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    Anna- I love them both - but the first one WOW Was it hard or did they break the steps down really well ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    I like to pick my colors according to the quilt and Mystery Quilts keep that a mystery, and that drives me crazy. I guess I don't really like surprises. I've done one Mystery Quilt and would have chosen different fabrics had I known what it would end up being like. I guess I'm not a fan of Mystery Quilts.
    I can certainly understand that feeling! There have been mysteries that I have done that I want to take and chuck the result in the trash, but then there are others that are wonderful! There have been ones that I have not liked the fabrics, but redone them in different colors and have fallen in love with them. It depends on how the fabric requirements are written and then how they are interpreted by the player. A mystery quilt is not so much about the quilt as the fact that you are doing it with friends, learning a new technique, chatting, eating, having fun with others that enjoy the same passions that you do. If it was all about the quilt, I wouldn't do them at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    I did two quilts and one mystery bag.
    Anna, I love the 1st one! (2nd one is great also) but the 1st one is is intriguing! Where and when was this hosted and do you know if the instructions are still available?

    Being the designer of the mystery quilts, I am always looking at other mystery quilt instructions and how they are written to make sure that I give the most information I can with each clue without giving away the final answer. This one looks difficult, but I know it may have been really easy.

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    I'm doing my first one now - the 3-part McCall's Mystery quilt. I've loved the process so far and I'm looking forward to seeing the final result

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    Here is my New Years Day Mystery Quilt
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    Mystery quilts are fun. Our guild did one last year and we are starting another one. It is something to see how different they all look when they are brought for show and tell.

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    I'm doing the McCall's three part mystery also - so far, so good!

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    All have been asking for information on the next mystery adventure. I have just posted a thread in 'blocks of the month' but you can follow this link to the thread. Make sure you book mark.

    Blue Sky's Mystery Adventure

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    I love mystery quilts. It helps to view prior mysteries by the designer to see if it is your style. Here's a couple of my early ones.

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    Cat owned those are both great - but the second one is my favorite Was it very hard ? How many parts were involved ? And lastly- I never thought to look at previous Mysteries to check out the style , Thanks for the tip
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    I'm participating in my first one and find it a fun project. The hardest part is waiting for the next set of instructions.
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    I love doing mystery quilts when the designers are flexible and kind to all particpants. I have enjoyed both PlanetPatchwork and Bonnie Hunter's mysteries.
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    I'm doing my first now. I'm not ordinarily a fan of mystery quilts - I'm not even a fan of quilts made with a specific pattern, I like to make (or re-design) my own.

    But this one caught my eye because some of the ladies had already started it so I had an opportunity to get the general idea - it's a sampler quilt and I always wanted to do a sampler of different blocks. I also had a lot of scraps, and a ton of white on cream for the background so it was a perfect opportunity.

    A bunch of us are doing here on QB it's called "Just Take 2" and you can find the thread if you do a search on that.

    The Mystery BOM is for the most part free. They deliver blocks twice a month on two different websites (once at the first, and once at the 15th). But it's only free for 30 days after it's first posted, after that I think you have to pay $2.00 or something. It started Jan 1 - so the first and second sets of blocks are no longer free.

    It's fun. but like I said, I wouldn't have done it if all the stars didn't align just right
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    Our Quilts of Valor group started one right before Thanksgiving. We chose our own colors and did all the cutting. Then DH and I left town until after the 1st of Jan. to be with the children's families for the holidays. They were supposed to email me the directions but I didn't get instructions while I was gone. When I returned they explained that they had found some discrepancies in the instructions and didn't want me struggling with them all by myself so they waited until I returned to straighten them out. As I work on it I realize it wasn't so much the directions as it is the fact that there are just so dang many pieces and seams in this quilt that it is a PIA to square up the HST and the ironing is a nightmare. It will be pretty when I finish it but right now it is daunting to just get it pieced together. I hope to have it finished by the end of the week and will post a picture of it when I do.
    I really like the 4 Super Bowl Quilts you all posted. Wish that had been the quilt I am working on. This one may put me off of mystery quilts permanently.

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    So what exactly is a mystery quilt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby the Quilter View Post
    So what exactly is a mystery quilt?
    A mystery quilt is one where you get the general directions to start, say the fabric requirements. You choose your own fabrics based on the design requirements, such as lights med and dark that go with a focus fabric. You gather each in the required amounts and then on clue day, you get the 1st set of instructions. Using your fabric choices, you follow the directions (clues) one by one until you have a completed top. Follow this link to Blue Skies, it is an up and coming Mystery Quilt that I am designing and hosting here on the board in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    I like to pick my colors according to the quilt and Mystery Quilts keep that a mystery, and that drives me crazy. I guess I don't really like surprises. I've done one Mystery Quilt and would have chosen different fabrics had I known what it would end up being like. I guess I'm not a fan of Mystery Quilts.
    Kathleen--I absolutely agree! I want to do a mystery quilt and enjoy it, but on the one I have done, I had a terrible time picking out fabric--what scale should it be--should the colors contrast, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by margaret53 View Post
    Kathleen--I absolutely agree! I want to do a mystery quilt and enjoy it, but on the one I have done, I had a terrible time picking out fabric--what scale should it be--should the colors contrast, etc?
    OH then you will love Blue Skies! It is a light and a dark and a bunch of mediums all in the same color! How easy is that??!
    Click on this link and then book mark the thread, I think you will enjoy this mystery! Blue Skies

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    sharon i have enjoyed the two that i have done so far and of course i am working on the mccall's 3-part mystery quilt also. some of my fears with mystery quilts though is i am not a traditional pattern lover (star blocks, log cabins, etc) so i think that i may get involved in one that is centered around traditional patterns and i know i will not like it.

    if it is an established site that is hosting a mystery quilt, i check them out to see what other mystery quilts they have done before and if they are traditional settings or patterns, i opt out. so far, i am having fun though but the first hint i get during a mystery quilt that it's traditional, i am baling big time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow quilter View Post
    I'm doing my first one now - the 3-part McCall's Mystery quilt. I've loved the process so far and I'm looking forward to seeing the final result
    rainbow are you working with us on the mccalls mystery quilt? i hope so.
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    fabriclovr you sure are taking the opportunity for promo spots for your upcoming quilt projects. what a way to self promote. all roads lead to blue skies.
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    well I love all your quilts they are beautiful but i always have so many i want to do i am afraid to go for something i might not like

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    Fabriclovr, I love love love your quilt. Looks Celtic. Sure wish I had know about that one. So please tell me where do you find the mystery quilts at please? Is this pattern still available?
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    your quilt is lovely i just finished the bonnie hunter quilt from last ywar her myersty one called roll roll cotton boil i do a lot of them off te computer
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    Love the super bowel quilt! Yes i enjoy the mystery quilts. some are better than others, but fun the same.
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