Finally, a finish to celebrate. This afternoon I managed to get the label sewn onto the mystery quilt from last year! So one more quilt off the UFO list!
I really wanted to try a mystery quilt. I was just discovering the quilting community on the Internet last year, but had not really discovered blogs. I came across a shop in Monument, CO during an afternoon of Internet shop hopping on FabShopHop. The Homespun Hearth sponsors Agatha & Sherlock's Mystery of the Week, with new mysteries every quarter. So I signed up. I got my packet of floral fabric, the first couple of clues and I was off sewing.
The shop called this mystery "Parties at My Place". When I got the fabric packet, my husband commented that it looked like "old time" fabric. So I named my completed quilt "Old Fashioned Mystery". The pattern is by Debbie's Creative Moments, INC. I didn't get a good picture of the quilting, but it's a lovely floral pattern done by Trudy Lindemann of Keepn' You In Stitches.
I enjoyed getting the clues each week and trying to guess what the final quilt would look like. It did get a bit nerve wracking a couple of times because you really only get enough fabric to finish the quilt. There is not much extra if you mess up, which thankfully I didn't.
If you've never done a mystery quilt you should give it a try. I've since learned that Bonnie Hunter also posts mystery quilt alongs, as has Judy over at Patchwork Times and Planet Patchwork will be doing it's annual New Year's Day mystery again this year. I did Planet Patchwork's summer mystery quilt and it was a lot of fun. Though I did find that I can't sew and instant message at the same time!
Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my 7th finish of the year. I'm still hoping to bind and label two more quilts, but with just two more days of 2010 to go, I'll be lucky to get just one finished!