Monday, February 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday 2/13/17

My design wall is currently covered with most of my blocks for the Meadow Mystery quilt that I have been working on since last July. The original design of the quilt finishes at 60" x 60". I knew from the beginning of this project that I would want to make extra blocks in order to make the quilt rectangular, so I chose fabrics that had at least 25% more yardage than what the pattern called for. The final layout of the quilt was revealed at the beginning of this month, and I have been working on the extra blocks since then. 

Meadow Mystery blocks
Designed by Cheryl Brickey, Meadow Mist Designs

My blocks are all up on the design wall with the wrong sides showing. One of the challenges with a mystery quilt is not knowing which way to press the seams when making blocks. Cheryl, the designer of the mystery, recommended pressing seams open, but I prefer pressing in one direction. I have been changing the direction some seams were pressed to help them nest when blocks get joined to one another. One extra row of blocks has been added to the bottom in the photo, and there is another set of the same blocks to go across the top. My version will finish at 60" x 84". I hope to get these all joined together before the end of the month.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! 

Julie in GA


  1. Pressing is always a consideration - I like how you are solving the problem.

  2. one of my guild friends has been making this one as well and she extended hers pretty much the same way, looks great

  3. Great design! I like the medallion effect of the center blocks. I usually press to the dark and twist if needed.

  4. What a brilliant solution to the nesting conundrum. You are my inspiration today. Like Nann, I like the medallion effect. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Great addition of extra blocks, the quilt is going to be awesome!

  6. Two great ideas! I like how you are rectangularizing (?) the quilt, and I love the idea of putting your blocks seam side out to plan the pressing!

  7. Well! Your creativity and logic is really working - This is a wonderful idea to not have the seam issues with quilts with a lot of little pieces!

  8. I really like your choice of extra blocks. It's going to be a fun quilt.


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