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retiredteacher09 07-29-2020 05:52 PM

suern3: Congratulations! I look forward to seeing it.

origamigoldfish: Congratulations on finishing a very pretty Frolic top.

Sync 07-29-2020 06:04 PM

Origami, congrats on your Frolic finish, it looks wonderful.

Iceblossom 07-29-2020 07:18 PM

Origamigoldfish -- love that border!

joe'smom 07-30-2020 08:33 AM

origami, that's gorgeous! That is one of my favorite border options (I think I will have trouble deciding what to do with borders when the time comes).

suern3 07-30-2020 01:26 PM

origami- great finish on your Frolic! Pretty colors and nice border, too.

origamigoldfish 08-01-2020 08:58 AM

Thank you! I wouldn't have been able to see it through without all of your support! For only my fourth quilt ever, I think I did pretty good.

I have been cutting down my remnant fabrics into my scrap system, and seeing what I could make with all the extra pieces we made but didn't use. I took all those HST and made more flying geese out of them, then turned them into blocks of 12 geese arranged around a center square. I had to cut out two extra geese from scraps to make 9 full blocks, more than big enough for a baby quilt! I think I will add a few more out of my remnants and add sashing and use the extra four patches as cornerstones, and maybe get a lap quilt out of it for a friend. By the time I am done, all I will have left will be two of the short pink/neutral sashing strip pieces, and if I can work them in there, I will. I hate having orphan blocks laying around.

Iceblossom 08-14-2020 06:17 AM

I've been working on the UFO top this past week. Turns out 98% of the piecing was complete (and very nicely done at that). It took awhile to track down but in one stage they made 41 units instead of 41 sets of units -- and some of those are extra things we don't really need anyway! So all I had/have to do is cut some more red/blue HST, turn some of them into the pinwheels for 25 blocks, and I'll deal with the setting triangles later. Fabric was provided and I will need to cut the neutral background squares and then it will be ready to assemble into blocks. Heehee, I didn't have to do the 4-patches or the border units or any of that!

Kind of fun to get a nearly done UFO that I knew what to do, but it is amazing how much I've already forgotten. I had to pull out my top and check the layout just to reassure myself. I just like to spend some time sewing each day and its rather freeing to me that I don't have to worry my head a bit about finishing it, or who to give it to. I still don't have a finished top or home for mine yet.

Don't think it will take that long to finish, but I have some other commitments going on. I'm still planning on doing the Mystery again this year with more standard fabrics/colors so need to get this done before that.

suern3 08-18-2020 02:35 PM

Sounds like progress. Figuring out where to start was probably the hardest part. Now you will be ready to go when time allows.

origamigoldfish 08-19-2020 07:55 AM

I have tried basting this thing three different times and I can't make it work in my space at home; every other large quilt I have ever done I have basted at a church, and with the pandemic that is not an option now. Going to pack it up and send it off to be longarmed, I think.

audsgirl 08-19-2020 08:04 PM

I'm still working on putting on the borders on mine. I took so long making masks that I got behind. I've never sent a quilt to a longarmer. I'm dreading the quilting more than the basting. I always baste my quilts on my cutting table. It involves a lot of repositioning, since the area is relatively small. But it works for me.
I don't think I will do this year's mystery. I want to make a quilt for our bed before winter gets here. I already have the pattern and fabrics for it. I may put off all other quilting until I get that one done.


suern3 08-20-2020 02:44 PM

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.

audsgirl 08-23-2020 02:13 PM

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.


Iceblossom 08-24-2020 07:17 AM

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.

origamigoldfish 09-01-2020 04:32 PM

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!

retiredteacher09 09-01-2020 05:59 PM

That’s exciting, origamigoldfish!

Iceblossom 09-02-2020 04:15 AM

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...

Iceblossom 11-11-2020 12:32 PM

I don't know if there is anyone else out there finishing up a Frolic top, but I've resumed working on a Frolic UFO with the goal to finish it before Thanksgiving/the start of the next mystery.

It's been fun working with this UFO, the original quilter did a lovely job with fabric selection and cutting and general workmanship, but lost her joy along the way.

So I've moved along to where all the little subunits are made and I'm putting together the overall 9-patch of the block. It's really fun to see these stars bloom, especially since I haven't spent so much time with the fabric, everything was pretty much cut and/or pieced at least once before I started putting the pieces together.

I still haven't decided on the border, pretty sure though it won't be Bonnie's as designed. I'll have to layout the finished blocks before I commit.

JanieW 11-13-2020 10:01 AM

I need to finish my Frolic. I didnít do mine on point nor scrappy. I have the initial blocks put together and I like what I have. I donít want to do the borders as Bonnie has done them. Iím the least creative person on the planet so Iím stumped. Iím still miffed at all the extra pieces we made that I have no idea how or if I will use them.

Iceblossom, you are a real inspiration. Do I understand that not only did you make your own Frolic but that you are finishing someone elseís? Youíre a star!

Iceblossom 11-13-2020 10:17 AM

Yes, Janie, glutton for punishment that I am, I'm doing a second Frolic top with the goal of getting it done just before the new mystery starts. The original maker lost her joy in the project and I've just had a terrible time getting started on my own projects this year -- yet I really enjoy my sewing machine time, hearing it purr and feeling the fabric go beneath my hands and the needle, so putting together a UFO seemed rather attractive.

So she sent me her wonderfully done and cut subunits along with extra fabric and printed out directions (and extra gifts!) with no pressure or time deadlines and it was the most wonderful thing! Sometimes I say that for me putting together quilts is like other people doing puzzles, and that the only thing that really slows me down is getting my tops actually quilted down.

So for me this is the fun part, the putting together and watching the blocks bloom and then just when I'm tired of it, I'm going to put it in a box and mail it off and let someone else deal with turning it into a quilt.

I will be using Bonnie's diagonal layout. I've gotten the blocks completed and today I'm working on piecing the sashing. I had to cut the Parakeet color and join it to the neutral/raspberry units already made for me. I put on my sashing on the blocks in an L shape first, once I have the sashing on I will layout the top and make my final decision on the border. Again, the original maker made all those HST units and all I have to do is stick them together. I used Bonnie's border on mine, will be doing a different variation on this one. Not quite sure which one though until I see it laid out.

Again, goal is to finish top before Thanksgiving... I'm hoping to have pix end of next week but this has been sort of a low health week for me.

JanieW 11-13-2020 11:49 AM

Iceblossom, I’ll look forward to seeing your pictures. I think it’s wonderful that you’re helping out someone who lost the joy of Frolic. I’m the opposite in regards to piecing vs quilting. I did not enjoy putting this one together but I did love the mystery part of it. To me, piecing is the necessary evil to get something I can play on. You’re my hero for doing two of these.

Iceblossom 11-19-2020 09:27 AM

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Whee! Almost there. All blocks are made and sashing is on two sides. All setting triangles and the corners are made, waiting for layout to pre-apply the sashing to them.

So today I'm balancing out the blocks and determining final layout. I'm committed to a border design but still have a lot of seams to go.

Pretty much everything had been combined before getting to me. It turned out that the problem was in the step with the red/blue HST, 41 units were made instead of 41 sets of units. So I had to make a few more HST, turn them into pinwheels, and then those darn 3-colored goose units for all of them. Everything else was pretty much done and the extra fabric for the project provided. Since I had to make some triangles, I did "mimic" some of the extra prints and slipped in just a couple reds. I also cut all the sashing cornerstones from the same fabric which again, fit in with the other fabrics.

As I was familiarizing myself with the project and since I knew what was ahead and that we had extra units and that I would have to keep careful track of the various pairs, I decided to limit the neutral fabrics to all 8 being the same in each block. Additionally, the Geese units made with the Parakeet fabric had all been made with the same fabric -- and I had enough of the same fabric for the sashing. I was also able to pick out a matching set of (4) 4-patches, where the red/blue fabrics did not match any of the star fabrics.

I will be emphasizing the white/neutral in my border treatment, and I will be piecing various lengths of the various white/neutral for the inner border, and while I won't have to finish it myself, think that is the right choice for the binding too.

joe'smom 11-19-2020 10:39 AM

Looks wonderful, Iceblossom! You deserve a medal for working on a second Frolic!

JeanieG 11-19-2020 01:16 PM

Congratualtions Iceblossom - that is looking great!

Sync 11-20-2020 12:50 PM

Wow looks fantastic.

tallchick 12-01-2020 01:23 PM

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I finished the top way back in March and then set it aside, pulled it out over the long weekend and put the borders on, hopefully I will get it on the longarm next week. I enjoyed the mystery and I love the quilt, but one and done is good for me! I am saving the clues for Grassy Creek and will make it at some point, but I prefer to piece certain ways so I will watch everyones progress. I plan on starting Unity as I love Medallion quilts so thats my winter project.

joe'smom 12-01-2020 05:10 PM

Gorgeous Frolic, tallchick! Have fun with Unity!

MamaC 12-02-2020 04:59 AM

anyone can do Bonnie's patterns because she is a great teacher! Just breathe and enjoy your journey!

origamigoldfish 12-02-2020 05:59 PM

Beautiful finish, tallchick!

eileen9422 12-04-2020 07:02 PM

how do I get to the clues for the frolic mystery quilt

geevee 12-04-2020 07:16 PM

Originally Posted by eileen9422 (Post 8439727)
how do I get to the clues for the frolic mystery quilt

Frolic was last year's mystery, you have to buy that pattern now (you can find it on Bonnie's site, maybe under 'Shop' on the page menu, I've never bought a pattern from her so not positive where she keeps them).

Here's a link to the new one (Grassy Creek) it's free until a little while after the reveal, half way down the page are links to Part 1 and 2.


JanieW 12-04-2020 07:18 PM

Originally Posted by eileen9422 (Post 8439727)
how do I get to the clues for the frolic mystery quilt

you have to buy the pattern for frolic.


scroll down and you will find on the right it for $12

Iceblossom 12-05-2020 05:14 AM

Lovely finish Tallchick. I've had yet another health set back along with the various issues I'm dealing with right now/this year. I have gotten all the blocks together, I have gotten the outer border together, today I'm going to work on that inner border, piecing it from neutrals, and then everything can go together and I can get a picture.

I've really enjoyed working on this "UFO" but what I can say is all UFOs are not equal -- I'm calling this a "puzzlement". This was a delight, the original quilter had done such nice work and everything (but the missing units) was there in the box. It came out much lighter and airier than my top and while I love that zig zag border, I decided to turn the units into white Geese shapes. Hopefully have a picture tomorrow.

I didn't print out the clues last year, I wish I had. I had notes I had taken and my original project to refer to. The original quilter had included most of the printouts, but I managed to mislay them so completely I know that somewhere in my house must be a quilting black hole that has sucked them into there.

audsgirl 12-05-2020 10:09 PM

That looks beautiful, Tallchick! I like your border. I am in the process of quilting mine now, but I have taken a break in order to sew a few small Christmas gifts. The quilt is so heavy, I feel as though I am wrestling an alligator.


love to sew 01-12-2021 08:27 AM

I just now finished making all the blocks and the borders and its put together except the borders. What did you do with all the extra parts she had us make? I made what she told us but wow, I have many more than I needed and darn I cut into fabric to make the numbers and now I don't need them. I want to put them together and use them in the back but need some ideas.

origamigoldfish 01-13-2021 11:00 AM

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Here is a quick pic of what I made with all the frolic scraps, found it in my pictures the other day..

love to sew 01-13-2021 01:36 PM

Thank you
Thank you for posting a picture of what you did with the left over pieces. I needed validation that others had many left overs too and inspiration for what blocks to make to use on the back

audsgirl 01-13-2021 08:26 PM

Originally Posted by origamigoldfish (Post 8452193)
Here is a quick pic of what I made with all the frolic scraps, found it in my pictures the other day..

What a great use of the leftovers! I don't know if I have the motivation to tackle an extra quilt with those pieces. How big did it turn out, origami? I just finished quilting mine and now have to make the binding and sew it on. Maybe when that is done I will feel more like venturing on.
Thanks for the great inspiration.


tallchick 01-14-2021 02:32 AM

Originally Posted by origamigoldfish (Post 8452193)
Here is a quick pic of what I made with all the frolic scraps, found it in my pictures the other day..

Love what you did with your leftovers, super cute.

jmoore 01-14-2021 04:42 AM

Iceblossom what a beautiful finish and kudos for doing a second one...

Tallchick, also a wonderful finish...the borders really bring it all together. I can’t wait to see it quilted.

origami, I like your colorful quilt ...great job purposing your orphan blocks.

origamigoldfish 01-20-2021 05:00 AM

Originally Posted by audsgirl (Post 8452295)
What a great use of the leftovers! I don't know if I have the motivation to tackle an extra quilt with those pieces. How big did it turn out, origami? I just finished quilting mine and now have to make the binding and sew it on. Maybe when that is done I will feel more like venturing on.
Thanks for the great inspiration.


It is a small throw, just big enough to curl up under in the recliner in the evenings. The flying geese blocks were what I used out of all the extras we had already cut and sewn, I used all my extra HSTs to make more geese, and ended up having to cut out one last pair for the center block. I ordered a little extra yardage of the pink, blue and green for binding options for Frolic and liked none of them against the actual quilt, so they were used to make the ohio stars. I still have plenty of scraps of the fabrics in my scrap bins to play around with later, too. This was just made out of precut extra pieces, and I love it every bit as much as my original quilt.

Thanks for all the compliments!

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