I have been working on Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay quilt since she first announced it as a mystery quilt. I had never done a mystery quilt and just decided to try it. Her first comment in the first posting (which doesn't seem to be up anymore) was "no whining." That should have been a clue. This quilt is full of little pieces, hundreds of little pieces, thousands of little pieces! I have great admiration for anyone who actually completed it in the 7 or 8 weeks of the mystery. I fell behind quickly and still haven't caught up -- but two retreats have helped me make a significant dent!
Over the past few months, I had already assembled several components of the quilt. I had made the blue string blocks:
and the Ohio stars:
During the first retreat I finished the 350 1 1/2" half-square triangles, the 64 red string blocks, and cut an additional 700 1 1/2" triangles.
During the second retreat, I started assembling all those half-square triangles with the single triangles into black and white flying geese blocks:
Those got added to the sides of the red string blocks that had been cut in half (sewing bias edge to bias edge):
And finally, I began to assemble all the pieces, even though I don't have all the black and white geese done yet. I had to see some significant progress!
This is two of eight rows completed. I WILL finish this! (Dang! I just noticed two of the blue string blocks going in the wrong direction. Do you see them? At least it's not too late to fix it!)