Friday, December 20, 2019

Frolic Mystery, Part 4!

Another Friday, Another Part!

And one step closer to seeing just what this quilt is all about!

I hope everyone has had a great week.  It’s been crazy busy here – and I don’t think it shows any signs of slowing down, but I’ve kept my eye on Friday knowing how fun it would be to throw a bit of something different into the mix.

We’ve been doing these mysteries for quite a few years now – more than 12! And sometimes I need to up the game for myself, just to keep things interesting for me.

So for THIS part – we will be cutting things in sets – sewing some, and saving some to sew later.  This is where pins, wonder clips, or baggies may help keep you organized.

Just remember – it’s a mystery! So just go with it.

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Half Square triangles – sewn!

Quarter-square triangles paired – but unsewn!

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

You are finally going to pull out your aqua – and pair it with your blues.  When I say blue – I mean EITHER of your blue families as long as there is contrast.  Make sure your blues are darker thank your aqua – and go with it.

How many strips will you need?  As many as it takes to cut 4 pairs of half-square triangles, and 4 pairs of quarter-square triangles from the same two fabrics.

How long does your strip set need to be?  Cut one set and measure, and then you will know! 

You are going to make 41 SETS of the above – and keep each set as a unit. (Baggies, Pins, and Wonder Clips, Oh My!)

Each set can be different.  You can use fabrics as many times as you want, mixing and matching to create different sets. (Pair this blue with a different aqua next time, etc.) Just keep the sets to TWO FABRICS ONLY. One blue, one aqua.


Place a 2 1/2’’ strip of aqua, and a 2 1/2’’ strip of  blue with right sides together.  I have the aqua on top (It’s light on the back side) so I can see the lines on the Essential Triangle Tool Ruler plainly.

You will use the 2’’ finished RED LINE for half-square triangles to first cut 3 pairs of half-square triangles from the strip set – and then rotate the ruler and use the green 2 1/2’’ marking for 4’’ finished quarter-square triangles to cut 4 pairs – and then rotate the ruler one more time to finish off the strip set on the straight of grain by cutting one more pair of half-square triangles with that first 2’’ finished red line.

It’s not as hard as it looks – and it’s a little game I play to start and finish the strip with a straight cut instead of an angled one creating more waste.  (Yes, these are the things that keep me entertained!)

Just repeat to yourself as you start with the 2’’ finished red marking:  THREE (rotate ruler to the green markings) FOUR (rotate back to the red markings)  ONE!

Again -

2 1/2’’ strips of blue and aqua with right sides together.

Put the lightest fabric on top to help you see the ruler lines.

Square off the end of the strip set and place the 2’’ finished size red line at the top of the strip set (On the fabric!  Don’t leave the line above the fabric on the mat. For units to turn out correctly, the line needs to be ON the fabric.) Make your first angled cut.

Rotate the ruler – Make the second cut!

The second cut will always put the end of the strip set back on the straight.  See the 2’’ finished size red line on TOP of the fabric?

Third cut – 2’’ red line at the top!

Pardon the weird angle of the photo – I was trying to eliminate glare from the overhead light on the ruler!  With this 3rd half-square triangle cut made, you are ready to rotate the ruler to cut four pairs of quarter-square triangles – all accomplished from the same size of strip, same ruler -

Cut one, and rotate!

The finished size of the quarter-square triangle is marked at the left of the green line – the number 4.  The numbers down the center of the ruler correspond with the strip width you need to cut that desired quarter-square triangle size.

Make 3 more cuts by rotating the ruler, following the “Take a Close Look!” photo toward the top of this part.

Finish off the strip set with one last half-square triangle to end the strip set on the straight of grain. 4 pairs of half-square triangles, 4 pairs of quarter-square triangles cut per set.

Cut 41 sets of four half-square pairs, and four quarter-square pairs.

What you see above is ONE SET.

Stitch the four half-square triangle pairs together.

Press to the blue fabric.  REMOVE ALL DOG EARS!!

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

Pin, Wonder Clip, or Baggie your 41 sets including the un-sewn matched pairs of quarter-square triangles to keep pieces together.

What if you are not using the Essential Triangle Tool?  

You can use any half-square triangle method that gives you sets of four half-square triangles that finish at 2’’.  

If you were using traditional rotary cutting measurements, you would pair an aqua 2 7/8’’ square and a blue 2 7/8’’ square with right sides together and slice them once on the diagonal for pairs of half-square triangles. 

You can cut the matching quarter-square triangle pairs by placing an aqua 5 1/4’’ square and a blue 5 1/4’’ square with right sides together and cutting them from corner to corner with an X to give you the quarter-square triangle pairs that you need. It's up to you.

You will have a total of  164 half-square triangles sewn in matching sets of 4, and 164 pairs of quarter-square triangles also in matched sets of 4 - un-sewn and waiting for the next step.

And that’s all you need to do for this week.  Christmas Eve is right around the corner.  Christmas morning is only FIVE. DAYS. AWAY - (Sung to the tune of FIVE GOLDEN RINGS!)

I have made the executive decision to carry our mystery a bit further into January since our November was short-sheeted by a week due to where Thanksgiving and Black Friday fell, and I kind of let you off the hook while I was in Germany for a very easy Part 2.

We’ll get through Christmas with smooth sailing, and enjoy our time together while we finish this up without a lot of rush and panic, okay?

Because of this extension, all of the parts linked under the Frolic Mystery tab at the top of the blog will be available until February 14th.  But save/print your clues by then because once that date arrives, it will all be gone and the pattern will become a digital download booklet in the Quiltville Store.

I hope everyone has had a chance to visit our instagram hash tags of #quiltvillemystery and #frolicquilt ! There have been wonderful shares happening, and I love the quilting community we are building in the process! 
Remember to tag your photos , and include me as well @quiltville_bonnie.  I love to see what you are doing!

December specials to remember:

My Hunter’s String Star PDF pattern is 1/2 price through the month of December at only $4.00!

My newly released Bavaria/Austria project, Warm Hands, Warm Heart is available for download, in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store.

I am shipping out Quiltville Quilter’s Date Keepers left and right! 

They are on sale for just $9.99 through December – feature more than 70 of my quilts, full of my favorite quotes, hints, helps and tricks and perfect for gift giving.  

Regularly priced at $16.95, this is quite the discount, ready to start the new year right.

I also have all of the rulers on hand that we are using in our Frolic Mystery, as well as many different styles of Karen Kay Buckley Scissors if you are wanting to treat yourself to something special from the Quiltville Store.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

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!


  1. LOVE the no waste method ofcutting the sets!! I always learn something new from you,Bonnie!

  2. Everyone thought that clue #4 would be a doozy and I think we're right!! Gonna read this one a couple times before I cut!!🤔

  3. Wow What fun! Love something 'new' and clever !

  4. I love your Date Keeper, have your pencils, downloaded the Warm Hands project and gathered all the supplies, have all your books (to date!) and rulers and have begun Frolic. I guess I am well and truly "Bonnie-ized." Thanks for everything. I now truly understand the reason for launching your mystery quilts at this time of ear. It's the first Christmas for me without David. I am doing well, but miss his input as he would vicariously share in my progress each year.

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  6. I was so confused - Christmas brain - when I first read the clue, but oh thank you so much for the pictures. All is clear, clue is printed and I am ready to carry on when Christmas is over. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. Way to teach us to use the Essential Triangle Tool. It is irreplaceable once you use it. My Granddaughters were gifted one this year at QuiltingrandmaCamp. They loved it!
    Merry, Merry Christmas!

  8. Hi Bonnie! I'm using another color (purples) in place of aqua. Do I just need to remember contrast between purple and blue.. or when you said the blue needs to be darker..does that mean I need to use lavender here? Thank you! calnjul@gmail.com

    1. Julia I didn't design with your colors, I have no clue where you are going with them and I can't make recommendations when folks choose to change the colors from what I offer. Thank you.

  9. Hi Bonnie! I pray that your wonderful Husband, Family, you & anyone else who might be joining all of you for Christmas have a God Blessed, peaceful, beautiful, wonderful & magical time together.

    Wow! I truly had to read Clue 4 several times sew that I could wrap my mind around it (it did not help that I was at work when I first opened it and read it! LOL). I was in total fear of doing this clue thinking that I would certainly mess it up by cutting it all wrong. Well I finally calmed down after dinner and reread it twice and I got it, I REALLY GOT IT! This is my 2nd MQ with you Good Fortune was my first and I’m STILL NOT FINISHED WITH IT! I am finally putting it together and will get it to the Quilter’s on the 3rd of Jan. Finally. I am doing Frolic in Batiks and my Dear friend Marilyn who has taught me sew much about color, helped me pick out my Batiks.


    I now love 💕 your Essential Triangle Tool more than ever! I have convinced the Quilt Shop that I work for to carry some of your wonderful Tools and I hope some of your Patterns. They already carry some of your wonderful books.

  10. HI Bonnie

    thanks for the mystery pattern. It's my first. I am such a control freak this is a real stretch for me.

    I am going scrappy from stash so I don't necessarily have the HSTs and 1/4 square triangles matched as sets of 4. will that be problem going forward. I see everyone has their nicely organized at equal sets.

    I have lots of contrast between the two colors so I am following that instruction!

    Again and have a wonderful Christmas holiday season!

  11. looking forward to warm hands warm hearts as your on sale item.

  12. Paper plates are a good way to organize this clue. I'm working the clues in small batches doing one clue a day with the hope to have done all the clues even though they aren't all done before #6 is released on 1/3/2020.

  13. hey Bonnie happy New year. i am finally on the blue and aqua triangle squares. I think Im gettng it, the mystery unfolds soon > will i ever catch up I pray so as I am enjoying you guidance and tips that make all so easy. well its. whew will I ever get
    there on time that is the second mystery in your quilt frolic, i am new to you site i heard of the quilt challenge from a customer at my quilt shop in Weatherford Texas if you are Ever in our area just west of Fort Worth make it a must do and come visit our fabric store in Gibson's hardware on main street.Catch up time i hope it comes out as beautiful as you photos show how fantastic the bluebonnet season is a must see. I have about 125 more to go. so no worries thy will be done.


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