A little over a week ago, on May 14, brave Tarheel Quilters assembled for a Mystery Quilt Workshop. The introduction to the cutting instructions read as follows: Don’t you love it when a story has a happy ending? Be it a novel, a theater play, or a movie, there’s something satisfying about a plot that ties up all loose ends in a pleasant way for all the principal characters. Of course in every well-written story, there’s some conflict to resolve, some antagonism to overcome, some trials to persevere through, and some mystery to solve. So it will be with your quilt; persevere in solving mysterious clues to find that “All’s well that ends well!”
The quilters, with sewing machines in tow, arrived with cut fabric in re-closable bags labeled by clue number. I led them through three patchwork clues: Square in a Square units, Half Square Triangles, and Strip-Pieced Nine Patches. Seasoned mystery quilt makers were sure I had “the right answer,” THE way all units should fit together to make a baby or lap size quilt. To be sure, I did have my sample quilt on hand, but I urged them to play with the patchwork units before I revealed my solution.
The creative ladies developed some great designs!
Our workshop certainly validated Shakespeare’s maxim that “All’s well that ends well!”