Monday, December 11, 2017

Best of 2017 Link Party Coming Soon!

It is no secret that I love blog link parties.  One of the main reasons I started my blog was so that I could take part in the sharing of knowledge and inspiration through the parties and so I am very excited to announce that I am hosting my third annual blog linky party, the Best of 2017 Linky Party!

To take part in the link party, simply write a new blog post highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2017 and linkup.  There is no set way or rules to pick your best, you can pick and highlight your posts anyway you would like.  Some examples include:
  • Posts with the most views
  • Posts with the most comments
  • Posts that provoked the best discussions
  • Posts showing your favorite 2017 finishes
  • Posts of your best tutorials
  • Posts that are simply your favorites
The link party will open the day after Christmas, Tuesday December 26th and will be open for one week ending on Tuesday, January 2nd.

I hope that you will consider writing a post to highlight your best of 2017 and link up!  Here is a button for your blog if you would like:

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While you are waiting for this linky party to start up, you can take a look through the Best of 2015 and 2016.  Thanks!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Important Dates and FAQ

Yesterday, the quilt top for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt was revealed.  Here is information relating to the prizes and reveal parade...

Important Dates:
  • February 15th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops and completed quilts)
  • March 5th-7th - Magnolia Mystery Quilt reveal parade (the parade will be split into multiple days due to the number of quilts)
How to Submit Your Quilt to the Reveal Parade and Be Eligible for Prizes:
  • E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday February 15th. 
  • Address e-mail to
  • Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg". 
  • (optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
Frequency Asked Questions:
  • Do I need to finish my quilt (quilted and bound) to take part in the parade and be eligible for prizes? No, you can enter pictures of completed quilt tops or finished quilts.
  • I posted my quilt picture to Facebook / Instagram / my blog, am I entered into the parade? - No, you must e-mail your picture to to participate in the parade.
  • I changed up the design (ex. changing up the arrangement of blocks, resizing the quilt, adding border etc), can I still take part in the parade? Yes, all are welcome and we look forward to seeing your take on the design!
  • Do I need to keep my quilt top/finished quilt secret until the reveal parade? No need to keep the quilt tops and finished quilts secret, share any and all pictures of the quilt tops and finished quilts (Facebook, Instagram using #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt, blogs, etc).

Have any other questions?  Leave a comment here or send me an e-mail at

Prize Reminder:

Many, many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt!  Here is the list of sponsors once more...

I am looking forward to an awesome parade!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Blocks and Quilt Top Reveal

Welcome to the December Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, this is the last month of instructions! 

You will be getting both the block instructions and the quilt top finishing instructions this month (I joined the two together because once the blocks are made, I felt the design would become obvious).

You will have until February 15th to finish the quilt top or quilt to be entered into the reveal parade and for the giveaways (I will be posting tomorrow more information about this).

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here.  We are having such fun, please join us!

To download the Magnolia Blocks and Quilt Top Assembly instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:

The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:

Full Magnolia Blocks

Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each full magnolia block should measure 14 ½” x 14 ½” (lap), 21 ½” x 21 ½” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 7 full magnolia blocks.

4 full flower units
1 fabric C square: 2 ½” x 2 ½” (lap), 3 ½” x 3 ½” (queen)
4 fabric D rectangles: 2 ½” x 6 ½” (lap), 3 1/2” x 9 ½” (queen) 

Partial Magnolia Blocks

Arrange and sew the following fabric pieces as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each partial magnolia block should measure 14 ½” x 14 ½” (lap), 21 ½” x 21 ½” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 4 partial magnolia blocks.

1 full flower unit
1 right partial flower unit
1 left partial flower unit
1 fabric C square: 2 ½” x 2 ½” (lap), 3 ½” x 3 ½” (queen)
2 fabric D rectangles: 2 ½” x 6 ½” (lap), 3 ½” x 9 ½” (queen) 

Trimming the Partial Magnolia Blocks

The 4 partial magnolia blocks need to be trimmed leaving a ¼” seam allowance past the seam intersections.  

When you trim the partial magnolia blocks is a personal preference, you can trim them after the partial magnolia blocks are made, after the quilt top is pieced together, or after the quilt is quilted.  My personal preference is to trim the blocks after the quilt top is sewn together but before quilting.

The enlarged view below shows the actual trim line.  Note how the trim line does not go right through the seam intersections but leaves a ¼” seam allowance.  The trimmed partial magnolia block is illustrated without this seam allowance for ease of drawing (even though it is there).

Background Blocks and Setting Triangles

The Magnolia Mystery Quilt is assembled on-point.  Below are listed the exact measurements for the  setting triangles. I prefer to add a full inch to these measurements for my setting triangles then trim to size after the quilt top is sewn together.  If you would like to increase the size of your setting triangles, add about one inch to the measurements with a *.

Note: if your fabric is at least 42 ½”, then you only need to cut 1 strip of 21 ⅛” x WOF and 3 strips of 14” x WOF.
1.  Cut 2 strips* 21 ⅛” x WOF.  (setting triangles)
         a. Sub-cut 2 squares* 21 ⅛” x 21 ⅛”.  
2. Cut 4 strips 14” x WOF. (border)

1. Cut 2 strips* 31” x WOF. (setting triangles)
         a. Sub-cut 2 squares* 31” x 31”.  
2. Cut 5 strips 18” x WOF. (border)
         a. Sub-cut 1 strip into 2 half strips 18” x 20”.
         b. Reserve remaining 4 strips.  

Cut the squares 21 ⅛” x 21 ⅛” (lap), 31” x 31” (queen) in half twice on the diagonal to form 6 setting triangles (you will have 2 extra triangles).

Quilt Top Assembly

Arrange the blocks as listed and shown below.  Sew blocks into diagonal rows then sew rows together, pressing all seams open.  The quilt top should measure approx. 60” x 40” (lap), 89 ½” x 60” (queen).

7 full magnolia block
4 partial magnolia blocks
6 side setting triangles


1. Sew 2 fabric D strips 14'' x WOF together end-to-end. Repeat to make a total of 2 pieced top/bottom strips. 

Note: if your fabric was at least 42 ½” wide and you cut 3 strips, then cut one of the strips in half and sew 1 full and 1 half strip together end to end. Repeat to make a total of 2 pieced top/bottom strips. 

2. Measure the average width of the quilt top and trim the 2 pieced top/bottom strips to fit (approx. 60'').  Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

1. Sew 2 fabric D strips 18” x WOF and 1 fabric D strip 18” x 20'' together end-to-end. Repeat to make a total of 2 pieced top/bottom strips. 

2. Measure the average width of the quilt top and trim the 2 pieced top/bottom strips to fit (approx. 89 ½''). Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top.


1.  Make backing:

Remove selvages from backing fabric, cut into 2 pieces (approx. 68” x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing the seam open.  Trim backing to approx. 68” x 75”.

Remove selvages from backing fabric, cut into 3 pieces (approx. 98” x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing seams open.  Trim backing to approx. 98” x 103”.

2.  Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.   Baste and quilt as desired.

3.  Cut the binding fabric into 7 strips (lap), 10 strips (queen) 2 ½” x WOF.  Trim off selvages and sew together end-to-end to make the binding.  Bind and enjoy your quilt!

Share Your Quilt

You can share your in-progress and finished pictures of your mystery quilt on the Meadow Mist Designs Facebook group and on Instagram and other social media using #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt and #MeadowMistDesigns.

I will be posting instructions for entering the reveal parade and for the giveaways tomorrow :)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Toasty Teal - Mosaic Contest Entries

A couple of days ago, I saw on my Bloglovin feed that Rachel from Stitched in Color was having a another fabric mosaic contest.  For each mosaic contest, Rachel gives a theme and some inspirational photographs and then you get to go play, creating different fabric bundles from the fabrics available for sale at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory. I think that making digital fabric combinations (almost) satisfies my fabric tooth as much as buying actual fabric!

The theme this time was Toasty Teal and Rachel pulled together some beautiful inspirational photographs.

To make my bundles, I usually go through all of the shop's fabrics, coping any fabrics that catch my eye and I think might work into PowerPoint.  I usually start with a focus fabric in the center of the mosaic and then play around with the other fabric thumb nail images, arranging them around the center fabric.

For my first bundle, I loved the various floral prints and wanted to see how I could play with a bunch of them together in one bundle...

Bundle #1 - Floral Teal

For my second bundle I loved the combination of teals and dusty pink from one of Rachel's inspiration photos and used that as my starting point...

Bundle #2 - Teal and Dusty Rose

Which of the bundles is your favorite?  I think that the Floral Teal is mine, combining so many different floral prints is really outside of my comfort zone and it was fun to stretch myself.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretations of Toasty Teal and will hop over to Stitched in Color's blog to see the other gorgeous entries.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pop Rocks - QuiltCon Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

The deadline for entries to QuiltCon 2018 was last night and I was happy to be able to get my challenge quilt finished and entered in time.

I made a quilt I cam calling Pop Rocks for the Michael Miller challenge.  The challenge was to create a quilt using at least two of the prints from the Our Yard collection by Sarah Campbell for Michael Miller Fabrics along with any Cotton Couture solids.  My idea was to create a "pop" with the Our Yard prints on a monochromatic, minimalist black and white quilt.

The design began in my head as more of a quarter Dresden plate design with the curves going in random directions.  From idea to actual construction, I moved to more of a paper pieced curve design (which had way too many pieces per block) to finally a template based design using curved piecing.

I played around with the design in EQ8 until I was happy with the blocks and the placement of the Our Yard prints and then I set to work making the quilt.  Here are some in progress pictures as the quilt came together...

After the blocks were sewn together, I added a black border to help ground the blocks and extend the black negative space around the design.  The quilt top measured about 43" x 51".  I used Warm & White batting (by the Warm Company) for this quilt, I find that quilts made with batting hang really well.

I took a long time to figure out how to quilt this quilt and finally decided that straight lines would play with all of the curves in the blocks really well.  I started out creating 3 chunks of straight lines, with the lines within each chunk having varied spacing (shown in red).

Then I echoed the chunks with more randomly spaced lines (shown in green).  

I used a medium gray Aurifil thread in 50 wt (#1158) which showed up enough to give impact but also blended somewhat with both the white and black fabrics.  

I even was able to use up all of the extra Our Yard fabric in the pieced back (you can see the quilting a little more on the back too)...

Overall, I am happy out how the quilt turned out and especially how the yellow fabric pops against all of the whites, grays, and blacks.  I hope that Pop Rocks gets into QuiltCon 2018, I'll let you know :)

Have you submitted a quilt to QuiltCon?

Quilt Stats:
   Name: Pop Rocks
   Size: 41" x 53"
   Design: Original by me
   Fabrics: Our Yard by Sarah Campbell and Cotton Couture, both by Michael Miller
   Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
   Thread: Aurifil 50wt white 2021 for piecing, Aurifil 50wt medium gray 1158 for quilting
   Quilting Design: Randomly spaced straight lines in multiple directions