Back in the late summer of 2017 I came up with an idea that I presented to the producer of Annie’s Creative Studio (ACS), Midnight Mystery Quilt Along. My idea happened through the individual blocks that I would be filming on how to piece. There was 36 blocks for me to choose from. Well, let me start over…
The producer, Laura (whom I adore!) offered me a position for the new program ACS instructor. A video instructor. I was given a list of 36 blocks that I could pick and choose the order in which I wanted to video tape for ACS. Great! I was in. She had also given me other projects to video tape too. I will discuss those in another blog.
As I was reviewing each block, I thought, “why do quilters make 1 block…let alone 36 blocks and not have a project that these blocks could be included in? What is a quilter going to do with 36 blocks that do not go together, are connected by some type of color theme?”These blocks would just sit in a drawer or bin….I need to figure something out. I wanted ACS to be successful.
I presented an idea to Laura: A Mystery Quilt. I would combine X amount of blocks with a theme. Something that would bring them together.
Ah! A skill builders quilt.
Now, it has to have something that brings all the blocks together…color scheme
Next, there has to be something unique in the middle…a center medallion…a unique center that is created by bringing 2 blocks together.
Laura loved the idea and away I went designing!
That is how Midnight Mystery Quilt Along was birthed (pieced, lol) A Skill Builders Series 🙂
Midnight Mystery Quilt Along is all about building your skills as a quilter. I begin with an easy block and I build to a more complicated block. No special seams, all straight piecing. This quilt challenges you to try different blocks from a beginner level to advanced beginner. This series is all about you, the quilter.
Choosing colors: I have to thank Northcott Fabrics for providing me with this beautiful line of solids! Northcott’s Premium Colorworks solid line has the most scrumptious line of colors. I wanted all of them!
Batting: Thank you to Hobbs. Hobbs Tuscany Collection, Cotton Wool Blend. I chose Hobbs because I love the quality of their batting. The Tuscany Cotton Wool batting quilts beautiful, drapes with ease, the needle glides through.
Some of you might be asking what thread I used for piecing the quilt…Hmmm…well, I used YLI’s Soft Touch.
And, what thread did I use to machine quilt? I used YLI’s Polished Poly Variegated Primary Brights.
Enough for now, I have to get busy working on the next great project for Annie’s!
More to come later!
I hope you plan on joining me at Annie’s Creative Studio!