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Sheila Christensen
Masterton, New Zealand
Quilt Designer, Tutor and owner of Quilters' Lane in Masterton, New Zealand
Interests: Quilting, Walking
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This year's southern hemisphere summer is drawing to a close, and it's been a bit underwhelming. Usually we get weeks on end of long, hot days when all you want to do is lie under a tree and take a nap, but this year there has been rain, and days... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at The Mystery Quilter
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The #totallytrianglequiltalong has started! It is so much fun to see the blocks that are being made. I hope you will join in. This is my first block, the Triangle Nine Patch. You can see other blocks in the triangle quilters facebook group - anyone can join even if you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at The Mystery Quilter
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2017 is going to be my year of the Triangle! Will it be yours too? Triangle patchwork blocks are so much fun to cut and sew - they come together really quickly and are a lot easier than they look! I'm also excited that the Sampler quilt has been accepted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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This year I went to Quiltmarket in Houston for the first time ever. Wow, what an amazing event - there are so many designers, manufacturers, exciting stalls and new fabrics.. it was hard to know where to begin. Quiltmarket is an event for shop owners, designers and people in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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How I coloured my Shifting Strata quilt, shown against a backdrop of the New Zealand bush Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Since the 2016 Mystery Reveal I have had a lovely break away, doing a little traveling around New Zealand. You may have heard the news about the large earthquake that hit the South Island. There are lots of photos in the news of the damage to the roads and infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
This morning we broadcast live on facebook from the Mystery reveal. Follow this link to watch the video! https://www.facebook.com/sheila.christensen.71/videos/10202207741552887/ Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Hi there! What an exciting day - it's the Big Reveal of my 2016 Puzzle Mystery Quilt. If you have been quilting along, this blog post contains photos of putting the quilt together. You will need the month ten instructions - either from your Mystery pack or by downloading from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
Look out for the Big Reveal this Saturday! Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Are you ready for an adventure? The TotallyTriangleQuiltalong will begin on January 7th 2017 Over the next few weeks I will be posting information about what you will need! Watch this space for details........ Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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A few years ago we had a great range of fabric in the shop by Nancy Halvorsen, called Curiosities and Mischief. Curiosities had a lovely combination of pink, lilac, strawberry and yellow. Mischief was full of green, brown, orange and teal. Both had cute little pictures on some of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Here we are at the last but one clue! Will you be ready for next month's Big Reveal? Make sure you get all of your clues up to date and labelled. It doesn't take long once you sit down and get sewing. I'm so excited to have both sample quilts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Today was pretty wet and miserable. Not really a great day for taking my quilt for a walk. I decided that rather than go to the mountains where it would probably be even wetter, I would walk to our local park. It's about a 6km (3-4 miles) round trip, so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Binding 101 Part Five - the Mystery Quilter's Free binding tutorial including how to make a really easy mitred join without any rulers or measuring Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Joining the ends of my binding was always a bit of a hit and miss affair. I used to fold one end inside the other and hope for the best. This didn't look good as it produced a lumpy, straight join when all the others were mitred and nice and flat. I tried using various binding gadgets but could never figure out from one quilt to the next what to do, and got frustrated when I cut too much off, or cut the wrong way round. Then one day I decided the only thing to do was to try and figure it out for myself, and I eventually came up with this method which for me is more intuitive and I can now actually remember how to do it every time! Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Binding 101. Part three of the Mystery Quilter's free five part tutorial to learn how to make a beautiful binding and mitre the corners and ends without any rulers or measuring. Step by step with photos. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Binding 101. Part two of the Mystery Quilter's free five part tutorial to learn how to make a beautiful binding and mitre the corners and ends without any rulers or measuring. Step by step with photos. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Binding 101. Part one of the Mystery Quilter's free five part tutorial to learn how to make a beautiful binding and mitre the corners and ends without any rulers or measuring. Step by step with photos. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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It's a beautiful spring day here! As I drove to the foothills of the Tararua ranges this morning, I passed the quintessential New Zealand spring sight, a ewe feeding her twin lambs. What a great day to take my quilt for a walk! I love my walks in the bush,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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My uncle was a very keen photographer and his son (my cousin Phil) has kept and treasured all his family photos and slides. This week Phil posted this slide from the 1950's on his facebook page. As Phil says, the colours are so realistic in these slides that you could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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Here we are in September already. My Instagram feed is full of kids going back to school, or spring blossoms, depending on where in the world you live. September means two more months until the Big Reveal! It is getting real now - one of the sample quilt tops is done and the other just has one more bit to do, then they will go for quilting. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
Welcome to my new look blog! Over the past few weeks I have been updating the blog and changing the look. I hope you like it! Please leave any comments below, and don't forget to sign up to get email notifications when I write a blog post. You can also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
Computer Day is here again! On Mondays I try to catch up with my website maintenance, blog, newsletter and pattern writing. Today's job was completing the final assembly instructions for this year's Mystery Quilt. It's a great feeling to have them done and ready for testing. I feel like I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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I have just published a new pattern! This one is called Big Bear Hugs, and it is based on my Bears Paw quilt. You can buy this pattern in my Craftsy store or at Quilters' Lane. Last year I made this Bears Paw quilt as part of the celebrations for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at The Mystery Quilter
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I decided to hand quilt each of the blocks in my Modern Triangle Sampler with big stitch quilting. There are twenty five blocks in all and each one takes nearly an hour to do, so it has taken a lot of Olympics watching time to get it done! I used... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at mystery_quilt_test