Monday, 26 November 2018

Good Fortune - a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt

Well, I've taken the plunge and joined the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt band wagon.  This is the first time I've done one of Bonnie's mystery quilts, so I hope it will be fun.

I was seriously tempted to join two years ago for En Provence, but when I read how many pieces were required, I quickly knocked that idea on the head.

However, two years later, and I'm very tempted by Good Fortune and the idea of an Asian inspired quilt.  I haven't been to China, but I have been to Singapore and Japan, so I have experienced Asian culture.
In Singapore in January 2011

I see this mystery quilt as a way to use up some of my fabrics that have been hanging around for a while, and replenish my stocks with new and exciting fabrics.  I want to go scrappy and use lots of tiny pieces of many different fabrics.

Bonnie lists the colours she is using in her blog, but I modified my choices slightly.  I like using this online tool from

I put in the very strong red I want to use, and then asked for three other colours that work with it.  So these are the colours that I'll be using.

I'm always wary of red fabrics running, so I prewashed them and I'm so pleased I did.

The top colour catchers are from the first wash, and the bottom from the second.  They are still slightly pink.

After the prewashing I set to and made lots of tiny little blocks - don't ask me the size of the quantity please - you need to go to Bonnie's blog to get all the details.

I'm incorporating a bit of gold into my blocks because I know Chinese people love red and gold together.

This is going to be fun - I'm already looking forward to the next clue release on Friday/Saturday.

I'm linking up to Bonnie's weekly party where you can check out everyone else's colours and blocks. 


Cheryl in Friendsville said...

Your fabric choices look great.

Podunk Pretties said...

The numbers in the mystery are a bit intimidating but so doable when you take them a step at a time. Your pretty brights...and I spy a Lakehouse Drygoods hiding in the mix!

Alison V. said...

Your four patches look great so far! This is my second year doing the mystery quilt! I promise you will love it, even if some of the quilts have thousands of pieces!

Jo said...

It is doable so have fun. I'm still working on ON RINGO LAKE.. Do some blocks when you can. It doesn't have to be done in the same timeframe as the clues... Good on you for joining in.

Shasta Matova said...

That's beautiful. The gold is a nice touch.

Vireya said...

You've got some cute fabrics in there. I hope you enjoy your first Bonnie mystery. They are a lot of fun.

Farm Quilter said...

I love your colors and can't wait to see your finished quilt! I am taking the plunge this year and trying Good Fortune...different colors and all new fabric (I hate being 750 miles from my stash!). I always was fabrics too...they bleed at the worst possible time! I have seen a few people on Facebook and on their blogs give figures...thank you for not being one of them!!