Friday, December 21, 2018

Good Fortune, Part 5!


FIVE Golden Rings!!!!

Well, not quite - 5 golden PARTS maybe!

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Welcome back for Part 5 of our Quiltville Winter Mystery, Good Fortune!  I hope you have been able to squeeze in some time assembling the previously released parts during the last few weeks. Christmas is right around the corner – baking and wrapping and decorating and all other holiday mayhem is nigh at hand.

Maybe you find yourself longing for just a bit of machine piecing time to settle your nerves and re-center your soul?  I know I do!


A lovely October day at the Great Wild Goose Pagoda.

After our visit to the Terracotta Warriors, our guide took us to these temple grounds to enjoy the rest of the afternoon/early evening.  More in THIS POST.

During our time in China I had a difficult time posting to the blog and had to upload most things by email.  Going back over these photos brings back so many memories.

With Christmas Even being only a few days off, I know the crunch is being felt by many.  And I don’t want to add too much to that, so this week’s clue is going to be fairly straight forward and easy.


3 triangles in a square -

Unit measures 3 1/2’’ and will finish at 3’’ in the quilt.

44 with the orange triangle on the left

44 with the orange triangle on the right

I did these easily from 2’’ and 3 1/2’’  strips using my Essential Triangle Tool.  You can use ANY method you would like to make these, just pay attention to the unit size.  They will measure 3 1/2’’ BEFORE they are sewn into the quilt, finishing at 3’’.

If you were working with regular rotary cutting dimensions for instance, you would cut the orange and neutral quarter-square triangles from 4 1/4’’ squares.  Place the squares with right sides together, and cut with an X to yield 4 matched pairs of quarter-square triangles ready to sew.


Save those bonus ends!

I used the green lines for cutting the quarter-square triangles, but why waste the end when I can cut a half-square triangle pair from the end of the strip set, get the angle right for the next quarter-square triangle cut AND save this bonus for another project?  You decide – into the trash, or into a quilt – your choice!

Place an orange 2’’ strip with a neutral 2’’ strip with right sides together.  As a right handed quilter I trimmed my strip set up on my right and moved the clean cut edge to the far left to start my pair cutting.  I used the 1 1/2’’ red finished line at the top of the strip set to cut my bonus triangle pair and set it aside.


Ready to cut quarter-square triangle pairs!

The key is to have fabrics already matched right sides together before you cut ANYTHING – it’s less handling, less aligning, less adjusting, less fussing! 

Give the Essential Triangle Tool a quarter turn.  The numbers down the center of the ruler correspond with the size of strip you are working with – the small number to the far left tells you the finished unit size (3’’) With the green line ON the fabric, not below it on the mat, make a second cut for one matched pair of triangles.


Continue to cut pairs – 88 in all!

When you get to the end of the strip set, you just might find you have room to trim one more bonus unit for future use! This is a size of half-square triangle I use all the time, so I do cut them and save them. It will appear in a project somewhere.

When you sew these watch your direction!


44 have orange on the left, 44 have orange on the right.

Press seams toward the orange and remove dog ears.

*NOTE* I thought I had a photo of my completed units, but alas I don't - I took this photo on Sept 28th, after returning from my brother's funeral in Arizona.  There was much manic sewing and lack of photo taking during those first few hard weeks.


Cutting 88 large blue triangles from 3 1/2’’ strips.

If you were doing regular rotary cutting, you would cut these from 3 7/8’’ squares.  With the Essential Triangle Tool, I worked from 3 1/2’’ strips instead – a size readily available in my own Scrap User’s System!

This is the same method we have used previously in Part 2, only this time in a larger size, and they are cut as singles, not as pairs.

Straighten the end of the strip (can cut through multiple strips if desired, I don’t go through more than 4 layers or I start to get “variations”.) and using the 3’’ finished red line on the Essential Triangle Tool, cut fabric into half-square triangles as shown.

Stitch large blue triangles to the bottom of the orange/neutral quarter-square triangle units.  Press seams toward the blue triangles.  Remove dog ears.

Measure!  Units should measure 3 1/2’’.  Adjust seams and/or trim if needed.

How easy was that?

Our Mystery Monday Link-Up will fall on Christmas Eve, and that’s just fine with me.  Some of you will have units to share, others will be too busy and can save them for the NEXT one – which falls on New Year’s Eve! 

It’s about to get crazy around here in the Mystery  department – anyone feel like they have boarded a freight train headed down hill without any brakes?

I am finishing up the last of String Frenzy orders from wave 5.  Y’all, I have personally signed and shipped close to 3,000 books in little less than a month, not to mention the hundreds of rulers (likely close to a thousand!) and other notions and goodies.  I can’t thank you enough as all proceeds are headed straight to the upgrades and remodels at Quiltville Inn.  We’ve discovered some rotting window frames so that means new windows are on the agenda as well -

I am taking some much needed holiday time off with my family at our cabin in Virginia.  I plan on loads of sewing machine time, plenty of naps, good food, some movies and hand stitching, and soaking up some beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain air.

The Quiltville Store will remain open, and you can still place orders - but no order fulfilling will take place until after January 3rd.

Be watching for wave 6 of 500 copies of String Frenzy to hit the store on New Year's Day.

There is just about a week left of 2018 to reflect on everything that has transpired in my life, both good and bad, some hurting, some healing, and loads of growing included.

And I’m so glad I was able to do it all surrounded by friends.


Quiltville Quote of the Day.

Wall detail from the Great Wild Goose Pagoda

And – oh, yeah!  Did you catch the December 2018 Quilty Box Gift-Away in yesterday’s post?!  Go enter to win!  Drawing to happen on Dec 26th, Boxing day!

Have a wonderful 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!

©2018 Bonnie K Hunter. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Thank you for your time in providing a mystery quilt and writing awesome books of quilts, giving so much of yourself.
    Enjoy your well deserved time off! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  2. I have stayed up to wait for the next step. I am glad you get up early, Bonnie. I can go to sleep now and let my brain mull over the next step. Good night from Australia. I have Saturday all to my self so I am going to get as much done as I can. Enjoy Christmas as much as you can. Think of a happy new year ahead.

  3. Can't wait to get to making these blocks. Have a wonderful time in VA. Enjoy being with your family. Merry Christmas!

  4. It's a rainy, windy day here in Florida, so I know what I'll be doing today in my sewing studio! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Thank you for providing yet another mystery clue, with more hints. I have learnt so many piecing tricks from you! Have a good rest over the holiday week!

  6. Thank you, I'll start tomorrow. I love your quote for today, that's so true. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Greetings from Norway.

  7. Fun! Fun! Fun! I am looking forward to some mystery quilt sewing this holiday wknd. Merry Christmas Bonnie!

  8. Printed my Part 5. There's a couple extra blank pages in the PDF, FYI. It's an easy fix. Thanks for the nice and easy part over the weekend. It will be a cutting day at the LQS. Glad for friends and family at Christmastime. All the Christmas cards hanging on my curtains tell me I am loved! SEW to your hearts content at the cabin!!

    1. No, there aren't. It must be your screen resolution/printer settings. I show only 3 pages.

    2. only 3 pages for me!

  9. I love this next unit. It looks like so much fun.

  10. Thank you for all you do, Bonnie! This is my first mystery quiltalong, and I appreciate all the tips you pass along with each clue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and those you love!

  11. Thank you Bonnie for everything you do, our Good Fortune is knowing you. While I’m a bit behind the journey is delightful. Enjoy your holiday break at the cabin with your family, sewing and rest. Merry Christmas!

  12. Thank you so much for all you give us, Bonnie! Enjoy your cabin time! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  13. I'm off to the sewing room to sew happily all day...Thank you Bonnie for keeping me busy and my mind going. Big hugs and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  14. So much going on before Christmas that I am copying all the clues and keeping them safe until I get some free sewing time. Helped with QOV this week and worked on quilts for a Renewal Ranch (Rehab live in facility for men). 2019 I will do a little something for me. Going to a cabin in Virginia or anywhere sounds lovely, but my family would miss my Christmas food. LOL

  15. Merry Christmas, thanks for the detailed instructions and another mystery. I am getting very curious how you will bring it all together. I did the celtic solstice with you and it is my favourite quilt as I learned so much and tried out so many new things. I am a bit behind due to moving but I follow everyone on the fb group.

  16. All the little cuties cut out, breakfast and then sewing, thank you so much for something to concentrate on today. Have tons of fun at the cabin!

  17. I am struggling with my second bad cold this fall, and your mystery quilt is truly the high point of my day! Thank you again, Bonnie, you're such a blessing!

  18. Cute block thank for all the hard work you put in to give us all a fantastic mystery quilt. I’m loving this years colours and enjoying the process.
    Have a wonderful break with your family, Happy Christmas
    Love prayers and quilty hugs
    Anne xxx

  19. May you have a very Merry and relaxing Christmas! I thank you so much for all you do all year long. You are the Go ahead … press the renew and refresh button and just sit back and enjoy! Merry Christmas!

  20. Every dollar you earn is well earned and deserved. Happy Holidays Bonnie. Looking forward to your endeavors in 2019. (P.S. I just sold a featherweight to a Bonnie Hunter fan. She was thrilled..just like Mona when she got her first)

  21. Have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy some time off. Best to the family. Keeping tyou all in my prayers.

  22. I second the "Good Fortune is knowing you" sentiment. I haven't gotten to take a class with you yet, but hope springs eternal . I did catch your presentation at a Dallas guild meeting. I recall how tired you looked during a quiet moment at your table with books and rulers, but when you took the podium, all your energy gathered, and you were ON. Enjoy your days of peace and celebration with your family. You earn every moment.

  23. Thank you so much for another mystery quilt, which I'll be working on in January and probably into the spring months. They are so much fun, and they keep my interest.

  24. I am loving this quilt, and am looking forward to the finished quilt. My husband and I spent 4 summers in Taiwan after we retired helping the local church in their outreach to their neighborhoods. These colors are reminding me of buildings we saw there. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  25. Suprise, suprise. When you mentioned the Great Wild Goose Pagoda I was sure this weeks clue would be flying geese. Traveling a bit to celebrate Christmas this Sunday so this clue will most likely be on hold until Christmas day when my girls are with their in-laws. Blessings to you and yours.

  26. Merry Christmas to you and yours! As always, hugs and thank you for the Mystery and the photos.

  27. Have a most relaxing time at the cabin you certainly earned it. I don't know how you do it all!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. This is my first mystery with you and it's going very well. Thank you!!

  28. Thank you, Bonnie! I didn't quite finish last week's clue yet because I felt like I had to clean my string bin first, and then I had to clean the rest of my family room and sewing area. It's cleaner than it's been in a long time! So thank you, it was kind of a "if you give a mouse a cookie" week. Now I can enjoy the sewing process and the holiday itself so much more! It's come to be a holiday tradition and I've enjoyed every single quilt since Orca Bay!

  29. Enjoy your time at the cabin and your time off with family and friends. Praying that you have a relaxing and blessed Christmas.

  30. Christmas with family at a cabin in the mountains. Sounds like bliss.

  31. This is my first mystery quilt. I had bought Allietare as a digital pattern and enjoyed it very much. I love this years colors and am piecing all the clues. Normally I am done piecing and triming by Thursday evening, just in time for the next clue. All the best for the holidays and 2019. andrea@fleiner.com from San Jose

  32. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Bonnie! Thank you for all that you do. I'm finishing up some last minute gifts so putting the clue this week in my pile of "to do after Christmas."
    Enjoy your mountain time.

  33. I am so amazed by all you get accomplished. Enjoy a well deserved holiday break.
    Merry Christmas

  34. Thanks for all your hard work! I'm just starting Clue 4 tomorrow, but it will be quick to catch up! I guess I have to wrap gifts sometime soon too! lol Have a happy holiday at the cabin! Love your pics - keep them coming!

  35. Take all the time and more that you need, we will still be here. Thank you for being such a kind generous and very talented person. You will get hugs and best wishes from all over the world, and not many people accomplish THAT in their lifetime so feel proud of your achievements .

  36. It's been quite a year. I hope your holidays are filled with tender memories, and more are made.

    Your quote reminded me of a documentary I just saw of a 100 year old artist, who said she had to make younger friends because everyone her age had died. It was very sweet and inspiring to see how she opened her life to new people, and also to see the devotion she received in return from so many different people who clearly loved looking after her and appreciated her as a person despite the decades that separated their ages. A good lesson for me, as I miss those who are gone and sometimes worry about being a childless woman later in life. Sometimes there are blessings for others when they give as much as for the person who receives; I know that as the giver, but it's harder to remember as the recipient.

  37. I came across your blog this year and started watching quilt cam. Haven't been fortunate yet to catch it live, but I enjoy watching it when I can. Wanted to thank you for all you do. Hope to order soon before you are all out of your books. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and New Year.

  38. I played with my units this morning. Then off to meet friends for lunch. Today, I will finish the last 16... I like the colors in this mystery.


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