2020 Mystery Quilt Sign Ups opening soon!

This year I have designed two Mystery Quilts that will be starting in February 2020.

Both of these are pre-cut and ready to sew, and the registrations open this week - be quick as quantities are limited and many colourways sell out quickly!

The Name of  the Rose

This is one of my classic Puzzle Mystery Quilts. You can sign up for this quilt from

Cotton Cuts

My friend Kim Moos and her team at Cotton Cuts in St Louis will cut your pieces for you and ship to anywhere in the world.

Modern Quilt Club

The lovely Lisa runs the Puzzle Mystery in the UK so if you are in the UK or Europe this is a great option for you.

Trendsetters II

This is the Mystery that uses my triangle patchwork techniques. Available in limited numbers from my shop in New Zealand. There will also be a 'cut your own' option for purchase in my Payhip store nearer the launch date.

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If you loved the quilt that I showed to Ricky Tims on The Quilt Show (with the Star Tips block, behind me in this photo) you can buy the pattern for this in my Payhip store. It is called Trendsetters. The instructions are for the general quilt layout but if you send me a note when you purchase I will send you the fabric requirements for the rainbow solids background fabrics.

 

Join the Mystery Quilters facebook group to see how the current Puzzle Mystery is going

Follow me on Facebook here

See you soon for another Mystery Adventure!

 


Introducing Matariki

I had a fabulous time at Quilt Market in Houston introducing my brand new Matariki Block of the Month pattern to shops.

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I designed this quilt in two colourways - this one is called Spectrum, and it uses Violet Craft's Modern Classics fabrics from Robert Kaufman. What fun getting to pose with Violet for a photo!

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The other colourway uses Jennifer Sampou's Chalk and Charcoal fabrics, also by Robert Kaufman. Jennifer happened to be in the booth right next to Violet, so I got photos with both of these lovely ladies!

 

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This block of the month pattern is divided into ten parts. Each month includes the patterns for two blocks.

All of these are made with the Creative Grids CGR60 triangle ruler, using the techniques from my book Quilts with an Angle.

Month 1 includes all the instructions you need for cutting the shapes with this great ruler. You will learn to cut triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, diamonds and parallelograms, all using the triangle ruler plus a straight ruler.

The pattern booklets are complete separate items for each month, making it easy for shops to kit up the blocks with pattern and fabric.

 

 

At the moment the Matariki pattern set is only available wholesale, so ask your local quilt shop to get it!

 

For wholesale enquiries please contact:

wholesale@cottoncuts.com

or

www.checkerdist.com

 

 


Trip to Denver to film The Quilt Show

This week I am in Denver to tape an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

We took off from a beautiful sunny Wellington on Tuesday

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By the time we reached Auckland the weather had gone downhill with roaring winds and sheets of rain ! At least we didn't have to take off till later when the storm had passed us by.

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Denver put out a lovely welcome - with the time difference we took off after sunset on Tuesday and then landed before sunset on the same day

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We spent a couple of days acclimatising and then visited The Quilt Show studio today to watch some of the taping and get set up for my filming tomorrow.

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So now my quilts are up on the wall and ready for filming in the morning. I'm really looking forward to it, everyone was having so much fun today.

 


Riversdale Retreat

I had a lovely weekend teaching my Triangle Block Party class to the ladies of my local quilt guilt, Wairarapa Quilters. For the first time we stayed at Waimanaaki, a great venue at Riversdale Beach for groups to stay at.

Half of the class decided to make the Modern Triangle Sampler quilt, and half worked on smaller blocks to make a table runner. We soon had a full design wall.

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The students did a fantastic job and worked hard all weekend as well as having lots of fun with beach-themed dressing up, quizzes and lots of eating!

Here's Rosie with her quilt blocks, trying to get everything in the picture

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Adie made all these blocks in the two days

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I loved Sue's use of Alison Glass Sunprints light for her backgrounds

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Kattrina was using Karen Lewis Wayside fabric to make her runner

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While Martina went for a bold modern look

 

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We also designed a brand new block, especially for the Wairarapa Quilters

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I love teaching this class and seeing my students realise how easy these blocks are to make!

You can buy the pattern here

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Riversdale Retreat

I had a lovely weekend teaching my Triangle Block Party class to the ladies of my local quilt guilt, Wairarapa Quilters. For the first time we stayed at Waimanaaki, a great venue at Riversdale Beach for groups to stay at.

Half of the class decided to make the Modern Triangle Sampler quilt, and half worked on smaller blocks to make a table runner. We soon had a full design wall.

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The students did a fantastic job and worked hard all weekend as well as having lots of fun with beach-themed dressing up, quizzes and lots of eating!

Here's Rosie with her quilt blocks, trying to get everything in the picture

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Adie made all these blocks in the two days

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I loved Sue's use of Alison Glass Sunprints light for her backgrounds

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Kattrina was using Karen Lewis Wayside fabric to make her runner

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While Martina went for a bold modern look

 

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We also designed a brand new block, especially for the Wairarapa Quilters

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I love teaching this class and seeing my students realise how easy these blocks are to make!

You can buy the pattern here

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It's a wrap!

Thank you to everyone who has been following the blog hop for Quilts with an Angle, and thank you to my fellow bloggers for all their work writing reviews.

I hope that you have learned some more about the book and my triangle grid patchwork technique.

If you haven't yet, do visit all of the blogs listed below to see what they have to say!

 

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As you have seen, Quilts with an Angle is full of interesting projects to make, with 15 quilts in total. But not just that, I included lots of tips and techniques for piecing 60 degree shapes and also tables for cutting the different shapes with a triangle ruler - who knew you could cut a hexagon with just two cuts?

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So whether you are a beginner, scared of triangles, or want to extend your techniques, there is something for you. I hope you enjoy the book and try some of the projects, and I would love to see what you make!

You can post photos of your work in my facebook group, Sheila Christensen's Triangle Quilters. Join here.

 

April 16th C&T www.ctpub.com/blog

April 17th Wendy Welsh  wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com

April 18th Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

April 19th Angie Wilson www.gnomeangel.com

April 20th Juliet van der Heijden www.thetartankiwi.com

April 21st Kim Moos www.cottoncuts.com/blog

April 22nd Yvonne Fuchs www.quiltingjetgirl.com

April 23rd Aurifil www.auribuzz.wordpress.com

April 24th Jacquie Gering tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

April 25th Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com YOU ARE HERE

 

To be in with a chance to win a digital copy of Quilts with and Angle, enter the prize draw here.

This draw closes on April 29th. Winner will be notified by email.

 


Quilts with an Angle Blog Hop Day Three

Welcome to day three of the Quilts with an Angle Blog Hop.

Today I thought I would tell you about the class I taught last week in my shop, Quilters' Lane. We were making the Pot of Gold quilt from the Strip Piecing chapter of the book.

 

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My version of this quilt was made using all Tula Pink fabrics. I love the vibrant colours and the way the patterns can be used to create different effects. Look at the green block in the middle of the photo above - the fabric that varies from light to dark creates a really fun effect. I also love the spots, they break up the overall design and give you a little surprise. Varying the colours you pick for each row also gives more interest, here I combined yellows and oranges together.

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The students in class all chose different fabrics to make their quilts. Some picked vibrant colours with lots of pattern. We started the class with a lesson in fussy cutting - you can find out how I fussy cut my pieces in the book.

 

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Don't those zigzags look amazing?

Sometimes, mixing strips from adjacent rows can add lots of interest.

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Kaffe Fassett fabrics work really nicely in this quilt, and combining large prints with geometrics gives lots of interest.

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You can also soften the palette, this one is all in pinks, purples and blues

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You could even go completely pastel and make a really sweet and pretty version.

 

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No matter what colours you choose, this quilt is loads of fun to make.

 

There are three different quilts in the strip piecing chapter, why not give them a go? I would love to see what you come up with!

You can enter to win an ebook of Quilts with an Angle by clicking the link below.

 

Make sure you visit the rest of the stops on my blog hop:

April 19th: Angie Wilson www.gnomeangel.com

April 20th: Juliet van der Heijden www.thetartankiwi.com

April 21st: Kim Moos www.cottoncuts.com/blog

April 22nd: Yvonne Fuchs www.quiltingjetgirl.com

April 23rd: Aurifil www.auribuzz.wordpress.com

April 24th: Jacquie Gering tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

April 25th: Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

 

You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mysteryquilter and on Instagram @mysteryquilter

 

Enter the prize draw here

By entering you agree to receive email updates on my blog. You can unsubscribe at any time. Entries close on April 28th, the winner will be notified by email