Mar 17 2018

Magical Mystery Blocks

The slow pace and easy steps make the Magical Mystery Blocks fun to do.  This morning I sewed clue 4 which was released yesterday and of course, I had to play with the block parts.

Whatever the final block layout this has been an enjoyable project. Thanks for hosting this mystery, Libby.

When people find out I am a quilter I usually get one of four responses.

1. Okay, nice – and on to another topic of discussion.  This doesn’t bother me at all because I have the same response if someone’s hobby is yodeling or rugby.

2. Hey, can you make me a king sized quilt for $50 by next Sunday? Umm-no.  Enough said.

3.  Can you repair my Grandma’s quilt that has been shredded by my cat?  Umm-no.  I have no experience in restoration work.

4.  Hey, my Grandma/Great Aunt/Father’s Cousin’s Sister was a quilter and she passed away.  Here is all of her stuff.  Umm-okay??!

It seems that every Grandma/Great Aunt/Father’s Cousin’s Sister has a Double Wedding Ring project that was started, but not completed in her stash.  This box is one that was gifted to me by way of the 4th response.

I have had it for several years now, but while looking for something else came across it again and pulled it out.  Isn’t the box great?  There is not a date on it, but the candy bars were selling for 5 cents each.

And in the box was her Double Wedding Ring.

There are 79 arcs with fabric & a cardboard template, some muslin melons with a paper pattern, a pattern (but not the one she was making), a Denver Post ad to buy a DWR pattern for 20 cents, and a paper pattern for the center.  She signed her name on the back of the box – Nettie Ethel Whitford.  Nettie must have enjoyed sewing the arcs, but how many did she need?  Just how large of a quilt or how many was she planning on making?

I think I need to finish this quilt in memory Nettie – it can go on my to-do-quilt list.

Happy St Patrick’s Day


9 Responses to “Magical Mystery Blocks”

  1. Libby in TN says:

    I’m glad you are enjoying the mystery! The DWR fabrics alone are worth keeping. Not sure I’d have the to finish it myself, though. Good luck. I have faith in you.

  2. Ramona says:

    I love your blocks! And the layout you came up with is fun, too. What a treasure box you have there! Enjoy playing with those parts and pieces!

    • Marlene says:

      High contrast is my go-to color combination and – of course – everything looks bright when paired with black. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. gayle says:

    Love your mystery blocks – and that arrangement guess looks really good!
    I’ve got an old candy box full of bits from my great-grandmother, only it’s a Baby Ruth box and it’s a bunch of silk triangles. I get them out and fondle them now and then, but have never reached a decision of what to do with them!

    • Marlene says:

      I haven’t worked with silk, but I bet they would look good in a wallhanging where you could admire them while remembering your great-grandmother. I don’t have that emotional attachment to my scraps, but it will feel good to finish what Nettie started. Good luck with your triangles

  4. Jeanne says:

    Fun to experiment with the mystery layout! 🙂

  5. Arden says:

    I have inherited two of those DWR quilts. One is finished and all I have to do is quilt it and the other one was in pieces but very easy to figure out. About half of the strips were sewn all I have to do is sew them up. All of the arcs and melons or sound together thankfully. Both really pretty.

    • Marlene says:

      You are inspiring me to get busy sewing on the DWR or at least pull them out of the box and set them up on the design wall. Thanks for stopping by.

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