Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bonnie's Mystery - Orange Crush!

I've never really done a mystery....once I tried, but I cheated! It was an online mystery and I had to see what the pattern was BEFORE I made the commitment. I just couldn't make myself invest fabric in a pattern I wasn't sure I would like. Funny, I made the quilt but didn't like it. I think it was the fabric choices! Crazy, huh??

But, today, things are different. First of all, I love all the quilts Bonnie has made. Secondly, I've seen her first mystery and I liked the way it turned out and I've seen that she's quite capable of writing a mystery I can understand! Thirdly, I've been quilting long enough to like most colors, even ORANGE!!! And lastly, I know that if it's a scrap quilt, I'll love it.

So, I had put fabrics on my list for the Quilt Shop Hop, so that I could make Bonnie's mystery quilt. I didn't have any orange, and not enough black. While shopping, I decided I liked this blue and then I found the red and thought "Why not??"

I know that Bonnie said to pull from our stash, but I have to confess that my stash is inadequate. Ask my the beginning of my quilting life, she was always trying to get me to purchase tone on tone prints, but I was drawn to the florals, busy prints and such. Now, I don't have that much to work with in the way of yardage because most of my fabrics have been stripped for scrap quilts. I'm learning though and you'll see what I picked up while out shopping this past weekend in future posts!

So, here is the Orange in my Orange Crush Quilt: From the fabric line Meadow Song by Susan Ennis for Free Spirit.

The blue fabric is a Benartex fabric. Classically Home "Janelle" by Marianne Elizabeth.

The red fabric is Vintage Rose by Nancy Odom for P&B Textiles.

And the black is a Timeless Treasure fabric which I picked up for just $6 a yard and got the rest of the bolt....more than I'll need for the Orange Crush Quilt. I bought 4 yards.

Then, I found this really sweet tiny floral (it's still in my blood Dina!) It's a Moda fabric called Kristen. I'm not sure, but I think I only paid $4 a yard for this one and I bought 4 yards of it thinking it would be a nice border. When I got all my fabrics home, I realized that if the Orange Crush needed borders this fabric coordinates nicely.

All the tone on tone fabrics have really nice vine prints on them! I'm really loving them and they feel WONDERFUL!!!!

So here is the beginning of my Mystery Quilt, now I just have to dig through my strips and find what I need to get started on the mystery in just a few days. Monday will be my prep day for this quilt, but I'll have to postpone sewing until Wednesday. I already have plans for Tuesday.

Happy Quilting!


Hannah said...

ORANGE? Mrs. Wy! I am so proud of you!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful fabrics. They do play well altogether. I can't wait to see it finished.

Anonymous said...

Love your fabric choices. Looks like you bought a kit rather than individual pieces from different designers. Love the orange, by the way.

sophie said...

I like all your fabric choices, but the orange fabric is amazing. Can't wait to watch your quilt as it progresses.

SandyQuilts said...

Oh my love your color selections. I'm going to cheat ... he he he

Marilyn R said...

Love your fabric choices! I haven't decided if I am going to jump in on this mystery quilt too.

Cara said...

Gorgeous Fabrics!!!! I especially love the black with orange, blue and green floral! Yummy! Can't wait to see the finished product!