Friday, November 29, 2013

New Mystery Starting - Old Mystery Finished!

Bonnie Hunter's new mystery starts today!  
All of my fabric is washed (something I am not usually organized enough to do!) and I am ready to start cutting and sewing.

My goal before starting the new mystery was to completely finish the 2011 mystery, and to finish the top from the 2012 mystery. I am happy to report that I have been successful!
The 2011 mystery 3 Sisters Grace (Orca Bay) was my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes this month (click here to see more finishes). 





I had a lot of fun with the machine quilting, which is mostly free motion with a little bit of stitch in the ditch. 






The borders were also fun to quilt as I just made up the designs as I went along.
The quilting photos are bad but it is hard to get good detail shots when the weather is so dark and dreary. Hope you can see the quilting lines on the backing here. This is my sixth finish from my UFO wish list (on the sidebar on the right side of my blog) this year!



Left Side
Right Side

And I finished sewing my 2012 Easy Street blocks together. 
Here is my finished quilt top...
in two photos!

It was a challenging project for me due to the large size of the quilt top, the diagonal layout, and the fact that my design wall is about half the size of the quilt.
The quilt top is now about 85" square and I'm considering whether to add the border I picked out or not.  
But today, I'm just enjoying my accomplishments, and am ready to take on the new mystery challenge... bring it on Bonnie!
Hop over to Jo's Country Junction link up to see more "Bonnie quilts" in progress.

20 comments:

Ellen said...

Fantastic accomplishments - so glad you have met your goal! Your quilting looks wonderful.

Deb A said...

Congrats! You did a great job with the top finish and the completion of the quilt. I can't wait for the first clue.

The Cozy Quilter said...

You are a sewing machine! Lovely finishes just in time to start the next mystery! I just saw the first clue. Let the cutting and sewing begin!

Judy D in WA said...

Way to stick with it. I knew you would have it finished before the new one started. And Easy Street too. They are both fabulous.

Amy said...

Oh Cathy!!!!!! Your 3 Sisters Grace (OB) is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Those fabrics are absolutely stunning. Well done!
As for Easy Street---there's no race; add the border units to finish it off; leader-ender them while working on the new mystery (???) :)

Amy said...

OOPS!!!! I totalllllly meant "K"athy!

Debbie said...

Way to go girl! Both are beautiful and what a great way to start the new mystery!

pcflamingo said...

I especially like 3 Sisters Grace for your Orca Bay! I loved that line :D Well done on Easy Street, too! Onward and upward to Celtic Solstice all we Bonnie-fied Fanatics!

Janet O. said...

Your finishes of these Bonnie mystery quilts make me want to finish one of mine. They both look great and I love how you quilted 3 Sisters Grace!
I can just picture you cutting away on the new mystery. Enjoy! : )

soscrappy said...

Congratulations! Nothing will ease the guilt of a new project like the rush of finishing something off. What a great pair of accomplishments!

beaquilter said...

looks great!! did you start celtic yet?? I'm busy sewing today, used the Go cutter to cut the pieces and changed the colors too :)

Ivani said...

3 Sisters Grace is Gourgeous, love the colors, and the quilting. You did a fantastic job. And Easy Street is going to be another Beauty. Hugs

Mary said...

Congrats on your Finishes! Mine isn't done for the Challenge. Oh well, Time to get cutting Blues and Neutrals and Reds with the Tri-Recs ruler so I can post with the link-up on Monday!

Barb said...

Very pretty! Looks okay without a border - just depends on what size you want.

margaret said...

you have certainly achieved a lot since your last post

Kate said...

Congratulations! Both quilts look fabulous. Hope you have made serious inroads on step 1 of the new mystery.

If I can convince My Guy to let me visit a quilt shop today, I'm going to try to pick up a few fat quarters so I can start the mystery quilt too.

AnnieO said...

Wonderful job on both! Bonnie comes up with great designs and you've made them your own with your colors. I'll enjoy watching you play along on this one too!

imquilternity said...

They are both lovely... and I know they are lots of work. Congratulations!

Design Originals by KC said...

Kathy you are doing a GREAT job getting your UFO pile down to a manageable level and some AWESOME finishes... Love the colors you chose on your Orca Bay and really like the Easy Street that added back to your UFO pile! lol It is all good.. excited to watch this mystery unfold... Love quiltcams and Bonnie... and just got a vintage machine but not yet ready to do a mystery quilt... have to make sure I will like it! hehe! Kathi

Terry Johnson said...

Beautiful finishes. I love the colors you chose for Orca Bay.