Mystery Block of the Month – #1

I have signed up to receive fabric, pattern and instructions from Amitie Textiles in Australia every month for the next 12 months to make a Mystery Quilt designed by Jen Kingwell. Happy New Year to me! This BOM actually began a few months ago and that is why it is dated 2014 instead of 2015. Here is my first mailing:

Mailing #1

Mailing #1

I have no idea what the finished quilt will look like, because it’s a mystery! I don’t even know what size the quilt will be although I do think Amitie Textiles would tell me if I asked – I just didn’t think to ask when I signed up. What I do know is that I LOVE Jen Kingwell’s designs and crazy choice of fabrics.

Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell

Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell

Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell

Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell

These are the two designs that I think I have seen countless renditions of. Aren’t they beautiful? I love the combination of piecing and appliqué. This mystery quilt I am embarking on was described as being hand and machine pieced and appliquéd. I have done a lot of sewing of all kinds, but hand piecing is probably what I have done the very least of and that’s what this first mailing entailed.

Templates made and traced onto fabric.

Templates made and traced onto fabric.

Luckily I watch my friend, Anne, sew this way frequently and so I did have some idea what I needed to do. I used template plastic to make my templates and traced these onto my fabrics with a pencil. I knew that a piece of sandpaper would make this process easier as it holds the fabric in place as you do the tracing. (Anne has a fancy sandpaper board for this purpose – but I just used a single piece of sandpaper that my husband had).


I sewed the middle circle first

The outer ring was next

The outer ring was next

What a pain! Curved piecing is not easy to do. Of course I know this about machine piecing but I thought hand piecing would be easier.  It’s not.


But I muddled through and came up with these:


And then I finally got them joined together to make this:


I’m actually pretty happy with myself. It isn’t perfect, but it’s not bad. I had to do a lot of easing to get the outer circle to fit onto the inner circle. I figure this means that I cut the templates too big, or didn’t compensate for the transfer onto the fabric or both. I will definitely take that into consideration if there is more hand piecing coming my way.

I’m anxiously awaiting the next mailing!



Filed under Mystery BOM by Jen Kingwell

11 responses to “Mystery Block of the Month – #1

  1. Alice

    OMG, Linda. When I saw the pix of the finished block you sent me, I assumed you pieced around the center, not that you sewed each and then inserted the center. WOW!

  2. How nice it’s gong to be to watch this quilt grow! Jen Kingwell does indeed have a wonderfully refreshing color sense and her patterns are one of a kind. Please bring your beautiful circle to the DCMQG meeting so I can drool over it in person!

  3. Carolyn

    Oh wow, that looks like it will be a labor of love. Such fun colors/prints.

    • Carolyn – I still remember the mystery quilt you made and showed at a meeting and how much I loved it. That’s part of the reason I thought this would be fun.

  4. Donna Jacobs

    What fun ( and work) this will be. I loved browsing all of kingwell’s quilts. I now must head to Australia , departing on 2/20!

    • The shop address for Amitie Textiles is: 103A Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale VIC 3185, Australia. I wonder if you will be traveling anywhere near there!

  5. Very interesting project you have underway. I kind of cringed when I saw what you were doing by hand. Shades of my giant paper pieced rose star project only without the paper pieces. I wonder how much harder it is without the paper to give you edges. Did you consider using some paper piecing to make the pieces fit perfectly? I look forward to seeing this next week at the DCMQG meeting. Thanks for sharing as always inspiring to read and see your work. Happy New Year!

  6. Sharon hankins

    I loved seeing your completed piece and I will be interested in each months work. I love to hand piece. It is so portable!

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