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November 28, 2020
Grassy Creek--Part 1 from TheEclecticAbuela

 Once again, I am doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt; this year it is entitled Grassy Creek. The first clue was given on the day after Thanksgiving.

These are just a few of my units. Much more to come . . .

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November 9, 2020
Batik Bowtie Quilt from Appalachian Quilts

Yup - I finished another UFO!  This was a class I taught - I'm pretty sure it was one of our mystery quilts.  I miss those Friday Night Mystery Quilt nights!  We had so much fun.  Usually, we brought potluck.  Class started at 6 and went until midnight-ish.  The best part of it was the fellowship.  Why does this virus have to take away our fellowship?  *sigh*

I do love batiks.  I go back and forth between traditional and batiks when it comes to fabric.  I think that's why we stock so many.  (We have hundreds of bolts in stock ...

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September 22, 2020
Good Fortune Mystery Quilt from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

On Black Friday 2018, Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville Fame, introduced the first of many clues to her annual Mystery Quilt, called Good Fortune.  Although the clues wrap up in January, it has taken me time to bind, label and deliver to the new owner.

The border is a little different from Bonnie's original design only so I could enlarge the finished size and add something original to my finish.  Bonnie offers a downloadable Good Fortune pattern for this scrappy gem, with detailed instructions and photos.  

For those wanting to participate in the 2020 Mystery, stay tuned and follow Bonnie ...

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July 20, 2020
old world is a top from Making A Lather

I have a top for the old world mystery quilt from Quilted Twins. I really like it. It's big, so, I will need to find a back to continue with it. I have really enjoyed this mystery.

I am having a thermostat war with my son. Our AC has a 1 degree difference that is all the difference. One degree lower and it's time to crack out the sled dogs and mush through the snow. My son is a big guy and warm all the time, so he sneaks the AC down. I don't realize it, until ...

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July 17, 2020
square dance finish from Making A Lather

I have a finish
From my Carolina home hosted a mystery quilt in 2018. It was the first time, I had tried one of her mysteries. I enjoyed it, and I like the result. It was easy to keep up with the clues, and, I had a quilt top shortly after the reveal, but, it has languished in the "to be quilted" pile until now. This one is called square dance. I chose to do the queen size. It finished at about 82 x 90 and used a lot of scraps.

For the back, I used a strip from a ...

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July 10, 2020
unity clue 4 from Making A Lather

It started out pleasant enough, clue 4 for unity mystery quilt, required a lot of cutting. I like to cut.

The quilt needed a lot of HSTs. I like chain piecing.

But, this is when it gets dicey. Apparently, everything needed trimmed. I don't like trimming, so, I didn't. I started making the blocks, nine patch style, and they looked fine, until, I trimmed the whole blocks. I started making the rows, and, I was losing 60 % of the points. Drat. I couldn't live with that. I decided to take all the blocks apart. I realized that ...

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July 7, 2020
starting july off right . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

We enjoyed a terrific long Independence Day weekend! On Thursday, we had 'staff enrichment', which means we went to lunch together at a nice restaurant and then went home afterwards. Hip, hip! On Friday, Todd and I did our usual boating trip where he fished and I mostly read. I never get tired of the scenery!
On Saturday, we hit the lake again, this time with the Merkel crew.  
We spent the day swimming and splashing (and eating), and then we headed towards the shoreline at dark to watch fireworks.  It was fabulous!  
All the big shows had coronacancelled, but ...

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July 3, 2020
mystery progress from Making A Lather

I am making progress on the old world mystery quilt from Quilted Twins. I haven't sewn as much, since, I injured my finger. I really like putting this quilt together. It looks complicated, but, it doesn't have matching seams.

I have been cutting scraps almost everyday. At first, I was timid about cutting with a rotary cutter, even though, It was a kitchen knife that hurt my finger. But, any sharp object gave me a little anxiety. I am gaining my confidence. The plan is to work on scraps for at least 15 minutes a day. Once I ...

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Mystery Top Finish from Wedding Dress Blue

Days Filled With Joy understands her job.  If you are in a funk, there is nothing like a good mystery to get your mojo going in a positive direction.


I don’t know that I was really in a funk, but any excuse for a good scrappy quilt, right?!


I am so pleased with how this turned out.  As I chose to add sashing between the blocks I ran out of the original background piece and had to (after looking at FOUR different stores) do the outer border from something different.  Indoor light and quilting will hopefully minimize the differences ...

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Masked Hexagons, Socially Distanced: An English Paper Pieced Mystery Scrap Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

If you are one of the thousands of quilters giving time and fabric to make lifesaving masks, thank you. For me, making masks is not only a good deed, but a powerful way to reduce anxiety in a tragic  time. 

You may also be putting mask scraps aside, to someday make a  quilt. Here’s one idea that you can work on as you continue to make masks: 

And here's what it would have looked like on white:

It's not finished - it's just a top - because as I continue to make masks, I will grow it. The ...

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July 1, 2020
new goals for July from Making A Lather

July is here with a whole new month of possiblities.
For my one monthly goal, in July, I want to quilt my snow days quilt and square dance mystery quilt from my carolina home. This was a 2018 mystery quilt.

I want to join my alpha letters into a quote and a top.

And, I want to organize and make a top with my Jamestown landing blocks. I started Jamestown landing in 2013. This project is in blocks. This quilt is a combination of HSTS and string blocks found in string fling book by Bonnie Hunter.

This will also be ...

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June 26, 2020
A Bigger Mystery from Wedding Dress Blue

Step 8 of the mystery quilt was revealed today. While I love the blocks, I was wanting a slightly larger quilt.


So I’m trying out an idea to see what happens.

I might be getting ahead of myself, as she says borders are coming, but here I go anyways…

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partial finishes from Making A Lather

 I am now on the injured list with a finger. I was slicing onions, and added a piece of my left ring finger. It will be awhile before it heals. Meanwhile, I learn just how much I use my finger. haha

I have milestone finishes to share today. I finished all the snowmen in my my rug hooking rug. Now, I can begin the center background. The center portion measures 27 x 38. If I do the border as it is drawn, it will be 35 x 42. I use wool strips, and it is getting heavy. I started it ...

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June 23, 2020
to do: block 2 from Making A Lather

These blocks from the old world mystery quilt, are pieced with pieces from all the clues. Looking at them finished, I wish I had used a darker light. I guess I will know better in the finished quilt. There are some pieced blocks for the setting triangles, and then I am ready to assemble the top.

My progress:
clue 1
clue 2
clue 3
clue 4
clue 5
clue 6
block 1

The reveal is here for the old world mystery quilt at Quilted Twins.

I tried an economy block with some charm squares to see if I want ...

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June 19, 2020
Capital Quilters' Retreat from Wendy's Quilts and More

This weekend I'm going to our guild's retreat.  We're quite a big guild, so we usually have 3 retreats a year - 2 at Silverstream in Upper Hutt, and one at Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington. Different groups of members are regulars at each venue.  I only go to the Home of Compassion retreat which is usually in the middle of winter.  

We arrive on Friday morning and stay for two nights, so I need to take plenty of things to keep me busy for three days.  

The last couple of years I've left my ...

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June 16, 2020
to do- make blocks from Making A Lather

I finished the border pieces and all the corners and the sashings on the old country mystery quilt from quilted twins. I'm excited to start putting the blocks together.

They went together very nicely. The pressing instructions were helpful.

The reveal is here for the old world mystery quilt at Quilted Twins.

My progress:
clue 1
clue 2
clue 3
clue 4
clue 5
clue 6

I am linking to:

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June 10, 2020
frolic is a top? from Making A Lather

The top for quiltville frolic mystery quilt is finished as per the pattern. And, I was ready to quilt it. I realized, if I add borders, it would be bigger for a bed.
I didn't plan on going bigger, but, it seems an off - size this way.
It stalls until I make a decision.

When I took to quilting in earnest, borders were my least favorite part of the process. I left many almost finished quilts in the ufo pile to avoid borders. I had to decide how to fix that problem. It wasn't easy, but, I can ...

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June 3, 2020
more 9 patch from Making A Lather

And then, there were more. I enjoy working on these in the evening while we are watching Tv.

I talked about racing my daughter using 2 1/2 inch strips here. I think I am still ahead of her. But, neither of us is tipping our hand. I decided to throw a few red into the mix. It seems to go quickly when each set makes 2 blocks. I think I am aiming for 42 blocks for a 6 x 7 layout. That would be the equivalent of 63 jelly roll strips. I think Katie let slip, she is using ...

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June 2, 2020
Finally--Some Photos! from TheEclecticAbuela

I am bad about putting off the photography of my quilts--and a blog post without pictures is a bit boring. I finally got some taken today--yay me!

Here is my version of Frolic--the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.

Frolic 88" x 88"

Frolic (detail)--I wanted to add Kermit the Frog because of a funny segment on Sesame Street that ended, "Everybody Frolic!"

Frolic (detail)--What's a busy scrap quilt without a Waldo to Find?

Frolic (border and backing detail)--Excuse the chalk lines; they will wash out.

Frolic (detail)--Cats, elephants, funny faces, and the Eiffel Tower

Frolic (detail)--Mary ...

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May 20, 2020
old world mystery 6 from Making A Lather

ok, yesterday was cold and rainy. Last week, it was cold and rainy every other day. I checked the forecast for this week - rain, cloudy, thunderstorms, dreary, showers. I might be getting a little tired of this. And I mean, everything this. We made a grocery run yesterday during senior hours, and there was less food than we have seen before.

We are trying to stain and seal our deck this summer, and, it may be the end of July before it will be dry enough. I did sneak a planting in between rain drops. It is too wet to ...

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