Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hatch and Windows...

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted anything here.  That has to be the longest I've gone since I started this blog!  But I'm back now and I even have a finish.  I've been working on a mystery quilt with my quilt bee for the last 6 months and have finally finished the top.  The pattern is called Hatch and Windows and is a mystery from the Yahoo group Mystery Quilts 4 Military.  Once I've quilted it, it will be donated to someone serving in the military.

Hatch and Windows Mystery Quilt
Although not in the traditional red, white and blue, I'm really pleased with how this quilt turned out and hope someone in the service will enjoy it too.  It's also a stash buster - made entirely from batiks and hand-dyed fabrics I had in my stash.  I'm just hoping I have enough left over to complete the backing as well!

This was a mystery quilt that most of my quilt bee participated in.  We started off with a cutting party and then clues were handed out once a month.  There were a total of 7 clues, so we've been working on it for quite a while.  In fact, everyone else just received their final clue today, but considering I was the one who passed out the clues and pre-tested them, I had a bit of an advantage.

So here's a quick look back on my journey through this quilt...

Clue 1 - Fabric Selection and cutting
Clue 2 - Tons of Half Square Triangles
Clue 3 - Lots of these Chevron Units
Clue 4 - 4 Patches
Clue 5 - Starting to put things together
Clue 6 - All the blocks pieced
The final clue involved putting all the blocks together in the quilt and an optional pieced border (which I included). When some of the other ladies have finished their versions, I'll share pictures of them all so you can see what a difference fabric selection makes in the overall look of the quilt.

I'm hoping to get this quilted rather quickly, but I have a couple of other projects that need to see some work first.  One's already on the frame and the other is almost ready for it.  Hopefully, I'll be back in short order to share some more of the happenings around here!

Until later...

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 
Matthew 5:7 (NLT)


  1. Awesome Dee! I LOVE the colors....and the pieced border is amazing! Ummm...I THINK I have this mystery around somewhere.....I've kinda lost track :}

    Nice to read from you again..... welcome back; we all have times here-n-there when life intervenes, so it's all understood :)

  2. I like mystery quilts. However some come out strange. We did one, small wall hanging, and A friend picked fabric that had fish on it. It was the cutest 'fish tree' any of had ever seen! She eventually made a different layout so it did not look like a tree!

  3. Beautiful colors! I know someone will love it!

  4. It's a beautiful quilt! Really nice mystery pattern. I don't always appreciate the final result of mystery quilts. Maybe I like to be in control too much.
    I think the colors were a gorgeous choice. Thanks for sharing!
    p.s. Your blogging followers understand when you have a lag in your posts. Sometimes, we're so busy doing that our journaling has to play catch up.