I’m sure I wasn’t the only one up early on Friday morning to start cutting for the first clue. I thought Bonnie’s advice about checking accuracy of seam allowances was valid, so I began with cutting enough for one unit. My new Bernina 590 sews like a dream! I love piecing with dual feed and I’m glad I took the time to check that the first 9 patch unit. It measured a bit short so I adjusted how I guided the fabric and they units were more accurate.
When cutting, I like to make sure that the line I am measuring uses one of the dashed lines on my ruler. That way I can see EXACTLY where the fabric is! Ideally, I try to line the fabric up in the center of the line. If you are using one of the solid lines, you cannot see if the fabric edge is more to one side or the other. It’s a small thing, but on small units like these, little things can certainly make a big difference!
Bernina Joy suggested that cutting off of the short end of the fat quarters to increase the scrappiness of the blocks. What a brilliant idea! I also decided to cut them in half for even more variety as I made the strip sets for the units.
The colors of this quilt are gorgeous! With the simplicity of the piecing for this clue I was able to complete the units relatively quickly. Clue one is done and I’m taking a break from the mystery quilt to try out the embroidery on my 590. So fun! Happy sewing-Brenda
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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