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My Bonnie Hunter Mystery Parade

Being I just finished up this year’s mystery quilt I thought I would do a little recap of all the mystery quilts I’ve made to date.

Carolina Christmas was the ’09 quilt.

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I didn’t know how to blog then and my pictures were terrible.  This quilt lives at Kayla’s house.  I loved the whole mystery aspect and was sold on making them after I did this first mystery.

Roll Roll Cotton Boll  (read the original post here)
I did this as the mystery.  I wasn’t a string girl at all at the time.  I remember dreading when I heard the words string.  I almost gave up on the mystery right then.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that I moved on beyond that.  Strings honestly opened a whole new world for me.

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Of all of the quilts, I would definitely make this one again.  Of all the quilts I’ve made for mysteries, this is my favorite.  I think the reason I love it so much was that this quilt sold me a scraps.  Before this quilt I did scraps…but this one showed me I loved scraps.

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Mine was all Civil War fabrics and it looked good in those.  This quilt is a keeper.  I won’t gift it.

Orka Bay (more about the quilt HERE)

I did this as a mystery.
I loved this as a mystery…one of my favorite ones.  The border had me really loving the quilt.

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I had some UFO blocks and was doing a UFO challenge at the same time I was working on this.  I ended up putting the blocks on the back of the quilt.

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This is by far one of my favorite mysteries.  I love everything about it.

Easy Street #1 (read more about it HERE)

Mine is made with primarily Civil War Reproduction fabrics.  I didn’t have purples so I replaced pink for purple.

That year I made TWO mysteries.  Yep, never again for sure.

Here is my Easy Street #2Continue reading

Quilt Finish: Frolic

I’ve had my Frolic mystery quilt done for a bit now.  It’s been so incredibly windy here that I’ve struggled to get pictures taken….that and I’ve gotten so many other quilts finished that this has lingered at the bottom of the pile.

One of my quilting goals for the year was to not let this quilt sit and fall into the UFO pile.  I think I did okay with that.  I actually did the long arming in March-ish I think.

Once the mystery was revealed I immediately had a regret….


It was my choice of the dark green color.


When the dark green is by the dark blue, it kind of melds together.  I think that’s partially because I chose batiks to work with.  They are more blended by nature anyway.

Here’s a closer picture so you can see what I mean…. Continue reading

Quilt Finish: Jewel Box Stars

I finished my Jewel Box Stars quilt….Bonnie Hunter offered this as a Leader and Ender a year or two ago.  I didn’t join then..but last fall I decided to make the quilt.  I didn’t do it as Leader and Ender style though…I just made it.  You can find the pattern HERE on Bonnie Hunter’s site.

Mine and Bonnie’s are some different.  Bonnie used all colors in her’s, I took a step back and did a limited color pallet.

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with my scrap quilt making.  I used to always throw everything in.  Lately I’ve been thinking things through and being more selective.  Goodness knows I have enough scraps and don’t need to throw everything in.


For this quilt I decided on greens, blues, purples and pinks.  I was careful to try to not add an olive green.  I was open and let blue be defined very broadly.  Blues could be from navy to lighter blue to periwinkle to teals and aquas.


Here’s a closer picture to help you get an idea of what was included…. Continue reading

What I’m Working On

I had a busy week and thought I wasn’t going to get much done in the sewing department but happily the weekend came along and all was good.

We had weather here this week…a late start one day and no school on Friday.  I thought Friday I would have a house full of kids but it turns out that several parents didn’t go in to work so I had an easy day with early pick ups so by 4pm, I was done with childcare and the house was already picked up!  YAHOO.  That day I had older kids who don’t fight and very busy all on their own so I was able to get the childcare laundry done during the day and able to get a my paperwork done during childcare.  That was golden to me.  Also during naptime I was able to get a blog post written so seriously, the last family walked out at 4pm and I fired up the sewing machine!!

I am working on two projects and both are on the front burner right now…the mystery quilt and Kayla’s baby quilt.  You might remember that Kayla opted for this quilt.

…and the mystery quilt.

I really wanted to work on the mystery AND the baby quilt so I compromised by piecing on the mystery blocks and as leader and ender, I worked on the baby quilt.  Then I told myself that on Saturday, I would reverse and work on the baby quilt and the mystery would be my leader and ender.  I thought it was a good plan.

It was a great plan until I started putting the first block together of the baby quilt.  Oh my word.  I was so upset.  The block wasn’t coming together at all.  I got frustrated and decided that I would just set it aside and work on the mystery.  I wanted to enjoy the gifted sewing time I had and not spoil it by doing something hard…

So with the mystery on the front burner, I sewed like crazy.

By 5:52pm I messaged Connie and told her I had three blocks done.


I ended going to bed on Friday night with half of the blocks done…

Saturday morning I woke up raring to sew.  I was hoping that I would have better luck with the baby quilt.  I really didn’t.  So I focused mostly on the mystery and tried a little with the baby quilt blocks.  I was getting more and more frustrated with the baby quilt so it was making it harder and harder to work on it.  I had so much frustration with it that I decided I’m going to make a seperate blog post which will publish tonight.  For now, I’ll just tell you about the mystery.

By noonish I had all of the mystery blocks finished.   Here they are….

Then I started in on the setting triangles.

In between I would work on a baby quilt block or two but was always going back to the mystery quilt over frustration with that baby quilt.

The setting triangles went fairly well.  I twisted a unit a time or two but that was nothing compared to the problems I was having with the baby quilt.

Before too long, I had the setting triangles all finished.

I went on and started working on the corner triangle units.  I only needed four of them so that was quick.

In between times I played with Rosie…ranted about the baby quilt…cross stitched for a bit (that’s impossible with Rosie) and listened to audiobooks.  It was the perfect sewing stretch that I’ve been longing for (minus that baby quilt)…and I had an AWESOME audiobook.

By bedtime, I had all but one block left of the baby quilt and all of the mystery, blocks, corner triangles and setting triangles FINISHED!!  Yahoo.  I set some out for a little preview.  What do you think? Continue reading