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Happy Valentine’s Day – Some Mystery Love from Me to You!

Yes!  It’s Valentine’s Day!  It’s not snowing and it is actually 42 degrees! The snow is melting!!!  Yay!! We’ve had over 80 inches of snow so far and it has come in dribs and drabs!  It seems like every day is another day to shovel and clean off the car!  One of our newscasters said it’s like a snowstorm in slow motion.  But next week it is supposed to be in the 50’s!  Can Spring be far behind?  All those baby geese are still snuggled in their eggs, I’m sure!  LOL!  And it’s Clue Day!!!  So without further adieu I will give you the next clue!  Today we are making star centers so make them twinkle….  ;).

Summer Stars at Fawn Lake  –  Clue #2

  1.  Using one 4 3/4″ (4″) Yellow/Orange square and one 4 3/4″ (4″) bright square, place right sides together.  On the wrong side mark a center line 2 3/8″ (2″) in each direction as shown.
  2. Sew 1/4″ on either side of both lines as shown.
  3. Cut on marked line and cut each square on the diagonal to make 8.  Press seams either to dark side or open.  
  4. Sew opposite sections together to make 4 – 2 1/2″ (2″) squares.  Make sure you square up to size.  
  5. Sew remaining 23 yellow/orange and bright squares as above to make 96 star centers.

NOTE: Here you will have a choice.  I have chosen to keep my 4 star centers together for later use.  You may choose to do the same but it’s ok to use them mixed up later.  Also, you have another option for the next clue.  You may want to kind of matchy match your 2″ (1 5/8″) colored squares into sets of four.  I have made sets of like/similar colors….not necessarily the same fabric/pattern/design.  Or you can just use them randomly scrappy.

OK, now you have it!  The next clue will be on March 7th at 7pm EST.  Happy Quilting!

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(Drum Role) Here We Go! Summer Stars at Fawn Lake

I love being at my camp, but I stay away most of the winter.  There is only a wood stove for heat.  My son is a snowmobiler and went up there last weekend.  It was -27 degrees!!!  Yes (-) minus 27 degrees!  I’ll stay home and quilt, thank you!  Spring will come soon enough and I’ll be back to enjoy it then!  So for those of you who are using a light background for the quilt, you could always name it Frozen Stars at Fawn Lake.  They had 82″ of snow before Christmas.  I haven’t heard what the new totals are now with the monster storm that came up the east coast dumping snow and cold, cold weather.

For the new readers, I have decided to repost the fabric cutting instructions:

Summer Stars at Fawn Lake

Quilt sizes with NO borders:

84″x 96″  has 12″ finished squares

63″ x 72″ has 9″ finished squares  – amounts will be in ( ).

Fabrics and Cutting Requirements:

152   –  3 1/4″  (2 1/2″) assorted colored squares

32  –  1 1/2″ (1 1/2″) assorted colored squares

384  –  2″ (1 5/8″) assorted colored squares

24  –  4 3/4″ (4″)  Bright Yellow/Orange (for Star Center) or approx. 1/2 yd.

24  –  4 3/4″ (4″)  Bright Colors (for Star Center)

Background Fabric  –  You can use scrappy if you keep the same color and value or my Electric Quilt software says you will need approximately 6 yd. (4 1/2 yd.).

36 – 6″ (4 1/2) squares

8  –  6″x 12 1/2″ (4 1/2″x 9 1/2″) logs

120 – 4 1/2″ (3 1/2″) squares

152  –  3 1/4″ (2 1/2″) squares

96 – 3 1/2″ (2 3/4″) squares

384 – 1 1/2″ (1 1/4″) squares

120 – 1 1/2″x 6″ (1 1/2″x 4 1/2″) logs

Clue #1

  1.  Sew 1 – 3 1/4″ (2 1/2″) assorted colored square to one 3 1/4″ (2 1/2″) background square.  Press to the dark side.  Make 152.  Flip and sew each unit to make a four patch as shown.  Makes 76 – 6″ (4 1//2″)  four patch squares as shown.

2.  Sew 1 1/2″x 6″ (4 1/2″) background strips to 8 four patches making sure that the strip is on the correct side position as shown.

3.  Sew one 6″ (4 1/2″) background square to the other side of the 1 1/2″ strip.  Press to the inside strip.  You will have 8 units.

4.  Sew one 1 1/2″  x 6″ (4 1/2″)background strip to both sides of one 1 1/2″ assorted colored square as shown.  Press to background.  Make 32.

5.  Sew this strip to the bottom of one section above.  Flip one of the remaining units and sew to the bottom as shown.  Make four blocks.  Press and set aside.

6.  Sew the remaining four patch units with 1 1/2″ x 6″(4 1/2″)background sashing  as shown to make 34 units. Sew the remaining 28 – 6″ (4 1/2″) background squares together the same way with the sashing to make 14 all background units.

7.  Sew the strip units from #4 to  the four patch units as shown.  There will be 6 four patch units left over.

8.  Flip the 6 four patch units and sew over the above units in #7 as shown below.  Make 6.  Press and set aside.

9.  Sew the 14 all background units to the above unit as shown below.  Sew the  8 – 6″x 12 1/2″ (4 1/2″x 9 1/2″) logs to the remaining 8 units.  Press and set aside.

And there you have the first clue! As you can see, this quilt does not use the usual piecing or layout that you may be used to.  I have tried to make the instructions clear.  Just pay attention and don’t assume anything!  Have fun and before you know it you will have a very different, one of a kind quilt.  The next clue will be on February 14th at 7 pm EST…….♥ Valentine’s Day! ♥

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Welcome New Followers!

I want to thank all the new quilting friends that have signed up for the email.  I can’t believe how many of you have found me and want to join in on my scrappy  passion/addiction/or whatever is it!  Who ever thought that I’d be doing this.  This little old lady from upstate NY who collects scraps and actually uses them (some who know me are rolling their eyes right now) and now people from all over the world are doing her mystery quilts!  But who knew?  This will be my fifth mystery quilt! My how time flies!  And for all of you out there who think you could never do this……..I never thought I could do this!!! What a learning experience I’ve had……From putting together a mystery to figuring out how to do a blog to selling patterns on Craftsy!  You are never too old to learn something new!

OK, after that brilliant opening, my original thought was that I would write this post to tell my new readers and maybe refresh some older readers on just how I organize my scraps.  If your scraps are wadded up in a bag or stuck in a box somewhere under the table how are you ever going to use them?  My scraps are cut and ready to use……boxes of them!  Well, actually shoe boxes that I purchased from the dollar store are all labeled by size and lined up on a shelf over my cutting table.  But I started small with sandwich bags pinned to a cork board. I save my scraps by size and not by color.  As you may notice, I usually do not have a color pallet in mind when I make a quilt.  I prefer to use anything and everything, mixing all colors, patterns and textures in my quilts.  So, as I get a piece of fabric scrap, I decide what is the largest square I can cut from it.  The largest square I cut is 10″ and then 6″ on down.  I cut out as many difference size squares as I can until there is only a crumb left.  I don’t save crumbs although many people do.  Mine go into dog or cat beds for the animal shelter. The smallest square that I cut and save is 1 1/2″.  I also save strips in various sizes.  Start by figuring out what sizes you use the most and cut them.  You’ll be surprised how fast they pile up.

So, if your scraps have multiplied into a ridiculous pile how do you start to get them under control?  Well, you can’t eat an elephant in one bite.  But one bite at a time will work!   People literally give me garbage bags full of scraps……..a huge pile!  When that happens, I grab a handful and press/iron them flat and place them on the corner of my cutting table.  They are then ready to cut up as I have time. You probably don’t like to cut up scraps for hours and neither do I.  But if I have a few minutes here and there I will cut a few.  If you are waiting for that load of wash to finish, that cake in the oven, or you have ten minutes before you have to leave for an appointment……cut some scraps!  Play a game with yourself.  Every time you have to trim a square….cut a scrap!  Set a timer and cut for 15 minutes before you sew or get up to move around!  Before you know it, that scrap pile will be gone and you will have to iron up a new pile and before you know it all your scraps will be cut and ready to go!  You will have made your own layer cake or jelly roll!  Your very own pre-cuts!  The best thing is to cut up those odds and ends as you get them!  Don’t throw them in a pile to cut up later!  Because, you know it, that pile grows and grows and then when will you take the time to Cut The Scraps!?!

I hope this has inspired you.  Just have fun with it and stay tuned!  Wednesday will be here soon!

Happy New Year

As the hours and minutes count down to the new year I want to wish all my quilting friends abundant peace and joy in 2018.  We have such an opportunity to give to others.  There is such peace as we snuggle and rest under the warmth of a handmade quilt.  The joy we get from the planning and building a quilt, in most cases, just to give it away is reason enough for many of us to keep on quilting.  We are a special group.  So, my friends, keep up the good work.  We make the world a better place!  And Yes!  Only 10 more days!  Happy New Year!

Anticipation

Welcome quilting friends!  Our numbers have grown since last year and I want to thank you all for joining me in my new fun mystery – Summer Stars At Fawn Lake.  I changed the title a bit since the stars aren’t really in the lake….lol!

The snow is flying here in upstate New York with temperatures dropping into the 20’s next week.  Christmas is around the corner and then a New Year will begin a new journey. I say Bring It On!

Life has been full this year.  I’ve found a new friend to enjoy “camp” with.  My son who previously lived in Michigan moved to Las Vegas.  I just got back from visiting him and his family at the new house in Henderson.  My little grandkids are growing up so fast and going to school now.  Time is flying by!

And oh, I almost forgot.  I bought a mid size longarm with a 5′ frame.  So now those piles of unfinished quilt tops can hopefully become something useful!  I’m working through the learning curve.  As some of you know, I’ve been a hand quilter for many years.  I have never sent any of my quilts to the longarmer and I’ve never gotten the hang of free motion. I’ve always preferred to make my own quilting designs as my quilt “speaks to me.”  So now a new set of skills need to be developed so I can hear them whisper to me in longarm….lol!

I know some of you are anxiously waiting for the first clue.  Actually I’m getting excited to get this thing started too!  So I’m picking a date!  Clues will be given on the second Wednesday of each month with the first going out on January 10th. So get ready! It’s going to be a fun and interesting time!

Until then, enjoy the Holidays!

Charlotte

Where did September Go???

Well, I’m glad to be posting again!  As some of you who follow me on Facebook know, I had the info all ready to go and I couldn’t access the WordPress site.  I was up at my camp and had left my password etc. home thinking I knew the password.  Hello!!!  I guess I must have changed it last year and it was nothing that I ever would have remembered in a million years!  Oye!  But!  I have it now!  I’m on the site and it’s time to get this show on the road! WooHoo!!!

But first a little info you might enjoy.  A few years ago I acquired a piece of property on a small man-made lake in upstate New York near the Adirondacks……..Fawn Lake.  I had a “camp” built and I did most of the finishing work myself.  It is peaceful and quiet.  No motors allowed other than a trolling motor, no jet skis, no loud anything except an occasional four-wheeler going by.  There are neighbors sometimes but usually no one is up there.  No city lights.  Stars everywhere in the black sky at night.  This is one of my favorite places on this earth……my happy place!  A few years ago I figured out a pattern that I wanted to make someday.  It sat on the back burner, patiently waiting.  When I was thinking about this years mystery it came to mind….why don’t we do that pattern?  It will finally get made!!!!  And so here it is…..Summer Stars On Fawn Lake!  I hope it turns out as wonderful and beautiful as this  “Happy Place” of mine!  (And now, I hope, you are all just saying…Awwwwwww.)  LOL!!!

I want you all to know up front.  This quilt may be a challenge to some of you but if you persevere you can do it!!!  The layout is very different as is the piecing.  There are baby flying geese!  And on the Lake too!!!…… for real!!!  But not to worry, we will be doing no waste flying geese, making 4 at a time with no half square triangles to think about.  Don’t know how to do them?  I will walk you through it! Easy Peasey!  Also, I have been asked could we use 2 1/2″ squares.  Yes, you can…..with a warning…….lots of little pieces here….so no whining!!!  There are two sizes to this quilt and it can not be partially made or cut down due to the layout.  The size of the quilt is determined by the size of the pieces used in the square.  So here goes!

Summer Stars on Fawn Lake

Quilt sizes with NO borders:

84″x 96″  has 12″ finished squares

63″ x 72″ has 9″ finished squares  – amounts will be in ( ).

Fabrics and Cutting Requirements:

152   –  3 1/4″  (2 1/2″) assorted colored squares

32  –  1 1/2″ (1 1/2″) assorted colored squares

384  –  2″ (1 5/8″) assorted colored squares

24  –  4 3/4″ (4″)  Bright Yellow/Orange (for Star Center) or approx. 1/2 yd.

24  –  4 3/4″ (4″)  Bright Colors (for Star Center)

Background Fabric  –  You can use scrappy if you keep the same color and value or my Electric Quilt software says you will need approximately 6 yd. (4 1/2 yd.).

36 – 6″ (4 1/2) squares

8  –  6″x 12 1/2″ (4 1/2″x 9 1/2″) logs

120 – 4 1/2″ (3 1/2″) squares

152  –  3 1/4″ (2 1/2″) squares

96 – 3 1/2″ (2 3/4″) squares

384 – 1 1/2″ (1 1/4″) squares

120 – 1 1/2″x 6″ (1 1/2″x 4 1/2″) logs

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2017 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern

whether or not you profit from it.

 

 

 

We’ve Got Em Surrounded!

On October 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne was surrounded and surrendered in the Battle of Saratoga.  This was said to be the turning point of the American Revolution.  The Burgoyne Surrounded quilt pattern symbolically represents the event of the Americans circling around the British and breaking through the British lines.  “Surrounded by Scraps” is an adaptation of the this old traditional pattern.  So……. Congratulations!  You have persisted……..broken through heaps of scraps…….and you won!  Some of you whined about all the little pieces (ahem). Listen.  This was easy peasy….no flying geese, no points, no weird angles or curves and no set on point!   But, I hope you have had fun on this journey with me.  Thank you all for your comments, your pictures on Facebook, your encouragement and your dedication to taming that growing scrap pile!  Ok, down to business!!  Let’s get this bad boy put together!  Here is the last clue:

Surrounded by Scraps  –  Clue #4

 Using the sections below, sew one to opposite sides of each of the 12 (20) center squares.

Sew the remaining sections below as shown.  You should have 24 (40) when finished.

Place one section on top and bottom of the center section and sew together to make 12 (20) blocks.

Lay blocks out side by side.  Sew together using 1 1/2″ x 17″ sashing pieces and the remaining 1 1/2″ colored squares for cornerstones.  You should have enough background fabric to make a 5″ border.  I’m thinking that I’m going to make….OH NO!!!!…..more silly little nine patches to make my border wider so that has more drop for my bed.  AND I’ll probably need ANOTHER boat load of 1 1/2″ squares for that!

Since my backyard is still a muddy mess and I have no place to display my quilt with decent lighting, I laid it out on the last snowfall that we had so you could see the reveal.   I look forward to seeing yours on Facebook  –  MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte.  If you haven’t joined yet…..come see!  I’d love to see your progress and posts!  So until next time………..Happy Quilting!

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Stuff Happens and Then There’s a Clue!

Those of you who aren’t on Facebook are probably wondering why there was no clue last week.  Well, last Wednesday when I was working on the clue, we started having a wind storm.  And this wasn’t just your average windstorm………This was gusts up to 80 mph and continued for about 5 hours.  I looked out my window and there were tractor trailer trucks stopped in front of my house.  Cars were turning around in the street.  A tree had blown down on top of a tractor trailer truck, knocking down the wires and blocking both sides of the road.  Everything east of the tree was down and had no power.  Luckily I kept power but the cable was gone.  No cable = no internet, so there went your clue.  The storm raged and 130,000 people in my area lost electric.  Some are still out.  Trees and poles came down everywhere.  Traffic lights weren’t working and some even came crashing down. Crews have come from all over to help get power lines back up and working.  Yesterday my cable was restored.  And I have TV, yayee!   Now we are under a winter storm warning that may land us up to 2 feet of snow! Oye!  Up until now we’ve had a mild winter with some really warm weather.  My crocus are blooming!  They’re frozen and confused!  Crazy, crazy weather!  I’m ready for Spring!!!

So, sorry about the delay but there was nothing to be done but wait!  And what do they say?……good things come to those that wait?  Well, I hope this is good and worth your wait!

Surrounded By Scraps  –  Clue #3

Choose 4 –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares, arrange and sew 2 together with a background 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, twice. Press to the background.   Sew 2 –  1 1/2″x 3 1/2″ background rectangles with one 1 1/2″ colored square as shown below. Press to the background.   Assemble together as shown below to make a 7 1/2″ square.  Press. Make 12 (20).

Using the four patches that were made previously, sew on 3 1/2″x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to  one side of the four patch.  These are direction specific so make sure that half of your units have the colored patch to the top left and half of the units are to the bottom left, as shown below.  Press to the background.   You should have 24 (40) of each.

Using the nine patches that were made previously, sew one 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to the side of one nine patch, as shown below.  Press to the background fabric.  Make 48 (80).

Using the four patch units and the nine patch units, sew together as shown.  Press to the four patch unit side.  You should have 24 (40) righties and 24 (40) lefties.

OK, I know you will be chomping at the bit to put this block together!  But don’t get ahead of me here!  Just remember……good things come to those who wait!  LOL!  I know…….April 12th seems so far away……….  But it will be Spring!  I hope!!!!  And the mystery will be revealed!  Ah Hah!  As always, Have fun and keep quilting!

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