It's always interesting how each of us approach our craft. As a fan of Bonnie Hunter's scrap quilts I was surprised to hear another quilter say, "I never keep leftover scraps, you can't do anything with them." That lead to a lively discussion, and for the rest of the weekend I was given tiny squares from everyone for my "collection". We all make quilts but we work in many different ways.
There is a lot of buzz around the first block of the Chester Criswell Quilt. You may be thinking, do I want to make this quilt? How much fabric do I need? Where's the photo of the finished quilt? If you're like me, you have so many projects on the go that you don't need another, and yet the lure of something new is irresistible.
Let me help you decide.
If you want to read the blog, look at the patterns, and say, Oh that's nice, without making any purchase or stitching a block; that's fine.
If you want a quick project for a weekend treat and download one block as a quick take along project; that's fine.
If you want a gift for a special friend and download four patterns to go with a selection of fat quarters; that's fine too.
If you make all 36 blocks in your choice of colours for a whole quilt and send along photos of your Work in Progress; that's great.
If you like to know exactly what the end result will look like before you begin, with detailed instructions and photos on how to accomplish the finished project, then maybe this isn't the quilt for you. If you don't start mystery quilts until you can read all the instructions, you probably won't enjoy this journey. And that's fine too.
In Pirates of the Caribbean, Barbossa says the pirate code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. I think that's not a bad description for the Chester Criswell Quilt project.