Sign-ups will begin during the January Guild Meeting! Our New Guild Block of the Month will be a mystery quilt. The cost is $20 per participant. Case #130: Multiple Choice: Your first decision will be to figure out what size project you would like to make. You may choose to make a Crib size, Twin size, or Queen size (the Queen size itself actually has several options). Depending on which size project you choose to make, you will need to make a certain number of blocks each month for the first ten months; the eleventh and twelfth months will involve assembling the blocks into your quilt top and adding your border(s). For the Crib size, you will need to make two blocks each month; for the Twin size, four blocks per month; and for the Queen size, six blocks per month. In the Introduction which will be distributed at the February meeting, you will also be encouraged to substitute any "Orphan Blocks" which you may have lying around. (An Orphan Block is an extra block - or part of a block - which perhaps did not fit in with another project you were making, or a test block, or spare half-square triangle units, checkerboard segments, or whatever!) Every other month or so, you will be provided with the instructions for making (usually) four different blocks, with a few options.
The Story Behind Merry Mayhem's Mystery Quilts Merry May, of Tuckahoe, NJ began writing mystery quilt instructions under the pen name of "Inspector Cluesew" in 1992, to the delight of thousands of quilters around the world. Her first online mystery quilt was launched in 1994 through the Planet Patchwork portal. Since then her mysteries have appeared in many magazines, as well as through other online venues, such as the World Wide Quilting Page, the Quilt History site, Quilt Channel, and Quiltropolis. Merry was the first person EVER (under the sponsorship of Planet Patchwork and Quiltropolis) to offer a one-day online mystery "workshop," complete with a chat room for the participants. She retired the Cluesew name in 2003 and then relaunched her popular mystery quilts under the name of "Merry Mayhem." She currently has 39 mystery quilt patterns to choose among, and all of the patterns are geared toward Confident Beginners and up. http://merrymayhem.com/more-mystery-quilts.html
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