Maine Mystery Quilt 2009

It was really fun to be a part of the Maine Mystery Quilt 2009 – I belong to a local quilt guild. That year I also belonged to a guild in Maine that several quilting buddies belong to (even now) in northern Maine and this was the mystery quilt for that year. It was from a book named “Minnesota Hot Dish” ( ).

It’s so easy to do the same style of quilts in the same colors or fabric designs which is why I like to push myself out of my own comfort zone periodically and do something I have not done or never done in the quilt realm. It’s so easy to get stagnant and I want to learn new things – yes, even in quilting.

I don’t do many mystery quilts. I am very visual and want to see how the top looks when it is finished, even if the colors are not my favorites. For those of you who do many mystery quilts, what do you find appealing about mystery quilts?

When the top was complete, I passed the book to another quilter so I do not have the directions. However, I do remember that it was all squares and rectangles which went together easily.

There was a vendor for several years at the national quilt show in Paducah, KY that carried beautiful French fabrics. I bought small quantities each year. I had no idea what to do with them but they were so beautiful. Does fabric ever follow anyone else home from quilt shows?

close up of blocks and quilting design

The background was a navy solid. The difference in how the navy feels and how the French fabric feels is very noticeable.

The paisley border fabric was also from the same vendor of French fabrics

Another close-up of border and quilting design.

I cut out and machine pieced the top during January to May of 2009.

It was machine quilted in June of 2009 by RLM. The small vine and flower design looks wonderful and really works well with the fabrics.

The backing was a piece of blue and yellow striped print from my stash that coordinated with the blue and yellow fabrics in the top.

Maine Mystery Quilt 2009 - backing of blue and yellow fabric

Maine Mystery Quilt 2009 finished quilt size is 44″ x 60″.

This quilt hanging on fence.