Mystery Stars

Over the last few weeks, I have been talking about challenges and mystery quilts and now I am up to my very first Mystery quilt!! As a matter of fact, back in 1993, I had never even HEARD of a mystery quilt!!

This was the brainchild of guild member Shirley and she proposed that we have small bees with just a few people in them and that we would do a step in the mystery each month. The idea was that we would work together and help each other as we went.

I remember this amazing group!! We started out with just four members…..Judy, Jessica, Estelle, and myself. Judy and I are still great friends and, although I don’t see Jessica much, I hear from her often on Facebook.

SO….the first benefit of this Mystery quilt was the chance to meet new friends!!

As the mystery continued, we found that we were making stars….

…and the quilt quickly grew!!

This was the final product and I REALLY wish that I had a better photo of it!!…..

This quilt became the FAVORITE quilt for our family. When someone was sick, this was the quilt that picked to comfort them. It was thrown-up on, cereal was dumped on it, it was used as a pallet, and most importantly, it kept my family warm!!!

However, back in 1993, I didn’t have the money to buy quilt-quality fabrics so it was made from everything that I had lying around, and the result was this…..

It simply rotted away!!!

Then came the day that I accidentally put my foot thru the border…..

…and I decided that it was time to de-commission this particular comfort!!

Several times in the past 10 years, I have pulled it out and prepared to throw it away, but each time I have returned it to the shelf.

I simply CAN’T get rid of it!!

I would love to be a fly on the wall when my kids pull it out of my quilt storage and make a decision about what THEY will do with it!!

What have been your experiences with mystery quilts??

8 thoughts on “Mystery Stars

  1. I LOVED this post – thx so much! My family has a “sick” quilt also. It was one of the first quilts I made in the late 80’s – Trip Around the World pattern – using mostly poly/cotton scraps from dresses I made for my 3 girls when they were little – so is mostly pinks. It has been to the hospital for surgeries, been bled & barfed on. But the funniest is when my son who is over six feet tall now pulls it out! It was hand quilted by many of the women in my family over one winter when it was set up in my dining room. I have since had to go over it with some machine quilting. My daughters can still pick out fabrics from some of their favourite dresses which some of their daughters have now worn – happy memories …

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