Time to Get This Show on the Road!

Hello Quilters!

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I posted.  Thank you all for hanging in there with me.  For those who don’t follow me on Facebook, a lot has happened in the past few months.  My husband passed away suddenly the beginning of November.  Just before that I was notified that my “ScrapitudeQuilts” was in violation of a trademark infringement.  So, after trying to get some order back into my life, I will be changing the name of this website.  My son will switching things over and he tells me that “it will go seamlessly.”  So hopefully, I won’t lose any of you in the process.  I have already changed the Facebook site to “MakingScrappyQuiltsWith Charlotte.”  Check it out if you haven’t already.

OK, so now down to the fun stuff.  YIKES! I’m Surrounded by Scraps!  How’s that for a quilt name?!?  Yes, Surrounded by Scraps is the new mystery that we will be starting in January.  Some of you know you need a “boatload” of 1 1/2″ squares but I figured I should probably give you better numbers than that so here goes:

2017 Mystery Quilt 

 Surrounded By Scraps  by Charlotte Hawkes

This quilt is being offered in two sizes.  small (approx. 67″ x 85.5″ includes a 5″ border)  and large (approx. 85.5″ x 104″ include a 5″ border).  Instructions will be given with the amounts for the large size (in).  Background fabrics can be all the same fabric or scrappy as long as they are the same color and/or value.  I have used black as my background but any color will do as long as you remember to have good contrast between your background fabric and your colored squares.

48  (80)  –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares

396  (678)  –  1 1/2″ assorted colored squares

336  (560  –  1 1/2″ background squares

48  (80)  –  3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background blocks

96  (160)  –  3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background blocks

144  (240)  –  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background blocks

96  (160)  –  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ assorted colored blocks (Note:  You may choose to use one contrasting fabric instead of the assorted blocks.  You will need 1/2 yd for the small size and 3/4 yd. for the large size.)  I used a medium blue in mine but now I wish I had used scrappy.  It would have been more awesome!!!

23  (34)  –  1 1/2″ x 17″  background sashing strips

Total amount of background yardage  –  6 yds for small and 8 yds. for large


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


The first clue will escape on January 11th at 7:00 EST.  Stay tuned!

  • Michelle Bowes
    December 12, 2016

    Cudos to you Charlotte for moving forward and finding the time and strength to share this with us. You are an inspiration in strength for all of us that follow you! ! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished quilt I know it will be as spectacular as the last one you put together for us!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!! ??

  • Jo Ellen
    December 13, 2016

    I am so sorry about your husband. Prayers for you and your family.
    I’ve never done a mystery quilt before, but I have swapped 1 1/2″ squares, so I have a few. I may have to jump on board for this one! Sounds like fun!

  • rosa
    December 13, 2016

    Sounds fun hope to join the fun and empty the scraps bag.

  • Ioleen
    December 13, 2016

    Sounds interesting. I will be following along.

  • Jean poulton
    December 13, 2016

    Charlotte, just realized we are “neighbors” -from Henrietta, ny Jean.
    Oh, I belong to the Irondequoit quilt club.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      December 13, 2016

      I belong to Spencerport , Canal Country Quilters…and I teach at the Greece JoAnn’s. Small world huh?

  • Quilting Tangent
    December 13, 2016

    So happy you are back. Quilting is one of the things to help you though the hard times.

  • Laundered Cotton
    December 13, 2016

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. How very brave of you to undertake this quiltalong in the midst of all this adversity. Quilt your way through it is a healthy approach, imo. (It ain’t called therapy for nothin’!) I’m in! Thank you so much.

  • Pratima
    December 15, 2016

    Deepest condolences, dear Charlotte! Very kind of you to inspire and share your creativity with us, Thank you!

  • Jo ButterZ
    December 20, 2016

    I can’t believe you are back here after losing your hubby. My thought and best wishes are with you. I’m sure quilting is giving you strength. You must be a very strong person.

  • Kathy Nyman
    December 22, 2016

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Especially hard this time of year. Looking forward to cutting fabric starting after the holidays. I love mysteries.

  • Neame
    December 22, 2016

    You’ve been through a lot recently. Hugs to you. Thanks for keepin’ on keepin’ on.

  • Susan
    January 3, 2017

    My condolences on the loss of your husband. Nothing can make that feel better. I hope the Scrapitude people were at least nice about things and gave you some time to work on this – considering everything. I had no idea they had copyrighted that term.

    Thanks for your mystery plans. I’ve posted about it on QuiltBOM.wordpress.com

  • Cala
    January 10, 2017

    Condolences on the loss of your husband. Sorry about all the other drama as well.

    Just a few questions…..

    How many clues will this mystery quilt have? Will it be weekly/monthly….?

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      January 11, 2017

      Hi Cala, Thank you for your interest. The clues come once a month with the final reveal probably in May. Happy Quilting!

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