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!


  • Terri Durst Aiken
    December 10, 2017

    Still cutting my fabric but almost done. Those 1.5 inch squares are doing me in but I will persevere. LOL. Getting so excited to start this. This is my first mystery quilt and because I love mysteries this is exciting. Thank you so much for doing this.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      December 10, 2017

      Welcome! ?

    December 10, 2017

    Hi …. I know your quilts are scrappy but when will colors be posted …. ie background as I find contrast for background to be a crucial element for scrap quilts. This will be the first year I have to buy background as I have used up what I usually use as lights or dark background scraps.


    December 10, 2017

    DUH…. THANK YOU … but never mind found the info in the September post … now I can spend my Christmas $$$ in a productive endeavor …..

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      December 10, 2017


  • jacki
    December 10, 2017

    drooling and waiting…..

  • Ramona
    December 28, 2017

    Charlotte, I found this link

    A list of 2018 Mysteries and Quilt Alongs. Didn’t know if you were aware of it, but you can add your info!

    Great way to get the word out about your wonderful scrappy Mystery!!


  • Kat
    December 29, 2017

    How do I sign up for your mystery quilt 2018? Thanks

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      December 30, 2017

      HI Kat, on the website there is a column on the right hand side where you can sign up for email delivery of the posts. Welcome!

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