Saturday, March 20, 2021

Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic] is Complete!

 Every year, I enjoy creating a version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. This year, her quilt was called Grassy Creek.

Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic]  (98" x 98")

I used Bonnie's colors of red, orange, gold, and grey; however, I substituted blue for her green. I call this October Picnic because this was my color inspiration photo and the palette I created.

The quilt went together well, thanks to Bonnie's excellent writing of instructions. You can see some of the steps I took by clicking on the "Grassy Creek" label on the right pane of this blog.

I added a few bits of color to the grey string border to echo the colors in the quilt.

Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic] (border detail)

I sent the top and backing to my friend, Leah, who then worked her quilting magic! I am thankful for her fine work.

I tried to capture the quilting, but it is hard to see. I altered the red backing color a bit as I manipulated shadows and highlights of the photo.

I used a grey striped binding to finish the quilt.

Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic] (backing and binding detail)

And, of course, I had to throw in a Waldo. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Waldo sighting!

I used many fun fabrics in this one--there is a lot to look at.

Some Dalmatians


Frogs and Snowpeople

 This quilt is heavy! A large quilt, small pieces, and string blocks make for a hefty project (another reason I was so happy that Leah quilted this--I dreaded trying to wrestle it through my DSM!). ๐Ÿ˜‰

All in all, I am very happy with the outcome of this mystery quilt. Thanks for the fun, Bonnie, and I look forward to this year's mystery.

Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic

Happy National Quilting Day! ๐Ÿ˜ธ




  1. Your quilt is beautiful! I think adding the blue instead of green made your quilt prettier. Enjoy sleeping under this beauty, happy stitching!

    1. Thank you so much, Gretchen. It was a satisfying project to make. Thanks, too, for visiting my blog. ๐Ÿ˜ผ

  2. Congrats on the finish. Nice quilt. Yes, string quilts are much heavier.

    1. My quilter said it weighed over 8.5 pounds!

      Thanks for visiting, Cheryl. :)


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