Saturday, February 04, 2006

Mystery Revealed




I think the label says it all! In my early years on the internet (starting in 1995), I did quite a few mystery quilts that were offered online. Jane Kakaley's quilts were innovative and very detailed. I would not have attempted this quilt if I just had a pattern because I would have thought it was beyond my skill level. However, as a mystery quilt with fabulous step by step instructions, I am very pleased with it. I think this was the last online mystery I did. I designed a couple for my quilt guild, but I usually don't do mysteries any more. And if I had this pattern today, I still wouldn't attempt it -- but only because I really prefer traditional quilts, and lean heavily toward folk art, primitive, Maverick type and scrappy!

I checked back at the site this quilt came from and the directions are still up, but the pages have not been updated since 2000. (http://www.eskimo.com/~jlk/mystery5.htm) I don't know whatever happened to Jane, but I hope she has continued to make patterns as she was quite talented.

14 comments :

Laurie said...

Joanne,
WOW!!! You should be VERY proud of your work! That is a STUNNING quilt! Thanks for the pic!
Hugs
Laurie
PS(the placemat is cute!)

dot said...

WOW This is great. I love the pattern. I will have to check out the site. Thanks for including it.

cher said...

very true-you can do mysteries when you don't know what you are getting into! It turned out quite wonderful-and I agree, the label really says it all! Good for you to get 2 ufos done! I like the placemat!

Dee said...

A job well done. It turned out great and your label is great.

Sharon said...

I think I was always at the wrong place at the right time, and never where you all have been to be able to make such wonderful mystery quilts. I think that if I had been as fortunate as you with my early outings, I probably wouldn't have such negative feelings towards mysteries. Mine are just awful!

This is beautiful!!!!!

Dona said...

I absolutely love it. Very detailed and lots of concentration needed here. Well done Joanne.

quiltpixie said...

Wow! I love the quilt, and I too wouldn't try it just looking at it. Thanks for the link, I may get brave seeing yours!

Darcie said...
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Darcie said...

That is one sparkley quilt, Joanne. Stunning! Good for you for sticking with it and finishing it. Love your label! I think that we can all relate!

Laura said...

Joanne this is great! I have printed quite a few of her patterns out, after seeing this I will stay away from them because it looks so complex!

The Calico Cat said...

WOW! I can't believe that was a mystery.... It is nicer that any other mysteries that I have seen (almost, I am partial to the kitty one that I made.) & I printed this out for the might do file....

Passionate Quilter said...

wow! talk about a blast from the past! I saved that pattern all these years fully intending on doing it. Obviously I have not! But thrilled to see someone actually did it. It's beautiful!

Linda_J said...

What a neat expression on that label, LOL! May I borrow that? I am going to get out my IL map to see just where your hometown is in relationship to Bloomington-Normal, my old stomping grounds.

anner said...

I AM impressed!!!