Friday, December 22, 2017

On Ringo Lake, Part 5!

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Good Morning, Quiltvillians!

It’s the Friday before Christmas, and here we are with part 5 of On Ringo Lake.

I know it’s busy.  It’s crazy.  Many of you are traveling, or having family and friends traveling to YOUR house this weekend.

Christmas Eve is only 2 days away.

Many of you are deep into choir rehearsals for Christmas programs and midnight services.

Some of you are finishing up gifts, wrapping presents, baking up a storm and your lives are full of the bustle and hustle of holiday hubbub.

For those who are busy beyond belief, please know that I don’t want you to feel stressed out over this week’s clue.  Set it aside.  The time for it will come.  Give your attention where it is needed.

This week especially I want to share once again, as I do every year, why mysteries are so important to me during the holidays.

Though you may be busy, look around you.  There are many quilters who are alone and the holidays are difficult.  Some are newly widowed.  Some are struggling with divorce or other heartbreaks.  Some have moved in the past year away from family and friends. Some are struggling with devastating illness.  Or some are giving full-time care to elderly parents without much assistance.  Some are spending Christmas alone because children and grandchildren do not live nearby and they can’t travel.

Those who are happily busy, we are so happy for you.

For all the rest, this mystery is something I do with love for you at this difficult time of year.  And if it takes you all year or more to finally finish this quilt, all the better.  We are here for you. We understand, and are wishing you the merriest in whatever circumstances life finds you over the next while.

Our Part 5 is a bit of a repeat so there is nothing NEW to add to your stress this week.

You’ve got these triangles down pat by now!

200 brown/neutral flying geese.

Same as Part 2, only using BROWN as the center triangle.

You can choose whichever method you would like as given in part 2. Units will measure 2’’ X 3 1/2’’ and finish at 1 1/2’’ x 3’’ in the quilt.

You will find cutting directions in Part 2.  I'm saving you paper and not re-posting them in this clue.


These are some of the browns used in mine.

Including many 1980s & 1990s calicoes as well as more modern prints.


Here they are!  All 200!

As Christmas falls on Monday, our next Mystery Link-Up will happen on Tuesday, December 26th.

We are getting really close now!  I can’t wait to show you how this all comes together.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

I hope the next few days are spent with a song in your heart!

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!


Chris Murray said...

I love you, and I love flying geese, but I really hate making them! Good thing I'm not quite done with steps 3 and 4. I can postpone the geese making for another day! Loving the colors!

Charlene Burval said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie K Hunter!

Donna Stewart said...

Blessing!!! And thanks!😍

ALICIA said...

Muchas gracias. y Feliz Navidad con los tuyos. Y deseo que Sadie se encuentre mejor

Allison C Bayer Plano TX said...

Wheee, I'm so good at flying geese and LOVE making them with Doug Leko's Simply Folded Corners Ruler. Trim first, then sew and they are done!! I have the trifecta of rulers in my arsenal . . . your Essential Triangle, Doug's Ruler, and Janet Plotkin's "The (Triangle ;)) Booty Ruler". Thank you for a wonderful mystery to do this time of year!! Hugs and Merry Christmas to you and yours dear Bonnie. Allison in Plano, Texas USA

Dena T said...

Ya! Thank you Bonnie. Merry Christmas

sandrarobben said...

Thank you so much for this mystery and a very Merry Christmas for you and all your loved ones!


Merry Christmas Bonnie and to all of your family. i really enjoy the mystery quilt and have managed to have the 4parts done hopefully will get part 5 cut and i have also started your carolina chain is cut and ready to start sewing.

Kathleen said...

Thank you, Bonnie, I know I will be a pro making flying geese..Merry Christmas...God Bless

JuliAnn Craver said...

Thank you for the Mystery patterns every year. I love what you said in this blog it is true you never know just who may need this to get them through this season. I look forward to seeing what the next year brings as the mystery unfolds. God gave you a talent that many appreciate and I am one of them. May you have a very Merry Christmas!

Elsa Toerien said...

Merry Christmas, Bonnie! I love flying geese so much that even my young granddaughter will recognise and point them out to me in another quilt.

Loris said...

Thank you, Bonnie :-)
Merry Christmas!

Shel Hagar said...

I just had time to make a batch of my MIL’s famous Old Fashioned Fudge before the Clue was posted! Thank you for the browns I have so many and lots of neutrals ready also! Home (up north) this year so not as much time but the mystery is still a joy and my husband asks about my progress and knows about Sadie and her trials this year. Glad you are resting for a bit longer at home. Take care and Merry hristmas and a Happy, healthy New Year!

Barbara Furrow said...

Merry Geesemas Bonnie. Have a quack of a New Year!


Mary said...

Yea for Brown Flying Geese. I grew up Mary Brown. Went to town... I was afraid we wouldn't have a Link-up this week. Thanks for doing it on Tuesday. Kinda keeps us busy and away from the After Christmas sales.
I Got the earworm, loved the Carpenters. Time to put my old LP's on and 'Sing' while I stitch.

Patti Green said...

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!!

Jo Vicory said...

Thank you Bonnie for more reasons than one. At first it was because it was just my husband and I. Kids have all scattered. With their own families and jobs it was hard on them. My husband passed this last Jan 12, 2017. I so, so looked forward to this year. Thank you!!!

Sadie said...

Thanks Bonnie. Working on this mystery has been a blessing for me and keeping me sane and giving me more energy. The flying geese are not easy but with this much practise we will all get so much better at it. Happy Holidays. I can't wait to see the big reveal.

Pattypiecer said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Bonnie!
Thank you for all you do for your followers and the quilting community.

Monica said...

Quiltvillian, Bonniac... I wonder how many terms have been coined now? LOL! Thanks again for this fun mystery, Bonnie. I have to put my thinking cap on, we must be getting close now. Where is all the aqua, I wonder? Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Midge said...

Bonnie, you are personally making me conquer my aversion to sewing flying geese! I sure love how they look in a quilt, but haven't been a fan of producing them. I feel my attitude changing a bit though with the use of the folded corners ruler. Much more success and I have a much much better attitude! Thanks for the unexpected Christmas gift, and thanks for all you do. Blessings to you and your family.

Karen Brunsell said...

Thank you so much Bonnie. Working on the mystery helps keep my mind on something besides myself at this time of year and I so enjoy the process. Thanks for all your hard work on this. I love looking at everyone's color combinations.


Kevin the Quilter said...

Fly away home Bonnie! LOL I have a feeling you saw a lot of geese while, "On Ringo Lake!" Merry Christmas to you and your amazing family!

Shirley Shingara said...

Thank you Bonnie! I appreciate your gift of LOVE each year. I appreciate your generosity and thank you for it. I am a pediatric nurse and I very much both need and appreciate the few moments I spend sewing after a busy day at work. A little dose of beauty bolsters HOPE.

vincenzo126 said...

In the spirit of the season, you have given love. Doesn't it make you feel wonderful? Merry Christmas Bonnie. -Jean

Beth said...

Thank you, Thank you Bonnie! You give us so much...

Margaret said...

Best wishes to you all for Christmas. I know it might be tougher this year with the recent loss of your husband's father. Know that those of us who follow you and your work are thankful for all you share with and teach us; you are a blessing!

I will enjoy working on the mystery this year as by noon on Xmas Day I expect to be on my own in the house -- grown kids gone to visit in-laws and friends. I will have time to sew right through to Thursday morning, when I return to work. We celebrate Boxing Day here -- the 26th -- as a holiday, so perhaps by the next link up I'll have finished Clue #2 and be on to #3!

Julie Vernon said...

Bonnie, you are one of the truly kindest people I have ever come across. Thsnk you for your open heartedness for those who are in more difficult circumstances at this time of year. It shows your compassion and love. I am truly blessed to say I am a Hunter-ite! 😘

Awhile back I made a quilt with zillions of 2.5" cut squares and another zillion or so 2.5 cut hourglasses. So...have decided to up my game with On Ringo Lake. I will be adding 1" to each piece..... a. 2.5" triangle would then be a 3.5" triangles. Hope you do not mind this variation. Because of timing, I am planning to start the quilt about Feb 1.
Again, thanks you!
Many quiltie hugs JulieinTN

Susan M. said...

As a person who has had a death in the family this past week. I understand better why you do this mystery now. Thank you for that bit of kindness at a hard time of year for many.

Marilyn said...

Bonnie can I wish you and your family and all Quiltville followers a very happy Christmas. I just love how everyone on this sight is so helpful and encouraging. I'm starting next week as I have a week off.

Shari Z said...

Bonnie you have blessed so many of your fans and followers. I hope that your people and fur family have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and New Year! Glad to hear the tooth progression, lol, and Miss Sadie looks cute in her special collar. :)

Elaine Nemeth said...

You are a jewel...diamond of course for doing this mystery at your busy time of the year. I have a huge pile of brown and neutral strips.for 9patches....I was so eager to get started I don't know where my brain was...So I may have a grand border started...Thanks for being a light in my world. Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Last year you were a God-send as I didn't have any kids with us on Christmas. I kept up every clue. This year I'm happy to say that we will be traveling to one son's home for Christmas. I made two quilts for our granddaughters for Christmas and so am behind this year but for some great reasons. I'm cutting pieces now and will start sewing after Christmas which is just fine.
Thank you for understanding what people are going through in different stages of their lives. We appreciate you and your thoughtfulness. OH and great patterns. :)
Polly Blank

Cindy said...

I was watching Wednesday’s QuiltCam & heard you read an email from Staunton, Virginia, locals pronounce it as “Stanton”, just an FYI moment & we also refer to that area as “being on the other side of the mountain”⛰, as in Afton Mountain.
I live on THIS side of the Mountain in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wishing you & your family a very happy just

Luann Fischer said...

When I realized this was going to take place over Christmas time, I almost didn’t sign up. I just get very busy and didn’t want another ‘to do’ on my already full list. But, I loved the colors that you were going to be working with so here I am. I have all of Clues 1 and 2 done, three is IP (in progress), clues 4 and 5 are saved to my iBooks area, and I am very glad that I chose to quilt-a-long. Mystery quilts have never been a favorite of mine but I’m using this to get out of my comfortable twirly chair and go for it.
After reading why you decided to do this during this time of year, well, all I can say is, “That’s my girl”. I’m sure your mom and dad would say the same. And God is definitely looking on you with a smile.
Keep on being YOU ! ! Only you can do it right.
Merry Christmas and a wonder filled New Year to a kind soul.

Oma Judy said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie, I must admit to not having cut the first piece for On Ringo Lake, but am saving and printing all the directions for my usual procrastinating self. Believe it or not I have a toothache. Not such a deal as yours, but it is under a 3 tooth bridge which probably needs to be looked at. Waiting for first of the year new insurance to help out. Lots of Ibuprophren and sleep. Thanks for all you do sweetie, I really enjoy it all. Hugs to all at your house. Kisses to Sadie girl. I sure miss having a pet. Judy in Newport News

annieb said...

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you Bonnie K. Hunter and your entire family & SADIE. You brighten my every day, you strengthen my resolve every morning to be a better person as my Lord leads me to do, you make me laugh when I have little to laugh at, and I am grateful. It is frigid cold here in Joshua TX this morning & and we have to get out and finish Christmas shopping & final food for Sunday-Monday. I am grateful we can do these things. May every blessing you give away return to you 10 fold & more, see you on the turn around tomorrow. Hugs always. Anne

Nanette said...


Thank you for everything.... I honestly don’t know how you keep up with the kind of schedule you do and still have time for sewing, book writing and just plain old sleeping. When I worked and had to travel, it took me a month to recover from a week long trip. I’m sure you get used to it, to some degree, but still not being home is hard for some like me. The sewing/quilting is definitely a huge part of my life now that I don’t work anymore and I’m alone. Fabric costs have really soared, so I really shop for deals on it and using scraps is a must. I recently got your essential triangle ruler and the folded corners ruler, and they are a big help. Thank for the mystery quilts and sharing your daily thoughts and life with us here. It is really something I look forward to each day.

I hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas with your family, and a healthy, prosperous, happy new year.


Rosemarie said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie, your reasons for doing a mystery at this time of year really spoke to me! We have 7 children and they are scattered: Nashville,TN Haymarket, VA, Hamilton,ON, Vancouver Island, Edmonton, AB: all in Canada. and the one who lives close by in Langley, BC is the only one we will see at Christmas. The others are busy with their own batches of kids and grandkids and we see them in the summertime. So after parcels are mailed out on Dec. 1st, it seems like the holiday is over for me. I fill my time at the sewing machine and playing Christmas music when I would really rather have the whole clan around me at this time of year. Dreams and expectations die hard.
Thanks for doing the mystery for us who are more or less home alone.
Rosemarie in Abbotsford, BC