Monday, September 16, 2019

Mystery Updates

I must admit that I seem to be addicted to mystery quilting. It is rare for me to be able to pass up a mystery quilt adventure. Every mystery quilt pattern writer has their own unique style and I love them all!  It's so fun not knowing what I'm really making or what the project will end up looking like. 
Today is an update on the three mystery quilts I am currently working on:
Mosaic Mystery step #1

1) Step #1 of the Mosaic Mystery quilt at Meadow Mist Designs has been posted. It was quick and easy sewing but doesn't look very exciting on the design wall.  

Are you someone who worries about how your fabric choices will work out and hesitate to join in the fun? For this mystery you just need 4 fabrics and Cheryl shared lots of tips on the fabric selection process - click here. And then hop over to the September "House Block" link up to see all the finished blocks. It's so fun to see the variety of fabrics that people are using. There are no wrong choices!

And of course I sewed the second line on all the corners of these blocks to make the baby/bonus HSTs to add to my collection. I'm not sure why the blue fabrics look so different in these 2 photos, but they are the same fabrics!

"Almost Reproduction"
2) Lori at Humble Quilts is starting a new mystery project and step #1 is posted. The quilt is called "Almost Amish" and uses solids. I don't enjoy sewing with solids, so I'm using civil war reproductions because I have lots of those and need to use them up. I guess I'll call my version "Almost Reproduction", although that doesn't sound quite right!

4 patches for step #1
I have been reading Lori's blog for many years and have really enjoyed all her mystery quilts. Here are some of her mysteries that I have made: Palmateer Point, Pink Lemonade, Country RoadsAbundance, Cascadia, and Mountain Trail. What is most noteworthy about this list is that every single one of Lori's mysteries that I started has  resulted in FINISHED quilts! So why not jump right in, make the 4 patches for the first step and use up whatever stash you have laying around. 

3) Kevin's Simply Sensational Summer Scrap quilt is coming along. Summer is over now so this quilt has to get finished! 
It was challenging to trim the quilt since I didn't want to lose any points, and the edge is now completely on the bias. The next border has to get on there quickly to prevent stretching which would make the quilt edges wavy.  
This is how it looks today on the design wall. The next border is being sewn, and there are more borders still to make.

Hop over to Small Quilts to see more design wall posts.


piecefulwendy said...

I think I'm going to jump in with Lori's mystery quilt, I just need to gather my fabrics. Hadn't thought about using reproduction fabrics, but I have a bunch, so I might follow your lead. I'm at the same point on Kevin's mystery quilt; a bit nervous about the trimming, so I'm procrastinating. :-)

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Great progress on your mystery quilts! I am deep into trying to finish enough to begin Autumn Jubilee posts in October.

Alison V. said...

All of your progress is great! I am also addicted to mystery quilts and quilt alongs so I understand!

Deanna W said...

I am finding it easier to resist these mysteries...I have may quilts and UFO that need finishing first!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Look at you go!! I am almost to the same place you are in the SSSSQ! LOVE your colors for the dark - its going to be awesome!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Yay for Bonus HSTs and a super Scrappy Kevin Mystery!!! Love, love, LOVE both of those things.

Ramona said...

Your mystery quilts are all wonderful. I don't join because I get too impatient and I do worry about whether I'm going to like the design or not. Love the last one of yours with all of the colors. It looks like twinkling lights. :)

Janet O. said...

You, my friend, are a mystery making marvel! And while you enjoy not knowing what you are making, that is the very thing I DON'T like about mysteries. LOL
I have usually joined Lori's, however, and not been disappointed, but still on the fence about joining up this time. Like you, I would have to choose repro--or I guess I could do batiks. I don't really work with solids and have next to none.

Karen said...

You do like doing those mystery quilts. Me....not so much. I like to know the end result so I can get fabric placement settled in my mind before spending a lot of time on a quilt. You seem to be able to go with the flow and trust the mystery instructions.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

It's fun to find a "genre" we like in quilting. For me, the only "mystery" quilts I do are the self imposed quilts that morph from one thing to another, ha ha. I like your reproduction palette for the Humble Quilts mystery.

Mary said...

I'm waiting for the Quiltville Mystery! I might do Lori's too. My solids haven't been selected yet, but might be more pastel. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Your house blocks look great!

Sandy said...

WOW, you've been really busy. I joined a mytery knitting thing once...or maybe now that I think of it, a crochet thing and I didn't enjoy it. I don't like working on something that I don't know whats it's going to look like. I only made it part way through and drop out of the group. But looks like you're having fun not knowing.

Sandy's Space

AnnieO said...

Admitting your addiction is the first step to mental health, lol!

I have seldom done mysteries but have been luck with my choices in the few I have done. Some instructions are clearer than others, obviously! Have fun.