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    Mystery Quilts

    I've been thinking about doing a mystery quilt. But, I'm afraid that I might not like it when its done. How many of you have ever participated in doing a Mystery quilt? And, did it work out alright? Were you happy you did it? Was it fun? Will it be worth my time and money to invest in something that I don't know what I'm getting in to? Please share pictures if you have any of some that you have done.
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    I've made two and both turned out very nice. One, I gave my DGD for her wedding so the colors were by her choice and the second was claimed by my other DGD as her own. Color choice is important. My friend made one and she hated her fabric choices and didn't like her quilt at all. Good luck and I think you'll have a good time.
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    I plan on collecting the steps for Bonnie Hunter's next mystery. I will see after the steps are listed if I go ahead with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I plan on collecting the steps for Bonnie Hunter's next mystery. I will see after the steps are listed if I go ahead with it.
    That's what I'm doing. I also kitted up my fabric for her mystery last year but haven't even started it yet. I used different colors than Bonnie and seeing the finished quilt I made a few adjustments in my colors. I'm doing the same this year for the same reason. Also because I have too many baby quilts that need to be finished by early next year so can't commit to another project. But a mystery quilt is fun to follow even if you don't participate.
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    I've done some Mystery Quilts that I've been very pleased ... and some that were horrors!

    My experiences have been that some do an incredible job of explaining what is the "right" fabric choices. Whereas some ruin the experience by not being able to give good guidance for that step. As a result, I've found that for those I ended up not being pleased, as the project did not come together at all.

    Similarly, how well are the instructions written up? or if taking it IRL, the ability of the group leader to guide you through the stitching stage, to keep it enjoyable.

    For sure, there is an element of risk in doing any Mystery Quilt. Will you like the overall design? Will you choose fabrics that play well together in what you make? What one person likes and thinks makes a great quilt, you may not like.

    What you might want to do, is to check with others who have done a Mystery before via the same person (IRL or virtually) and find out how pleased/displeased they were. Ask to see the quilts (as you have here) that they have made. That will give you a good read as to how your experience might be.
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    I participated in one, and the end result wasn't a quilt top I would have chosen to make. I suggest you either do as suggested previously, and just collect the steps, so you can decide at the end if you want to make the top or not. If you'd rather make the top as the steps are revealed, for the surprise/fun part of it, I'd suggest first researching the designer's past mystery projects to see if you like those. Usually there are photos available of their past mystery quilt project results. That way you can get a fair idea of whether or not you tend to like that particular host's choices.

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    I have done Bonnie Hunter's and one from Eric Homemade site...both did a fantastic job with instructions

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    Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilts are fun. Very scrappy too. Great way to use up stash. Complex looking quilts made very easy.
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    Many designers create mystery quilt projects as a way to have the pattern tested for errors, etc. i dont want to be a guinea pig with the price of fabric these days.

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    I've made two that I really like and one not so much. If you have a chance to preview fabrics, that will help. If not, then it's a chance. I did one that I got to choose fabrics (all from my stash) and I can't wait to finish. I love the quilt and the way it looks.

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    I started one .... I abandoned it partially through it... I knew I was not going to like the finished quilt.. so I did not want to spend any more time or fabric.

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    I love Bonnie Hunter. I am going to try her mystery quilt. Iam so new to quilting. I have a lot of different blocks that I have tried. I did make a sisters choice small quilt. I was so proud of it. My oldest daughter just thinks it is so beautiful, she has put it in her old pie safe. it does look very nice. you know quilting keeps my mind busy and and my hands.
    Boy I have cut up a bunch of fabric I know I waste alot buttttttt I am trying as long as it looks ok to me I have fun with it maybe I will be ok I have lots of scraps if you know what I mean everyone have a real nice day and be blessed I will try to put on a picture of MY quilt I got so excited I did not put a border on itand did very little quilting which I am also learning.

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    hope this is ok my little sister choice quilt my first quilt scraps and old cut up shirsName:  009.JPG
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    My LQS does mystery quilts and supposedly - according to them - part of the fun is seeing how people's quilts look so different from each other because of the fabric choices. Great, I guess, if you have the time and energy, but I agree with QuiltE on wanting the fabric choices set up for success.

    And I would wait to see what the final product would look like before spending my time on it, never mind my money!

    Good luck!
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    I can't imagine doing a mystery quilt I'm too picky about colors and pattern
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophia View Post
    hope this is ok my little sister choice quilt my first quilt scraps and old cut up shirsName:  009.JPG
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    This is a true scrappy quilt that reminds me of the old days! Great job!
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    It can be a wonderful experience or so-so. If you can talk to anyone who has done a mystery before with this teacher/group. However, if it is not expensive and you can use mostly your stash you might consider it just for the comraderie of sewing with a group of friends or making new ones.

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    Sophia: I am not going to copy your photo again, but just wanted to say: WOW WOW WOW! I love your quilt! Am I correct that this was the very first quilt you ever made? Wow again!

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    very cute.
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    Ditto here on the Bonnie Hunter mystery...I believe it starts on Nov. 29th.... I've made several and all in all am happy with them...one turned out to be a dud...but a finished quilt is never a waste of time. I'm also doing Linda Thielfoldt's Stashbuster mystery BOM....you can find it at the Quilted Goose blog. I'm a huge fan of Linda's...she is absolutely one of the nicest people on the planet and her quilting is the best I've seen.
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    ...oh...and I've done 3 of Judy Laquidara's mystery quilts. They are lots of fun but kind of fast-paced. And they are all found in Judy's archives at patchwork times blogspot so if you get behind you can always catch up---the first two I did had already ended but are in the archives step by step so it was like I was "on time".
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    Years ago, I did Gems in the Rough on another board; it was designed by Merry Meyhem. Relatively easy, big chunky pieces, which I neither love nor hate.

    Now I do Bonnie Hunter's every year. Sometimes I use her palette (Carolina Christmas), other times I don't. The last couple she has suggested bright colors, which I do not have in my crayon box. Last year, I did Easy Street in browns and reds with aqua accents. It's my avatar pic. This year, I am using fall colors and will call it Autumnal Solstice. There is a thread in the links forum; I think I posted my fabrics there.

    I think if you are following a designer whose patterns you generally like, you will be all set. If you don't have that info, start breaking down what you do have.

    If a mystery is a day long (as in the about.com site), chances are it's going to be easy with big pieces. Look at how much fabric you'll be using. When Bonnie put her colors out last year, one color called for significantly less yardage - so I knew that would be my "accent" color, with the two other colors that I was using (prefer and have more of in my stash) beign the main fabrics. At LQS, I'll asl for some of the first cutting measurements. It's more often than not big, chunky pieces - so I know I won't care for it.


    Waiting until it's over to start isn't necessarily a bad idea - but then it's not a mystery!
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    I just finished one this weekend and posted it over at pictures. I've have two I liked a lot, one I haven't finished putting the blocks together yet one that needs to be backed an quilted and one I did in miniature - I took the square of all the measurements. TI liked that one mini, but not the full size ones.

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    My idea of a great mystery quilt is:
    Is it complicated?
    Is there something new to be learned?
    Will it stretch me as a quilter?
    Is it complicated? If it has pieces 3" or bigger I'm not interested.
    Is it complicated? Did I say that already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    I've been thinking about doing a mystery quilt. But, I'm afraid that I might not like it when its done.
    That is WHY I have never done one.......
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