Oye! And it Snowed AGAIN! – Clue #4

This winter just keeps dragging on!  Yes, it was snowing when we went to bed the other night but the good news was that it had miraculously melted by morning with temps in the 40’s.  Crazy weather! I hope that offering was the last of the white stuff until next winter!  Enuf Already!!!!  But the real good news is that Clue #4 is here.  I debated if or how I could drag this out another month but it just wasn’t happening.  So not only do you get Clue #4……..the last clue…….but you also get the REVEAL!  How good is that!?  I love that so many of you are having fun with this mystery and I love seeing your progress on Facebook.  Thank you from the bottom of my quilty heart for the joy and acceptance that you have bestowed on me.  I love putting these together!

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner  –  Clue #4

18.  Choose 12 – 3 1/2″ assorted medium to dark colored squares for the center of the blocks.  Using very light/light sections from the 4 1/4″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one section on top and bottom of the 3 1/2″ square.  Then sew one on each side, making a square in a square block (4 3/4″ sq.) as shown below.  Press and trim off dog ears.

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19.  Using the med/dark 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 as you did in #18.  Press and trim (6 1/2″ sq.).

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20.  Find the 48 sections that were made and set aside from #9 OR using sections from med/dark 4 1/4″ sq. cut on both diagonals, sew one section to two sides of  of very light/light 2 5/8″ square as shown below.2016-04-11 15.27.42

21.  Sew one section from #20 to each side of the unit in #19.


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22.  Sew one 3 7/8″ med/dark HST to two sides of med/dark 3 1/2″ square the same was as in #20.  Make 48.  Press away from the square, trim dog ears.

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23.Sew each section from #22 to each unit from #21.  Press and trim.  12 completed blocks (12 1/2″).


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24.  Lay out blocks as below using sashing, 2 1/2″ assorted cornerstones and assorted 2 7/8″ HST st the outside edge of the sashing.  Border as desired.

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner #25

And here is my Scrappy Stars Around the Corner….blowing in the wind!  I had a tough time getting a picture.  First, while the sun was still shining, I laid it out on the front hill but it kept blowing away.  So then I resorted to the neighbor’s clothesline and that was a little better but the nice sun was gone.  Now, it’s raining!  Well, at least it’s better than SNOW!!!  And of course, every picture that was fairly good had my thumb in the corner.  It’s hard to get good help around here….LOL!

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I purposely did not put a border on my quilt YET.  I have a few ideas that I am juggling around that I will share with you in the next few days.  Until then…….Happy Quilting!

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Correction!

My apologies !  Thanks to Liz, it was brought to my attention that the number of med/dark 4 1/4″ squares need for this pattern was posted incorrectly.  So if you all were figuring you must have miscounted or something, the problem was not yours but totally mine.  You need a total of 150 -4 1/4″ med/dark squares instead of 128.  So if you haven’t been there yet,……..back to the scrap bin for 22 more.  I truly apologise.  I do try very hard to get all my instructions correct but I guess I goofed up this time.  Hopefully  this will get us all back on track and I hope I haven’t messed you up too much.  Just for your info, if you have completed this clue, you should not need to find any more from the scrap bin.  You should be all caught up.  The remaining numbers should be ok………golly, I hope!  Again, my apologies !

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – Clue #3

It feels like Spring around here lately!  Except for the occasional snow storm and we are way behind in that department.  But that’s all right with me!  I’ll take warmish weather and bits of snow here and there any day all winter.  Bring on the sun!  I’m ready!  And I KNOW you are all ready for this next clue!  So here it goes and it’s a long one with lots of parts.  So have fun!

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – Clue #3

8.  Using 3 7/8″ med/dark HST, sew two together as shown below. No need to match – just take as random.  Make 36.  Press later if you wish.  Set aside.

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9.  Using sections from med/dark 4 1/4″ sq. cut diagonally, sew one section to two sides of a 2 5/8″ very light/light square as shown below  No need to match. Make 80.  Press away from the square.  Trim dog ears.  Set aside.

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10.  Sew one 3 7/8″ med/dark HST to two sides of med/dark 3 1/2″ square the same way as above.  Make 14.  Press, trim and set aside.

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11.  Sew one med/dark 4 1/4″ section to one light 4 1/4″ section to make a square.  Press to dark and trim.  Sew one med/dark 4 1/4″ section to each side of the LIGHT 4 1/4″ section to make the triangle unit below.  Make 4.  Press and trim.

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12.  Sew each above triangle unit to one unit from step #9 as shown to make a 4 1/2″ square.

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16.  Sew one unit from step #9 to each side as shown below.  Press and trim.

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17.  Sew one unit from step #8 to each side and one section from step #10 to the top.  Complete 14 half blocks.  Press, trim and set aside.

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Happy Quilting!  The next clue will be on April 12th at 7pm Eastern Daylight Time (yaaaay!).

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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.

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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!

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!

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

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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!!!!