(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. 


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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!