Mystery QAL #2 Tea Flowers Update June OMG

Tracy at It’s A T-Sweets Day and Cindy of In A Stitch Quilting are hosting their second Mystery quilt along.  It just started on April 1st and runs through June 30th.  It is about time for an update don’t you think?!  We are also making this fun project our June OMG at Elm Street Quilts.  Our goal is to have a complete quilt top by the end of June, and anything more will be beyond fabulous.


Mystery QAL 2

The rules for the QAL are very simple:  1) use the mystery fabric, and 2) share your results on or about June 30th.  You may also share updates on your blog or via Instagram using #mystery_qal.  Make anything you wish, any size, using as many other fabrics as you want as long as the mystery fabric is used.


Sounds easy peasy doesn’t it?!?!

Tea Flowers in Tomato

What is the mystery fabric, you may ask??

Connecting Threads Tea Flowers in Tomato (#91329) on the left is the mystery fabric for this QAL.  We selected a second fabric from the same coordinating line called Cream on Cream (polka dot), that I just LOVE.

Tea Flowers Project

Since we can make anything we want with this fabric, what direction did we go?  If you recall, Sue was leaning toward a chevron pattern like we used for a baby quilt for Grant.  Here is little GEM on that chevron quilt – how darn adorable is he – not to change the subject?!  He’s MUCH bigger now – closer to driving now that he’s 8 months old but he is still just as cute.

GEM on his quilt

I was thinking about a herringbone pattern, which is similar and would involve HSTs.  You would think we (or me!) would have had enough of HSTs after the Postcard From Sweden quilt, but obviously not!  I still can’t tell you what we’re doing because that would eliminate all of the mystery from this project, wouldn’t it?!

Tea Flower Tease

I can offer you a sneak peek of the lovely cutting process, along with how nicely these fabrics play together.  Oooh, I love the feel of these fabrics!

Tea Garden 2

And one more tease photo because we are making HSTs – that’s no secret!

Tea Flowers 2

I gave a new Clover chalk ‘pen’ a try.  It worked well, the chalk brushed off easily and it’s an alternative to my laser light especially when the light is red and the fabric is red!

Tea HST trimming

And last but not least, Sue started pressing and trimming the HSTs!  This time it didn’t take ANY Peppermint Patties – not even one.  I would have held out for one – just saying.


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15 Responses

  1. Kathryn says:

    Those two fabrics are delicious and I look forward to seeing what you are making!

  2. Oh baby Grant is such a cutie! I cant wait to see your next chevron quilt with the Tea Flowers Mystery QAL fabric.
    Sue, I’m seeing way too many HSTs in that stack that warrant a full size Peppermint Patty! (miniatures wouldn’t even qualify!) 😋

  3. Patty says:

    Looking forward to seeing the quilt top. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  4. Susan says:

    Definitely a missed Peppermint Patty opportunity there! =) Great goal, and timely to finish it this month! I’m binding. =P

  5. martidiy says:

    I really like your chevron baby quilt, so I kind of hope that is what you are making with these. I’m glad to hear you like the Clover chalk pen. I just bought one but haven’t tried it out yet.

  6. chrisknits says:

    Well, it seems Sue is a Gem, so I think she should get a PP anyway.

  7. Lisa says:

    I got a little tired of HSTs myself with postcard from Sweden but I have done a few since myself. I’m intrigued here and I’m wondering what you will share with us.

  8. Linda P says:

    I look forward to reading your blog every morning. It’s such fun to see what you are working on and pick up tips and tricks. Love the blue chevron quilt with the chevron quilting. Of course any quilt is more striking with the happy little one on it! You can’t help but smile back at that face. Enjoy your weekend.

  9. Can’t wait to see your project with the mystery fabric!

  10. Shannon Fleming says:

    I’ll have to give the clover chalk pen a try. I seem to grab a writing pen because I’m too lazy to go get a pencil. All the while thinking it might show up if I don’t do this right!

  11. Dawn Tornes says:

    Never thought about a QAL that only gives you the fabric to use. Interesting! Will be watching 👀 what you are make with those lovely fabrics!

  12. Woo hoo! I’m so curious to see what these beautiful half square triangles finally end up as! I really love stacks of neatly cut fabric, and the tea flower fabric in your picture looks beautiful ❤️ I have got to run out a get myself a chalk pen. Marking on dark fabrics is always so tricky! —And saving the best for last, Your Gem is going to be the star of every show with that smile 😊! What a cutie!! —Thank you for the update. I’m excited for next month’s reveal!❤️❤️

  13. Well, this is an interesting QAL (like I need another one)! I hadn’t thought about the fact that you can’t use the laser on red (duh), but couldn’t you flip it over and use the laser on the cream fabric? The universe tilted a bit when I read that Sue didn’t even ask for a PP. I’m not sure how I should feel about that!? Trimming HSTs certainly should require something as a reward!

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