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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.


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


Jen Kingwell tease photo


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

Book Cover


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.

Reveal Day ladies

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

Reveal Day making Milan

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

Pastures New Portofino

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.

Cork Single Sheila

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

Pastures New Versailles Brenda

Reveal Day Maria pressing

Such soft and pretty colours!


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

Sheffield Double Linda G

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

Milan Single Noeline

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!


Through the Garden Gate Blog Hop begins - enter to win the signed raffle quilt

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Welcome to the 2017 Fall mystery blog hop! I am so excited to be starting this blog hop off and to tell you about this project.

For those of you here for the first time, my name is Sheila Christensen and I am a quilt addict - so much so that I bought the shop! I have been the owner of Quilters' Lane in Masterton, New Zealand, since 2011. In 2012 I designed my first Mystery Quilt.

How does the Mystery work?

  • We offer a choice of colourways and sizes.
  • Each month for ten months you receive a pack of perfectly cut shapes and instructions for sewing them together.
  • You can follow the clues as people post them on facebook in our friendly group.
  • In the tenth pack you get instructions for putting the quilt top together.
  • Mysteries start in February (New Zealand and USA) and July (USA only).

I love seeing all of the different mystery colourways coming together, and our facebook group is a great way for Mystery Quilters to interact and share the buzz! Anyone can join the group and it is a great way to see what the mystery is all about.

You can see photos of my previous Mystery Quilts by clicking on the Mystery Quilt category on the right. This is one of the 2016 quilts.

Stone and Moss Lisa

The Mystery has become so popular here in New Zealand that last year I contacted Kim Moos, President of Cotton Cuts to see if she would be interested in offering the same program in the USA.

We met up in Houston at Quilt Market and hatched the plans, and now Cotton Cuts are offering not just one but two Mysteries each year.


Here with are with Jennifer Sampou, designer of the 'Snowdrop' colourway fabrics.

Kim is working with Valley Industries to produce the packs for my second Mystery quilt of 2017, which I have called Through the Garden Gate.

Valley Industries is a sheltered workshop in Hazelwood, Missouri, whose mission is to  provide dignified, meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities, while providing outstanding quality and service to their valued customers.

Here is Lemarr working on cutting fat quarters for Cotton Cuts monthly subscription boxes.


Jackie is folding fabrics to go in the boxes.

Cutting and packing all this fabric is a huge job, and I was so happy when Kim told me she was planning a Blog Hop to support this great organisation.

During this Blog Hop, we will be making up one of the Mystery Quilts, and the quilt will be raffled to raise funds for Valley Industries.

You can have a chance to win the quilt by entering the raffle Each of the bloggers will sign their blocks, so this really will be a one of a kind quilt!

Enter the raffle

Each blogger will make up one of the clues and send it to Kim who will complete the quilt. Here is the list of blogs where you will be able to follow the quilt being made:

August - Yvonne Fuchs (
September - Teri Lucas (
October - Wendy Welsh (
November - Nicole Young (
December - Chris Dodsley (
January - Amy Smart (
February - Sam Hunter (
March - Cheryl Sleboda (

Each Mystery Quilt I design comes in a range of colourways. The colours for 'Through the Garden Gate' are named after flowers - Violet, Rose, Geranium, Foxglove, Aster, Zinnia, Hydrangea and Snowdrop.These are four of the colourways still available - Aster, Snowdrop, Geranium and  Zinnia.







#TeamZinnia (2)This is all the information you get at the beginning to see what you are in for (apart from the size)!

For the raffle quilt we decided to join #Team Aster. We are using Carolyn Friedlander's beautiful 'Friedlander' range from Robert Kaufman.

So, here is the first clue. In the pack is a colour chart, a set of instructions and all the pieces perfectly cut and ready to sew.

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Kim has made up this first clue and she sent me these photos. I love these fabrics and it's going to be so much fun to see all the clues as they are assembled by our bloggers.
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If you would like to take part in this Mystery, some of the colourways are still available from 
Do head on over to enter the raffle and read about the great work that Kim is supporting at Valley Industries.
If you cannot take part in this one, don't despair as there will be another Mystery starting at the beginning of 2018.
A big thank you to all of our bloggers who have agreed to help us with this Blog Hop and Raffle Quilt. Don't forget to visit  next month for the next installment!

Charity Quilt Blog Hop

The quilting world is full of people with great ideas, and I love the way quilters work together to make them happen.

As you may know, I am working with Kim at Cotton Cuts to offer my Mystery Quilt designs in the USA. Kim is  running two of these Mysteries this year, with the next one starting in August. Kim has such great ideas and she has decided to make one of the quilts up and auction it off for charity, raising funds for the sheltered workshop where all the cutting for the US quilts is done.

Each of the clues will be made by different bloggers, and Kim is going to finish the quilt.

This is the colourway that Kim has chosen, featuring Carolyn Friedlander's fabrics:


This colourway is called Aster, and Kim has given each of the colourways a team name - so the bloggers will become part of #teamaster .

One of the bloggers making clues is Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl. There is a lovely article on her blog today about her taking part in this charity quilt. Go to to read more, and do follow along with the blog hop.


Plans afoot!

Since the 2016 Mystery Reveal I have had a lovely break away, doing a little traveling around New Zealand.

You may have heard the news about the large earthquake that hit the South Island. There are lots of photos in the news of the damage to the roads and infrastructure there. Although we only felt relatively little shaking here in Masterton, a lot of damage happened on the other side of the mountain ranges in the Wellington area.


This is the Queensgate mall  which was closed for a couple of weeks and is now only partially open. I travel past here when going to my Capital Quilters meetings, and when I went last Saturday it was eerily quiet - usually at this time of year it would take ages to drive through the town. Buildings are being demolished and there is a lot of work going on to get things back to normal.

Meanwhile back in Masterton, I am preparing lots of exciting things for next year.


We had so much fun making the 2016 Mystery quilt. I'm loving seeing the results that people are posting in the facebook group.

Here's Sue's Glittering Paua colourway

  Paua Sue
Miep made the Teal and Steel with extra large borders

Teal and Steel Miep

This is  Stone and Moss made by Marion

Stone and Moss Lisa

If you missed making the 2016 quilt, you can still buy the month by month clues in my Craftsy store - see the link on the right. Start with the Puzzle Mystery Details download which tells you how to pick your fabrics.

The colourways for 2017 are all ready to go and will be launched on the shop website this Saturday, December 3rd.

There is also exciting news for those of you in the USA who want to take part in my Mystery - I am partnering with a company in the US to offer the Mystery as a precut block of the month. Watch out for more information in the next few days.



The second project is my Modern Triangle Sampler, which I will be running as the #totallytrianglequiltalong next year. My trusty pattern testers have been busy making blocks and checking my instructions. Linda has made the sampler quilt in all red and white fabrics


I love it in these colours!

I will be polishing up the pattern over the next couple of weeks and then it will be available in my Craftsy store as well as in the shop. There will also be classes to learn the techniques - at Quilters' Lane and also in the UK next year at Lady Sew n Sew and Simply Solids.

Ask your guild or local quilt shop nicely and they might get me to come along and teach it too.

The Quiltalong to make the 25 blocks starts on January 7th, and I will be posting information about how it will run and what you need to get started. 

2017 is going to be so much fun,  I do hope you will join me in one of my projects!


2016 Puzzle Mystery - All is Revealed!

Hi there! What an exciting day - it's the Big Reveal of my 2016 Puzzle Mystery Quilt.

If you have been quilting along, this blog post contains photos of putting the quilt together. You will need the month ten instructions - either from your Mystery pack or by downloading from my Craftsy store.

If you are new to this quilt, the clues are all available on Craftsy. Start by downloading the free information which will tell you about the quilt and how much fabric you need.

So without further ado, let's take a look at the quilts.  My samples are in two of the colourways that we offered through the shop. We had fourteen different colourways altogether, and I will show you some photos of other colourways after the reveal day.

The single quilt is shown here in the Tokyo Garden colourway.

Mystery 2016 Tokyo Garden

And here is the double in the Pewter and Linen colourway

 Mystery 2016 Pewter and Linen Double

Did you guess the layout?

So now it is time to show you how to put all the pieces together:

Here are the photos that follow the instructions you will get.

Step One

D1/K1     D1 k1


B1 / D1/ K1

B1 d1 k1

Step Two


M1 f1


AA1 H1


F1 M1 AA1 H1

Step Three

Centre Section top half

Centre Section bottom half

Centre Section completeThat's the centre section completed!


Step Four : E1/L1

E1 L1


E1 L1 C1

Step Five: G1/I1: - oops my label slipped, thank goodness for Paint,  I fixed it up on the photo!

G1 I1


G1 I1 J1

Step Six

Step Six

Step Six 2

Step Seven

Step Seven 1

Step Seven 2

Step Eight

Step Eight


So here is the main part of your quilt top complete! Follow the written instructions to add your borders.

I hope you have enjoyed this year's Mystery quilt




2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Nine

Here we are at the last but one clue! Will you be ready for next month's Big Reveal? Make sure you get all of your clues up to date and labelled. It doesn't take long once you sit down and get sewing.

I'm so excited to have both sample quilts back from Noeline at the Quilting Shed, she has done a lovely job with the quilting and I just have to get the binding on them now!


M1 M2 4 and 7

Here is step 1

M1 M2 7 and 4 step 2

step 2

M1 M2 4 and 6

 step 3

M1 M2 6 4 and 2

and step 4

M1 M2

and here are my parts M1 and M2 all done.

Now onto parts N1 and N2

N1 N2

N1 N2 step 3

N1 N2 step4


Extra pieces for the double quilt....


LC3 1 LC3




That's it! All the pieces are made and ready to assemble next month. The Big Reveal is on Saturday November 5th (New Zealand time).

See you then!



2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Eight

Here we are in September already. My Instagram feed is full of kids going back to school, or spring blossoms, depending on where in the world you live.

September means two more months until the Big Reveal! It is getting real now - one of the sample quilt tops is done and the other just has one more bit to do, then they will go for quilting.

If you are feeling like you are a bit behind, take heart. This month I have gone easy on you and there's not too much to do. So why not have a catch-up session with any of those previous blocks you haven't got round to. Make the most of the days with kids at school , or the lighter evenings, and indulge in a little sewing time....


Here are the steps for clue eight of this year's Mystery. If you are just starting, the clues are available in my Craftsy store. These give you full instructions for picking fabrics, cutting and piecing the sections.


L1 4 7 7

Here is step one

Square of 3 plus 4 6

Step 2


Here is my section L1 all complete.

Now to make the extra parts for the double size quilt:


I hope you have enjoyed this nice easy month! Come back on October 1st for part nine,

 You can follow me on Instagram @mysteryquilter, and don't forget out facebook group, where you can post photos of your blocks.


2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Seven and Sew Marlborough

What a busy month it has been! In July, we had Sew Marlborough, the New Zealand mini Symposium. Hundreds of excited quilters gathered together in Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand for five days of classes, exhibitions, merchants and meeting up with friends old and new.


We were up before dawn to get to the ferry terminal in Wellington


What a view we had from our seats at the front of the lounge area! This is the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on the South Island of New Zealand.

Opening night arrived and I was up on stage to award the Hoffman Challenge prizes for 2015. Here is the fantastic winning quilt, 'Sarah and Getty', by Debby Williams.


You can see photos of all the quilts on the New Zealand Hoffman Challenge page.

Over the next couple of days I went to a class with Jacqui Karl of Kowhai View creations. Two days of art quilting, using freezer paper stencils, discharge paste and paints was just what I needed to completely relax and rest my mind from the day to day business of the shop. Jacqui is a great teacher and a lovely, generous person. She has her timing down pat, and I managed to complete my little quilt in the class. It's always a bonus when you don't have a UFO to bring home!

Here's what I made



Every night at Symposium the participants gather for Happy Hour. When you think of Happy Hour, especially in the heart of Marlborough wine country, you think of Sauvignon Blanc. Not so. Legislation made it too hard for the organisers to serve wine, but nobody missed it.  The presenters, Clare and Venice, had us in stitches every evening with their double act. Here they are dressed in their grape vine costumes, organising the Iron Woman championships.


Competitors in the Iron Woman championships working their seam rippers furiously in the unpicking event.

All in all a great few days in a beautiful place surrounded by wonderful people!

So, on to this month's Mystery clue.....

Welcome to the photos to go with clue seven of this year's Mystery. If you are new to my Mystery, you can download information from Craftsy, and the clues can be purchased from there each month. We also have a facebook group where you can share photos and news with other Mystery Quilters.

Here are the photos for sections J1 to J4

J1 step 1


Well that was nice and easy, now on to sections K1 and K2



K1 4 and 6

Fabrics 4 and 6

K1 6 4 6

Plus a square of 6


K1 4 and 6

Another 4 and 6

K1 step 1

1 and 6


K1 6 4 1 6

Joined together


Section K1 complete.

Now the extras for the double quilt:


Here is LA1


Make two of LA3




And LA1R


I noticed that in an earlier month I had not been paying attention to my stripes when making the parts like these, so had to do a bit of unpicking!  If you have a directional fabric, make sure you use the correct small triangle on each one to get the stripes going the same way.


So that is month seven complete. Just three months to go now until the big reveal! I have just about completed my sample quilt and I am already cooking up next year's Mystery......


2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Six

Happy July to you all. Here in New Zealand we are really starting to feel the chill of winter. My lemon tree was pretty frosty this morning!

Frosted lemons

You can just see the mandarins in the top right as well. Yesterday I picked a whole bowlful of these, it's the first year they have been edible.

Today will be a busy day in the shop. People will be coming in to pick up their month six Mystery packs, we have the Hoffman Challenge quilts on display, and this afternoon we are having a hexy stitching session. This is for the Katja Marek quiltalongs that we are doing. I have put the link to Katja's quiltalong pages on the sidebar.

We are rolling along with our Mystery Quilt! I hope you are enjoying putting it together.

Here are the photos for this month's sections:

I1 to I4 4 and 5

Here are my half square triangles sewn together for sections I1 to I4

I1 to I4 rect 2 4 and 5

I added the rectangles, here are I1 and I2


And nice and easy - I1 complete.

Now onto sections H1 and H2

4 and 7 triangles

I like to chain piece my triangles, so I have done the other HST's next to keep my production line going!

H1 H2 4 and 6

Now to add the squares:

H1 H2 rectangle of 2 plus 4 and 7

H1 H2 4 6 and square of 7

And finally putting it all together

H1 H2

Here are the sections for the double quilt

LA2 four


Keep on growing that quilt step by step, you will have a quilt top in no time!