Collection from Aurifil goes to Sheila I.
(1) Parrot Fat Quarter Bundle (Solids) from Pile O’Fabric goes to Emma 
(1) $50 Gift Certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop goes to Sharon T.
(2) Patterns of your choice from Meadow Mist Designs goes to Carol Y.
(2) Patterns of your choice from Quilting Jetgirl goes to Afton W.

Below is a recap of all the wonderful posts from Week 2. We will be taking a 2 week break, and then the blog hop will resume on July 13th!



New Bees

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Cristy @Love You Sew
Patty @Walnut Street Quilts
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Eileen @Eileen in Stitches




Sew Fabulous Hive

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Erin @Twin Mom Quilts
Anja @Anja Quilts
Carrie B @Chopping Block Quilts
Adrian @Making It





Sewcial Swarm

Host: Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler (IG: wandaslifesampler)
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland (IG: tishnwonderland)
Brianna @The Iron and Needle (IG: theironandneedle)
Sandra @The Bias Edge

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Midnight Mystery Quilt - My Fabric Selections

June's assignment for the Midnight Mystery quilt-a-long was to pick fabrics so I thought that I would share the fabrics I used the mystery quilt today.

(It is not too late to join! See the Mystery Quilt Tab above for all of the information.)

Here are the fabrics I am using...


Fabric Set A: Yellow/Greenish print - Denyse Schmidt - Chicopee Collection - Dotted Leaf in lime
Fabric Set B: Dark blue print - Lotta Jansdotter - Katya Navy
Fabric Set C: White solid - Kona White
Fabric Set D: Gray solid - Kona Ash

Quilters have been very active on our Facebook page, posting pictures of the fabrics they are planning on using or thinking about using.  It has been so much fun seeing the fabric everyone is going to be using.

Just remember that it is not too late to join in! (We also have the option of an un-mystery quilt for those that would like a sneak peek of the finished design).


The July instructions for cutting the fabrics will be posted (and e-mailed to the e-mail distribution list) on Thursday, July 2nd.