To Mystery or not to Mystery

So I am a long time fan of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts.  I’ve been making them for awhile.

There’s Carolina Christmas

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Roll Roll Cotton Boll

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Orca Bay

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Easy Street #1

Easy Street #2

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I also did Lazy Sunday the mystery that was in Quiltmaker.

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Celtic Solstice is still in progress.  It’s the first one that went into UFO status….but at least the top is done-now.

I’ve been wanting to go back and do the ones on her website but haven’t done that yet…maybe someday.

So do I start Grand Illusion?  Part of me is screaming  YES>>>YOU CAN’T MISS IT!!!!!!  The other part of me is yelling NO>>>Control yourself..you can’t do everything all the time!!!! Besides you have a house that you want to get moved into!!!!

So what do I do…I buy fabric just in case I can’t resist the temptation.

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If the first clue starts out with something fun like make 100-4 patches, you can bet that I’ll be in.  I can’t resist a four patch.  If the first clue starts out with make 1898 half square triangles (you never know with a Bonnie mystery)…I might think about it first but then I’ll likely be cutting away again.  Oh UGH.  Who am I kidding…I can’t resist temptation even if it means getting up 15 minutes earlier each day to try to get at least part of the blocks done I’ll likely do it.

I am just no good at the peer pressure of mystery quilt sewing.  It’s easier to just go with the temptation…so stay tuned.  Can I resist?  And by the way, what’s with me doing this in brights??  I never go with brights.  I always do them in Civil War reproductions instead….Maybe I’m ill!?!?!..or maybe I’ll change my mind at the last minute!  It’s happened before!

9 thoughts on “To Mystery or not to Mystery

  1. Mary Ann Harpe

    I said it last year and I am sticking to it this year to only do the MQ if I use stash. SO I dug, found fabrics in stash and I’m doing the MQ again. This year I’m doing it in Bonnie’s colors- last year I did the MQ in black, forest green, rust red, gold and neutrals.

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  2. mary

    Half-size is a good option, I did that with Orca Bay. I was a newbie to mystery quilts and didn’t think I could do a big one. Now of course I am kicking myself that is is only lap size and wondering if I should go back and redo.

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  3. jennifer

    oh boy! you’re in luck! the clue just came out and I had to laugh- you know bonnie pretty well and guessed good! only 280 HST- but then you can sew 100 4 patches! haha! I guess you’re in? I know I am! been looking forward to today. I have a couple things to finish in the sewing room, and then i’ll get to cutting and sewing.

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  4. Brenda Simmons

    Go for it! I haven’t done one of Bonnies quilts / have a high stack of projects to do first. Really enjoy reading your posts and look forward to your book! Will be happy to order direct from you.

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  5. Janet

    I have the same struggle- many wip’s. But I had her colors in my stash so I’m in! Going to start a little tonight. Making it half size. Come join the fun!

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  6. Carolyn

    I’m in the same boat. not building a house, but too much on my plate! I was able to go to one of her quilt classes in Layfatte In last week. I sat w her at lunch and said I didn’t think I would be doing the MQ. I want to but I haven’t even looked at fabric to make it. But I was in the middle of her class (My Blue Heaven) and I still (sigh) have Celtic solstice to finish… I had planned on MBH to be for my neice’s graduation. Then I saw your cinder blocks quilt! OH it’s her! to a T… Now I have to make that one!
    So today I was shopping w DH in Madison In and There was a “Fabric Shop” (that’s its name) open it”s been there for a long time but has short hours. Fabrics are older ones, and priced low too. SO yes I bought 3 of the colors for Bonnies MQ!!!
    I think I need an intervention!

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  7. Laura

    You absolutely should do this quilt! It is a tradition now. No one says you have to make it full size or at breakneck speed, and I think you will regret it if you don’t participate. I cut some 2 1/2 inch squares today for it.

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