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Thread: Dumb question -- any ideas?

  1. #76
    Power Poster
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    Original post was october 2, 2012.

    Mystery does mean " unknown"

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    joy is offline
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    pineapple block?

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    Super Member karate lady's Avatar
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    I have only done one mystery quilt. Had fun doing it, but when done one fabric really didn't fit, even though it looked fine when I chose it. Luckily it is not a large part of the quilt, so can live with it. Still waiting for me to get it layered and quilted.

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    Try going with the flow on this one with no prejudgments. See what happens. If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. The sky is not going to fall and the world is not going to come to an end if it doesn't work out. If you don't like the finished product, a charity will like it.

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    Super Member misseva's Avatar
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    If you need to know the end from the beginning before starting a quilt then a mystery quilt isn't for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    I think in quilting there's something for everyone, and I just don't think mystery quilts are your "thing". No big deal. Just accept that it's not what you prefer to do, and don't participate. Life is short. Spend it doing what you enjoy, and don't beat yourself up over the fact that you don't enjoy it. No matter what you're considering, there's always someone who doesn't like to do that particular thing.
    On the other hand, it is true that sometimes we just have to try something we don't want to do, because that's how we learn and grow. You may be pleasantly surprised if you can let go and try it. But if you've already tried mystery quilts and already know it's just not for you, let it go, don't participate, and move on to what you do enjoy, guilt free.
    My thoughts exactly. Life is too short...so don't do it--guilt free.

  7. #82
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    Sounds like there are a lot of people in this boat with you! I, too, want to know what the finished design will be. I love Bonnie Hunter's quilts, but can't just follow a mystery when she does them because I don't have a clue about the end. As for scrappy, I love them, too. But again, I often control it by using specific colors and values. For instance I am in the process of making a Valentine's Day wall hanging with a variety of reds, but am keeping the background squares all the same.

    That being said, I did a small charm quilt with 1.5" squares. I had joined a Keepsake Quilts club and received a couple of boxes of squares that were meant as samples of their fabrics. There were over 400 squares and no two were alike. I made a charm panel that ended up being 15 X 25 squares and put a border around it. I will applique some flowers in two of the corners and have a really scrappy wall hanging! That, so far, is the extent of my "out of the bag" scrappy. Maybe someday I'll do something bigger.

    As for being "kicked out" of the group, I'm thinking that's God's way of saying He wants you to use your time in ways that are happier for YOU. There are so very, very many block patterns out there from which you can choose to make quilts with fabrics over which you have control. I say go for it and enjoy every moment.

    Hope you feel better very soon. I'll keep you in my prayers!
    Anne P
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    Super Member LynnVT's Avatar
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    I think life is too short to do something you don't enjoy unless it's necessary. Yes, you might learn something new if you soldier on and do it, but you also could be using that time and all that fabric to make something you really want to do. I went to a mystery quilt weekend with my sister once and we had a lovely time. It was a Jewel Box pattern and came out nicely. But it was pretty standard process, strips and squares and half-square triangles. I don't think I'd follow through on what you've been set out to do. Make your decision, and don't second guess yourself, whatever it is.
    Enjoy every day!
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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