The Rest is History!

Just a little bit of background on the journey of Mystery Quilts Anonymous. I find this post hard to write as I am not one to toot my own horn. I just wanted to let you know a little more about me and this place I have found… home and happy here with you.

As the back of the books will tell you (and a little in the bio here on the website), you will find that I am an United States born New Zealander. New Zealand it a set of islands about 1,200 miles southeast of Australia with a vast heritage and large range of climates. Shane and I were married in 1980 and lived in Texas, Washington State, and Vermont before packing up our little family (three children) in 1992 and moving to the other side of the world (literally). We love our country, having had permanent residency here since then. This year we applied for our citizenship as there is a dual citizenship agreement between the two countries as we can better afford the costs now that it is just the two of us.

I love designing teddy bears and quilts. I have hundred of hand made teddy bears all over our house from about 4 inches tall to 24 inches. Each with a unique face and body adaptations. The flow into quilts was a bit tricky with the straightforward maths and measuring. The first few quilts I designed were just playing with colour and trying for a different affect with fabrics. I have grown into playing with colour and shapes for fun… Looking at my app, there are over 100 different quilts. I think my hardest job now is deciding what to do next! They are all so fun!

A few years ago, I found I couldn’t get enough of quilting. I was totally addicted to buying fabric with no pattern in mind. I couldn’t find enough patterns out there to keep me busy and out of trouble. I found to feed my habit, pattern costs were adding up. I became addicted to the idea of the mystery quilt and could never find enough. Deciding to “give it a go” with designing, I found I absolutely love it and using my gift of giving. Creating the website and sharing the patterns with you became my happy place and has been since July 2018. I see no end to the journey as we work together to make some beautiful masterpieces and heirlooms for family, friends, and charities.


15 responses to “The Rest is History!”

  1. Candra Sowder Avatar
    Candra Sowder

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Victoria Lipp

    Thank you for the back story, Debi! I am so glad I found you, back in the “old” days and have been on this ride since then. I really love your quilts and enjoy making them along with you and all the other people who have found you and your amazing site. This community is absolutely wonderful and it is all because of you, our fearless leader. God gave you a wonderful talent and you are using it to His glory. I am so thankful for you and your talent! Here’s hoping for many more Mystery Quilts in my future (and yours!).

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      Thank you for EVERYTHING! ♥️

  3. Mary Bagley Avatar
    Mary Bagley

    I love your stories, and why you named them why you did. Very interesting.

  4. Terry Gegner Avatar
    Terry Gegner

    His has definitely given you a gift and you are using it to bless us and allow us to bless others with your beautiful creations. Thank you!

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      THANK YOU! ♥️

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    Patricia Rhodes

    I have followed you since before you started your own site you have come a long way and there is more to do thank you for your time and energy all of your designs are beautiful and the group has done you a great honor with all the beautiful quilts they have made with your designs Thank you again !!!!!!!!!

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      Thank you so much. ♥️

  6. I have been in love with your facebook and website ever since I found it. I haven’t been able to make a lot of the quilts because I work a lot of hours. (I still save them all – because one day …..) I have really enjoyed it all and seeing what others make. I also enjoy bribing you with pics of the puppies.

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      Puppy pics, my heart and soul ♥️❤️♥️

  7. cowelk1 Avatar

    Thank you Debbie for your beautiful story! We were once neighbors (I live in Eastern Oregon)!

  8. I’m so glad to have found you. I’m looking forward to the journey.

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      Can’t wait to sew with you and get to know you more ❤️

  9. I was stuck? In a cabin off grid in 2010 to 2014. Shopped at a store and found a quilted table runner….said to my self I can do that. I found your site early on and was intrigued. Had only made bought patterns so I thought “mysteries” would be great. Mysteries are not only fantastic, but intriguing,educational, many friends to help and encourage, and exchange knowledge with people around the world. Your success is well deserved. Greatly appreciate this world you have opened for me and many others thank you ❤️💕❤️

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      Thank you ♥️❤️♥️

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