I am not sure if I am the only one who has added EVERYONE who posted a link to Bonnie's Monday blog to reader so I can follow along with all the bloggers who are working on Orca Bay but I am really enjoying reading about the various methods everyone is using and colors and their love of Bonnie! This morning I was reading http://anniesquilting.blogspot.com/2011/11/blast-from-past.html and Annie had a little parade of ALL of her Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilts which got me to thinking I should recap too! Any excuse to post my Bonnie quilts again, lol! I did sew a bit more on clue one...after taking someone's advice I decided to use my triangulations for clue one. I am SO much more happy with how accurate they are for me. So I got out my half square triangulations (yes even after reading Bonnie's caution about the fact that these really are qst's not hst's) and made a page which oddly (HAHA) didn't look like qst's. Then I had to hunt for the qst trianguations which were oddly not on the same disc as the hst's. Finally with a little help from a friend I located it! Next I had to figure out what size to use (see why I am a direction follower?) so I went with the 2 inch finished. I made a page and hmmm..they are slightly smaller than the others. I cam make them work but not sure why they are smaller. Anyone doing triangulations or better at Math than me (that is most of you, folks!) who can tell me what size qst's I am supposed to be using?Ok on to my mini parade of Bonnie Memories!
First up was Carolina Crossroads, but since I had just discovered Bonnie and the yahoo group
and they were already in progress on that I skipped it and waited for the next one. Orange Crush was next from March to October 2008 and I have to tell you I was LEARY of all that orange. I didn't care for this quilt all throughout the making and didn't yet know that I could completely trust Bonnie. Then as it came together (I actually made two when Kathy didn't keep up with the sewing but showing my main one) I suddenly LOVED it! I didn't want to give it away, but I did. It is on my list to make another.
Next up was Double Delight which may just be my favorite. I fell in love with Cheddar on this quilt! I spent hours on the border and learned that the time was worth it to really make this quilt perfect. December 2008-October 2009.
Christmas lights was in Quiltmaker Magazine over three months. This one was the easiest mystery Bonnie has done due to the limited space a magazine has compared to her blog. It was really doable and is a good one to start with it you are not sure about jumping in with all the little pieces of most of them! November 2009.
Carolina Christmas was made with purple since it is my daughter's favorite color. I wasn't afraid to use orange and did another wild border. November 2009-February 2010.
I had always been bummed that I didn't do Carolina Crossroads, so finally I got on that on my own and made one. Really pleased with it! June 2010-June 2011.
Last year I made Roll, Roll Cotton Boll. I think this was the only mystery I started and didn't keep up with! I had never done strings and eventually they won me over (see how much Bonnie has changed my quilting?) I didn't love this one as much until it came together. I think that is part of the fun of the mystery! This is the only one that isn't quilted. It is awaiting funds and not sure who will get it yet, so it just waits. November 2010 to September 2011.
So sans Tobacco Road I have completed six mysteries with Bonnie and now working on Orca Baby--the seventh! I look forward to it every year and know my quilting has grown leaps and bounds by following her CLEAR step by step with pictures directions. Everything is doable in small steps so she makes it seem easy! Thanks Bonnie for all that you do from your number one fan!