Quiltville Mystery Update

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The On Ringo Lake mystery quilt is a great program that Bonnie Hunter hosts every year. I tried frantically to catch up after traveling home for the holidays, but at the end of the day I decided to use a different Bonnie Hunter technique to finish this quilt, leaders and enders. Leaders and enders is a technique where you always have fabric under your needle. When you are piecing a different project and reach a point where you need to end your chain piecing you piece one unit from a different project instead of cutting thread. Since about January the mystery quilt has turned into my leader and ender project, and I am making quite a lot of progress even though it is not my main focus. For more information on Leaders and Enders check out Bonnie Hunter’s blog her books (Adventures with Leaders & Enders or More Adventures with Leaders and Enders)

The only thing that I kept up to date on with the mystery was cutting the fabric. I have the entire quilt cut up and stored in a large project box along with the patterns printed. IMG_20180810_202720 (1)

For months now I have been finishing up triangle units and have just turned the corner to connecting some flying geese.

My station has a constant supply. Here is my messy set up. To the left I have a stack of units ready to go. Behind my sewing machine I have a large white bucket ready to receive sewn units. Finally, above my station I have a sewn unit pinned to help remember the order to put my geese in.

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I recently took a quiet morning where I pinned all of my units together as to not mix them up at my sewing machine. This has made it even faster to get them stitched together.

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With sewing progress comes an ironing bottleneck. I have put all of my stitched triangular units in a drawer at my ironing station. Whenever I am ironing something else I take a minute to get a few of those units ironed as well. This one is moving along a little slower, so I may just need to spend 20 minutes to get these all done.

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All in all some significant progress is being made – just little by little. My next step will be to start assembling the blocks. I can’t wait as it will start to look like the actual quilt. I know this project has been taking me a long time, but I think it was still great to participate. I am not putting pressure on myself to get this done quickly which allows me to enjoy the process. The best part is that I am not even focusing on the quilt, but it is still getting done.

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