Friday, January 03, 2020

Frolic Mystery, Part 7!

Yes!  It’s time for Part 7 of our Frolic Mystery!

And yes, you read that right.  If you are not a regular blog follower you may have missed that we let part 6 go live on New Year's Eve day.  I can be sneaky that way!

If you missed part 6, you’ll find it linked under the Frolic Mystery tab at the top of the blog. 

Now that the holidays are behind us, there should be time to catch up.  And part 6 isn’t a hard one – you can work it in right along with part 7!

Things are about to get MORE INTERESTING the further we go into this frolicking adventure!

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41 Sets of 8 matching from 2 1/2'' strips.

Triangles will measure 2 1/2'' unfinished and finish at 2''.

Some simply become half-square triangles.

Some become pinwheels.

Some remain singles as un-sewn triangles -

And it all so exciting!

You’ve got this in spades now – but instead of cutting blue or raspberry paired with neutrals – we are going to leave the neutrals by the wayside for a while and pair the blue and raspberries to each other.

You can pair a darker raspberry with a lighter blue, or a darker blue with a lighter raspberry, but do go for SOME contrast with your values.  I did some of each – using both blues from lighter to darker, and all shades of raspberry to really bring in some interest and depth.

*NOTE*  There is NO AQUA in this step.  Aqua is NOT blue, it is a totally different category, okay?

If you are using regular rotary cutting methods, you would be cutting from 2 7/8'' squares to get the triangles required. You will deal with both dog ears later.

And if at any time you feel LOST, may I suggest clicking our hashtags for #quiltvillemystery and #frolicquilt to see what others are doing?  Perhaps leave them a message if you have any questions for things that need clarification. 

You can also feel free to ask your questions to my Quiltville’s Open Studio group on Facebook.  There are LOADS of people ready and willing to help you if you are unsure of anything.

“Pretty pretty please – with RASPBERRY on TOP!”

(Yes, I dropped my ruler and lost the dog ear! But it still works!)

All of you right-handers out there – this is your mantra as you use your Essential Triangle Tool to cut your matched pairs of half-square triangles ready to sew from 2 1/2’’ strips working left to right down the strip set. Raspberry and blue with right sides together, raspberry on top. Ruler in THIS position to begin.  It's all about where the missing dog ear is.  If you change your ruler position to start - you'll change the location of that missing dog ear to the opposite corner. It matters.

If you want to know if your personal cutting methods with other triangle rulers are giving you the correct trim on that bottom dog ear, cut one pair, peel the layers apart and LOOK. Adjust your personal cutting to match what I'm doing here.  That missing dog ear is a placement guide to another step down the line.

Lefties – I need you to cut with the BLUE strip on top as you are cutting mirror image to the righties if you are in the habit of cutting from the right end of the strip toward the center.  Start also with the point of the ruler creating that missing dog ear at the BOTTOM of the strip set, not the top, or you will again be reversing the placement of that missing dog ear.

I did my best in our last clue to explain WHY I can’t provide cutting directions for umpteen different ways to make any given unit.  

Participation in this mystery assumes you agree to go with the flow and do things the way I present them for some units.  And because this IS a mystery, I can’t give a heads up that a certain unit is coming up and you need to be cutting different sizes for all of the different methods you COULD use when we are also cutting ahead for certain units down the pipeline.

Those of you “But I would rather use a different method than this” folks have to understand that I can’t individually write instructions for everyone’s personal favorite method, right?

If you are unsure – wait until the mystery is over, the quilt is revealed, and then go back and choose whatever method you want to get these units done that must be done your own way. 

Our reveal is just around the corner.  Taking a time out and waiting is always an option.

First four cut - see those trimmed dog ears?

I’m a righty – so raspberry is on TOP.

“If I were a lefty…” (Sung to the tune from Fiddler on the Roof!)

Lefties, cut with BLUE on the top, and cut from right to left.

All 8 triangle pairs – 2 fabrics only!

Make each set from whatever combination you like.

Raspberry and Blue together – no Aqua, no Neutral!

Stitch 4 pairs.
Leave the other 4 matching pairs un-sewn.

Don’t forget to use your Simple Folded Corners ruler to trim up BEFORE pressing!

Refer back to Part 3 if you need to know more.  I find this tool irreplaceable for so many things!

Press seams toward the blue and remove all dog ears.

Half-square triangles will measure 2 1/.2’’ and finish at 2’’ in the quilt.

Sew 41 sets of 4, keeping them with the other 4 matching yet un-sewn pairs from each set.

Out of the 41 sets -

Choose 25 sets to become pinwheels.

The other 16 will remain individual half-squares.

You will also have the un-sewn matched pairs of triangles.

Arrange half-square triangle units as shown, paying attention to the position of the blue triangles.  This is CRUCIAL in the layout of the quilt.  Do not reverse them.

Join the units into rows as shown. While looking at the front of the block, press the top seam to the left, and the bottom seam to the right for seams that nest in the center.

You may also press all seams open at any time.

Looking at the back of the block -

It’s a little fussy – but you can spin the seams in the center.

Or if you wish, press the last center seam open.

Square pinwheels to 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’.

Make 25.

Use your wonder clips, baggies and pins to keep each set together. 

You will have 25 sets including 1 pinwheel unit as above and 4 un-sewn matched triangle pairs.

You will have 16 sets including 4 sewn, pressed and de-dog-eared half-square triangle units and 4 un-sewn matched triangle pairs.

Just wait until you see what comes up NEXT!

If you missed yesterday’s big announcement for Early Bird registration savings for the spring session of Free Motion Quilting Academy while saving nearly $50 in the process - 

Click to YESTERDAY’S post to read more!   

This offer is good only through January 4th, so don’t miss out! Regular registration resumes February 1st, without the big savings of 25% OFF!

Our January half-price PDF Pattern of the month -

I had a hard time deciding just which pattern to put at 50% off for the month of January.  Irish Courthouse won out for many reasons -

The biggest one of all being NO TRIANGLES!!  LOL!

Sew SO Scrappy, Sew Much Fun!

This Irish Chain variation starts with a simple 9 patch and grows from there! Easy strip piecing and full color photos. Fat Quarter Friendly as well! Quilt size: 93’’ X 93’’.

You’ll love making this quilt block-by-block easily from strips.  It’s fast, it’s satisfying, and destined to chase away those winter blahs that tend to follow when the holidays are behind us but spring is still far off into the future.

I really want to dig into more of these blocks and make myself a fun table runner – if only I can find the time!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Trying new things can be scary. Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. 

You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow. 

Have a wonderful Friday, Folks!


  1. OK, I thought clue #6 was the most fun EVER.....and now this clue #7 has me on cloud nine..........what a fun way to start the year..THANK YOU, THANK YOU !

  2. Bahahaha! @ if I were a leftie. I'm left handed and have never had any problems following your instructions. I look at the finished block and go from there. 😁

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE, ALL YOUR many photos of Bluebonnets! Do they have a fragrance? The steer in clue 7 seems to be enjoying his time in the meadow! Thanks from Cats in Carlsbad CA

    1. The bluebonnets doesn’t have a fragrance. It’s sweet, but not overpowering. I used to love riding a motorcycle with my dad as a kid when the bluebonnets were blooming. It was such a wonderful smell!

  4. I am in love with the colors of this quilt. Getting excited!!

  5. Love your raspberry rotary cutter!

  6. Cool beans Bonnie! Marilyn Marks

  7. Can't wait to get to my fabrics today. Now if the power will just stay on. Have a storm with extreme winds. lost the greenhouse over night. But we're all safe and warm. Good day for sewing. Thanks for a wonderful, relaxed mystery this year. Excitement is building.

  8. sew much fun today will be!!! nad after putting all these units together, I can see doing this again in Christmas colors!

  9. Oops now I have to finish 4, 5, 6 and 7 this week...dang holidays and work.....clues are going back to one on Fridays right?

  10. Okay ! Ready for #7. I totally understand your emphasis on the colors and the dog ears. Thanks for the on going MYSTERY

  11. This mystery has been so much fun! I've only been able to make a few samples so far, but the wait will be worth as I am getting a new sewing room.

  12. Bonnie you really have me in suspense. What a Mysterious Mystery Quilt. LOLL! Totally enjoyable. Thank you for the suspenseful fun!

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  14. This clue has been quite the riddle. Silly how I couldn't figure it out really until I saw it on a spreadsheet. I was overthinking it and consequently I sewed 16 sets of 8 and need to have a date with Jack. Oops! I absolutely love the mystery of it all especially your directions- Thank you for your time and energy Bonnie, I truly appreciate it! HST don't scare me. Anymore that is.


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