The most exciting part of my week was to open up the instructions for Part 1 of the Greenmarket Square Mystery Quilt. Last year’s mystery quilt-along, run by the Good Hope Quilters’ Guild, was so worthwhile that I am fired up to do this one. Three of my local quilting friends have also caught the enthusiasm and we are egging one another on. They had made their blocks for this week by the end of yesterday (Friday 14 January) when the pattern was released on the website (link above). My excuse for lagging behind my super-fast sewing friends is that I have been finishing off last year’s mystery quilt.
Also designed by Diana Vandeyar, the 2021 pattern is called Cape Wildflowers. Apart from the excitement of wondering where the blocks constructed week-by-week were going to lead, there was also the pleasure of following very clear instructions and thus producing perfectly constructed blocks.
The quilt top was finished in 12 weeks but waited until the end of the year to be sandwiched and quilted. I decided to quilt it by hand over the Christmas break and didn’t manage to finish it until this week. There’s nothing quite like a new challenge to spur one on to finish a previous project!
And now it is time to go and sew my blocks for this week’s Greenmarket Square mystery quil. The fabric is cut and the four 16-patch blocks are waiting to be sewn.
As an aside (and for my non-South African readers) Greenmarket Square is a cobbled square in the city centre of Cape Town. I have fond memories of it, as I used to walk across it twice a day during the week en route to my very first job. I also enjoyed going there over weekends for the flea market that transformed the square.
In the introduction to this mystery quilt Diana Vandeyar gives very useful sewing tips for the construction of the quilt as well as a brief history of Greenmarket Square:
This years’ mystery quilt is called “Greenmarket Square” after the historical square, built in 1696, in the centre of old Cape Town. Following its establishment as a market, the square became the administrative and social centre of the city. Eventually, simple thatch-roofed dwellings gave way to imposing and elegant buildings. The first of the new buildings was the Burger Watch House and Council Chamber (Old Town House), whose history is inextricably interwoven with Greenmarket Square.Introduction to the Greenmarket Square Mystery Quilt
South Africa’s oldest tobacconist, Sturks Tobacco (opened in August 1793), was located on the square until the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting tobacco sales ban resulted in its closure in June 2020.