Clue #3 – This One’s A Tricky One

Yup! Here’s Clue #3 and, no, I haven’t lost my mind! Yet!!! Ha! Ha! Have fun with it!

Scrap-In-A-Box – Clue #3

Section (A): Cut the 23 colored 1 7/8″ squares on the diagonal to make 46 HSTs. Sew each colored HST to one background 1 7/8″ HST.   Make 14 with the colored HST on the right and 14 with the colored HST on the left. As shown below.  Set the remaining colored HST’s aside.  You should have 28 sections.  Trim off dog ears.
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Section (B):  Cut the 8 – 3 1/4″ colored squares on both diagonals (32 sections).  Sew each section to the background triangle, as shown, to make a HST.   You should still have 28 sections.  Trim off dog ears. Set aside the remaining colored sections from the 3 1/4″ squares.

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Section (C):  Cut the 7 – 5 1/4″ colored squares on both diagonals (28 sections).  Sew one 2 7/8″ background HST to each section.  14 to the right and 14 to the left.  As shown.  Like you would be making a flying geese (goose?) block but with only one side.  Trim dog ears.

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Sew each (B) section to the corresponding (C) section to make a HST.  As shown below.  You should have 14 right sides and 14 left sides.  Trim.

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Using the 1 1/2″ width of fabric strips, sew one colored and one background strip together lengthwise (the long way, not end to end).  *If your 2 1/2″ blender strips have not been cut into squares. Sew each blender strip to the colored  1 1/2″ strip.  Cut into 96 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ bricks.  *If your blender has been cut into 2 1/2″ squares. Cut the 1 1/2″ sewn strips into 96 – 2 1/2″ sections.  Sew each blender square to the colored side of the square to make a brick 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  As shown below.

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And there you go!  You made it through the tricky stuff!  BTW I LOVE looking at all your progress on the Flickr page.  They all look so happy!  I love happy quilts!  If you haven’t already chosen your sashing and border fabric, now is a good time to look at your sections with your brick blenders and see what would compliment what you have.  I know sometimes with a mystery it can get kind of strange and you may think….”If I had only known, I would have done something different….”.  So lay out your pieces and get a feel of what color would really make those squares pop.

Have fun and the next clue will be on April 14th, 7 pm EDT.

  • Stacey T.
    March 11, 2015

    Yippee, Clue # 3!
    I’m doing this mystery with my 10 year old daughter. This step is going to confuse her, and it will be a challenge 🙂 Thanks so much, Charlotte!

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      March 11, 2015

      Hi Stacey, What Fun, to do this with your daughter!! Slow and easy, I think it looks more complicated than it is. I presented it to my guild last night and someone said it just looks like two white flags. Hee!Hee! I just thought….that means surrender!!! Oh!Oh! Glad to have you both having fun with the mystery.
      Happy Quilting,

  • Johnna
    March 24, 2015

    I’m having so much fun sewing this mystery! Thanks for making it. And it is so nice to have made some room in the scrap bin.

  • Pat Seager
    March 26, 2015

    I’ve run a little short when sewing 1 1/2″ background pieces to 1 1/2″ strips from WOF. when making the rest, can I use any fabric or should I use additional pieces from the WOF fabric?

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      March 26, 2015

      Pat, I’m not quite sure which fabric you are short. If it’s the background, find something close in the same color….scrappy. If it’s the blender, I guess the same goes. Find something the same color and value. The colored 1 1/2″ width can just be more scraps. I hope I’ve answered your question. If not, just buzz me again.

      • Pat Seager
        March 26, 2015

        Sorry. It was clear to me.
        , knowing exactly what I meant. I was talking about the various colored WOF strips. you answered my question – I can use any handy fabric to complete the 2 1/2″ squares to be joined to the blender fabric. thanks.

  • Johann komirek
    April 8, 2015

    Is the clue for April out? I did not get it yet!

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      April 11, 2015

      The clue will be out Tuesday 7pmEDT

  • Delwyn Foster
    April 14, 2015

    Love this mystery.
    Eagerly awaiting next clue. Its
    already 15th April here in NewZealand 😉 Is there a facebook group to join and share our progress and chat. I have done a search but only find a scrapbook group.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      April 15, 2015

      Love your gmail, Madam Caterpiller! I haven’t started a Facebook group…….mainly because I haven’t a clue how to……but it is a good idea. I’ll have to look in my Book for Dummies and see what I can come up with. Thanks! And I’m glad you are having fun with the mystery. I am too!!! 🙂
      Happy Quilting!

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