Sunday, January 08, 2006


I LOVE IT~I LOVE IT NOT...and so it goes with mystery quilts. At a spring workshop for my guild, we did Judy D. Hopkins "brown bag mysteries". The steps were indeed, brown bagged. I knew before hand the yardage amounts and the basic cutting directions for the mystery I would be recieving. I chose colors I like, but probably would NEVER have made this particular quilt or in these colors. So I love it(the colors) but love it not, the pattern and outcome. Seems kind of a waste of time to me, as do many of the mystery quilts. It's 47" square...what's up with that???? Anyway, not knowing better..LOL..I went ahead and basted it and have quilted ALL the soft gold, in the ditch, by hand. When I finally do get the borders quilted and it bound, and I WILL do that..*G*..not sure what will become of it. Is there a ranking lower than orphan???? Maybe I just need to find someone who loves it.... Posted by Picasa

8 comments:

Peggy said...

I think you will find that everyone that sees it will love it! In my eye there is no "don't like" quilt.

Dawn said...

I have a hard time sometimes with mysteries also - they always turn out wrong sizes for me, or a pattern I don't like, etc. I"ve done a few but have chosen wisely and actually have liked most of the ones I've done. But there are those few that are still not done because I couldn't get excited about them! You'll find some good use for this! You just don't know what yet. It does look good!

Carolyn said...

Finn, it looks beautiful...maybe once it's quilted you will come to love it? I'm a cheater, I only do mysteries AFTER I see what the quilt will look like!

Holly said...

I've never made a mystery because I like to be able to envision what a quilt will look like when finished. Your's turned out great! You sure get alot done :)

Sharon said...

I love the colors, too, but you're right - the pattern just doesn't work well, does it? How about cutting a hole in the middle of it, and binding that off, and using it for another Christmas tree skirt? LOL! Honestly, it is a beautiful burst of colors - how about a table covering? I've only done one mystery, and while I was lucky in how it turned out color wise, I could care less about the pattern.....hmmmm, I have to admit that it is still laying in my UFO pile waiting for something to happen!

Lynn Dykstra said...

The way I have found to make a mystery worthwhile is to make it with scraps and pay attention to value rather that using yardage--Use 10 light yellows and pinks instead of 2 yards of a light, use 15 darks instead of 3 yards of dark.
You come out with a much more interesting quilt and use up fabric from the stash.

The Calico Cat said...

It kind of looks cool.....(I like the way the diamond is behind the lattice.) You could give it as a baby gift or donate it to Project Linus....

Tropical Screamer said...

Dear Finn:

I love the quilt. I've been back to look several times.

The colors are very rich. And no doubt the workmanship is wonderful.

I'll send you an email.
Darilyn