You read it right folks…Allietare is FINISHED!!
I loved making this mystery quilt. For those of you who might not know each year Bonnie Hunter hosts a mystery quilt. The mystery starts on the Friday after Thanksgiving and ends around New Year’s Day. I love it. The mystery always helps me get through the Christmas season providing a little bit of “me time”. I love it. I will always do the mystery.
I went with Bonnie’s suggested colors. Our daughter Kayla graduated from Iowa State (red and gold)…so I’ve thought about gifting this quilt her.
I am always a bit of a rebel so have to change the quilt up a little bit.I made mine an extra row wider so mine is in a 6 x 6 setting. I opted to not do the borders Bonnie’s suggested way either. I just added a 3 1/2″ border around the outside.
She had suggested a scalloped border. Although doing a scalloped border is on my bucket list for some reason, I picture scalloped borders on quilt that are more feminine in coloring. To me, this looks like it could make a great guy quilt but the scalloped border might take away from that…or at least that was my reasoning for my quilt.
I quilted it with a light brown thread. A while back I had shown this quilt on the frame and asked for thread color recommendations.
I went with the tan that is furtherest to the left. That left a few people confused….It’s a thread I often use when I con’t see an obvious choice. It blends in with everything and isn’t overpowering at all.
The design I used was from the book Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting: Turn 9 Simple Shapes into 80+ Distinctive Designs Best-selling author of First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting. I mention that book all the time. I love it and will snap up any other books this author comes out with.
My quilt was a little temperamental on the frame. It just wouldn’t lay as flat and nice as would have liked….plus, even though I loved the thread color and am glad I picked it, it was hard to see where I was going with the busy-ness of the quilt. I managed though.
I love my binding fabric….
The quilt ended up being larger than the 6 yards of backing fabric allowed so I played a little. The strip and orphan blocks are from blog readers gifted goodies. Nothing fancy..but fun.
I am so glad to have this quilt finished. The last two mystery quilts I didn’t finish until the fall of the next year when I hosted my “Finish up a Bonnie Quilt” before the next mystery comes. I always host that here in the fall – October-November time. I won’t have the mystery to do this year….Hmm..I wonder what I’ll finish this year. Goodness knows I have a host of Bonnie quilts started.
So there you have it….Time to fold this one up.
Thanks so much for the mystery Bonnie…This one is one of my favorites..although I’ll always pick Roll, Roll Cotton Boll as my favorite. It got me string piecing!!
If you missed the pattern you can find it in Bonnie’s digital download store here.