Late last year, I was really inspired by a "Mystery Quilt" project that Bonnie Hunter had on her blog. Roll, Roll Cotton Boll was her offering for 2010. I had done the Carolina Christmas quilt in 2009, and loved using up alot of old scraps. So, of course, I dove in. What I didn't take into consideration was my schedule in November and December (being gone for 2 weeks at Christmas, let alone - it was Christmas time!). In any case, I gathered up all of my stash fabrics, and sorted through them, finding exactly what I was going to use. I did pretty well with the first few releases of instructions, and then it kind of got away from me. Long story short - this project has taken over my sewing room for the past several months, and I'm determined to finish it! I managed to get it all cut out, and even have the blocks done -
Even though the colors are not what I would ordinarily choose, somehow, it's starting to look okay. See those string pieced blocks? Those took forever to do! The nice part is that I was able to use up some really old, no so nice fabric in them. See the little bumble bee strip - it's some fabric I bought on a trip to New Zealand many years ago. Why did I buy it? I have no idea.
At this point, I've only sewn two rows (of ten) together. But, I can see the light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel. Of course, then I'll have to put together that border! This is a very large quilt, when all is done.
While I work on a project like this, I spend most of my time thinking about my next project (or two or three projects). I guess that's why there are always so many unfinished things laying around. At some point in the last 20 years, I bought these. I don't remember where, when, or for how much, but they just "spoke" to me: