Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quilt #3 - It's a Mystery

The Quilter's Club of America launched their 5th Mystery QAL in September.  Needless to say, I didn't get mine finished in time to enter the contest, but it's now the third quilt top I've finished in 2012.  This Mystery Quilt was designed by Debbie Caffrey of Debbie's Creative Moments.  Not everyone knows Debbie started the "jelly roll" craze way back in 2000.  Here's what she wrote to introduce the QCA mystery:

"In May 2000, my book Open a Can of Worms, the first book to focus exclusively on quilts made from 2 1/2" wide strips, was released.  The book is now celebrating its seventh printing and is still selling strong more than ten years later.  In the fall of 2005, while writing Another Can of Worms, more quilts and techniques using 2 1/2" wide strips, I approached fabric companies about selling precut strips.  Most companies did not think it was worth their time. Moda was interested and consulted with me over the next few months.  In May 2006, Another Can of Worms was released.  The following fall Moda introduced "jelly rolls," and other fabric companies have been following suit ever since.  To celebrate the tenth anniversary of "worms," I am releasing a number of mystery quilts made from "worms" or "jelly rolls."  Have fun!  Debbie"

This is about the 10th mystery by Debbie Caffrey I've made.  Some quilters complain that they don't want to make a quilt without knowing what the finished product will look like. I say, "If you like the fabric you pick, you'll like the quilt."  The best thing about Debbie's patterns is, if you follow the instructions, your quilt will come out perfect.  The only time I've ever had a problem was one pattern that required 2 3/4" squares (maybe it was 2 7/8", anyway, it was an odd size) and I cut them the wrong size.  It took me a while to figure out why my pieces weren't fitting together!  No such problems with this one, however.


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