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Boston1954 02-02-2018 06:39 PM

What Constitutes A Mystery Quilt?
 
I have never made one so forgive the dumb question. Is it because you do not know what it will look like when you start sewing? Or is there some other thing about the design? How do you know if you even want to do it if you have no idea about the finish?

Peckish 02-02-2018 07:25 PM


Originally Posted by Boston1954 (Post 7995905)
Is it because you do not know what it will look like when you start sewing?

Yep. :thumbup:


Originally Posted by Boston1954 (Post 7995905)
How do you know if you even want to do it if you have no idea about the finish?

Exactly why I've never had any interest in doing one.

I will say if I were to do one, it would be one of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts. I believe she does one a year, and they're gorgeous.

Cari-in-Oly 02-02-2018 07:46 PM

I think you have to have an adventurous spirit to do a mystery. A big part of the fun is not knowing what it will look like. I've participated in two mysteries. The first one was years ago on the About.com quilting forum. I made two quilts at the same time in different colorways. I hated them both, not because of the pattern but because of my fabric choices. I was a new quilter then and had a lot to learn.
My second mystery was a few years ago it was Bonnie Hunters' Orca Bay. Now that one was so much fun but lots and lots of pieces and repetition. I still haven't put the borders on the quilt and it has 3,672 pieces. Bonnie loves her scrappies lol.

Cari

sewingsuz 02-02-2018 10:11 PM

I have never been interested either, because I want to see what I am making.

quilterpurpledog 02-03-2018 03:16 AM

I have done two over the years. I actually didn't care for either one of them when finished. In both cases I chose fabrics and colors that I really liked. But, in the end, the pattern (mystery) did not do justice to the fabrics. I don't think I will do another one. One was proposed at our guild for next year-but I declined. When I see the reveal I hope I won't be sorry.

NJ Quilter 02-03-2018 03:28 AM


Originally Posted by quilterpurpledog (Post 7996005)
I have done two over the years. I actually didn't care for either one of them when finished. In both cases I chose fabrics and colors that I really liked. But, in the end, the pattern (mystery) did not do justice to the fabrics. I don't think I will do another one. One was proposed at our guild for next year-but I declined. When I see the reveal I hope I won't be sorry.

This is my fear as well and the reason I've not done one. I'm confident in my color choices but I don't know if that would be the case with scale/etc. when I have no idea of what the quilt will look like in the end.

My LQS also does a year long sampler program. When the initially announce it each year all you see are swatches for the various colorways (usually 4). I learned early in that process to wait until the last minute to sign up as well once they had the completed samples on display.

Kassaundra 02-03-2018 04:08 AM

I have only ever done Bonnie Hunter mysteries. I googled her past mysteries and liked most. I always choose my own color pallet and am pretty confident in my color eye, and my design ability to change anything I don't like at the end. I like the camaraderie of doing it together. Doing the same thing over and over is not my strong suit so it helps me to keep going.

Watson 02-03-2018 04:15 AM

I have always been leery of doing one myself because I was nervous of not choosing the right colours or running out before the end or not understanding something, so I started out doing just the one-day mystery quilt that was done on New Years Day. It was fun and it wasn't hard to follow along, so I am going to do the Mystery Train Ride on this site.
We will see how that turns out!

Watson

ckcowl 02-03-2018 04:25 AM

I’ve seen many which I never participated in m couldn’t wrap my head around it. This year New Year’s Day I found a one day mystery quilt project and jumped in— did it. It was fun and I like the finished quilt.
I may not seek out, ever do another one, but I’m not ignoring the possibility.
I think everyone should keep an open mind, when you see one read about it, think about it- no spark- continue on.
One day you might come across one that strikes you as ( could be fun)

sandy l 02-03-2018 04:38 AM

Heck, every time I start a quilt, it turns in to a "mystery quilt". Am I going to finish it using the same idea I started with, add more blocks, even finish it, etc?:)
Seriously I'm like a lot of others, I like to have some idea of what the quilt looks like.

ka9sdn 02-03-2018 04:50 AM

I do some of the mysteries. If in doubt, you can always copy all the steps as they come out, then at the end when it is shown you can decide if you want to make it. Kinda not a mystery any more but you won't have used up your time and fabric. I don't do this unless I am so buried I have to postpone making it, but it is an idea.

cjsews 02-03-2018 04:58 AM

I have done several of the NYD mystery quilts. They are fast and fun. It is something to do New Year's Day while DH is watching the ball games. Some turned out great. Some not so much to my liking. Those will be appreciated by someone and go in the donation pile. Follow the mystery train ride posted here in block of the month section

eyes 02-03-2018 05:27 AM

I did my first small mystery quilt by Kathy Tracy in 2017 but I cheated and didn't start until I had the first 2 or 3 clues. Does that count? I don't think I'm brave enough to just jump in and go for it when using scraps.

PaperPrincess 02-03-2018 05:29 AM

Quiltbug does a couple one day mysteries. New Year's Day and one for the game this Sunday.
I've never done one, but a gal in my club does. I'm considering tomorrows.
The instructions are released about every hour and the quilt is throw sized. Here's a link to her site if you'd like to try. Link is near the top of the page, "... Super Sunday Mystery February 4th"

SusieQOH 02-03-2018 05:40 AM

I signed up for my first one ever starting today on this board. I'm excited because I've never done one.

Macybaby 02-03-2018 05:55 AM

the only reason I participate in mystery quilts is I have so much fun with the others on this board doing it. I learn a lot with the group discussions and love seeing the different quilts that result from the different choices.

I would have no desire to do one without that group participation.

DebLuvsQuiltng 02-03-2018 05:55 AM

https://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks...94354-new.html

There is a mystery that starts on this board today. It makes a small lap quilt. If never made one, give this one a try. It is largely scrappy so np investment needed. It is under block of the week link. 18th Mystery Quilt Train. Only four weeks long.

pewa88 02-03-2018 06:28 AM

Jump on board!! The Mystery Train ride starts today and Judy does a fabulous job. You can look back at her other mysteries to see that they are very doable and so much fun. This mystery uses scraps so go on over and join in. You do not need to sign up just follow along on the thread. I love mysteries.

Homespun 02-03-2018 07:49 AM

I have made the last 4 of Bonnie Hunter's mysteries. She tells you at the beginning what colors to choose (by way of paint cards) and tells you how much to have of each. Then she releases-one a week-what to do. The last clue release tells you how to put it all together. A lot choose different matching colors and all works out fine.

happylab 02-03-2018 02:50 PM

To answer your question. When starting a mystery quilt, I don’t know: 1) will I like it, 2) if my colors will play well together & I have a large stash. 3) if I will keep it. Keeping that in mind I love mysteries and the unknown. So I love mysteries quilts projects.

Over the the years I have learned, I love to do Judy’s mystery train ride from here and Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts. I know both mysteries will turn out nice and they are at my skill level or below. I also know it’s alright to change portions of the top it I don’t like them. Sometimes I will work slow to get other’s ideas on completing the projects. Therefore I can finish how I want. And finally I love the interaction from all of the other members of the group. On this site we are all great people.

I’m also looking for another 1 or 2 mysteries to follow for super bowl Sunday tomorrow. I really hope you give it a try in the future.

Jingle 02-03-2018 03:46 PM

Like some other members I would want to know what it would look like ahead of time.

caspharm 02-03-2018 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly (Post 7995941)
I think you have to have an adventurous spirit to do a mystery. A big part of the fun is not knowing what it will look like. I've participated in two mysteries. The first one was years ago on the About.com quilting forum. I made two quilts at the same time in different colorways. I hated them both, not because of the pattern but because of my fabric choices. I was a new quilter then and had a lot to learn.
My second mystery was a few years ago it was Bonnie Hunters' Orca Bay. Now that one was so much fun but lots and lots of pieces and repetition. I still haven't put the borders on the quilt and it has 3,672 pieces. Bonnie loves her scrappies lol.

Cari

I agree that you have to be somewhat willing to go out of your comfort zone. I like mystery quilts, because it can be a challenge. I have done several with my LQS, I have finished a few, which I liked (I select my own fabrics) and a few are UFOs, mainly because I have fallen behind for whatever reason life interfered (LOL).

That said, I have also run one for my quilt club last year and it was pretty popular. I am about to start another one this year. I do try to find ones that fall in between adventurous beginner and intermediate, so that most people will try it.

Teen 02-03-2018 05:58 PM

Doing my first one today and it's a scrappy...that's why I decided to do it. If I don't care for it enough to keep or gift, I can always donate. I'm getting rid of scraps ....that's a good thing. I lurked during the recent Bh mystery and didn't really care for BH design for me personally but the quilts were lovely...and some of the quilters produced their version, colors, finishes, and they were amazing. In future, of not scrappy, I'll write steps down and decide after the reveal.

pennycandy 02-03-2018 06:39 PM

I'm also like to know ahead before I make a quilt. For two years I observed everyone's progress on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts. It was fun to watch. I took a leap of faith the following year after Bonnie posted the colors. The best part was the camaraderie and learning new skills. I did like the quilt and don't regret doing the mystery.

But.....I also learned that for me, scrappy is too busy for Bonnie's patterns. I would have been happier with one constant fabric for each color. I will still follow the mystery but will download the directions. I won't make a commitment to do the quilt until after seeing the finished quilt.

P-BurgKay 02-03-2018 06:42 PM

I did the Mystery Train Ride on this site last year, and thinking about doing it again this year.

Terry in the ADK 02-03-2018 07:35 PM

I love mystery quilts! Normally I am a control freak so I like how they put me out of my comfort zone. i have done at least 4 of Bonnie Hunter's,some I liked, others not so much. My favorite kind are the ones where you come with much of the cutting done and you get it done ( or mostly done) by the end of the workshop. We have done several at our quilting Bees meeting in Tupper Lake, NY and I did one at the Vermont Quilt Festive. In fact I even taught one last year. What fun to watch everyone guess and then change their minds as to what it would be.
The main draw back is knowing what fabric to choose. When I taught , I offered to help them select their fabric to increase their chances of liking the finished product. Bonnie Hunter does that with her paint chip idea.
Relax and just go for it!

jmoore 02-04-2018 03:31 AM


Originally Posted by Macybaby (Post 7996075)
the only reason I participate in mystery quilts is I have so much fun with the others on this board doing it. I learn a lot with the group discussions and love seeing the different quilts that result from the different choices.

I would have no desire to do one without that group participation.

Same here. I have only done two of Bonnie Hunterís but several of Judyís Mystery Train here on the QB. I enjoy seeing what others are doing as much doing my own quilt and sometimes there are teaching moments...

illinois 02-04-2018 04:14 AM

How do I find the Mystery Quilt that was to have started yesterday? I see the link posted here but there are no instructions--just more like an announcement to get out the scraps and a bit of background.

joe'smom 02-04-2018 06:45 AM

One year I noticed a thread for the Bonnie Hunter mystery (at that time, the thread was still in the 'Main' forum, or I probably would have missed it). I didn't click on it, because I wasn't interested in making a mystery quilt. But then I noticed how quickly the thread was growing with page after page, so I started reading it and got caught up in the fun and excitement. Now I make them each year, because it is such fun. They are also responsible for making me a much better piecer. I think I would never skip a Bonnie mystery now, because I always learn so much doing her quilts, that even a disappointing outcome would still be worth it. It's like taking a free quilting class.

SusieQOH 02-04-2018 06:48 AM


Originally Posted by joe'smom (Post 7996683)
One year I noticed a thread for the Bonnie Hunter mystery (at that time, the thread was still in the 'Main' forum, or I probably would have missed it). I didn't click on it, because I wasn't interested in making a mystery quilt. But then I noticed how quickly the thread was growing with page after page, so I started reading it and got caught up in the fun and excitement. Now I make them each year, because it is such fun. They are also responsible for making me a much better piecer. I think I would never skip a Bonnie mystery now, because I always learn so much doing her quilts, that even a disappointing outcome would still be worth it. It's like taking a free quilting class.

Illinois- go to page 5 toward the bottom of the page.

Macybaby 02-04-2018 06:52 AM

Illinois - if you hurry up you can still get breakfast on the train!

The first instructions are on post 111, in case your pages don't line up the same. there is clarification later that the 96 on the picture is incorrect, sb 48. That is one nice thing about doing it as a group, if you aren't quite sure about the instructions - you can ask and you'll get your answer.

moonrise 02-04-2018 07:09 AM

I've done several of Judy's mystery quilts, and have been very happy with the outcomes. She's very good about answering questions and helping folks along should anyone run into a snag. :) I like that she gives the instructions for a lap quilt, but most of the time, the quilt can be added onto if you'd like a larger quilt. :)

I've looked at several of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts (after they were completed), but so far they've all been too intricate for my tastes and my patience. I get burned out on repetitive projects. They're beautiful, though. :)

(Edited to add additional thoughts. :) )

Ellen 1 02-04-2018 07:18 AM

I was always afraid to take the plunge, for most of the reasons you all have listed here. Since I have started doing them, I look forward to the next one. My number one rule is: I do not go buy new fabric for the mystery. I have to use what I already own. The only exception is for the backing. My last mystery broke my own rule and I had to have 7.5 yd for the background fabric, so I did buy that. The mysteryís I have been pleased with the results are: Alycia Carmin QOV mystery quilt. (Just got the fabric requirements last Friday). MerryMahem (which was printed in my quild newsletter, Misty Mist Designs (someone just posted her quilt a day or so ago). I have not done a Bonnie Hunter because her scrappy-ness is way beyond my little brain to grab ahold of. :-)

Iíve tried to upload some of the photos (from iPad) but cannot get them to load. Donít know how to change the size on the iPad, if I can).

Ellen

Tothill 02-04-2018 10:59 AM

I love the idea of mystery quilts, but I cannot devote a day to one like the NYD or supper bowl ones. So I copy the instructions.

This summer I plan to make myself a couple kits from past mysteries, book a cottage and sew to my hearts content interspersed with walking the dogs and swimming.

I love following mysteries. I have watched the progress on the last few Bonnie Hunter ones. I do no think I would make one of hers, but who knows what will happen in the future?

lmanna 02-04-2018 11:12 AM

I always said I was never going to do a mystery quilt. My Mom was in town for Thanksgiving and challenged me to do Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt this year. I did have a lot of fun working along on it with the group even though I despise making the same units over and over and over and over again, however...I did not like the reveal. Way too much of one color...especially the color most of us thought was going to be a secondary color. I did stop making clues when units started getting pieced together in order to allow the most flexibility with switching things up at the end.

I have played around with a bazillion layouts, and viewed lots of peoples' variants but at the end of the day - this is one just not going to work for me. I will repurpose the parts into separate quilts.

But now I know for sure - Mystery quilts are 100% not for me. I might save the clues while a mystery is going on but I will wait until the reveal to decide whether or not to take the plunge.

Jules51 02-04-2018 04:03 PM

I just finished my first Mystery Quilt--from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. It was fun anticipating each months' instructions. She gave us quilt fabric options and fabric selection options. Check it out Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group.

ctrysass2012 02-04-2018 08:41 PM

I did a mystery at a local shop about a year ago. It was a Debbie Cafferty(sp) & I really liked the fabrics. It didn't turn out the way I hoped. #1, it was on point & I have a terrible time with those. There were also blocks I had never done before so they were a little off. When I sewed it together it was wonky. It was folded & put away, somewhere in the sewing room. It was a larger quilt, full - queen. Maybe I should try something smaller.

carolynjo 02-05-2018 02:06 PM

I agree that, to me, BH's quilts are too busy.


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