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It's a Mystery...

How many of ya'll have heard of, or know what, a mystery quilt is?

*Mystery Quilt – A quilt pattern written in different steps that are disclosed one at a time in order to hide the appearance of the finished quilt.*

Last fall, my mother-in-law was finishing up a remodel to open up her own quilt retreat. She was planning to host a group of quilter friends for a trial run of the retreat and asked me to create a mystery quilt pattern for the trial run.

Now, I have actually been to a mystery quilt retreat before. I loved it! But writing the pattern, whew, that was a whole new ballgame! Trying to come up with an idea that quilters wouldn't be able to put together the finish product until the last step was a challenge -- turns out it was a challenge really enjoyed!

After a few, okay, multiple revisions, the Simply Southern Quilt was born -- a twist on a traditional star mixed with a two-toned Irish chain.

This pattern is written for use as a mystery quilt. It is meant to only be read one page at a time, and not look ahead before each individual step is completed.

Simply Southern Quilt is an advanced beginner quilt. As long as you label and stay aware of block orientation, you are good to go!

After much thought on how to release a mystery pattern, I settle on keeping the format written for a mystery and offering a package to purchase a mystery kit.

What's the mystery kit you ask? You can purchase #SimplySouthernQuilt pdf along with a bundle of fabric, curated by me, that includes everything you need to make this quilt ( top, backing and binding). The mystery? You don't see the fabric before I ship it.

Scared? Or up for a little mystery? From Tula Pink to Monochrome to Bonnie and Camille --Here are some examples of the kits supplied for the trial run retreat.

(Each kit pictured below is for example purposes only; each kit supplied is different and based on current inventory.)

Each kit is different and only available while supplies last.

Head on over to my shop now to pick up your mystery quilt kit today! Not ready to take the mystery kit plunge? Click here to grab a copy of the pattern pdf.

Quilty Info:

Quilt Top and Borders:

Moda Cross Weave - Chambray // 12119 23

The Good Life - Tiny Hearts Charcoal Aqua // 55154 17

Bella Solid - Green // 9900 65

Basics - Scrumptious Stripe - Green 55071 34

Bella Solid - White // 9900 98

Basics - Vintage Picnic Gingham - Navy // 55124 37

Basics - Scrumptious Stripe - Navy 55071 37

Vintage Holiday - Solid - Pink // 55169 14

Smitten - Dainty Cream // 55174 17

Binding : Moda Cross Weave Wovens - Chambray // 12119 23

Backing: Smitten - Rosy Cream Aqua // 55170 22

Quilt Labels : Border City Quilts

Quilting : Seamless, quilted by Kelli (Me) of Simply MackBeth Design Co.


Looking for a great place for you and some friends to have your next retreat?

Heirloom Stitches Quilt and Craft Retreat is located in Gray, Georgia on 5 acres in a rural and quiet setting. A great place for quilting, any craft activity or just a getaway with friends.

Wanna know the best part?? All meals, snacks and drinks provided! What's better than some great Southern cookin'?

Book your stay now, availability starts October 1, 2019.


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Jan 03, 2020

I love the green, navy, gray quilt! It’s beautiful!

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