Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 Mystery Time! Introducing Celtic Solstice!

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Welcome to the Intro to this year’s mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice!

I spent a most memorable time in Ireland this past June – how many of you guessed that this mystery would have something to do with this trip?

It was an amazing thing, stepping for the first time onto the land of my ancestors.  A land rich with history, of beauty, of wonder.

June 2013 was shining down on us ---in the form of actual SUNSHINE, not rain for most of our trip.  I actually got SUNBURNED while out on the Cliffs of Moher, something that rarely happens to tourists!  ((and yes, I REALLY took this picture!))

I chose the name Celtic Solstice for this quilt –for two reasons.  Because I was in Ireland during the time of the Summer Solstice – and because we will be running this mystery through the Winter Solstice as well.

Fitting, don’t you think?

How about our colors?

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Our paint cards come from Lowes – this year I chose the OLYMPIC paint design center.

Listing the darkest color on each card they are:
A23-6 Orange Poppy
A13-6 Bumble Bee
B65-6 Blarney Stone ((Kismet!  And yes, I kissed it!))
B52-6 Brilliant Blue.

Flag Colors

Our colors include the colors of the Irish Flag.

I’ve added blue for the brilliant water and the bright blue sky.

They also include yellow for the sunshine and the lovely wild flowers.
((Check the photo above!))

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This little guy is Paddy, my sewing mascot! 

Next to him is a bundle of Fat Quarters I brought home from The Sewing Shed and they have found a way into my quilt.

For the first time ever, I am offering this Mystery in TWO sizes.  The smaller version finishes about 75” X 75”.

If you want a smaller quilt than this, make half the units and decide after the reveal how you are going to set them.  If you don't want a square quilt, wait until the reveal and do what you need to do to adjust the quilt to fit your own size.

The large quilt is about 111” X 111” ---because I want this quilt for my King Sized bed at the cabin.  I have ample fabric…so why not sew it up into something GRAND?!

Let’s go over the fabrics:

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Neutrals!

Keep these on the white to cream side – not going too far past light beige as they need to contrast with your yellows. 
75” X 75” quilt = 2 yards
111” X 111” quilt = 4-1/4 yards

My neutrals included things like:

*civil war shirtings (white to light beige grounds with doo-dads in black, blue, red, etc)
*dots
*white on whites and cream on creams
*novelties (Music notes, funny prints with donuts, MILLENIUM FABRIC! Wild things with mostly a neutral background as long as it didn't lead too far into tan/yellow
*old 80s & 90's small florals and calicoes that have a mostly neutral background
*neutral type batiks
*tone on tones from white to cream to light beige 
*recycled shirt fabrics with neutral backgrounds, plaids, stripes
*some solids (ie: muslin) in that white to cream to light beige spectrum

Basically the MORE variety you have, the better this will look. I've got shamrocks, and bumblebees and blacks on whites, and toile! I know it's a strange combination, but the fun is in putting these together. Just gather a basket of EVERYTHING on the lighter side of neutral and we will deal with it when we get to that clue. If there is more background than there is design or color on these things we can use them. And remember, if it's still ugly...we'll cut it small!

Try not to make the choice of just using only a variety of white on whites and tone on tones. Live a little!

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Yellow/Gold – Make it BRIGHT enough to contrast with your neutrals!
Your paint card will guide you…

75” X 75” quilt = 1-1/2 yards
111” X 111” quilt = 3 yards

Oranges:  Go for darker orange, more towards red-orange and rust than yellow as these also need to contrast against your yellow/golds. 
75” X 75” quilt = 2-1/4 yards
111” X 111” quilt = 4-1/4 yards

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Greens!

I chose blue-greens to yellow-greens but stayed away from the greyish ones.  Let your color card be your guide, but feel free to push the boundaries!

75” X 75” quilt = 2 yards
111” X 111” quilt = 4 yards

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Blues!
I chose brighter blues from Royal toward Navy.  Make sure these contrast against your greens. 
Again, I shied away from the grey-blues choosing clear colors instead.

75” X 75” quilt = 2-1/4  yards
111” X 111” quilt = 4-1/2 yards

Borders are optional and yardage for those will be given later, but are included in the quilt sizes given.

This is intended to be a scrap quilt with many many fabrics in each color family.  You may choose ANY colors you want to work with, but if you do, you are on your own.  I can’t give advice on color choices.  There isn’t enough time, and I’m not home to take the time.  Find 4 colors you like together, plus a background, and make sure that they are all visible next to each other in all combinations.

The way I work when pulling fabric:

Once my colors were chosen, I went through my un-cut scraps and lesser-loved fat quarters to use what I could before cutting into yardage.  I wanted to find a way to make odd ball neutrals and other stuff find a new home.  Variety is EVERYTHING in this quilt, so pull in what you can by clearing out and cleaning up before you head to the store for more.

Specialty Tools:

As with previous mysteries I will be giving directions for use with the Easy Angle Ruler –and one set of rulers we have not used in a mystery before…Tri Recs!  If you have Tri Recs, you’ll be able to use them in this mystery.  If you do not, you can either find them – or I will provide a pdf template for you to print and use. Traditional rotary cutting measurements will be given if you do not have access to an Easy Angle Ruler. It is your job to do what ever you have to do to get the units to measure the size given. Seam allowance will be very important in this process.

Either the 4.5" or the 6.5" Easy Angle Will work.  The Easy Angle II which goes up to 10..5" will NOT work.

And more than that….we are doing something SPECIAL this year.  There are so many Inklingo fans out there, that Linda Franz and I have partnered up to provide you with a Celtic Solstice Collection so you can do the entire mystery with Inklingo if you want!  Isn't that great?

That collection will become available here on the blog on November 29th with the release of our first clue – not before!  

This may interest many quilters--machine piecers, hand piecers, quilters who need to cut with scissors, quilters who want to speed cut with a rotary cutter, quilters who work with scraps, quilters who want to use yardage, and quilters with a limited budget. This will be fabulous!

These collections normally run $25 each, but we will have a special for you--If you order through the blog, the collection will be only $20.00 through January 3rd. So stay tuned for more info on that to come.

Let me reiterate:  The MYSTERY itself  is Free.  Inklingo is an option for those who want to use it. You are not required to purchase anything.

Our first clue will go live Friday, November 29th.  Clues will be posted every Friday until completion.  Plan on 6 to 8 weeks.  I’m still working on how to break this down in a way that will fit into the holiday routine for everyone.
 
It is your responsibility to PRINT EACH STEP as it is given.  A "printer friendly version" link will be at the top of each post.  ((It's at the top of this post too!))
 
As with previous mysteries, this one will be retired and pulled from the website on June 1st, 2014  to appear in a future book.  I will be unable to provide you missing steps after this point.  That’s the way publishing runs!
 
The internet is a busy place, and there will be quilters posting pictures of their progress on their blogs, on Facebook, or Flickr groups and other message boards---We will be doing a LINKY so that those with blogs can share their progress each Monday following the Friday clue.  I love seeing how everyone is progressing!   If you are behind and do not want the mystery “spoiled” for you – don’t go surfing!
 
My other suggestion is to keep up with each step as best as you can each week.  When the new clue is released stop the previous one wherever you are on it ---and start the next step.  This should keep you familiar with what is going on and you will have SOME of each step ready by the time the mystery is revealed.
 
And what’s my #1 rule?!
 
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Let’s have a great time welcoming in that Celtic Solstice!

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151 comments:

Tammy Liddell said...

Love the color scheme for this year, already did a post about your mystery quilts, ;-)

Need to finish up Easy Street this month, if I don't get it done, well it will be done in time for Christmas this year. :D

45th Parallel Quilter said...

EXCITED!! Off to Lowes to check out the color chips and dive into my stash!! THANK YOU for all you do, Bonnie ... you're AMAZING ;-)

gail.designs said...

I'm loving this already! Can't wait to start fabric selection. Loved Quiltcam last night, got a lot done sewing with Bonnie, my husband said, jokingly!
Gail in Verona

Shelley said...

I saw that borders are optional, are the given sizes with or without borders added?

Donna Coffey said...

Great news about Inklingo! I was just on Linda's site yesterday trying to decide which collection to try first, now I know! Am looking forward to this quilt even more now :) Thanks very much Bonnie and Linda!

dorothy said...

This should be fun...love the clear colors!

Lorraine said...

Oooh! so excited!! Love the colors and even more excited that there will be an Inklingo collection to use for the mystery! A heavenly combination!! Way to go, Bonnie and Linda!!

Kim Andrews said...

Awesome! Now to think what colors I will do. Wanted to go outside the box darks for lights??? We will see.

Sandie said...

Joining in on the mystery for the first time, and am really looking forward to it. A little uncomfortable with the idea, but can't resist.( Kind of have a little control issue, and like to know what I am doing ahead of time! :D ) Due to that "control issue, would it be okay to use a constant as my neutral? Thnaks!

Debbie said...

Love the colors. Will be able to do it all from stash. I don't live near Lowes so am having my son pick up the color cards and mail them.
Either you are ahead of schedule or you didn't get any sleep last night. Drive carefully.

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brookemarie19 said...

Last year I remember you picked one color to kind of call the quilt and help it flow better. If I were to pick one of the colors to do that this year, what color do u think would do best? I love your mysteries and have done the last two as well as the quilt maker mystery and can't wait to start this one. Thank you for all that you do :)

brookemarie19 said...

Meant to say that we had one color that we just used one fabric instead of scrapping it to calm the quilt.

Unknown said...

Ooh, I love the colors, too! And my hubby and I recently sailed on the Celebrity Solstice, so I think that's a great sign that I need to make this quilt. My last QV mystery was Roll Roll Cotton Boll, and I love it!

lynn bourgeois said...

And the fun begins. Thanks Bonnie

Bj said...

WooHoo!!!! The Fun has Begun!!!!

Kimme said...

So excited, this will be my second mystery quilt. Loved Easy Street last year. And Bonnie, it will be Summer Solstice here down under.

SubeeSews said...

I am so thrilled to be starting another mystery with you.
Your instructions are always clear and concise.
And I trust your color instincts.
WHOOHOO!!!!
off to gather fabrics (sung to the tune of We're off to see the Wizard)
XOXOXOXO Subee

Irene said...

I'm so excited! I've been dying to do one of your mystery quilts and the timing just hasn't worked for me. Not this time though! I'm ready willing and raring to go! The only important things on my to-do list today is to go to Lowes and sort through my scraps and stash! Bring it, Bonnie!

Debi said...

I love the colors for the mystery. I've been lucky to travel to Ireland twice and so I'm doing the "Irish" colors in celebration of such a beautiful and lovely country. Now off to Lowe's and then I'm shopping my stash--woohoo! Thanks Bonnie.

WIPPYSPLACE said...

WOW BONNIE!!!!! You are truly wonderful to do this for us! I am really excited about this one! as in the past, this is going to be a whole lotta fun and next week I can play in the stash as much as I want! I cant stand the waiting to your workshops in February! you are a walking, talking, bunch of inspiration and I am anticipating meeting you in person!

beaquilter said...

LOVe it! though I'll swap out orange already.... and I'll stick with the "small" that's large enough for me! can't wait I need a scrap buster! though I'm also eager to cut into some fun yardage I have JUST BECAUSE!

Nann said...

What a wonderful palette, Bonnie!
Thank you in advance for providing instructions/clues for two sizes.

Do you pronounce it "seltic" or "keltic"?

Julie Vee said...

WOWOW - this is will gorgeous! How do you do it? And Tri-rec as a tool ... interesting!
Smiles, JulieinTN

Kimberly said...

I just finished Aiming for Accuracy with Michele Foster and it is amazing, we knew what the quilt was going to look like though. This will be my first mystery quilt. I am in. Whoo hoo. Off to Lowes for my color cards. Happy Stitching from Melbourne, FL

Judy Morin said...

Love your Mystery Quilts as you use so many fabrics and in such small pieces. Not sure about the colors. Last year you said that the "limy apple greens" were an accent color - NOT! Everyone who sees the top calls it "the green quilt", and the trouble is I don't LIKE yellow greens. I even thought about substituting some lovely magentas, bur decided to "trust you" and leave the magentas back in NC (we spend the winter in FL). Now you want ORANGE! -not on my quilt! Thinking of favorite purples, turquoises, magentas and blues. But I'll make the quilt and love every minute of the process. Also glad that you and Linda Franz are working together on this quilt.

Valerie said...

WAAAAHOOOO!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colors. Love bright colors, love primary colors and cannot wait to get to Lowe's to grab the color cards and get started playing in my stash. Already have space set aside for the fabric selection to stack up. Did I say WAAAAAAHOOOOOO!! Thanks, Bonnie.

Sherri said...

while I won't be able to participate, I can't wait to see the pieces as they start to come in! I'm sure the finished product will be amazing! Have fun everyone!

Sherri said...

while I won't be able to participate, I can't wait to see the pieces as they start to come in! I'm sure the finished product will be amazing! Have fun everyone!

Janet O. said...

Oh, stink, Bonnie! I had decided not to do the mystery this time (not that I do them as mysteries, anyway--I always wait for the reveal before I start). Easy Street is still in pieces in my closet with only 9 blocks made. Then you have to go and make it Celtic related!! I am probably going to Ireland next year and wouldn't this be cool? Arrrgh!!!!

Eli, Cattails Quilts said...

I love this! Ireland was supposed to be our honeymoon trip. I've been saving all your previous mysteries for when I have time to work on them, but this one, I might have to participate in!

Need to swap out Orange, though,as it's a color neither of us like. Praying brown can replace orange in there, but greens & blues are fine!

Yay!

Lilac Joan said...

I am with you Janet O. I wasn't going to participate this year either, but Ireland, green, yellow, orange and blue, who can refuse!!!

Darlene said...

Thank you so much Bonnie for all you do and did to put this together for us. I have not done a mystery before but I am sure looking forward to this!

I've not picked fabric via paint chips so if someone wouldn't mind explaining the concept I would surely appreciate it. I did a google search but didn't really come up with anything (probably because I didn't put in the correct phrase LOL).

Bonnie K Hunter said...

This year is strictly scrappy color families. The color does the job -- the variety makes it fun. If you want to anchor it later, let your border choices do that.

Bonnie K Hunter said...

KELTIC all the way!

Luann said...

I've printed this! Will have hubster pick up the paint cards on his way home. Now to go thru my stash. I'm making the king size! Thank-you so much Bonnie!

Andee said...

Yippee! I look forward to this time of year just for the mystery. As always this looks sew fun!

Andee said...

Yippee! I look forward to this time of year just for the mystery. As always this looks sew fun!

kwiltnkats said...

Great color combination. I'm looking forward to a beautiful finish around the first of the year. Can't wait to get started! Thanks Bonnie...Sandi

Jennie said...

I'll be headed to Lowe's on Friday for my paint chips then off to get some colors that I still need:) Can't wait to get started! Thanks Bonnie!

The Calico Quilter said...

My favorite color scheme in the world is yellow/blue/green, so you had me from hello! I was thinking red this time but I'll go with your colors. One question - I know you love the small patterns on white for neutrals, but I have made so many quilts using the and shirtings I want to go calmer this time with tone on tones. May I ask if that's a mistake design-wise? Will using tone on tones make it look significantly different or worse? I trust you on this and will reconsider my neutrals if that's the case. Thanks so much for a new mystery - they are such fun!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

If you really like knowing where you're going, you can always print off the clues each week but not start until the final reveal.

molina97 said...

I'm learning to use the both the Easy Angle Ruler and the Tri Recs tool for a quilt that I'm working on now. I can't wait to get started on this mystery quilt. Love the colors!

MAUREEN said...

Love, love, love the color scheme! It matches my living room perfectly. Looking forward to this mystery quilt. It will be my first one ever. And I promise not to whine! ;-)

pcflamingo said...

Well, I was hoping for pink to be in the mix, but with a maiden name like Patty Kelly I had better stick with the original colorway or the Little People may come get me!

Liz said...

Thank you for this great project Bonnie. I read your blog and followed you on fb when you were in Ireland and when I went to see my hubby in Turkey, we made a trip to Ireland just this past September. I made sure to get to some of the same places you hit like Avoca Wool Mill and Cliffs of Moher. I guess I'm making this project too! Such a beautiful country!!!

Elaine M said...

Love this so far. Thank you Bonnie! I'm thinking rusty orange, golden yellows, teal greens and turquoise. I don't think I will need to buy any fabric. Yippee. Are you sure the date is right? October 29th would work for me. He he! Thank you for hosting another mystery.

dakotaessence said...

Looking forward to this year's mystery. Thank you much. I have a lot of blues and greens in my stash and was hoping they'd be in this year...

As a dedicated Inklingo user, I'm thrilled to have you partner with Linda Franz for the mystery.

~Jillian in North Dakota

Auntie Syl said...

I'm so excited!!! I haven't done one of your mystery quilts before. I think I can do the 75 x 75. And I LOVE the colors!!!

Joann said...

I told myself that I would follow your color pallet for this one (your eye for color combos are breathtaking in the finished quilts) so when I saw the post, my first reaction was huh? really? but then I started pulling the fabric colors from my stash to get a feel for the over all look and then my reaction went from huh? to WOW!!!!! The richness of the bold colors with the tamed down neutrals are amazing. I am so excited about this years mystery, will be making the king size version as well. Thank you bonnie for always going above and beyond for all of us...safe travels :0)

Terri in BC said...

Great colours! I think I'm going to do scrappy batiks since that bin is starting to overflow. Can't wait for November 29th!

Terri in BC said...

I plan on using one constant as my neutral, as I have used all mine up with the last two mysteries. I was uncomfortable with the first one, but now I jump in with both feet! The results are always beautiful.

Karen at Birdsong Cabin said...

Bonnie, Thank you so much for the mystery and ALL you do! I wanted to let everyone know what I found this morning at Tuesday Morning - the Tri Recs ruler for $1.99. I couldn't believe the timing and now I'll be ready for the mystery quilt. It is packaged different on a yellow board with a blue fish bowl printed and it says EZ School of Fish Quilt. It contains the Tri Tool and the Rec Tool. It is packaged as EZ 882681.

Kathaleeny said...

Seeing your stash is mucho better. The paint chips are great but last year I picked some b/w and some greens that were not the best choices. Actually looking at your selections I completely understand what we're looking for. Thanks.

Bunnie said...

Since colors can be so different on an uncalibrated monitor or cell phone, Bonnie has picked a standard that most of us have access to get. You can get the color cards and see the starting point for her color selections. Have fun!!

Mary said...

Lucky us to have a beautiful color plan. I have the perfect Blue, not so much orange or yellow, hmmm,.. there's always FQ Friday to pick those up. Definitely GREEN is called for in this one! Did DH have a say on the Colors? I have used the tri-recs. I'm seeing Celtic Stars somewhere in this one.

whimsical mama said...

Hi Bonnie! This looks like lots of fun! :) Have you ever thought about selling the rulers that you use in your quilts in your book shop? I am a little insecure about which rulers to buy for the project and it would be so great to be able to order them from your store to ensure I have the right ones!

Peggy said...

Woo Hoo! Can't wait for the start of this year's mystery. Thank you Bonnie for all the work you do for us!

Shane said...

I remember lots of questions about color last year - I love these pics and detailed color guides. I dont know If Ill play along at home - but, Im excited to watch everyone else for sure! ~Taffy

Donna said...

I did a bit of stash enhancing on my lunch hour today...I can't wait to cut into all these rich vibrant fabrics. Absolutely love the colors. Thanks for what I'm sure will be a lovely design.

Mary K said...

I might be able to make this one this year. Had a major water leak into my family room. It was going to be my sewing/craft room, but I needed to clean it first. Well now it is cleaned and in to process of remodeled. It should be done before the 29th of November. New room, new quilt project!

Lynn said...
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Lynn said...

wont be playing but I will be watching and am SO looking forward to seeing what others put together. I did read your post, but I went back and just enjoyed your fabric. I don't play in it enough. And can I tell you I LOVED your neutrals?? SO restful and relaxing. They will play perfectly off the brighter colors of the orange and blue and green!

Barb-sewingmates said...

I'm IN! Love the colors :D

Lee said...

As I'm digging through my scrap bins, is there a minimum size/dimension I should be choosing? i.e. nothing less than 3" wide/square or a fat eighth or would that be too revealing of the first step the end of November...over a month away, so I guess there's no hurry, lol.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I loved your colors, Bonnie, though I'm not sure how much yellow I have in my stash. I'm going to try making this from stash only, so I may have to make a color change. I'm thrilled that Inklingo shapes are going to be available for this because I've been wanting to get Tri Recs Inklingo shapes for a different project. So the timing is great for me.

wolf3349 said...

I love the colors. I have tons of scraps to work with. I have invited the gals in our Wednesday sewing group to join me in doing this one. I have done all of your mystery quilts since I started sewing 5 Years ago and love them all. I even finished up Lazy Sunday while waiting for this years mystery to begin. Guess you could say I am truly a Bonnie Hunter fan. Thank you so much for all your hard work that you do in giving us the directions and patterns.

Mary Ellen said...

Remember - No whining, no complaining, and no frowning .

Sue's Stitchin' said...

OMG - I am sooo torn on whether to do this or not. I'm not a big fan of orange, and could easily swap out that color for another. I am retired and have time. BUT I have just started in on Smith Mountain Morning - KING SIZE. So that will take a lot of time. Both are detailed quilts. I have a big decision to make! Sue K

Sue's Stitchin' said...

sounds like a win-win to me!!

Alice Leishman said...

I went to Lowe's on my way home to pick up the color chips and saw, by the slightly askew Brilliant Blue and Blarney Green chips, someone else hit the Olympic display before me! Awesome!

deelish10 said...

is that your stash????

LaDonna said...

I have the same question! My 2.5" bin is overflowing even after doing a large Strip Twist quilt! I have plenty of these colors in my stash but I really need to get the scraps under control! I guess I'll pull fabrics from my stash then supplement with scraps when we have cutting instructions.

Dee Cee said...

Yeah Tammy, glad to see you joining again :-) Me too Only this year it will not be my 2nd quilt!

Dee Cee said...

After a huge add to stash shopping trip early Oct, I can NOT buy more fabric - So glad to see these beautiful colors -- Had a Blast doing my 2nd quilt last year with you Easy Street! I learned that to keep this better organized, put each week's worth in baggies with the Clue name or number on them - My "box" was past overflowing last year and trying to find "that piece" for each block was... This year I will remain more organized and Thank you Bonnie for giving so much to the Quilting community.

Beth said...

I made a quilt years ago with these colors, showed it to my kids and asked what they thought. They said it looked like Smurfs threw up Skittles. I love them anyway. I took the borders off that quilt and gave the middle away. Guess what...I now have borders for Celtic Solstice and I'm going with your colors. Bring it on!

Wendy said...

I am sew excited to be using Orange! Its my fav-fav-favorite!

crazy quilter said...

Oh boy I am in! I will see what I can muster from the stash, greens are a plenty here due to appliqué but I bet I have to find some neutrals and more orange , I thin I used up what I had with Easy Street! I can't wait !

Ivani said...

OMG I will need to increase my stash. Love the colors, name and inspiring picture. Let's the fun begin.

Sandie said...

I know I *could* wait and decide after the reveal, but that wouldn't be joining in on the mystery, which is something I want to do. ;)

Deb Hartwig said...

Yay! I was excited to see this, but the colors and the quilt name have given me even greater anticipation! I want to make a king sized quilt for my daughter and her husband, graduates of Boise State University. This will be perfect!

Beth said...

HI Bonnie - Easy street was my first mystery quilt and I had such a good time. I look forward to participating again. I wonder how many hits there were on your web page as everyone was checking to see if the colors had been posted. I was on quilt cam last night so I knew when to look :) Your provider must wonder what caused the surge in traffic :)

Darlene said...

Thank you so much Bunnie! I went to Lowes this evening after work and got the cards! Very excited!

Darlene Contadino said...

I am so excited about this quilt. The funny thing is for the last week or so I have seen searching fabric and patterns to make a quilt for a cousin who lives in Dublin, Ireland. I was jumping for joy when I saw this quilt. This quilt when finished will be going to Dublin, Ireland, what could be more fitting than that.

Terri said...

I'm sew excited! This is my first Bonnie mystery. Headed to Lowe's tomorrow to pick up my paint chips!

laquaqltr said...

Me too, I have lots of scraps I'd rather dig through and use rather than using FQ's or yardage.

JaneB said...

Wow. This is great!!! I'm going to try to do this quilt all from scraps and stash. I'll stop to get the paint chips tomorrow, then start searching through my stash. Thanks for all that you do . . . This is going to be FUN!!! :D

Lisa said...

Ohhh how exciting. I'll be finished studying by then and I'm starting to get the shakes from quilting withdrawal syndrome. This needs a lot of fabric... what I really need to find is a lovely quilting store to bundle me up fabric and ship it to me.

Deb said...

I have never participated in one of your mystery quilt alongs, but a blog friend said that I have to try one, so this will be the one! I am of Irish heritage so this should fit the bill, and love the bright colors! Is there a specific easy angle ruler and tri rec set that we need so I can purchase in advance? I'm pretty sure I have an easy angle ruler 6 1/2", but not the tri rec set. Thanks - looking forward to beginning!

Catherine Remus said...

Whee! Off we go! This is my first mystery quilt and I am so excited! You made my day yesterday. I went to Lowe's and got the paint chips (they had been rummaged through) and skipped dinner in favor of rooting through my stash! An exciting project and diet too!!! I have one question... what size easy angle ruler? I don't have one and found that they come in 3 sizes... Thank you, thank you, thank you! BTW, I teach at the University of Tennessee and it is all about the orange here! WOOT!!!

Mary Ellen said...

I did the same thing and it made things so much easier when it was time to sew everything together.

Tammy said...

Made Easy Street last year and it was the last thing I have done. Lost my sewing mojo with my husband having a serious illness, job loss, last child leaving for the Navy. This quilt with be my rebirth, even if I have to fake it until I make it.

Missy said...

Bonnie! Thanks so much for doing this mystery..and for partnering with Linda Franz so we can use Inklingo. Excited about the quilt..such happy colors.

Rebecca Davidson said...

Even though my Easy Street is not done, I ran to Lowe's yesterday to pick up my paint chips. Last year they ran out at the Lowe's closest to my house.

Thank you for providing me and so many others such inspiration!

Sheila Ivany said...

I enjoyed my visit to Ireland years ago. My ancestry is Irish, puts a little dent into my stash and I love mysteries. Thank you looking forward to do this quilt. Happy Quilting!!!
Sheila

Jan In FL said...

I totally enjoyed Ocra Bay but I didn't participate last year and am still going through withdrawals! I have used my Tri Rec ruler once with some struggle but am ready to try again! Just finished the TAOS BOM with these same colors so I know I have at least some scraps! Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy.....can't wait! Thanks Bonnie!!!!

Marianne Jeffrey said...

I am so excited! I got 3 different lots of clover leaf fabric in 99c fabric bags at Savers yesterday - this mystery quilt is fate! And I have been thinking lately that I want to use more yellow, I seem to never use yellow! I love the color palette and can't wait to start digging through my stash :)

Leah said...

Ooh! Easy Street was my first mystery, and I'm no where near finished yet, so I was just going to watch this one but not play along for now. But I recently bought the last 6 yards of a fabric I LOVE which matches this color scheme perfectly. It would make a fantastic back for Celtic Solstice, even if I have to add a few orphan blocks to make it big enough. So tempting!! I may not be able to join in while the mystery is live, but maybe it can go on my 'someday soon' list. Love the colors, so excited to see how this plays out. Thanks, Bonnie!

PS - it's always fun to see close-ups of your stash! :)

Billy'sgirl said...

Picked up my paint cards today at Lowe's. I think the sales associate thought I was going to have quite an unusual color scheme in my house, but I said nothing. ;-)

Billy'sgirl said...

Love the colors! I'm ready for Celtic Solstice.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I'm flipping out here! I can't wait for the mystery to begin now! YIPPEEEEEE!

debbees1999 said...

I am new to this. So when you show us your stash are the colors weeded out? Look like you have very pale blues, will you use those?

Annie Rego said...
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Annie Rego said...

Ive been so busy knitting (my new obsession) that my poor sewing machine is feeling neglected. This MQ sounds like its going to be fun, and I do have tons of stash, so I'm in!!

lourixe said...

I am a beginner quilter and have never done any mystery quilt, but I couldn't help falling in love with the suggested colours so I might give it a try! Thanks for your inspiration!

Isabel Denham said...

Hi Bonnie, I am so excited about doing my very first Bonnie Mystery! Please can you clarify what size Easy Angle Ruler and Tri Recs I need to buy, I am in the U.K.

Thanks in advance, Izy

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

This will be fun!!!!

Jennie said...

I just picked up some stash at joann's . The tri-recs set was on sale 50% off so it jumped into the shopping cart too :) Going in the morning to get my neutrals and then I think I'll be set!

AddieNCE said...

Hi Bonnie!

Oh, how much I love the colors that you have chosen! I can't wait for the mystery to start - and it's always the best birthday gift that I get each year since my birthday is Nov 30th and the first clue is always revealed around that time :)

I already have all the rulers that you recommend... but I just found out that there are similar rulers by Creative Grids which I might give a try this year since they grab the fabric quite well with the clear dots on the back... I would bnever have tried any of those speciality rulers without your advice - you'll always be my #1 quilting teacher!

Can't wait to take some classes with you again... too bad that I don't have the time to join you here in Germany this winter :( so close and yet so far...

Greetings from Germany!
Janina

AddieNCE said...

What a comment...
If you don't like the colors, chose your own!
If you are not self-confident enough to chose your own colors, take some advice from you LQS.
There are hints given on how to chose the colors.

Why in the world would someone post a comment like this to a post where a generous, sharing and giving person like Bonnie tells us one month in advance, which colors will be used in HER quilt sample for this mystery?
There is no passage that says "You are not allowed to participate if you don't use the colors given"...
If you don't like it - chose your own or just be quiet, follow the steps and start chosing colors and sewing after the big reveal.

Just because OTHER people call your rendition of Easy Street "the green quilt" you don't like it? Fine. Congrats on not having an own opinion.
If you don't like a color - don't sew with it.
But don't blame Bonnie for that!!!

It's comments like yours that make all other quilters who love to visit Quiltville upset,
Think before you post. The internet doesn't forget.

Even if you intended to make a nice comment - apparently others picked it up in a negative way...

Debra Crumbaker said...

Using the paint chip idea was a stroke of genius! I got my chips and headed to my area fabric store where fat quarters were 5 for $5. There I picked up 80, which happened to work with all of the colors in the Celtic Solstice. Love the orange and yellow since I was wanting to do something daring. I am used to blues and greens, but oranges? Love it! I do have one question about the greens - Is is okay to go with lighter greens? You said blue-greens and yellow-greens, but can we go as light as the greens on the paint chip? Or maybe even lighter? Thanks for using a color scheme that is pure magical - just like Ireland.
Debbie

Leslie T said...

"Borders are optional and yardage for those will be given later, but are included in the quilt sizes given"

J. Layman said...

Thought about doing your mystery last year but ended up deciding not to purchase that much fabric...I don't have the kind of stash you have and I just can't wrap my mind around the fabric requirements. When I add up the color requirements, it comes out 20 yards and that seems a lot. If I have some scraps to use, how to I estimate how much useable I have so that I can but additional to finish the color? Some of the scraps won't have much useable fabric, depending on the shape of the pieces...does it sound like I am fretting? Maybe I am too tired to think about this right now! Would appreciate someone replying with some advice to a newly about fabric yardage estimating...

Freda said...

I printed the paint chip pic and it looks like what Bonnie posted. I fid the Easy Street mystery and lovedf it. The only problem was it wad a little busy for me so I pulled all my fabrics from my stash and made sure to put in some not so busy fabrics. Thanks Bonnie for all you do.

pharmgirl75 said...

I have to say I am intrigued. I am fairly new to quilting and was turned on to this blog by a class I took that used Bonnie's Scrappy Trip Around the World tutorial. I really like the color combination. I don't really like orange by itself, but I have used it in a couple of quilts and really like the way it brightens the quilt.

Deb said...

I LOVE the colors (as always!) and will be one that waits, as I have tried to do 3 mysteries at least now, and they are still UFO's! Oops! I love them all, and of course probably have a couple more of your other projects going too. I am always amazed at people who FINISH many of your quilts! You go guys, and will be watching with baited breath to see the color combos and progress! Know I will be cheering you all on! And working on orca Bay, or Easy Street, or.....

Lynn Taylor said...

I did not read her post in a negative way. I think she was just posting her opinion. What I took from her post is that she will make the quilt and love the process. I can't wait to see your color choices Judy!

Sheila said...

I love the colors! Easy Street was fun. Looking forward to this one! I be working toward the 75"x 75" size, but may try to think of a way to make it longer ... if possible.
Thank you for another opportunity to sew along with you, Bonnie :D

Marianne cas said...

Another Bonnie mystery! I can't wait, one month from today!!

Maria said...

Looking forward to joining in this Mystery Quilt with you... This is the fist one sew I am enjoying sorting those gorgeous colours from my stash...

Jan Duffy said...

Just finishing up easy street so I am ready to start building my fabric requirements ! :) Looks like a lot of fun !

Shanna said...

Tammy I am in the same boat on Easy Street, but I am pushing to get it done so I can participate this year! I love the colors too

Shanna said...

Darlene, If you ever are able to get your own paint chip fan, its a blast to take with you to the fabric store to find that perfect shade of coordinating fabrics. I hope you enjoy the experience of the Mystery ( i am finally get to the end of Easy street and I am so curious what this will look like!). Welcome aboard the mystery train!

Shanna said...

I Bet we will have to wait until the 29th! But it's the same question on my mind too!

A Nudge said...

The colors alone that you picked made me want to make this quilt, Bonnie. It should be fabulous! Thanks so much!!

Jenn Reed said...

This quilt mystery sounds interesting, I have never done one or heard of it, maybe I will attempt it :)

KrisR said...

I'm wanting to purchase the rulers for this rather than use pdf templates. Should I get the 4.5" or the 6.5" easy angle?

Quilts van kippetje said...

I'm in! The first mysteriequilt for me... exciting!

Greetz from Holland,

Annemieke

Margaret Dukes said...

I cannot open the file to look at the instructions. I uninstalled Adobe Reader then reinstalled it, but still cannot open it. I'm getting FRANTIC. Help!

Tracey Honig said...

Hi Bonnie!!
I am wrapping up my children's Christmas gifts just in time. I love the color scheme and can't wait to start working on it!! Thank you for the inspiration!! Have a great trip back to Texas, and glad you are enjoying our food!! ;)

Chris said...

I just pulled all the scrap along with the FQs....figured that the worst that would happen would be that I would have to put it back (or look for another design to use them since they were all nicely segregated!)

camilla stagg said...

Also wondering about the ruler size and I take it we need easy angle and tri recs? worried about getting the right ones in the UK!

Wies said...

Hi, it is really a mysterie but I can imagine that the colours look beautifull

Darlene Crosby said...

my post is somewhere in Cyber space! Just wanted to say I am in this and taking your color choices all the way! Thanks Bonnie for doing SO much for us!!!

Debbie said...

Going to do this quilt and I just ordered my Tri Recs. Hoping I can keep up as I work a full time job and I will be going away for a week. But love the color combo and I am part irish. :)

Linda said...

I've never made a Mystery Quilt before...have no idea what Tri-recs are, have no Easy Angle Ruler!!! But I love Bonnie's quilts and all the info she shares. I will google the rulers and see if I can find them. We have no fabric store in town and nearest one is a four hour drive. I have lots of fabric though..bought online!! Hopefully I will be able to keep up with everyone and get this quilt done. Thanks Bonnie for all you do and share!!

Debbie said...

I will be doing this one. And its my first mystery. Love the colors, the name of the quilt and I trust the designer. :) Have lots of scraps I can use up. Then add some FQ for what I am missing.

Lynn Robinson said...

So excited about my first Mystery Quilt......

Jan Ward said...

I did this too. so glad I did because I got it out a few weeks back and was able to start sewing blocks together easily.

Star Hamilton said...

disregard my previous comment....found everything i needed...!

Quiltmama said...

Hi Bonnie dear,

I have been your ardent fan. Though Easy Street is not really done yet, due to the busy working life, I am looking forward to the 2014 Mystery Quilt. May your days and coming Christmas fill with lovely friends/fans and creative designs for the coming years to come. Quilty hugs from far away across the ocean Malaysia.
Nonie
xoxo

Rebecca Tellez said...

Going to try this. I have so many unfinished projects laying around I have no business starting something else, but have a daughter who loves all things Celtic and the blue is her favorite color so thinking I might be able to get one of 30 quilts done for family this year.

Rebecca Tellez said...

For me too Anne.

Karen said...

which Easy Angle Ruler Bonnie? 6 1/2?

QuilterBee said...

Oh hell fire, I'm jumping in on this one!! 4 distinct colorways and light neutrals- easy peasy! Thank you Bonnie ;0))))) Amie

debadobs said...

I was showing my sister a lap quilt I was making for our Mom and she said "Oh, I need that green for the Bonnie Hunter mystery I'm going to do!" I told her "sure" and took her to my sewing room. NOW I'm also going to do the mystery! We had so much fun pulling fabric from my stash, one slice for her, one for me. She's now home cutting slices from her stash for us. And our quilts will be different because we will put the colors together differently. I'm so excited!!! This is the first time either of us has made one of your mystery quilts. And I love the color choices! Thanks so much Bonnie!!! Debbie

debadobs said...

I was showing my sister the lap quilt I was making for our Mom and she told me that she needed one of the greens I used for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt that she was going to make. I took her to my sewing room and two and a half hours later I am excited to say I am ALSO going to do the mystery! She went through my stash while I did the cutting, one slice for her, one for me. Now she's home going through her stash. This is going to be so much fun doing the quilt together. This is the first time either of us has done one of your mystery quilts. Thanks Bonnie!!! And I LOVE the colors!!!

Audrey said...

I didn't take her post negatively either. AddieNCE you were kind of harsh.

Natalie Matthews said...

I was going to do that too, Kim, since black is a neutral but found a white on white shamrock I'm going to use. I found a green with Celtic symbols all over it as well! I'm a fan of black...it's bold and makes its presence known! Natalie

Anonymous said...

I'm in!!! This is my first time. What do I do next?
granniequiltsmore@shaw.ca

Anonymous said...

Hi Bonnie This is my first time doing a mystery quilt and I am loving it! What size tri recs do I need? Am in UK so they are probably called something different here. Friday tomorrow goodoh! FleeBee