Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Leap Into the Two-Colour Mystery Quilt-Along

Have you ever participated in a mystery quilt-along?  

I've always liked the concept.  It seems adventurous to follow directions to cut up a bunch of fabric and sew it all back together without knowing what the end result will be.  I'd like to be more adventurous.  However, the reality is that I am not, in fact, adventurous. I can't quite bring myself to invest all the time and fabric without knowing it's going to work out.  I never could quite make the leap.

Working with the assumption that I'm not alone in wanting adventure, but not too much of it, I designed a mystery that reduces the risk.  

Part of the risk in a mystery quilt is not knowing how the fabrics will work together.  For this mystery quilt, if you can choose a dark fabric and a light fabric that look good side by side, with definite contrast between the two, you're good to go.  

I can't guarantee you'll like the block and layout (though I really, really like it) but at least you'll know your fabrics will play well together.  See?  Less risk!

I'm also offering 3 size options, so you can try this out with more or less time and fabric commitment.  Here are the sizes and fabric requirements for the various options.

I'll be making the throw.  Northcott Fabric generously contributed these fabrics for my version of the Two-Colour Mystery quilt.

I considered using two fabrics from the Stonehenge collections, but when I tried the Crackle for my light selection, I liked the texture difference added to the color contrast.

Let's get to the event details.


It seemed appropriate to leap into the mystery on Leap Day, so I'll email the first clue (set of instruction) on February 29th.  Additional clues will follow weekly until April 25th.

Is there a fee to join?

You can join at no cost anytime before April 11th, when I will reveal the block design.  Once I reveal the block, the complete pattern will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop.

How to join

Because the clues will be sent out by email, you'll need to register so your email address can be added to the mailing list.  You'll only need to share your first name and email address.  


Full disclosure: Registration also adds you to my newsletter mailing list, but you can unsubscribe at any time.  Just keep in mind that when you unsubscribe I have to stop sending you emails, so you might want to wait until you have all the clues.

Any questions?

Will you join me?  


  1. Color me curious! I'll have to squeeze this in between my other projects. :-)

  2. I'm thinking I may try to use up stash fabric for this. Would it work to use two or more fabrics in place of the single dark one as long as they have a similar value?

    1. I think that would work. They key is value. You will need a very definite line between the darks and lights.

    2. Great, thank you! Will start stash diving!

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  4. Thanks for giving the yardages ahead - I was debating joining, and now that I see there is a smaller size, too, that is even better! (I have a new step-great-niece who doesn't yet have a quilt, so I think starting her out with the baby size would be great!)

  5. Please sign me up for the 2-color mystery quilt. I haven't done this for a long time, so I think I'll do it. I signed up for your newsletter too. Ruth at country log cabin.


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