Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mystery Quilt Reveal

Mystery Quilt Reveal

Completed square
I got carried away with the holidays and didn't get as much work done on the Grand Illusion mystery quilt as I had planned. I have one block done and enough components to make three more. I have to say, if I had seen the revealed quilt instead of being introduced to it little by little, I would have run screaming from the building. It's not that it WAS difficult, it just LOOKS difficult -- and scary for a fairly new quilter like me. However, being led through this quilt a little at a time, I understand that I can do pieces that look complicated, as long as I break it down into small enough chunks for my brain to process.

Can you find the Dime Store Novel themes?

I also love the fact that I learned several new techniques and I met quilters from all over the world. I kept it scrappy and I was able to incorporate a number of fun fabrics that relate to our Dime Store Novel world, as well as some that have a personal meaning. One friend has suggested an event after the quilt is done where we display the quilt and read some of our works -- it sounds like an interesting idea.

Will I participate in next year's Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery Quilt event?  Yes!

In Writing News

The holidays are over and we are back to working on stories and we have an exciting 2015 planned for our readers.  The first draft of Louisiana Snowflake is nearly complete and John is hard at work on the second draft of Striking Angels. Both of these books will be larger than the other books in the Dime Store Novel series -- the story grows and so do the books. 
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