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Quilting Is Murder… Quilts Murdered… Murder While Quilting

Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Jean Gerow from The CleverQuilter.com as she shares with us what’s sure to be a super fun sleuthing experience. Quilting, Murder and Mystery. Become a Quilt Detective, collect clues and register to win fabulous prizes.

Quilting Is Murder……Quilts Murdered…….Murder While Quilting

This was the "short list" of names I choose from for my current promotion, Quilting Is Murder. I’ll tell you more about that in a bit. First, where did the titles on my short list come from? Personal experience, of course! Read on…

One afternoon in 2004, one of my buddies stopped by with her daughter for a visit. I was finishing up my daily orders in the shop. Everything was going great: our daughters were playing quietly (i.e. there was about 5 minutes between each cry of "MOM??" instead of 2…) and we were laughing together. All of the sudden WHAM!! Or should I say SHHUUPPPP. The blade from the rotary cutter jumped over the edge of the ruler, right through the corner of my pointer finger nail and off came the edge of my finger. The rest of the story can be summed up as: emergency room, "AAAHHHHHHH", bandage, and rotary cutter guards being placed on ALL of my cutting rulers. Yes, Quilting Is Murder!!

The first thing I did when I decided to try quilting was take a beginner sampler class at my local quilt shop. Note that I am good with numbers and spatial relationships: math is my friend. For some unknown reason, I got it stuck in my head that if the teacher wanted a 1/4″ seam allowance, than if I did an 1/8th", that would make MY quilt really, really good. I must have looked like a deer in headlights when we reached the part about squaring up our twelve, 12 1/2" blocks. All of mine measured 13.5" to 14" square!! I dutifully chopped mine down to size, petrified of doing anything else incorrectly. The result was a bunch of blocks with whole borders loped off, star tips missing and flying geese with wing tips uniformly clipped. Lesson learned and my first Quilt Murdered!!!

Finally, this is a story I’m still shaking my head at each time I think about it. And it’s not the first time I’ve done this! In a nutshell, I ironed about 80 small pieces of fusible appliqué pattern pieces onto beautiful fabric for a project I was working on . After I’d cut out about 60 odd pieces, meticulously sorted them into neat piles for easy appliqué later, I realized I’d ironed them all on the wrong side of the fabric!! The project was The Last Rose – you can follow it on CleverQuilter.com’s blog. Note the actual rose has a bazillion little pink pieces. What you see on the blog is the SECOND fusing and cutting of those pieces. I was seriously pondering Murder While Quilting that evening!!

I’m betting as you read these stories, they reminded you of similar experiences. Frustration, disappointment and blood happen: Quilting Is Murder sometimes!!!

With all these thoughts in mind, I created an interactive site for people just like us to go to for some fun, especially during dreary January. Imagine an 8 week, murder mystery mini-series for quilters complete with prizes and a search for clues. That’s the general idea of the project.

Readers can simply enjoy the story as it unfolds or join in the fun by registering as a "Quilt Detective". We’ve got Killer Shops and Deadly Sponsors providing specials and prizes for our detectives throughout the promotion. The promotion began January 1st, 2011 and runs through March 4th, 2011 with two new stories planned later in 2011.

Here’s the Quilting Is Murder link so everyone can join in the fun. Follow our blog too or sign up for our murderous eNewsletters. We’ve lined up a half dozen *real life* mystery authors to blog as the mystery unfolds. Cool!! Register today at www.QultingIsMurder.com.

Update from Mishka:

I just finished reading the first installment of this mystery series, where we’re introduced to all the characters of St. Itchez. There’s a Facebook page for Quilting Is Murder, and one of the questions for today was which character do you most resemble.

For me, it is Melissa .. minus the Iphone (for now). What about you? Which character most resembles you?

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This post was published on January 4th, 2011. Post topics: Guest Bloggers, Web Finds.

5 Responses to “Quilting Is Murder… Quilts Murdered… Murder While Quilting”

  1. Lee Ann L. says:

    This sounded interesting; so, I signed up. I found a clue on the first site; but, on the second site, it said to look on the “new arrivals” and “bargain” pages. I found nothing. I dislike dead end clues. I don’t have time for them. As much as I would like to participate, I have to bow out… Good luck to all those who persevere! :-)

  2. Mishka says:

    Hi Lee Ann,

    I’ve copied your message to Jean to have a look into for you.

    The mystery series is brand new, just launched this week, so I’m guessing there might be a few minor growing pains as everyone gets up to speed and things start to flow smoothly. I see several of the detectives chatting on the Facebook group, so you might find some assistance there.


    I hope you’ll give it a try again.


  3. Hi Lee Ann,
    Michele had a wonderful lead on clues – our Facebook page! Also email the shop directly: they’ll put you on the right path. Hope to see you sleuthing again – Jean

  4. I guess I’m closest to Rosemary! Got to have all the newest tools! But I see myself in the others too. Is that scary or what?! LOL

  5. Jacque says:

    I love this! It’s a great idea, and I think my personality matches up with Brenda, the last character mentioned…I’m enjoying this way of being introduced to quilt shops I’ve never been to before!
    Thanks for coming up with this mystery – looks like a lot of effort went into this!

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