Mystery Quilt (number three)…

So, it is that time again. I need help with another mystery bee quilt. I hope this one will end up in a publication, but I am doing it entirely on spec. At the very least it will be part of an essay that I am dying to write, and am insanely excited about, though I have great hopes it may end up a part of the next book I am hoping to write…

As my practice changes over the coming months and years I am finding myself more and more drawn to the writing side of things. As such I am looking to pair my quilts with essays more and more often, using the combination to think big about the nature of quilting in our time, what it means to be a part of this practice in the beginning of the 21st century as distinct from the 19th or early 20th century. While so much of our quilting vocabulary comes from that bygone past, our world is a radically different place than the one our grand-, great-grand, and great-great-grandparents lived in.

This is what I want to continue to explore. This is what drives me to make quilts. This is what I hope one day will lead me back to doing this full-time, but that is another discussion, and those are different hopes…

Today my hope is that I can find 80 people to make a single block. The block itself is easy, though it is open to a lot of variation. In fact that is one of the main reasons why I want to do this as a collaborative quilt; I hope each of you will put your own spin on the block (within the basic constraints of the block itself, of course).

So, what I need is for interested quilters to leave a comment on this post (making sure to give me your email in some way) and I will then send off the details. Unlike some of my earlier mystery quilts I’ll be able to tell you what this one is about. Yay for that at least…

So, fingers crossed for volunteers…

As always, thank you all so much for your support and your kindness and your, well, all of that and stuff…


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101 Responses to Mystery Quilt (number three)…

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    Ashley says:

    I’m in ayuckenberg at

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    Rae says:

    Count me in, of course.

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    Becky123 says:

    I’m in too. scooterrrd AT hotmail DOT com

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    Mary Ann says:

    I am too, mascanlon49 at
    Sounds intriguing Thomas.

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    Phyl says:

    I’d like to help. phylqb @ gmail[dot]com

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    Peggy says:

    I would love to help with this project. The last one I was unable to do, because I didn’t have the correct fabric. Please send me the information.

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    Lisa says:

    I’d be interested in helping again, if I can this time, didn’t have much luck with the last one :/ Lisa.cockerham at

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    if you want an old ninja sewist, I’m your gal.

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    Dena says:

    I’m intrigued and interested!

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    Tamla Bonnett says:

    I’d love to help!

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    Tsoniki Crazy Bull says:

    I’d like to help! Tsoniki at gmail dot com

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    Trish F says:

    I’m in: trish.frankland at

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    Erin says:

    I would love to help!! Count me in:) erinclairewhelan (at)

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    Greta says:

    I would love to help again! 🙂

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    Marsha says:

    Count me in..I did the first 2(I hope you got my small contributions to both) and would be glad to do a third one!

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    Teresa says:

    You can count on me, as always. Happy to help!

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    I’m in! noteverstill at gmail.

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    Flaun says:

    I’m curious, as always, and can certainly whip up a single block! Count me in.

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    craftytammie says:

    me too please! craftytammie AT yahoo

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    Lynne says:

    for sure! lynne.johnson at

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    Jen says:

    Yes please! Pinkbrain at gmail dot com

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    sandra kronmueller says:

    I would love to help. 🙂

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    Ivy says:

    I would love to help. Can’t wait to hear the details. Thanks!

  27. 27

    Sounds like fun! Debbie from ehq at sbcglobal dot net

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    Michelle says:

    I’d love to help. mbar03 at

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    Maggie Magee says:

    Count me in, Thomas!


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    Melissa says:

    I’m in! I’d love to help out.

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    Junebug says:

    I’m happy to help too – jshen37 at gmail d com

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    A block for you – certainly!

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    Kim says:

    I’m intrigued. Sign me up!

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    Sue Shore says:

    I’d love to work on a block – thanks for the invitation.
    sshore2 at austin dot rr dot com

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    Joanna says:

    This sounds interesting. I’d like to help out. slugg333 at aol.

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    Debra says:

    The Mystery quilt challenge sounds like fun!

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    Abby says:

    Sounds interesting, count me in.

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    Melanie says:

    I’d love to! melintheattic at gmail dot com

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    mjb says:

    Count me in!

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    Marika says:

    Me me !!

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    Jo Ann Lepore says:

    Would like to be one of 80.

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    Margaret says:

    I’d love to help! mcglen8 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Toni Davis says:

    Yes, please!

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    Weeza says:

    Yay! I’d like to help with the latest Mystery Quilt 🙂

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    Joanne Jones says:

    I have my month in a bee in June (all my other bee members are in the US so you would have them fast too). We can all do your block (we work from our own stash), so as long as the one you are planning isn’t enormous then you can have them! We normally do 2 each per month and there are 6 of us here in the Magnum PI group! My email is

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    DeeAnn Forrest says:

    I would love to help!

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    Nicole says:

    I’m in. Can’t wait to help.

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    Pat says:

    Count me in too; pnconverse at hotmail dot com.

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    Anna says:

    I’d love to join in!

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    Debbie says:

    I’d love to help you out again!

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    Rachel says:

    Well, why not. I’m sure I can squeeze in one block between all my other projects!

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    Luanne says:


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    Kim Munoz says:

    But of course I will help

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    Leslie Myers says:

    I’ll do a block!

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    mary says:

    Yes count me in

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    Joan says:

    Normally I’m too much of a chickenbutt to do these things, but I’d so love to do a block in this project!

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    Nessa says:

    nessa(at)mdifabricate(dot)com would love to join in…anything that pairs writing with visual crafting is aces with me!

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    Andrea says:

    I’d love to help, send me deets please.

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    Lynn says:

    I’d love to make a block.

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    Em says:

    I’d love to help by making a block. Who doesn’t love a mystery?

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    Dara McLaughlin says:

    Sure, sounds like fun! Energist at yahoo dot com

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    Nancy says:

    I love your blog and your thoughts on quilting and would really love to be part of the process for whatever it is you are planning! nancy.conger @

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    ~Michelle~ says:

    Send me some info!

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    Zrinka says:

    I would like to help. I’ve never done a bee, so I am excited. zbilusic **at** gmail ** dot ** com

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    Caz says:

    Count me in!

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    Kelly Siegle says:

    Sign me up!

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    Jane B says:

    Hi Thomas. I’d love to join in on this!

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    Ella says:

    Had fun on the last one and would be happy to help!

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    joan says:

    I love a good mystery….Send me the clues…J

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    Robin says:

    I’m happy to participate in this project 🙂 robinkziegler at gmail dot com

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    Amy says:


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    Leah says:

    I would love to join if I can.

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    Catherine says:

    I’m rapt to hear that writing is still high on the agenda cos yours is one of the blogs I most love to read. I’d love to help with your quilt. cathpalmer1969(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Abigail says:

    If you still need help, I’d love to contribute: yeiouamp AT gmail DOT com

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    Mandy says:

    I would love to help if I can, please send me the info..

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    Jean says:

    I am not a ” modern” quilter, but I am a quilter, and I am currently a quilting, which must mean I am something of a modern quilter. I would love to make a block.

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    Kelly says:

    Hmm…I don’t usually join mystery quilts until I see where they are headed, but this sounds like fun!

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    Oh I hope I’m not too late too still help you! contact AT blossomheartblog DOT com

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    Looks like you have 80 but I can be a safety net?

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    Lisa Capson says:

    I would love to help!

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    Penny Barnes says:

    Count me in!!

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    Chloe says:

    Why not? Last time was fun 🙂 count me in!

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    Shannon says:

    I’d love to help if you still need people!

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    Leanne says:

    I would love to be a part of your project too, maybe you still have room.

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    Jessamie says:

    If there is space I would likle to too, i have been following you for a while now and am deeply interested in the combination of practice and theory feeding off of each other jessamies @ g mail dot com

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    April says:

    sounds fun. You already have more than 80 comments, but if you need extra just let me know.

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    ldpaulson says:

    Thomas, I’m ready to help! And I hope — knock on wood — there is no repeat of what transpired last time I pledged my assistance. I can’t wait to see this project!

    You should have my e-mail address from Mystery Quilt 1 and I have left it in the secret field.



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    Sara says:

    I would love to be involved if there is still space? Thanks – Sara

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    Cher says:

    late to this party-but..should anyone find themselves unable to follow through…you can count on me!
    cher0427 at as always I support you in what sounds like a new and exciting direction…yay words!

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    dana says:

    I sew much more often than I read blogs, so I just got to this. I see that you are probably up to your ears in volunteers, but would be happy to be put on a back up list in case anyone flakes out.
    Best of luck to you on all the blocks!
    email above. 🙂

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    Mona Keegan says:

    Late as well. Good excuse, house guest. If you need one more, I am here.<3

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    Lesley says:

    I’m happy to quilt and I love mysteries!

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    SewLindaAnn says:

    Just happened upon this, late because I’m new to your blogosphere. Just put me on the wait list if someone can’t make it.

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