Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street Mystery Step 1


I have my Step 1 for the Easy Street Mystery finished! I love how Bonnie always lures us in by making the first step an easy one! The solid red is my background fabric, so my background is constant, and the cheddar is my substitute for gray/grey and will not be constant.  Since my background is constant where hers is not, I feel completely comfortable making the cheddars scrappy. I don't have a lot of cheddars, even though I did buy some cheddar FQ's for this, so I think I only have about a dozen different cheddar prints. I only had that many because I found a few 2" strips in my strip drawers of cheddars I no longer have in stash.

I was sewing together my four patches yesterday, and just looking at all that red and cheddar was just making me happy. The colors I chose are to please myself, and so far so good. I really do like Bonnie's colors, and the rest of my colors stick close to hers, but on these two colors I went far off into left field. I have used well over 25 yards of white fabric this year, and I am sick of sewing white right now. I am doing this mystery quilt because I desperately need some stress relief and play time, so sewing just the colors I wanted is making me smile a bit more. I NEEDED this, maybe especially so during the hectic holiday season. I don't know if I'll like the colors I chose in the end, but the process is making me happy, and that is a very good thing!

I love Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts, and this is at least my fifth time to join in on one. With the exception of Double Delight, all of my Bonnie mystery quilts are actually quilts too, not ufo's somewhere. I did get Double Delight to top stage this year, and I plan on quilting it myself in 2013. If I had opted to use a longarmer, it would have been finished already, but the horrible quilting job on my Orca Bay quilt has me really hesitant to let someone else do my quilting again. I changed the layout of Double Delight, and made it much bigger, so it will be a challenge to quilt it myself, but I think I can do it. In case you are curious about how my Double Delight looks, you can see it here

If you'd like to see where other people are on the Easy Street Mystery, check out the linky on Bonnie's Blog

8 comments:

Frances said...

Left Field is good. It makes your Mystery Quilt, and even deeper mystery.

Nann said...

Such sunny colors! Reminds me of the Dutch cheeses that are coated in red wax. I've made all the mysteries except one....it's such fun (and so frenzied, in a good way).

ANudge said...

Such bright colors - those were my high school's colors - a lonnnnng time ago - hehe. It's fun to sew and relieve stress.

Dee Cee said...

Very beautiful, especially since I'm here in the desert with you -- we need more colors sometimes. Happy quilting along with everyone!

Orchid said...

Love the colors you picked. I really never go bright but this is great, Im trying to get out of my color fear box!!! Haha,, cant wait to see how this/your quilt turns out.

Sandra B said...

Wow, happy colours indeed. Looking forward to how this quilt develops.

Crystal Medley said...

Have to say Hi, my sisters name is Melody also..she lives in NC.and sews. Love your colors..More fun tomorrow, love this mystery, and blogging, and sharing with all Have a good week

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

I love seeing what everyone has pulled out for the background and their choice for constant! Thank you for sharing yours, Sharyn