Friday, December 04, 2020

Grassy Creek Mystery, Part Two!

Welcome back for Part Two of our Grassy Creek mystery!

I have to tell you - I was watching my newsfeeds over last weekend and I couldn't believe the fast and furious sewing going on, people were finishing the same day we released the clue!

And I know that isn't everyone - and truly, this is NOT a race. It needs to fit your life and what is going on with in it.  So if you are feeling behind - please don't.  The clues will be waiting for you when you have time.

The one thing that has been helpful to many in the past is to set the previous clue aside, and give the new one a start.  Even a dozen units will teach you what you need to know so you can come back to them later.  Use the time on clues that are not so intensive to catch up on those you left behind.

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Part Two is hourglass units!

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

We will be making 25 sets of 4 matching. (Use the same 3 fabrics per each set of 4 units)

Just as with half-square triangles, there are MANY ways to make hourglass units and you are welcome to use whatever method you wish to get the job done.

If you were working with traditional rotary cutting math, you'd start with 3 1/4'' squares.  For these 3-color units, you'll need to match a neutral square with a green square, and a neutral square with a gold square for each set.  Keep your neutrals the same per set (But make each set as different as you want it to be from the next.)

Place green/neutral with right sides together.  Do the same with gold/neutral, right sides together.  Stack them on top of each other. Cut from corner to corner twice on the diagonal into 4 sets of quarter-square triangles.  Each  quarter-square set will give you one completed hourglass unit.  Each set of 2 neutral squares, 1 gold and 1 green will complete one set of 4 hour glass units.

Once cut - they will sew the same as the Essential Triangle Tool method I am sharing next!

It all starts with 1 1/2'' strips!

1 gold, 1 green, and 2 matching neutrals.

Place neutral and green strips with right sides together.  Place neutral and gold strips with right sides together.

Place the neutral/green set on top of the neutral/gold set with both sets having the neutral on top.

Locate the 1 1/2'' mark down the center of the Essential Triangle Tool.  We are using the green lines for quarter-square triangles this go round, where we used the red lines for half-square triangles in Part One.

The 1 1/2'' mark corresponds to the size of strip we are cutting from.  Follow that line to the left and you will see the 2'' number - that is the FINISHED size of our unit after it is sewn into the quilt.  The unit will measure 2 1/2'' when we make them.  The seam allowance in future steps will take them down to 2''.

Place the 1 1/2'' line for a 2'' finished quarter-square triangle on the bottom of the strip set as shown, with the line ON the fabric, not below the fabric on the mat.  If your line is sitting on the mat, your cut triangles will be one line width too small.  Get it up there!

Trim off the left end if you are a righty.  Lefties will cut from the opposite end of the strip set. 

Make a cut on the opposite side of the ruler - the triangles beneath the ruler are all of the pieces you need for a 3 color hour glass unit.

Pivot the ruler to make further cuts!

For the next cut, place the 1 1/2'' line for a 2'' finished hour glass unit at the TOP of the strip set, on top of the edge of the fabric.  Make the next cut.

Pivot the ruler to make subsequent cuts - enough for 4 matching hour glass units.

Feeding pairs through - all with NEUTRAL on top!

For pressing purposes, and seam nesting reasons - sew your pairs as shown, along one short side with the neutrals on top.

Feel free to sew hourglass units a hair bit scant - trimming comes easy after pressing. In other words, you don't have to go big to sliver trim down here.  Just scant your seam.

My units are gold/green/gold/green!

Press to the neutral.

Snip between units and clip dog ears.

Chain pressing gives me a third hand.  It is easy to keep the units in the same orientation when they are connected to each other with the chaining thread between them.

If you use a stand up thread cutter to cut apart your chain piecing - do yourself a favor and cut them apart AFTER you press. It's much less handling, and less distortion.

Sewing the pairs together!

Sew a bit scant here too if desired.

Because we pressed to the neutral here, the seam allowance on this unit points up toward the needle as it goes through the machine, which helps keep this seam nested together.  I can sew these without pinning due to the direction of that top seam allowance. 

If the seam were to point away from the needle - the fabric can shift due to the action of the feed dogs and I would need to pin here.

Remove dog ears. ALWAYS.


We do this with four-patches too.  It helps eliminate the knot of fabric that happens at the center of a unit like this.  

Holding the right side down with your thumb, gently lift the left side, allowing a couple of stitches to come undone within the seam allowance at the center.  Press.

Trim and square units as needed.

Use the diagonal lines on your Simple Folded Corners ruler or Simple Folded Corners Mini to help square up!

Just put the diagonal 2'' line on the seam from corner to corner on the unit, and trim up one side and across the top.  Rotate the unit and repeat the process to trim the remaining two sides.

One set of units!

They measure 2 1/2'' each and will finish at 2'' in the quilt.

Make 24 more sets for a total of 25 sets.

(100 hourglass units total)

And that's it for this week!

If you didn't finish Part One, you can go back and complete those.  Or - you could get in a baking and decorating mood and spread some holiday cheer around the place.

With Instagram blocking the "recents" hash tags from posts for the time being due to the election process, it may be a bit difficult for us to see what each other is doing this year - possibly until the inauguration anyway.  I have tried to find out more info on when "recents" will be back for those of us in the USA, but haven't found the answer.

But - so that we can see them when they ARE available again, please use the hashtags #quiltvillemystery and #grassycreekquilt when you share your posts on Facebook and Instagram.

Please tag me @quiltville_bonnie in your Instagram posts, because I DO get notification on those and I really want to see what you are up to.

And I would love to invite those who use Facebook to join my Quiltville’s Open Studio group where there is so much sharing of mystery progress going on, especially during this time.  I can see your photos there in real time as can everyone else.  It's a wonderful giving and accepting community and I'd love for you to be a part of it.

Our next clue will drop next Friday, December 11th.

Those who are visiting just once a week for mystery clues - let me clue you in on a couple of other things we have going on right now!

We have a Sulky Mystery Box Gift-Away going on - entries still coming in!  This is a box you don't want to miss.  Head on over to THAT POST and get your entry in. The drawing happens tomorrow morning.

The folks at  IronEz are allowing us to choose THREE lucky winners this go round in a fabulous Gift-Away - One with the original bottle and one with the mister bottle and a third winner for two pack of mister bottles. 

Have you seen the new mister bottles? They are all the rage - with good reason!

Head on over and enter to win ON THAT POST.  This drawing will happen on Tuesday.  And there is more gift-away fun to come through December, so stay tuned!

Quiltville Quote of the Day

How far you go depends on you! The most important thing I ever heard was "There is no growth without struggle."
Keep at it! Try a new skill, push your boundaries!

And I'll see you back here next Friday for Part 3!


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  1. Part 2 happiness!!!!. Thank you Bonnie 😊😊😊

  2. Yay!!!! I've been refreshing since about 7AM because I'm so excited. :)

  3. Thanks once again for the challenges I will learn from in this new mystery. I hope to have it finished by the October Quiltvillians retreat so hopefully you will autograph it for me. Stay safe and stay well!! Thanks agsin!

  4. Oh Bonnie I still need to press and trim most of my sets. I should have a long tail wings and breath fire because I always am “dragon” behind!

  5. Thanks for Part 2! Gold and Green Balls were our fun growing up. Fancy dresses and spinning around the dance floor. There was always a Floor Show of Couples who practiced a Special dance number. I will think of everyone spinning this week. I am packing up to move back to our Apartment that got renovated. Some TreeDecorating will happen too.

  6. I've never done hourglass units, so this is another learning experience for me. I'm taking my time on this quilt and enjoying the process of learning.
    Thank you, Bonnie, for teaching me new things.

  7. Whoa! That's the tiniest QST! Love it!

    1. Mine are even tinier. Doing half sized blocks. sigh...........

  8. I love hourglass blocks. Since the Essential Triangle Ruler is on its way my job today can be to cut and get my strips ready for when it arrives. Last year, I think, was there a last year, anyway, I ordered a book with the ruler combo. The book is in my Bonnie box, but the ruler is nowhere to be found. I ordered a new one and am pretty sure that when it gets here the first one will be here to greet it. LOL Happy Quilting and thank you.

    1. As soon as your new one arrives you'll find the one from last year! That's okay, it's always nice to have a spare.

    2. THAT'S how i got two Essentials! not moving, but losing & then finding the first set! enjou your day!

  9. Thank you Bonnie, this mystery is so wonderful for me this time of year, almost done with coffee then off to the sewing room 😁😁

  10. Oh wow. This is going to be fun! I love your mysteries. Love your quote today as well.

  11. Thank you so much! You are so generous to provide this to us quilters. It is really helping keep our minds off everything that's going on around us. Thank you again!

  12. Finally printed off Part II. Now, onto cleaning, cooking, and laundry!!

  13. Hi Bonnie. I just had to let you know that I received my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns a few days ago. LOL, I forgot I pre-ordered it. Been pouring through it ever since. There are already a bunch of page markers stuck throughout with blocks that I've just gotta do someday. Thanks for posting the link to EQ in one of your blogs!!! I just ordered your rulers, a book, and a few other items this morning and am so wonderfully surprised that they've already been shipped! I see how these rulers will make cutting pieces for the Grassy Creek Mystery much easier. My fabric is finally all pulled out and I'm cutting the strips this evening for Parts 1 and 2. I'm planning on catching up with everyone by the end of next week! Delivery of the rulers is estimated for Wednesday, yeaaaah! Thanks for all you do, you are awesome! Karen L.

  14. Thank you so much, Bonnie!! All of a sudden I'm not getting my daily email from you about your new post. Wondering if I need to sign up again or if others are experiencing the same issue.

  15. Thank you for doing these annual mystery quilts. It makes my December so much more fun each year. This year-of-Covid especially is better with your fun project. Thank you so much!

  16. First attempt at Mystery and Hourglass. This is going to take some practice.

  17. I sure do like the star quilt shown with the Quote of the Day. Does anyone know the name of it?

  18. Just discovered this. How do i get clue #1? Adore these mini hourglass blocks.

  19. So enjoying this mystery quilt process! I love piecing with scraps...and the mystery part of it is exciting.


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