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.
  

9 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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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