Cutting Requirement Correction

The cutting requirements for the Handy Dandy Scrap Mystery state that the 3 1/4″ white and the 3 1/4 assorted colored pairs be cut on both diagonals. They should only be cut on ONE diagonal.  

I apologize for the error and I will correct the previous posts. Thank you for bringing the error to my attention.

March Madness?

Well, here we are in the third month of this mystery. I was glad to see the Facebook posts and that you liked the block we made last month. I’m loving the way it turned out and I like the next block too! Scraps with Attitude! WooHoo!

March came in like a lion around here but its showing glimpses of a lamb. One good thing……. with all the bad weather we’ve had, at least there has been lots of quilting time! When Spring finally comes around it will probably move right into Summer. And I am ready! Enough polar vortex, ice storms and days with 60 mph winds! Give me Spring!!! Bring it on!!! I want to be outside making new gardens! Going to Fawn Lake! Watching the birds! We kind of missed last summer…..it just flew by with all the new stuff going on. Hopefully we can just sit and enjoy the summertime this year. Can’t wait to breathe in that warm air, put my feet up and have a nice cool drink! (Sigh)

Well, let’s get on with this mystery!

Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt – Clue #3

9. Using the 2 7/8″ assorted colored and white squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one colored and one white on the diagonal as shown to make 2 1/2″ square. Make 80. Press to the dark side and trim.

10. Sew 2 – 2 7/8″ assorted HST to two side of the above square as shown. Make sure that the white HST is in the top position of the triangle. Press and trim dog ears.

11. Sew 1 – 4 7/8″ background HST to the above triangle to make a 4 1/2″ square. Complete 80. Press and trim.


12. (NOTE: When writing this clue, I noticed that the cutting requirements have an error. The 20 pairs (2 the same-40 total) – 3 1/2″ colored squares need to be cut to 3 1/4″. Sorry, I try but errors do occur. At least you don’t have to cut new blocks. 🙂 )

You are going to need 4 matching 2 1/2″ square hourglass blocks. I know some of you had problems last year getting your blocks to the correct size. There are several methods you can use to make these blocks. Please feel free to use your preferred method. This is mine:

Using the 3 1/4″ white and 3 1/4″ colored pairs which have been cut on one diagonal. Sew one white and one colored Half Square Triangle (HST) on the diagonal as shown. Keeping each set together, press and trim dog ears.

13. Cut each on the diagonal again as shown. Match up to make 4 – 2 1/2″ hourglass blocks. Make 20 sets. Press and trim keeping each set together.

Well, there you have it! It’s hard to know where to stop with this clue but I guess it will do until next month. I don’t want to give too much away! Hee! Hee! April’s clue will post on the 10th by 7pm EDT.

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

Happy Quilting!

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February! What a month!

Is this winter weather crazy or what??!!?? We survived the polar vortex with -32 degree wind chills, got probably 20″ of snow. Four days later it was 68 degrees. Snow melted and then an ice storm with 1/2″ ice build up on all the trees. Last week at 6pm it was 30 degrees and by 11pm it was 60 and then back down to 30 the next morning with 50 mph winds. What a rollercoaster ride! I feel sorry for the poor animals living outside. They don’t know whether to hibernate or what. Maybe they were enjoying the warm weather just like us humans. I almost seemed like Spring! But winter has returned as expected. We’re having another snow and freezing rain storm! Sigh!! Only a few more months………

Well, one good thing! That crazy weather set some of us up for some prime sewing time. After the move, I realized just how many UFO’s I have! OYE!!! So I’ve been trying to be a good girl and get some of those oldies but still goodies into a finish-able state. My scrap pile keeps calling me but I’m trying not to listen. No New Projects!!!!! I keep telling myself. So far myself has listened…..lol! But I can’t guarantee how much longer I can resist the temptation to do something with that overflowing bin of strings!!!!!

I almost forgot to wish you all, my quilting buddies, a Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air!!! The love we all have for quilting!!! I love the fact that we all have a common interest that unites us around the globe. Peace and warmth stitched together with love! We all need more of that!

Ok! on to Clue #2!

Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt – Clue#2

5. Using the 4 1/2″ pieced squares that were made last month in #3. Sew one square to both sides of the sections made in #4 as shown below. Make sure that the blocks are in the same position as shown. Make 24.

6. Take the remaining sections from #4 and sew a colored 2 1/2″ square to join the sections as shown.

7. Sew these center strips to the sections in #5 to make 12 – 10 1/2″ blocks. Press and trim if necessary.

8. Using the colored 4 1/2″ x 2″ strips and the colored 2 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles, sew one strip to each side of the rectangle as shown. Make 80. Mix it up. Make them all different! They should measure 10 1/2″ x 2″. Press and set aside.



OK, there you have it! The next clue will emerge on March 12th at 7 EDT. Yayee! We’ll be back on Daylight Savings Time!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

Happy Quilting!

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2019 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.

A New Year, A New Love and A New Mystery!

Can you believe it?  2019!  Time just flies when you’re having fun!  This past year has been just a whirlwind for me. And I was having FUN!  Well, sort of……. A lot of work but still fun!  After my husband died a few years ago, I settled down to having a lot of me time.  But it wasn’t in the plan set out for my life.  In stepped a new man!  What a gem!  Way too good to be real or true!!!  And he Loves Quilts!!!  To make a long story short, love was in the air, we both sold our respective houses (we had both lived in them almost 50 years), we bought a new one together (two story, 4 bedrooms!  What were we thinking!), and we got married!  Why did I tell you all  this again? Never never think you are too old!, too wrinkled!, too fat!, whatever!  Here I am writing this on a blog! on a website! have a Facebook site!  with over 900 followers! Making a new mystery!  For the 6th time! Retired, Old and wrinkly!  Don’t ever think you couldn’t or can’t!  Who knew??!! Some things just blow your mind!  Blew My mind!!!

Well, enough of that!  Let’s get down to business!  Handy Dandy Scrap business!  Are you ready? I’m including the cutting requirements again just because.  Remember color and diversity are the key to interesting, happy, beautiful scrappy quilts with attitude!

Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt – 2019

Cutting Requirements:

My EQ software says you will need approximately 4 yds. of 45″ background fabric but I think that measurement is quite generous.  This quilt has a scrappy border.  You may make it without a border but it needs one in my humble opinion.  The inside with NO border measures 60″ x 82″….with the border measures 80″ x 97″.  If you make no border you will need less background fabric.

White (can be scrappy) Fabric (Yes you can use other colors…..pale shades will work best in my opinion)

40  –  2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 80 HST (Half Square Triangles)

40  –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Medium to Dark Colored Fabric

192  –  1 1/2″ squares

31 – 2″ squares

169  –  2 1/2″ squares

168  –   2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 336 HST (Half Square Triangles)

96  –  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

80  –  2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles

160  –  2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

20 pairs (2 the same – 40 total) –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Background Fabric

64  –  4 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 128 HST (Half Square Triangles)

4  –  15 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

2  –  8″ squares cut on one diagonal

If you make the border you will need to cut 8 – 5″ width of fabric strips.

Borders

The border that I have chosen uses additional 2″ squares, 2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles and 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles.  You may choose to use random  2″ strips in 4″, 6″, or 8″ lengths.  Amounts will vary depending on what you use.  This is an excellent way to use up those scraps! Cut them or not……you decide.

CLUE #1

1.  Using assorted 1 1/2″ colored squares, Make 48 four patches as below.  Press and trim to 2 1/2″ if necessary.

2. Sew 2 – 2 7/8″ assorted colored Half Square Triangle (HST) to two side of the four patch as shown below to make a triangle.  Press to the four patch. Trim dog ears.

3.  Sew 1 – 4 7/8″ background HST to the above triangle to make a 4 1/2″ square.  Press to the four patch side and trim to size.

4.  Sew 2 assorted colored 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ sections together to make a 2 1/2″ square. Make 48.  Add and sew one assorted colored 2 1/2″ square in the position shown.  It is best to mix these colors up as much as possible.

There you have it!  Clue #1.

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

The next clue will be out on February 12th at 7 pm EST.  Have fun and Happy Quilting!

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!

© 2019 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.

Ready for a New Scrappy Mystery? Who’s Game?

Well, this has been quite a year for me!!!  To say the least!!!  I found a new love, sold my house, bought another, moved in and then I got married!!!  Exhausting!!!  But worth it!  So I guess I shouldn’t have to apologize too much for being late with the requirements for a new scrappy mystery quilt.  I usually have the cutting requirements out in September but this year it just didn’t happen.  Hopefully, you are all still with me and ready to get started.  The clues will begin in January as usual.  I’m sorry to say that I haven’t figured out why some automatically get the blog post and others do not.  I will post on Facebook when there is new news.

I looked at my scrap bins and saw a few spots that were sooooo overloaded so I designed this quilt around them.  This Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt is a scrap buster for sure!  And these scraps have ATTITUDE!  Good for confident beginners on up. It has plenty of scrapiness and yet enough free space to embellish with quilting to make you and/or your longarmer happy.  It will work with any color background….light or dark.  I chose a creamy beige color this time.  Your colored scraps should give contrast to your background so if you choose a dark background make sure you have lighter brighter scraps.  If you have a lighter background use darker, bright scraps.  Remember contrast and diversity is the key!  So here it goes……. the 2019 Mystery Quilt………… by yours truly……..Charlotte Hawkes:

A Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt 

Cutting Requirements:

My EQ software says you will need approximately 4 yds. of 45″ background fabric but I think that measurement is quite generous.  This quilt has a scrappy border.  You may make it without a border but it needs one in my humble opinion.  The inside with NO border measures 60″ x 82″….with the border measures 80″ x 97″.  If you make no border you will need less background fabric.

White (can be scrappy) Fabric

40  –  2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 80 HST (Half Square Triangles)

40  –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Medium to Dark Colored Fabric

192  –  1 1/2″ squares

31 – 2″ squares

169  –  2 1/2″ squares

168  –   2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 336 HST (Half Square Triangles)

96  –  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

80  –  2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles

160  –  2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

20 pairs (2 the same – 40 total) –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Background Fabric

64  –  4 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 128 HST (Half Square Triangles)

4  –  15 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

2  –  8″ squares cut on one diagonal

If you make the border you will need to cut 8 – 5″ width of fabric strips.

Borders

The border that I have chosen uses additional 2″ squares, 2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles and 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles.  You may choose to use random  2″ strips in 4″, 6″, or 8″ lengths.  Amounts will vary depending on what you use.  This is an excellent way to use up those scraps! Cut them or not……you decide.  But the more color and diversity you have, the more Attitude your quilt will have!  No Ho Hum scrappy quilts for me!  I like all the color and POP that I can get!  I finished the top today…….done! …….just needs quilting now!  And I’m loving the way this one is turning out!!!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

The first clue will be out on January 8th.  Have fun and Happy Quilting!

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!

© 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.

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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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.

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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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.

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!

Before

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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