My book has arrived

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This week my big box of books arrived from C&T Publishing! Its hard to describe what it feels like to receive your own book, all beautifully designed and photographed by the publishers.  There is a lovely foreword written by my friend and great inspiration Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.

I have written the chapters as lessons in how to cut and sew each of six different shapes - triangles, diamonds, parallelograms, trapezoids, hexagons and jewels , plus a chapter on strip piecing and one on designing your own blocks.

There are patterns for 15 quilts included.

You can order my book now:

Signed copy direct from me

From C&T Publishing in the USA

or from your local quilt shop or bookseller

 


Trendsetters Mystery

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If you weren't able to join in my 2019 Trendsetters Mystery from Quilters' Lane, never fear, you can now take part by purchasing the pattern and cutting your own fabrics. This is going to be a really fun Mystery in ten parts.

I have designed this quilt using my Triangle Grid Patchwork technique. Everything is rotary cut and machine pieced.

When you purchase the pattern you will be able to join the Trendsetters Mystery facebook group, where you will find more information and support.

Sign up now in my new Payhip store!

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Get ready for my 2019 Mystery Quilts, 'Stratford' and 'Trendsetters'

Every year since 2013 I have designed a Mystery quilt (two a year for the last 2 years). My precut Mystery Quilts are now available worldwide through my lovely partners; Kim at Cotton Cuts, Justine and Lisa at Simply Solids and now Vivienne at The Passionate Quilter.

I've designed another quilt in the same format for 2019, and this will be available through my partner quilters. This quilt is called 'Stratford', and sign ups open on December 7th.

fter running six mysteries in this format in New Zealand, and with the launch of my new book Quilts with an Angle, I decided it was time to try some new ideas. So my New Zealand 2019 Mystery will be different altogether.

'Trendsetters'

Sign Ups for precut packs open 1st December 2018 at Quilters' Lane

A pattern only option will be available, sign up to my newsletter (link on the right) to make sure you receive the information on how to take part.

Just for now, here's a sneak preview of Trendsetters

 

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I look forward to taking part in these Mysteries with you. You can join the Mystery Quilters facebook group to see how much fun we are having and to chat with other Mystery Detectives!

Preorder Quilts with an Angle Now - published by C&T - release date February 2019

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Available at all good booksellers, ask your Local Quilt Shop to pre-order a copy.

Signed copies are available from me at Quilters' Lane  

 

 

 

 


Pastures New Mystery Quilt Reveal

On Saturday I revealed this year's Mystery Quilt, Pastures New.

We had a really fun day with 23 Mystery Detectives sewing up a storm all day to complete their quilt tops.

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Here in New Zealand we did this Mystery Quilt in 9 different colourways, and I think all were represented on the day.

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This is the Portofino colourway in the double (large) size

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This quilt features the 'Diving Board' range by Alison Glass. I love these fabrics, the colours are so rich, and there is a lot of movement in the fabric design. I used the backing from the same range and the binding is a linen stripe which complements the fabrics perfectly.

 

Here is the Cork in the small (single) size, featuring Linea fabric by Andover Fabrics.

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We had a lot of Andover fabric lines this year, here is Brenda's Versailles, using Crystal Farm by Edyta Sitar

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Such soft and pretty colours!

 

Linda loves monochrome, so she made Sheffield. These fabrics are also by Andover and the line is called..... Monochrome!

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'Milan' was another popular choice, again using Linea fabrics. Noeline added extra borders to her single size quilt.

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If you took part in the Pastures New Mystery I hope you enjoyed it! I will be announcing two new Mysteries in December

'Stratford' is one of my classic Puzzle Mysteries and will be offered in pre-cut form by Cotton Cuts (USA), The Passionate Quilter (Australia) and Simply Solids (UK).

I will also be announcing a totally NEW Mystery  which we will be running, again in pre-cut format, at Quilters' Lane in New Zealand.

We love to see your Mystery photos in the facebook group, thanks for taking part and sharing!

Sheila


New Pattern on Craftsy

I'm really excited to introduce my latest pattern..

This Nine Patch Crossings table runner is easy to make and would make a great gift for family and friends. The flanged binding is sewn down by machine, so you won't have to spend hours hand sewing!

Made with Morris Holiday fabrics by Moda, but it would work with any charm squares you have.

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I have launched the pattern today in my Craftsy Shop, click here to buy

I hope you enjoy making this runner, do post a review on my pattern page if you like it!


Announcing my first book

I am so excited to announce that I have written a book!

 

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Quilts with an Angle - A Field Guide contains fifteen quilt projects and has lots of how-to photos and explanations.

It will be released in February 2019 by C&T Publishing - look out for it in your favourite quilt shop, book store and online!


Through the Garden Gate - the Mystery is Revealed

Ten months ago, we started the adventure of Through the Garden Gate.

This Mystery quilt has been so much fun and I have loved watching the progress of detectives as they have posted their clues in our facebook group, which has now grown to over 400 members around the globe.

Before the Mystery started, this colour chart was all people knew about what they would end up with ...

#TeamZinnia (2)As the months went on, pre cut pieces arrived through the mail to make the various sections

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On Friday, Kim from Cotton Cuts did the Big Reveal of the quilt on facebook live, direct from Valley Industries where the US Mystery packs are all cut and packed. You can watch the video and catch up with ace quilter Lincoln's great jokes here

We have been doing a blog hop while making this Mystery, and each month a celebrity blogger has been making one of the clues. The blocks have all been signed, and Kim has now put them together in the completed quilt.... ta da........

 

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'Through the Garden Gate' quilt measuring 48" x 60"

This unique quilt complete with signed blocks is being raffled off in aid of Valley Industries, a sheltered workshop which provides fantastic opportunities for some great folks. It's not too late to enter the raffle, you can purchase tickets here:

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The quilt has signatures from all these bloggers, I'd like to thank all of them for donating time from their busy schedules.

Nicole Young (www.lillyella.com)
Cheryl Sleboda (www.muppin.com)
 
Plus yours truly
Sheila Christensen (www.mysteryquilter.com) with guest blogger Kim Moos
 
As well as this colourway, 'Through the Garden Gate' was made in lots of other colours. The fabrics were all pre-cut and ready to sew, and detectives had great fun making the clues each month. If you join our facebook group you will be able to see all of the photos posted by members, the difference in the colourways is amazing!
 
I made my own version in Moda Grunge fabrics. This is the large size pattern (72" x 72")
 
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I am really excited to announce that Kim will be running another of my Puzzle Mystery designs soon. Sign ups will be open at www.cottoncuts.com on May 25th. Bookmark her site now and be ready for more Puzzle Adventures!

 

 


Silver Ferns

After a busy 2017 it was lovely to be able to close the year with a walk to my favourite place by the Atiwhakatu stream.

The perfect companion was Silver Fern, one of the colourways for my 2017 Mystery Quilt 'All Aglow'.

This pattern is now available in my Craftsy store

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The Silver Fern is an emblem of New Zealand and can be found everywhere in the bush. It is also the emblem of our mighty All Blacks rugby team.

The weather has been mixed this Christmas but New Year's Eve was a beautiful day, with a light breeze (which means quite a strong breeze in the Atiwhakatu valley!) and lots of sunshine.

The place by the stream is about half way to the mountain hut, about an hour and a half's walk from the car park for me and enough of a good stretch after not doing much exercise all year.

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I love taking  a quilt with me, they have so many uses! This time it was a great cover-up against too much sun as well as the biting sand flies.

Eating my lunch by the stream I heard a pair of Kereru (native pigeons) flying into a tree just above me.

Walking back, the sights, sounds and smells of the bush were so refreshing, and the lines and patterns inspiring.

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If you took part in the All Aglow Mystery I hope you are enjoying finishing your quilt. If you didn't, you can now make one of these quilts for yourself. The pattern for the 48" x 60" version is in my Craftsy store now, and will soon be followed by the 72" x 72" version, which will be included in your purchase once released.

May I wish you all a very Happy New Year and an exciting and creative 2018.


Mini Wonders

The last few months have been really busy with the New Zealand Quilt Symposium plus a trip to Quilt Market in Houston where I was lucky enough to meet up with Kristy Lea of Make Modern Magazine. When I got back home I was excited to see the launch of Issue 19 of the magazine which contains the first block of my Mini Wonders sampler.

 

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This sampler is made using my 60 degree patchwork technique, which is also the method for my Modern Triangle Sampler quilt.

Make Modern is a digital magazine, which is fabulous as you get a huge amount of content in each issue and can just print out the patterns you are interested in. Subscribe to this magazine by following the link on the right hand side of this page.

I hope you will have a go at Mini Wonders. I love the beautiful Alison Glass fabrics in the project, the ones in the photo are Sunprints, and I am now making another using her latest Diving Board range. Another really exciting part of going to Houston was meeting Alison, and I came away with a signed Quilters' Planner which was an unexpected bonus!

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Here's Mini Wonders hanging out in the Bush at Kiriwhakapapa when I took her for a walk. I also saw this beautiful Kereru (native wood pigeon)

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Knights and Castles - and Goats?

Do you know someone who loves Knights of old, castles and dragons?

This new range from Dear Stella is called 'Winter is Here' and I just love the colours as well as all the cute motifs!

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These fabrics were just waiting to be sewn into something fun, and Linda who tests lots of my patterns set to work. Today she brought along the completed Toy Box quilt.

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Out in the garden taking photos I laid the quilt on a bush and the goats next door took quite an interest!

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On the back of the quilt we used the castle tower print

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We loved creating this quilt and you can make one too as this range is now hitting the shops.

The pattern is listed in my Craftsy store.

Contact your local quilt shop to buy these fabrics. If you are in New Zealand you can order a kit from my shop, Quilters' Lane in Masterton.

 

Wholesale pattern enquiries - contact me if you are interested in stocking this pattern in your shop.