Patternmaking, quilting

Quiltville’s Carolina Christmas Mystery Quilt Step 1 – my version

In a post a few days ago I told you I was being sucked into the Carolina Christmas Mystery Quilt vortex over at Quiltville, no?  Well Bonnie just posted that she’s going to be gone for a few days so everyone following the mystery ought to have enough time to catch-up!

(She don’t know me very well).  Catch-up?  Okay…I’ll just try to get step 1 in and we’ll see where we go from there.  Okay?

Alright people.  Move aside.  I need to look for my reds, my greens, my neutrals and somewhere I need to locate a golden yellow.

Reds. Check.

Greens. Check.

Neutrals. What do you mean by neutrals?  What?  I can’t believe with all this fabric I have in boxes, bins, and drawers there aren’t any neutrals?  Geez!

Golden Yellow. Harrumph.  Again.  I could have sworn I had some nasty golden yellow around here somewhere.  Nothing.

Step 1: Bonnie is using the golden yellow matched with a neutral in 2.5″ strips sewn together and then cut into 4.5″ units.  I’ve used the strip method before but have been experimenting with my own paper piecing method using 8.5″ x 11″ pieces of paper.

I cut two fabrics the size of the paper, match them right sides together and stitch along pre-printed sewing lines that I’ve drafted on the paper.  I’ve done this technique a few times and it works for me on strips, half square triangles and quarter square triangles.  I guess the closest I’ve seen are the Thangles products but from what I can tell those use strips and not the paper that comes out of your printer.

Here is the template I created for the 2.5″ strip sets:


I printed 16 pieces of paper to get enough units.