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Twinkle! Twinkle! Clue #4

This winter is a lot like making all those flying geese!  Will it ever get done? Finished? Over with?!!!  Still it snows!  Spring is supposed to be here but this freezing weather drags on and on.  It will probably turn into hot summer overnight but I want my Spring!!!!  Waaa!  Waaa!  Yeh, I’m whining!  But not about making all those baby geese!  You could say “To the Moon with all those geese!”  But, I say “No!!”……….” Send them to the stars!!!”

Summer Stars On Fawn Lake  –  Clue #4

Sew one 1 1/2″ (1 1/4″) background square to either side of two flying geese.  Sew two flying geese to either side of one star center from clue #2 making sure the star points are facing outward as shown below. Sew together  to make a star as below. Make 96. Trim to  4 1/2″ (3 1/2″) squares.  Note:  I used one set of four flying geese for each star.  But do as you like.  I know some have saved sets and others did not.  It all works!


Using the  4 1/2″ (3 1/2″) background squares and the star blocks. Assemble in a nine patch block as shown below.  Make 24 blocks.  Trim to 12 1/2″ (9 1/2″) blocks.  Note: I liked having all my star centers (dark and light sides) going in the same direction.  To me, it gave the design more focus. I also kept my matching star centers in the same block.  My star centers are the same and in the same position but each star has a different colored set of geese (star points).  But do as you like. It all works!


Yes, you all worked hard last month.  This month is easy peasy!  Next is the setting grid and the reveal.  WooHoo!  Have fun! See you all on May 9th at 7pm EDT!  Happy Quilting!


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


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Correction: for Clue #3

The large size baby geese should measure 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  I have changed the measurement on the post so it is correct.  Sorry if you have to alter your geese.  I try my best but sometimes I just goof up.  Sorry again.

Clue #3 – Look Out Below! Flying Geese! It must be Spring!!

OMG!  All the baby geese have hatched!  And they are flying all over the place!  Fawn Lake is loaded with them!  Your quilting space may be too!!  They’re everywhere!  AND aren’t they just the cutest little flying geese you ever saw?  Or they will be after you do this clue!!!!  LOL!!  Have fun!!!

Summer Stars at Fawn Lake  –  Clue #3

Note:  In the last clue I mentioned that, if you choose to, you may want to kind of match your 2″ (1 5/8″) into sets of 4 that are similar.  You will be using those sets here.  However, it is totally acceptable to just use random colors etc.  These geese will end up as star points so just a heads up for later.

Using one  3 1/2″ (2 3/4″) background square and two 2″ (1 5/8″) colored squares, place both colored squares on the background square right sides together as shown below.  Draw a diagonal line down both colored squares and sew 1/4″ on each side.

Cut on the center line and press as shown.

Place one 2″ (1 5/8″) colored square on each segment as shown.  Draw a diagonal line and sew on each side as before.  

Cut apart on center line and press to make four flying geese.  Trim geese to 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ ( 1 1/4″ x 2″). Keep in sets if you choose.

Now aren’t they just the cutest little geese you ever saw?????

Use all 96 – 3 1/2″ (2 3/4″) background squares to make 384 cute little baby geese!     Make sure you trim these little guys or they wont fit the next step.  Yup, all 384 of them!  No groans!!!…….and as Bonnie says “No Whining!”

LOL!  You guys are the BEST!!  Have fun!

The next clue will be on April 11 at 7 p.m. EDT.



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

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Gimme Some Feedback

Last week on  Feb. 14th, I sent out Clue#2.  For some reason some people got it in their email and some did not.  I am clueless as to how and why this happened.  I have poked around the Webpress site and I am sending this out to see if this post goes out as it should.  If you could send me a quick “Got it” that would be appreciated.  Thanks!

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

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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! ♥


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


© 2018 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.




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!


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!


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