Thursday, February 20, 2014

Decipher Your Quilt - please join us

Decipher your quilt

Today Jess, from The Elven Garden, and I are going to tell you about new series - Decipher Your Quilt. We are inviting you to give us some information to allow us to tailor it to your needs by filling out our anonymous questionnaire by clicking here.

I love quilting, in part because it is all about colour and shapes - sometimes repeating in the most organized fashion and sometimes just improv.

New Leaf Ohio Star

However, it is often hard to figure out how a quilt block is actually made, what the measurements are and how it comes together. And what if you want to make them bigger or smaller and don't have instructions in a pattern?

Blended Scraps - detail

In fact it can also be hard sometimes to really identify the blocks in the quilt in the first place (do you see that Blended Scraps block is really just HSTs?)

DQS11 on my original Irish Chain

Decipher Your Quilt is all about getting straightforward answers to those kinds of questions without giving anyone a headache. We will share our knowledge with plenty of examples and photos, and will also find links to explanations, measurements and techniques that will be helpful to you.

We are asking your to fill out our survey - just click here to do so - so that we can understand everyone's needs better.  It will only take you a minute, does not require you to share your name and has  space at the end for you to write whatever else you wish to share.

Ohio Stars

You will also find in the survey a place to add a "Dear Abbey" style question (or more) for us to incorporate in the series. We are happy to get more "Dear Jess and Leanne" questions though out the series and we will set up a way to allow you to do that anonymously once the series starts. Of course, you can also ask questions via a comment on either of our blogs too.

We have set up a flickr group - Decipher Your Quilt - and we hope you will join us there too. Post photos of projects where you have been able to decipher your quilt, your blocks, or generally have figured out some of the quilting calculations. You can also find us on Instagram - Leanne here and Jess here, please use the hashtag #decipheryourquilt so that we won't miss your photos.


You can find our tentative schedule on a separate pages on my blog and on Jess's blog. Please grab our button, the one on my blog will take you back here and the one on Jess's will take you to her blog. Jess and I will be taking different parts of each topic each week.

Jess and I will each post on Thursdays - it took some figuring to sort out how to have both posts go live at the same moment on the same day of the week because Jess is in Australia and I am in western Canada. Look for our posts at midnight MST and 6:00 p.m. AEDT (which is about 7 a.m. in London, for example).

Scrappy Trip

We are very excited about this series, so please fill out the survey, grab one of our buttons and join the Flickr group. Our first posts will be up on March 6.

she can quilt

p.s. If you have not yet entered the Green Fairy Quilts sponsored give away, what are you waiting for, please go here to do so as it closes first thing Friday morning.




  1. Such a great idea ladies cant wait to see what you come up with! looking forward to it!

  2. Yay! I've sorted the IG thing, and have done the questionnaire, but have a real aversion to flickr, so I'll stick to IG and the blogs xx

  3. First I had to look up what decipher means :-) It is quite interesting idea and I look forward to see what you'll come up with.

  4. I filled it in! I think mine might be obvious though ;o)

  5. That's a great idea, I'll go do the survey!

  6. Survey done - I don't know if my question is *really* in keeping with the theme, but I'll take what I can get! :^)

  7. Survey done here too - this is very cool, and love that you have teamed up with Jess. Bring it on!

  8. Great idea for a series! I love quilt maths and am always happy to learn more tips send tricks that allow me to rescale or make designs my own.

  9. I love maths about quilting so that´s my Party here ;-). Hope I understood it right with posting Pictures in the flickr Group, if not, just let me know and I take them away ;-)

  10. Oh this sounds interesting and helpful! Looking forward to your series. Personally I love the math even though it is a little mind-boggling sometimes!

  11. I'm happy to fill out the questionnaire (already done) and am really looking forward to the series. I quite enjoy quilt math but don't always get it right....

  12. What a great series to start! I'm in - I'll be sure to add your button to my blog. You guys do so much good for the blogging and quilting community - I love it!

  13. What a great idea - have filled out the questionnaire

  14. I'm off to complete your survey. I think this is a fantastic idea!

  15. I can see me pinning a lot of these posts already!

  16. A great idea, looking forward to this series. I'm off to fill out the questionnaire.

  17. Filled out the questionnaire, joined the group on flikr, waiting for next week!

  18. Intriguing! I wonder how you will go forward from here with so many different respondents. I filled in the survey. Can't wait to see what is next.


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