Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An Old Fahsioned Mystery - Solved

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 FabShopHopThe 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!


Shay said...

Awwwwwwww it's beautiful Kate. Congratulations on 7 finishes too.

Are you keeping this one or is it a gift?

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on the finish! I love mystery quilts too. I am mulling over the Planet Patchwork mystery. Can I start the New Year with a new project?
Anyway... lovely label you made for your quilt.

SpinningStar said...

Yea! another finish and it is a beauty.

Happy New Year!


Claire said...

Visiting from Tuesday Archives. Lucky you to get a kit. At least that way you know the fabrics will play well together. I find people directing mysteries always omit something essential when they list fabrics. When I do them it is more for the social experience--I usually plan that they will be charity quilts and make them from stash.

Lynne said...

Checking out your Tuesday archive -- it's a pretty quilt but nothing like the kind of work you do by choice! I hope your nece is using it and enjoying it.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

2010....THIS is the exact kind of post I was hoping Tuesday Archives would rejuvinate!! I love the rose fabric expecially and am glad it found a loving home....that's the best feeling when other's reallly love our quilts!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Okay Kate, you may have to do a post on your digital system. I starting blogging to document my quilts but do you also keep a record on your computer??? You got me curious now...please do tell. Thanks for linking up at Tuesday Archives....THIS is the exact type of post I'd hope would be rejuvinated through this linky....I mean 2010!!! So awesome! V

Jasmine said...

What a beautiful quilt. It sounds like it has a good home.