Saturday, January 1, 2011


The Daughters of Dorinda are hosting a 2011 mystery quilt.  All are welcome to join in.  It's a mystery because NO-ONE knows how it will turn out -- so fun!  Here is how it works:

1.  Pick a theme for your quilt.
2.  Submit your theme via email to by Jan 10th.
3.  Submit a "rule" (more than one is ok), via email to by the same date.  DON'T SEND THE THEME AND RULE TO THE SAME EMAIL please.
4.  Leave a comment.

Each deadline a Daughter of Dorinda will draw out a participant-submitted rule and a technique at random.  She will also set some size requirements.  Each participant will then add a piece to their quilt to meet the size, rule, & technique requirements based on their selected theme.  We will begin with one block and add sections to it each deadline.  Participants will be given two options of where to add their newest quilt section to the main block.  The quilt will grow each time -- an assemble-as-you-go project.

There will be no two quilts alike and no-one knows what we'll end up with -- IT'S A MYSTERY. 

Everyone keeps and works on their own quilts.  Some people want to make a queen-sized top, but you can drop out any time your quilt gets to the size you desire.

Late-comers will be welcomed.  For anyone joining after Jan 10th, your rules will be saved for when we run out of rules

There are no prizes or judges, just a fun quilt project for 2011.  Progress, advice, helps, and tutorials will be given by all participants via a special blog.  If you don't blog you can submit pictures via email.

Your Daughter of Dorinda hostess will combine a quilting technique requirement with the rules submitted.  We will be sampling many quilting techniques during this project.  You can use any patterns available on the market, but you will also learn how to create your own as you design your own quilt one deadline at a time.  We will all be here to help and guide you along your journey.

-click below to see a sample of what your quilt could look like and how another group did a similar project. (Most of the participants at this site are "art quilters"; most of us are not but art quilters are welcome).

Your Rules:Keep them pretty general. Also, you can add any techniques you want to try to our technique list. Any techniques attached to a rule may be separated by the hostess for variety purposes. (We don't want to paper piece every block.)Each participant rule WILL NOT have any sizes listed. Be more general like: use at least two half square triangles, put a star in it somewhere, use a circular (or diamond, or triangle, or square) shape in it somewhere, or a tree, or flying geese etc... If you submit techniques with a rule, your hostess may separate your technique from your rule so we can try a larger variety of techniques.  

We will try to select deadlines on a monthly basis, but early on they may be closer together like 2 weeks or something because the project will require very little work early on and more work as the quilt grows in size. Later deadlines may extend to 5 weeks or whatever is necessary. We do not want this project to overwhelm anyone with excessive work between deadlines.

It is unknown how long this project will take -- it will end when the top is finished.

The first deadline will be Jan 31st. The first guidelines/rules for the first block will be given shortly after Jan 10th.

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Anonymous said...

Hi My name is Carmen and I am from Soldotna Alaska where it is 10:45 PM January 10th, 2011 and I would very much like to join in this mystery project :) Lordy, lordy, lordy, it is not like I have nothing else to do, but...I like projects that force me out of a rut and out of the box! This sounds like something that would do just that :) I have been quilting for quite awhile and love playing with designs. In the past year I have started incorporating embroidery stitcheries into my own quilts and those that I design for others. My most recent "out of the box" technique was adding beading to my quilts :) I love it! So like I was telling a friend that kinda, sorta, enticed me over to this ...."in for a penny, in for a pound" LOL I am quite looking forward to this and the theme I have chosen is "My favorite things". So bring it on!
Carmen in Alaska

Dean said...

OMG, what a wonderful mystery! I live in Louisville, KY and just got married 12/31. I love what I see about this so far! My theme is Jimmy Buffett, which also happens to be one of my favorite things!

Amy in KY

Amy said...

The above post is mine, using my husband's gmail address. I just got my own, so I will re-post. I live in Louisville, got married 12/31. I love mysteries, paper-piecing and just about everything else quilt-related! I chose Jimmy Buffett as my theme. I love anything Jimmy or beach-related! Been wanting to make a beachy quilt, so here is my chance.

Amy in KY

birdie said...

Carmen has me interested in this mystery and so I want to play, I mean join in the fun, too. I live in Darlington, Maryland. I was going to choose "birds" as my theme to go with my name, but someone already has that, so I will go with "Starry Night."

Kay in NJ said...

I, too, learned about this mystery from Carmen. She gets lots of us into trouble ;-) My theme will be Green is the Thing! I've been "green" long before it became the thing to do - been recycling since the early 60's when we had to actually cart our newspapers, bottles and cans to a big collection container 20 miles away from where we lived. I hope it's OK that I am "blogless".
Kay in NJ

Stefiko said...

I am Steph! I am from Salt lake, UT. And the daughters of Dorinda are my aunts and cousins etc. So I am gonna join in! I'm still a beginner when it comes to quilting, but this looks like a good way to learn. I am gonna go with a forest theme, using up some more scraps from my mom's sewing closet!

crickets said...

Hi! Just found this blog tonite and yay - jumping on board! I am Carrie in Upstate NY, trying my hand at quilt designing and blogging. Having fun along the way. My theme is "scrappy anything" as I love to combine all sorts of techniques, blocks sizes, etc into one sampler quilt. Gotta catch up.

Bizzy Bee said...

Hi, my name is Sher and I have chosen a "Beaches" theme for my mystery. I
love the beach and the blues and greens associated with it. My friend encouraged me to join and showed me her block today. I just love the idea and creativity of everyone's perception of each rule and technique. This is going to be so much fun! I sent this on to my daughter and my aunt. Hope they pass it along as well, it is a great idea and I just know it will be so fun.
> Thanks!!

Bizzy Bee said...

How do you upload pictures??

Kay in NJ said...

Can I jump back in here? I had to "leave for awhile", but should be able to get back to this. In fact, maybe I should just start anew, if that's OK with you.
Kay in NJ

Marie said...

Yes, yes, Kay, we'd love to have you back. Just start wherever it works for you. Welcome back.