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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzy View Post
    This sounds like so much fun. I certainly have a tub full of strips, etc., to use and in the right colors. Thanks.
    Oh I hope you join us lizzy. Bonnie's mystery quilts are so much fun. I just go with whatever colors Bonnie is using, then I know it will come out beautiful. You have a week to complete each section she assigns. Some weeks are more challenging than others. But her instructions are really clear and she gives examples of how things should be done.

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    Well, I didnt get any sewing today (had to take my DD to go see Breaking Dawn for her report card reward), but plan to get busy tomorrow. I also bought one of those rolling carts for scrapbooking, but am going to use that for my scraps. Will look much nicer when I need to get stuff... and not drop some on my head lol!

    I know what you guys mean about sewing alone. My mother lives with me now and she sews with me when she's not too tired from working, but it sure would be nice to have sewing buddies come over to sew together. I am so glad I found this site... Don't know if I would have stuck with the quilting if I didn't have friends with the same interests.
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    Was working hard on my triangles when the "Quilt Police" show up!


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    Quilt Police or Quilt helper???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    Quilt Police or Quilt helper???
    Pain in the rear is what I call mine! Always laying all over my fabric.

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    I'm still finishing up Roll Cotton Boll Roll from last year, but I think I will print all the instructions for this one and work on it when I get a few more UFO's under my belt. I just can't take on another project right now. Her quilts are huge, so if you don't want to make a queen size, cut everything in half. That's what I did with RCBR from last year and it is going to be a generous lap sized quilt.
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    I've started this mystery - so excited because it will be my 2nd Bonnie Hunter quilt and first mystery!!!

    I'm using her colors and started cutting and sewing yesterday. I don't have alot of scraps so I'm cutting mine from yardage and fat quarters. I didn't have many blacks so I bought a bunch of yardage from Thousandsofbolts.com and then hit up JoAnns on Saturday to pick up a couple more. I love to have lots of variety in scrap quilts. I had made Roll Roll Cotton Boll and that needed like 800 HSTs of red and neutral so I've got a system set up to make sure I get the most variety.

    So what I do is cut a black and neutral strip together then separate the QSTs. Then once I've cut several different strips, I put each in little piles. Then I take one of the neutral piles of triangles (all one fabric) and then sew a triangle to each of the different black fabric triangles I've cut. So if I have 3 different neutrals and black strips cut - then I have 3x3x3 = 9 different QSTs sewn together. Then I make a ton of those and then iron. Then when I'm ready to sew them into the hourglass units, I can grab almost any two and not have to repeat fabrics.

    Hope that helps somebody Okay at last count I've got like 30 hour glass units made, lots of triangles cut, and lots of strips cut. I'll post pictures of some of my stuff in the picture thread tomorrow. Seeing everyone's posts and pictures keeps me motivated so I hope I inspire someone else too.

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    Yeah she said this one is a bit smalled than she usually does.


    Luna kitty is one of 5 I do battle with, plus 2 dogs but those want to be up under my chair. I keep a squirt bottle close by. They can be on my cutting table when I'm not using it as it is by the window. They use it as a launchpad to get to the upper reaches of their kitty condo. They are getting better, now I just pick up the bottle and they jump for cover. They only get the squirt if they don't keep moving off

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    I want to follow this quilt and may participate. 224 1/4 triangles is quite a start for this.

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    TaDa! Completed 100 QST last night!

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    emma s-good job. I have all my blacks cut into squares and almost all my neutrals-just need a few more. But I'm camping all week at the beach with family for the Thanksgiving holiday (we always camp and have an old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner outside), so won't finish cutting or doing any sewing till after this week, darn!

    coyotemagic-used to have a kitty who got in the middle of my sewing-miss her. My grandkiddos (one 4 yrs, one 19 mon) loved your pic-so keep posting more (of your quilt police) so I can show them.
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    Woo Hoo!! I have 150 pairs cut and sewn now! I might actually get this done before the next clue lol That is just sooo unlike me lol
    Brooke

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    Congratulations Brooke! 2/3rd of the way there!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    It's much easier to sew 8" squares as in the attached jpeg. Sew on the dashed lines and cut on the straight lines. Gives you 16 QSTs of the size needed for this pattern.
    I'm going to use this to sew a bunch of them too. I've already got a bunch of the a little triangles cut. I'm using up a lot of my scraps and don't have may that are bigger than about inches.

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    Sorry guys, I'm playing catch up today. For those who don't know I've been a Breast Cancer warrior for the last 3 years. The lasting effects of chemo make some days almost unbearable with neuropathy pain. On my good days, I quilt and do outside of the house things with my husband. (I drive very little now, can't feel the break peddle!)

    On top of this, we are in the process of loosing our home. I'm the 99% that doesn't have adequate health coverage. I worked for the state on NC for nearly 18years before I was diagnosed and forced to go onto disability because of complications. Sometimes you have to decide between chemo treatments, house and car payment or if you are going to eat. A can of Chicken Noodle soup from the dollar store has been dinner on serveral occassions.

    I tell you these things not so you feel sorry for me, but so that you understand why sometimes, I'm not on here making a lot of posts. I'm thankful that Sadiemae is keeping up with everything!! I'm a fighter and not planning on letting cancer get the better anytime soon. It's taken my brother, my grandmother and severeal other loved ones, I'll be damned if it's going to get me!! The house thing will work it's way out one way or another. As long as I have my husband and my FurBabies, I'm happy.

    To end this rambling post, Thank you everyone for understanding if I'm not here right away to repond to the things you post. I do read every word as soon as I can.
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    brooke marie-wow! you go girl!! wish I could be sewing mine. My hubby and family give me a hard time when I'm inside the motorhome sewing, knitting or on the computer, even when it's cold outside. It's cold and damp in the shade at the beach!! We got poured on last night but luckily it cleared today.

    coyotemagic: you go girl too!! hang in there-I'll keep you in my prayers. Praying you have more great days and no bad days so you can sew and quilt as much as you want to!!

    Have fun sewing quilters here quilting along. I'll play catch up next week!!!
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    YEAH!! I have all of the units plus 25 to 30 extras sewn together - I got carried away. I still need to iron them but I'm saving that job for tomorrow. I've never done one of Bonnie's mystery quilts. I can hardly wait for Friday's new clue!!

    Debbie in KY

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    Quote Originally Posted by kydeb View Post
    YEAH!! I have all of the units plus 25 to 30 extras sewn together - I got carried away. I still need to iron them but I'm saving that job for tomorrow. I've never done one of Bonnie's mystery quilts. I can hardly wait for Friday's new clue!!

    Debbie in KY
    WTG Debbie - I'm still sewing the QST. But I have the sewn ones pressed. I'm about 3/4 of the way through, then begin sewing them together into the squares. I hope I'll be done by Friday!

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    I can't start this until next week and I fear I'll be to far behind to catch up..... And I looked at my scrappy stash and although it's large, it is such a mix I don't know how to make it work with this mystery quilt. I'll think on it during the holiday and maybe I'll get a brilliant plan.

    That said.....

    Coyote you are an inspiration to me here and more so now. Please stay strong and possitive. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
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    I'm sure you can catch up. I'm not even half way there yet. I have lots of scraps, but not a lot of one particular scrap. Most are cut into 2.5 in strips that were used for somethingelse. I took it easy today pairing up my pink triangles with the turquoise so I can just zip them into the machine. Also finger pressed the fir st half of the triangles and put them together with their partners ready to be sewn.

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    Cindi, you keep your chin up and keep going, I'll be praying for you and cheering you on.

    Wow, girls some of you are almost there, woo hoo!

    Sheri, I am in the same boat, won't get home until next week and will be choosing fabrics and going from there. You won't get behind unless you let yourself get behind, lol, this is what my mother would tell me
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    Love it. Can't wait to get started.

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    Cindi, you are an inspiration to us all. You go girl!

    Sheri, you and Candi and I will all be working on these little things at the same time. I won't be home til the end of this week and won't be able to work on this til next week. We can keep each other company.

    It's inspiring to see how much some of you have gotten done already.
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    I bet you gals can just start with Clue 2, then pick up Clue 1 as we go along. Some weeks the amount that needs to be done is not as intensive as Clue 1 is. And also, we probably will not use the Clue 1 units right away. She tended to just give us "parts" of blocks last year in RRCB, then toward the end of the mystery you put the sections together to make blocks.

    I hope your "good" days are more frequent than those "bad" days Cindi! Hang in there, good thoughts and prayers are going your way!

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    Don't worry if you are behind because you can't start yet. What Bonnie has always recommended is that if you can't do all of a step--just do a few of each step, so that you aren't really behind-and then you can catch up with the rest of the number you need for each step as time allows.
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