Mystery Quilt top finished!

Mystery Quilt

My 2015 Mystery Quilt is finished!  I got the final instructions to finish it from the meeting last week and I wanted to get it done before school/work started back up.

Remember how I wasn’t too sure about those 6 blocks?  They ended up making the center of the quilt and actually blend in nicely with the colorful borders.

I realize that the borders make this quilt but that was my least favorite part.  I just kept sewing and sewing and sewing….  There are 4 borders here!

This was my first mystery quilt and it went OK but I really like to know what the finished project looks like before I spend a lot of money on fabrics and time putting it together.  I’m not sure if I’ll do another one.

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Mystery Block #6

This is the last block for the mystery quilt that I’m doing with my local quilt guild.

mystery block #6

The instructions called for us to go ahead and put the 6 blocks together along with the hourglass blocks that we made last month and a couple of rows of blocks that we made this month.  I didn’t use the suggested layout but mixed mine up some.  I just thought they looked best with this arrangement.

mystery blocks

There’s a lot of red and a lot going on here!  The hourglass blocks at the top and bottom are more borders that we had to make this month but we’re not supposed to add them yet.  I think there are several borders for this quilt that we’re adding later.  It’s still a mystery how it’ll turn out!  We still have a couple more months to go until we’re finished so there’s still a chance it won’t be awful.  Come back next month and see how things are shaping up.

Mystery Block #5

Here is this month’s mystery block:

mystery block 5We also had to make several hourglass blocks that will go in between the mystery blocks.  I’m going to wait until I make the 6th block before I put everything together so I can see how they’ll go together best.  I like the blocks individually but I’m not sure about them all together.  We’ll see next month….

Mystery Block #3

I got the instructions for this month’s mystery block this week and got it finished.

Mystery Block #3

I like the block but I’m not sure about all the blocks put together.  It feels like there’s too many different fabrics.  I just don’t know how this is going to turn out which is probably why I haven’t done mystery quilts before!  Here’s a photo of all 3 mystery blocks so far:

1st 3 mystery blocks

I guess only time will tell if they’ll look good together.

Mystery Block #2

The weather has become Spring-like and beautiful here and I’ve come out of my house like a mole from it’s dark tunnel.  Everyone is smiling and staring up at the sun like we’re seeing an old forgotten friend.  Needless to say, I’m not getting much sewing done.  Yesterday, I just sat out on the porch with my kitty and soaked up the warm sun!  Sometimes you gotta do that.

Last night I got the instructions for the next block of the mystery quilt and I ran home and started cutting fabric.  It was like that scene from “A Christmas Story” where Ralphie gets the code from the radio show and tries to figure out the secret message – except I wasn’t in the bathroom.

Mystery block #2

Here it is!

 

I like this block but I’m not sure if it “goes” with the first block.  I might have to re-make the first block.  Maybe when we get farther into this project, it’ll all make sense.

I’ve also been working on my Morley J. Moose.  I traced him last fall after I got the pattern but then I got busy with other things.

Morley moose

He is such a groovy Moose!  So, I have this part done but I’m having trouble with the background.  I tried to follow the directions for the color scheme of the background strips but I feel like it’s just too colorful and busy.

background

I like the whole striped background part but I think I may try a more subdued color scheme.  When I figure that out, I’ll share this whole project.  Right now, I think I’ll go outside and think about what colors to use while I enjoy the sunshine!

Mystery Block #1

The quilt guild I belong to, The Magic City Piece Makers, recently started a mystery quilt.  This is my first mystery quilt (if you don’t count the Bonnie Hunter one I quit after she said to cut 200 something little squares the first month).  I agonized over my fabric selections for over a month.  I’m still not sure about a couple of the fabrics but we’ll see how things go.  We got the instructions for the first block a week or so ago and I ran home and started working on it.

mystery block 1

The medium brown was the fabric I wasn’t sure about.  The geometric pattern doesn’t really go with the others but it was hard to find the perfect medium brown.  I’ll probably wait until I have more blocks to see how things look before I re-make anything.  In any case, the first block is done!