Scrappy Stars Around The Corner – Clue #2

I’m loving what I have seen and I think you will love what you are about to see!  I just love this block! So. OK…..let’s get started!  Remember value is the key to the focus in this block and mystery pattern.  So if it says “Very Light”…..that’s what it means!    That means very much lighter than all your other fabrics.  OK, so NOW let’s get started!

Scrappy Stars Around The Corner – Clue #2:

4.  Choose 20 of the 3 1/2″ assorted medium to dark colored squares for the center of your blocks.  Using medium to dark assorted sections from the 4 1/4″ squares that have been cut on both diagonals, sew one section on the top and bottom of the 3 1/2″ square and then one on each side, making a square in a square block (4 3/4″ square) as shown below.   Use different fabrics to make it interesting.  No need to match but just be pleasant.  Press to the outside and trim off dog ears.

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5.  Using the very light colored assorted 3 7/8″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one assorted section on each side of the above block the same way as you did in #4.   Be careful of those bias edges.  No wonky blocks allowed here!  Press to the outside and trim the dog ears  (6 1/2″ square).

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6.Sew one section from #3 in the previous Clue #1 to the top and bottom of the block making sure that the background fabric is on the outside.  Sew all 20 top and bottom.

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7.  Sew one background 3 1/2″ square to each side of remaining sections from #3.  Sew the two remaining sides to the block as shown.  Press and square up if needed to 12 1/2″.  Twenty blocks done!

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Happy Quilting!  The next clue will be on March 8th at 7pm EST.

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Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – Clue #1

Ok, Quilters!  Start your engines!……rev up your sewing machines!

Please note**  Black will be shown as the background fabric in all of the instructions.  ALSO!  Value and diversity are important in this quilt.  Try to have different colors, color values, prints, etc. in each of your blocks.  Mix it up!  Matching is not important here.  One more thing…….there will be bias edges.  Bias can be your friend or foe.  They can help you ease it in or cause you much distress if you stretch them too much.  So treat them kindly.

  1.  Cut 4 1/4″ background squares on both diagonals.  Sew 1 section to two sides a a 2 5/8″ medium to dark colored squares as shown below.  Make 80.  Trim dog ears and press toward the background.2016-01-12 12.11.17
  2. Using the assorted medium to dark colored 4 1/4″ squares that have been cut on both diagonals, sew two assorted sections together on the short side to make a triangle.  No need to match at all!!  Just sew them!  Get out of your matchy box!  It won’t matter!  Trust me!  Make 160.  Wait to press until after the next step.2016-01-12 12.13.16
  3. Sew each triangle from step #2 to the sides of each triangle from step#1.  Flip the seams so they nestle nicely.  Press and trim dog ears.  You should have 80 pieces that measure 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.2016-01-12 12.16.45

Have fun!  The next clue will be on Feb. 9 at 7 pm EST.

© 2015 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.

I welcome your enthusiasm and publicity but Please do not share these clues on Facebook. Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. Thank You.

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Two weeks to go!

Can you imagine?  Two weeks from now it will be the middle of January!  Our winter has been so warm the cold weather only arrived yesterday.  Finally, we have some snow but it’s mostly melted already.  That’s ok with me,  I’ll take the warm weather any day.  Although I do like to sit and sew when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing outside.  Looking at it is much better than having to go outside in it.  One really advantage of being retired! YeeHa!  But I’ll adjust to sewing when its not snowing and blowing  there’s always some other excuse I can find if I need one.

I found a, hopefully, minor error in the cutting instructions.  The background 3 1/2″ square was listed as needing 20. You really need 80.  I had it listed correctly in my notes but apparently I typed it incorrectly.  So that makes the background yardage to just a little over 3 yards instead of 2 3/4 yards.  I hope you all have enough.  I went through and checked all the other numbers and they look to be good.  My apologies.

Here are a couple of I Spy quilts I finished for gifts.  The back of each is the racetrack panel.  They turned out pretty well and were a big hit.  It always makes you feel good when the quilts are well received and you know they will be well used and loved.  These were made for two four year old boys that were just adopted from Uganda.
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The colors of this one look all washed out but they are all shades of blue. This was a long time UFO from a block of the month that we did in my quilting guild years ago. My UFO pile is getting way out of hand so I decided to finish up some of the smaller ones so that I felt like I was making some progress. I feel better now…..LOL.  As some of you know, I am a hand quilter so this was fun to do.  Each block is quilted with a different design and pattern.  Too bad you can’t see my handiwork!  My mother is always cold so I gave it to her for Christmas to “warm her body and comfort her soul”.

I know most of you don’t need a reminder……lol…..the first clue for Scrappy Stars Around the Corner is two weeks away from tonight 7pm EST. If you loved Scrapitude I think you will love this one too!
See you soon!
Happy Quilting!

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It’s November!! Already!!!!

Wow, how time flies! It will be the holidays before you know it. And with all THAT comes the new year! And the new mystery!! Woohoo!!! Of course, if you are like me, you have a million and one things to do before that gets here. It has been a busy time already……closing up the “camp”, putting the flower gardens to bed for the winter,  mulching endless leaves and harvesting the apples, squash and anything else of value in the vegetable garden.  I did find time to do some quilting though. I always try to squeeze some of that in, OF COURSE! I finished a couple small UFO’s, made a tractor pillow for my new to be grandson and this week I pounded out a baby quilt for a baby shower tomorrow.

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2015-11-13 10.47.42Now that the weather is getting colder I’ll be able to spend more time inside and hopefully getting more accomplished.  I’ve played with a couple of scrappy ideas that I’ll share with you when I have something to show.   I’m still working at doing machine quilting but I think it’s a losing battle.  Anything more than stitch in the ditch, that dreaded meander or echo stitching just doesn’t measure up.  I know……practice, practice, practice.  Bah Humbug!  Give me a needle any day!

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Here we go!! It’s Time to Cut The Scraps!!

This quilt works well with either a light or dark background.  For the light fabrics listed below, please use colors, pastels, pale greens, pinks, oranges, blues, etc. I’ve already been asked “What’s the difference between light and very light?”  My answer is after you have chosen your lights, separate them into light and very light.  And, sorry about the 2 5/8″ squares…….not a size I save either! I tried 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 and they just didn’t work.  I couldn’t figure it so you could just trim them down so I guess you’ll just have to trim to start with.  But you have lots of time and the clues will begin before you know it!  The first clue will be given on January 12, 2016 at 7 pm EST.

Scrappy Stars Around The Corner
A Quilt from Scrapitude Quilts
“Scraps with Attitude”
Designed by Charlotte Hawkes

Overall center size with no borders: approx. 80 x 99 inches
For the Confident Beginner to Intermediate Quilter

Fabric and cutting requirements:
Instructions include the use of the Easy Angle tool for cutting HST if desired.

Assorted Medium to Dark Scraps

31 – 2 ½”squares
80 – 2 5/8” squares
9 – 2 7/8” squares cut on the diagonal
94 – 3 ½” squares
98 – 3 7/8” squares cut on the diagonal OR   196 – 3 1/2″ HST using Easy Angle tool
150 – 4 ¼” squares cut on both diagonals

Assorted Very Light to Light Colored Scraps

80 – 2 5/8” squares
40 – 3 7/8” squares cut on the diagonal OR 80 – 3 1/2″ HST using Easy Angle tool
22 – 4 ¼” squares cut on both diagonals

Assorted Light to Medium Colored Scraps

31 – 3 7/8” squares cut on the diagonal OR 62 – 3 1/2″ HST using Easy Angle tool

Background – 2 ¾ yds.

80 – 3 ½” squares
40 – 4 ¼” squares cut on both diagonals
80 – 2 ½ x 12 ½” strips for sashing

Border, Binding, Backing and Batting as desired

© 2015 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.

I welcome your enthusiasm and publicity but Please do not share these clues on Facebook. Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. Thank You.

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September!! Already!! Are You Ready??!!!

Wow! How time flies! I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer. I surely have had a busy one. But I have been working on………guess what!!!???? A new mystery quilt!!!! AND the cutting instructions will be given next week! The mystery will begin in January just like we did last year. So if you are working and cutting for those holiday items don’t forget to cut those scraps! Stay tuned!!!!

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Playing with 9 Patches – A freebie pattern – Closing out at 3pm EDT!

Ok! Last call for the free Playing with 9 Patches pattern! I’m closing the offer at today ( June 17) 3pm EDT. Requests after that will not be filled. But I’ll have it for purchase at My Shop and on Craftsy (ScrapitudeQuilts).

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Playing with 9 patches

After Marsha posted a picture of my “Playing with 9 Patches” quilt design on the ScrapitudeQuilts site on Facebook, I have had several requests for the pattern.  I  tried to do a free PDF download on My Shop but PayPal will not accept “free”.  So if you are interested in the pattern, please write me a comment and I will email it to you.

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Whew! Finally!! I Figured it out!!!

I know some of you will say “It’s about time!!!!!” I have finally figured it out…..(after much agonizing, staring at the computer screen and pestering everyone I know who has ANY techy skills)……I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT!!! AND I have opened up My Shop! (I sure hope it works!) The pattern for SCRAPITUDE is now for sale as a PDF download through PayPal. Thank you all for your support and encouragement in this new venture of mine. Between this website and the Facebook site I have been thoroughly awed and humbled. I love looking at all your quilts. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful each variation is. And I love reading all your comments.

I have started working on Mystery Quilt #3, although I’m still in the early stages with only a few squares made. I’m not sure when I will start the clues but when I get a little farther along I will let you know what the fabric requirements are so you can start working on getting those scraps ready. I keep wondering if I can top Scrapitude and Scrap-In-A-Box but so far it’s looking pretty good. I’ll keep you posted.

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It’s Time to Reveal – Clue #5

First, I want to thank you all for your prayers and condolences at this difficult time.  My heart is heavy for my son and his two small children.  Life will never be the same for them.  But we try and move on, doing our best to make up for the loss but there is no way to fill this void.  Your comments have touched me.  Thank you all again.

OK!  Here we go!  Clue #5

You should have all your sections done and ready to go.  Now it’s time to cut your sashing.  Cut (48)  –  1 1/2 x 10 1/2″ strips.  Assemble blocks on point as shown, using the sashing strips, 1 1/2″ cornerstones and the remaining 1 7/8″ HST’s. Scrap-In-A-Box #5

There are several ways to assemble your squares.  When I assemble mine, I like to lay out the squares so that I get a good mix of the fabrics and colors.  I try to not have like fabric next to each other.  I sew the squares together in strips with the sashing in between.  Then I lay the strips out in order and choose a cornerstone that is in contrast to the fabrics that meet at the corners.  I then sew the sashing strips to the cornerstones making long strips.  Add the 1 7/8″ HSTs at each end (making sure they go in the right direction).   I then sew the sashing strips to the strips of squares.  This way I can make sure that the cornerstones are mixed well and contrast with the corner fabrics.

Borders:

Measure the length and width of the quilt at the center.  Cut the inner border strips 1 1/2″ wide the proper length and width for each side.  Pin and sew being careful to not stretch the fabric.

Measure and cut the contrasting border strips 1 1/2″ for each side.  Pin and sew as before.

Measure and cut the outer border strips 3 1/2″ for each side.  Pin and sew as before.

My finished quilt top measures 59″ x 74″.  Here it is hanging on the neighbor’s clothesline with the wind blowing!

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