Based upon the number of posts I’ve made this year, one could assume all I do is going to work then come home and collapse at the end of the day. And while that is often the way I feel, it isn’t in reality the case.
One of the things I’ve been doing over the last twelve months is leading a mystery. Participants enrolled last fall and paid for the first block. After that as long as they brought their finished homework on the next first Thursday of the month they got their new kit for free.
Big deal you say, all you have to do is construct the block each month. Not so, I chose the fabrics each month, cut and packaged the kits for each participant (yes, the cutting was mostly at work, but eventually the packaging came home with me). I had to make my sample (before class — what would I ever accomplish without deadlines?) as well as demo pieces. If that wasn’t enough, I decided to do video tutorials for anyone that missed the demos in the store. So if you’ve missed me, you can actually go watch the videos on the Ruth’s Stitchery Channel on YouTube. I sound like I’m in a water tank because I removed background noise with software, maybe the background noise would be better.
I demonstrated several techniques that were not included in that pattern. For instance, the pattern used starch and press exclusively, but I demonstrated starch and press, fused, freezer paper, facing and back basting applique over the months.
The mystery started in October 2013 and the reveal was this month.
Now that it has been revealed, I can say the pattern is Blackbird at My Window by Under the Garden Moon. I am starting another mystery in October. It is the same concept, but a completely different quilt. If you are interested, registration is open until September 21, 2014 at Ruth’s Stitchery in person or by phone. The kits can be mailed, but in that case they are $5 per month plus postage. Anyone that doesn’t come in on the day of the demos also must pay $5 for the new kit.