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Mary Jane's Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt
Browse this gallery to see pictures of quilts made with my Nine Patch Bento Box quilt pattern. The pattern was our New Year's Day Mystery Quilt in 2015 but has been so popular that I converted the mystery instructions to create a more streamlined version of the quilt pattern.
If you didn't know the late Mary Jane Cardwell before event day, you likely did after January 1. Both she and Misha (next page) tested the pattern for me and answered questions in our Facebook group and on the... Quilting Forum.
Give both ladies a round of applause for the time and care that made the event so successful.
The photo offers a look at Mary Jane's quilt, ready to be put on her longarm quilting machine.Continue to 2 of 49 below.
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An All-Solids Quilt by Misha
Misha was challenged to make a quilt using only solids, and this is the result. Lovely, don't you think?Continue to 3 of 49 below.
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Tove's Bento Box Quilt
Tove's quilt colors really pop.Continue to 4 of 49 below.
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Another wonderful color combo for the Nine Patch Bento Box quilt.Continue to 5 of 49 below.
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Nancy worked with saturated colors, both hot and cool.Continue to 6 of 49 below.
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Patty's colors are bright and sunshiny -- a lovely look.Continue to 7 of 49 below.
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Kathi's 2015 New Year's Day Mystery Quilt
Kathi says: "I picked my fabrics purely out of the need to use my fabric stash, however, I am very pleased with how the quilt turned out. I really enjoyed the pattern and I think that the only thing I would do differently is to incorporate a sixth fabric instead of using the paisley in the first slot around the 9 patch so that both halves of the block were more symmetrical.
The strip piecing and sub cuts worked great for block construction and the pressing instructions were very helpful. I... will definitely make this one again. I chose to repeat the pattern's concept in the first border to add more of those two fabrics and then added two plain borders just to increase the dimensions to fit a queen size bed."Continue to 8 of 49 below.
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Billie says: "I finished the mystery quilt! and free motion quilted a feathered wreath in each square. I really like the way it turned out. I plan on donating this to our local high school for a fund raiser since green and gold are their colors. Thanks for the fun time."Continue to 9 of 49 below.
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Judy's blue fabrics pop into vision against the light background colors.Continue to 10 of 49 below.
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Karen Catron's Quilt
Red, green, and orange give Karen's quilt lots of visual appeal.Continue to 11 of 49 below.
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Small bits of orange contrast nicely with the mostly neutral fabrics in Ana's quilt.Continue to 12 of 49 below.
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Laura Frame's Quilt
Vibrant colors and a range prints with a textured feel work wonderfully in Laura's 2015 New Year's Day mystery quilt.Continue to 13 of 49 below.
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Rebecca's Bento Box Quilt
Rebecca turned her blocks around a bit differently to create this layout.Continue to 14 of 49 below.
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Paula is another quilter who opted to change her Bento Box layout just a bit to create a unique design.Continue to 15 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Rita Serrano
Rita flipped her patchwork borders around in a Bento Box style. She calls this lovely quilt 'Box in Blue.'Continue to 16 of 49 below.
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Christine's QuiltContinue to 17 of 49 below.
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Crystal did a wonderful job on her quilt.
One thing that helped everyone who tried it -- pressing to set seams before pressing allowances to one side.Continue to 18 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Barbara SetterdahlContinue to 19 of 49 below.
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Betty's QuiltContinue to 20 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Rebecca Evenhus
From Rebecca: "This has been a great experience. I have learned so much. I have learned to cut correctly (good grief - I had some bad habits). I learned to sew a straighter line. Not straight, but straighter! And that if your iron lets you turn off the steam function - do it!"Continue to 21 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Terri
From Terri: "I've enjoyed all the Mew Year's Day mysteries that I've done, but this may be my favorite! "Continue to 22 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Carolyn LalosContinue to 23 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Sharon
From Sharon: "This is why you should always read the fabric requirements of a mystery. I love the pattern and will probably make another, but I will have some contrast in that one."
Note From Janet: I think the quilt is gorgeous, and judging by the feedback in our Facebook group, lots of other quilters do, too. The fabrics contrast a bit less than recommended, but less contrast doesn't detract from the quilt in any way.Continue to 24 of 49 below.
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Pat's QuiltContinue to 25 of 49 below.
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From Cindy: "Thanks so much for doing a mystery quilt every year. I have to admit, I would have never chosen this pattern or this color combo, but I love how it turned out."Continue to 26 of 49 below.
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Diana Smith's QuiltContinue to 27 of 49 below.
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Peggy Says: "Just finished my NYD mystery. Thanks Jan for this pattern, I had a great time. This will be a birthday present for my sister who's birthday is on Jan 11."Continue to 28 of 49 below.
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Carol Anne's Quilt
Carol Anne chose a monochromatic color scheme for her gorgeous mystery quilt. Here, the blocks are laid out on a bed to preview the quilt.Continue to 29 of 49 below.
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Hannah says: "We added the trim to enhance the vintage feel of the quilt. My mom paid just $2 for all of the trim at an antique store, and she had been looking for the perfect project on which to use it."Continue to 30 of 49 below.
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Mystery Quilt by Barb
Barb added borders to her mystery quilt, more on the ends than on the sides in order to adjust its final size.Continue to 31 of 49 below.
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Peggy Kelly's QuiltContinue to 32 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Lucy Wilson
Lucy used her quilt blocks to make two quilts -- this one an on point version framed by two borders that repeat fabrics used in the blocks.Continue to 34 of 49 below.
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Debra's QuiltContinue to 35 of 49 below.
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Diana teamed a floral fabric with dots to add lots of visual texture to her Bento Box quilt.Continue to 36 of 49 below.
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Vicki's QuiltContinue to 37 of 49 below.
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Colorful pinks and yellow come together in Cathy's mystery quilt. Yellows are sometimes difficult to capture -- Cathy used two, one darker than the other.Continue to 38 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Crystal
Crystal is a beginning quilter who did fantastic work making her New Year's Day mystery quilt.Continue to 39 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Patti Monk
Here's a portion of Patti's pretty mystery quilt, taken while she was auditioinig potential border fabrics.Continue to 40 of 49 below.
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Quilt by Pam
From Pam: "Just finished the top as written and couldn't be any happier with the result. Thanks to Janet and her team of quilting experts for the opportunity to quilt alongside you. Even though it is not perfectly perfect, it is the best job I have ever done on a top! I appreciate your gentle reminders to fix an imperfect situation before moving on. My first mystery quilt will not be my last!"Continue to 41 of 49 below.
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Patty Harris's Quilt
Patty's blocks are arranged to show the final layout of her mystery quilt.Continue to 42 of 49 below.
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From Paula: "This is my mystery quilt from Missouri. I love the block and how the setting looks magnified where the blocks meet. I'm glad a customer happened into the quilt shop where I work on Mondays and shared the pattern link with me. I look forward to other projects from this site."Continue to 43 of 49 below.
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Debbie's QultContinue to 44 of 49 below.
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Sharon's QuiltContinue to 45 of 49 below.
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Nora says: "I added three borders to make the quilt large enough to use on our bed.Continue to 46 of 49 below.
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Gretia's QuiltContinue to 47 of 49 below.
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From Janielle: "Here is my finished quilt top. I set it a bit differently. I am really happy with the finished project. It is going on my longarm today so that I can get it quilted and finished."Continue to 48 of 49 below.
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Batik Quilt Blocks by Mary Beth
From Mary Beth: "I really enjoyed working this mystery. Looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday quilting."Continue to 49 of 49 below.
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Quilt Blocks by Kris
Kris made use of some lovely florals to sew her mystery quilt blocks.