Stuff Happens and Then There’s a Clue!

Those of you who aren’t on Facebook are probably wondering why there was no clue last week.  Well, last Wednesday when I was working on the clue, we started having a wind storm.  And this wasn’t just your average windstorm………This was gusts up to 80 mph and continued for about 5 hours.  I looked out my window and there were tractor trailer trucks stopped in front of my house.  Cars were turning around in the street.  A tree had blown down on top of a tractor trailer truck, knocking down the wires and blocking both sides of the road.  Everything east of the tree was down and had no power.  Luckily I kept power but the cable was gone.  No cable = no internet, so there went your clue.  The storm raged and 130,000 people in my area lost electric.  Some are still out.  Trees and poles came down everywhere.  Traffic lights weren’t working and some even came crashing down. Crews have come from all over to help get power lines back up and working.  Yesterday my cable was restored.  And I have TV, yayee!   Now we are under a winter storm warning that may land us up to 2 feet of snow! Oye!  Up until now we’ve had a mild winter with some really warm weather.  My crocus are blooming!  They’re frozen and confused!  Crazy, crazy weather!  I’m ready for Spring!!!

So, sorry about the delay but there was nothing to be done but wait!  And what do they say?……good things come to those that wait?  Well, I hope this is good and worth your wait!

Surrounded By Scraps  –  Clue #3

Choose 4 –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares, arrange and sew 2 together with a background 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, twice. Press to the background.   Sew 2 –  1 1/2″x 3 1/2″ background rectangles with one 1 1/2″ colored square as shown below. Press to the background.   Assemble together as shown below to make a 7 1/2″ square.  Press. Make 12 (20).

Using the four patches that were made previously, sew on 3 1/2″x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to  one side of the four patch.  These are direction specific so make sure that half of your units have the colored patch to the top left and half of the units are to the bottom left, as shown below.  Press to the background.   You should have 24 (40) of each.

Using the nine patches that were made previously, sew one 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to the side of one nine patch, as shown below.  Press to the background fabric.  Make 48 (80).

Using the four patch units and the nine patch units, sew together as shown.  Press to the four patch unit side.  You should have 24 (40) righties and 24 (40) lefties.

OK, I know you will be chomping at the bit to put this block together!  But don’t get ahead of me here!  Just remember……good things come to those who wait!  LOL!  I know…….April 12th seems so far away……….  But it will be Spring!  I hope!!!!  And the mystery will be revealed!  Ah Hah!  As always, Have fun and keep quilting!


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


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  • Sandra
    March 13, 2017

    I am so thankful you were safe and sound during all the weather craziness! I have to admit that beginning last week I was checking (sometimes hourly, LOL) to see if there was a clue, and then I began to worry that something awful had happened to you! Thank you for all the work you are putting into this mystery. I’m enjoying it immensely.

  • Susan
    March 13, 2017

    Wow, now THAT’s a reason for not posting! It sounds awful, and I hope that the coming storm doesn’t add more woes to the tale. Intriguing clue!

  • N
    March 13, 2017

    Hi there Charlotte so glad I found your website. I also love scrap quilts and found out about Bonnie Hunter about a year ago. I started cutting 2 1/2 strips after taking a class from Debbie Caffery in Houston in the early 2000’s and now using Bonnie Hunter’s guidelines as well. I am also going to do your current mystery. I have one question concerning the background color, if I want to use light as my background instead of black, does it need to be the same light fabric or can it be scrappy lights?

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      March 14, 2017

      Hi N,
      Of course you can use scrappy! That’s always an option here! I’m glad you found the site. Have fun!

  • Elisabeth Pelzel
    March 14, 2017

    Dear Charlotte, I am very glad, that you are healthy; that is the most important thing! Thank you for clue 3, of Course it is worth have been waiting for!

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      March 14, 2017


  • Pratima
    March 14, 2017

    Charlotte, I am very glad to know you are safe and in good health. Thank you for the instructions, and making it fun and easy to make this pretty quilt. Please take care as the storm passes.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      March 14, 2017

      Thank you, Pratima. I think you are in the path of this storm too. So be safe and keep quilting!

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