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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Some Thoughts and, of course,…….Clue #2

The other day when I posted my scrap organization system, I told you that I save a lot of different size squares.  I didn’t want to scare you off.  So what I didn’t say is that I save them in 1/4″ increments from 1 1/2″ to 6″.  I also save some 3/8″ and 7/8″ sizes of a few squares that I find come in handy for making half square triangles. You have a multitude of possibilities with your sorted and cut scrap stash. Here are a few ideas to use those sizes. If a pattern calls for several squares of the same fabric, I cut up the larger squares.  I’m working on one now that calls for 8- 3″ squares that need to be the same.  I sorted through my 6″ blocks finding doubles and cut them up. I have 8 – 3″ squares just like that!  And what fun I have sorting for doubles!  There’s that chance to pet, fondle and remember again!  When I find too many of an odd size square that never seems to get used, sew them end to end and use as sashing or as a border or IN a border.   WHALA!  You’ve created some brand new interest and added some pizzaz!  And cornerstones!!!  They all come in handy for that!  Make your sashing fit the size of your cornerstone!  Who says the sashing has to be 2 1/2″?  Be creative!  Got a pattern that uses a 4 patch?  Do some math and make it a 9 patch of smaller squares, or a 16 patch!!  Have some fun!  I love figuring out “Just What Can I Do With ALL These Scraps?!!!”

OK, You’ve been very patient!  Well, at least some of you have……..you know who you are!  Lol!  So here’s Clue #2.  Remember the larger size is in ( ).  Also, I used one colored fabric for the pieces used below in part 2.  I commented that if I had to do it over I would use assorted colors.  Some of you have chosen to do that.  If you are using one fabric you may cut and sew strips to use a short cut.  Otherwise you are doing it the long way.  Sorry, I don’t want you to be confused.

Surrounded by Scraps  –  Clue #2

1. Using one 1 1/2″ background square and one 1 1/2″ assorted colored square, sew together and press to the dark side. Make 48 (80).

2.  Sew one 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background section and one 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ assorted colored section together  as shown.  Press to the dark side.   You will need 96 (160).  If you are using a single contrasting fabric you may cut 1 1/2″ strips, sewn together lengthwise to 1 1/2″ background strips and cut to 3 1/2″ bricks (3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″). 

3.  Sew one brick to each side of the two-patch made in #1.  Make sure that the colored square lines up with the background color as shown. Should measure 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ Press to the center.  Make 48 (80).

4.  Sew one  3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background section lengthwise to the colored side of the above piece.  Should measure 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.  Press to the background side.   Make 48 (80).

Next clue will be on March 8th at 7pm EST.  As always, have fun and Happy Quilting!

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(Drum Roll……….) Here goes!

Well, I guess we’re ready!  At least as ready as we’re gonna get!  But first, I want to tell you about my new find.  I do a lot of black stitching on black fabric.  My machine has a light but it’s really hard to see those black stitches.  A friend of mine “enlightened” (HaHa, I like that!)  me to an LED light strip that you can attach to your machine.  It has a sticky backing so you can position it to get the most light exactly where you need it. It is plenty long enough and you can easily cut off the extra length that you don’t need.  I’ve tried other lights and there always seems to be a shadow and although they help they’ve never quite cut it for me.  This light is bright and gives me no shadow!  But it has a dimmer so if you are working on really bright fabrics it is more pleasing to your eyes.  At least it worked that way for me.  I found it on Amazon  –  Bonlux Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit, Machine Working Led Lights Attachable LED Sewing Light Strip Kit – Fits All Sewing Machine.  And the price was very reasonable – $19.99.  I will be buying 2 more soon for my other machines.  I don’t know how I sewed without it before.  Love it!

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After!

 

OK, so here we go with the first clue.  Warning:  this clue may be somewhat boring but we need to grow the bones for this mystery.  Remember, there are two sizes offered here with the large size in ( ).  My background is black so substitute your background color for mine.  We will be making 4 patches and 9 patches, as shown, –  48 of each, and  (80 of each).  As always…….no need to matchy match here.  Just use as many different colors, patterns, fabrics as you can.  Variety and no duplication will give you the best look. ( Yup, those are Christmas gingerbread boys!  I use it all!  Go wild!  Have fun with it!)   Flip and nest the seam allowance to reduce bulk.  Press to your darkest side.  When finished, 4 patches should measure 2 1/2″ square and 9 patches should measure 3 1/2″ square.

Next clue will be on February 8th at 7pm EST.  As always, have fun and Happy Quilting!

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Time to Get This Show on the Road!

Hello Quilters!

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I posted.  Thank you all for hanging in there with me.  For those who don’t follow me on Facebook, a lot has happened in the past few months.  My husband passed away suddenly the beginning of November.  Just before that I was notified that my “ScrapitudeQuilts” was in violation of a trademark infringement.  So, after trying to get some order back into my life, I will be changing the name of this website.  My son will switching things over and he tells me that “it will go seamlessly.”  So hopefully, I won’t lose any of you in the process.  I have already changed the Facebook site to “MakingScrappyQuiltsWith Charlotte.”  Check it out if you haven’t already.

OK, so now down to the fun stuff.  YIKES! I’m Surrounded by Scraps!  How’s that for a quilt name?!?  Yes, Surrounded by Scraps is the new mystery that we will be starting in January.  Some of you know you need a “boatload” of 1 1/2″ squares but I figured I should probably give you better numbers than that so here goes:

2017 Mystery Quilt 

 Surrounded By Scraps  by Charlotte Hawkes

This quilt is being offered in two sizes.  small (approx. 67″ x 85.5″ includes a 5″ border)  and large (approx. 85.5″ x 104″ include a 5″ border).  Instructions will be given with the amounts for the large size (in).  Background fabrics can be all the same fabric or scrappy as long as they are the same color and/or value.  I have used black as my background but any color will do as long as you remember to have good contrast between your background fabric and your colored squares.

48  (80)  –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares

396  (678)  –  1 1/2″ assorted colored squares

336  (560  –  1 1/2″ background squares

48  (80)  –  3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background blocks

96  (160)  –  3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background blocks

144  (240)  –  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background blocks

96  (160)  –  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ assorted colored blocks (Note:  You may choose to use one contrasting fabric instead of the assorted blocks.  You will need 1/2 yd for the small size and 3/4 yd. for the large size.)  I used a medium blue in mine but now I wish I had used scrappy.  It would have been more awesome!!!

23  (34)  –  1 1/2″ x 17″  background sashing strips

Total amount of background yardage  –  6 yds for small and 8 yds. for large

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The first clue will escape on January 11th at 7:00 EST.  Stay tuned!

Oye! And it Snowed AGAIN! – Clue #4

This winter just keeps dragging on!  Yes, it was snowing when we went to bed the other night but the good news was that it had miraculously melted by morning with temps in the 40’s.  Crazy weather! I hope that offering was the last of the white stuff until next winter!  Enuf Already!!!!  But the real good news is that Clue #4 is here.  I debated if or how I could drag this out another month but it just wasn’t happening.  So not only do you get Clue #4……..the last clue…….but you also get the REVEAL!  How good is that!?  I love that so many of you are having fun with this mystery and I love seeing your progress on Facebook.  Thank you from the bottom of my quilty heart for the joy and acceptance that you have bestowed on me.  I love putting these together!

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner  –  Clue #4

18.  Choose 12 – 3 1/2″ assorted medium to dark colored squares for the center of the blocks.  Using very light/light sections from the 4 1/4″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one section on top and bottom of the 3 1/2″ square.  Then sew one on each side, making a square in a square block (4 3/4″ sq.) as shown below.  Press and trim off dog ears.

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19.  Using the med/dark colored assorted 3 7/8″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one assorted section on each side of the above block the same as you did in #18.  Press and trim (6 1/2″ sq.).

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20.  Find the 48 sections that were made and set aside from #9 OR using sections from med/dark 4 1/4″ sq. cut on both diagonals, sew one section to two sides of  of very light/light 2 5/8″ square as shown below.2016-04-11 15.27.42

21.  Sew one section from #20 to each side of the unit in #19.


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22.  Sew one 3 7/8″ med/dark HST to two sides of med/dark 3 1/2″ square the same was as in #20.  Make 48.  Press away from the square, trim dog ears.

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23.Sew each section from #22 to each unit from #21.  Press and trim.  12 completed blocks (12 1/2″).


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24.  Lay out blocks as below using sashing, 2 1/2″ assorted cornerstones and assorted 2 7/8″ HST st the outside edge of the sashing.  Border as desired.

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And here is my Scrappy Stars Around the Corner….blowing in the wind!  I had a tough time getting a picture.  First, while the sun was still shining, I laid it out on the front hill but it kept blowing away.  So then I resorted to the neighbor’s clothesline and that was a little better but the nice sun was gone.  Now, it’s raining!  Well, at least it’s better than SNOW!!!  And of course, every picture that was fairly good had my thumb in the corner.  It’s hard to get good help around here….LOL!

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I purposely did not put a border on my quilt YET.  I have a few ideas that I am juggling around that I will share with you in the next few days.  Until then…….Happy Quilting!

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Correction!

My apologies !  Thanks to Liz, it was brought to my attention that the number of med/dark 4 1/4″ squares need for this pattern was posted incorrectly.  So if you all were figuring you must have miscounted or something, the problem was not yours but totally mine.  You need a total of 150 -4 1/4″ med/dark squares instead of 128.  So if you haven’t been there yet,……..back to the scrap bin for 22 more.  I truly apologise.  I do try very hard to get all my instructions correct but I guess I goofed up this time.  Hopefully  this will get us all back on track and I hope I haven’t messed you up too much.  Just for your info, if you have completed this clue, you should not need to find any more from the scrap bin.  You should be all caught up.  The remaining numbers should be ok………golly, I hope!  Again, my apologies !

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – Clue #3

It feels like Spring around here lately!  Except for the occasional snow storm and we are way behind in that department.  But that’s all right with me!  I’ll take warmish weather and bits of snow here and there any day all winter.  Bring on the sun!  I’m ready!  And I KNOW you are all ready for this next clue!  So here it goes and it’s a long one with lots of parts.  So have fun!

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – Clue #3

8.  Using 3 7/8″ med/dark HST, sew two together as shown below. No need to match – just take as random.  Make 36.  Press later if you wish.  Set aside.

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9.  Using sections from med/dark 4 1/4″ sq. cut diagonally, sew one section to two sides of a 2 5/8″ very light/light square as shown below  No need to match. Make 80.  Press away from the square.  Trim dog ears.  Set aside.

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10.  Sew one 3 7/8″ med/dark HST to two sides of med/dark 3 1/2″ square the same way as above.  Make 14.  Press, trim and set aside.

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11.  Sew one med/dark 4 1/4″ section to one light 4 1/4″ section to make a square.  Press to dark and trim.  Sew one med/dark 4 1/4″ section to each side of the LIGHT 4 1/4″ section to make the triangle unit below.  Make 4.  Press and trim.

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12.  Sew each above triangle unit to one unit from step #9 as shown to make a 4 1/2″ square.

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16.  Sew one unit from step #9 to each side as shown below.  Press and trim.

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17.  Sew one unit from step #8 to each side and one section from step #10 to the top.  Complete 14 half blocks.  Press, trim and set aside.

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Happy Quilting!  The next clue will be on April 12th at 7pm Eastern Daylight Time (yaaaay!).

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Scrappy Stars Around The Corner – Clue #2

I’m loving what I have seen and I think you will love what you are about to see!  I just love this block! So. OK…..let’s get started!  Remember value is the key to the focus in this block and mystery pattern.  So if it says “Very Light”…..that’s what it means!    That means very much lighter than all your other fabrics.  OK, so NOW let’s get started!

Scrappy Stars Around The Corner – Clue #2:

4.  Choose 20 of the 3 1/2″ assorted medium to dark colored squares for the center of your blocks.  Using medium to dark assorted sections from the 4 1/4″ squares that have been cut on both diagonals, sew one section on the top and bottom of the 3 1/2″ square and then one on each side, making a square in a square block (4 3/4″ square) as shown below.   Use different fabrics to make it interesting.  No need to match but just be pleasant.  Press to the outside and trim off dog ears.

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5.  Using the very light colored assorted 3 7/8″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one assorted section on each side of the above block the same way as you did in #4.   Be careful of those bias edges.  No wonky blocks allowed here!  Press to the outside and trim the dog ears  (6 1/2″ square).

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6.Sew one section from #3 in the previous Clue #1 to the top and bottom of the block making sure that the background fabric is on the outside.  Sew all 20 top and bottom.

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7.  Sew one background 3 1/2″ square to each side of remaining sections from #3.  Sew the two remaining sides to the block as shown.  Press and square up if needed to 12 1/2″.  Twenty blocks done!

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Happy Quilting!  The next clue will be on March 8th at 7pm EST.

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