Monday, November 30, 2015

Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery Quilt-a-long has started! Allietare, Link-up #1

It's that time of year again - when Bonnie Hunter thanks all her followers with a free mystery quilt-a-long! I have participated for the last 4 years, with 2 finished quilts, 1 flimsy and 1 still in pieces to show for it!

This year I had decided that I have way too many projects started, and I wasn't going to do the mystery - but...

I couldn't resist the pull!  I'm only going to make about 1/16th of each of the units, in the hopes I end up with a pillow-size finish.  I haven't pulled my fabrics - I'll do that as each step is released but I did get my first 20 units of Step 1 done. (294/16 = 18.375 rounded up to 20).

How did I come up with 1/16th?  Bonnie usually does large quilts, between a double and queen - so I estimated her quilt will finish at about 80x80; 1/4 is 40x40; 1/16 should be about 20x20 - a nice size pillow cover.

I've used the same grey in several quilts already, and this is the very last of it. I will miss it!

Here are my other Mystery quilts, finished and in progress:

Orca Bay - my first and favourite!  It wasn't until this year that I realized I had made a mistake in assembling the blocks - can you find it? That's the beauty of scrappy quilts - they hide a multitude of mistakes.

Easy Street - the biggest quilt I have ever made.  I upsized this to King-size and gifted it to my daughter and her husband. Quilt-inspector Daisy approved.

Celtic Solstice - I down-sized this one to about twin-size and changed the border. Still in the queue to be quilted.

And finally, Grand Illusion:

I decided to stay within a single designer and mostly one fabric line (Jason Yenter/Shangri-la), but I am not happy working with such limited fabrics. Bonnie's quilts deserve to be scrappy, and appeal to my sense of adventure.  I have finished Step One and working on Step Two.  I'm going to finish up the units I have started, and maybe assemble a smaller quilt.

Be sure to check out what everyone else has been up to at the Linky Party on Bonnie's blog.


  1. love the lacy look of the gray you chose, I can see why you have used it so much! it is beautiful

  2. Lovely to see your previous mysteries, as well as the new one.

  3. I said the same thing to myself! ha. but now I'm doing 2 versions..
    your quilts are beautiful.

  4. AWESOME! Love the quilts and nope..I surely can't find the 'mistake', they look lovely to me!..Happy Quilting!

  5. Those are some FABULOUS mystery quilts!! Have fun making a FRACTION of the blocks for Allietare. I will be joining you in that, but mine will be a bit bigger.

  6. I got sucked in too. A few more HSTs to make....

  7. Yay for joining in on the newest mystery and I really enjoyed your parade too!

  8. Beautiful 'Bonnie MQ's, this is my fifth and look forward to it each year.

  9. The pull is indeed strong! I elected to do about half the units - and I'm really enjoying it this time. Glad to see you have the motivation!


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