Wheel of Mystery by Helen Marshall

Wheel of Mystery Quilts: Surprising Designs from a Classic Block (That Patchwork Place)Wheel of Mystery Quilts: Surprising Designs from a Classic Block by Helen Marshall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Block size is 7-1/2 inches in most of the quilts shown. Templates included in the book are scaled to achieve this size block. I ordered acrylic templates from John Flynn’s company to make my blocks. My quilt group shared the cost of custom templates.

Ms Marshall is from New Zealand, and the style of these quilts are reflected of her homeland. From the little I have seen of Australian and New Zealand quilts they love color and busy fabrics. This is what you will see in the book. Ms Marshall has detailed instructions for how to construct this type of block since you will be doing a lot of curved piecing.

There are several different setting for these blocks: Attic Window, Lattice, secondary Melon blocks and Circle settings. A number of templates are included in the back of the book. Value and color placement dictate how quilts achieve their looks. Many of the fabrics are fussy cut to achieve a specific look to the blocks. (I use a layering technique in order to save on time, fabric and cutting when cut out my blocks.) A design wall is a must for most of these quilts / blocks.


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