Monday, January 01, 2018

On Ringo Lake, Part 9: The Reveal!

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Happy 2018, everyone!

It’s here.  It’s really here.  2017 has gone to bed, and 2018 lays stretched out before us.

And there is so much waiting for us in the coming year!

I’m always happy when January rolls around.  The first page in a calendar.  And ever since I turned 50, the coming of January means that I get to celebrate my birthday ALL MONTH LONG, starting TODAY!

Hey, once you turn 50 you have every right to make up the rules however you want them!

And today I get to share the beginning of my birthday month with you and show you what you’ve been working so hard toward:

Say hello to On Ringo Lake!

Photo taken yesterday about 4pm, the afternoon light just right!

Quilt Layout Diagram.

Do you know how hard it is to find coral/melon in EQ7?  There are not enough to make it a scrappy quilt graphic, and the patches are so small in this graphic that everything became mud with trying to paint it scrappy, so for all intents and purposes, this is shown as a 4 fabric quilt layout.  Can you recognize yesterday’s blocks?

The sashings and cornerstones give a "2 block quilt" look, when it's not a 2 block quilt at all!


Afternoon sun on a corner section.

There are a couple of things we need to do before we can lay this quilt out and start the assembly.

Those half chevrons?  They are our sashing!  We’ll be assembling that and cutting cornerstones and the small brown setting triangles.

We’ll then be piecing the split setting triangle, using the Simple Folded Corners Ruler to cut off the inside corner, stitching those 18 leftover unit 4’s into place. 

In other words, there is a bunch of work set out before us before we can really start to put this together.


Join together end-to-end!

Make 120!


Remember how we pressed these “in one direction?” You will be able to turn the right hand unit so seams will nest with the left hand unit when joining together.  

After joining, press seams to one side or open.  It’s up to you. The center seam does not need to nest anywhere.  Sashings will measure 2’’ x 9 1/2’’ and finish at 1 1/2’’ x 9’’ in the quilt.

Cornerstones & small setting triangles:


From brown scraps cut:

49 cornerstones 2’’ x 2’’
6 squares 3 1/2 x 3 1/2’’

Slice the 3 1/2’’ squares twice on the diagonal with an X to yield 24 small setting triangles.  22 will be used in the quilt, 2 will be extra.

Pieced Setting Triangles:


From aqua/turquoise fabric cut:

18 squares 7 1/2’’ x 7 1/2’’.  Slice squares ONCE on the diagonal from corner to corner to yield 36 half-setting triangles.

2 squares 8’’ x 8’’.  Slice squares from corner to corner TWICE on the diagonal to yield 8 half-corner triangles.

*Note* All setting triangles are over-sized from easy to cut square measurements, and will be trimmed after quilt assembly.

For those working from one piece of solid yardage, not scrappy:

Make a test unit by stitching two triangles as above from scrap fabric. Measure the long side of the triangle. Cut a square that size, and slice on the diagonal corner to corner twice with an X.  You will get 4 setting triangles per square. Proceed with your solid yardage cutting triangles that size.

Join triangles randomly in pairs. Make 18. Press seams OPEN.

Repeat with small corner triangles, joining them in pairs. Seams may be pressed open, or to one side.


Cutting off corners and replacing with unit 4’s!

You can do this with either the Simple Folded Corners ruler, or the paper template method shown below.

Find the 3 1/2’’ line down the diagonal edge of the ruler and mark it with tape or ruler stickers. Align the ruler with the corner of the triangle, having the upper edge of the ruler flush with the top of the triangle, and the 3 1/2’’ line along the right edge. (Lefties will be working in mirror image as needed.) Trim the corner off. 


Paper template method.

*Note* This method has been rounded to the nearest 1/8’’. 

Cut a paper square 3 1 /8’’ x 3 1/8’’. Please remember to cut your paper square with the ruler LINE ON the paper to ensure that your paper square is the correct size.

Slice the paper square in half on the diagonal, and tape one triangle to the back side of a ruler.  The paper triangle will mask the area we are trimming off.


After cutting!

Place the paper template on the ruler over the corner of the setting triangle, aligning edges of the paper with the edges of the triangle.  Trim. 


Adding corner on.

Stitch the 18 remaining unit 4’s in place at the corner of 18 pieced setting triangles. Remove dog ears and press seams toward the setting triangle.


Back side!


18 done!


Beginning my layout for assembly.


Odd numbered (longer) rows have sashing triangles against the brown geese.
In the even numbered (shorter) rows, the sashing triangles point toward the brown geese.


Couldn’t keep Sadie from block surfing, but here I am ready to start sewing things together.

On Ringo Lake is an on-point quilt setting and rows are assembled on the diagonal. Work rows carefully so things do not get turned or out of order.


First corner attached to sashing unit.
Press seams away from sashing and toward corner.

(Remember, setting triangles are over-sized.)


First corner/sashing row added to Row 2: corner triangle, sashing block, sashing triangle.

Row 3 is small setting triangle, sashing, cornerstone, sashing, cornerstone, sashing, setting triangle.

Rows continue to get longer until we reach half way!

Press seams in opposite directions from row to row to facilitate nested seams. I pressed rows toward the sashings and away from cornerstones.


Building the quilt center in two halves.


Stitching that last long diagonal!


Trim, trim, trim!

Use any ruler with a good 1/4’’ marking and trim the edge of the top, leaving a 1/4’’ seam allowance beyond the corners of the neutral sashing triangles.


A good square ruler can also ensure that your corners are indeed square before quilting!

I toyed with borders for this, and you are welcome to add them if you wish.  With as many steps as this quilt already had, I didn’t want to extend mystery clues clear into March to do a pieced border.  I do love that  it appears as if our blocks float over the width of an aqua pieced border.  It said “Enough is enough!” to me.

Before quilting, set your machine on your longest straight stitch, and “stay stitch” around the quilt 1/8’’ in from the edge to prevent stretching and seams popping open in the quilting process.


Quilting Detail

On Ringo Lake was long-arm machine quilted using a peach thread in an edge to edge design called Espalier by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting, Australia.

Wanting the blocks to continue to float into the aqua “border” I bound the quilt with 2‘’ strips of a wavy aqua print for a 1/4’’ finished binding that appears “barely there” and doesn’t fence in the eye.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Happy New Year, Quiltvillians!

Remember, our next Mystery Monday Link-Up will take place on Monday, January 8th as I fly off to San Diego. 

Hello, 2018! We are so pleased to meet you!

This mystery is given for personal use only.  No part may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying for sharing, scanning or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Please no uploading and saving of this file with intent to share, email or distribute, either digitally or in hard copy. NOT FOR RESALE.

Please send your friends to my blog to print their clues. Thank you!


Koo B said...

Oh, I say Bonnie, thats rather nice!!!!!!!! ggggg :)

Kathi Cappellini said...

Beautiful! Thank you once again.

cahirasnana said...

Thank you Bonnie, this quilt is simply gorgeous. I am a long long way from finishing it but am enjoying every step of it. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2018.

Marcia F. said...

Thanks for hosting this Mystery Quilt. The quilt is just fabulous.

MaryJo said...

Love it! Thank you for a beautiful mystery! I've enjoyed every step -- and I have a long ways to go. But with very cold weather, I'll be able to work on it all week! Happy New Year!

Mary Wal said...

Thank you Bonnie, Happy January Birthday month.

Maryse said...

The adventure continues...hurray!Thank you and happy Birthday month

Nancy Heffner Jacobson said...

Thank you Bonnie. Great fun. Beautiful quilt.

LoriM said...

Thank you so much for another gorgeous design! Today is my half-birthday, and your mystery always feels like a present. Happy birthday month to you!

Jo said...

What a lovely reveal. Boy, I have some catching up to do.
Thankyou for spending the time making these patterns available to us. You are appreciated.
Many happy returns for a full month of birthday celebrations.

Kerry said...

Thank you Bonnie. Great pattern, great quilt. What a steep learning curve for me this year. Have a terrific 2018!

Wendy Patrick Designs said...

Oh I LOVE IT! Thanks Bonnie for another beautiful quilt and journey!

kathy johns said...

Beautiful! Thank you again. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday month!

Cindy Buchite said...

Thank you Bonnie! Hoping 2018 is full of healthy days, blessings galore and plenty of sewing!

Bente Antonsen said...

Thank you for another gorgeous quilt! I love it! Happy birthday month.

Evelyn V said...

Thank you Bonnie for the joy doing this is giving me, my first mystery quilt. Happy New Year and birthday month, which I also share with you. Mine is Wednesday.

Helen said...

It is absolutely beautiful! Thank you!

Johanna Lovering said...

Thank you Bonnie! This quilt is amazing and I have again enjoyed every minute of working on it. I will have an awesome January completing the rest of the clues. I so enjoy the Mq sewing, it gives me quiet time for me during the craziest time of the year. Happy New Year! I hope that you have a great one!

Nancy said...

My first Bonnie MQ and I love it! I found your blog about a year ago and fell in love with your scrappy quilts and knew that I wanted to do the 2017 MQ. I am still on clue 2 and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you so much Bonnie. Enjoy your birthday month.

rebecca said...

Oh, it's beautiful! Thank you again, Bonnie for another wonderful adventure. May your New Year be filled with many blessings.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness it's beautiful Bonnie! Breathtaking!
Just starting to get my blocks together so will have lots to show by link up time!
Happy New Year!

nancy toth said...

Thanks Bonnie I love it !!!!! Still on clue 8 ! What a AWESOME journey for my 1st mystery with you !Happy birthday month& Happy new year too .

Sherrill said...

That is SO PRETTY, Bonnie, as are they all!! Those tiny pieces would drive me insane so I don't usually join in. The only mystery I ever did was Easy Street (which still isn't totally finished..put together but not backed and quilted) and I LOVE that one. Love the others--just the small pieces scare me off.

Janet Mezger said...

Oh, Bonnie!! This is beautiful. I can't wait to finish it- although, I am more than a bit behind. Thank you so much for this wonderful quilt design. You've started my 2018 off with a bang. Happy New Year!

Sue's Stitchin' said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Absolutely fabulous. Mine wont be as dramatic because I changed the brown to gold and some of them aren't very dark. But I'll love it just the same. My coral is hot pink, and I definitely love that part. Thanks so much Bonnie. You are awesome.

Shari Z said...

Wonderful reveal! I have given myself permission to work on this one throughout the year and enjoy the process. However, seeing the final result makes me want to hurry it up. LOL.
Thank you again and Happy Birthday month!!

Aktibbs said...

Beautiful! I think this mystery quilt is my favorite. Thank you for all your hard work to put this gift together for your followers.

Carol Thomas said...

I love this quilt. Happy Birthday!!!! I will begin cutting and sewing when the kids get out of school. Happy New Year.

shoshu said...

happy birthday to you, not only all month long, but all the time!!! i\m still on clue 8 and just got house company, [not a quilter] for 2 wqeeks, but i hope to keep stealing a bit of time to keep going. it's been a wonderfully, fun, fabulously educating and just all around great few weeks. thank you thank you thank you

carreen Lindebak said...

Thanks Bonnie for all your extra patience with my dyxlesicness. Sometimes it is so frustrating and i appreciate your going the extra mile for us. I can't wait to get this one all together.

Mary said...

It's Our Birthday month. Happy Birthday to us!! You made it so pretty and I love the Aqua setting. Gonna have fun cutting those and laying it all out. Quilt Guild is next week, Hope to get a Flimsy ready by then. THANK YOU!!

Monica said...

It's beautiful, Bonnie! You really captured that sunrise feeling of your inspiration photo. And I love that block! Happy new year!

Pat Hanna said...

Awesome! I didn't even dare begin this project during the holidays because of family responsibilities, but I have saved every clue to my files and will be pulling fabrics before long. A big THANK YOU Bonnie, for gifting all of your readers with such superb mystery projects each year. Many blessings to you in 2018!

Den Cofman said...

I love this quilt and especially how the blocks seem to float out into the aqua!
Great job!
Thank you for all you do!
Mary K in NM

Mary p said...

I love the quilt, the colors are just awesome. Happy New Year!

Christine Gardner said...

Thank you Bonnie for another beautiful mystery quilt! This is my 5th mystery in a row with you and I loved everyone! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of the quilting world! May you and your family have a blessed 2018!!

ggarner said...

You did it again and it's GORGEOUS!!! Thank you!!!!

Barbara Furrow said...

Surprise for the New year and New me! Love the MQ. I'm hoping my first MQ will looks as stunning as yours. Thank goodness if I need help I have the group to ask. What quilting design did you use? Looks like circles? TY Bonnie

Tracey Honig said...

I LOVE it! Beautiful colors, and simple construction! It will go on my list! I enjoy the mystery concept... you do a great job of keeping me in suspense! I am rather surprised there are no 4-patches, though! But it is beautiful just the same. Happy New Year to y’all, and I wish you a very happy birthday month!! 💜🎉🎊

Kristi said...

Wow! This is incredible! Can't wait to put it together. I never thought I could make something this complicated! But I'm doing it!

Neller said...

Wow Bonnie! You out done did yourself this time! I love how you take quilts that if I had seen the whole pattern ahead of time, i never would have attempted it, but taken clue by clue, step by step, I can make a quilt I would have thought was too advanced for me! Every year you stretch my skills and help me make a gorgeous quilt! Thanks so much! Have a wonderful birthday month and safe travels!

Robby H. said...

It's lovely! Thank you for the time and talent you invest in this annual project. Now, I have some sewing to do.

Donna s said...

OH wizard quilt designer Bonnie you have done it again! It is such an overwhelming joy to participate in your mystery quilt each year (my fourth).
Thank you, and I do want to complete this one within this mont and not let it drag out as my procrastinating nature tends to let me do.
I am only, or scratch that and say I am all the way at a 1/3 completion point of my approximate 900 units to make the beautiful blocks.
My mojo doesn’t kick into gear till about 4 or 5 pm.
I do so want to attend one of your classes when you are within a 2 hr driving distance of Cincinnati, Ohio. I do not belong to a quilt guild so I guess the best way will be to keep an eye on your schedule.
Thanks again and the happiest and healthiest New Year to you and your friends and family.

Mechelle said...

ohhh, squeals the quilter beautiful, can't wait to catch up...I had to put aside to prepare my adult house for little ones over Christmas!

Unknown said...

Bonnie, Thank you so much for your Mystery Quilt process. I attended your trunk show in Helena, Montana. This is my first of your Mystery Quilts. ORL is from my batik stash, except for a few browns. I read that your timing was so those who struggle over the Holidays have a way to keep busy. I started out thinking of them. The day #5 was released I realized how ill my sister was. She is hospitalized and we are waiting a biopsy. Every stitch the last week has been a prayer for sister and her daughters. Thank you for keeping my hands busy while my mind is in a different time zone.

Allison C Bayer Plano TX said...

Oh Bonnie you have done it again!! Fabulous quilt!!! Even looking at the reveal in the header with the layout had me guessing; until I read ALL THE WORDS. This is an amazing layout -- I enjoy setting on the diagonal. Enjoy celebrating your birthday all month long. I'm certainly glad you were born and happy to call you friend!! Hugs for an amazing 2018, Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas USA

Linda Rae Mason said...

Happy Birthday to you Bonnie. What a joy to celebrate for the entire month. More of us should adopt the habit. Having my morning tea, reading your blog & admiring another of your beautiful quilts is a wonderful way to welcome 2018. Thank you for sharing your talents. ((((((Hugs))))))

robert donolli said...

Claudia here: so glad ORL is on the diagonal!!! Thank you

Carole said...

Happy New Year Bonnie. I love the mystery quilt this year. Thank you for helping me get through the holidays. This year's quilt is just beautiful. Have a great Birthday month.

Shirley Shingara said...

Thank you! I love everything about this quilt from your generosity to the well written instructions. A Lovely way to end one year and start the new year!

Dena T said...

Happy Birthday Month Bonnie. Got up this morning wondering what Bonnie did today. I logged onto your site half awake when it dawned on me that you changed pictures and that was the MQ! LOL I love it! I still have a long ways to go. But today is all mine to work on my MQ. Will see how far I get. Thank you Bonnie for another wonderful MQ. Have a great new year Bonnie.

Mary Wolter said...

Absolutely stunning - I didn't follow along in "real time" this year, but I am definitely doing this quilt in Christmas colors.

You are such a blessing, putting all of this time and effort into this blog and the mystery project. Thanks for sharing your talents so generously!!

P.S. Your hints on adjusting for piecing variations in Part 6 were spot on. You've validated what I've learned by trial and error over many years of quilting, and presented it clearly - in pictures! - to newer quilters. You're terrific!

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

ABSOLUTELY wonderful quilt! Mine will definitely have to get done sometime as I think this is probably the prettiest one yet! Maybe just the colors are so beautiful together or the blocks are so much simpler, but I love it! Thank you so much, Bonnie, for all the work you put in for us without direct reimbursement-not everyone in the world is so generous.

Letterpress said...

So terrific! I've only been involved with your Mysteries for three years, and I like this one the best. Thank you, thank you. Now...back to my sewing and piecing.

Letterpress said...

And... I almost forgot...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
January is my birthday month, too, and I agree--celebrating all month long is the way to go.

Ploskr said...

This is another beauty, Bonnie! Thank you so much for posting the pattern and walking us through this.

Boy, do we yet have a boat load of work to do!

January is also my birth month, and I can certainly love celebrating all month long. Happy Birthday to you all with many, many blessed returns of the day.


Kim said...

Happy Birthday month ( me too)
Happy 2018 and thank you for helping me through the holidays.
You rock :0)

Leslie Schmidt said...

It's beautiful, Bonnie! I'm way behind, only on clue 3, but I don't care. My birthday is Jan. 24th, so Happy Birthday to us! This is my 3rd of your mystery quilts, and I have always loved your color choices. Thank you for giving us this gift.

Loris said...

Wow! Thank you, Bonnie. Have a happy New Year and a great birthday month!

Pati said...

Wow!!! Just Wow!!! I'm no where near finished but it is simply gorgeous!!

PalmerGal said...

Happy Birthday month! Mine is next Sunday, January 7 - wonder how long I can stretch it out?

I love this quilt! I haven't started. And now I think I will adjust my colors a bit. Meanwhile I am working on finishing En Provence. Thank so much for all the wonderful quilts you have given us. I'm looking forward to seeing you in March.

Pat in Alaska

Sundae Quilter said...

i had a feeling it would be a diagonal setting. Thanks Miss Bonnie!! I have all the pieces saved... for some day.

ddtrina said...

Now I'm more excited than ever to finish this quilt after seeing the reveal. Bonnie, thanks so much for providing this entertainment for us during the holiday season.

Amy Siegfried said...

What a beautiful finish! I pushed through this weekend to get a few blocks done- now will relax and enjoy the end process of putting it together. Thank you for challenging me, teaching, and encouraging all of us to step out of our comfort zone. Enjoy San Diego- the weather is awesome right now( just "up the street" in Riverside)

conny's quilts said...

Thank you so much for this loveley mystery quilt Bonnie. Today I was cutting and cutting...only for the first parts, so it'll take a while to catch up with you, but I love how your design turned out. The colors are my favorites and were all sitting in my stash (I use pink in stead of melon) Work in progress! Greetings and all the best for 2018,, Conny

Lori said...

Thank you so much for a beautiful quilt pattern. I am so happy I pushed through and got a lot of my steps done. I am looking forward to seeing it all together. I am also glad I went with your colors. Love it. Happy New Year!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Lovely! It still surprises me how turning a block on-point makes it appear so sophisticated. Thanks for all you share. Happy New Year!

Lenore said...

Gorgeous. I haven’t started yet but printed all the instructions. I cannot imagine the hours you have put into the design, writing instructions etc for this quilt. It is mind blowing. Thank you so much Bonnie for your very generous Christmas present to us all. Happy January birthday. Xx

Carolyn said...

Oh Bonnie! Your quilt is so beautiful. I really love the colors you have used.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Chris said...

That's stunning, sorry I didn't join in this years.

shelleyjwilliams said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do. I am so looking forward to another great year of quilting, and Looking forward to all the beautiful things we can make together!

Da Momma said...

Hooray! So lovely! Happy New Year! Many blessings to you and yours! Thank you for your steadfast dedication to us, “Quiltvillians” !!

Donna Endresen said...

Happy New Year, Bonnie!

Thank You so much! On Ringo Lake is Beautiful, as usual. When I get around do doing it (not this year, too many UFO's to finish), it will look beautiful in the guest room, which is a pale aqua (retiring blue). It will also be a great reminder of where I grew up in Central Minnesota.

Thanks again, Bonnie for having the patience and passion to do this mystery for us each fall. You are Greatly Appreciated by your Quiltvillian fans!

Kasilof, AK
Where it is now 26 degrees and supposed to get to 33 degrees today.

Karen, aka Yaya said...

The reveal of On Ringo Lake Mystery Quit is so beautiful! Love how it looks. I can't wait to get started on it soon. (I wasn't able to work on as you posted the parts.
Thank you again for designing this beautiful quilt!!

Linda Simmons said...

a huge thank you for On Ringo Lake and ALL your patterns! I look forward to your blog every day. You are very generous with your time and efforts.
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday.

Nicole Beauchamp said...

Oh what a beautiful quilt. And a fantastic modern way of using brown. I have a pile of brown building up in my stash that I never really know how to use it in a modern way. Thanks again for your contribution to the quilting world.

Quiltville.com said...

Oh I love it! I love it! If I had not had this to work on while my 4 teenage grandchildren stayed with me during Christmas vacation I think I would have went insane. Don't take me wrong but all 5 of them for 10 days straight is a handful. I love the colors and the design. I hope to make it king size. Thanks for everything. Happy Birthday!

sheila oxley said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you have a wonderful month of celebrating!!! I absolutely love the quilt!!! I'm trying to get caught up and after seeing yours I'm so anxious to finish mine!!! I can't believe I will have a quilt that looks as pretty! Thank you so much for all you do!

Cats said...

I am excited to start this mystery (no longer so mysterious!) i vowed to organize the studio before starting another project, hence, i am delayed !!! However, i have a question about Ringo Lake... What size does she finish as shown ??? just curious, thanks for all you do for us, Bonnie... MomCat in Carlsbad, CA

blossom said...

This quilt is SO beautiful! I think it's my favorite mystery quilt so far. Thank you so much for sharing.

annieb said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie. Another connection that we have, my birthday is this week too. Love On Ringo Lake. Thanks for all that you do. I am really far behind but will try to keep on trudgin' along. Happy Birthday to all the other ladies that celebrate this month also.

schultziequilts said...

Absolutely stunning! I'm still collecting fabrics and am excited to start. I've printed all the clues. Thank you so very much. This is wonderful!

Santee Bobbie said...

Happy Birthday Month. I'm absolutely in love with the mystery quilt. THANK YOU,AGAIN AND AGAIN.

Kaye Temanson said...

Thank you for the fun pattern Bonnie. Working on the sashing, but love how it looks so far. Also, January is my birthday month too. No wonder I love your sense of style and fun. Happy Birthday.