Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sapphire Stars Surprise Clue!!!!

There's no time to rest!

Wait a minute!  Wait a minute!
Wake up you sleepy head!!!!!

Now, that's more like it!
Sophia Annabella is working on......

It's time to get busy on the

Are you ready??????

If you are still working on Clue #3, continue to do so.
I promise you can handle this surprise clue
with no problems!

Please allow some time for the PDF to be completed for this surprise clue.
Heather didn't even know when this clue was coming!
Thanks for all you have done for this mystery

As always, I trust you will make these units
the way you are most comfortable with.

Let's begin shall we?

For the surprise clue, you will need to cut the following:
6 Sets of 5(qty) 2.5" squares of Bright/Royal Blue
10(qty) random 2.5" squares of Bright/Royal Blue
68(qty) 1.5" squares of neutral
34(qty) 1.5"x2.5" neutral rectangles

Here are the 6 sets of 5(qty) 2.5" squares.
Please place 1 of each set of 5 aside for now.
So you will be working with the 4 remaining 2.5" squares
of each of the sets at this time.

You will also be working with your 10 random 2.5"
squares as well.
(Sorry, no pic of those.)

Next, take your 68 1.5" squares of neutral
and draw a diagonal line down the back of each one.
I used a small ruler, and a mechanical pencil
to mark my lines.

Place a 1.5" neutral square right sides together on top of 
a 2.5" Brilliant/Royal Blue square
and sew on the line.
Trim the excess off as I have done in the pic above.

Press toward the neutral.

Take your remaining 1.5" neutral squares
and place them on the corner closest
to the one you just sewed.

Chain piece them through your machine.

Trim excess.

Press toward the neutral that
was just added.
Sliver trim to 2.5" if needed.
Here are my 6 sets of 4.....remember to leave the 5th 
of each of those 2.5" squares of Bright/Royal blue alone for now.

And here are my 10 random 2.5" Bright/Royal Blue squares
with the neutrals sewn onto them.

I am calling these.....
"Up on the Housetop" blocks!
They look like little rooftops to me....
perhaps barn blocks?????

We are not quite done yet.....

Remember those 1.5"x2.5" neutral rectangles?
It's really easy to cut these if you have some
2.5" strips or 1.5" strips of neutral laying around somewhere!

We are going to add these to the bottom of our
previously made blocks.
(These are not all of my blocks...just a sampling of them.)

And there we go!
I pressed my neutral rectangles toward the blue,
however, it really doesn't matter.
Quick as that, we are done with this surprise clue!
(Again, these are not all of the completed blocks..
just a sampling.)

After this surprise clue,
you should have:
- 6 sets of 4 Bright/Royal Blue "Up on the Housetop" Blocks with a 
1.5"x2.5" neutral rectangle sewn to the bottom of them.
(The remaining 2.5" Bright/Royal Blue square from each set
 should remain untouched.)
It will help to keep these sets together with the remaining 2.5"
square of Bright/Royal blue.
- 10 random Bright/Royal Blue "Up on the Housetop" Blocks with a neutral
1.5"x2.5" neutral rectangle sewn to the bottom of them.

You can do it!  You can do it!  You can do it!
We are almost there!!!!!
The final steps for this mystery quilt
are in sight!

Thank you all for your kind words and enthusiasm!
I hope you are enjoying this mystery?

Here are the links to previous clues:

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. Hmmm???? O.k., I'll play along, but I feel my leg is getting longer. I think it might be getting pulled. I'm having fun trying to figure out what the final quilt will look like, but you have me stumped! Maybe I will follow Sophia Annabella and Lilly Mae and go back to bed! Wink!

  2. All I can say is that it is a good thing I am only watching this one! I'm going back to making tiny Christmas trees, thank you (which, BTW, are about 4 1/8 x 4 5/8).

  3. WAIT... A surprise clue? Does that mean it doesn't count??? Or it's like 3.5???
    I love the darling doggies... Lily Mae and Sophia Annabella are just adorable!~!!
    But where are the chickens these days?? Don't forget about those critters out back!!

  4. LOVE that Sophia Annabella is getting in on the action!! Thanks for the extra clue... now I have something to do with those royal blue fabrics that I pulled on accident. Not sure WHY the navy blue remained tucked away.

  5. Now I'm 3 clues behind. Oh well, I'll get caught up one of these days. It's the cutting I don't have time for, not the stitching.

  6. Another exciting clue! I am totally mystified at how all this is going to work together, but I'm having fun and ready to start this step next week!

  7. I'm just watching from the side lines this time, but I'm enjoying seeing each clue and wondering how the pieces will all fit together.

  8. You sneaky man, putting the bonus clue up while I was out of state in mountains with no reception! :D This is a great mystery, as there's no clear come-together screaming out at us. Loving it!

  9. OK, I've been waiting patiently......... (NOT!!! lol!) is there a PDF available yet? No worries, was just wondering!

  10. Having so much fun on this! Kevin, your instructions are so clear; makes for much more confidence as I follow you blindly down the rabbit hole!

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