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2013 Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long Finale!

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We began a mystery Quilt-A-Long back in January of this year. We had 3 brave participants who had no idea what challenges they would face from month to month. They handled different methods of piecing and embroidery with ease and grace and it was an absolute pleasure to follow along with their progress from one month to the next. We enjoyed featuring their developing quilts and hope that you all enjoyed the process.

Before moving further, we need to issue an apology. We had planned to post the winners and feature these gorgeous quilts back at the beginning of October, but our primary online correspondent (that would be me, Erin) had her darling baby girl a few weeks early and some of her best laid plans were lost in the process. This announcement is therefore incredibly delayed, but no less sincere. We want to thank our three participants — Kim, Kathrie & Brenda — for hanging in there, for following along, and for creating 3 beautiful works of art. We are truly honored to have worked with you!

We also have to send a huge thank you to Kona Bay Fabrics for working with us on this Quilt-A-Long. If you were following along with the monthly patterns, you know that our designer, Alexandra Henry, used all Kona Bay fabrics for her quilt (top shown below.)

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To grab downloadable pdfs of each month of the QAL, follow the links below:

If you’d like to go back and take a peek at the monthly progress on our blog before viewing the final quilts, follow these links:

Now, without further pause, it’s time to announce our first place winner, selected with the help of random.org. Congratulations to Kathrie!! Kathrie’s quilt is stunning and we’re in love with the colors that she used. So classic and striking and the perfect representation of Winter. We’d love to curl up by the fire in this one;).

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In second place, we have Kim! Check out Kim’s feathered quilting in the center panel. Gorgeous!! And those colors — so vibrant! They make us feel all warm and cozy!

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We didn’t get to see Brenda’s finished quilt, but she put so much work in, we just had to show her final quilt top here. Her colors give a modern vibe and we can only imagine that the finished piece will be incredibly striking.

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Now for the prizes! Kona Bay was incredibly generous with their prizing and I’m excited to offer these awesome packages for our three participants!

1st Prize Winner – KATHRIE
10 yards total of Kona Bay Fabrics
– 1 yard of Kasa-01 Blue & Gray
– 1 yard of Hank-01 Red
– 1 yard of Flut-04 Greige, Cream, Teal
– 1 yard of Shad-03 Shamrock
– 1 yard of Shad-02 Fire
– 1 yard of Shad-04 Fairytale
– ½ yard of Flut-04 Black & Red
1 Queen-sized Package of Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 80/20 Natural Blend Batting
1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

2nd Prize Winner – KIM
5 yards total of Kona Bay Fabrics
– 1 yard of Kasa-01 Red
– 1 yard of Hank-01Blue
– 1 yard of Flut-04 Black, Red
– ½ yard of Flut-04 Smoke & Royal
1 Full-sized Package of Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 80/20 Natural Blend Batting
1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

3rd Prize Winner – BRENDA
2 yards total of Kona Bay Fabrics
– 1 yard of Kasa-01 Teal
– ½ yard of Flut-04 Cream & Purple
1 Crib-sized Package of Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 80/20 Natural Blend Batting
1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

Thank you to all for following along, and for a peek at the full process, check out our Flickr Group.

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A special thank you to Kona Bay Fabrics! We hope that you’ll take a moment to browse their gorgeous fabric collection, follow them on Facebook and check out their blog!

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2013 Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long, Part 6

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Month 6 is our very last in the Winter Mystery QAL! This month, we’ll share how to add the final borders and corner blocks. We’ll also add the checkerboard border stitched in month five.

Before we get started, however, let’s take a moment to congratulate this month’s winner: Kathrie! Congratulations!!

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And here are the gorgeous in-progress tops from our two other dedicated quilters:

Kim Loar
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Brenda Chavez
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The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long (remaining schedule)
8/12: Deadline for Part 6 submissions (please just show your finished quilt top, not the fully completed quilt)
8/15: Winner for giveaway announced
9/25: Full Quilt entries due (images of your fully finished quilt — style it however you like!)
10/2: Winners announced (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)

Click here to join in the QAL Flickr Group

Part 4 prizing: 1 crib-sized package of Legacy™ by Pellon® Batting — Winner’s Choice! and 1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

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Part 6:

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Materials List
– Four 4″ squares and four 5″ squares of Fabric B – Kona Bay GT0052-02 White
– Six 5″ width of fabric strips from Fabric C – Kona Bay GT0046-01 Red
– Five 1-1/2″ width of fabric strips from Fabric E – Kona Bay SHAD-02 Gold
– Four 5″ squares Pellon® 880 Sof-Shape®
– Four 5″ squares Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® (optional for applique)
– Thread

** See overview for full fabric requirements

Tools List
– Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
– Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

Happy Stitching!!

2013 Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long, Part 5

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You made it to month 5! This month, we’re working on some further assembly, some borders and some fabulous pieced trees. Happy Stitching!!

Before we reveal the next project, let’s congratulate our latest winner! Through the powers of random.org, we’re happy to report that Brenda Chavez is this month’s winner! Brenda did a beautiful job with her borders:). Congratulations!!

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As usual, we can’t help but share the blocks from our other participants. Great work ladies!

Kim Loar
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Kathrie
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The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long (remaining schedule)
7/12: Deadline for Part 5 submissions
7/15: Part 6 + Winner for giveaway announced
8/12: Deadline for Part 6 submissions
8/15: Winner for giveaway announced
9/25: Full Quilt entries due
10/2: Winners announced (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)

Click here to join in the QAL Flickr Group

Part 5 prizing:
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1 pkg Pellon® 835R Stitch-N-Tear® Lite AND 1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)
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Part 5:

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Materials List
– One 2-1/8″ width of fabric strip of Fabric G – Kona Bay GT0046-02 Green or GARD-04 Green
– One 2-1/8″ width of fabric strip of Fabric D – Kona Bay KORA-07 Evergreen
– Two 2-1/8″ width of fabric strips & Six 2-1/4″ width of fabric strips of Fabric B – Kona Bay GT0052-02
– Six 2-1/4″ width of fabric strips of Fabric C – Kona Bay GT0046-01 Red
– Four 4″ squares of brown fabric
– Four 1-1/2″ width of fabric strips of Resting Border Fabric
– Four 5″ squares of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
– Thread

** See overview for full fabric requirements

Tools List
– Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
– Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

Happy Stitching!!

2013 Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long, Part 4

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You’ve made it to month 4!! If you’re just joining us, have no fear, there is plenty of time to catch up:). This month, we’re having fun with applique and if you’re feeling adventurous, Lutradur®! Happy stitching!!

First things first, we have another winner! Through the powers of random.org, we’re happy to report that Kathrie is this month’s winner! Kathrie did a beautiful job with her borders.

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Congratulations, Kathrie! Please contact me with your shipping address so that I can send your your prize.

We’ve loved seeing everyone’s progress and couldn’t help but share with you here as well. Take a peek at the other two entrants:

Brenda Chavez
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Kim Loar
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Nice work ladies!!

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The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long (remaining schedule)
6/12: Deadline for Part 4 submissions
6/15: Part 5 + Winner for giveaway announced
7/12: Deadline for Part 5 submissions
7/15: Part 6 + Winner for giveaway announced
8/12: Deadline for Part 6 submissions
8/15: Winner for giveaway announced
9/25: Full Quilt entries due
10/2: Winners announced (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)

Click here to join in the QAL Flickr Group

Part 4 prizing: 2 yards of Pellon® 880F Sof-Shape and 1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

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Part 4
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Materials List
– Two 5-1/2″ x 34″ strips of Fabric B – Kona Bay GT0052-02 White
– 5″ square scraps for fabric for snowflakes (optional)
– 1/2 yard Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® (if appliqued)
– 1 yard Pellon® 880F Sof-Shape® (optional if embroidered)
– 1 yard Pellon® 100g Lutradur® (optional instead of fabric)
– 2 skeins Embroidery Floss (optional if embroidered)
– Various colors Tsukineko® Fabrico™ Markers (optional if using Lutradur®)

*See overview for full fabric requirements

Tools List
– Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
– Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

Happy Stitching!!

2013 Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long, Part 3

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Outside, the birds are chirping and Spring is finally starting to make her mark. Inside, we’re hard at work on our Winter Mystery QAL! This month, we added another member and we’re hoping that we’ll see even more of you join in.

Between our three entrants and using the powers of random.org, we’re happy to announce that Kim Loar is our winner this month! Check out Kim’s progress so far:

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Congratulations, Kim!! We’ll be sending off your prize this week:).

We’ve loved seeing everyone’s progress and couldn’t help but share with you here as well. Take a peek at the other two entrants:

Brenda Chavez
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& Kathrie
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Beautiful Work!!!

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The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long (remaining schedule)
5/12: Deadline for Part 3 submissions
5/15: Part 4 + Winner for giveaway announced
6/12: Deadline for Part 4 submissions
6/15: Part 5 + Winner for giveaway announced
7/12: Deadline for Part 5 submissions
7/15: Part 6 + Winner for giveaway announced
8/12: Deadline for Part 6 submissions
8/15: Winner for giveaway announced
9/25: Full Quilt entries due
10/2: Winners announced (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)

Click here to join in the QAL Flickr Group

Part 3 prizing:
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1 pkg Pellon® 835R Stitch-N-Tear® Lite AND 1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)
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Part 3
We’re excited to bring you Month 3, with a fab embroidery twist! This month, we create top and bottom borders. They can be embroidered or even drawn with fabric markers. We hope you have as much fun with this one as we did!

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Materials List
– See Month 1 for full fabric requirements
– Two 8″ x 34″ strips Fabric B – Kona Bay GT0052-02 White
– 1 yard Pellon® 880F Sof-Shape®
– 2 skeins Embroidery Floss
– 1 Sakura Pigma® Micron® Pen (optional)*
– Fabric Markers (optional)
– Thread
* See manufacturer’s warning.

Tools List
– Light Box (optional)
– Market for marking embroidery
– Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

Happy Quilting!!

2013 Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long, Part 2

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How is it possible that it’s already been a whole month!! Today, we’re thrilled to announce some winners and introduce part 2 in the Winter Mystery Quilt-A-Long. We’ve noticed that we have 17 members in the Flickr Pool, but only 2 entries so far. We’d love to see creations from all of you for the next round!

Between our two entrants and using the powers of random.org, we’re happy to announce that Brenda Chavez of Brenda Quilts is our first winner! Check out her gorgeous block:

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Congratulations, Brenda! We’ll be in touch to get your shipping address so that we can send off a package of Stitch-N-Tear® Lite and a copy of the stunning Asian Fabric Magazine!

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Since there were only 2 of you this time around, we’d love to send a little something to Kim Loar as well. Beautiful job on your block, Kim!!

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The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long (remaining schedule)
4/12: Deadline for Part 2 submissions
4/15: Part 3 + Winner for giveaway announced
5/12: Deadline for Part 3 submissions
5/15: Part 4 + Winner for giveaway announced
6/12: Deadline for Part 4 submissions
6/15: Part 5 + Winner for giveaway announced
7/12: Deadline for Part 5 submissions
7/15: Part 6 + Winner for giveaway announced
8/12: Deadline for Part 6 submissions
8/15: Winner for giveaway announced
9/25: Full Quilt entries due
10/2: Winners announced (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)

Click here to join in the QAL Flickr Group

Part 2 prizing: 2 yards of Pellon® 880F Sof-Shape and 1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

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Part 2

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Materials List
– See Month 1 for fabric requirements & the pdf download for cutting instructions.
- Eight 8-1/2″ x 11″ rectangles of Pellon® 835 Stitch-N-Tear® Lite
- Temporary Glue (optional)
- Thread

Tools List
- Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
- Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

Happy Quilting!!

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The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long

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We are SO excited to introduce the 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long! We know it may seem a bit early to start on a holiday quilt, but if we get going now, we’re pretty much guaranteed a brand new, gorgeous, awe-inspiring quilt just in time to wow family and friends for Christmas 2013;). The QAL was designed by Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World exclusively for Pellon®. She’ll walk you through 6 different patterns that cover various techniques like foundation piecing, embroidery, & quilting.

Alexandra used Kona Bay Fabrics and we’d encourage you to take a peek at their site to browse some of the stunning designs they carry. We’ll be partnering with Kona Bay for 6 small giveaways throughout the QAL, culminating in one big giveaway at the very end. To enter-to-win in the giveaways, simply complete the design released each month and submit an image to our Flickr Pool. We will randomly select one winner for each part. The final giveaway will be based on completed quilt submissions to the Flickr Pool and winners will be selected by a panel of judges, yet to be determined. See below for the schedule and have fun!!

The 2013 Winter Mystery Quilt A Long
2/15: Part 1
3/12: Deadline for Part 1 submissions
3/15: Part 2 + Winner for giveaway announced
4/12: Deadline for Part 2 submissions
4/15: Part 3 + Winner for giveaway announced
5/12: Deadline for Part 3 submissions
5/15: Part 4 + Winner for giveaway announced
6/12: Deadline for Part 4 submissions
6/15: Part 5 + Winner for giveaway announced
7/12: Deadline for Part 5 submissions
7/15: Part 6 + Winner for giveaway announced
8/12: Deadline for Part 6 submissions
8/15: Winner for giveaway announced
9/25: Full Quilt entries due
10/2: Winners announced (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)

Click here to join in the QAL Flickr Group

Part 1 Prizing:
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1 pkg Pellon® 835R Stitch-N-Tear® Lite AND 1 copy of Asian Fabric Magazine (each magazine comes with between 6-10 quilt patterns!)

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So, we’ve given you the details — let’s get started!

Part 1
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Materials List
- 1-1/2 yards Fabric A — Kona Bay FLOR-01 Burgundy
- 2-1/2 yards Fabric B — Kona Bay GT0052-02 White
- 1-1/2 yards Fabric C — Kona Bay GT0046-01 Red
- 1 yard Fabric D — Kona Bay KORA-07 Evergreen
- 1 yard Fabric E — Kona Bay SHAD-02 Gold
- 1 yard Fabric F — Kona Bay FLOR-01 Red
- 1/2 yard Fabric G — Kona Bay GARD-04 Green
- 1 yard Outer Border Fabric
- 3 yards Backing Fabric
- 1/4 yard Binding Fabric
- 1 pkg Pellon® Stitch-N-Tear® Lite
- 2 yards Pellon® 880F Sof-Shape®
- 2 yards Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Natural Cotton Batting
- Temporary Glue (optional)
- Thread

Tools List
- Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
- Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

Note: Materials and tools listed are enough for the full quilt.

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

Happy Quilting!!