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A New Year and a New Mystery!

A New Year and a New Mystery!
Charlotte Hawkes Jan 12, 2022


I want to thank all of you who have continued to follow me all these years and welcome to the newbies who have found me this past year.  It always amazes me that so many of you are interested in this old lady’s scrappy quilts! This will be my 9th mystery! Who knew that I’d still be doing this and especially for this long. I’d love to know if any of you have made them all.  Send me a note or pictures!

And here it is…’s 2022! Maybe I’m feeling my age or I’m finally realizing there is probably an end to all this quilting stuff.  Quarantining and getting covid has certainly taken it’s tole on the hubby and me.  It has enlightened us and I’m sure many of you.  We seem to take so much for granted until it’s all right there in our faces. But I’m thankful that I can still quilt and enjoy myself.  I still have the strength to think “what if” and figure out a new quilt. Over the years, most of my stash has been gifted to me and has grown large enough to last me probably three lifetimes…….well, maybe only two…and I’m determined to use what I have and not buy more.  Lately my time has been spent finishing up UFO’s and making charity quilts to give away. I always wonder why is it that the scraps always seem to multiply overnight and new quilts don’t even seem to make a dent?!? I think “Good Grief!” how many quilts are in this scrap pile!  But that’s a good thing maybe….especially if you don’t want to go shopping!  LOL!

Yup! It’s 2022!  Out with the old and in with the new!  Well, maybe not so fast!  You know I certainly have a lot of old scraps laying around and I’m sure you do too.  So lets take those old scraps and make something new.  The pattern is fresh and new and one I doubt you’ll find anywhere else. I have designed all these mystery patterns with the help of my trusty EQ (Electric Quilt Software).  Everything has my own twist to it. Good or bad!  This one has lots of bias edges in it (good or bad!) so quilters BEWARE!  Take your time and don’t stretch it!  But most of all, like Bonnie says, “No Whining!”


Pinwheel Surprise – 2022 Mystery

For the confident beginner or intermediate quilter

The instructions will be given for three different sizes:  small – 57″x68″, (medium – 67″x79″) and large – 91″x102″

Fabric Requirements:

White or very pale color (can be scrappy):

2″ squares  –  24 (48) 80

2 3/4″ squares – 12 (24) 40

4 1/4″ squares  –  14  (18)  36


Light Colored Blender (assorted):

7″ squares  –  14  (18)  36


Light Colored Blender (assorted one color basically used as a background):

4 3/4″ squares  –  24 (40) 84


Medium Colored (assorted):

4 1/4″ squares  –  14  (18)  36


Medium to Dark Colored (assorted):

3 1/4″ squares  –  6 (12) 20

2  –  3 1/4″ squares the same color and value (as a set)  –  12 sets  (24 sets)  40 sets


Dark Colored (assorted):

2 – 3 3/4″ squares the same color and value (as a set)  –  28 sets  (36 sets)  72 sets

2 – 5″ squares the same color and value (as a set)  –  12 sets  (24 sets)  40 sets


Inside Border Fabric ( suggested medium to dark colored):

Total approximate yardage (includes a 2″ inside border)  –  1 3/4  (2)  3

5″ squares  –  6  (12)  20

2″ x 8 1/2″ strips  –  28  (36)  62

2″ x 11 1/2″ strips – 28 (36) 62


Outside Border Fabric (includes enough for a 3 3/4″ outside border):

Total approximate yardage  –  1 1/2  (1 3/4)  2

4 3/4″ squares  –  16  (20)  28


Pinwheel Surprise – Clue #1

  1. Select one white  and one medium colored 4 1/4″ square.  Cut each on both diagonals. Place one white section on top of one colored section right sides together. Sew from the top down as shown.  Repeat with remaining sections to have 4 sections as shown.  Make sure that all sections are sewn in the same position.  Open and press to the dark side.
  2. Select 2 matching 3 3/4″ dark colored squares.  Cut on one diagonal. Place one section, right sides together and sew on the long seam as shown to make a 3 1/2″ square.  Press to the the dark side and trim if necessary.  Repeat to have 4 matching 3 1/2″ squares.
  3. Position the 4 blocks as shown below.  Sew, nesting the seams to make a double pinwheel block.  Press and trim to 6 1/2″ if necessary.
  4. Choose one 7″ assorted light blender square.  Cut on both diagonals. Position and sew two sections on either side of the pinwheel block as shown below. Repeat with the other two sides.  Trim dog ears and press to the outside being careful to not distort the outside bias sections.
  5. Repeat instructions 1 – 4 to make 14 (18) or 36 blocks.


There you go!  Have fun and Happy Quilting!  The next clue will arrive on February 9.


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