Friday, November 30, 2018

Good Fortune, Part 2!


Good Fortune, Part 2!

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How do you like THESE colors, folks? 

Much of the inspiration for our Good Fortune Mystery happened by looking UP, not down.


Ceiling beams from the courtyard  at the Temple of Heaven.

Remember this post from Beijing?


A feast for the quilter’s eye!

From what I remember, the temples are routinely re-painted so they always look fresh.  Look at the many  many different designs you see here!


This week’s goal – 252 Half Square Triangles!
Units will measure 2 1/2’’ unfinished and finish at 2’’ in the quilt.

There are any number of different ways to do half-square triangles and you are welcome to use whatever method you choose.  I’m going to present just a couple of my favorites!


How about that Millennium Y2K fabric?  Yeeeehaww! (in it goes!)

If you’ve never used my ruler before, there are videos to help you under the videos tab at the top of the blog.  You can watch again and again.

Place a blue 2 1/2’’ strip and a neutral 2 1/2’’ strip with right sides together.  Square off one end as shown.


Making the first cut.

Move the clean cut edge you just trimmed to the far left.  The ruler is marked in “FINISHED UNIT SIZE.” Place the 2’’ finished red line at the top of the strip set, ON the fabric, not above the fabric on the mat. The green triangle will be pointed at you.  Make the first cut as shown.


Pivot the ruler so the green triangle is up.

Make second cut.


Cutting down the strip set.

To build your variety, work from short strip sets without too many repeats of the same thing.  Cut 252 matched pairs ready to sew.


Chain sew pairs through the machine.

Sew a few, press and measure.  They should be 2 1/2’’.  Double check cutting and adjust your seam allowance if need be.  Press seams toward the blue triangles and remove dog ears.




The Simple Folded Corners method using 10’’ squares!


Place a blue and a neutral 10’’ square with right sides together.


Using EITHER ruler -

Place either the Simple Folded Corners Mini  with the edge of the ruler at the edge of the square, or the full sized Simple Folded Corners ruler with the 3 1/2’’ line at the side of the fabric squares.  Cut off upper corner. Save corner.


Cut 2’’ strips all the way up the pair of squares.

(You can do it sideways too!)


You will end up with at least one corner that is a bit too small – that’s okay!


Sew the pairs of bias strips along BOTH long sides of each strip set.

They will be a tube!


Cutting HST’s from the tubes!

Place the 2’’ finished line along the seam line on the tube.  Make a cut, and then pivot the ruler to make a cut from the upper edge.  I find that I need to leave room for “the turn of the cloth” so the 2’’ line is just ABOVE the seam line for me, into the triangle, not into the seam allowance.  It allows the fabric to turn up and over the thread for greater accuracy.


Cutting with the Mini is the same!

Place the 2’’ line just into the triangle above the seam.  The line should touch the top of the seam.


Opening the triangles.

There will be a few stitches into the upper tip of each triangle pair.  These easily lift apart, no seam ripper needed. 


Perfection!  Now remove those dog ears.

I love that I can use the increments to measure and cut strips, squares & rectangles as well as triangles!

If you are a compulsive sliver trimmer – and I know there are some lurking amongst us, and you want to use the Essential Triangle Tool method, but you MUST trim everything to be happy, try this!


Sew your triangle pairs just a hair scant.

And use the Simple Folded Corners ruler to trim before pressing!!

Place the 2’’ finished line just above the seam line (can you see it in the photo?!) and trim two sides  and then press. Only a hair had to come off of this one.  I love how the Essential Triangle tool and the Simple Folded Corners rulers work hand in hand with each other.

Let’s recap:

You are making 252 blue & neutral half-square triangle units.  Units will measure 2 1/2’’ and finish at 2’’ in the quilt.  Press seams toward the blue fabric. REMOVE ALL DOG EARS!!

Our first Mystery Monday Link-Up closed just last night.  Did you check it out and see what was shared? This is so much fun!

We will continue with our second Link-Up being posted on MONDAY.  Something ELSE to look forward to come Monday:


This happened yesterday!

This is what a load of 4,000 copies of String Frenzy looks like!  We pulled into the Yellow Freight Depot with the trailer, were loaded by forklift and brought them all home.  I’m starting to dig into Waves 1 & 2 of pre-orders over this weekend…that means that you should be looking for wave 3 of 500 more copies to hit the Quiltville Store on Monday morning! 

And yes, there are more Simple Folded Corner Mini rulers also arriving – they will go into the store at the same time the 500 copies of String Frenzy do, so those on the West Coast – you are going to need to set your alarms EARLY! Look for these to post between 8am and 9am on Monday. Remember that I am in North Carolina, and have to live life from within my own time zone.

All of my EARLIER titles are also on sale in the Quiltville Store at just $19.99 a copy.  Orders over $75.00 ship FREE within the USA using code FREE75 at purchase.

Deck the halls, Make Merry, Be Happy – and Get Stitching!


Quiltville Quote of the Day.

Isn’t this so true? 

And you know where to find me ---

Signing books and getting them out to you!


  1. So Monday will be another Early Alarm setting Day. Hsts with the Essential Triangle Tool ! Easy Peasy! Thanks. I can take a short nap now. Going to the LQS to cut and sew Clue 2 in the Loft!

  2. Woo Hoo It's Blue! I had been wondering and the lyrics of "Who wrote the book of love" has been playing in my head half the night. There was a slight variation. Oh I wonder, wonder, wonder, ... what color it's gonna beee? Thanks, Bonnie.

  3. I’m planning on trying all methods shown to make my pile of HSTs. I’ve been collecting beautiful blues for a few years now and can’t wait to use them!

  4. Does anyone know if Bonnie automatically signs the books or do you need to request it? Thank You.

    1. I am signing all the books I can. Usually not with a personalization unless someone requests it at purchase so the request shows up ON the invoice. I have a hard time matching emails that come later to invoices....just to add a name...

  5. Bonnie your quilt quote of the day made me chuckle. This is my first mystery of yours and I'm just amazed at the amount of work you put into the clues. It's like you are sitting here in my Hen Den guiding me along even though I've been quilting now for close to 3 decades I'm gaining so much knowledge and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    1. Thank you. This is the thing I needed to hear. I do put hours into the photos - this clue included two separate and complete photo tutorials on two different ways to do half-square triangles, and I have people complaining that it takes 5 PAGES TO PRINT IT!! Excuse me. Isn't the content worth 5 sheets of paper when I am giving this mystery for free -- every year?? I think I'll go grab another cup of coffee ---where is my pumpkin creamer?

    2. Heavy sigh for the complainers. I save the clues to my computer and don't print until I have to (if necessary). Grandma K is right about the amount of time and energy you devote to this process. Many are grateful from the bottom of their quilty hearts:)

    3. Why do you need to print the instructions? I mean, write down the number of HST and read and save the instructions to your computer.
      Or write it in your own words. As an Elementary School teacher I believe that once you can explain something to someone else you really understand.
      Maybe you understand or have your favorite way of making those triangles but will print out the next maybe unfamiliar technique.

    4. Offense is never given, it's taken! Let them have their "fense" over 5 pages! I, who struggles with adult ADD, am trying to figure out how to load the longarm to sew 252 HST's!
      Thank you Mrs. Bonnie

    5. Bonnie, thank you so much for all the work you put into giving us this opportunity. This is my first mystery and I'm learning a lot. I'm so hooked, I can't wait for the next one! I print every single detailed page and bind it. At the end, I have a lovely book for just the cost of paper and ink that I can use again and again!

  6. Oooo lovely cant wait to start on all the scrummy blues, thank you Bonnie for all your tips and tricks to help us get our accuracies top notch. Have a fabulous weekend
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xxx

  7. Well, that is a fun thing to learn...Bonnie is signing these books :-)
    Thank you for the two tutorials. I have yet to use the Simple Folded Corner ruler as it just wasn't making sense to me. I'll have to give what you show a try.

  8. Oh wow!! I love that corner tool and how you are using it to make hst in batches!!! I can’t wait to try it out!

  9. No grumbling allowed! Looking forward to my 3rd attempt at getting up early enough to order String Frenzy! ;-) Bonnie, thanks for making this season a bit brighter- it’s a rough one for so many (myself included). No Kenya, but I think probably Mackinaw !

  10. I am a visual learner and appreciate the photo tutorial of how to use my very underused Simple Corners ruler. I can't wait to give it a go!
    Thank you Bonnie :)

  11. thanks for all the work you do for us on these mysteries. i certainly appreciate it, along with the tutorials on different methods of doing things so everyone can find their own way. very rare to see these days. i am bad at forgetting to thank you for your work. always love the quilts. patti in florida at pleal@cfl.rr.com

  12. Hope HollyAnne Knight sent you some Deep Blue essential oil to help with the muscle aches coming your way from signing and shipping your first two waves of String Frenzy �� I’m setting my alarm Monday so I can try to get in on wave 3. Going to use your Essential Triangle Tool for Clue 2. Thanks Bonnie, I appreciate all the work you put into the yearly mystery.

  13. Bonnie I LOVE your mysteries, this is my third one, and I especially appreciate the care you put into teaching us the best way to do things with options included! I look forward to seeing your blog every day, I am ALWAYS uplifted. This makes a difference in my life and you're making a difference in the world. Bless you a thousand times over!

  14. Thank you Bonnie :0)

  15. Thank you for another fun mystery... I'm enjoying it so much. Have a blessed and joyful Christmas!

  16. Love seeing your pictures of China. I have similar pictures from Taiwan where we served with Taiwanese churches for 4 summers 2005-2008. I am really looking forward to the final quilt! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  17. I for one love all the pictures you give us for the different steps and the different ways to do the steps. I so apprieciate every thing you do for us

  18. and then to carry them into the house! I hope you had some help...got your workout for the day.

  19. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! I get to give my new Essential Triangle tool a workout!

  20. Thanks for all your hard work, Bonnie! Cant wait for the new book.

  21. Back before I knew about printer friendly versions of Bonnie's instructions, I used to highlight and copy her entire blog, paste it into my word processing program, and make adjustments on what was written there. I shrunk all the photos, I deleted all the Superfluous stuff, and ended up with a page or two of just instructions from what she was telling me to do for her Mystery that week. I finally decided that took too long when I could be printing the five pages and sewing! And I'm a visual learner as someone above said, and I appreciate all the photos and time it takes Bonnie to put into preparing the blog of instructions for us!

  22. If one doesn’t have the special ruler, what size do you cut the initial square BEFORE cutting it once on the diagonal?

    1. Add 7/8" to the finished size. So the square would be 2 7/8". Test one or two before cutting all of them! Or cut the square 3" and draw a line on the diagonal, sew 1/4" away on both sides of the line (more stable than sewing on the bias), cut on the line, press, and square up (sliver trim). Do a google search for more detailed info and directions.

    2. more stable than sewing on the cut bias I meant to say...

  23. Thanks so much for your time, I for one have my 2 rulers in the mail to me at this time and cannot wait to try them. After the Earthquake interrupted my 2nd cup of coffee this morning, I was mentally FRIED for a while, but when I came around and the power was restored to our neighborhood (7 hrs later) all I could think about was getting online to see what clue two was!
    Friends and family are ok, we had a terrifying event today, but everyone is pulling together and we will make it!
    Peggy, Wasilla AK


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