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Earlier this month, with all your encouragement, I attended a Midnight Mystery retreat, where we were to  sew until Midnight to complete an unknown quilt from mysterious fabric requirements and cutting instructions mailed to us previously.

As I mentioned, I HATE MYSTERY QUILTS, but I was prevailed upon by a good friend to accompany her.  I usually regret my fabric choices once I actually see the pattern -- but not this time!  Really!  Big Surprise! I really liked my choices once I put a couple of blocks together.  I was cautious and stayed mostly within a neutral pallet, with a tiny focus of rose. 

I did, however, discover that in no way could this be called an "easy" pattern!  We cut out a gazillion little triangles (on the bias - yuk!).  I should have known then what I was getting into, but I was already in too deep!  There were blocks A & B (see photos below) -- not too hard, but there were 20 of Block A and 12 of Block B.  Then we were told they were to be set on point!  Ah well, I've done that before, but I couldn't remember cutting out any setting triangles for 10-1/2" blocks!  Hmmm...  Silly me, we were going to piece all those various sized bias triangles into the bigger SETTING TRIANGLES!   Yikes!  As you can see from the photos, I'm still working on that bit, but I wanted to show you what I cam home with.  Not an entire quilt top by any stretch of the imagination -- no one got that -- but a good start.

Barbara, you were right -- I had a great time -- But when this thing is finished, and I AM going to finish it, I'm going to have a ceremonial pattern burning!  When we finally saw the complete pattern, we found it was full of errors, and some things had to be recut, but I think we have them all figured out.  I will never make this quilt again in any size!

I'll post a photo of the finished quilt later -- much later!

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on April 30, 2014 at 8:20am

I guess I feel the same way about mystery quilts.  But the blocks are looking great!  I hope once the quilt is finished, one of the retreat members or the teacher can rewrite the instructions

Comment by Debra Miller on April 30, 2014 at 12:53am
The Mystery Quilts Ann designed for here CT, are much easier. I can tell and I'm not even done yet! Lol
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on April 29, 2014 at 7:30pm

Love it!  Rose adds the finishing spark.  Post the finished project when done.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 29, 2014 at 6:48pm

I'm so glad it was a good experience, even with the pattern errors. Your quilt is going to be absolutley gorgeous! Great blocks and colors you used!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 29, 2014 at 6:20pm

Well, the quilt shop owner who had arranged the retreat, wasn't having fun!  I thought she was going to cry every time we found an error in the printed pattern!  Poor Marsha!

Comment by Liz Dyer on April 29, 2014 at 5:19pm

.Its going to be beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished. Nice fabric choices, can't go wrong with neutrals.

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 29, 2014 at 5:06pm

Beautiful fabric choices! I love the touch of rose. Can't wait to see the finished quilt. I have never done a mystery quilt - maybe someday.

Comment by Janet/MO on April 29, 2014 at 4:38pm

Personally I love making mystery quilts & have designed quite a few, but I too would be very upset if I found lots of errors in the pattern.  I had some of my friends test mine before I gave it out to an entire group. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 29, 2014 at 3:58pm

GREAT fabric choices.  This is going to be a lovely quilt.

I'm not a mystery quilt gal either. 

Comment by Lynne on April 29, 2014 at 3:22pm

Don't burn it,,, pass it on!!!   I love it!!!

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