Now, my first QUILTSY love was foundation paper piecing. I just loved the intricate designs that could be accomplished, the ease of sewing on lines, and the excitement of watching a landscape or a creature come together. This Mabry Mill has really made me want to return to my first love. Some how along the way I got caught up in this or that and lost some creative fire. If you've seen my Creation Station, then you know I have a rainbow of fabric awaiting me. One of my favorite parts of quilting is looking at a pattern and deciding what to use. I want to find that excitement again.
So, I have been thinking after Mabry I will keep up with the paper piecing...working on so much a week. Well, my opportunity came early. I was reading Kat's Blog, and she mentioned a Carol Doak mystery that was just beginning. Carol Doak is a well known paper piecing designer! So, I went to the yahoo group to check it out...and couldn't pass up this little mystery quilt.
Carol gave us a list of fabric--a mixture of warm and cool tones. I pretty much stuck with reds/pinks for warms and blues for cool. One neat thing about Carol Doak designs, is she gives you a cutting list. This is not common for paper piecing. Here are the fabrics all cut...but since it is a mystery, I have no idea where they will be going.
Clue number 1 came out Thursday. This quilt is supposed to be all about twists and turns.Some quilt blocks really change the overall quilt appearance depending on how you 'twist' them. To illustrate this I took some photos for you of the first clue, adding some twists and turns. This is actually four mini blocks of the same pattern...and I twisted them different ways.
Below is the finished clue #1...showing it twisted in the proper direction for this clue.
Clue #2 came out Friday night.
This time it was the same four smaller blocks, but with the colors a bit different.
Also, we were NOT to join these blocks.
So I photographed them 'twisted' again. We don't know how they will actually be used yet.
I am anxiously awaiting the next step of the mystery. This little mystery is perfect for me as it makes me feel like I am accomplishing something but I have only spent about two hours on the whole thing so far--and that is counting cutting fabric. These are very easy blocks to sew.
If you want to join in, you can find the group RIGHT HERE.
It is really interesting seeing all the different fabric choices.