Thursday, February 8, 2018

Magnolia Mystery Quilt

I'm excited to share my Magnolia Mystery Quilt!


I decided last year to participate in Cheryl's {Meadow Mist Designs} Mystery Quilt. My first mystery quilt was probably 20 years ago when I was the person who organized one for my quilt guild. A mystery quilt is one where you follow the step by step instructions, but don't know the final outcome of the quilt until it's complete. At the time, I thought it would be fun, but learned quickly that for me - it's really not fun. I think my favorite part of the quilt making process, by far, is planning the quilt - choosing fabric and colors and deciding what goes where. I love the thrill of picturing it all in my mind and seeing the success (or failure) come to life. The mystery takes away my favorite aspects of quilt making!

But that's just me - many, many quilters love the intrigue and challenge of a mystery. Luckily for me, Cheryl offers a non-mystery option for her mystery quilts. And that's exactly what I did!


I actually agonized over the fabric choices for this one. I almost never make a quilt with just 4 fabrics and it was hard for me to choose the right combo. And since Cheryl is a friend and fellow member of my MQG, I even consulted her for an opinion!

I ended up with Kona Delft for the background, a solid navy, a solid white and "Splendid Oath" in Rain from the Wonderful Things collection by Bonnie Christine.


I custom quilted the quilt with stipples and straight lines in the blocks...


and straight lines in the top and bottom borders.


I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!!!


14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I am loving all of the variations on this quilt, too. Your colors are gorgeous! I almost asked for the "peek" but am glad I didn't. I had fun guessing what it was going to look like.

    Sandy A

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  2. It looks fantastic and the binding frames it beautifully! I really like how you quilted it and have definitely been pondering how to quilt my own version.

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  3. You're right about this quilt being a departure from your usual multi-color combinations, but I must say I really like this! I can understand the "agony" of choosing the right (four!) fabrics, but as usual, your color sense is spot on. I like the design, too. It reminds me of snow flakes softly falling from the sky on a winter's day.

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  4. Cindy, this turned out beautiful! I love the contrast in your fabrics. I can relate about agonizing over fabric selection!

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  5. This turned out really cute and love your color placements .....always better to know where the colors are placed and agree...really like to know what the pattern is so I know what to choose for fabrics.

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! With the weather lately, it reminds me of icicles!

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  7. I'm with you - Mystery Quilts drive me crazy! I do love your color selection and quilting. Great quilt!

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  8. Lovely quilt! I find it especially intriguing that you used only one color. It has such a calm but also modern look to it. Great work! And yes, I could never do the mystery part either.

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  9. What a fabulous quilt. - I love it. Maybe it will even tempt me to have another go at a mystery quilt, previous results gave always been disappointing as like you I love the choosing the fabric and working out the design design placement.

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  10. This is beautiful. Thanks for explaining why I never enjoy mystery projects. That and my time for quilting and knitting is limited so I hate the thought of spending a lot of that time on something where I don't like the final result.

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  11. Beautiful quilt Cindy. 'Love the colors and fabrics. I also participated in Magnolia Mystery QAL.

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  12. A beautiful finish to your mystery. It does look modern which is up-to-date. Nice job.

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  13. It's fabulous! It has a snow crystals feel to it... or maybe that's just me being frozen in the middle of a long winter!
    Love the quilting too!

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