Here are all nine blocks from Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Along. I decided that ‘Venice’ didn’t quite fit in like the others so… I made up another block and made three more ‘Venice’ blocks for the corners. Here is a mystery block that I made myself. I think I’m calling it New York since it’s a bit of a melting pot of many of the blocks Pat Sloan shared with us already. Venice II Venice III and Venice IV The next step – how can I made these 13 blocks all work together to make a cohesive quilt. This is the a situation where a design wall is key. I can lay all my blocks on the wall, take a step back, and see what’s happening. I have my two blocks that read darker in the upper left corner here – too top heavy! Let’s move them to the lower right corner – ahh… better! I spread out the greens a bit more and then started to play with sashing and borders. I LOVE the diagonal stripe – but I didn’t have enough of it to just use that. I made a triple strip sashing in the center of each row – two diagonal fabric strips with a golden print sandwhiched in the middle. That allows that bold golden yellow fabric to push out from the cneter and will help tie it all together in the end. Since I didn’t have enough of the diagonal stripe fabric I bordered the four corners using the same fabric I had feature in each of the four Venice blocks. Now – this isn’t quite finished yet – just the center medallion is. I am still contemplating how I want to border this piece. It must be at least a lap quilt side. I wasn’t even planning on working on this quilt this month – it was just calling to me!