18 April 2014

Value Proposition Mystery Quilt Along

When I read that Karen over at Faeries and Fibres was planning a mystery QAL combining three of my favourite things - mysteries, hexagons and hand piecing, I was tempted :) but I talked myself out of joining in as I don't really need another project at the moment! However I then read that it was to be a study of value; now value is something that I am really bad at! I understand the concept of using lights, mediums and darks to add sparkle and interest within a project, but in practice I tend to make quilts using lots of different fabrics in medium tones in a very limited colour palette with a pale background.  While I am generally happy with the finished quilts they sometimes look a little too safe and boring!
So I have decided to play along and join the fun, hopefully learning something along the way! I decided that I don't want to be distracted by colour choices! My blue fabrics basket is overflowing!  I can't resist buying blue fabrics, but I rarely use blue in my projects!
The ivory/cream basket is also full to the brim...
I have decided on blues for the blocks and ivory/cream for the path, I chose some initial fabrics for the first block ...
You may remember that I tried using the glue stick method for preparing my patches for the hexagon block in my GTSB quilt and really liked how quick and easy it was, I have decided to use this method again. If you want to try it too then I suggest you watch the excellent video Sue Daley has prepared showing the whole process, you can find it HERE.

I have my pieces all prepared ready to sew...
I think Karen plans on a new block every two weeks, you can find all the details on her blog HERE and see all the quilts as they are being constructed in the Flickr Group HERE


  1. Oh this is SO tempting--you are already making progress...I am also a Blues fan in fabric and music...hugs, Julierose

  2. I didn't need to hear about this. lol! It looks great so far! My fussy cut stars that I'm working on I'm trying to stick to blues as well. Love blue quilts. :D

  3. Anonymous19/4/14 07:48

    Your block looks gorgeous! I'm a real fan of blues and this is tempting me to join in with Karen's mystery quilt :)


  4. Love your colors and fabrics! Already looking gorgeous!
    love Annette

  5. It takes a certain courage to use really dark darks, but real darks and lights do bring a project to life, so this will be a good project in which to learn more.

  6. Elaine, if I end up doing this, it will be your fault! lol
    Seriously, I need help with value, so I need to try to do this project. Thanks for writing about it.

  7. Your first block is so pretty and I love that you are going to work in blues and creams. It will be an elegant quilt! And thanks for mentioning my blog and my QAL! That was very kind of you to do so!