Diamond squares-On Ringo Lake Mystery

As I gave my second mystery class I was cutting out my fabric. While many asked if this was their mystery…I said no…too small pieces for them. Now these are indeed tricky blocks. I remember making them with my first mystery quilt with Bonnie..Celtic Solstice. It took some time to master this block. However we have now the essential triangle and easy angle to help us along. I found both worked well for me. This block seemed to take forever…I guess sewing all those triangles. But I know it will be well worth it.

This worked just as well as the corner ruler suggested.

Then of course it laying blocks correctly to cut correctly.

Next to set up a system for sewing correctly.

Then pressing..I just made one for a reference as your mind can play tricks….

Finished all my blocks today and linking up Clue 3

Other news…neurosurgeon reports my 12 wk X-ray looks great! I did a hike yesterday 1.4 miles, felt good but a little sore today.

Daughter just found out today that she will head to Paris Island boot camp February 5 and will graduate May 5th if all goes well. She had a good time with friends, when she came back the gal she was working out had improved so much they wanted her to go in January. Abi was hoping for late February but a spot did open in January. I guess the Gunnery Master Sergeant approved her for the above date. So now she can start planning. As well as us. Looks like we will fly from AZ to SC and return here and maybe do our Western swing of states before heading back to WI.

Tomorrow will work on a charity quilt or machine quilting. Our Thursday/Friday quilting guild has a class on Cathedral Windows a very simple pattern. I will make that one for charity.

Happy Quilting!


Mirana Mystery Quilt Block 3

Block in a Box


Box in a block is another great quilt block. Today we will focus on accurate

cutting and accurate piecing. There are a number of shortcuts to making this block but I really wanted to focus on pure basics of block construction.

For this block you will need:

Fabric B (8) 2.5” squares

Fabric A (16) 2.5 x 6.5 rectangles

Fabric A (16) 2.5 “ squares

  • I like to lay out my block pieces.

Sew the 2.5 inch square together in middle. (Press to the dark or outside fabric)

Sew the side pieces to the middle.

Block should measure 6.5” unfinished.

You will make 8 blocks for the mystery quilt.

This month’s Bonus Block

For the bonus Block:

Fabric A- (4) 2” squares and (1) 3.5” Square

Fabric B- (4) 2” x 3.5” rectangle

Mirana Quilt design by Linda Holzhueter prepared for Sunflower Quilters Members 2017-2018.

The Quilts dug right in to do today’s blocks. They all did a great job. The bonus blocks came be used in the mystery quilt. I would suggest doing between 4-6 blocks in case you want to subside them. I think it would be ok to use different fabrics but maintain same color scheme.

While they sewed I worked on “on Ringo Lake” clue 3 doing most of the cutting. I finished up the cutting at home. Tomorrow I will tackle the additional cus and sewing. Using the Bonnie method with the essential ruler and I will use easy angle ruler. I remember making these units in Celtic Solstice and Grand Illusion mysteries. They can be tricky and you need to slow down and follow Bonnie’s directions. Lots of blocks to sew, but again spacing them out. I made significant progress on a charity quilt using 3 Dudes YouTube video. I have all the four strips sewn and cut, now to sew around the two blocks prior to cutting. Using the fabric I pulled about a week ago. I post pictures maybe next time.

Our sunflower community put on a Christmas singing program…quite good. I will leave you with some lyrics that I thought were quite good!

Happy Quilting!

Clue 2 of ORL and a return to hiking

This morning I finished up clue 2. Flying geese…had lots of practice over summer and use on the essential triangle by Bonnie Hunter. I did not rush these but did them in short batches. This clue I was able to use a borrowed Featherweight machine. Just love sewing on it.

Link up clue 2

I sewed on some labels for three of my donated charity quilts and began machine quilting a pinned quilt. I love that I can keep this machine set up for machine quilting. Last week hunted for some backing fabrics and some smaller pieces that I can use to make another quilt. Good thing I have an extra bedroom with two twin beds that I can lay things out.

I decided to try hiking. This was the same trail I hiked last year prior to leaving AZ with all my sciatic pains. Today it went very well. Did not stop and felt like I could repeat it. Much cooler today…upper fifties and clouds. Just a little aching near sacrum probably using different muscles and subsided quickly. I have been walking 2 miles most mornings, started some strength training and adding a short walk in evening. My goal is to do my walking prior to any quilting. So far it has been working.

Sunflower quilters got to hang a few things in the clubhouse wall. Just beautiful!

Well off to do some machine quilting and finish up boarders using mitered technique.

Happy Quilting all…welcome Mystery quilters!

Mirana Mystery Block 2

The gals in our guild had a great time putting their blocks together. So much so they wanted wanted to continue, but it is a mystery quilt that goes on for a few months. This next block builds off the last block.

I am going to put cutting instructions along with the block. QST or hourglass blocks.

Jan here is showing off her completed block.


Cut six – 7 1/4 squares from each fabric.

We begin with our squares placing them right sides together. We then mark a line 1/4 off the center just as we did with our previous HST. Sew on this line and cut down the middle.

After pressing ( to the dark side) we then position the blocks as below.

Then do the same marking as HST and cut.

Each above square will yield two blocks.

I did a total of 12 blocks. I like to spin my centers.

Here are some more pictures of our members….

Happy Quilting!

Mirana Quilt Mystery BOM – Block 1

½ Square Triangle Blocks


Today we will construct 2 blocks- both blocks will measure 6.5 unfinished.

  • ½ square triangle blocks (HST)
  • Hourglass blocks

Lesson: ½ Square Triangle blocks

  • ½ square triangle block is one of the most basic units in quilting.
  • It is also referred to as either ‘HST’ or triangle square.
  • These units are a simple square made from 2 equal triangles.
  • The bias seam is contained within the edges of the unit for stability during construction.
  • All outside edges are on the straight of grain.
  • You will make 2 at a time.


We will begin with 2 squares. Place them right side to right side. I like to give them a good pressing at this point.


Make a line from corner to corner.

Then mark a line ¼ from that line on each side. (This will be your sewing line.) However I sew just to the side of the line, so when you fold the triangle the fold will be directly on the line. If you prefer I sometimes just draw the 2 sewing lines and line up the ¼ inch line down the center of the block. See below.

The above you can see my stitching line and then my cutting line.

Here is the completed block.

I trim off the “dog ears”.

Block will be 6.5” unfinished.

Continue makings many blocks as you wish.

For my quilt I made 8 blocks.

My Sunflower Quilters will be making this block tomorrow.

Happy Quilting

My “Mirana Mystery” quilt BOM

Last spring I designed a quilt and presented it to our Sunflower quilters activity director. She thought it would be a great mystery quilt and simple BOM. We have several new quilters to the group and the blocks are back to basics. These gals do a challenge every year, so this is this year’s challenge. We added a little twist that one of the fabrics must come from an initial of your first name. (LIME-Linda)

I actually sewed the quilt last spring and finished quilting it this summer. My quilt has several fabrics and while I love it, I think it would be better with 5 fabrics. I had sent the 5 color quilt with cutting directions to our activity director and she by mistake sent them out to the group. I guess they all had their colors picked and I am now afraid everything is cut out, which is fine. My original plan was to send out cutting directions month by month a week prior to class and then class would be to assemble the block. With our group some ladies may not want to do the whole quilt, but participate with each block. So I developed excel sheets with 1 block option and another option if you wanted to do the whole quilt 42×42. That is what you will be below.

The colors mentioned are the colors in the cutting instructions to match my original quilt design. I have attached numbers to those colors.

  • 1-Red
  • 2-Blue
  • 3-Green
  • 4-Yellow
  • 5-Multi-colored

You can use the above or substitute your own colors but mark your fabric although I really don’t think it matters.

This quilt does not use any special rulers. Measuring and cutting accurate is important as is checking you quarter seam allowance. All blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished and 6 inches finished.

This pattern I designed in Patternjam and I see they are making a come back. They also have a Facebook page until website is up.

Color to match cutting instructions

If you want to add 1/4 to the block ( prior to sewing/cutting) then you can trim down to correct measurement.

Class 1

Block 1A

Fabric A

(5) 6 7/8″ square

Fabric B

(5) 6 7/8″ square

You will be making total of 8 blocks

Block 1B

Fabric A


(6) 7 1/4″ squares

Fabric B

5- Multi-color

(6) 7 1/4″ squares

You will be making total of 12 blocks

Bonus Block ( just another block or blocks if you wish to add to quilt)

Fabric A


(2) 3 7/8″ squares

Fabric B


(2) 3 7/8″ squares

The above makes 1 Block

Happy Quilting

Mirana Mystery Quilt BOM 


Greetings to all. I have had the sewing machine packed for our trip to AZ this winter. We are going earlier this year. Good thing as winter has arrived here in Wisconsin. This time has allowed me to do some hand stitching and quilting. I have 12 Dutch treat blocks sewen. Good progress on my hand Quilting night project. Today was the fabric color reveal of the up coming Bonnie Hunter Mystery….”On Ringo Lake” with aqua, brown, melon and neural fabrics. So quickly pulled fabric from my stash to pack on the trip. I will not do a full size but probably half. Thinking about doing one half size for charity but in different colors. We will see.

This year I volunteered to do a Mystery Quilt via BOM format. So the group in AZ will be doing this as this year’s challenge. I actually played with the pattern on patternjam, but it is no longer active.  I do have the directions and class directions so. I will share this on this blog. So you can have fun along with them.

Sunflower Quilters

2017-2018 Challenge

So are you ready for this year’s quilt challenge? Well this challenge is something we are doing for the first time. As quilters we like to have a project in mind, the fabrics we might wish to use and of course the time to complete the project. You are in luck this year, as we are ( sort of) going to do some of this “quilter’s work”. 

Colors- The colors for this challenge are up to you. However there is one rule. One fabric color must be from the first initial in your name. Example: Linda- lime, lavender, or whatever you come up with. The rest of the color palate can be from your own choosing. 

I would recommend a focus fabric and 4-6 coordinating fabrics; a few lights and few darks for contrast.

This year we are returning to “basics”. We have several new members/ quilters and this challenge is perfect for them to develop their quilting skills. For those of us that are a bit more experienced it is always good to review some skills but in a fun way.

Challenges are designed to make us go out of our “comfort” zone.

Time… if planned in advance, one can create great things.

We hope that you are as excited as we are in presenting this challenge.

This year’s challenge is called “Mirana Quilt”. Here are some additional details.

This is a Mystery BOM quilt. 

One layout is 42″x 42″ will use 49 blocks. Blocks will be 6.5 unfinished.

Members can decide monthly how many blocks they want to make. So you will determine your own size!

Bonus blocks will provided each month and can also be can be put into this quilt. These blocks are a little more challenging based on the month’s lesson.

Each month a quilting day will be set aside to construct the BOM. 

Members will be given cutting instructions one week prior to class.

Cutting instructions will be for one block, members have the choice of deciding how many blocks they wish to make. 

All blocks are 6.5 unfinished (6 inches finished).

Class day, the block(s) will be revealed.

Goals for this challenge:

construct basic quilt blocks

members decide how many blocks to sew each month

sew all blocks together ( a flimsy)

Members will share their Mirana Quilt at the April meeting. Members can finish their quilts at their leisure ( after April meeting) as it is NOT NECESSARY for them to be quilted and finished.

Quilter’s Tip: You are in control of this challenge. We want to do something different, no matter your skill level YOU can do this! By sewing blocks each month, in the end we all will have a unique quilt!


 Mirana prepared for Sunflower Quilters Members 2017-2018

I will post cutting instructions and block directions next time.


The final quilt is about 42″ x 42″

Fabric A: 3/4 yard

Fabric B: 5/8 yard

Fabric C: 5/8 yard

Fabric D: 7/8 yard (this is the neutral)

Fabric E: 3/4 yard

Backing: 1 3/4 yards

Binding: 3/8 yard

There is no yardage for borders is you want to make the quilt larger

Happy Quilting!