To clear up any confusion . . it must be me and that turnip truck again (or it could have been the wild ride we just took through the woods on the RTV . . Vince was driving ) . . a mystery is a quilt you have not seen before and will not see til you’re finished with it. A Quilt-Along is a quilt you see before you start and then we all work along at about the same pace. If you see the quilt, it’s obviously not a mystery so the choices were Mystery or Quilt-Along, either or . . not a mysterious quilt-along!
The second area that generated confusion . . kits will not come from my stash. I am NOT selling my stash. If I do kits, I will order brand new, never unwrapped til they get to my house bolts of fabric and the kits will come from those. It’s not second hand fabric or second hand prices. The prices would be similar to quilt shop prices but you would see everything coordinated before ordering. It doesn’t make one bit of difference to me if you go buy the same fabric from your quilt shop, buy something completely different or if you use fabric from your stash (or someone else’s) but it ain’t gonna be fabric from my stash! Not now . . not ever . . unless Vince or Chad give away or sell my stash when I’m gone so . . I’m still here . . you’re not using my stash! I’m greedy like that.
The question some of you had asked earlier — the Texas fabric I showed is this:
For those wanting fabric from your state . . I have one suggestion — move to Texas! 🙂 Don’t say no just yet! I lived in Texas once before and didn’t like it at all so every time Vince mentioned moving, my response was always the same (and you can’t imagine how many times a day he reminds me). I always said: “I’ll go anywhere in the south except Texas!” All of my friends knew I’d move anywhere but Texas. I’m so happy that we decided to give Texas another shot and honestly .. how many states have so much of their own state themed fabric? Just sayin . . .
Now, about that Mysterious Quilt-Along, based on your responses, here’s what I’m thinking I’ll do. It may not work but it’s how I’m leaning right now. About September 1 we’ll start this project. A picture will be posted on some hard to get to website (I’ll have to figure that one out) and if you want to see it, you can see it but it won’t be right there where you accidentally see it. I’ll give as much description of the fabrics as I can without giving away too much but remember, I only work with tone on tones so getting fabric descriptions from me is almost as scary as asking me for directions for getting from here to there!
Each week a set of instructions will be given and I will hopefully break those down similar to the Quilt for an Hour projects. I anticipate that it will run for 7 – 8 weeks. I will give more details about the quilt later. It’s not a plain jane quilt but it isn’t hard either. I don’t think there’s a single half square triangle in the whole thing. There is a pieced border. Surprised?
If you’ve seen my Morning Splash quilt, I think that’s one of the prettiest quilts I’ve made and I think Road to Llano is even prettier!
Since I have such a terrible time naming quilts, I’m going to do a series based on the places we visit. I’ve done the Road to Brownwood quilt before we ever moved here. The quilt designs that I come up with that I think are worthy to be included in my Roads through Texas series will be named accordingly. The Mysterious Quilt-Along coming up will be named Road to Llano.
In 2010, I had planned to start doing the Stars & Stripes Sampler as a group project. Details are here. There was a major interruption in our lives but you know that story and then I totally forgot about this project. I am not finding the book on the Fons & Porter site so the link on my older posts is no longer working. If you didn’t get the book back when we first talked about it and if you want to participate, you might check ebay or other used book outlets.
A blog reader asked about it last week and had to remind me what she was talking about! Darned that turnip truck! I really want to do this project and believe it or not, I unpacked my book yesterday. The plan is to start that the last quarter of this year so I guess that would be starting in September too but there will only be a few blocks to get made the first quarter. You can click on the link and see the breakdown of what will be done when.
You don’t have to remind me that September – December is a terribly busy time for most folks but so is spring with planting and summer with harvesting/canning for me so we’ll just have to work in what we want to do and maybe forget about Christmas shopping and holiday cooking and parties . . or maybe not! 🙂
Just to keep everything straight that’s going on around here (probably more for me than for you), I’ve added a tab at the top entitled “Group Projects“. If I get confused or off track, please straighten me out.