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Mystery UFO

Monday, October 17, 2011 12 Comments »
I met Kimberly, author of the Jelly Roll Quilt Magic giveaway book, a number of years ago at the Lancaster. PA quilt show.   I'd signed up to take her Mystery Quilt class called Pinweels and Flying Geese.  The quilt from that class became Pinwheels for Ian, a gift for that red-headed young man over there on the right side of the screen.  I was new to quilting, and that was only the third quilt I had ever made.  The class was the start of a friendship as well as a love an interest in doing mystery quilts. 

Every once in a while, Kimberly would do a mystery quilt on her web site, with the fabric requirements being published on week #1, then various "clues" each week thereafter.  For one of the mysteries, I threw caution to the wind and decided to try batiks on black.  It was fun, I finished all but the outside borders in short order, then my ADQD took over & I flitted to another project.  That UFO took its place on the shelf with all too many other UFOs, staying there until earlier this month.

Then came September's Philly Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  They announced that the project for the October meeting was to complete a UFO, bring it to the meeting, and share.  Out came that old mystery quilt, on went the borders, zip zip went the pieced back, and off to the local long-armer it flew.  I picked it up on Friday and completed binding this weekend.  It finished at about 60" x 60".  When you take that leap of faith, throwing caution to the wind and picking fabrics for a mystery quilt, you just never know how it's going to turn out.  For that reason, I called this one "Who knew?". 



DH really likes it, I think because he's very attracted to Amish quilts, and it has that bright-color-on-black look.  It will hang in the family room for a while.  

Please don't let anyone from my guild know -- it's supposed to be a surprise.  Denise and Bobbi, your lips are sealed, right?

12 comments:

Joanne said...

Who knew is beautiful! You are so right about throwing caution to the wind.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

It sure turned out to be gorgeous! I've never done a Mystery Quilt . . .

Denise :) said...

Wow - great job! It's gorgeous! :)

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I love a mystery. Our guild has done a couple and I have been the leader...it got hectic after week three. I recently cleaned out my filing cabinet and disposed of six mystery patterns. They would have been good giveaways on a blog, oh well, next time.
The batiks on black is really super.

Denise in PA said...

Looks great, Pat! I can't wait to see it up close and personal. And, my lips are sealed! o:)

Bobbi said...

Wow! No wonder you and Kimberly are friends, she doesn't steer you wrong! I cannot wait to see it in person tomorrow!

Mrs.Pickles said...

Great looking quilt!!

howdidIgethere said...

I love the IDEA of a mystery quilt. But then I get tied into knots when I have to pick fabrics sight unseen. I spend so much time second-guessing myself, I get paralyzed.

Next time I'm tempted, I'll call on you to help me make my decision, since BOTH of these quilts are just beautiful!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this idea, too! And I LOVE quilts! It's getting that time of year to sew and to bring out the winter quilts! ♥

floribunda said...

I LOVE doing mystery quilts, and yours is especially nice! I'll have to watch Kimberly's site to see if any new ones pop up...

Kimberly said...

LOVELY! You rocked this pattern, Pat. I'm so glad it is a UFO no more. Thanks for sharing -- and as always, thank you for your kind and dear words on my behalf. You sure know how to make a gal smile!

Michele said...

Beautiful quilt! I just love how you did the back :-)