Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mystery Mission Challenge Revealed!

I am finally able to reveal the end product of my Mystery Mission Challenge project! Our assignment from Quilt Guild Headquarters was to exchange 6.5" squares with the selected individuals in our group. We could decide how many and what style. We were only allowed two other fabrics of our own to complete the quilt top. And we had to meet at least once to discuss the projects and get to know each other a little better.

In our little group of three we had three different taste preferences. (I think they did that on purpose.) So naturally it wasn't easy to decide on a theme. We really had no choice but to go scrappy with it, much to my delight. I love a scrappy quilt. We did, however, all agree that we liked the same pattern from Nickle Quilts and realized we could still make each quilt our own just by the border choices and quilting designs.

I wanted to make mine look old, like a vintage quilt. So I chose reproduction fabrics for the border and backing. Then just quilted simple straight lines (or as straight as I'll ever get them, I don't know why I have such a problem with that.) It still seemed a little contemporary so I tea-stained the entire thing to tone down some of the brighter colors just a hair.

We did the big reveal tonight at our quilt guild meeting and the quilts were a big hit. It was a lot of fun to see how different each quilt looked with the different border choices. I thought Elaine's brown fabric really made all the other colors pop and Judy's floral print gave it more of a blended look.

It was a really fun project to work on, although there were times I thought I was in over my head. Best of all it was a really fun way to get to know some of the gals in our guild.

11 comments:

Debbie said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt, well done! I'm hoping my guild does something like this!

Dawn said...

I really like your quilt. Its quite lovely.

kjquilts said...

Wonderful quilts! I love that pattern in the Nickel Quilts book.

LDWatkins said...

That's beautiful. I can't imagine making a quilt. My mom was a quilter, but I've never tried. Great work!

Lori said...

What a fun project and your quilt tunred out beautiful!
The quilting looks great too. I think cross hatching was a good choice.

Milah said...

I love it! Did you freak out a little bit when you started to tea stain it? I've thought about tea staining some of mine but I can't seem to make myself do it.

Bonny said...

I love it! Great job. Just wondering, would you be interested in selling one of the quilts you have made? I am not at all crafty and just can not seem to get the hang of quilting although I adore them.

Julie-Ann said...

I love all three quilts, but am partial to your quilt. I would be scared to death to tea stain it, though.

Christine said...

Hi Bonny,

I'm far from ever getting to the point where I would be comfortable selling one of my quilts. At this point I'm lucky to get one assembled that won't fall apart after the first wash. LOL

Christine

Penny said...

Gorgeous quilt!!

Jenne said...

Hey Christine,
Quick question...I've read some places that people use the Rit "tan" dye to tea stain their quilts. Did you use actual tea? Or a dye that simulates tea? I'm in the process of finishing a quilt that needs to be toned down and just wanted to see what route others have taken.
Gorgeous quilt!!!