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Thursday, September 19, 2013

My guess...

For the last little while I have been following along with Pam Buda's Nabby Dowry mystery sewalong.  I've been using it as my leader/ender project so I've swayed between keeping up and getting behind, depending on how much other sewing I've been up to.
Week One we made zillions of Half Square Triangles (it seemed like zillions but was actually only 162). That was a bit daunting and I did wonder what I had let myself in for... however once they were done that was it and from then on it was just a case of joining them into blocks.
Here are the first nine blocks we made (one a week).
oops sorry, distracting background!!
Interesting the number of different blocks you can make using
the same components.
Initially I thought there was a bit of a pattern thing happening, swapping out the darks/lights or with the corner triangles but after a while I lost the plot and just sewed them without trying to second guess what was happening with them.

Last week was a change with these blocks below added to the mix—

This week is the grand reveal so there is a bit of thinking going on. We actually have made 11 blocks and how on earth does one use 11 blocks in a quilt?? The fabric requirements talk about setting triangles so I think they'll be on point--- maybe even in a zig-zag style setting??
Anyway here is my guess... I quite like the flying geese units radiating out from that centre block, however I have no idea if there could be a placement pattern with the outer blocks.
(Yes, it is similar to Janet O's guess but honestly, it is all my own work!!)(Kathy has also had a guess layout, see it here.)
Only 2 more sleeps until we find out what we are making :-) Thanks Pam for a fun adventure!
It seems I will have to have a delve into my UFO cupboard to find another project I can use as a leader-ender project. It is a great way to make progress on older projects!

You may remember that I have recently done a couple of postcard swaps... Sheila is organising another swap so if you are interested in having a play, visit her here to sign up. (I'm participating again - I think I am hooked!) (They are pretty straight forward to make so don't be shy).
And somehow I've found myself pushing the YES button for some secret Santa swaps - woohoo - lots of fun and -woohoo- lots of secret sewing will be happening around here!!!
On that happy note I will leave you,
Thank you for visiting, happy stitching, and have a lovely day,


  1. half square triangles make so many patterns, think I might make a load out of small scraps having seen this, flying geese are great as well, the quilt looks lovely the way yu have arranged it, I am sure it will not be long before you blog with it completed and then we will all wow at it

  2. Looking good, Raewyn. After blogging about my guess at the layout, I actually shifted blocks around a bit and now I have that same one in the center. I like the way it feeds into the flying geese blocks.
    Can't wait to see if we are anywhere near Pam's layout. I guess we can always fall back on these if her layout doesn't speak to us. : )
    Beautiful blocks!

  3. It's a very adventurous project, but seems to be working out beautifully. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

  4. I was VERY tempted to participate when I saw this on Pam's blog, but I didn't. I like your guess, it will be interesting to see the final result.

  5. Oh yes, I love your guess. Looks gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one continues. There are so many wonderful adventures out there in quilt land ...

  6. Raewyn, your blocks are all gorgeous! And your arrangement is a winner, even if it is not the one Pam chose! I have to catch up with you...I think I only have three done, and then a wedding happened! Will hope for cooler days to do some more sewing!

  7. Great guess! I'm excited for tomorrow! I'm planning to spend part of the day finishing Nabby's Dowry. Thanks for the link to the postcard swap, too.

  8. Wonderful, wonderful!! I bowed out of this sal - but have so enjoyed seeing what all of ya'll have put together!! Looking forward to your "secret" sewing!! Think of you every day and wonder how it's going for you!!

    Hugs and blessings!

  9. Well, if your guess isn't correct, it should be! I can't imagine a better layout. Seeing all of your wonderful projects is making me ache to get back to sewing!

  10. Your layout works very well with your lovely blocks. You might have a tough choice in the end, choosing between settings!

  11. I almost started that project , but just didn't have time , however looking at your blocks , I wish I had . Your layout looks terrific . Have fun with all your secret sewing and also your postcard , thanks for joining in.

  12. great scrappy quilt love the colors

  13. Wow, whatever the layout, this is going to be gorgeous....

  14. I love all these blocks - it seems you always choose wonderful fabrics :)


  15. Ah were right! Awesome guess!
    Now to get to work on sewing it together!

  16. so many neat looking blocks. I told Sheila that maybe next year if she is doing the postcard swap I might join in then. It would be fun.

  17. Your blocks are beautiful Raewyn and I love how you have arranged them. It will be a gorgeous quilt.

  18. 162 is zillions....:) This is sure looking good.

  19. Beautiful blocks, Raewyn, great work so far , good luck next steps :-)

  20. All of those blocks are gorgeous Raewyn. Love the fabrics/colours you chose for them. I'm dying to see if your guess was right on the layout.

  21. That's so pretty! Love your guess in layout and I see from a later post you were right. Nice!


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