Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mystery solved!

Okay all you faithful blog readers...you are really in the bad books today! That's right...all you folks who read my blog on Thursday and looked at my pieced star blocks, but didn't tell me that I had one pieced wrong! Check out on the star blocks on that post, the right hand column, third block down...UGH! Why didn't any of us see that?!?!
So, I started putting together the blocks. Here is a weird photo of the top left corner of the quilt. It is so busy I was almost going blind! But I was really delighted with how well the seam matching was going, and the rows were coming together really well. I realized as I was sewing that this is the first large quilt that I have ever made on point.
I was merrily sewing along, had all the blocks on the design wall, and about 3/4 of the rows sewn, when my Dad arrived for a little visit. Sometimes he likes to bring me a Tim Horton's coffee, and sit and chat with me while I sew. He sat and stared at the quilt for a long time and said "Sweetie, something isn't right in the middle". I thought it was making him blind too, until I saw the mistake...one twisted QST! There it was, right in the middle of the rows I had already sewn together. So then I thought about calling it a "humility" block and leaving it alone. But it was bugging me, so I had to rip out the block and turn it the correct way.
It made me feel better to know that fellow mystery quilter Jeanne did the same thing...check out her version of the quilt here.
And here is my finished mystery quilt top. As you can see I decided to make it 4 blocks across and 6 blocks down (instead of 5 blocks x 5 blocks). Everyone in my family is tall, and since my 13 year old is almost 6 feet and still growing, I think I better start making my quilts longer! So I have one extra ring block and one extra star block, which I'll either include in the backing somehow, or make into pillow covers.
I am happy with the little bits of light blue that I tossed in and think that it is an interesting looking quilt. I have a great fabric that I am going to try to use for a thin light border, and a black fabric for a wider outside border.
Thanks again to Bonnie at Quiltville for all the fun!
For those who enjoy knowing the details of the number of pieces in a quilt,
my quilt with 39 blocks has:
Ohio star blocks: 15 blocks at 53 pieces each = 795
Rail/ring blocks: 24 blocks at 49 pieces each =1176
Setting triangles: 16 blocks at 30 pieces each = 480
Corner triangles: 4 blocks at 17 pieces each = 68
For a total of 2519!!
That's a lot of cutting and sewing !!

20 comments:

Sweet P said...

Your quilt is yummy! I love the color combination. Everyone has made wonderful quilts from Bonnie's directions.

PS - I didn't notice the bad block.

Annie said...

Yup - another bright one .......... great job!! And don't feel so bad, I had 4 stars that somehow one subunit got twisted ....... only good thing is I noticed them before I sewed my rows together!!

Jeanne said...

Kathy, I love your mystery quilt! The blue was a great addition as it sparkles throughout the top. This was so much fun. Looking forward to April.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

Your quilt is stunning, Kathy! I can hardly wait for mine to reach this stage.

Ribbonwiz said...

looks great Kathy!...love your colours too!,

Gina said...

What a great quilt it turned into. I'm going to have to do the April one I think.

love and hugs xxx

Andrea said...

I love it Kathy. Once you got sewing you mustn't have come up for air - lol ! Fantastic job. By the way I would have re-done the rogue block too.

Bonnie said...

your quilt is just FABULOUS!!! I just love your colors. I am so excited...I've never done anything like this before. Never thought I'd ever WANT to do a mystery..and now I can't wait for the next one! I think I'll go with bigger pieces tho...what do you think? *LOL* Great job!

Bonnie

Darlene said...

Kathy, I love it! Yes, lots of cutting and sewing but well worth all your hard work. Stunning!

Wendy said...

That's one stunning looking quilt. I would have left the block for interest. I bet it would have never been noticed when the quilt is all finished. Anyway that's just me I like the "make do" effect in my quilts.

Ruthie said...

I love it.........love your colors and I didn't notice it either. I had to go to Jeanne's also and see if I could find hers. I guess I better get mine out and see if there's more than the one I already found in the corner.

Tracy said...

I love how it has come together! Beautiful!

Kucki68 said...

I love how this looks, and good catch by your Dad!

Karen (Misiz C) said...

Maybe it's because I'm drawn to lime green and turquoise but I love the way your CC mystery turned out!

Kim said...

wow I love your colors too- I have one of those turned the wrong way qst blocks. ANd I keep doing it over and over-lol, I'd fix one and and repeat the mistake in another block. And I found the 4 missing Ohio Star blocks I remade ( of course when I was finished) I still need to work on my half square triangle blocks- this was a fun mystery :)

Patchwork Penguin said...

LOL, i had a mistake too....... and didn't see it till i had the entire center together.... so it came apart and went back together.

I don't think we are trained to look for boo boos :)

Hugs,

Nancy
Patchwork Penguin

Greenmare said...

oh well all saw it but we assumed you were doing an amish block there~
and if you believe that.........

Ginger Patches said...

I love how it turned out, your colors look great! I can't wait till mine is done.

Sherri said...

Hi Kathy, first time I've been to your blog and I really enjoy it. I love your mystery quilt! I had a look at some of the other mystery quilts on Quiltville, but you've put your colours together in such a way that they create a lovely vertical pattern that I didn't see in any of the other quilts. Great job. I may try this one myself, but doing it your way. Thanks for sharing.

ShinyNewThing said...

what is it about men? My husband has done that to me about 3 times, come in and looked at a quilt for a few minutes then pointed out an error. One of the quilts had been finished and bound for a few years, and I'd never noticed until he spotted it!