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In July we got started with the Midnight Mystery Quilt, hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist designs, by cutting all of our fabric. In August, the sewing began. Our task was to make 36 flying geese units. I love the no-waste sewing method that Cheryl chose. Here are my flying geese. Since I'm a little behind on posting about last month's sewing, this month's directions are already out. We'll be making square in a square units in September. I have a few other projects in the queue before I'll get a chance to work on those, but I hope to be showing them off soon.


Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting her second online mystery quilt. Just getting the cutting instructions into my hands made me even more excited about this project. I love a mystery quilt. It's not too late for you to join in. Head over to Meadow Mist Designs for the fabric requirements and cutting instructions so you can catch up and start sewing with us the first week of August.

My fabric pull is entirely from my stash. I started by choosing orange, since I had an abundance of orange blenders in my stash, then worked from there. I moved my colors around a bit from my previous plan. I'm going scrappy and using the following colors:
Set A: Pink
Set B: Teal
Set C: Orange
Set D: Light Grey

I got them all cut out the first week of the month. Now, I'm excitedly waiting for August.

I missed Cheryl's first mystery quilt (Foothills Mystery Quilt), but I have previously completed two other mystery quilts: Candy Shoppe and Bold Blooms. In both of those I never saw any other finished quilts from the same pattern... it will be very fun to see how this project develops from all the different palettes as people share their progress online. Remember, it's not too late to join in. You have lots of time to choose and cut fabric before the next set of instructions come out on August 6th.

Have you ever done a mystery quilt? What's your favorite part? Is there anything you didn't like about the process?


My final finish of 2014! I bought the fabrics: 7 light fat quarters (black on white), 12 dark fat quarters (reds), accent and binding fabric (black on black), border (white on black) and backing... eight and a half years ago during the 2006 Shop Hop by The Bay. I had no idea what I was making, but loved the mystery of it. (I had pieced the mystery quilt from the shop hop two years before using bright, bold colors and I'd loved watching the design emerge.) I started it immediately, but back then I wasn't sewing very regularly. I worked on and off over the years and this year I finally tried to really focus on finishing since I was able to carve out regular sewing time. There have been so many progress posts about my mystery quilt over the last year. It's so great to finally have a 100% finished quilt to show you.

I've come a long way in my skills since starting this. I think this is one of the frustrations of working on a really old WIP. My piecing has improved (yay for a nearly perfect 1/4" seam allowance), I can free motion quilt now, and my understanding of value has improved, to name a few. I've also started using Aurifil thread to piece and quilt and I press my seams open.

I quilted in Aurifil 50wt grey #2605 I like to match my top and bobbin thread and decided anything more bold would fight with the fun backing fabric and I wanted it to just blend. It finished at 65" by 83". I'm really looking forward to wrapping this up and giving it to my dear friend.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and ALYoF December Finishes. By the way, I'm a little jealous of all of you aren't feverishly trying to finish your December goal today because yours has been done for a while already. ;-)

Also linking up to Finish Along 2014 Wrap Up Party. Here's my full list of (mostly still incomplete) Q4 goals.