Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail
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Midnight Mystery Quilt Finish

Midnight Mystery Quilt

Midnight Mystery Quilt

Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs hosted another wonderful mystery quilt pattern this year, and I am thrilled to get to show off my finished Midnight Mystery Quilt Today.

Midnight Mystery Quilt

Midnight Mystery Quilt

When selecting our fabric last June, I decided to shop my stash. I used Mercury in Yellow by Alison Glass, an old blue with yellow star print, Rocket Age Rocket Blast in Navy by Riley Blake, and Kona Snow.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Peak of Backing

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Peak of Backing

The Rocket Age Rocket Blast in Navy by Riley Blake is a print that I love, and I decided to use it for the backing as well. I still have about 40-inches by WOF remaining; plenty for another fun project or two.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

For the quilting, I chose to use 50wt Aurifil 2021 (Natural White) to blend with the Kona Snow on the top, and I used 50wt Aurifil 2783 (Medium Delft Blue) in the bobbin to blend with the backing fabric.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

I had an absolute blast quilting my Midnight Mystery quilt. I explored #FlowQuilting more in the background / Kona Snow, and opted for simpler quilting within each star block.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

I explored a variety of quilting motifs and played with how to transition from one design to another.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

I was surprised to find myself gravitating more and more to swoopy, curling, rounded shapes. When I first started using my long arm, I was intimidated by curves and round quilting designs and stuck with “safer” more angular designs.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

I even started to incorporate more feathers as I was quilting. I still think about them a lot as I am quilting, but they started to flow more naturally.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

One of my favorite quilting details is in the lower right hand corner: a heart with the letter “F” inside to represent my love for my husband and best friend. <3

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Back Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Back Quilting Detail

The texture is harder to see across the backing, but I did not want to distract too much from the print and spaceships that I love.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

I used Kona Nautical for the binding, and I really like how the dark edge frames out the quilt.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

The quilting took me about 10 hours to complete across the 72-inch square quilt top. I am thrilled to be keeping this quilt to cuddle under.

Midnight Mystery Quilt - Quilting Detail

Midnight Mystery Quilt – Quilting Detail

I used Quilter’s Dream Green batting, and after the first wash, the quilt measured 66.75-inches wide by 66.75-inches tall (~7.6% shrinkage).

Midnight Mystery Quilt

Midnight Mystery Quilt

Thank you, Cheryl, for the wonderful mystery quilt series!


My previous Midnight Mystery Quilt posts are linked below:

  1. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Fabric Selection
  2. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Fabric Prep
  3. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Flying Geese
  4. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Square in a Square
  5. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Courthouse Step Blocks
  6. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Block Assembly Part 1
  7. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Block Assembly Part 2
  8. Midnight Mystery Quilt – Pieced Top

Linking up with TGIFF and Finish it Friday.

41 thoughts on “Midnight Mystery Quilt Finish

  1. Kate Heads says:

    Great colours and a lovely quilt, but the quilting is so good and really enhances the design.

  2. Cindy says:

    I love the quilting on this! The quilt colours are awesome too.

  3. Wow! Yvonne, your quilting is beautiful! What a finish!

  4. acbeier71 says:

    That is a beautiful quilt!! I loved your fabric choices at the beginning, and they look great as a finished quilt.
    Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

  5. Alison says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! It’s just impeccable start to finish.

  6. Patricia Cash says:

    Your quilt is beautiful, love the colors and quilting.

  7. Audrey says:

    This is so lovely, Yvonne! And I so much enjoyed watching your progress as my own quilt unfolded! :)

  8. Jayne Willis says:

    Love! This turned out so great and that quilting! OMG! Perfection!

  9. quiltyhabit says:

    Your quilting is an absolute work on art. A freaking mazing! Great job!!

  10. Tish says:

    Absolutely amazing! I love all the textures you were able to create with the flow quilting.

  11. It turned out great – love the pattern and that spaceship fabric is AWESOME!

  12. RuthB says:

    Beautiful! I’ve been wracking my brain for ideas on the quilting and was eager to open your post when I saw it pop into my feed – this is gorgeous!

  13. Jan O says:

    Beautiful! Your “flow quilting” really enhances it. And the colors/fabrics are so you! Glad to hear you’re keeping this one for yourself.

  14. Liz says:

    Awesome exploration of the quilting! I love how it progresses and moves between motifs. I also like how the arrangement of the blocks makes it look somewhat rectangular, even though it is a square quilt!

  15. Ioleen says:

    Beautiful colours and the quilting is amazing. Great quilt.

  16. Good Morning Yvonne! Oh, I adore your quilt! As always, your choices of fabric colors and then the quilting all just work so splendidly together and create a beautiful piece of art. Of course, it is such a pleasant and warm art form that snuggles perfectly around us. LOL. Thank you for sharing another one of your fabulous finishes! I hope that you have a fantastic creative day!

  17. Marly says:

    This is lovely! I really like your fabric choice, and the backing fabric is enchanting!

  18. What a wonderful finish. I really like the design and the colours you used. It looks like you had a lot of fun with the quilting and I love what you have done.

  19. Miriam says:

    Great midnight mystery stars! Reminds me of my dad taking me out in the backyard on a dark night and pointing out stars and constellations with his sextant. Your quilting is so much fun!!!

  20. janequiltsslowly says:

    Great finish! I love that space fabric and the flow quilting! Wish I’d bought more of that fabric!

  21. kittywilkin says:

    Gorgeous finish, Yvonne! I’m glad you are keeping it for yourself :)

  22. Christine Sherman says:

    This is a great finish. The fabric choices all go so well together. Your quilting is amazing!

  23. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    It looks absolutely wonderful! Your quilting in the white areas is wonderful, you’re really good at the flow quilting! :)

  24. Karen says:

    Yvonne, I just had to enlarge this right from the beginning of the post to get an up close view of your quilting. Artistry, plain and simple! The intricacies of your work are overwhelming–I can just picture you deep into the experience–with the flow. Congratulations on such a beautiful finish that’s just perfect to keep–and I love the little heart :)

  25. Sandra says:

    So happy to see you doing some fun FMQ! Looks great Yvonne. Have you taken Angela Walters’ Free-Motion Quiltling With Feathers class on Craftsy? She’d help you with those feathers, fo’ sho’ !

  26. Amazing quilting! It’s beautiful.

  27. mamalovequilts says:

    Beautiful quilting!

  28. Beautiful quilt, beautiful quilting. I’m curious if you have thoughts of why a QD’s Green batting would shrink so much. Am I correct that the green is from recycled PET, basically soda bottles? I wouldn’t expect that to shrink much at all. I guess I don’t really pay attention to shrinkage because I don’t immediately wash my quilts. Enjoy cuddling with such a wonderful quilt.

  29. That looks like a blast! Love your quilting. Glad to hear you’re keeping this one.

  30. Amy L says:

    Love the free form quilting in the Kona Snow background. It really adds interest and depth to your quilt. So glad to hear that you are keeping this one.

  31. That’s a lovely pattern. A lot of mystery quilts end up a bit busy for my taste, but this is lovely. Your chosen fabrics give the design plenty of contrast, which helps.

  32. SonJa says:

    Do tell us what you think of the “green” batting. Ive considerd it but havent yet biught any. Ive always used wool for my large quilts as ive found it has such softness and drape even when heavilt quilted (compared to cotton and mostly cotton blends that basically “stand up” on their own after quilting heavy).
    You did a beautiful job quilting! Keep practicng feathers. They get better really quick. it was the first design i learned well and they are still one of the easiest designs (to me)….i havent matered the simple basic swirl though!!! Go figure…
    There is something very satisfying about wuilting youe own quilt to keep isnt there? Enjoy…

  33. An amazing finish. Your flow quilting is really striking and knowing that you’re gravitating more to curves and loops just shows your comfort level with your ever improving long arm skills.

  34. Lisa says:

    I’m glad you are keeping this quilt for yourself Yvonne with that fabric you love in it and with all that beautiful quilting. I like the combination of straight line quilting in some areas and swirls in others.

  35. Your mystery quilt is amazing! Thank you so much for taking part in the quilt along! I love the flow quilting and am so impressed you went with a dark blue for the bobbin and it did not show at all on the front (when I have tried to mix and match top and bottom thread colors I will almost always get a dot of the darker color showing through at each stitch point).

  36. Jasmine says:

    Your quilt looks amazing. I’m glad to hear you are keeping it because it is so you. Your flowing quilting is so inspiring. I still need to try it, but I get bored when I practice doodling that way.

  37. Renee says:

    I love the way this quilt came together! The flow quilting in matching thread looks awesome in the sunlight, what fun texture! And the straight line quilting on the blocks works so nicely with the fabrics and is a nice break from the dense quilting.

  38. Vera says:

    Pretty and your quilting is great!

  39. orooni says:

    Hah! I used some of that old blue and yellow star print to make a skirt in 1998! I love coming across old fabrics in the wild. Great quilt!

  40. NeverJustJennifer says:

    This came out beautifully Yvonne! Nice Finish!

  41. Sally says:

    I love the contrast between the straight line quilting and the swirls and feathers and general flow. It does look really stunning, and definitely the perfect binding too.

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