Getting Ready For a Mystery

I’ll be uploading the first clue for “You’ve Got That Celtic Feeling” mystery quilt soon so I thought this would be a good time to talk about some things that might be helpful.

  • If you haven’t bought your fabric yet, make sure to check the descriptions of each fabric.  This applies to all mysteries…not just mine.  It can be the difference between having a quilt you absolutely love and having one that may not be so lovable.  🙂
  • Don’t scrimp when buying your fabric….whatever amount the designer says you need….buy at least that amount.
  • Labeling…very important!  I use zip-lock style baggies to store my clues in.  An easy way to re-use those baggies is to use peel-stick labels.  It’s much neater than what I’ve been doing……scribbling out the old clue number and writing the new number somewhere else on the baggie.  🙂
  • Label each fabric clue as you cut it and each unit as it is constructed.
  • Work each clue “in order”.  Don’t look ahead.  Not only might it cause confusion but it spoils the surprise!
  • Pay attention to pressing instructions.  Be aware that sometimes it’s impossible to make it so that  all intersections “butt” together.  An easy and acceptable way to handle that is to flip one of the seams to make it match up and then take a “tiny” snip in the selvage so that the seam will lie flat in both directions.    Just don’t snip through your seam line!
  • If you’re working on a clue and it looks a little crazy to you….ask yourself this question:  Does it look like the drawing in the instructions?  If it does, relax!  If not…start over at the beginning of that clue.  As long as your units look like the ones in the clues, you’re good to go!
  • Practically every clue will have measurements included.  It’s a good idea to take a minute to check the measurement of that unit.  That little detail is so important.
  • If you have a digital camera, take pictures of each clue as you work.  It’s fun to be able to go back and see your progress.
  • Be sure to download each clue as it’s released.  My plan is to leave them all available throughout the process but sometimes things happen that are out of our control.

I think that’s it for now.  If I think of any more pearls of wisdom, I’ll post them.    Be sure to check the main mystery page for the upcoming clue.


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