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Thread: Merry Mayhem's New Year Mystery 2014

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    Merry Mayhem's New Year Mystery 2014

    Anyone taking on the Merry Mayhem New Year's Day Mystery this year? I searched and couldn't find a thread for it. I've done it the past couple of years, usually along with a slew of members of this forum.

    This year's looks fat quarter friendly. If anyone else is along for the ride, I'm in!

    Main page:
    http://www.merrymayhem.com/new-years-day-mystery-quilt-part-1.html


    PDF of Part 1:
    http://www.merrymayhem.com/uploads/3...goodie_pt1.pdf

    --Q

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    I've done all the pre-cutting and made the 240 (!!) half-square triangle pairs. I have not done one of these before--are all the instructions free on New Year's Day, or will they charge for them?

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    This does look very interesting & I am needing to make a graduation quilt for one of my grandson's for 2014. I already have 20 dark fat quarter's, so all I need now is to find the light colored ones. I will be interested to see what the next step will be. Thank you for sharing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hray View Post
    I've done all the pre-cutting and made the 240 (!!) half-square triangle pairs. I have not done one of these before--are all the instructions free on New Year's Day, or will they charge for them?
    The instructions are free for the day and a few hours after that. I download and print them off.

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    I think that this one is going to be neat- first scrappy one that I will have made. A variety of colors for my darks, and creams and whites for my lights.

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    What do you think the pattern will look like?

    I think that we will be making the large squares into HST because of the measurement of the squares.

    I can't wait until New Year's Day!

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    I discovered that I have very few "light" FQ's in the ol' FQ box! I'm always determined to make these New Year's mysteries from what I have on hand, so I've gone with "light-ISH" for my lights and "ultra darks" for my medium/dark fabrics.

    I usually make HST with Thangles, but I'm going to be brave and try the 7/8 method for this one. I have one of those little rulers that's 1/2" wide, so you set it on the square, draw lines on either side, and sew (scant inside) the lines, then cut down the middle. Glad I have a few days to get through all these HST!

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    I have done two with her and thought they were great. I was
    Thinking about using Christmas fabric dark red and green and white & beige background. This would be my first scrappy quilt as I like too much order... Am I stepping out too far trying to do a Christmas scrappy? I've got other fabrics I'm thinking I'm not too brave!!! I love this board and your help, suggestions, and info you give. I've learned everything from here!

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    I am in on this one... have all my HST's and blocks ready a waiting.... this will be the first of this type of thing for me and I am looking forward to it :-)

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    Is this a free mystery quilt or will she charge for the 2nd step?
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    as much fun as it sounds, I need to work on a UFO that has been haunting me all of 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiknoxtaylor View Post
    Is this a free mystery quilt or will she charge for the 2nd step?
    It's free throughout the day on Jan 1st. A step will come out every few hours. If you fall behind, that's okay, just print out the instructions.

    I'm working on my HST. I discovered that the piece left from cutting out the 6 7/8" square is just enough for the Thangles paper strip, so I broke down an used my favorite method. I wonder of the leftover pieces of the fat quarters will be used, or if we'll just be using what we've cut and made so far? If so...I should've used scraps instead of FQ's!

    Looking forward...

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    And...the prep work is done!



    Now to work on other projects until New Year's Day!

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    How do you follow this on New Years day?

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    They are free clues New Year's Day you can print off after that she charges for the pattern.

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    Is there a way to follow her blog so I will get the clues on New Year's day?

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    How neat and organized you are! My stacks are stuffed in a baggie. LOL

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    I actually finished a couple of UFOs in 2013, and have made progress on an over-12-year-old Twelve Days of Christmas applique. Originally I started it as hand applique but the instructor in my hand applique class was a charter member of the Quilt Police and really turned me off from that technique. SO...I decided do it machine applique instead. I'm up to "seven swans a swimming..." LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiknoxtaylor View Post
    Is this a free mystery quilt or will she charge for the 2nd step?
    This is a free one. The clues get posted on New Years Day and then they are taken down.

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    Joyce, This is completely free for the day. My sister and I are doing it together. We live 2 hours apart but this is an opportunity to share quilting. I am stoked. My problem now is I realize I need 240 HST and not 120. Since I made mine out of scraps I am now scrambling at the last minute to find suitable fabric for my other 120 HST! Thanks Jo!

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    I have my fabric almost all prepped for this mystery. Just a few final HSTs to sew, trim, and press.

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    Am I the only one that is as eager as a kid on the first day of school? I've been quilting for 50 years so I should not be this excited. I have never done a mystery quilt that I liked until after it was completed. What is wrong with me!?

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    I'm eager too but didn't do any prep work so while hubby still sleeps I'm off to my stash to shop. For me just trying to make sure I don't miss a post will be a challenge!
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    I only found out about this a couple of days ago. I've cut everything out and finished sewing the HSTs last night, but still need to press and trim, so I'm definitely going to be working from behind. My plan is to finish by Friday. I'm using scraps, so didn't have quite enough of everything to make matching 2-1/2" squares, but after I see the clue that uses them, I'll decide what I need to do to fill in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    I'm using scraps.
    I'm using scraps too. I foolishly thought I only needed 120 squares. When my sister pointed out my obvious mistake I had to scramble to find enough pieces of white on white to make the HSTs. I was digging through quilt trash and upending buckets of fabric but I found what I needed!

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