Frolic Mystery quilt top finished!

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I finally finished this year’s mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville blog!

It took a little time since there were many steps on the final clue.

I put all the blocks together and then had to put the sashing together and sew everything into rows.

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That left a lot of jagged edges that had to be trimmed up before sewing on the first border.IMG_2454

I also had a bunch of spare parts after I had the main section of the quilt together!  I’ve never had this many left-over pieces before.

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The two outer borders were pretty easy to put together and went quick.  I figured out after the first two that I needed to sew a full quarter inch for these.  Once I did that, they seemed to fit much better.

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The first two sides that I sewed the borders onto were very easy.  The top and bottom sewn with the pinwheel blocks took a little more effort.  I must say, if I didn’t really want to get this quilt off my bedroom floor so I could walk there – I might’ve given up.  It just took a little patience and time but I got it done.

This is one stunning quilt and I’m really happy with how it turned out!  It’s also big!  85 inches square – so it’ll make a nice bed quilt.

I want to thank Bonnie Hunter for sharing this fun project; she really challenged me this year!

Mystery solved!

Bonnie Hunter revealed the final clue for this year’s mystery quilt last Friday!  Check it out here on her blog!

It looks great although I think I have several weeks worth of sewing to get it all together.

After putting some of my sets together, here are the blocks.

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These are pretty big and a little complicated but I do love them!

They’re going to be set on point and I’ll have to make some partial blocks for the corners.  I have half of the whole blocks done.

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After I get all the blocks done, I need to put together the sashing.  Then there’s the job of sewing everything together.

And finally, there are 2 saw-tooth borders and 1 plain border to add.

I have a lot of work to do!

In between…

I finished Clue #8 of the “Frolic” mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville site.

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It was another easy clue to make flying geese out of pieces we had already cut out.

So while I wait for the next clue I starting working on another quilt.  (I know, I know!  I can’t help myself!)

So, I was waiting to pay at the store recently and the February 2020 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine was right there so of course I grabbed it and brought it home.  There was an adorable house quilt pattern in there that I fell in love with.

It’s called “Home Made” and it’s designed by Monique Jacobs.  The blocks are really big IMG_2443and homey looking.  The quilt is made with flannels but I decided just to use the fabrics I have in my stash.  I thought I would make one block but they go together quickly and are addictive.

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There are only 16 blocks in the quilt so I have almost half done.

The houses in the pattern are turned all different directions but I’m not sure I want to do that.  I think you could also just have the houses upright.

This quilt will be the perfect gift for someone in my life.  I just need to find the perfect striped fabric for the sashing and a pretty focus fabric for the large border.

Are we there yet?

I can’t believe that we’re not finished with this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt and I’m all caught up!  Honestly, at this point, I feel like I’m making half square triangles in my sleep.

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I finished up Clue #6 and moved on to Clue #7 over the weekend.

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I feel like maybe the clues haven’t been too hard this year but I don’t know.

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Here are all the pieces.

I have no idea how this is going to be put all together!

Frolic Mystery catch-up

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m spending this first day of 2020 playing catch up with my Frolic quilt clues.  “Frolic” is Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt for this year.

I was so proud of myself this week for getting the last 2 clues cut and I had a plan to get them sewn by the release of the next clue this Friday and then… Bonnie released Clue #6 on New Year’s Eve!!

This happens every year.  The merry-go-round of clues and sewing spins faster and faster until I can no longer hold on (and keep up with things in my everyday life)!

But I try to console myself with the thought that I have the long, cold, dark January days to catch up and I’ll be glad I have a project to work on.  Really,  it’ll be fine.

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Clue #’s 4 and 5 were more half square triangles so we’ve had LOTS of practice with those.

I have to say, I’m getting a little tired of sewing half square triangles although they do go fast.  I have a system of chain sewing and then I’ve been using my new Clover desk needle threader which has a handy cutter tool.

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I just cut and stack.  It really does speed things up.  Love this little tool!  Plus, once you get the hang of threading your needle with it – life is so much easier for someone like myself who is getting older and more visually challenged.

 

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I finished Clue #4 this morning.  I hope to finish Clue #5 tomorrow and I got started cutting some of my Chartreuse greens into triangles for Clue #6 today.

Clue #6 says to make flying geese out of the larger triangles that we cut out in Clue #4 so a made a couple of those to see how they’ll look.

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I love all these colors together!  And it feels like we’re almost ready to see what kind of blocks we’re making.  Exciting!!

Well, I’ve got to finish cutting out these green triangles and hopefully, I can get at least half of them sewn by Friday.

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Frolic Mystery Quilt Week 3

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I got this week’s clue finished with some time to spare!

Things are getting busy with Christmas just around the corner and we have guests visiting.  I had to break this clue into manageable amounts to sew each day but it actually went very fast.

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So there it is – three weeks and three clues finished!

Frolic Mystery Quilt Week 2

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I was so happy that this week’s clue was easy again!

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I just wanted to post an update on my progress on this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from her Quiltville blog.

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I have the first 2 clues finished but I have guests coming next week so it might get harder to keep up.  I’m going to do the best I can!

It’s Mystery Quilt time again!!

I said I wasn’t going to do it again but when Bonnie Hunter came out with the colors for this year’s Quiltville mystery quilt, I fell in love.  By the way, this year’s quilt is called “Frolic”.

I begged my mom to pop over to Lowes and pick up the paint chips for this year’s colors – and then please, mail them to me. (Thanks Mom!)

Then I went through my stash to see if I had anything in those colors.

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I had a lot of the green, which is called Parakeet and a little bit of everything else.  Our arts & crafts store on base was having a big sale so I was able to pick up some more fabrics of the other colors.  I’m not sure if I have enough for the whole quilt but I have enough to get started.

The first clue came out the day after Thanksgiving and I was very thankful that she made it an easy clue to start with!

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It’s just some little 4 patch blocks and I’m almost finished with those.

As you can see, I’m also still working on my Pinwheel Fancy quilt blocks and mixing them in there as leaders and enders.

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I’m just a little over halfway done with this and running out of room on my design wall!  I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I run out of room.  I’ll probably just stack them up and then lay them all out on the floor.  I like having them up here so I can make sure to switch up the fabrics as I’m sewing them.  I think as long as I lay everything out before I sew them together, I’ll get a nice mix of fabrics.

I can’t wait until Friday when the next mystery quilt clue comes out!