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Thread: Dumb question -- any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissQuilter View Post
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    Sometimes not having total control is good, lots of fun and definitely interesting. Enjoy your group. My group is the Red Hot Friday Night Strippers!

    Your group sounds like a blast! May I ask what part of MS your group calls home? I'm betting nowhere close to me, but it would be fun to say howdy if your group was relatively close.

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    I agree! Don't do it you don't want to. I do not like mystey quilts either. I want to know ahead of time what I am working on.

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    I think it will be a 20 block quilt with a portion of each block "bargello" and the triangles will fit in the corners of each block like a "photo" frame. (Just using my imagination!) I'd go dark to light in some colors you like, 2 of each size (adding 1/4" each strip set) from 1.5 to 2.75. The strips would be sewn together like a strip quilt, then the "super, duper template" used to cut whatever to sew to the block. LOL! I'm becoming intriged! It might be fun!

    Ok, failed to read revised directions that only has you cutting 4 background blocks, so can't be 20 blocks.
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    fI did the McCalls mystery quilt this year, and for the most part happy with it. There is just one block that I would have used a different fabric but it is still a pretty (red) quilt. Am going to do it again as I like the pattern, but will be picking colors a bit better.

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    This sounds something like a workshop we had. We made baskets out of our fabric. I think it was called bodacious baskets. check this out: http://www.didiquilts.com/workshops.htm We did the multicolored baskets. Good luck.
    Sharon

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    Sorry---double post. This iPad is so touchy! lol
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    I have no suggestions for you. I don't like mystery quilts. I like to know what I'm making. Surprises are not my firend. lol I will be interested to see what you make. Good luck!

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    Very curious to see what you make, if you participate. I am too visual for mystery anything...lol.
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    I think I would just pass on it, and go have some chocolate
    I'm with Sandy I hee, hee............
    Think that's THE BEST suggestion yet!!

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    Well, I don't have any chocolate on hand... I do have some wonderful white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, though.

    I will go watch. All kidding aside, I feel like I'm coming down with something and hope it's a passing thing but my immune system isn't what it used to be and it takes forever to get over stuff. Then again, it could be due to this "I can't get rid of it" gout thing going on taking it's toll.

    Mom has to go "feed the vampires" sometime before her next doctor appt on the 17th and since the meeting place is halfway between home and the dr office, if it gets hairy or scary, I'm voting for an early exit to go visit the vampires. Cheesecake waiting when I get home as a reward for at least sticking my head in the door.

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    Update.

    Apparently I have been booted out of the group. I went to check the FB page for the group to see if anything new had been added. I have been deleted as a member of it without so much as a "don't let the doorknob hit you where the good Lord split you".

    It does kind of hurt, but oh well. I guess I've outgrown the group or they think they've outgrown me. At least I don't have to haul stuff around to class and I can play on whatever I want to at home. And they can find some other poor sucker to write their newspaper articles since obviously I will not be doing it.

    To be fair, I did delete any chit-chat type messages I left to which no one had liked or replied. Figured that since I was a red-headed step child, so to speak, it was better that way.

    Anyway, I'll never know what the project is or was. I won't be going at all. I've spent too much of my life being where I wasn't really wanted to go there now.

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    I had not made a mystery quilt until this year. Now i have made 3. They are fun. I would have preferred a different "background" fabric on the 3rd had I known what the finished quilt looked like but it is okay the way it is. I have seen many mystery quilts at quilt shows that I did not like and thought I would never make one. Never say never!
    I think you should give it a try. You can always donate the quilt if you hate it.

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    Oh, sorry. I just read your last post. You will probably feel more comfortable working on your own projects so maybe it is for the best. Their loss.

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    Overall - sounds like you might be better off without that group than with it -
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    I hate hauling stuff to classes, so I quit doing it a long time ago. I agree with bearisgray; you're probably better off without that group than with it. Let like birds flock together......

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    I promised to report on what the mystery thing was if I was ever told. Still haven't heard from anyone in the group, but their new writer of newspaper articles (I was the old one & am glad in some ways to have been replaced) indicated that the group did a double wedding ring quilt block.

    In my personal opinion, I would rather my strip set have been of consistent sizes and not an assortment of whatever I ran across as I was sewing it together. Just sayin'. And to be perfectly honest, had I been doing a double wedding ring, I would rather do it the way that Cheryl Phillips does hers. It seems much easier than the traditional method. That's just me. As far as the other half square triangles with edges folded under, I have no clue why.

    Thanks for the advice and support! As soon as I get my foot where I can use a sewing machine pedal, I have a few projects I want to do. It's been a month since I could walk or drive w/o pain and still having issues. Until then, maybe I need to practice hand quilting. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by draggin_behind View Post
    Update.

    Apparently I have been booted out of the group. I went to check the FB page for the group to see if anything new had been added. I have been deleted as a member of it without so much as a "don't let the doorknob hit you where the good Lord split you".

    It does kind of hurt, but oh well. I guess I've outgrown the group or they think they've outgrown me. At least I don't have to haul stuff around to class and I can play on whatever I want to at home. And they can find some other poor sucker to write their newspaper articles since obviously I will not be doing it.

    To be fair, I did delete any chit-chat type messages I left to which no one had liked or replied. Figured that since I was a red-headed step child, so to speak, it was better that way.

    Anyway, I'll never know what the project is or was. I won't be going at all. I've spent too much of my life being where I wasn't really wanted to go there now.
    Could it be that someone in that group is a member of this board and took offense to your posts?

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    Great comments...definitely agree. It's hard to not be in control of a project, but some very nice surprises have come from the mystery method. Give it a try this once. I'm sure you're not alone, so draw from the experience of others in your group.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    Sounds to me like this is a great exercise in "letting go"!

    Sounds like they didn't tell you what colors to pick....just start with colors you like (separately and together) and see what happens!

    What's the worst that could happen? You'll have something to donate to charity when you're done, or find a friend who loves it.

    What's the best that could happen? You'll have fun, learn something new (about quilting and/or about yourself), maybe even discover a new "flavor" in your taste for what goes with what!

    I say just go for it...no worries, no regrets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucio View Post
    Could it be that someone in that group is a member of this board and took offense to your posts?
    Always a possibility. A couple of people who commented would appear to have been a little miffed at me and/or my reaction. Was not intentional. I'm sorry if my attitude offended others. Being on a fixed income, I don't have $$ to spend willy-nilly on stuff then have to get new stuff because the project changed. I still don't see why the hoopla over using fusible interfacing vs non-fusible. So I have to pay attention & not use an iron until it's where I want the final placement. Big deal. Since it is a 60 mile round trip drive MINIMUM to get stuff if I don't have it, I'm not running out at the drop of a hat because someone said at the last minute "oh, and you need thus and such, too".

    I didn't realize until this hit the fan that my Mom, who goes with me, was looking for a reason to give up the group. She didn't say anything to me until then.

    There have been a host of "we're going to do thus and such" only to change it the next time the wind blows. Trust is a major issue for me. Once broken, that's it. I'm also a visual learner and a newbie quilter. It had gotten to the point that every meeting was a secret with regards to the block or project or whatever. The choice to sit and watch instead of participating was NOT an available option. I do not like sewing on machines that do not belong to me -- if I went without a machine, it was mandatory that I sew on someone's machine. I admit it -- that rankles. Also the magic is gone and has been for about 6 months. It was getting to the point that on the days of the meets, I was typically hoping to get an email that the group had been cancelled or rescheduled. That's not good.

    Do I regret joining in the group? No. Am I going to miss it? Not much. Hauling stuff to and fro, having people use stuff and gunking it up (ie, using my iron to iron the glue side of fusible interfacing, then wiping the iron on my cut & press mat then giving a big grin), being "charitied to death" and incessant poking about projects I've not finished coupled with significant health issues that preclude sitting for long stretches and recently even walking or driving since I cannot move foot & ankle on "driving foot" all add up to "time to go". I will miss a couple of the ladies, one especially who has been quilting longer than I've been on the earth.

    Do I mind the charity things? No. Last year our group of 8 made 134 lap quilts for the residents of a nursing home. Though a lot of work, it was fun and I enjoyed the opportunity to participate. The current charity project was a little strange to me. JMHO. The group decided to make a set of 4 quilts (2 adult, 2 kids) for each of the cop cars in the county seat town to be used in the event the cop had to attend to victims in a car wreck. Domestic violence, I can see using them. House fires, removal of a child due to neglect, etc,. picking up a lost child out of the woods, finding a person who's been beaten & left for dead -- all those I can see. Car wrecks? Not so much. I've been in a few. Last thing I would have wanted was a quilt to bleed all over. But since I'm not in the group, it's not my problem. One of my doctors works with child victims of sexual assault. I am going to be contacting him about leaving quilts at his office for the kids. I'm happier with that type of charity project. Just got to be able to sew! Darn foot.

    BTW, the instructor was responsible for providing templates for the mystery quilt block. Last time, the same person supplied home cut templates to use in making Dresden plate blocks. Although all the templates were supposedly identical, no two of the quilt blocks had the same number of plates or the same size hole in the center. Most had 18 blades, some had 20 and one had 19. Some centers were 5 inches in diameter, others were 7 or 8. Not saying it's the template, but something was weird. Mine had 20 blades, was perfectly flat, double checked seam size and still had an 7 inch hole. If I have the template already, I'd rather use my own. If it's goofy then, obviously the fault is 100% mine. Nope, I'm not a good chief. Rarely a good Indian, either. lol

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    to draggin_behind - actually you sound like you'd make a good chief - not just a good indian. i'm kinda the same way unless the chief is really organized and knows what she's doing & doesn't try to force me into a box that doesn't fit.
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    That is too big a mystery for me! What I don't like about mystery quilts is that I usually choose the wrong fabrics for the pattern. Even though my colors play well and look good together I find I would have liked the colors in opposite locations. I hope that makes sense. If I do a mystery quilt now-a-days it is with the idea that it is undoubtedly going to be a charity quilt anyway. Only then can I live with the disappointment with the results. Only once have I liked the results of a mystery quilt. The rest have been given away.

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    In many cases - especially group thpe projects - I really prefer to play beside, instead of play with.

    In other woeds, I prefer to do my own cutting, sewing, and pressing

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    Dear Draggin', When you wrote the word "non-woven Interfacing", to me that means "APPLIQUE". When you cut your squares diagonal, just finger press the folded edge. It is much simpler than getting out the big old iron. But my main advice for you? Find one lady in the group that you select, hopefully one who lives nearby you. Exchange phone numbers, and call each other to chat, find out what she knows, how she is approaching the mystery. Maybe even ride to class together. As for the Scrappy? You can control your colors. You decide, and always have an extra "light", an extra "dark" and an extra "print" tucked away when you go to class, in the colors you are confident using.
    My fabric talks to me.

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    Dear Draggin behind, You said what I have wanted to say to a leader in the past...No more!! Mystery quilts take away a part of the process of quilting that is important to me. That is planning the pattern and settings and the right colors for them.. I agree that its my time, fabric and $ being spent, I have a right to say how I want to use it. The agenda was whip out as many quilts as possible in the least amount of time before we meet again so we can make another and do the same thing again. Not my style and after way too many quilt tops that I divided up into charity lap quilts, I said enough is enough. Now, I must see a picture of the project or want to make it really bad from an example... that I will agree to make a quilt someone else suggests. Would they be surprised if you showed up in their meetings, after all, they didn't notify you you were kicked out, or did they? Thanks for your post....I hope you find some more friends to enjoy spending time with.

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    I also think it's a string quilt. The lines 3" on either side of the 12" block makes me think you are going to put a certain string 6" long down the middle. And then the other sizes go on either side. But I don't know what else is going on with the rest of the fabrics.
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