Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mystery Quilt

I am working diligently on the new Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.  Bonnie has been putting up a new step every Friday for the past 4 weeks on her blog .  For my very first time, I'm not going to use her suggested colors. I've substituted blue for her green, gold for pink, and green/brown for brown.  My constant fabric is a rusty color with gold. I'm anxious to see where it fits into the mystery since it hasn't appeared in the first 4 steps.  Bonnie encourages the use of all kinds of scraps in her quilts.  I am using lots of pieces that were cut from recycled shirts.  You will see lots of plaids in my quilt.  Only time will tell what the quilt will look like when it is finished.

Step one (above) consists of blue and gold squares sewn into 3 piece rectangles with the blue in the middle.

Step two (above) is half square triangles in green/brown and gold.

Step 3 (above) is the most time-consuming step so far.  We made 60 8.5" string pieced squares.  Bonnie encourages everyone to step outside our comfort zone and throw in any fabric that has 50% neutral background regardless of what other colors might be in the fabric. So you'll see that some of my neutral fabric consists of plaids, paisleys, dogs, flowers, etc. and when it is sewn together it all blends in well and reads as neutral. Amazing!

Step 4 (above) was another quick and easy step which consists of blue and neutral twosies and 2" blue squares.