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Thread: Ever done a mystery quilt ?

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    Amy
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    I have never made a mystery qulit.I am picky and afraid I wont like it.......Is that bad? I know,I need to get out of my box...but I like it in here,LOL! :roll:

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    Some of us did a mystery table runner and are now working on a mystery tote. They are really fun and if you dont like them, they are small and you arent out much anyway! I was always like you and afraid to committ to one but these are fun!!

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    I've done several mystery quilts & I always have fun with them! The first (& 2nd, come to think of it) one I did was in a class at the Road to California quilt conference, with Debbie Caffrey. I've done a couple online ones too. Pick colors you like, use good contrast, and take the leap!! :D

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    I made one Mystery Quilt. It was on-line from a West Coast quilt shop, directions for each step/row posted the first of each month. What really made it special was that two neighbor quilting friends also did it. It was great fun comparing notes, asking if others had checked the newest instructions, comparing quilts that turned out so differently in spite of being from the same instructions. Fun memories (only from last year).
    I'd certainly recommend them, and I'd do it again. It's kind of like working a jigsaw puzzle without looking at the picture first.

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    I've seen mystery quilts that were really nice but when I spend that much money, I like to know what I'm making......like buying a pig in a poke!

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    I did an online Mystery quilt recently. The good thing was I was excited to get each clue and work just on that part. The other good thing was that I learned a lot of techniques I had not been exposed to before. The bad thing is that I was horrified at the results. I think partly it was my fabric choices,mixing scraps with new fabrics. I haven't even finished it because I can't figure out how to do it. Then, I showed it to my artistic son and he liked it, so now I have to finish it. But, I have until November to do so!

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    I did the Orange Crush Mystery quilt from Quiltville.com with a bunch of quilters here over the last few months. I am happy with the results in mine, but found it to be a very busy design. If I had my time back I would have changed some of the colours.. but then thats all part of the mystery. I still have all the blocks to sew into rows. I think I might make that one of my projects to work on over this upcoming long weekend. I also have to make a couple of doll patterns for an upcoming doll swap here in this forum.

    Quiltville is offering another mystery starting this weekend, and I believe there are a few of us doing that one too. They are alot of fun to make. I would love to design one of my own and host a mystery here. I think I might make that one of my goals for 2009:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    Some of us did a mystery table runner and are now working on a mystery tote. They are really fun and if you dont like them, they are small and you arent out much anyway! I was always like you and afraid to committ to one but these are fun!!
    ooh right I forgot that one.. I have to pull my fabrics for that one this weekend also!

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    Like Aggie I was one who also did the Orange Crush Mystery quilt. I loved everything about it. I learned alot of new blocks and hints that are helping me with my other quilting. I'm doing the mystery tote and this labor day weekend will start on the next quiltville mystery quilt.

    It's a good way to use up alot of scraps. The orange crush quilt I made I called it the Mystery of Memories. It has alot of scraps from quilts I have made for my daughters and granddaughters, and from scraps from when my mom quilted and made clothes for me and my girls. You can make it very special by doing this and its fun.

    Come on and join us :wink:

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    I don't have an answer but I loved what you said about liking it inside your box. I have to force my self out of the cardboard sometimes too.

    Anne

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    I made one mystery quilt with my guild.
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    Oh that is a pretty mystery quilt.

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    oooh Quilt4you what a beautiful quilt!

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    I'm exactly like you! I have commited to the Mystery Tote to make myself break habit. With all this fabric sitting around, you'd think I wouldn't be afraid to just grab some and get going...but NOOOOO..I'd hate to waste a thread of my stash making something I might not be crazy about :wink: :lol: :lol:

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    I've never liked the idea of a mystery quilt either. I guess I like to pick colors based on the overall quilt design so making a quilt without any control gives me the heeby geebies!

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    Perhaps starting with a small mystery quilt or even the mystery tote bag project will help you expand your quilting knowledge.

    Not that being boxed in is bad, but the mysteries are really a lot of fun. I think you would enjoy them. They are kind of exciting and mysterious like a good novel or movie.

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    How many times have we driven somewhere we didn't know and were lost and on a hunch we turned either left or right, etc...and at the end of the story, w/o knowing any direction...we found our destination?
    In mystery projects or quilts ...they are exactly that. Only difference is it is like an onstar...once in awhile someone speaks to us to point us a direction further down the road.
    We all like to see a pattern up front so we can pick colors, etc. It's scary to think we are making a quilt in the dark, and in a sense that is exactly what we are doing.
    Some great ideas and learning come when we quit trying to be perfect and safe in a plan. Here, you pick the amount of fabric...and wait. And, as long as you like your fabrics of choice, then you really know at the end of the story...it won't ever be bad.
    Some great suggestions here for you...start w/something simple and also praises from experience of others in 'where' to do a mystery project. The tote is a great way to step out of the box w/only 1 foot out:))But, do step...they are not stressfull...no wrong in your doing. Just 'do it'....and, you will prob be thrilled in letting someone else point you the direction. They are fun...and, in the end...a good thing:0)As I tell my kids....try it once...then decide:))And a tote is a small project to blindly do:))Skeat

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    I have done about 6 mystery quilts. Most of them I had a great time doing. They were done in my church quilt group and usually the person who selected the mystery has made it first to get all the bugs out and to help guide us a little with fabric and color choices. 3 of those were Debbie Caffrey patterns. I have never done one online on through a shop. One year I selected the mystery and made it into a queen size quilt. It is fun when you doing it together as a group, we would be gathered (about 6-8 of us) in a room at the church experienceing this together

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    amy, Try a small mystery quilt. Then , if you don't like it, you have not invested much. And you have a gift for someone else. lol :lol: :lol: :lol: Pam W.

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    Try the mystery tote - only step one has been posted and Tina said it would probably only be 3 or 4 weeks. Easy and done quickly. Also fat quarters can be used for part if not all of it. So not too much expense.

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    mystery quilts are really fun they get addictive I have made several the last two are big ones I finally got the blocks all together now to get the rest of it done our club does them as a group really lots of fun

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