Bonnie Hunter must program her mystery steps on a timer to appear automatically early on Friday. I never expected step 2 to be up and ready at 7 this morning. I was up at 7 only because a hungry cat had camped out on my chest, and it's really hard to breathe with a 12 lb weight pressing down on your lungs. So since I was up to feed Molly, I decided to go ahead and check for step 2 of the mystery quilt. Lo and behold, there it was. A quick trip to the printer and I had the instructions in my hot little hands. Then I started reading.
Oh. Oh. String blocks. Not my favorite but I decided that I WOULD make them and WOULD use them this time, unlike the last mystery where I spent all that time assembling them and then designed an alternate block instead. Those string blocks are still sitting in a stack in my sewing room, waiting for a home.
But these were only 3.5" square, and just 72 of them, and they were so cute, I decided to jump on it. I've got a busy week coming up. Tomorrow and Sunday I have to put up the Christmas decorations, then finish shopping and wrap gifts Monday and Tuesday, make sure there are groceries and such laid in for my husband for the rest of the week, and go out of town Wednesday through Friday to see my Mom. The best thing to do would be to knock out these blocks this morning.
So that's what I did. I grabbed a little breakfast, dressed in my comfy knit pants and started sewing. I don't have a string bin like many of Bonnie's fans because I don't use string blocks, so I had to first cut strips. Then, foundation papers from the leftover doodle pads from the last mystery. Finally I was ready to go.
I was amazed how quickly they went together. Even pulling the papers off the backs wasn't much of a job on the small blocks. And here they are:
But.......there are more red string blocks coming. How many, I wonder?