Christmas Lights Quilt

Sometime back, Quiltmaker magazine ran a three part mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  I love a good mystery so I started in and here is the result.

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I am not big on Christmas-y looking quilts so I decided to use some Civil War reproduction fabrics…change the green to more of a black and got busy sewing.  Like all of my quilts, I ran into a snag.  When it came time to sew the blocks into their setting, I realized I hadn’t cut the setting triangles the right size.  So off to the quilt shop for more fabric….the same print wasn’t available so now more choices (I am bad at choices).   I got the blocks together and decided to tackle the borders.  I changed the order of the borders and again….not enough fabric.  So back to the quilt shop.  No more fabric.  But I did find a decent red for the outside border and bought something for the final 6″ large border.  Got home, sewed on the next border and hated the fabric for the last larger border (you many be saying to yourself, I don’t see a large border-EXACTLY)  I gave up and didn’t add the last border.  My hubby assured me that it was just fine without it. (actually I think was just sick of me lamenting over the whole process)
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Anyway…this weekend I put the top in my quilt machine and here is the end result.  I put a nice charcoal colored fabric on for backing…some of my $3.99 Nancy Gere Alco find fabric.  I just did an all over stipple type quilting design….I’ve learned on dark colored scrap quilts, that’s sometimes the best.

Now for some good news…Bonnie is hosting a new free mystery quilt project over on her website….yes I confess, I am going to do it.  Like I said before, who doesn’t love a good mystery…..

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Lights Quilt

  1. stephanie smith

    pretty please with sugar on top send me the pattern for the older mystery quilt its perfect for my stash of old fabric i have hanging around its absolutly beautiful!

  2. Jo Post author

    The pattern can be found in a Bonnie Hunter book. I believe it is in More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

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