Clue #5 – The Reveal

I’m excited to present to you my “Summer Stars On Fawn Lake.”  This quilt has been a dream of mine for a number of years now……sitting on the back burner.   I took this opportunity to force myself to make it and now I can’t believe how many Summer Stars are twinkling all over the world.  I love it!!  Thank you all for participating in my 5th mystery quilt!  I know this has been a challenge for some of you, but you took the challenge!  Now the final layout is here.  Take your time and lay it out row by row following the grid.  I have left the little sashings colored so that you can see which block goes where.  And yes, if I made this quilt again I would make all the sashed background blocks with a log/brick instead of putting two background squares with the mini sashing.  Hindsight!  I actually made this quilt along with you but, of course, I was one or two steps ahead.  I will be adding a plain border.  And mine still needs to be quilted!  I’m thinking of using a variegated blue thread and maybe some metallic pops on some of the stars.  OK!  Here goes!  Enjoy!

Summer Stars On Fawn Lake  –  Clue #4

The Grid:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is mine:

 

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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!

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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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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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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

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

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