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Bonnie Hunter's 2019-2020 Frolic Mystery

Old 08-20-2020, 02:44 PM
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This is such a timely topic for me! I was slow finishing Frolic so just getting ready for backing, pin basting and quilting on my DSM. Today I washed the wide backing and ironed it the best I could. I ironed for about 3 hours and called it done. During this time I started to worry about doing the quilting myself and now I am thinking of sending it out for long arming. This would be a first for me and I do like the feeling of completing a quilt myself. But if ironing the backing seemed this hard, maybe it is time to try quilting by check. Still deciding. I don't think this quilt needs complicated quilting since the piecing is the star here. We will see.
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Old 08-23-2020, 02:13 PM
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I know what you mean, Sue. I've always done the quilting myself, but I don't enjoy it. I'd rather baste than quilt! And it is such a busy quilt that an all-over design would be just fine. I have so many quilt tops that need to be quilted that I had better do something soon. I want to make a queen-size quilt for our bed, but I can't start it until I get this top done. I'm afraid this year I won't be doing Bonnie's mystery. Let us know what you decide.

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Old 08-24-2020, 07:17 AM
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It does come out as a large top and square at that, and I'm more of a rectangle gal myself. I am growing more comfortable with the idea that while a great quilter could enhance this, especially with my fabrics just sticking it together with a random meander that is within my skill set will be fine. I still don't want to quilt it on my home machine but that's a different story.

I've had to take a break on my piecing of the UFO top due to the arrival of my Round Robin. For Frolic I have all the missing units made, and the neutrals cut, and have combined all the pieces needed per block into a separate baggy. The bags are each marked with a shape and number so it is clear it is a Square or a setting Triangle, the numbers aren't there for layout just so I don't have to keep counting and recounting slippery bags.

I'm going to sew each block at a time instead of trying to keep all those different sets of units coordinated. All that hard work done by somebody else is about to pay off and I get to do the fun part! It's all good, as I sometimes say "I've gotten everything out of that project I wanted" even if I choose not to finish it myself.

I haven't looked ahead yet but I think I have to cut some blue squares for the sashing, plenty of fabric for that, and the middle sashing piece. Again, plenty of fabric and as I recall it could change the look quite a bit with different choices.

All those border units are already made for me and I'll be laying them out in some way other than the original design. I'm thinking sort of goose/arrow type points but I really liked Origami's solution. That's still a ways in the future.
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Old 09-01-2020, 04:32 PM
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I had a package waiting for me when I came home from work today...my frolic has been quilted, and it turned out fabulous! Did a very circular edge-to-edge design, so it looks like ripples on water. All of the curves really contrast all those angles. Just binding left to go, and then it is done.

Hoping to get it bound before the clues for the next one are released!
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Old 09-01-2020, 05:59 PM
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That’s exciting, origamigoldfish!
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Old 09-02-2020, 04:15 AM
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Hooray for Origamigoldfish! And to the others that have actual quilts, you all deserve praise.

I have a couple of weeks between my Round Robin project and the trip I'm going on and will be working on the my Frolic UFO in the next week, I'm really quite excited. All the front end tedious things like the border units were made and the colors/fabrics are nice quality and fun to work with.

When I try to describe quilting to non-quilters, sometimes I tell them it's like a great big jigsaw puzzle. This is the fun part where all the little pieces and tedious front end work come together to make sense and you can really see things happening. And (giggle) at the end, I don't have to quilt it down, just mail it out. I might do this sort of thing more often!

My Tuesday group gave me that look again when I said I was planning on doing the mystery this year...
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