Friday, October 3, 2014

Marcus Fabrics Friends and Companions Sew-Along Week #10


Welcome to week 10 of our Sew-Along!  Ta da - you made it!!  Now it's time to share our finished quilt and show you how you are going to put all of those beautiful blocks into your own finished quilt top. We hope you think it is as beautiful as we do!!


Let's get started on piecing the alternate blocks (there's 16 of them) and finishing up the quilt.


Cutting Instructions: Alternate blocks
   Cream print -
       Cut (2) - 5 1/2" x WOF
       Cut (2) - 2 1/2" x WOF
       Cut (2) - 2" x WOF
       Cut (32) - 2" x 5 1/2" rectangles

   Black print -
       Cut (8) - 2" x WOF
       Cut (1) - 2 1/2" x WOF

Directions:
   1. Sew (1) cream print 2 1/2" x WOF strip and (2) black print 2" x WOF strips together.
       Press to the dark.  Width of the pieced strip unit measures 5 1/2" unfinished.
       Repeat with remaining cream print 2 1/2" x WOF strip and (2) black print 2" x WOF strips.


   2. Cut pieced strip units into (32) 2" x 5 1/2" rectangles.


   3. Sew (1) black print 2 1/2" x WOF strip and (2) cream print 2" x WOF strips together.
       Press to the dark.  Width of the pieced strip unit measures 5 1/2" unfinished.


   4. Cut pieced strip unit into (16) 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangles.


   5. Using the picture, piece the center 9 patch unit. Press to the outer rows.
       Repeat to complete (16) center 9 patch units. Each unit measures 5 1/2" unfinished.


   6. Sew (1) cream print 5 1/2" x WOF strip and (2) black print 2" x WOF strips together.
       Press to the dark. Width of the pieced strip unit measures 8 1/2" unfinished.
       Repeat with remaining cream print 5 1/2" x WOF strip and (2) black print 2" x WOF strips.


   7. Cut pieced strip units into (32) 2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.


   8. Using the picture, piece the alternate blocks. Press away from the center 9 patch unit.
       Repeat to complete (16) alternate blocks.  Each alternate block measures 8 1/2" unfinished.



Assembling the quilt top

Cutting instructions: Finishing kit
   Green print - set-in side triangles and corner triangles
       Cut (3) - 12 5/8" squares - cut in quarters diagonally
       Cut (2) - 6 5/8" squares - cut in half diagonally

   Black print - inner border and binding
        Cut (5) - 2" x WOF - sew end to end
            Cut (2) - 2" x 45 1/2" - side inner borders
            Cut (2) - 2" x 48 1/2" - top and bottom inner border
        Cut (6) - 2" x WOF - sew end to end for binding (You have enough fabric if you prefer to cut a 2 1/2" wide binding)

   Red print - outer border and binding
        Cut (2) - 6 1/2" x 48 1/2" - lengthwise - side outer borders
        Cut (2) - 6 1/2" x 60 1/2" - lengthwise - top and bottom outer borders


Directions:
    1. Arrange the pieced blocks, alternate blocks and set -in side triangles according to the numbered diagram.  Each number represents the week the block was presented.
       Add 4 corner triangles last.The quilt top should measure 45 1/2"x45 1/2" square.

    2. Add the black print strips for the inner border.

    3. Add the red print strips for the outer border.
        The quilt top should measure 60 1/2" x 60 1/2" square.

    4. Quilt as desired.  Add binding. ENJOY!!!

Click here for a downloadable/printable version.

And there it is!! Hopefully you've been sewing right along with us, and now it's just a matter of putting it altogether. And now here's your chance to win one of our 2 final prizes - the completed quilt or this great basket of goodies from the designers. 

Leave a comment on this blog only to be eligible and on Monday, 2 winners will be randomly selected. (Remember, your comment must be on this blog only.) This was a mystery quilt - tell us what you think about mystery quilts or our Sew-Along.  Did you enjoy this, would you rather have known what the quilt looked like right from the beginning, or did you just trust that we would provide you with a beautiful quilt?

Many of you selected your own fabric or perhaps you used your own arrangement for our blocks - please send us a photo when you have completed your quilt top (maryellen@redcrinolinequilts.com).  I will give you some time to complete your top, so any pictures sent to me by November 2nd will be shared on this blog after that. 

Thank you for joining us on our 1st ever Sew-Along. I would like to thank the Marcus Fabrics designers for their beautiful blocks, Lynn Graham and Cathy Peters for the fantastic quilting job and Gloria Parsons for binding the quilt. 

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen
    
       

    
       

254 comments:

  1. I am a fairly new quilter and have tried a couple of mystery quilts. Seeing the finished quilt gives me a bit more confidence with fabric and color selection. Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous giveaway!

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  2. The finished quilt is just beautiful! Every week the blocks have been wonderful and the setting blocks are the icing on the cake!! Wonderful! Thanks for a great sew along and the chance to win an over the top giveaway!!

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  3. Thank you to all the designers for a wonderful quilt. I just love it and I know what I will be doing this weekend. All my blocks are finished and are just waiting to be set into a quilt. I can't wait to get started. This is the first mystery sewalong I have taken part in and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would certainly do another one in the future. Thank you for a great sewalong and for the chance to win an amazing giveaway.

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  4. I love a good mystery sewalong, at the end I have a nice quilt made from my own fabric in my favorite colours.
    Thanks for this mystery and the great giveaway!

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  5. LOVE the quilt. I like the anticipation of not knowing what the quilt looks like. I loved the fabric choices so I used those. This was a great sew along and I hope there is more in the future. A big thank you to all the designers. Great job!

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  6. The finished quilt is stunning. Although I do not participate in many mystery quilt-a-longs, I knew this would be beautiful. All of the designers are known for making beautiful quilts. Each designer put their own spin on the blocks and I'm very happy I participated. Thanks to everyone for this amazing quilt and the opportunity to win prizes each week.

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  7. Mystery quilts always scare me because I'm afraid my color selection will be all wrong! I can't stand the suspense waiting for the next block either! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Sometimes I am afraid of making a Mystery Quilt and not liking it. But I find if I like the fabric that is picked out at the first it relaxes me and I will most likely be happy with the end results. I loved the fabric in this quilt and had no issues with making this Mystery Quilt. The designers also help convince me to join in.I can't wait to finish this last step.

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  9. My first mystery sew along was with Pam Buda, and I loved it. This sew along has been great - love the colors, love the blocks. Thanks to all of you for making this possible.

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  10. Beautiful quilt- thanks for sharing this pattern!!

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  11. I like the mystery but I do sometimes wonder about my own fabric choices. I liked that you showed your fabric choices so I had an idea.

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  12. Love how you set the quilt! Mystery quilts are always fun to do. Sampler quilts are of my favorite type.

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  13. Thank you to all the designers, it is a beautiful quilt. It has been so much fun to work with my friends on the blocks every week and compare the fabrics and our blocks when they're finished. Some of us just used the fabrics in the kit and some of used fabrics from my stash but choice the same colors that you chose. Thank you and we love the way you set the blocks together.

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  14. Of course I find this at the end! Still I really like the set up of this quilt and you could adapt any blocks to fill in the sampler spaces!
    Mystery quilts are so much fun! You never know how it will all turn out and they are always stunning and take you by surprise!

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  15. I usually don't care for mystery quilts because picking the fabrics is always a problem for me. I purchased the kit for this one because the fabrics were gorgeous. I knew I would be happy with the end result, and I am so glad that I did.

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  16. Great fun. My first sew along. I like the mystery aspect

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  17. I enjoy mystery quilt only when I love the designer.

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  18. I like participating in mystery quilts and sew-alongs when I know the designer. This was great fun and I really like the finished quilt. Thanks for the mystery and a chance to win.

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  19. I LOVE the big reveal. Makes me even more excited to get busy and finish my blocks! Thanks for this Mystery QAL and for the chance to win some wonderful prizes.

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  20. I wait until the reveal to determine if I will make the quilt. I do enjoy the suspense of the mystery. Thanks for the experience and a chance to win.

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  21. Oh my, I love the finish. Retreat next week makes this a perfect project to take along. Thank you all for the work that went into creating this beautiful quilt. It was fun to sew. Of course it would be fun to be the winner of all the lovely goods.

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  22. I like seeing the project ahead of time so that I can decide if I would want to use my limited time to do it. So sometimes I just print out the directions until I see the quilt. Also if I wait it helps me with the color scheme.

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  23. Thank you to all the wonderful designers who put this mystery QAL together. It was so much fun sewing a new block every week and the finished setting blocks really make the quilt beautiful! I used the same color way and am very happy with the out come, thanks for the chance for the wonderful give away!!

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  24. I have never participated in a mystery quilt along. But, after seeing this final product, I know that I will go back now and make this quilt. It is absolutely stunning.

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  25. The basket of goodies look great. Thanks for the chance. Frog2quilt@gmail.com

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  26. I LOVE IT!! Thanks for a wonderful mystery quilt-along! I've only done 2 mystery quilts and after the first one, I said that I wasn't going to do any more. I really didn't care for the finished outcome and while I did finish my quilt, I would never have made it if I had seen the whole quilt to start with. However, when this one came out, and I saw the designers, I knew that I would love it since I love all of the quilts designed by these ladies. I took the plunge and am so glad I did! I have really enjoyed getting up each Friday, watching for the newest block. I've tried to make each one the day it came out so that I wouldn't get behind. Thank you so much for sharing this quilt with us!!! It was pure fun!

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  27. I enjoy reading Mystery QALs, but I usually wait until I have the whole thing before I start. Two things about this mystery QAL I love: (1) being able to download a printable version of the blocks (thank you!), and (2) the alternate blocks really make this quilt shine. Thanks

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  28. This is the first time I have participated in a mystery sew-a-long. The finished quilt is beautiful! My blocks are done, and I look forward to finishing. Thanks to all the designers.

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  29. I love the finished quilt setting and look forward to completing my quilt. Knowing the designers involved in this quilt, I knew the finished result would be wonderful and it is!

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  30. I love your quilt. I kept telling myself to do this one as the blocks that came through were gorgeous. Love the setting. Going to get started I am never sure about a mystery because I second guess my colors. I like to see even just a mock up of what I am working on.

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  31. I liked the mystery part of it. I also thought that the number of fabrics in the kit were just right...enough to give visual interest and continuity to the quilt. Thanks for the fun!

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  32. I like mystery quilts and don't mind not knowing - that's the thrill. I did like the preview of fabrics so I could pull my own stash with value likes.. Thank you to all the designers and their work - such a wonderful looking finale - I will be sewing this one up this weekend.

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  33. The completed quilt is beautiful - each week I looked forward to seeing the next block and loved every one of them. I've never done a mystery quilt before but I knew I would love it because the blocks were so nice. Thank you!

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  34. Even though I haven't finished the quilt, I knew it would be gorgeous. Love the work of all the designers. Thanks for the mystery!

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  35. I love mystery quilts and have had a great time sewing along... thanks for the fun! I will get to work on the last step and see how it all turns out!

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  36. I loved the community feel of this project with multiple designers contributing blocks and stories.
    The project size and length was just perfect and the quilt is beautiful!

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  37. I kept trying to imagine how these 9 blocks would end up, and your setting is perfect. I enjoyed the mystery because it was weekly - it's only one block and I lose interest if a month goes by between each one. Hope there is another SAL soon!

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  38. I love the finished quilt! I looked forward to each post and kept up with making the blocks. I knew that I'd like the quilt because of the fabric color choices and the designers. Thank you! I'll certainly participate in another Quilt Along.

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  39. I really enjoyed the mystery part of this sew along! I knew it would look beautiful and it does. Thanks to everyone that had a part in making this "sew" much fun!

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  40. This has been a blast! I anxiously waited for each new block and had them finished by noon each Friday. I look forward to the next sew along.

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  41. You assured us this quilt would be beautiful, and it is stunning! This Mystery QAL started out with just enough information to get a feel for how the fabrics we're going to be used without revealing the design. Good designers are a must, and congratulations for the great job done with this quilt. SO excited to get my blocks in their setting!

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  42. Wow! Love the setting! It has been fun participating in this challenge. I have looked forward to every Friday!

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  43. It is beautiful. I have all the blocks done and can hardly wait to put it all together. Thanks for such a beautiful quilt.

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  44. I love the quilt setting! I have enjoyed working on this sew-a-long! Thank you!

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  45. Great setting! I sometimes collect all the patterns and then start sewing if I'm not sure I'll like the end result, but it's hard to resist a mystery!

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  46. Wow! It is beautiful and I can't wait to get all my blocks set with the alternative blocks! THANK YOU!!!

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  47. Sew much fun. Thank you all for the hard work and effort you put forth for us bloggers. I really do appreciate it.

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  48. I love mysteries - and quilts are no exception. Great blocks and wonderful fabrics. Hope y'all do it again!

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  49. I'm always amazed at how a setting can change the whole look of a stack of random blocks. Very excited to see my own come together now.

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  50. OOOOHHH my... the quilt is magnificent and in MY colours too!! I loved the Sew-Along and the setting you designed is the icing on the cake for these wonderful blocks! This was a lot of work for you and we really appreciated all your time and effort, not to mention the free pattern! Thanks also for a chance to win your very generous give away!
    Paulette

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  51. Thank you for a wonderful and fun mystery! The directions were easy to follow and I loved the blocks and colors. I'm ready to start those setting blocks today.

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  52. Wow! This is amazing! This has been my first sew-along and mystery quilt. This quilt has been so much fun as it has been revealed bit by bit. Today's complete reveal has been worth the wait. I agree with Diana's comment above -- the setting makes the blocks just pop while still hanging together. Thank you!

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  53. Oh my gosh! That quilt is even more spectacular then I had ever envisioned. The blocks by the various designers are all lovely and I love the interesting setting AND the red border. Please give a great big THANK YOU for everyone involved in giving us this wonderful quilt. I can't wait to finish it!

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  54. Great sew along!! Love the on point design, too. Thanks also for a chance to win!

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  55. I'm so glad I've kept up. I believe there is cutting and sewing in my future this weekend!! Thanks for the blocks, mystery, and opportunity to learn more about each of the designs. Take care!

    Cathie in Everett

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  56. Thanks for a fun mystery. I really enjoy mystery quilts. I did use my own fabrics so it will be fun to see the end result. Ursula Y.

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  57. Thank you. I love mystery quilts, esp with civil war fabrics. It's been fun sewing along with other quilters.

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  58. Thank you to all the powers that be that made this sew along happen..I made my blocks 12 1/2'' unfinished and they look great.

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  59. Wow! What a great setting...I never imagined this finish and I love it! I also love a mystery quilt (by trusted designers, that is). I've been sewing along as we go along on this one and hope to have all the setting blocks done and borders on by early next week. I can't wait to get this one quilted and finished up! Such a great design!!!!

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  60. I like mysteries! It was fun to see the blocks each week and then the surprise reveal today. Very pretty quilt! I am glad you did it as a mystery. I hope you all can do it again sometime. Thanks! K-

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  61. Love this quilt! Have yet to complete one of your designs and not been happy. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and looking forward to the next Mystery Quilt from you.

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  62. The mystery was good...clear directions which is always helpful. Thank you for the fun treat!

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  63. I love sew alongs but I struggle with Mystery quilts.
    When I started quilting about 20 years ago I jumped into many things including Mystery quilts and was disappointed with each one. I was a single mom raising a daughter on very little so I decided to chose my quilts more carefully, so I cut the mystery out of quilting. I had to love it to invest my time and money on the project. Now that I'm older I find I might have a little more to put into my hobby (daughter is raised, college graduate and well married) but I still cannot abide the mystery (it's a control issue now). lol! Loved how this one turned out though. I might have to jump in and trust you all next time, you all have never steered me wrong!

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  64. Thanks everyone who contributed to this project. The finished quilt is beautiful! The prizes are beyond awesome. Great job Marcus!

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  65. I’ve been following along halfway into and the final quilt is just gorgeous!! New to quilting. I’ll be wanting to try to make this one. Hopefully you’ll be having another SAL that I’ll be participating from the being for sure. Well done to all!! Thanks for the chance on the giveaway too.

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  66. I am fairly new to quilting so taking on a sew along is a big step for me. As for mystery quilts I usually not a huge fan, but knowing who is designing it makes all the difference in the world, I only have to look at all of your designs to know that it would be something that I would have to have/make, it is awesome, just like all your quilts! Thanks for sharing this project and the chance at a wonderful giveaway.

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  67. I have done a few mysteries. Some have been great and some not so great! I think this one was great as you provided a direction for fabric selection which helps in the end result. I loved the end result of this quilt!!

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  68. The quilt turned out beautifully! I love the mystery and I like to choose fabrics from my stash of reproduction fabrics. Thanks for a wonderful mystery quilt!
    Lisa
    traditionalquilter@gmail.com

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  69. This has been a really fun project, and Friday has been my favorite day of the week since this started! Thank you for such a beautiful quilt. Can't wait to get into my sewing room this afternoon!

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  70. It has been so much fun to get a new block to make each week and the completed quilt is wonderful! Thank you to each designer who contributed to this sew along! Thank you also for a chance at the giveaway!

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  71. I like the idea of mystery quilts, but once they are revealed I usually wish I had made other fabric choices!

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  72. The finished quilt is great. I'm really hesitant to do mystery quilts in case they turn out to be something I don't like in the end. Fortunately I saved the directions for this quilt so I can make it in the future.

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  73. I'm 50-50 on mystery quilts. I'm hesitant to jump into a project unless I know what the quilt is going to look like. I like using the same fabrics as the designer; I have the hardest time picking from my stash. This quilt is gorgeous and I love the setting blocks. They make the entire quilt sparkle.

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  74. I love the way this quilt looks with the setting blocks. I love picking fabrics from my stash to match the designer fabric too. Thanks for a great sew-a-long.
    (linesmary1@gmail.com)

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  75. I always want to know what the quilt looks like before I start to make it. I print the patterns and decide after the reveal if I will make it. Your setting blocks makes this a stand out quilt. Your selection of prizes is awesome, too!!!

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  76. This has been so much fun! The pace of one block per month allowed me to keep up. Can't wait to put everything together now!

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  77. Usually depends on the designer for me with mystery quilts. I felt quite sure this would be a good one, and the setting is great too.

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  78. Hesitated to make a mystery quilt before. This time because of the talented designers and the repro fabrics (which I love) I decided to go
    ahead. Glad I did, love the quilt. Hope this is just the beginning. You kept me quilting daily. Thanks.

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  79. I always love a mystery but only if it's from a great designer. It's helpful to see the fabric choices but I prefer to be kept in the dark about the final design until the big reveal. Beautiful quilt!

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  80. I love doing sew alongs! And mystery quilts are fun when they line everything up as well as y'all did. I'm behind on this one, but hope to finish~ I love the end design! Thank you all!

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  81. WOW! I knew it would be wonderful, don't know why I am so surprised with the final reveal. Wasn't expecting those wonderful alternate blocks. Can't wait to make them. Really enjoyed this sew along. Thanks so much. glad I kept up with the weekly assignments. Now to see if I can get the rest done this week! I will post on the Yahoo group site.

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  82. This may be a duplicate. OMG the quilt is just beautiful, I can't wait to get mine done. I do have to finish my Christmas gifts first cause the little ones don't understand "late" lol. I have enjoyed doing the blocks and want to thank all for the blocks and great instructions.

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  83. The finished quilt is gorgeous. I love mystery quilts. Ready for the next one.

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  84. Beautiful. Thanks so much to you and everyone involved.

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  85. Thank you so much for doing this quilt-along. What fun! Beautiful fabrics with great block patterns and instruction.

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  86. Oops I wrote my comment in the wrong spot. I am sorry. I want to thank you all for this wonderful quilt along. Looking forward to finishing mine

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  87. What a wonderful sew along, the final quilt is scrumptious! Thanks t all the designers for their desings and Marcus Fabrics for their great product line, a win win situation. : )

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  88. Thanks for doing this free mystery sew-along. Great fun! Hope it's offered again!

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  89. I love the quilt and enjoy the mystery. Thanks.

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  90. Love it! Love it! Love it! I knew the finishing would be as wonderful as all the individual blocks. I kept up with this mystery because I love all the designer's work and trusted them to make a wonderful project. (Usually I wait until the end of a mystery to see if I even want to start.) Thanks for the beautiful project and the wonderful instructions.

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  91. HI, this was great fun!
    Such a neat "Mystery Quilt'!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  92. I like knowing from the beginning!
    macinnisclan at yahoo.com

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  93. Love the quilt. I just found your blog so didn't get to take part in the mystery

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  94. I loved this mystery. I enjoy just trusting that the finished quilt will be good. In this case its more than good, its wonderful! Thanks you girls, for all the fun; and what a treasure trove you're giving away. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  95. Thank you for this wonderful mystery quilt! It was fun to be able to print great instructions each Friday! Now off to put it together (love the layout!!) Also thanks for a chance to win all these goodies!

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  96. I love the finished product and I love mystery quilts. You have to be very brave to take one on.I have done a few with Bonnie Hunter and have even designed two of my own and taught as mystery quilts!

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  97. I usually don't like mystery quilts, but when I saw the fabric was from Paula Barnes, I was hooked. The blocks have been fun to make. The instructions were clear. I did swap some of the backgrounds with a few of my favorite shirtings. Can't wait to finish the quilt. Thanks to all of the designers. I hope you plan another sew along next yeR.

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  98. I have been following along but haven't been making the quilt. I wasn't sure if it was something I would like or not and all I can say is that I'm blown away! Beautifully done!

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  99. I am at work and dying to go home and sew! The finished quilt is beautiful. I also want to say that the cost of the kit was very reasonable. I am so happy I bought it and can finish this quilt !Please do this again! Thanks so much.

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  100. Love, love, love the finished product!! I never used to enjoy Mystery Quilts and some have been butt ugly upon the reveal but this one is gorgeous! Thank you!

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  101. The sewalong was great fun! I trusted the designers to make a beautiful quilt and they did not let me down! Thank you for everything.

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  102. Thanks for the sew along. Beautiful quilt!

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  103. This was my first sew along. I loved it and I used only scraps from my stash. I liked not seeing the quilt until it was finished.

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  104. love mystery quilt or quilt of any kind, thanks

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  105. Love the quilt! Gorgeous, and great fun.

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  106. This was so fun waiting each week to see the next block. Love the quilt and all the fabric choices.

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  107. How much joy each of you have shared with us by putting together this Sew-Along. I haven't started my blocks yet but intend to do so soon. Try to get some rest!

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  108. Fabulous layout!

    I love quilts and BOMs,QALs and MYSTERY are welcome though QALs are my best favorite because we sew the blocks faster and finish them sooner.Thanks for the patterns.

    I love to see the quilt before sew it because my stash is not very large so I can choose the better fabrics for the pattern.

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  109. I love the quilt! I prefer to see the finished quilt first, so I can better pull fabrics from my stash. I am looking forward to a free weekend to put this quilt together! Thanks so much for the patterns.

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  110. Love your block setting, thank you for this Mystery!

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  111. I really like the finished quilt! I love how the blocks are set. I like doing mystery quilts, especially when I can keep up with the "Clues".

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  112. Love it and all the fabrics. Reproduction prints are my favorites and all the patterns were well written and easy to follow.
    Thanks

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  113. LOVE the quilt. Thanks for all you do for us quilters.

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  114. This has been such an enjoyable experience - can't wait to get my quilt all finished so I can enjoy it in my home..... THANKS!

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  115. The finished quilt is wonderful. I like quilt alongs when I can see the finished quilt first. I have done some mysteries, but I seem to finish quilt alongs more quickly than mysteries.

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  116. I really prefer to know what the finished quilt looks like - really helps me with color choices, especially since I rarely copy another quilter's color choices. This is going to be a beautiful quilt!

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  117. Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous quilt. I'm one of those that tends to hold off to see what the quilt will look like before I start (helps me when I select fabrics). This one is a "must do"! Fabulous!! Thanks for your hard work.
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  118. I like to see the finished quilt before I start.

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  119. I am sorry that it is already finished. I had so much fun, anticipating each Friday night to check the new block. It is the first time I participate in a sew along but certainly not my last. Bonus: I really love the finished product too. You made me tried blocks I wouldn't have tried on my own. Thank you so much all of you, for being so generous with your time and talents. Much appreciated.

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  120. I don't normally participate in Mystery Quilt challenges, but this one was gorgeous. I've even managed to keep up with the blocks. I'll join in any time Marcus Fabrics chooses to do another one.

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  121. Love the finished design. This mystery quilt was a great mix of known (getting to see the square before making it) and unknown ( the setting). Since I made the squares from my stash I get to shop for the fabric to finish off the quilt, now. Yeah. Thank you designers. A wonderful quilt.

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  122. Your Mystery Sew Along was wonderful!! Please do not wait long for another one! How could we go wrong with the chosen designers? Thank you sooooo much! (I kind of like to see it ahead of time so that I can make good fabric choices.)

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  123. I'm usually hesitant to join a mystery because it's difficult to keep up with the steps. One block a week was perfect. And what a beautiful quilt to end up with. Thank you!

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  124. Love the finished quilt! Thanks for "hosting" this mystery project. Hope you will do it again!

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  125. I like the mystery although I can't always participate in the mystery so then I see it when it's completed. Thanks all the designers for doing this mystery.

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  126. I have done a few mystery quilts and always enjoyed them. I do think it is only fair to tell you Monday is my birthday! Just sayin..

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  127. Such a beautiful quilt! The mystery is fun, but I am never able to finish anything on time. By the time I get a couple done, everyone else is done and the mystery is reviled! Wonderful instructions and helpful photos. Thank you!

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  128. I personally like seeing the finished quilt. That really helps me make fabric decisions (which is really hard for me).

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  129. Love your finished quilt!
    Please enter me in the giveaway!

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  130. Spectacular! I love it! Thank you for the fun, and the chance to win. Black, Cheddar and rust, make a stunning combination. I Can't wait to finish it.
    Rose

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  131. I've never done a Mystery Quilt as I like seeing the finished quilt before I begin. The quilt turned out super! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  132. love...love...love the final quilt! I am so happy that I followed along with this sew along and kept up with Friday's blocks...I used scraps of my CW and put same colors in blocks, so each block has different prints in the same colors...I am planning to work on the alternate blocks this weekend....I want this one finished ASAP
    thanks for a great sew along
    Mish k

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  133. Amazing quilt! Thanks sew much!

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  134. I trust you and it is an awesome setting!

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  135. Love this quilt! Thanks for the mystery and the giveaway!

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  136. I liked this mystery sew-along since I had purchased the quilt kit. I'm not a big fan of mystery sew-alongs if I have to use my own fabrics. When I've participated in mystery quilts without knowing the fabric, I have chosen fabrics that I don't look appropriate due to their placement.

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  137. I love that it is a mystery and I love the design. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  138. Thanks for a great sew-along - love the final quilt. I really like the mystery but am such a chicken about fabric selections that I normally wait for the "big reveal" before starting....but I am getting braver ;o) Thanks also for a great giveaway!

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  139. awesome and great sew-a-long! thank you for having it! we all enjoyed it.
    Donna

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  140. Commented on wrong post. Sorry. Great sew along and an even juicier goody bag up for grabs. Thanks for the chance. poladydwd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  141. What a wonderful quilt! I love the colors and the setting of it all! Thanks for sharing! I have a couple blocks' worth of catching up to do, but now I'm really motivated after the great reveal!

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  142. I love the layout and the blocks. Thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt with us.

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  143. Love your design. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  144. It's a beautiful quilt! I have trouble choosing fabrics when I don't know what the block/quilt looks like.

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  145. I have only worked on one mystery quilt before. The "not knowing"
    really keeps me motivated. Your instructions were well-written and
    appreciated! Thanks for sharing.

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  146. love the blocks, great job everyone.

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  147. This was my first sew along and would love to do it again. Great quilt and I do like the mystery of not knowing what it looks like, that's the fun part.

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  148. I looked forward to Fridays for the next "new" block. The final reveal is really gooood!!!!! Love the black and how it sets off the blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  149. Another winning quilt. Even better with all the co-operation between designers.

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  150. The Sew-Alongs are awesome. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks to all the designers.

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  151. What a beautiful quilt! I am fairly new to quilting and not totally confident in my color choices. Thanks for taking some of the guess work out of my project.

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  152. I enjoy mystery quilts! This quilt is beautiful and thanks so much for a chance to win!

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  153. I would rather see the finished quilt before starting a sew-along. I think it's easier to choose colors and values when I know what's coming. I think it's fun to see posts of finished quilts by quilters who participated in sew-alongs. Your basket of goodies is very enticing.

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  154. So glad I decided to participate in this sew along! Loved the mix of fabrics right from the start. Can't wait to finish the quilt! Love the final result!

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  155. I enjoy doing mystery quilts. Thanks for the chance to win the quiilt or the bag of goodies!

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  156. Thanks so much for the mystery quilt sew along-loved all the designer blocks and the setting blocks and borders are perfect! Thanks for the chance to win the wonderful giveaways!

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  157. Loved it from the beginning. Don´t usually do sew alongs but I felt this i had to, every single block was sooo preatty and easy to make that i enjoyed making it the same day you published it. I really like the finishing and I knew it was going to be preatty so i just went along with it. Again Thank you!!! Will send a pic as soon as i have it ready.

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  158. Thanks for the great blocks and finishing design. And of course the opportunity for goodies!

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  159. The quilt came out beautiful! I love quilt alongs and sharing progress along the way. It's a fun way to collaborate with quilters near and far. Thanks for sharing with us all!

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  160. Mysteries are really not my thing, but with the designers on this one I knew I couldn't go wrong. Of course I had to join in. The setting is perfect. So happy I followed along. I'm ready to do it again. Thanks!

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  161. The quilt was such fun! Love the materials & color. Keep them coming!

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  162. I love to do a mystery they are so much fun. Please have another SAL. Seeing the blocks come together is part of the quilting adventure. Happy Stitching.

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  163. It's beautiful! I have it all saved until I finish my current project. And I'd love to win the prize package!

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  164. Well it is done and now we will look forward to the next one! I like the layout of this and will be excited to get it all together. Such a neat quilt. Glad to be a part of it. A sweet quilt indeed.

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  165. Bonjour, je tente ma chance, j'ai eu tellement de plaisir à participer à cette aventure. J'adore l'idée de montage final, et cette idée globale d'un carré par créateur... j'ai hâte de terminer mon patch !

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  166. I enjoy mystery quilts simply because of the variety. I know that I have always learned a new technique from a sew along and/or mystery quilt. Using fabrics from my own stash combined with not knowing what the final quilt will look like, generally (and unexpectedly) teaches a person a new use of color too. Learning and discoveries keep life (and quilting) interesting. Thank you for offering so many goodies in one grand giveaway!

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  167. I think the finished quilt is beautiful!! I started with the weekly blocks....and then life took over!! I'm planning on working on it this weekend. Now that I've seen how it will look, I've got to finish. I love the "unknown feel" of a Mystery Quilt", Can't wait for the next sew along!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  168. I can't wait to finish my quilt. I love doing quilt alongs and the mystery is a part of the fun. Anticipation and speculation keep you making the blocks just to find out. Ready for the next quilt along. PS: pretty chilly here in Warrensburg, Missouri this morning right at 33 degrees. Fall is upon us.

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  170. I have completed only one other mystery quilt and it was so fun! The anticipation of each new block, using fabrics you love, and putting it all together in a way you didn't think of before makes it even more exciting!

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  171. I usually do not participate in mystery quilts because I like to know ahead of time what the end result is that I am working towards. But I must admit this one is beautiful. Thanks to all for this contributing to this project.

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  172. I loved this sew along! It gave me the opportunity to visit other blogs, most that I had never visited before. Now I'll have a beautiful quilt and inspiration for many others. thank You!

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  173. What a beautiful quilt! I have saved all of the steps to do this at a later date. I am not brave enough to do a mystery quilt and have a tendency to wait until the solution is revealed. Thank you so much for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  174. Wonderful quilt. Thank you to everyone for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!

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  175. I don't do mystery quilts. I watch the steps and at the end (the big reveal) I make up my mind whether or not to make the quilt. I still have fun watching others construct the pieces.

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  176. Thank you for the printable instructions. I like to keep these if I decide to make another quilt in different colors.
    I have done 4 mystery quilts and am on the fence in how I feel. I absolutely loved 2 of the 4, one I did not finish and the 3rd is waiting to be completed. Yours is a knockout and I appreciate all your hardwork and effort to do this for us.

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  177. I like mystery quilts, new blocks to learn new techniques and Iwould use my stash. I just had shoulder surgery so couldn't make this mystery.

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  178. This was a lot of fun. I hope you all do this again. I really enjoyed being introduced to the different designers and their blogs. I am not for mystery quilts but I still couldn't wait until each Friday to see what the new block would be. Good job Ladies.

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  179. I love it! I wasn't sure about some of the colors but seeing it all together it is beautiful! Good job every one!

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  180. Love the sew a long. The alternate blocks just make the others POP. What a wonderful contribution from everyone involved. Such a beautiful quilt!
    Mary

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  181. Wow! It's beautiful! Can't wait to finish my blocks.

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  182. The finished setting is beautiful! Thanks to everyone for the patterns.

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  183. If all mystery quilts were as beautiful as this one is, I'd always join them! I like the thought of mystery quilts, but I'll admit that I've never signed up for one because my time is precious to me and to spend it on a quilt that I don't really like, hasn't appealed to me enough to take the plunge and sign up. Thanks for this chance on some amazing prizes!!

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  184. Is so easy to go on a "mystery" trip with a great set of leaders/designers. Thanks for all you do for this world of quilting.

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  185. What a stunning conclusion to this mystery quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  186. I missed your first mystery quilt along. Please do it again so I can participate!! The quilt is just lovely. I love your patterns.

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  187. What a great quilt this has developed into! Perfect for my country style home. Thanks for all your hard work and the inspiration for all of us. Great job on your first sew along. Sometimes a mystery is the inspiration and then other times it is nice to see ahead of time just what you will be making. It is so much fun either way. Thanks again. Pati

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  188. Oh my! It's beautiful and better than I expected! The setting really brings out the gorgeous blocks. I'm off to my sewing room to get started putting it all together. Thanks for a great project!

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  189. I'm always nervous with mystery quilts. I end up loving the quilts and they get me out of my comfort zone and stretch colors that I use on my own. I always have fun and link forward to the next block.

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  190. What a fun sew along! I can't say my quilt is current, but it will be soon! Thank you for making it so easy and low pressure-- Do another!!

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  191. Wonderful mystery quilt! Its fun to do mystery projects, just to see how they turn out, especially when you like the designers! Thx for all your work!!!

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  192. I usually like to know what I am sewing but once in a while a mystery quilt is fun. A beautiful quilt - I love it.

    Charlotte

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  193. Got a late start, but having a great time. Love the finished quilt. Mystery quilts are fun and with awesome designers, you can't go wrong!

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  194. A lovely sewalong, I enjoyed every minute and hope to finish soon. If you ever have doubts about another one, please start immediately!

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  195. I love sew alongs like this one. I generally like to know what the quilt is going to look like but this mystery was fun to watch.

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  196. No worries that I wouldn't like this mystery! From the fabric choices to seeing Pam's first block it's been great! Hope you do this again next summer! Thanks so much!

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  197. This is a gorgeous quilt, I really love all the colors together! I think mystery quilts are fun, but I usually don't get to work on them due to other project deadlines. Most often I collect the patterns and love to see the quilt revealed so I know what I will be making!

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  198. Was a little hesitant to do this as I have never done a mystery sew along but after the first block appeared I was hooked. I totally have enjoyed making this quilt. Thanks to all for your great blocks and to Paula for the final reveal. Winning a prize would be great too.

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  199. for some reason I am just hearing about this today on 10/4, I wish I had known to follow this, just got the info today. I saved what I could but Pam Budas #1 pattern is not in PDF and wont save for me, I love the blocks, never was into cival war until I saw this today-(colors_
    thank you -kingcooper0001@aol.com

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