Mystery Quilt-a-Long: Case Review

FMQ.LKennedy003Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome back to The Inbox Jaunt’s first ever Mystery Quilt-a-long!  We’re wrapping up this week by binding our Thread Quilt Sampler.  Even if you haven’t finished sewing all the spools, it’s okay to add the binding at this point because the quilt is completely stabilized.  (As soon as all the zig zags are stitched, you can add the binding.)

For a very nice step-by-step tutorial on binding, Deonn from Quiltscapes has a tutorial featured on Riley Blake Design’s website HERE. (Check out Deonn’s website for many great quilting tutorials.)


Each week, we worked on several skills as we created the Thread Sampler:

  • Grid Design
  • Batting, to wash or not
  • Stabilizing a quilt
  • Quilt marking
  • Permanent markers
  • Making and Using Templates
  • Thread comparisons
  • Free Motion Quilting:  Zig Zags, Spools, Needles, Handwriting

Free Motion Quilting, Thread SamplesNext time you start a quilt, I hope you will refer to this as a tool to choose thread.

Ask yourself:  Do you want the free motion quilting:

  • To be highlighted?
  • To create texture only?
  • Do you like sheen?
  • Do you prefer matt finish?
  • Do you want to use metallic?

You’ll have the answer at your fingertips…

Free Motion Quilting, Thread Samples

You can find all of the steps to the Mystery Quilt-a-long (Thread Sampler) HERE.


I am trying to find a way so you can add a photo when you leave a comment, but so far things are not working…ARGH!!!

Please post your finished results on Flickr or Instagram @theinboxjaunt.

I have one question…

If we do this again,  would you prefer for the end result to be a surprise or would you rather see the finished project and then walk through it? (I know I kind of tricked you into doing a sampler this time…LOL!)

I’m off…THE BOOK deadline looms!

Chained to my desk…


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27 thoughts on “Mystery Quilt-a-Long: Case Review

  1. I liked the element of surprise. I wold have liked the threads to have been broken down and added one step at a time. It was overwhelming to be told to go ahead and sew all of your threads. Sadly my Mystery has not been touched since then. My problem not yours. It was still fun. Barb M

  2. I really like it that you put all the lessons together so we can easily find them back! For those of us who don’t like surprises or don’t have time each week to work on this, we can now easily go back and finish up when we have time. Thanks a lot for valuable tips and info!

  3. I really liked this mystery project and I like the end result. I did not have to buy any extra thread. I like having this information at hand. A few years back I took the machine quilting class from Harriet Hargrave at her store. She offered a stack of quilt batting samples by cutting squares from all of the battings offered by the store. We purchased this sampler package and were challenged to quilt each one and keep the samples to refer to when choosing batting for a project. Your mystery FMQ sampler certainly complements this idea. I plan to get another of the batting sample packages and try the different threads on the various battings. What a catalog of samples I will have! Thank you for this experience and I will look forward to your next challenge.

  4. Hi Lori, I think I would prefer to see the finished product first. Although I did find doing this project fun wondering what it was going to turn out to be in the end. So thank you for the mystery quilt-a-long..

  5. I enjoyed your mystery quilt-a-long, Lori! I’d love for you to do another and I don’t care if it’s a mystery or not. This sampler is turning into a great reference for me – I didn’t realize I had so many different types of thread! I think I’ll need to make more samplers to record them all, LOL!

  6. I like to see the quilt first, but I can wait until a mystery is finished before I jump in and do it. Most times, I decide to not make the quilt. Thanks for asking.

  7. I loved the surprise idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve loved waiting for your post to arrive in the inbox, so much so that as I live in the UK I’ve been working out the time difference to estimate when you might reasonably post ! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your wonderful creativity; I’ve learnt so much 🙂

  8. I like the mystery aspect of it. You’re not clouded by pre-judgment if you know what the end result is going to be. By blindly following the guidance of the instructor, it helps to open your mind to more quilt possibilities. I thought it was going to be a design. I was happily surprised by the educational aspect of the project!

  9. I love the mystery and take the opportunity to thank you for such an interesting mystery. Your are very good as an instructor! I also didn’t know how much thread I have accumulated and amazed at how many different brands I have in my thread stash. I learned a lot about thread, thanks for sharing. I was always happy to see your posts daily.

  10. You are such a clever writer. I enjoyed the way you wove the mystery. If I must make decisions about matching colors, it is helpful to have a sense of the end product. A project like this is fun as a mystery.

  11. Although I enjoyed the surprise, I would have preferred to know more ahead of time. It would be nice to know what materials were going to be needed too. I’m really enjoying your blog and look forward to buying the book!

  12. Like Barb M., my quilt has been untouched since we were told to do all threds. This is due, in part, to the fact that I really don’t own that many thread types. Colors yes. Types no. That’s something I need to fix! On the positive side, though, I think I will make not only an 80/50 rule square, but a square for each of the other thread weight/needle size combinations.

    I very much liked the element of surprise.

  13. I’m not a mystery kind of person… In fact i saw the first 2 or 3 “chapters” and then did not open the new posts till it finished. I like to see the whole picture to understand the parts.

  14. The surprise of course!!! 🙂 It was awesome! and I love having a useful and cute decoration for my sewing room. I missed something being gone lately….book deadline!!! have to catch up on what’s going on! The mystery was fun!

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  16. Thanks for this Lori. It came at just the right time for me as I have just bought a new Bernina 820 and it’s given me a chance to really investigate what she(she’s called izzywizzy!) likes and dislikes. I see a lot of isacord, glide and aurifil in my future!
    Just for fun I freemotioned the names of the threads on the sampler too. If I can figure out how I will post pics on Instagram.

  17. I loved the mystery. It gave me something to look forward to each week. You are an amazing tutor Lori, thank you.

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