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Monday, November 21, 2011

Mysterious Goin's On over at Quiltville!

Hi Y'all!

This glorious mess on the right is what I am doing to follow Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt, ORCA BAY.

I have tiny hourglass units in all stages of completion (including a few more that still need cutting out).  These babies will finish at 2"....oh heavenly days, am I really making anything this tiny?  I guess I am committed because you can see the evidence right here.

I do hope that the next step will be a little easier, but knowing Bonnie, I'm not counting on it.

I decided to just follow Bonnie's suggested color scheme of black, red and blue instead of coming up with another set of colors.  Mostly because I like these colors for a quilt....so we'll see how it comes out in the coming weeks.

Every Friday, she will publish another step in the mystery.  This past Friday was the first step, except for the post where she introduces the mystery and gives us some idea of yardage requirements, suggested color scheme and so forth.  I had already pulled strips out of my bins and this weekend I was cutting and sewing like crazy.

I don't keep strips in 1 1/2", but I do keep 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, 4, 4 1/2, 5, and 6 inches.  I found that I could cut 1 1/2" from a 4" strip and the leftover goes in the 2 1/2" bin and so on.  As long as I could cut 1 1/2" from any strip and have a leftover that is in a size that I keep, that works for me.  I find that doing this makes my strip bins even more versatile.

I have gotten this far without cutting into any fabric other than my strips.  I plan to press and cut into a few fat quarters to get the rest this afternoon. 

I hope you will check out Bonnie's blog and maybe cut, sew, piece, and quilt along with all of us who love all of her designs.


  1. Good work so far and brilliant that everything has come from your strip bins so far :)

  2. It is a glorious mess, and the finished blocks look so perfect. It's going to be beautiful.

  3. I have been following her the mystery but won't be doing it myself right now...too many irons in the fire at the moment but am loving watching all of the progress going on in cyberspace. Keep up all the hard work, you're doing good :0)

  4. That is a lovely mess...lots of variety within your fabric.