Tea Flowers Reveal and June OMG

Tracy at It’s A T-Sweets Day and Cindy of In A Stitch Quilting hosted their second Mystery quilt along.  It just started on April 1st and completes on June 30th.  It is time for our big reveal!  We also made this project our June OMG on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts website.  These two incentives really helped us get ‘er done!


Mystery QAL 2

The rules for this QAL are very simple:  1) use the mystery fabric, and 2) share your results by 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.

Tea Flowers in Tomato

Here is the mystery fabric from Connecting Threads Tea Flowers in Tomato (#91329) on the left and a second fabric from the same line called Cream on Cream (polka dot) on the right.

Tea Flowers Layout

So what did we make??  We used a tutorial for a herringbone design from a pattern that I will share tomorrow.  Here is the initial layout on the design wall, all 10 columns by 13 rows of it:

Tea Flowers layout

We used the pattern as a suggestion because we didn’t have quite enough fabric.  So we used MATH to determine how many blocks we could have based on the amount of fabric.  Novel idea, huh?!  This is kind of a two-fer because I have always wanted to make a herringbone quilt.  That was before I realized it was just good ‘ole half-square triangles again in a different layout.  Good thing we have had a bit of HST practice lately, like for Postcard.

Tea Flower Details

We decided to make 6″ half-square triangle (HSTs) blocks.  I shared this information in an earlier post, but I used the Clover white chalk ‘pen’ to mark the line on the back of the red squares.  As Wendy asked, couldn’t we have used our laser light on the white square instead of marking them?  Yes we certainly could have but then I couldn’t try my new toy!

I marked, sewed on each side of the line and then handed them over to Sue.  Sue cut them all apart, ironed them open and trimmed them.  While she was working on that, I was feverishly clearing the design wall of I Spy so that she could start on the layout.  Phew – I Spy was finished in just the knick of time.

Tea Flowers More Details

We did not follow the tutorial suggestions of sewing our quilt top in columns, and we also did not press the seams open.  While both are fabulous ideas, we did not discuss it and once they were ironed and trimmed it just didn’t matter.  My mind works better in rows . . . so there you have it. 

Here’s a peek at that the backing fabric, which is the same color as the lightest color in the Tea Flower fabric.  It’s kind of a rosy peach solid.  We always iron the backing on the island and then flip it over to start pinning.  I vacillated on how to quilt this of course.  In the end, I went with a chevron pattern following each row across from end to end.

I used my walking foot and stitched on each side of the herringbone shape, using the side of the foot as my guide.  Quilting went fairly quickly and I am happy with how it turned out.  And here is the final quilt, posing next to our pretty annuals that perk up our porch (that’s kind of a tongue twister)!

Tea Flowers 2

Look for the tutorial tomorrow for a free pattern with all the details for making your own herringbone quilt.


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18 Responses

  1. Oh your quilt is wonderful! The cream dots are perfect contrast with the Tea Flowers fabric.
    Well done with the math, I always get a mental block trying to adjust patterns to fabric sizes 🤪

  2. helen says:

    very nice. I don’t have a good track record for mystery finishes, but this is a great one for you. As Vicki above said, win win

  3. Lisa says:

    This is beautiful and I love the way you quilted it.

  4. Oh Roseanne it is magnificent! You chose a wonderful pattern to compliment the fabric. I’m so glad you decided to participate. The long wait was well worth the suspense. 😊

  5. Oh here it is!! I LOVE this red and cream MYSTERY herringbone quilt! You and Sue are having way too much fun:). I have that chalk marker as well and can’t believe how nice it is to use on those dark fabrics. Thank you Sew much for joining along in the MYSTERY. It is always such a pleasure to sew with you!!❤️❤️

  6. Roseanne,your herringbone quilt is beautiful! I love it 🙂

  7. cozyquiltslb says:

    Good job ladies….your fabric choices were great. I especially like the Cream on Cream.

  8. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Love this one. Herringbone has been on my list for awhile too.

  9. Susan says:

    That’s a real beauty, and it was well worth waiting to see how your mystery turned out! It looks so pretty on your porch next to the flowers, too. I do NOT have that photography knack. My husband did, because he was a professional, but I m lucky when something turns out artsy. LOL I’m going to have to find something I can try this with – without a design wall! I might have to sew it in quarter sections. I usually don’t sew either rows OR columns, but use the Eleanor Burns flags method … which I suppose comes down to columns first, left attached, and then across rows.

  10. So cute! But I might get dizzy looking at it!!! I found out I can get your blog to load on Firefox. And I dreamed you called me last night!! LOL What is it with me dreaming about you two?

  11. Kathryn says:

    So pretty, what a lovely quilt. Ah yes the old HST! I kinda hate them!! Lovely photo on the porch an ideal place to photograph it.

  12. Barbara Esposito, @The Quilted B says:

    This quilt is beautiful – colors are perfect too. I am looking forward to making my own…and the list goes on and on!

  13. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne and Sue; This is a lovely Herringbone Quilt! The fabrics you chose are just gorgeous and create such beautiful half square triangles together. Plus, what better way to make a quilt such as this style than with two people. Dividing up the duties makes everything go along quickly and before you realize it you have a lovely quilt! I know I have one on my to do list, if I can ever get past the one I am doing now. LOL. Have a great day and thank you for sharing!

  14. Shannon Fleming says:

    Love the classic look of this one.

  15. Patty says:

    That quilt is beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  16. Well, isn’t that just the prettiest little quilt! Love it!

  17. Vicki in MN says:

    That came out so very nice! And a finish, win win:)

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