Here’s a question I recently got from Carol, “I’ve been reading your blog and know how you love Bonnie’s projects…so I’m coming to you for a consultation….I really want to do the new one that will be starting later this month…my quandary is that I am a Civil War reproduction kind of girl so this color palette is making me struggle. Then I had a thought…if I changed the orange to red and the yellow to gold and kept the blue and green I’d could do it…but not having done any of Bonnie’s mysteries I’m not totally sure. Would you share your thoughts with me please. I’d love to do this, but don’t want a huge mess. I’ve been quilting since the late 70’s, owned a quilt shop and picked out tons of fabric for other people so I’m not ever this unsure..I guess because it’s a mystery I’m having a tough time visualizing. Thanks so, so much for your help.”
I love that Carol has confidence in me to ask (I haven’t seen a complete mystery quilt so I know as much as any of you)…but this is a bit of a hard one…but then after thinking about it, I guess it was actually an easy question. I went to Google for some help. Check out this link. There are lots of Easy Street images. Check here too. There are LOTS of pictures of Easy Street quilts. Some followed Bonnie’s colors…some didn’t. Is there a single on in the bunch that I don’t like…NO. I like them all.
I happen to do TWO Easy Streets last year. (I won’t be doing that this year) Here is a peek at quilt one. This is Civil Wars…the colors aren’t Bonnie’s as mine doesn’t have purple but pinks instead.
Here is a peak at quilt two. It is not even close to Bonnie’s colors. Do you hate either one?? I don’t. I just wish I had it quilted but it’s too big for my quilt frame. UGH! I didn’t follow Bonnie’s suggestions at all!! This is rust, green, brown and cheddar. Even the neutrals are really dark and almost mediums.
I have noticed that sometimes the color makes the star pop and sometimes it blends more. Certainly I like some better than others but mostly because green isn’t my favorite color or this one would match my room better. Honestly, there has never been a single Easy Street quilt that I have seen that I thought yuck!
I’ve seen them with black backgrounds and like them too. Honestly Carol…you can’t go wrong.
So..in light of all this, I am working on the colors I am selecting for the mystery. I am again doing mine in Civil War reproductions. I am using yellows to golds, cheddars, greens and blues along with neutrals. Am I nervous…no!! As of today, I have never-ever not liked a Bonnie quilt that I’ve made.
I did pick up a few fabrics to add to my stash for the mystery……some just for fun.
This stash report I am blaming on Bonnie. Had I not needed a new more greens and cheddars, I would have never ordered fabric.
I did get the charity quilts finished…the tops and backing were provided for some of the quilts but I did provide some of the fabric. If you missed the five charity quilts you can see them here.
Used this Week: 3 yards store bought
Used year to Date: 181 yards store bought + 48.5 Moda fabric + 56.5 yards of recycled fabric…
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Today I am grateful for my thrifting hobby and those that help make it possible. I just love thrifting-upcycling and redoing. I love that there are generous people who give away to Goodwill, thrift stores or simply resell things so that I can hunt and find them. I love the people who aren’t necessarily out to make massive money from their resale too…making things affordable and fun for me. Today Hubby and I are out on an adventure to pick up a thrifted item I found. It just makes my heart happy…time with Hubby and a new thrifty treasure. So for you who are donating to Goodwill and similar places….THANK YOU. I am grateful for you!