Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Miami Valley Album Quilt - Mystery Quilt 2010 and A Contest, A Contest

A few months ago I bought a quilt book that someone had recommended on Amazon. When I bought it, Amazon did one of it's "people who like that book also liked this one" things. I thought this book looked interesting so I bought it too. I can't remember the name of the original book but I absolutely LOVE this one. It is chock full of my kind of quilts and all the history I love to go with them. So when I was thinking about the Mystery Quilt this year I decided to do a quilt patterned after theirs. I added some blocks of my own, of course - like the fishbowl block from an antique quilt I saw at Festival. And, also of course, I didn't use strictly solid fabrics.



And I'm making mine an "Album" quilt also. Before I finish it, I'll embroider a name or names on each block.




This is Pep and Dueces - Pep is a cat person. I'll embroider the name of his first cat "Sylvester" and of course "Deuces" on the cat block.




And these guys are Dotso and Jeremiah. (The water is really clear - the wall behind them is gold.) There's a long story behind these goldfish. It all started when Jake asked if he could have one of the 12 cent goldfish they sell at Petsmart. I have found out a lot about goldfish since then. They don't live in a little bowl like in the block - each mature fish needs 10 gallons of water and can live up to around 25 years. For my birthday Pep got me a 37 gallon tank. I find them very restful. They are my quiet friends.

Anyway, anyway..... each block will have a family member's (human or otherwise) name or names on it. The names don't necessarily have to have anything to do with the block. They can if there's a link but otherwise just the name of someone you know and care for enough to remember. Of course there will be flower blocks, etc. I can't give away too much - it's a Mystery Quilt. I am enjoying this quilt very much so decided to share the fun.

Make a comment - anything at all between now and Feb. 24th. The morning of the 25th Tara will draw a name and we'll give that person the Mystery Quilt this year - a block at a time of course. If you already belong and we draw your name, we'll give you next years blocks free.

Have fun and good luck to all.

103 comments:

  1. I can't believe I'm the first person to comment, but I'd LOVE to win the mystery quilt. It would be so fun to do!

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  2. I would love to be selected. I am a cat person also. Your patterns are so real to life. Love your work.

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  3. I love Wooly Bully.
    I to am a cat person.
    Never had a dog till I married my husband, now they are babies also.
    Wonderful idea with the names on the blocks.

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  4. Love your Folk Art style...Keep up the desighning. I'd love to win the Mystery Quilt membership. Ellen

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  5. I love all your beautiful quilts. I want to make every single one!!!!!!!

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  6. That would be a a treat to win the Mystery Quilt mebership. Love to win. But I'm not lucky witj these things. Anyway I give it a try one never knows.
    Keep on desining your folk art way.
    Marjan, Bonaire Dutch Antilles

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  7. I am working on the cat block and am patiently!!! waiting to see what the other blocks are going to be!

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  8. That is the cutest kitty I've ever seen. So sweet! And I'm a dog person. I would love to win the mystery block quilt because I don't have enough unfinished projects sitting around! Love your work. Just gets prettier all the time.

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  9. Love the cat photo. What a wonderful idea to put pet names on the blocks also! Please count me in for the giveaway. Thanks.

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  10. I love a good mystery quilt, it's been years since I made one. Sounds like fun!

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  11. I sleep under one of your beautifully designed quilts in summer (Four Baskets) autumn (Low Burn Farm) and winter (Brian's quilt but with Family Circle in the centre). I'd love to win and make a quilt for summer - please count me in too. Thank you.

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  12. Please count me in....After a hiatus from quilting I am enjoying rediscovering my stash of Jan Patek kits but of course you always want something new! My favorite quilt....the one I just started!

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  13. I, too, love all of your beautiful quilts! I've never made a mystery one, but I'd like to, Yvonne.

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  14. Nothing says primative like Jan's designs. Wonderful fabric and applique designer. Paula

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  15. Please enter my name in your Mystery Quilt Block give-away.

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  16. Jan,

    I am a faithful fan of yours. I would love to win your mystery quilt. Trish www.quilttalesandcattails.com

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  17. I have totally enjoyed the mystery quilts over the years--this one promises to be an exceptional one.

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  18. I love your designs. You can pick me because my birthday is the 25th.

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  19. Who wouldn't love kitties;)
    I love that photo, it is too cute.

    Debbie

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  20. would love to win the blocks! Love your quilts- and blog! Not sure how many of your books/patters/fabrics I have! Lynda

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  21. Hi, Jan. I would love to add the "Mystery Quilt" to my collection. Your quilts are so homey!!
    llo

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  22. I would love to win the "Mystery Quilt." I have made many quilts from your patterns and love them all!
    Jill
    Celina, TX

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  23. Wow!!! Another wonderful and exciting quilt Jan!!! Put me in the hat - I would love to do this quilt!
    Jo
    Lacey Jane Primitives

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  24. Would love to be selected. Love your quits.

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  25. Your Mystery Quilts are so much fun. Would love to win your contest!

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  26. Hi, I love this quilt and last years too!! I would have signed up, but we have had a really bad year financially (like so many i am sure!)

    Love your style and i love the new featured fabric quilt too, beautiful.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Mary

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  27. I would love to win your mystery quilt! Thanks for the chance!

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  28. Well, I guess I commented a bit early (on your previous post). Your next Mystery quilt sounds terrific. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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  29. I wish I could win too. I would love to make the quilt. The picture of the sweet kitty Dueces is so cute. Janet D.

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  30. My hubby is a cat person too! Our cat gives him kitty kisses on the cheek each evening:) Love love love your work...would love to win the membership!

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  31. Jan, thanks so much for sharing your family photo's....it's comforting to know I'm not the only one who adores dogs, cats & fish!
    Thank you for this opportunity to have 'you' arrive in my mailbox monthly ;}
    Jackie in NC

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  32. I have that book too...a really good read. The new Massachusetts history of quilts book is great too. Sounds like a fun mystery quilt in the making....

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  33. What a very nice gift. Please count me in on your giveaway. I love your work! Lizzie

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  34. What fun to personalize each block with names - pets are such an important part of our lives, I'm glad to know they are getting a remembrance, too *s*

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  35. Love your quilts! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!

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  36. Ahhhh, I'd love to have the mistery quilt, **sigh**, nice to meet the fish and Pep and Dueces this time, thank you for show us their pics... Dueces' so cute <3<3

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  37. I, too, just bought the Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley! It is a great book...

    I'd LOVE to win the Mystery Quilt. Thank you for your generosity.

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  38. I always love a mystery and I love your quilts! I am a third year mystery quilt subscriber and I look forward to each month's block. Thank you so much for adding to the fun with this contest!
    Best wishes,
    Kathryn

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  39. Love all your quilts but especially this one because it's got a kitty and the cutest fish bowl!
    Kay H

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  40. I love tuxedo kitties! He looks so peaceful and "innocent".

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  41. Wow! thank you for the encouragement to follow your Blog its great, even tho I may not win just being able to follow and share is great from a way down here in New Zealand. Well done Jan and Hi everyone.

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  42. Nothing like a macho man cuddling a sweet little kitty...I would frame that one!! AND yes I would LOVE to win this give away!! Fantastic GA!! Thanks for the chance!!
    Paulette

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  43. My life would be ever so complete if I won the Mystery Quilt Blocks. I just love your work! Thank you, Diane

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  44. I'd love to win the mystery quilt blocks, too! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.....Jan (Hye, Texas)

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  45. I have this book to and it was an interesting read. Also thought about re/doing a few of the blocks.

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  46. You just keep getting better and better. Look
    forward to the remaining blocks and your new
    fabrics.

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  47. Oh Jan, love the look of that book, think I've looked at it also, can only imagine what you will come up with, Nancy in MT

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  48. So much of interest to read and view here...Dueces,the kitten is too cute!
    The mystery blocks look wonderful as does the quilt on the book you show. What a great idea to put your ideas to an album quilt.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  49. What a sweet pix with Pep and the sleeping kitty. Love it and LOVE the giveaway, too! Thanks so much!!

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  50. You always have the sweetest pictures of your family. Your love of home and family really comes through in your quilt designs. I'm currently working on your Spencer Museum quilt, and I love how its turning out. Please enter my name in your drawing!

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  51. please enter my name for the mystery drawing.. I love all of your quilts.

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  52. Wow, what a great giveaway!!! I have loved your designs for years......would love to be a winner!!
    Christine

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  53. I've never made a mystery quilt. It sounds like fun. I love your designs. I would love to win.

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  54. I haven't tried one of your mystery quilts, but I am looking forward to doing Birdsong!

    I love all of your Moda fabric lines! I'm really anxious to see and get some of the Looking back line!

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  55. Hey Jan- I am starting your Girl Gang at the shop where I work, I love that quilt! I would love to win the mystery BOM as my birthday is on Feb. 25, what a great birthday present it would make!! Nancy McGuire mnguire5@msn.com

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  56. Dear Jan, I am just discovering your beautiful folk-art designs, and when I saw the orange kitty, it reminded me perfectly of my sweet Pumpkin, who has just recovered fully from a broken front leg; it took 5 months but he is back to playing with his fabric mousies, good as new! I would love to win your Mystery Quilt and make such a beautiful heirloom. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  57. I work nights as supervisor at an psychiatric urgent care center. Quiilting is my drug of choice. It challenges me, quites me. moves me to levels of peace and lets me explode with creativity. I have not made a mystery quilt,a challenge within itself. I welcome the opportunity. Lestra

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  58. Just received your email. Love all your work. Today is my btrhday, so I hope to win! Thank you!

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  59. Your mystery quilt sounds great, I would love to win and seeing that you posted on Feb. 17th (my birthday) it would feel like a present.
    Thanks/1

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  60. I wish I lived in your area...or at least got your newspaper with the pattern. It's not even close to my birthday but I can let you know when that is....

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  61. I have that book - it is a beauty. And I love the idea of personalizing all the blocks. Great ideas!

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  62. Isn't it fun to find something totally unexpected? When looking at one quilt, I often see another that makes me forget the original.

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  63. Oohhh please pick me!! :D
    Love your designs Jan!!

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  64. I'm a big fan of your patterns and fabrics. In fact, I've got a quilt I designed around a print of yours on my frame right now. I've never tried a mystery quilt before, it sounds like a lot of fun!

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  65. Whoa!! It would be delightful to win the mystery quilt. You're stuff is always so whimsical.......... Sign me up.

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  66. A mystery quilt would be SO FUN to make - espeically because it can be done a little at a time! I was a fan of yours long before I took a class from you here in Utah AGES ago! Please add me to your drawing.

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  67. Hi Jan,
    Please add my name to the list of people that would love to win your mystery quilt.
    I have made several of your quilt patterns all the way back to Red Wagon days.
    Thanks,
    Betty in MO

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  68. I'd LOVE to win your mystery quilt giveaway! Please add my name to the drawing.

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  69. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your patterns and books. I am sure I would love this mystery too!! Please enter my name.

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  70. I would love to win this Mystery quilt! I have been a big fan of you and your work for many years. Have made three Bible quilts , Homecoming and so many more. Love all you do!
    Thanks Billie Fox
    p.s. I had the pleasure of taking your class in Walnut Creek,CA. Sorry you were so ill afterward.

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  71. Love cats! Hmmm.....cats, goldfish bowl - do I see a theme here?

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  72. I just found your blog. Love your work. I so enjoyed seeing you in Knoxville this past summer. You are a great teacher and I love my bird block! Thanks for your one on one time after a long day at the show!!

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  73. Hi Jan, I really love your blog. My husband had an aquarium and it leaked. What a mess. I also like the idea of names on an album quilt. I would have to make a lot of blocks because I have a lot of names I would want to put on.

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  74. Awwww! I love the way Deuces is covering up one eye with his paw. Too cute!

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  75. Deuces has to be one of the cutest cats ever. I just love that book, too.

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  76. How fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. I never won a give away, but i would very much like to win this pattern. I love these kind of quilts

    Hennie Schutter from the Netherlands

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  78. I love that book also. Liz Hinze

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  79. I've made a few of your quilts Pat, and will continue to - luv them! This mystery would be another perfect match. hugs,

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  80. Dueces is adorable--he looks like he should be featured on Cute Overload with a funny little tag line.
    Karen In Breezy Point

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  81. What a wonderful idea for a mystery quilt! I always like how you incorporate animals into your quilts. I think that is a big part of why I am drawn to them. I would love to be included in your very generous draw. Thank you very much!

    Karen

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  82. I too would love to win this mystery quilt. I have enjoyed your patterns/books and always look forward to your emails. Thanks for creating wonderful quilts and fabrics. Kim-Charleston SC

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  83. Love the idea of the quilt...and the goldfish block is SO cute. PICK ME!! I'd love to make this quilt. Beth

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  84. Love the goldfish! I'm a fan for life!

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  85. It's wonderful how you put so much of your peronality into your quilts. Your work is simply charming.

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  86. Put my name in the fishbowl and I hope it gets picked!!Thanks...Julie

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  87. That picture of Deuces is the cutest ever.

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  88. Thanks so much for the giveaway. It would be so fun to be the winner. Sign me up and congrats to the winner.

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  89. You've really peaked my interest in your mystery quilt. Please enter me in your draw.

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  90. Jan, missed seeing you and all your wonderful quilts at Houston Quilt Festival in 2009.
    I think fish are really relaxing also and you are right, they are quiet friends.
    Melinda

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  91. All your quilts are wonderful; I would love to win a kit.

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  92. I love the way folk art applique takes all the pressure off. This would be such a fun project with all its different sized blocks.

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  93. You know, I am one of your biggest fans. I found you way back when you were doing red wagon quilt books. I always liked your designs best. I have all your books. I lost some in a move and have replaced them from ebay. Hardest to find again was Snowbound--my favorite! I never win these things but wanted to say thanks for hours of pleasure! Cheery wave from Bev

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  94. Love a mystery! It's great to have blocks that mean so much to you - personalized. Thanks for sharing the Deuces picture - too cute!

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  95. Love the mystery quilts. So satisfying to work on one block without a whole quilt staring at you.

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  96. oh Jan I love this book! you will have fun making the blocks , love the idea of adding the family names to the blocks.
    ah I would love to win the mystery quilt this year.
    I didn't sign up this year...I know I will be sorry once you start posting the blocks and by May I will be kicking myself.

    Kathie

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  97. I always love your mystery quilts. I still have some works-in-progress, but I'd be willing to start another if I won!!

    Cherie

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  98. Mystery quilt. Sounds like a lot of fun. thank you ofor the opportunity to win.
    Mary

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  99. The mystery quilt sounds like fun. Love all your quilts and would love to win one.

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  100. Oh, I just love the little kitten.He looks so much like my Tuxedo when he was a baby. He's almost 11 now:-)
    The quilt looks like it will be gorgeous too!

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  101. You are keeping us in suspense. Do you have a winner?

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  102. You always have a wonderful idea for a quilt, and your mystery quilts have been fun to work on. I heard about this book, and can't believe you are giving us a chance to make a quilt from your interpretations, thank you!

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