I woke at an odd time in the night to fall back asleep…you know, that 45 minutes before it’s really time to get up. I ended up grabbing my phone and scrolling through. Oh! I forgot. Becky from Quilted Twins was starting her mystery quilt today.
I hadn’t planned on doing her mystery quilt. I wanted to but at the time it came out, I was working, had a pile of stuff to do and had projects that needed attention. I just couldn’t start another project….well then COVID-19 hit. I’ve tackled a few of the projects. I thought maybe I should do the mystery to keep my mind off things. I have a wedding a couple other events I typically donate quilts to so this would be a way to get one of those done.
So I laid in bed thinking about what fabric I had. I don’t keep yardage. I never have. 90% of my stash is fat quarter and 1/2 yard or less cuts. I ended up looking up the requirements and it was 2 yards brown, 2 yards red, 1 yard gold. Hmmm. I really was pressed to figure something out. She also made the option of 2 yards dark gray, 2 yards bright blue and 1 yard light gray.
I laid in bed thinking…finally I just got out of bed and started looking.
I keep my fabric sorted by batiks, Civil War-ish, and brights. I couldn’t figure any way to make the blue and gray combo work with what I had here. I could come up with the blue in every category except brights…and brights was the only hope I had of finding something gray. So I started hunting for the red/brown option. In batiks, red is a hard color….so I searched…this was the best I could do. I didn’t hate it..I could do more of a pink than red. I like browns and pinks together. I didn’t have a ton of contrast with the gold though…Hmmm.
I dug and found this….It wasn’t terrible. The brown isn’t a Civil War print I don’t think but it was a way to use it. A blog reader sent to me and I’ve been saving it for binding a charity quilt. I didn’t think the blog reader would hate me if I used it for personal use and likely, this quilt was going to be gifted anyway. The red was also gifted. There are four yards of that. I was saving it for backing a donation quilt. Hmmm. Do I use them? Do I save them?
I let that go and decided to just think on it a bit. I had so much more fabric to support the project if I used the 2nd option. My batiks were running a little more slim after Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt.
I was determined to put some time into an existing project before I started the mystery so I finished quilting this… Continue reading