Where did this month go?

There is a saying that “time passes fast when you are having too much fun.” Well, I must be having a lot of fun because here we are again! It just seems like a bit ago that I released the last clue. I have been hand quilting this medallion and I hope to have it finished by the reveal. I’m on the last quarter and then I have the border. It took me a month to quilt the center which you just completed and a month to quilt each of the remaining quarters. With two months to go I hope to have it done…done…done!!! But I like it! and I’m having fun!! I hope you are too!

It seems that some of you have had problems with the Martha Washington square and have questioned my cutting measurements. I draw on EQ (Electric Quilt software) for my designs and it gives me the measurements for rotary cutting. Some need to be rounded up….who wants to cut in 16ths of an inch? Some of you don’t want to cut in 8ths!!! I make the block and the whole quilt before I decide what I will use for the cutting requirements. Usually the EQ measurements are ok but occasionally I have to readjust a bit. The only thing I changed on this Martha block was increasing the corner square from 3 1/8″ to 3 1/4″. The rest of the measurements worked for me. I don’t have any unusual bunching, waving, missing points and I didn’t have to add any additional borders to make the 11″ square. I know that many of you are far better quilters than I am and some of you never commented on having problems with the block. Why did some work and others not? I guess the answers are just in the difference in cutting, seam allowance, pressing and fabrics. And if you added borders, that’s fine with me. Whatever you have to do to make it work!

Well, enough of that! Here is the next clue:

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #3

14. Sew 1 colored and 1 inside background 1 7/8″ square together. Make 48. Press to the dark side. Sew two together to make a 4 patch as shown. Trim to 3 1/4″. Makes 24.

15. Using 1 – 3 1/2″ inside background and 1 – 3 1/2″ colored squares that have been cut on one diagonal, sew one inside background HST and one colored HST together on the diagonal as shown. Keep in pairs. Press to the dark side and trim dog ears. Make 12 sets.

16. Sew two 4 patches to one set of the above pairs as shown. Sew the center seam. Makes 12 Anvil blocks. Trim to 5 3/4″.

17. Sew one 1 7/8″ wof (width of fabric) outside background strips to either long side of one 3″ wof inside background (not end to end). Press to the dark side making a border strip 5 3/4″ by your wof. (Sorry, no picture here).

18. Cut the border strips to 43″ or the width of your center medallion made last month. Sew to two opposite sides. Choose 4 anvil blocks for the corners and sew to the ends of the two other border strips so that the 4 patch not will be in the corner of the completed new medallion. The 4 patches will be on the side to side position. Sew remaining sides to complete the center medallion. (Sorry, no picture again).

I guess I have to apologize for no pictures. Either I didn’t take them or they got lost in the shuffle. I could show you on my quilt but that wouldn’t be good! You are all smart cookies and I trust you will figure it out without a photo!

The next clue will emerge on April 14th.

Happy quilting!

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.

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

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Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

It Was Time!

I don’t usually make resolutions for the new year but this year I decided it was time to finish some projects that I have had hanging around for who knows how long. Usually if I see a block or pattern that I like and figure that I will want to make it someday but not right now, I make up a couple squares and put it in a plastic bag with the instructions, a picture and usually the focus fabric. My reasoning is if I don’t start it now, it will get lost in the shuffle and I’ll either lose it or forget about it. And then there are the projects that are mostly finished and just need a border or two. They’re in a bag, labeled with a post-it that says “needs a border”. And then there are the tops that are finished and just need a backing (labeled with a post-it “done needs backing”). Of course, there is also a pile of quilts tops in plastic bags with the binding that need to be quilted. I like to think that I’m pretty organized most of the time so there are a lot of bags, post-its, and stuff! Lots and Lots of Bags!!!

Well, I decided it was time! Passed time, actually! I’m probably not going to live forever and I don’t want to have THAT much laying around for my kids to shake their heads about. “What was she thinking!!” But I hate to throw stuff away….after all, I keep scraps!!!!! Lots of scraps!!! That should tell you where my head is! So no project will be lost, given away or thrown out! I went through the bags and sorted into three piles. Stuff easily done, Stuff almost done, Stuff that needs to be quilted. I usually end up making bed size quilts so I downsized some to lap or couch size. My plan is to donate to homeless shelters, chemo and dialysis patients, palliative care units or whoever else. So this last month I have been on a mission. I’ve been sewing and sewing…. having fun and finishing things I’ve forgotten I had started. It’s going slowly but it feels good to see the finished pile grow. And I’ve been pretty good at not starting any new projects! We’ll see how long that lasts…..LOL! But the best part is I’m really enjoying this mission and having fun at the same time! As I complete things I’ll try posting on Facebook. Maybe you can join me on this UFO plan and get some of those oldies but goodies DONE!

Yeah, Yeah, I know, you probably want the next clue! OK, let’s have some fun! Here it is:

Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #2

7. Using the 4″ white and 4″ colored squares that have been cut on both diagonals, sew 4 sections as shown. Make sure that you sew them all on the same side so that your pinwheels will all go in the same direction. Press to the dark side. Sew one 3 1/2″ white HST to each section. Press and trim to 3″ square.

8. Sew squares together as shown to make a pinwheel block. Press and trim to 5 1/2″ square. Make 16 pinwheels.

9. Using one matching set of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal and 6 1/2″ inside background squares cut on both diagonals, sew a colored 3 1/2″ HST to both sides of the background sections as shown. Sew each of the matched set as shown. Press and trim dog ears.

10. Arrange these sections around the pinwheel block. Sew top and bottom sections to the pinwheel block. Sew 3 1/4″ inner background squares to both sides of the two remaining sections. Sew to the sides to make a Martha Washington Square. Press and square to 11″. Make all 16.

11. Choose 4 of your favorite Martha Washington Squares that play nice together. Sew together as a four patch.

12. Choose 16 of the Square in a Square (Diamond Border blocks) that were made in the last clue. Set the other 8 aside. Sew in pairs to make 8 double sections as shown. Press the center seam open to make a nice flat block. Sew one 3″ x 11″ inside background border strips to both top and bottom as shown. Press and trim to 11″. Make 8.

13. Sew two of the above blocks together as shown. Place on sides of the four patch Martha square. Using the 4 blocks made in Clue #1, place as corner blocks. Sew together as shown to make the Scrap Fantasy Medallion center.

Now, wasn’t that fun!?! I’m loving it!! See you next month!

The next clue will emerge on March 10th.

Happy quilting!

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.

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!

© 2020 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.

OK, Quilters! Start Your Sewing Machines!

One of my sons loves to race cars. So I’m kind of comparing this “start” to one of his races. Of course this is not a race! But even if he has no chance of winning he still loves to race just for the fun of it. I have to admit that I’m a proud mama and over the years he has had his share of trophies. And some of us do the same. Some enter their quilts to win a prize and some enter knowing there is no chance to win. Most of us quilt just for the fun of it! I’m one of those. I rarely submit my quilt in a show. I love seeing when one of you do and get a ribbon! My heart says “Yayee!” I have to say doing this mystery quilt every year has been just fun for me. So now I say………well before I say that, I want to welcome all the new comers to this site! I guess some might say I’ve been discovered! Ha!Ha! Scary thought! It took about seven years to reach 1000 Facebook followers to the beginning of last December. However, about 250 people have jumped on this bandwagon in the last month! I don’t know how you found me but come on in and join the fun! Welcome!!!

OK, so now I can say it………..Quilters! Start your machines!!! Go Scrappy Quilts!! The 2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion Mystery Quilt is about to begin!!!

Before we begin I am going to repeat the instructions from the last post about fabric/color/pattern selection:

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #1

Finished Size which includes a 6″ border is 83″ square.

For the confident beginner to intermediate quilter

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Clue #1

  1. Using 1 – 3″ colored square and 1 – white 3 3/4″ square that has been cut on both diagonals. Sew one white section to each side of the colored square as shown. Press. Trim off dog ears and square to 4″. Make 4.

2. Using one set of matching 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles, sew one 2 1/2″x 4″ to the top and bottom of the above unit as shown. Sew one 2 1/2″ colored square to both ends of the 2 remaining rectangles. Sew to opposite sides as shown. Press and trim to 8″ squares. Repeat with the other 3 square in a square units.

3. Using 4 matching 3 1/2″ colored HST (Half Square Triangles) Sew to 4 Inside Background 3 1/2″ HSTs. Press and trim to 3 1/4″ square as shown. Make 4.

4. Using 8 matching 3 1/2″ HSTs. Sew one to each side of the colored HST as shown. Repeat with the remaining three.

5. Sew one section to each side of the above block as shown. Press and trim to 11″ square. Make 4 blocks. Set aside.

TIP: Fold the block in half and finger press to give placement for the center point.

6.  Using 4 1/4″ colored squares, sew 1 – 3 1/2″ inside background HST to opposite sides as shown. Press to the outside.  Sew additional 3 1/2″ inside background HSTs to the remaining two sides to make a square in a square block.  Press and trim to 5 3/4″ if needed.  Make 24.  Set aside.

That’s all for now! Have fun! See you next month! The next clue will be on Feb. 12th sometime when I get to posting! LOL!

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.

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!

© 2020 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.

Check One Off My Bucket List

Well, have you never made a medallion quilt? Me neither! So what better opportunity is there for me to force myself to make one than with this years mystery quilt! Yup, this year there may be a somewhat different format than the previous mysteries that I have done. Although I haven’t quite decided how the clues will progress. Should we just make the bones of this quilt first or should we put it together as we go or a combination of both? I guess you’ll just have to wait until January to find out! Hee! Hee! My devious methods should still keep you guessing…….what is she up to!!???!!

And so, my Scrap Fantasy Medallion 2020 mystery was born! I hope you all read this all the way down and don’t just skip to the “recipe” because there is some info that you might find helpful.

First, I want to welcome the newbies that have joined my site both here and on Facebook. My main object is to have fun with scraps and make something interesting and useful out of bits of fabric that would just otherwise go to waste. I try not to make this rocket science but if you have a question please feel free to post it on Facebook – MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I check there just about every day.

As some of you know, I save/collect a multitude of scrap sizes……both squares and half square triangles. Designing this quilt gave me an opportunity to set down with my 3 1/2″ bin and sort through it. Our poor scrap piles don’t get the petting and love that our fat quarters, yardage and bolts get. So I took some time sorting and remembering, petting and smoothing those poor little squares and HST’s that have been languishing in their little bin just waiting for a chance to make the big time and be in a real quilt.

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

Scrap Fantasy Medallion

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Sew! Enjoy the Holidays! January and the first clue will be here before you know it………..Happy Quilting!

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.

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.