Mystery: IT’S FINISHED!!!

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I’ve been a busy girl in the sewing room this last week.  My mystery quilt went from pieces….

to a top….

to loaded in the quilt machine…

To binding…(yes I machine bind the whole quilt)

To this…..

Some of you long term blog readers might know that after doing many mysteries, I was really on the fence this year about doing it.  I didn’t plan on it.  Then Bonnie started out with red four patches right away and I caved.  Also I had heard a couple people say “do in Civil War prints”…then I heard “poison green”…then I heard cheddars.  I’m not an “orange girl” and wasn’t excited about orange but cheddar can get me every time.

I didn’t do strings.  I did strips instead.  I love strings but being I was doing Civil War prints…I felt like the quilt needed a little bit more of a formal approach and to me strips were the better choice.  Besides, after making all the quilts in Bonnie’s String Frenzy book (read about that HERE)…and making Hunter’s Star at the same time, I was okay with a break from strings.

This is the quilting motif I did….it’s cream thread on top and rum colored thread for the back.

I opted for a neutral binding print.  It was an old well aged print that I picked up at the thrift store.  I love knowing I bound a quilt for only 50 cents!!

Speaking of making a quilt on the cheap.  Check out my backing fabric.  I love it…LOTS.  This was a thrifted fabric.  I paid for the remainder of a bolt…I’m guessing 10 yards for $10.  I have enough left to back another quilt.  I’m thrilled that I could have the PERFECT backing fabric and pay so little for it.

One last look…ah, I love it.  This was a GREAT design for Civil War prints!!  
I have one regret only….it’s not very big.  I’m a big quilt girl and love them all to be big bed sized.  That’s okay though.

But no quilt is complete without a Ruby picture…. 
I am so happy to have the quilt done.  It the past couple years the mystery has somehow lingered and I didn’t finish them right away.  I don’t like that at all.  I like them done while I still have some momentum.

I have to say…this is my favorite mystery of recent years.

I’ve moved on from this project and have Bonnie Hunter’s Hunter Star quilt on the frame.  Here’s to hoping I’ll have that one done and ready for showing off this Friday.  Stop by if you want to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you want to learn more about the mystery quilt…all things mystery can be found here on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt page including clues and link ups.  It’s the place to go for all things mystery.  Here is the link to today’s specific post there.

If you are new here, I hope you stop by again.  We are busy bloggers who publish new blog posts every morning and evening.  We’d love to have you as a regular reader.

32 thoughts on “Mystery: IT’S FINISHED!!!”

  1. Wow! A quick finish of another quilt! Beautiful! I like your own personal changes that seem to make it “your” quilt especially that you used cheddar rather than orange & strips not string quilting!

  2. Another beautiful quilt. You amaze me with all that you get done. Congratulations on your speedy finish. And thanks for the photo with Ruby, I don’t think I’ve seen her in awhile. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your quilt turned out lovely! I like your quilt best of all the quilts I’ve seen so far, it must be because you changed the orange to cheddar. Anyway, beautiful quilt and it’s the best kind of quilt, a finished one! Happy stitching this week.

  4. Your quilt turned out beautiful!!! I finished my top yesterday finally. The borders nearly killed me! lol Now I am piecing together a back. I always do super scrappy backs. Mine will be quilted by my longarmer.

  5. Looks beautiful. I love the Civil War. I am working on Roll Roll Cotton Boll A UFO from 2010. yikes!
    You are so good at finishing up your projects!!

  6. My most favorite quilt is not quite large enough for a queen bed with two adult sleepers. I keep a large one color (neutral) king quilt on the bed and use the special quilt as a topper. if its not cold enough for two quilts I just lay it on the cedar chest for the night.
    It looks like it would be a good size for a twin grandchild bed some day.
    Love your color choices! Love the backing! Love your thrifting tales!

  7. Congratulations! I selected Civil War Prints as well, but hated the greens I used with the gold/red. So I am remaking all of the 4 patch blocks. 6 more to go and I can finally put it all together. It was an easy quilt to make this year and I might even make it again.

  8. I think I like your Mystery better than any I’ve seen this year. I like the civil war colors, especially the cheddar. I’m always amazed at how much you accomplish with so little sewing time.

  9. I love your quilt! I also love mine! Because of you I decided to try Bonnie’s mystery quilt after thinking about it until clue 3 came out……I had the fabric picked from my stash but was afraid I was not up to the task. Then I read your blog and decided to give it a try. It has been an absolutely wonderful experience!!
    My quilt went together beautifully, no issues at all and I felt as if I was sewing with friends. Thank you Jo for introducing me to Bonnie Hunter and a new quilting experience. And thanks to Bonnie also for such a great mystery. I will be using thrifted fabric for the back of my quilt also…. $3.00 for 1/2 bolt of civil war print fabric at Goodwill.

  10. Beautiful finish, Jo! Love the Civil War reproduction fabrics you used, and the backing is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Your quilt is beautiful. I like your use of cheddar better than orange. The red stands out. I also like the use of strips. Seeing yours tempts me to try it. I have made En Provence and love it, started On Ringo Lake, it isn’t done but I am modifying it. You have inspired me to try Good Fortune your way.

  12. Your quilt looks great! I came to terms with machine-finished binding a few years ago and there is no looking back, now. I want my quilts to be finished and I wouldn’t finish as many as I do without machine-finished binding. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Hoping for a snow day late in the week, so I can dig back into mine. My anniversary trip was in the middle of it, so that took time and energy. However, I would not trade that week for anything in the world! So, I will sew on snow days and weekends and get there eventually. Love yours-great fabric choices!

  14. Signe Burgen Vaughan

    Your Good Fortune mystery quilt is beautiful! I love the poison green, cheddar and Civil War prints. I have fabric pulled from my stash and hope to start the mystery quilt soon.

  15. Wow, Jo!! I was so surprised to see your finished quilt on Facebook this morning. It is beautiful. I swapped purple for the orange and I love it. Have all the blocks done for the center, now I need to put together the borders. I skipped over the neutral string step, so will start on that next using strips. I hope to keep going on mine so that it does not become a UFO.

  16. Lovely quilt. I’m traveling to China this fall and perhaps will make this quilt upon my return. But not with orange, or cheddar, no difference in color in my dictionary and my least liked color.

  17. Love your quilt, love your blog! Could you please tell me how you chose your backing fabrics? Do you just use what you have on hand, or do you have a method? I live on an island with no fabric shops anywhere near me, so order everything online. Sometimes that is hard, so will take any advice you can provide.

    Thank you for taking the time everyday to show and tell what’s happening with you and yours. I look forward to my daily email.


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