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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 Pam/NY on April 29, 2014 at 2:57pm

You scored on the fabric choices...fits the pattern extremely well. It will be gorgeous. I would burn it also!!!

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 29, 2014 at 2:06pm

It's going to be a beautiful quilt when your finished.  Your pattern burning sounds like me when I decided to make Barbie doll clothes.  I didn't burn the pattern but I threw it away and never tried making them again.  I am still wondering why sewing machine companies don't make a small presser foot to help with these scanty patterns.

Comment by Barbara Graham on April 29, 2014 at 2:04pm

OMG! It's beautiful! I'm glad you haven't put my picture on the wall and started throwing darts at it. I can also promise, I would never write such a complicated pattern. I'm glad you had fun though. I can't wait to see the pieced setting triangles.

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