Friday, November 24, 2017

On Ringo Lake–Part 1!

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Happy November 24th, everyone!

I hope that those of you who are stateside in the USA had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

For those who don’t celebrate our American Thanksgiving, I hope you can still feel a sense of gratitude and holiday festivity coming your way from those of us who do celebrate.

We all have so much to be grateful for, no matter what time of year it is and we don’t need a designated day to focus on that gratitude.

I am so very excited and very grateful to have the opportunity to once again share a terrifically fun mystery quilt with you and I want to thank you for making my holidays what they are.  My heart is full and I just can’t wait to get this ball rolling!

If you are just joining us, we’ve already released our introductory post including the colors of this year’s mystery and the yardage requirements.  You’ll find that post under the On Ringo Lake tab at the top of my blog.  Catch up there.  It’s not to late to join in!


Our first unit!

50 Aqua/Neutral/Brown 9-patches

It’s an easy unit to start with, but an important one.  This simple 9-patch lays the foundation for all of the rest of our piecing.  This unit has more pieces and seams in it than any other, and if it doesn’t come out the right size, nothing else is going to fit and you are going to struggle.

Before you can be a great piecer, you need to become a better cutter.

When cutting, do NOT leave the ruler line you are measuring by on the mat NEXT to your fabric.  Get it UP ON THE FABRIC.  Be sure the line is ON the fabric, not next to it.  Don’t leave the line on the mat.

Cutting is something we’ve all taken for granted, and we tend to blame the 1/4’’ foot for why things aren’t measuring correctly, but it really does go back to the whole equation of what happens when we cut and sew and press.  Cutting is important.  And you need to give yourself the full width of the strip if your seam is going to work as well.

We will be cutting 1 1/2” strips for 9-patches that measure 3 1/2’’ from side to side, and finish at 3’’ in the quilt.

I’ve talked about this many times before, but I know we have many newbies who are joining us for the first time.  Please read my article on Making the Cut which includes photos and more instruction to help you.


Aqua/Neutral strip sets.

When going scrappy, I work with short strip sets to increase my variety as much as possible.  No number of strip sets to cut and sew is given as scrap strips vary in length.  What matters is the number of sub-cuts you get from the strip sets you’ve sewn.

Cut a bunch of aqua, brown and neutral fabrics into 1 1/2'' strips.  You may even hit your Scrap User's System to see if you have any of these colors in this size on hand.

Stitch an aqua strip to either side of a center neutral strip.  Press seams toward the aqua.


Press and measure!  The numbers do not lie!

This strip set needs to measure 3 1/2’’ tall.  If it does not, readjust your seam allowance and give it another go.  Make several strip sets, enough to get 100 sub-cuts – but don’t sub-cut yet.  Wait for it, wait for it…..


Using up very short scraps of brown – I want them GONE!

Stitch a neutral 1 1/2’’ strip on either side of a center brown 1 1/2’’ strip.  Press seams toward the brown.  Measure these strip sets too – just by changing how you sit in front of your machine, can throw your seam allowance off.  Sew several strip sets – you are going to want enough to be able to get 50 sub-cuts.  But do not cut yet!  Wait for it….


Adventures in Speed Slicing!

Match an aqua/neutral/aqua strip set with a neutral/brown/neutral strip set with right sides together.  You’ll feel the seams nest.  Nested seams actually help hold the strip sets steady!

Make 50 sub-cuts at 1 1/2’’ wide. Since the pairs are right sides together, they will be ready to sew.

You save 1/3 of the cutting time this way, and there is zero time spent matching unit to unit as they are already paired.  It's a win/win!

**HINT**  If you use an Accuquilt or other die cutting apparatus,  Consider marking parallel lines across the blades of your die.  Line up the strip sets with right sides together and crank them through, making multiple cuts effortlessly.  I love sub-cutting strip sets with my Accuquilt.

From the remaining aqua/neutral strip sets, make 50 1 1/2’’ single cuts.  These will be row 3 on the 9-patches.


My pairs ready to sew, and the row 3 cuts above!

I love using large baking sheets (that have never seen the heat of my oven) in my sewing space.  It makes it easy to carry the pairs from the cutting table to the sewing machine.  The lipped edge keeps everything from sliding off and they stack wonderfully.


Chain piecing on my 500a Rocketeer!

Stitch the matched pairs, pressing the seams toward the aqua corners.  Add the remaining row 3 segments to complete the 50 9-patch units, also pressing toward the aqua corners just added.

Units will measure 3 1/2’’ and finish at 3’’ in the quilt.

As I was stitching up these units it suddenly registered why I was so drawn to these colors – it wasn’t only the photos I took in Minnesota:


It was the rug under my feet!


It was my tissue box, and my favorite quote on the my studio wall at the cabin--

All of the colors were there around me all along!

This quilt is a journey – not a race.  We are starting out with this unit because of the busy holiday weekend.  I am aware that many of us have family members around who need our time and we have other hectic, time consuming things going on.  50 is enough.  Just enough.

If things are extremely busy in your world, shoot for a dozen for now.  And next Friday, with the release of clue #2, do the same.  Try to do SOME of each unit each week so it is easy for you to pick back up after New Year's.

Let’s talk about MONDAY!

During our Mystery, the Monday after any clue release is our link-up day.  Our link-ups stay archived here on my blog forever, even though the mystery will be retired after a while.  If you don’t know what a link-up is, check out this one for parts 6 & 7 of our En Provence Mystery.

To participate you must have either a blog, a public Instagram (not Facebook) A public Google+ profile, a public Flickr profile, or a Pinterest account.  Details on how to link with these will appear in Monday’s post. 

I hope you’ll participate in the link-up so we can share our progress!  If you are posting to any social media please remember to use the hash tags #quiltvillemystery and #onringolakequilt so that I  and others can find your posts. 

Click to play!

This is also going on through Cyber Monday! ALL DIGITAL PATTERNS in the Quiltville Store are 25% off through November 27th when you use the coupon code DIGITAL25 in the coupon box when ordering.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

I’ve heard from so many who say they are nervous or scared. Let it go!

This is going to be a beautiful quilt, just wait and see!

Have a lovely Friday, everyone!

This mystery is given for personal use only. No part may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying for sharing, scanning or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Please no uploading and saving of this file with intent to share, email or distribute, either digitally or in hard copy. NOT FOR RESALE.

Please send your friends to my blog to print their clues. Thank you!


QuiltLaughLove said...

Woo hoo! Let the fun begin. Thanks Bonnie!!!

Cheryl in Friendsville said...

Hurray!! It's finally here!! Thank you, Bonnie, for this wonderful treat!!

Design Originals by KC said...

Thank you Bonnie... for this Holiday gift from you to all of us! I will be printing these for now... and starting on it one step enjoying at a time once we get moved and new sewing room set up! You are AWESOME!!!! Kathi in Florida for now... North Carolina is my future though!! lol

Marie Novak said...

Thank you Bonnie!

cahirasnana said...

Thank you so much Bonnie. The fun and excitement are about to start.

Judy Davis said...

My first MQ with you. Love this first block.Up early and ready to start. Thank you

Shari Z said...

Ladies, start your engines! Okay, motors or foot/hand power machines. Let the fun begin.

sewfast1 said...

Wow the start of another adventure and share along the way our accomplishment.....as the sun rises!

TeenMarie Quilts said...

First MQ! I'm so excited to begin. Thank you Bonnie!

Janet Mezger said...

I'm excited to get started. I have to wait until Monday when I am home to print out the directions. Something to look forward to. Thanks Bonnie.

Teresa Witt said...

Yay! I had to get up for work this morning at six. I'm exhausted after yesterday's festivities. This post was just what I needed to wake me up and get me excited! Tonight I'll cut and tomorrow my sister Mary and I will be meeting up with a group from the guild at the Laughing Ewe (our friend's quilt shop) to piece clue one. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Happy Thanksgiving, Bonnie! Xoxox

Donna s said...

With this new mystery quilt you have honored me with I will pick up new skills, brush up some old ones, clear out a little of my stash I have stored away and just maybe drop a few pounds if I remain dedicated to the task.
Hope you had the enjoyable thanksgiving that you deserve.
The distracted quilter, Donna

Kay Vanatta said...

Last year was my first mystery and I had a BLAST! Thank you so much for providing all the fun for us! This year I am delayed for a couple of weeks but will enjoy the ride! Cannot wait to play with these yummy colors! Thanks again :-) Kay

mo-rie said...

I trust you, Bonnie, to design an amazing Mystery Quilt and I LOVE what I see in Clue #1! Never wanted to make a MQ because after all that work, what if I don't like it? Had so much fun shopping the stash!

Candy Minton said...

Thank you Bonnie! You make my holidays merry and bright! My favorite gift comes once a week for several weeks. Thank you for your giving heart ❤️

pkquilter said...

Thank you, Bonnie! The fun begins!

Beth said...

Thank you Bonnie! I KNEW there was a reason I woke up before 5 am MST! oh..and the fact that we eat turkey TODAY! HA! When you have airline people in the family, you are thankful when they are home. Sewing starts tonight or tomorrow! Thank you for all you do for us!

Tanya Perretta said...

Can't wait to get started on my MQ. You are so generous. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. Hugs for a wonderful holiday season.

Trish said...

I'm soooooooo happy that I can use some of my 1.5" strips and squares!! I am hoping to go really scrappy with this one! Thank you Bonnie!

Pat Cole said...

This is my first MQ with you Bonnie love the colors going to get starting on it today since I don't have to go back to work till Monday thanks for the adventure

Debbie said...

Thanks, Bonnie. An aside....I use plastic fast food trays for my pieces and sorting to cart from iron to machine, etc. They are light weight and readily available on line. And in colors!

Pat Ashe said...

Let the fun begin. Early bird is started. Thanks Bonnie.

Brandy Pettit said...

Thank you Bonnie and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Linda W said...

Bonnie-Thank you for all the hearts that you fill with joy-mine included!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

Trina in SATX said...

I was getting ready to start my Christmas decorating and remembered it was Friday! Love the first clue. It will have to wait until tomorrow but I can't wait to get started. Several of us from my small guild are working on this mystery. And as for the trays, I was given some covers from surgerical tools o use. I was told they get thrown away after the box is opened. About the same size as a cookie sheet. Ask around if there is a nurse that can get you some.
Trina in SA

Marcie Redeker said...

I'm up early - couldn't sleep - suffering shingles nerve pain....thank you so much for your On Ringo Lake post! Hopefully, I'll get a couple hours more sleep and then start the cutting! I so look forward to mystery time each year, THANK YOU for your time and efforts - not sure just how you do it, but I'm THANKFUL.

Daisy Smith said...

Thank you so much! Being able to focus on your mystery will help me get through the holidays this year. Your mystery quilts have become part of my holiday celebrations every year. :-) I just wanted you to know how much your kindness means to me.

Blessings to you and yours x

Theresa Maendele said...

So so excited to do this mystery. I went thru my stash and rearranged it looking for fabric for this. Hate that I am out of town now and won't be able to start any sewing til next Monday, but I can go shopping for more fabric where I am. Woohoo!! Thanks for the mystery Bonnie. Glad you made it home safe. Hope I can figure out the sharing part too. Never done it before

robert donolli said...

Easy peasy so far! Thank you Bonnie! Claudia

Susie Q said...

Ringo Lake is a Go.... thanks for clue ONE.....

Quilter Kathy said...

I am so excited I could hardly sleep last night... it's like Christmas morning for quilters!
I'm off to the sewing room!

Patty S said...

Thank you Bonnie!Ready, Set, GO!

Mary said...

Up and at email this Black Friday. Gotta get cutting. Love tiny two colored 9-patches. I haven't stitched all week, I'm SEW READY!

Jean Etheridge said...

We are visiting my daughter and her family, and I am thrilled to be with my two older grandsons, so I can’t start until the end of the week, but I am looking forward to my fourth year of the mystery. Thank you, Bonnie!

khowardquilts said...

Oh, this is so pretty that I could make a quilt with just this unit! This mystery quilt should be fantastic.

Kristi said...

Yippy! I don't usually work with these small size pieces, so I'm looking forward to a challenge. I'm going to start with half the units. Thanks Bonnie! I love your blog, designs, and heartfelt commentary. Blessings to you!

Sally BC said...

I am looking forward to this as the aqua colors are my colors. However, I'm stuck in Michigan, 300 miles from home. My mum's lung cancer has metastasized into her bones, and she has 8 radiation treatments over the next two weeks.

I knew I should have brought my sewing machine! Anyone near Union Lake with one to spare that I can borrow?

Carole said...

Yea ! It's mystery day. Love the colors and have so much fun doing this.
Thank you for all you do.

Dena T said...

I love 9 patches. Starting after my grandkids make their xmas gifts for their parents this am. Thank you Bonnie.

Duchess B said...

Good Morning everyone, I have been waiting MONTHS for this day. Today is not "Black Friday" after all, it's "Aqua, Brown and Neutral Friday", three of my favorite colors! Although I have to admit that I haven't met a color I didn't like. So excited to get going on this mystery.
Under our mentor Bonnie's tutelage, we will all learn new skills and improve old ones. Just reading I've learned some new skills. Now to put them in to practice. Next learning curve will be how to share with everyone.
See you all in the sharing world ~~~ Brenda

Kim said...

Yeah...black Friday out shopping??? Heck NO I'm in my sewing room cutting fabric for my mystery quilt with Bonnie.........oh happy day :0)
Thanks so much Bonnie, Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends and Happy Sewing :0)

TheaMinPA said...

Thank YOU Bonnie! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Historic Ligonier PA - hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day as well.
And to think I almost gave away my big box of brown scraps.... so thrilled to be using them at last!
I finished TWO quilt tops in an effort to use up my reds (made a small dent) just in time to join this year's mystery.
Thank you for being such a generous person!

Laurie Edwards said...

Thanks Bonnie. This looks like one I might get through this week :) I started this mystery journey with you back in 2013 with Celtic Solstice, and have pulled fabric for each one since then and started the clues. I have all four bins for the past four mystery quilts with fabrics and partial clues sewn on my shelf. My goal is to try to stay up with On Ringo Lake this year, as well as put the other 4 mystery quilts higher on my priority list and get them finished in 2018. This is going to be fun, as always. Thanks again for all your work making this an annual highlight for so many of us.

Shirley Shingara said...

As always I am grateful for your creativity and generosity. I am working today but looking forward to playing when I get home! Yes, a very pleasing color plan.

wholly holly said...

Agreeable, predictable,and reproachable.

Lenore said...

Ringo , Ringo, Ringo Lake, I really just can not wait.
Snipping, stitching whilst I stay up late.
It’s my first mystery I just can not wait. X

Midge said...

Thanks, Bonnie for another fun MQ. So much positive feeling and group sharing gets generated by your generosity! Last year was my first MQ and there was no question about it - I'm baaack!

Beth LaMotte said...

Oh thank you so much for this delightful mystery. I must confess I had to stop midway and put some blocks together. They are so cute! This is my first mystery quilt with you and I'm hooked!

Bev said...

Here in Ireland I figured I'd have wait till mid afternoon for the clue! But it came at 11am! SCORE!!! Saved, printed and strips are cut for stitching tomorrow! Thanks Bonnie, you are a blessing. Love you and yours.

Tammy said...

YAHOO! This is going to be my first Quiltville Mystery! I pulled my fabrics last week and starting my cutting now! Thanks, Bonnie! And, I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for you.

piseth san said...

Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this, It's very interesting Blog...
I believe there are many who feel the same satisfaction as I read this article!
I hope you will continue to have such articles to share with everyone!

acoelke said...

My first Quiltville mystery. I've never had time etc, but hope to work it in this year. Pulled out all my aqua, brown and neutral strips. Will need more fabric, but it's enough for getting the 9 patches done. Then I may need to dig deeper in the resource center.

Evelyn Saphier said...

I ❤️😊❤️😊❤️ 9-patches AND the colors and theme. I can hardly wait to get started, but family time will be priority for the now. Thank you, Bonnie, 🤗

Sadie said...

Your mystery quilts make this an extra special time of the year. I love your hints and detailed instructions. I am sure the will be a great journey for all your followers. Thank you1

Katy Lillie said...

I am excited to start this mystery! Love the colors & I won a basket at Surfside Quilters Guild NovemberFest filled with browns & greens!!
Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I miss you😘😘 Thank you so much.

Shirley Ruchti said...

I am so excited to get started. Have all the fabrics and first part directions and starting first thing Monday. Going to try to post a picture in Mystery Monday. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your mysteries. Thank you so much for providing them.

Raven said...

Thank you, Bonnie. Sorted fabric last night and have been slicing and dicing! Such a lot of fun knowing I'm quilting along with others all over the world.

nancy toth said...

Thank you bonnie !!!!! My 1st clue is done Yea !!! so much fun.

mom said...

Thank you Bonnie! Very excited to begin the mystery. Thank you for all you do to give is gift to us, your talent is amazing!

Susan Black said...

This is going to be fun ! I love these color's

joann kraemer said...

ok I'm new to this did i miss something or is the yardage amounts not listed and other then the 9 patch what colors do i need..

Cindy said...

Looks interesting