Earlier this month, I had a great time teaching at the Valdez Quilt Festival. This Festival happens every two years, and is only possible because the quilters of Valdez put in long hard volunteer hours to make it happen.
Thank you. Thank you to these lovely stitching ladies.
I hope to share the entire adventure with you in another post, but for now I wanted to share a favorite event from the weekend.
The Friday night of the Valdez Quilt Festival is a mystery quilt class. Around five in the afternoon, the volunteers tidy the convention center, and it begins to fill with dozens and dozens of quilters and thier machines and fabric.
When the convention center is all opened up–without room dividers–everyone can admire the wall of quilts.
So before I show you the mystery quilts, I would like us all to enjoy that wall. All of these quilts were made by the Valdez quilters since the last Festival in 2014.
This year, my long time quilting friend, Jennifer Fleming designed the mystery quilt pattern. While creating the instructions for this quilt, Jennifer had many local quilters make versions of the quilt. This helped her hone her pattern instructions while also created many fine examples of how the pattern changes depending on your color and print placement.
The way a mystery works is that you get your fabric requirements which include hints—two yards of a neutral, or one yard of a bold print, or one and half yards of a pastel. But you DO NOT know what the finished quilt looks like. It is a mystery!
These hints help you get good contrast in your final quilt.
First you cut your fabric, and then you get your next bit of instructions. All along the way you are stitching, trying to figure out what the pattern is.
A good mystery will keep you guessing until the very end.
I hope you have enjoyed all the great examples of this quilt.
It is called Storms a’coming to Port Valdez.
I love getting to see the same pattern made with some many different fabric combinations.
Some uber over-achievers even managed to finish their quilt tops in a twenty four hour period. They were ready for Show and Tell the next night!
Jennifer plans to create an original stand alone pattern based on this design. If you are interested in knowing when the pattern comes out, post in the comments here, or send me an email, and I will make sure you can get the news.