Mystery Geometry Quilt by Polly Pohlman
We are offering a mystery quilt project as a fundraiser. An advantage to this type of fundraiser is that the guild has NO expenses in bringing this to you. Your participation fee of $25 goes directly and completely to the guild!
- You may join at any time. There is no deadline.
- The first email will be sent on Monday, June 8th. Subsequent emails with instructions will be sent to participants on the following Mondays:
- June 15
- June 22
- June 29
- July 6
- July 13
- July 20
- We will have an optional weekly Zoom meeting for questions, discussion and peeking at people’s progress. Information regarding these meetings will be shared through the QAL emails.
- We will devote part of the August 25th meeting (virtual or in person) to showing our quilts.
Notes from Polly:
- The quilt is a seven-week block project with weekly zoom meetings, if needed.
- The quilt will be 39½”x47½”. It could make a great wall hanging, a fun baby quilt, or gift for an art lover. You could enlarge the quilt with a border.
- The ﬁnal quilt design will not be revealed until week 6.
- Weekly instructions could include a chart or two showing fabrics needed, sub-cutting lists, and/or a piecing plan with a photo shown of the ﬁnal block you will complete in that week.
- The Prep Week is choosing and cutting fabric.
- Weeks 1-5 is the sub-cuttng of the sashing strips needed for that week and the creation of blocks 1-5.
- Week 6 is the creation of block 6 and sewing all blocks together to create the quilt top and “solve the mystery.”
- Quilting and binding will be left up to you. I do, however, suggest an invisible quilt facing instead of a traditional binding. Some examples of how a few people have ﬁnished the quilt will be shown in week 6.
Minimum Fabric Requirements:
- White – 1½ yards (exactly 49” needed)
- Black – ½ yard
- Primary Red – ¼ yard (You will actually only need one 9”x9” square)
- Primary Yellow – ⅛ yard
- Primary Blue – ⅛ yard
- Binding – ⅜ yard for traditional binding or invisible quilt facing
Two features that make this quilt pop are negative space and high contrast. Minimalism is characterized by the repetition of simple geometric forms using a limited color palette and it is noted for being hard-edged with precise transitions between colors. I (Polly) would encourage people to push the boundaries and think outside the constraints of the proverbial box.
- I (Polly) made the blocks in solids.
- A friend made the quilt with patterned fabrics that mostly read as solids. This friend also used a white fabric with a gray swirl for the white and that worked well.
- Sarah is planning to reverse light and dark.
- Polka dots could be fun!
- Using 3 shades of one color instead of the 3 primary colors is another possibility.