I have long wanted to do a mystery quilt. When I sat down and made a Quilting Bucket List about 2 years ago, that was on it. A few shops around here have done classes that are mystery quilts, but they were almost always on Saturdays and I worked Saturdays on rotation for most of the past 9 years, and of course these days it is very difficult to do a whole day class, because Munchkin.
So when I stumbled on to a mystery quilt along hosted by Carole From My Carolina Home, I threw my plan to not start any new projects out the window. First of all, I discovered the quilt along in mid-April, and she started in late March, so I wasn't that behind yet. And it was scrappy, plus I had enough of a light-colored fabric that would work for the background, so I didn't need to buy anything. And many of my scraps were already cut to the right size, thanks to when I was cutting scraps into usable sizes pretty regularly. I couldn't start right away, because I was on a strict timeline for Geoff & Laura's quilt, but I knew I wanted to do it and could get caught up when my work went to Fridays off for 2 months of the summer.
I finally finished Step 1 yesterday, which included all of the cutting and making, then squaring up, about a billion half square triangles. I am doing the lap size. I chose to do truly scrappy, and didn't really weed out any scraps other than decide to not use batiks. So there isn't a theme or a color scheme or really anything making it cohesive, other than the background fabric and the fact that I think that including everything tends to make everything go. It's been fun to see so many of my scraps; many of them are from long ago projects and seem almost like old friends.