Friday, November 19, 2021

New Quiltville Mystery

Bonnie Hunter has another quilty adventure planned for us called Rhododendron Trail. It starts at the end of November and we are getting our fabrics collected in preparation. This annual tradition has been a special part of my quilting life for many years and helps to create some calm moments of sewing during the sometimes overwhelming pre-Christmas frenzy.

This is last year's mystery called Grassy Creek and I love how it turned out! I followed all the colour recommendations but I did make a few changes when creating my quilt:

1) no string pieced sashings

2) alternating gold and red churn dash blocks

3) a smaller version for my guild's comfort quilt collection, and 

4) no outside border.

For this year's mystery I am veering off the path of the recommended colours in order to use up some batik stash. It is a brave decision to do this since you never know how colours will play together in a quilt.  But with my years of practice sewing Bonnie's mystery patterns, I'm feeling confident to give it a try. It's only fabric after all!

Here are my choices:


As you can see I had enough pink and yellow, but no garnet or aqua. So aqua will be bright green, and garnet will be medium purples. 


After years of making Bonnie Hunter mysteries, I know that this new mystery will be: 


1) made of hundreds of small pieces (which I adore!),

2) a well written quilt pattern with great instructions, 

3) made of complex and interesting blocks to sew, 

4) a well-kept mystery right up until the end, and

5) a fun adventure

Hope to see you next Friday on opening day!

10 comments:

Shasta Matova said...

That is a great color selection. I think making changes to Bonnie's sew along is always a good thing, because then your quilt won't look like all the others.

tubakk said...

I love your color choice. This will be fantastic. I don't know yet if I'm going to start this mystery. We are going away in three weeks, and I'm not sure I will have a sewing machine where I stay. Good luck with your mystery!

Rebecca said...

I never sew a Bonnie Mystery but I love to watch and see the process and progress with all the different color ways people choose!

Cheryl D. said...

Nice. Colour choices. Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts are such fun. Enjoy!! I’m not sure if I’m joining in on this one. But it’s always exciting to see the progress of others.

Vicki G. said...

Can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing that Bonnie has posted!
Vicki G.

Mary said...

Good choices for you. I'm going to be up earky for the clue!! My 10th Quiltville Mystery.

Nann said...

I have an initial fabric pull but I'm undecided about leaping in. (I say that every year, and every year I get caught up in the fever.) I admire you for trying another colorway.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

This sounds like so much fun, Kathy . Fabulous choice on fabrics. I think I just might join in this year. Happy quilting.

sue said...

Like many, I've pulled the fabrics and am waiting to decide. My yellow will probably be a green shade as I don't like how it stands out against the other colors. My aqua is a beautiful multi-color print. I love how many choices folks make.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Interesting alternate color choices!!! It's going to be good!!!