Friday, December 27, 2019

Frolic Mystery, Part 5!

Hello, December 27th!  Did everyone survive the holidays thus far?  We are nearly half-way between Christmas and New Years – the last week of the month moving so quickly by.

I hope everyone was able to catch their breath just a bit in between.

I want to draw your attention to our beautiful bluebonnet photo above – this photo was taken by Jennifer Marshall – check out the perfect display of both US flag and Texas flag outstretched in the breeze.  Thanks for sharing, Jen!  Great photo!

As I promised, I am spreading these clues out just a bit further – There is no need to rush, and what we lost time-wise in November we will make up for in January.

Which means there is still time to dive in and join us if you haven’t started yet – the clues have been easy thus far, am I right?

Click HERE for Printer-Friendly PDF version.

This week will be no different -

All of the pinky-burgundy berry shades and neutrals!
156 half-square triangle units!

Part 5 is a repeat of Part 3, only in a different color way.  Same size, same scrappiness, only use your raspberry fabrics (All of them – or one of them if you are using planned yardage) and those luscious neutrals you’ve been collecting (or one of them – you get the drill you yardage folks!) Make these as scrappy or non-scrappy as you want.

You can use any method you wish to make 156 half-square triangle units with an unfinished measurement of 2 1/2’’, that will finish at 2’’ in the quilt.

From Part 3!

There are so many different ways to achieve great results – maybe try something NEW for this clue and see if you can learn something!  I highly recommend the Simple Folded Corners or Simple Folded Corners Mini  method from 10’’ squares shared in Part 3 of our mystery when you want a LOT of triangle units from the same two fabrics.  Have you given it a try?

Working with 10’’ squares will give you 20 triangle units measuring 2 1/2’’ unfinished that will finish at 2’’ in the quilt – plus 2 smaller bonus triangle units measuring 2’’ unfinished that will finish at 1 1/2’’ in something else. Almost ZERO waste with this method. I love it when I want big batches of triangles of the same fabrics. 

Also check out the squaring-up-before-pressing demo from Part 3 using either of the Simple Folded Corners rulers.  They make trimming SO EASY before pressing, no matter which method you use to make your half-square triangles.

I chose to pull 2 1/2’’ strips from my Scrap User’s System and used my Essential Triangle Tool to cut them in pairs, ready to sew.

Raspberry & Neutral 2 1/2’’ strips with right sides together.

I trimmed off the left end of the strip set, placed the 2’’ finished red line at the top of the strip set (line ON the fabric, not above on the mat!) and made my first cut, just as we did with the blue units in Part 3. 

Pivot the ruler to make additional cuts.

I worked from shorter strips to give me more variety.  If you want to limit yourself to 4 cuts per pairing, simply place 2 strips right sides together, cut 4 triangle pairs and measure what it takes.  You will have your strip length in mind for what will work well for how many repeats you desire.

Using a TESTED 1/4'' seam, stitch the diagonal of each triangle pair. Remember, the only correct seam allowance is the one that brings you to unit size.

Press all 156 half-square triangle units to the dark and remove all dog ears!

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

That’s all we need for this week!  It shouldn’t take you very long, and we will gather again NEXT Friday for Part 6!

While I’ve got your attention – December is running out, which means our $4.00 sale on the Digital Pattern for my Hunter’s String Star quilt is ENDING!  January 1st it goes back to $8.00, and a new half-price PDF pattern of the month will take its place.  Don’t miss out!

Don’t forget that we have our December Quilty Box and IronEZ Gift-Away going on!  Did you enter to win ON THAT POST?!  

I will be drawing for FIVE GOLDEN WINNERS!  Drawing to happen tomorrow morning, December 28th, so head on over and get your entry in. 

Quilty Box, IronEz, and $25 Amazon Gift Cards, Oh My!

Quiltville Quote of the Day

I love my job! I love teaching, spending my time with quilters and I definitely love the whole creative process. My goal for 2020 is to recognize stress and turn it back into passion. Create!

What do you plan to do in the New Year to give your creativity a more constructive place to blossom?

 Sampler quilt made with recycled shirt fabric and abundance of cheddar. No pattern.

Catch you on the first Friday of 2020 - as our Frolic Mystery continues!


  1. Whoohoo, the excitement builds with each new clue. This will be my weekend to catch up with the clues. I cleaned out a space in my bedroom to set up a sewing corner. Now I can cut and sew and not worry about my toddler grandson getting into things.

  2. I stayed up to re-organize and found more Neutrals. Just in time! I love the flags. I bought my Hubby a new Flag pole, since ours broke. The kids are coming for a delayed Christmas so My Part 5 might get a little delayed. Time to sleep, now!

  3. Can we please see the whole quilt with the quote?! LOVE the odd blocks, strings and cheddar!

    1. https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/07/on-to-binding.html

    2. that is one FINE quilt! Thanks for the link.

  4. Loving the pace this year. With the holidays this is a nice break instead of a chore trying to find time to stay caught up. This a relaxing pace and I so appreciate it.

  5. Thanks again, Bonnie!


  7. Beautiful raspberry!!! This is going to be great! Bye 2019.... looking forward to 2020 also!

  8. Thanks, Bonnie! I am so enjoying the mystery this year. I've been able to keep up. I am going scrappy with the aqua being one fabric. it is what I had and am determined to only use from my stash. Enjoy your time 'off'.

  9. Thank you Bonnie for sharing with us. We just experienced a death in our family and with the usual stress of the holidays I have gotten behind but with these clues I am catching up quickly. I am excited to see the end result since clue 4 has me intrigued. 😉 Have a Happy New Year!

  10. I love your quote of the day and your 2020 goal! Remembering why I'm doing something (even something that I don't want to do) usually helps lower my stress, but definitely putting my time and energy into things I love makes for a much happier day!

  11. Those raspberries are delicious! I can't believe I have almost none of it in my stash. But Yay! for a gift certificate :-) I can go find some! Thank you for another fun clue.

  12. Love the slower pace this year! Doesn't stress me out if I can't get to it for a week or so.

  13. Oh! Thank You A easy one! Still so much to do before the end of the YEAR !

  14. I haven’t started yet. We had to hospitalize our 93 year old father on December 8th, followed by a move to skilled nursing on the 17th. I’ve been busy visiting him, talking to the docs and my siblings and dealing with all of the paperwork and decisions. I’ve had a little bit of breathing room the past few days but have only been able to sit in my quilting space and look around. My best self care right now is a daily hot soak and a good might’s sleep. Grateful for a cohesive family and close friends coming in from Toronto to share part of the journey with us as we begin hospice care for dad.

  15. I’m so loving these raspberry colours, thank you for all your hard work behind the scenes Bonnie they are so appreciated.
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xxx

  16. Thank you so much for having the past clues under Frolic at the top of your page. I completely missed last Friday's post due to the loss of my granddaughters' father last Thursday. It never crossed my mind, so when I downloaded the pdf of today's clue, I found I was missing #4. Your mysteries are always so much fun and I'm loving the colors in this one!

  17. I would love to see more of your scrappy quilt, too! Much to be admired. It's just the sort of quilt to be under on one of those days when you're stuck in bed and reading isn't working to help you feel better. Just looking at it makes me feel happier. Lovely inspiration to do with my orphan blocks, too

  18. How did you ever come up with the ingenious way of making the 1/2 square triangles with the 10" squares? It works so well for me but I have never seen this method before and couldn't find anything like it on the web. I wonder if it would work for other size 1/2 square triangles? Thanks for the mystery, love your colors this year. I about to start quilting Good Fortune. I brought the top to show and tell in SLO earlier this year, but life has intervened and I finally have a minute to get it at it and..hopefully finish before Frolic is done! Thanks for all you do!! Happy New Year!!

  19. This is the first year that I have been able to do the mystery quilt each week as it is revealed. Thank you so much for all that you do! Love the colours and could pull them all from my stash!


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