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Thread: A New Mystery Quilt Train Ride! Hop on-board anytime

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    A New Mystery Quilt Train Ride! Hop on-board anytime

    Welcome to our second Mystery Quilt journey. This time, our train ride will be making stops at six weekly destinations, starting on May 26th. This trip is for everyone who loves a good mystery, not just our returning passengers. We all had a great time on the last mystery train ride, and hopefully this one will entertain you as well. So climb on board the train, make your way to the club car, and join the fun; one and all are welcome. Your returning traveling companions are a hoot. The quilt should be fun for all, from the confident beginner to the experienced quilter.

    Today is the first posting, and is the only clue that will not be given on a Saturday. I want to give you time to sift through your stash and/or visit the fabric store. From now on, a new clue to our destination will be posted on this thread on Saturday mornings, the next clue on May 26th and the last one on June 30th. The clue on June 23rd is shorter than the others to give any one that needs it, a chance to catch up. If you are unable to do a clue a week, no problem: do the project at your own pace and scroll through the thread as you need a new set of directions. No rush: even when the trip is over, the thread will remain here. Clues are being posted weekly at the request of so many of my previous mystery quilt participants, and all clues will be posted on this thread, so bookmark it so you can easily find it every week.

    And now, I notice that our engineer has been given the okay to leave the station. By now youíve found your way to the club car, met your fellow travelers, and made yourself comfortable. Finally, here is the list of what you will need for the trip.

    You will be making a 44Ē square, perfect size for a table topper, a baby quilt, or a wall hanging. Below are requirements for yardage using 5 colors, and suggestions if you are using scrappy. (Sorry about the size, I just couldnít seem to get it to be 42Ē so you didnít have to piece the backing.)

    As you can see from the pictures, I have chosen light and medium-light for a baby quilt. Below that is the assortment for the scrappy wall hanging. In fact, these are leftovers from 2 charm packs. (No, you will NOT be just sewing squares together. LOL) . And the assortment of blue fabrics will be used later, after I get these two done. Pretty much any combinations will look good with this quilt, the only requirement is for you to like the way the colors look together. Small to medium prints will work best; I would shy away from huge prints. A scrappy batik would be glorious, maybe put with one of the mottled blenders that are so popular now.

    For the Five-Color quilt:
    FOR COLORS A and B: 1-ľ yd each of two colors you like, preferably with nice contrast between the two colors
    FOR COLOR C: 1-ľ yd to set off your chosen A and B colors.
    Color D: 1/3 yard that will go nicely with A B and C.
    Color E - 1/3 yard to give some contrast. (Here is the only hint you will get on this trip: color E is sashing) You will need additional fabric if planning on adding another outer border to make this larger than the 44Ē stated above.

    Combinations to keep in mind as you go through your stash:
    Light and medium-light (as in what will be the baby quilt);
    Combinations of light, medium and dark;
    Monochromatic as I used in the blue fabrics; or
    Complementary color combinations that are pleasing to you.

    Now for the Scrappy:
    You will need:
    Color C - 1-1/4 yard in a medium cool color, possibly a solid or a blender
    Color D - 1/3 yard to go with all your scrappy.
    Color E -1/3 yard for the sashing,
    (I am using designation of Colors C D and E as I used in the 5-color quilt so I donít get mixed up when writing the directions. Your colors A and B will be the scraps.)
    As for your scraps, gather together a wide variety of scraps in light to dark (The more different of fabrics the better; and a mix of cool and warm fabrics would work out just fine.) Scraps should be a minimum width of 5Ē in lights to darks, using cool and warm colors .....the wider the range of fabrics the better. They do not have to be long pieces - 5Ē squares would suffice. I used a bunch of leftovers from two charm packs.

    So this is it for now. I am off to finish packing, but will take a look at the thread tomorrow to see what you have to say. I leave Friday morning and canít wait to read the chat when I get back late on the 23th . At least I hope there will be interest and chatter on this thread! Iíll pop in to see you on the 24th, and donít forget to watch for the next post on the 26th.

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    Looks fun once again Judy!!! So glad the day has finely arrived. Now off to get my fabrics together!!
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    Welcome back, Sheri, can't wait to see your fabrics!
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    Hmmmm, velly intellesting...Let the fun begin.

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    Welcome, OKsew!
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    yeah!!!
    found it !!

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    Ready for another train ride. Meet you all in the club car and will bring some refreshing rhubarb tea.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Oh the choices again!!! Have to watch what some of you choose before I head back downstairs. I'm thinking Christmas because it's my favorite and I have a lot of snowmen and such. Also I have a huge bucket of greens. Can you tell it's my new favorite color.

    Thank you Judy for bringing us this fun project. Have a great vacation!!!!
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    Judy, can any of these fabrics be considered a background fabric. I am thinking fall colors but can't seem to get enough contrast. What do you think?

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    So good to see so many familiar faces back for another mystery train ride.

    Yes, Florence, one of these fabrics can be considered a background fabric. Knowing you, you'll find great fabrics to use and will look great in autumn fabrics and colors.

    But how can some of you be thinking autumn and Christmas when the warm weather hasn't even begun in earnest? LOL, that's a quilter for you, always thinking ahead.
    Last edited by paintmejudy; 05-09-2012 at 06:58 AM.
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    Thank you Judy that helps. We can think autumn and Christmas because by the time we get it done and QUILTED it will be autumn or Christmas. At least for me.

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    Thinking Baby Girl.......
    Thinking 4th of July........
    Thinking Thank you Judy this is going to be so much fun.....and not fattening....calories cannot get thru "window"

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    Ah ha, I found the new train. I'm thinking this might be a chance to use up a charm pack or two, but Christmas is a good idea. Today I have to make many HSTs for a bazaar quilt so I'll look later.

    Off to the club car for rhubarb tea. I'll add some strawberry cream tarts.

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    Ladies, I loved the results from your last ride and I think I'd like to join you on your new journey. I haven't been on a train in many years, but I remember that I enjoyed it very much. Never had rhubarb tea but love raspberry tea and all the other goodies you've mentioned. How am I ever gonna lose these extra pounds? Now to search my stash.
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    I'm so glad the train is here, just in time for me to jump on. I haven't even finished the last train..but I hope to soon. With so many other projects in the works, some close to finishing, I don't know when I will start this one. But I am joining you on the train ride; I wouldn't want to miss out on all the fun in the club car!! Can't wait to see some of your fabric combos to be inspired!
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    Welcome, Evie, and welcome back, yaya.

    If I don't have a bunch of unfinished, I feel there is nothing to look forward to in the morning in choosing what to work on! PUPs (or as our guild says, Poor Unfinished Projects) are not an excuse to not start a new project!
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    Judy, Judy, HELP. I have chosen 4 fabrics (see first pic). The dark brown to be the sashing and the light tan with brown to be the background. I need another fabric (see second pic). Which shall I choose. I do have more orange fabric but thought that might be too much orange and although there is some red in the first fabric not sure about using that red and the bright green might be too bright and the darker green might be too dark with the black background. Like I said help help help.
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    Judy, for a scrappy--will one charm pack have enough squares to use for both A and B if there are enough colors in the pack?
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    The sashing and the background fabrics will be perfect, and for the other fabric, I personally would choose the red or the dark green. However, you can always wait until it comes time to use that other piece of fabric and see which goes the best with your project.

    Quote Originally Posted by PokerDiva View Post
    Judy, Judy, HELP. I have chosen 4 fabrics (see first pic). The dark brown to be the sashing and the light tan with brown to be the background. I need another fabric (see second pic). Which shall I choose. I do have more orange fabric but thought that might be too much orange and although there is some red in the first fabric not sure about using that red and the bright green might be too bright and the darker green might be too dark with the black background. Like I said help help help.
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    You will not have enough with only one charm pack to make the project. Perhaps you have some other fabrics that could blend in with your charm pack?
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    Judy, for a scrappy--will one charm pack have enough squares to use for both A and B if there are enough colors in the pack?
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    Thanks for the info!
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    Cant wait till this weekend for time to hunt through my stash. It would be a pity to have to go the LQS,what a chore ,but we must do what we need to ,to board this train,poor me .

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    Thanks Judy, I will set aside the red and dark green to decide later. Maybe I will find another fabric before the 26th. Don't really need an excuse to shop for fabric.

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    I'll be hanging out watching for now

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    Morning all,

    I have too much on my plate right now but will put the instructions into a word document so I can follow along easily when life slows down a little. Also, if anyone gets lost trying to find the directions, I will be able to send them.

    Mind you, seeing the progress of everyone's wonderful blocks may just cause me to join in anyway.

    SunlitenSmiles - how about making a 4th of July quilt? Then you can also join our patriotic challenge and kill two birds with one stone/project. http://www.quiltingboard.com/quiltin...e-t186260.html

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