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Time to Get a Move on!

Time to Get a Move on!
Charlotte Hawkes Oct 27, 2021

It’s almost November!  Where did summer go?  Actually, I’ve really had a busy time of it…….I’m still working to complete my UFO’s and use only my stash! I completed a bunch of tops and moved them to the “needs quilting” pile.  I actually made a couple of tops with my overflowing 2 1/2″ square box.  Then I went through withdrawal!!  I thought “What did I just do!!!!!  They’re gone!!!!! I use so many of them!! What if I need some!?!?!”  Thankfully the fairies came and started filling the box again!  Whew!!  I decided to buy a longarm!  I had to set that up, figure it out and try to find enough time to play with it. So far, I haven’t been able to figure out how to piece and longarm at the same time!  LOL!  I just finished making a bunch of wonky squares from the wonky strip box……enough to make two lap quilts……and didn’t even make a dent in the pile.  I also have to say I also spent a lot of time in the garden and up to camp.  At camp I drew up the new mystery and actually made the first one to see if it would all work.  Guess what!?!?  It all works….. So “Pinwheel Surprise” it is!!!.

I feel that I need to make a disclaimer here.  Pinwheel Surprise may be a challenge for some of you……it has some bias edges here and there.  Working with a bias can either be your friend or foe.  Hopefully, if you choose to do this mystery, you can work out any problems you may have with bias edges by the time you finish.  So, if you choose to play along, as Bonnie Hunter says “No Whining!”  You can starch your squares or just learn to not stretch them.  Easy Peasy!  I hope that I’ve made it easier by piecing the bias edges with a straight grain edge but we’ll see how successful I was with that.

Now to some fun stuff.  In my last post I repeated my scrap organization system.  Now, I will tell you how I begin to choose my fabric squares.  I suppose if you cut as you go, you may do your choosing in a similar way.  One of the blocks require 3 – 3 1/4″ squares….2 of which need to match (or sort of match).  I sort through my box and pick out the twosies (2 that match or sort of) until I have the number of sets that I need for the number of blocks that are required.  Then I sort through again and find a single 3 1/4″ square that I like with each set.  If there aren’t enough sets I cut some from my stash. My goal is to have a variety of colors and prints so there is good diversity.  I don’t need to have everything matchy match perfectly but just to coordinate or contrast comfortably.  To continue, in that same block, there will also be 2 matching 5″ squares that need to contrast but also coordinate with the 3 1/4″ squares.  So then I go to the 5″ box, find the twosies and find pleasing combinations with the 3 1/4″ squares from before.  I’m sure that some of you are scratching your heads thinking What the Heck is She talking about!!!  Hang in there and I’ll show you some pictures when we start to piece the clues.

I have included the requirements and instructions for three different sizes.  The largest is the best with an awesome Surprise!  I’m anxious to see what you do with that one!  So here goes with the requirements for “Pinwheel Surprise”.  Yardages are rounded up from EQ suggestions.


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


There you have it!  The clues will start in January, the second Wednesday of each month.

So until then…….Good Luck and Happy Quilting!



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