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