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    Who has done a mystery quilt? Were you happy with the results? I am interested in the concept, but would hate to spend a lot of time/money on a quilt that wasn't really "my thing" in the end, you know?

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    I've done one. I don't like to select fabric without knowing where it will be placed in a quilt. It's not my thing to do a mystery quilt.

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    I have a hard time with them too LOL I guess I need to know what the pattern is to pick out my fabric :roll:

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    I have done a couple before and loved the results. Whether or not you like the final product is a risk you have to take. Good luck on your decision.

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    I did one, but I cheated. I found it online after the mystery had been revealed. I liked the finished quilt, so I made it. It's one of my favorite layouts. I've made several of them as baby quilts.

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    I've done several and like doing them. The hard part is picking out the fabric. Some of the mystery quilt instructons are better at letting you know what tones or levels of color to pick. I love a surprise, so I find them fun to do.

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    I need to know what it looks like first. I need to love what I am doing or I can't stay focused.

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    I have done about 5 of them. I have done them with a group of friends/quilters from my church. We have a great time. Some I have liked more than others but had a great time doing them together with the other ladies.

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    I have done a couple and the results were great. Who ever is putting it on can kind of guide you with hints on fabric selection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    I need to know what it looks like first. I need to love what I am doing or I can't stay focused.
    See, I'm like that too, so I'm afraid I'd have a hard time keeping going if I don't know if I love the final product or not.

    Of course, I also like surprises, which is what makes the idea of mystery quilts intriguing.

    I was thinking my MIL and I might do a couple together for charity quilts, since we get together and sew once a week or so.

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    I've done a number of online mysteries. After doing a few quilts that I didn't particularly care for and considering the list of quilts that I really want to make, I've decided to only do smaller quilts/wallhangings.

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    I love doing mystery quilts. I have taken alot of mystery classes. Mostly I take the classes just for the fun involved being with the other people.
    Most of the mysteries i have done are from Debbie Caffrey of Debbie's Creative Moments. She has some free patterns posted on her web-site and probably a mystery on there too. Her mysteries are so much fun. Check her web-site out!

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    I have discovered one thing about mysteries. If you will buy all your fabric from one collection, you will be happier with it. The first one I did was "scrappy", and I hated it. The colors didn't go together, and the overall impression was made by a 3 year old with no sewing ability. Then a friend talked me into the second one. I picked out fabric from a Moda collection, and it was beautiful.

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    My first big quilt was a mystery quilt, organised by a not so local quilt shop. Bought a certain amount of each value fabric, washed, starched then cut to specific sizes, all before the day. My youngest daughter adked me to make it for her, before we knew what it was. Her stipulations beying, pink, girly, but absolutely no flowers. This was the most fun quilt I've ever made. Just do it, extend yourself, and pick colors you like.
    Here's a pic of part of it.
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    I made one and was really happy with the result. It's kind of scary not knowing how the colors will go together but I think it was worth the risk. I loved mine so much that it is going to be a gift for someone and not hidden away.

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    I did one online and I didn't really like the end result but it was fun.

    I am now doing another one that just started two weeks ago and I am not sure I will like the end result, but, again, it is fun.

    I like how you are given only bits and pieces to work on at a time because they are very easy to finish and I really have a sense of accomplishment each week.

    The one I am doing now is a Christmas Quilt / wallhanging here:

    http://erikhomemade.typepad.com/

    I also liked the ones I did because I only used scraps. There was no monetary outlay for fabrics or anything. So, even though it isn't my favorite, it's ok because I didn't spend any money on it and I enjoyed the process.

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    Maybe I'll look for a small online mystery quilt that I can do mostly with fabrics from my stash. That way the money thing wouldn't be a big deal and I can satisfy my curiosity about "mystery" quilts.

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    I did one by Debbie Caffrey using fabric from my stash rather than spend a lot and not know where each fabric would appear in the final product. I must say, it turned out great--maybe I just got lucky. Have not done another, too many I want to do that I know the final outcome. Was fun though and I was in a class with a lot of fun quilters. Give it a try, it will be interesting not matter what the end result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensleeves
    I did one by Debbie Caffrey using fabric from my stash rather than spend a lot and not know where each fabric would appear in the final product. I must say, it turned out great--maybe I just got lucky. Have not done another, too many I want to do that I know the final outcome. Was fun though and I was in a class with a lot of fun quilters. Give it a try, it will be interesting not matter what the end result.
    Don't you just love Debbie Caffrey's classes. She is such a great instructor. I took many classes from her up in Anchorage!

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    Quilter's Newsletter has had a mystery quilt series this past year -- I have all but the last part of instructions, but haven't started piecing yet! Guess it's no longer a mystery...

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    I love mystery quilts. I usually teach a mystery class, every year, at our quilt guild. They all seem to like it as we have some neat quilts turn up at show and tell. Try it, I think you will have fun with it. I know its kind of scary to do the first one. Maybe buy some sale fabric or use stash for the first so there won't be such an investment in fabric. (just in case you don't like the pattern after its done)

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    The one I did turned out fabulous. I got the directions through my guild. I chose three colors from the color wheel to coordinate with my living room colors. I keep it on my couch. I get many compliments.

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    I've done a few and always enjoyed the process. Typically use fabric from my stash if possible and most end up as charity quilts. It is the fun that is important!

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    I did one in a forum & she let us know in advance, it would be a star design, & wall hanging size, so it was fine. Did one with a different group & did not like the layout when done, so I changed it, but still not wild about it. I mostly save the steps now, & see the finished design, then decide if I ever want to do it, or not. Most the time, it's not, lol... I would rather know what I am doing ahead of time...

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    I have participated in 3 of Bonnie Hunter's (Quiltville.com) mystery quilts and I love them. I did the Orange Crush, Old Tobacco Road, and Double Delight. I have all the patterns for her Christmas Mystery one printed and the fabric is waiting on the shelf. I plan on participating in her new Mystery starting next month.

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