“Allietare!” Mystery Quilt

Have you noticed the “Allietare!” icon near the bottom of the right sidebar? Click the picture to link to Bonnie Hunter’s blog to find clue releases (quiltville.blogspot.com). Bonnie continues her tradition of publishing clues to a mystery quilt, one each Friday, between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year’s weekend.


Most years I look at my calendar for the holidays and sigh, “I just don’t have the time to commit to the mystery quilt this year.” However, on the years that I have eked out sewing time anyway, I’ve been so glad I did. Bonnie’s mystery quilts are stunning! Carving out a couple of hours to work on each clue is a gift I give to myself during the busy holiday season.

How about you? Are you following the “Allietare” clues this year?

“Slant Six” Mystery Quilt Revealed

Were you one of the twenty-plus “Slant Six” Mystery Quilt QAL participants? Or were you one of those quilters who doesn’t like mysteries— you were waiting to see the quilt before committing your time and fabric to make it?

Either way, today is the day the QAL is complete, and you may see the final quilt! The name “Slant Six” is derived from six inch blocks placed so the accent fabric is on a slant (diagonal).

Several participants emailed me pictures of their guesses. And they were “right on the money.”

The first to weigh in was Kathrin. Hooray Black Forest Quilters of Stuttgart, Germany!

Slant Six, Kathrin's solution

Kathrin also thought of setting the blocks on point, a nice idea if you don’t mind making an extra block and trimming off the triangles on the edges of the quilt.


Judy, also a BFQ member, submitted three layout ideas. That bright yellow is really eye-catching!

Slant Six, Judy's solution 2

Slant Six, Judy's solution

Slant Six, Judy's solution 3

Courtney from the Quilting Circle here in Fayetteville sent two designs.

Slant Six, Courtney's solution

I like the strong diamond shape formed by the red squares in her alternate quilt layout idea.

slant Six, Courtney's solution 2

Deborah, in faraway Taiwan, sent in her best guess . . . which happened to be right.

Slant Six, Deborah's solution

Congratulations, ladies, you have won a copy of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine. Let me know if you would like volume 9 or volume 10.

Oh, and here’s my “Slant Six” quilt. You will find the final page of instructions on the “Mystery Quilt” page of my blog.


In keeping with my flip-flop theme, here’s a pool side photo.


I would love to show blog readers a picture of your “Slant Six” mystery quilt. Please send a digital picture to aby dot quilts at gmail dot com.


Choosing fabrics for the “Slant Six” Mystery QAL

Daughter Trinity visited this past weekend, and after persuading her to join the fun of joining this summer’s mystery quilt-a-long, we went shopping in my stash for the required fabrics.

Her selection started with the print of vintage cameras. We purchased it at Hobby Lobby last summer with the idea of making a tote bag for Trinity, a talented photographer. The bag hasn’t “happened,” so she is repurposing the fabric for the background (Fabric 5) of the “Slant Six” mystery. I know I suggested a plain, light background fabric, but I believe the rather large print will work well.


Fabric 1 is black, Fabric 2 is gray, Fabric 3 for the accent is red grunge, and Fabric 4 is the red polka dot print. After the patchwork is complete, Trinity will decide on a border fabric.

For my “Slant Six” mystery quilt, I want to use some leftover flip flop fabric to make a bright beach-themed quilt. I believe there is just enough for the print (Fabric 4). and for a border.


White will be my background (Fabric 5), the orange print is Fabric 1, the stripe is Fabric 2, the mottled blue is my Fabric 3 accent.

I will post Clue #1 (the cutting instructions) on June 1 under the Mystery Quilt tab on this blog. You have about a week to gather the fabrics you need for the lap quilt. At this point, on the Mystery Quilt page you will find a link to the document containing the fabric requirements. You will also find a link to a very helpful document depicting many successful fabric combinations which my friend, Karlene, put together.

Several QAL participants have asked if scraps may be used instead of yardage. The answer is . . . yes, but it will be easier if you use yardage because the instructions are given for strip-piecing. If you really want to use scraps, I suggest waiting to cut pieces for Clues 2 and 3 as they are posted.

Here is an example of a way to use scraps instead of yardage to make a blue-themed quilt:  For Fabric 1, choose several medium blue tone-on-tones or small prints that are the same value. Fabric 2 is a lighter shade of blue. For Fabric 3, the accent, you could use a very dark blue. Fabric 4 is the print; you could use several prints of medium scale. For Fabric 5, the background, you could use several different fabrics as long as they are roughly the same light value.

I can’t wait to see your fabric combinations for the “Slant Six” mystery QAL! Email me a picture of your fabric selection, and I will post it on a subsequent blog.

2014 Summer Quilt-A-Long

Last summer, I invited my blog readers to join my local Quilting Circle in making a medallion style wall quilt. We began with a Saw Tooth Star, and I posted instructions or suggestions each month for the successive borders. To refresh your memory, here is a picture of Stephanie’s completed quilt top. Those Laurel Burch cats are the sassiest!

Stephanie's Saw Tooth Star Quilt-A-Long

This Summer, our Quilt-A-Long (abbreviated QAL) is a mystery quilt entitled “Slant Six.” Are you game? It is a lap quilt that’s beginner friendly with no triangles, Y seams, or appliqued motifs. You can do it!

I have created a “Mystery Quilt” page as a blog tab heading. You can access the document regarding fabric selection now. Successive clues will be posted on the first of each month, June through September. Happy sleuthing!

Please leave a comment below if you plan to participate in the 2014 Summer Mystery QAL.


“Celtic Solstice” a Mystery

“Celtic Solistice” is a mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com. For the past several years, she has challenged her blog followers with a mystery that lasts from Thanksgiving weekend through Epiphany. One clue is published each Friday.

I decided to play along this year, even though I will be out of town visiting relatives on some of the weekends and thus miss prime, uninterrupted sewing time. I will do my best to catch up during the week.


This box, hand made by my friend, Katrin, a professional book binder, organizes my patchwork pieces.

Bonnie suggested lots of oranges, yellows, greens, blues and white/neutrals. Most of my neutrals are tan or cream based, so I decided since my colored fabrics are bright I will use only one white on white neutral for the whole quilt. In the end, we’ll see how it looks compared to Bonnie’s scrappy quilt.


Click here to see the progress of over 195 (and counting) mystery quilt participants. Click on the button (bottom right of my blog) showing “Paddy” the green bear to connect with Bonnie’s blog. Then click on the “Celtic Solstice” tab at the top of the blog to see/read an explanation of the mystery. It’s not too late to join the fun!