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September 14, 2019
UFO report from DaySpringQuilter

Would you say you are a patient person or an impatient one? I think I tend to be more impatient than patient but I’m working on it. .

About this time every year Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville gets ready to release her annual mystery quilt. I always say I’m going to resist, but I never seem to be able to muster up the self-control to do so. 

In 2014 Bonnie released her Grand Illusion mystery quilt.  I love Bonnie’s designs, but if I was really honest I’d have to say that this was not my favourite pattern ...

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September 13, 2019
Haunted Sampler Begins from Road Home Quilting

Happy Friday 13!
A HAUNTED SAMPLER Mystery Quilt begins now, thanks for playing.
Return every Friday for the next instructions, or FOLLOW RHQ for email updates about:

  • Thursdays serial story, The Witch's Quilt 
  • Fridays mystery quilt, A Haunted Sampler
  • Get supply list and cutting directions HERE.

A HAUNTED SAMPLER by Road Home Quilting
Part 1:  General - all blocks


Draw a diagonal line (45 degrees, corner to opposite corner) on the back of
  • Black 5 ½” squares
  • (12) Black 3 ½” squares
  • Grey 5 ½” squares
  • Grey 3 ½” squares
  • (4) Orange 2 ½” squares
Match as follows, right ...

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Double Treat from Road Home Quilting

Lets get the spooky season started!
Beginning Thursday - The Witch's Quilt, a serial story by Kitty Pearl.

And coming Friday 13th, a seven part mystery quilt. There will be a Linky at the end where you can share your new Halloween Quilt.  Here are supplies and cutting instructions to get you ready for the quilty party:

A HAUNTED SAMPLER by Road Home Quilting
Five scary themed traditional blocks combine for a large square décor quilt.
 But wait - Haunted Sampler is not scary to make; no Y-seams, easy HST construction, with a few flying geese. Suitable for novelty ...

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September 6, 2019
Still Solving the Mystery from TheEclecticAbuela

I've almost completed the mystery from Kevin the Quilter.

This is only a part of the top, but I'll get a better picture when it is done. I'm calling it Cherry Mash after the Missouri-based candy.
Click photo to learn more about Cherry Mash

If you would like to make Kevin's pattern, the clues can be found HERE. Thanks to Kevin for the summer fun!

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September 5, 2019
Mosaic Mystery Quilt: Cutting Fabric from Goer

It's been a long while since I've cut all the fabric for an entire lap quilt in one go. I've been doing more improv projects where the cutting is mixed in with the piecing. Or I've worked piecemeal on a project. However, the August instructions for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt were to cut up the four main fabrics. (I haven't selected border fabric as I'm waiting to see the quilt top. I'd like to find a coordinating stripe, so any leads on that are greatly appreciated.)

Fabric A is the gold print. Fabric ...

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September 3, 2019
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I can't believe it is September already. And it's time for choosing goals for One monthly goal at elm street quilts. This is the month I am going to finally finish On Ringo Lake mystery quilt.....I hope.
After finishing the top last month, I had a few places I needed to flip the sashings. This pesky little guy was nearly in the center of the quilt. Fortunately, he was a lone wolf taunting me, and not part of a series of flipped pieces.

I plan to stay with the mystery quilts, and finish good fortune mystery quilt ...

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August 26, 2019
this, that, and some more . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

The calendar has been full, full, full, but I've still been managing to daily get at least (at least) 15 minutes of time towards some aspect of stitching.  It makes me so happy to be able to do this!  I did manage to finish my bee quilt in time for the guild's "parade of mystery quilts" . . .
Not great pics, but I'm so in love with this layout ... it's very pleasing to my eye.  I'll use this again, soon.

We had a great wrap-up of our mug rug swap, too . . . 
It was fun to end the ...

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one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

At the beginning of the month, my one monthly goal for August was to get On ringo lake mystery quilt to a top. and to have all the garden party blocks finished and the chaining blocks started.
Here is the top. When I put it together, I discovered that there was a mistake on the center row, and I had to take it apart and redo the sashings in the center row. At this point, I have one more sashing near the center that has to be flipped.

I finished all the garden party blocks, and I cut the strips ...

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August 24, 2019
more on ringo lake quilt from Making A Lather

I have the first half of on ringo lake mystery quilt together. And all the rows ready for the second half of the quilt.

I don't see any mistakes so far. we will see...
I have a new snowman to share from my rug I am hooking, it will have to be my bright blue for the rainbow scrap challenge.

I am linking to:
lots of blue inspiration at
rsc19 super saturday

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August 20, 2019
on ringo lake quilt from Making A Lather

It took a bit of looking to even find my on ringo lake mystery quilt. I wanted to get this quilt to top as my goal for August. I had to really think about what had been done, and, what I still needed to do to get this finished. I counted and found all the blocks I would need. yay

I had all the sashings together in twosies. yay

I had one row started. yay

I even had the corner section together. Of all the Bonnie Hunter mysery quilts, this one was the hardest to understand the assembly instructions. The ...

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August 17, 2019
Mystery Time from TheEclecticAbuela

As I mentioned last time, my pink scrap bins are full, so when Kevin the Quilter announced this mystery in two colors, I knew one of those colors would be pink.

I chose to pair it with brown--another color of which I have an overabundance.  In the first two clues, we made four-patches.

I did a mystery with Kevin last year with this result.

I'm looking forward to the next clue!

I'm also working on another project that I can't show yet, and I'm putting together more scraps for donation quilts. It is, however, time for ...

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August 12, 2019
a weekend of quiltiness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

What a lovely weekend!  It was filled with a lot of quiltiness. For one thing, I've been very diligent about getting in at least fifteen minutes of  'quilting' in each day.  Whether it's hand-work or sewing or shopping or designing or organizing in the Nook ... I've been very successful in hitting my goal and actually exceeding it on most days, which is very exciting to me!

Thursday kicks off my weekend (we work four, ten-hour days), and Thursday evening I did a little more embroidery sketching and then spent some grand time with the girls!
This little ...

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July 30, 2019
En Provence finish from Making A Lather

Despite throwing back surgery into the month of July, I did finish my goals for the month. August will be a different story, I am sure. Unless, watching tv can be a goal.
I finished En Provence mystery quilt to the point of hand sewing the binding before surgery, and I have slowly worked on that while in the recliner. En Provence was 2016 mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. I have on Ringo lake and good fortune to finish yet. I had already finished en provence in the quiltville colors. I did two of them, this one using ...

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July 29, 2019
getting stitchy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Last week was a lovely, stitchy week!  On Sunday I remembered the sets of embroidery stencils I got while my shoulder was out of service for National Quilting Day (see that post here).  I pulled them all out and picked one that looked like fun to stitch . . .
I worked on it Sunday and finished it up on Tuesday. Todd and I drove six hours, round trip, for a work conference.  Well, he drove and I stitched!
I adore how this turned out!  I will finish it up this week and gift it later.  :)

I didn't skip Monday ... I road-tripped ...

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July 21, 2019
allietare 2015 from Making A Lather

I am scheduling this post ahead, and hoping I am recovering well from surgery. I am really excited to have finished this quilt.This is the 2015 quiltville mystery quilt allietare. I had the top together before it was set aside. I did add borders. This is Bonnie Hunter's 14th mystery and my 15th finished. I have 3 more to go to have all the mystery quilts done. I really hope that I have them done before the next mystery is released in November.

I really like the colors.

This is part of my finish a long goals and ...

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July 17, 2019
Mosaic Mystery Quilt: Fabric Pull from Goer

Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs has kicked off her latest mystery quilt. I love a mystery quilt and I especially love the Meadow Mist Community. I may not really have the time for this, but I couldn't resist shopping my stash last week to pull fabrics to participate. I've appreciated the pacing of monthly clues in Cheryl's previous mystery quilts and look forward to giving this one a go.

I'll be using Kona Black for my background. (I'll need to buy more.) And these three prints will be my fabrics A, B, and C. I ...

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June 17, 2019
retreat traffic jam from Making A Lather

We had a 'sleep in your own bed' retreat Friday and Saturday. It is always great to connect with other quilters and to learn more about them and how they do something. And, it is a great way to give a little as well. And the best part was going home to sleep in your own bed. Everything was locked up tight, and we could just start right where we had left off the night before.

I worked on a mystery quilt from Morgansons and stitches and sew forth. I din't have a picture of the quilt so I ...

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May 29, 2019
Quilting a Mystery Star from From My Carolina Home

Longarm quilting is sometimes a true joy.  When you get a perfectly pieced top with a wide backing and quality batting to do, plus the machine behaves without thread breaks, it is fun to do.  I had to take a longer than usual time to get this one done, as I could only stand to do a couple of rows of pantograph, then had to sit and get my knee up again for an hour or so.  But, persevering over several days, it was done.

Star Quilt at

Folding up the bottom, it did not surprise me at all that her borders were ...

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May 27, 2019
Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Continues from Melva Loves Scraps

Carole at From My Carolina Home released step four of the Minuet Mystery Quilt and I made quick work of it...  

It involved connecting the flying geese units and the light/print bricks.

The piecing of the mystery quilt is so similar to life... we don't always know what the end result of a situation will be.  We simply trust the designer of life.  In the quilting world, we trust that the designer of the quilt pattern.

In book 11 of the Patchwork Mysteries, Squared Away, the lead character reflects on a similar topic...

"Sarah thought about how life ...

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May 21, 2019
On Ringo Lake Inspired Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Have you stitched On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter? I decided back in October that I would try Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt. Of course, I then decided to overthink the whole thing,...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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