I started Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, Orca Bay on Christmas Eve. I know call me crazy, but I had a quiet moment & all was ready for the festivities.
Little did I realize the amount of work and the hours that go in to this quilt. I have never made anything with such small pieces and so much cutting. I started off with the string blocks as those I love to make.
Then it was on to HST’s and 2.5”blocks. At this point I have not bought any fabric but have used only scraps or stash (not sure if that is a good or bad thing, depends which way you look at it I guess). (lots of cutting)
sewing the HST’s and squares together made for beautiful blocks
test run of the layout
See the black wings on the flying geese? Well I deviated from the pattern here. I just couldn’t bring myself to cut 700 some triangles to make a pieced wing. So I went scrappy black wings instead. Sorry Bonnie!
I was finally at a point to piece it all together last week. I am so pleased with it. This is a birds eye view of it on my bed. (I am balancing on the foot board).
I have to put the borders on still, but truthfully, I was getting bored playing with black, red, and white and needed a break. I also know that I won’t be doing exactly as Bonnie’s pattern suggests for the borders. Again I can’t fathom cutting so many triangles. Plus if you know me I never seem to follow a pattern always added my own flair to it.
There is still a little bit of Christmas around here. My Poinsettias have never been this nice. Figures when I spend $30 on one it dies instantly. These were $5.99 specials from Costco and they are just as lovely as the day I got them, only bigger!!!
A couple of things I ponder about the makings of a mystery quilt. Next time, if there is, will I wait again to see the end result to start or truly make it a mystery? Will I actually follow the pattern (ha who am I kidding probably not!) Will I choose the same colour combination or go with my own choices? Something to think about.