Monday, January 9, 2017
Weekly update: En Provence, with a detour
Bonnie released the layout for En Provence, the 2016 mystery quilt, on New Year's Day. Was that really just a week ago? The pattern has 697 units and it took most of this week's sewing time to put them together. I added a 1.5" strip around the perimeter to stabilize the edges. I love the design and the colorway!
Assembling this was my OMG for January so I'm way ahead of schedule!
The back will be pieced. Here is some of the fabric I'm considering.
And the detour? I didn't use the design wall while I assembled the EP blocks. I just followed Bonnie's directions, sewed, and pressed. But my design wall was a busy place. The Block Swappers have an ongoing swap of 3.5" nine-patches. I got started on the first batch for 2017 (due in March) and realized that I have several hundred from previous swap. It's time to use a few of them in a quilt! I put some nine-patches on the design wall, alternating with 3.5" HSTs. I didn't like the color distribution. I took the nine-patches down and began to rearrange the HSTs. That led to getting out a stack of 4" squares and making more HSTs. When I had 20 blocks assembled and on the design wall they told me they wanted blue sashing. Which blue? I auditioned three and sought advice (thanks, WH and SW).
Here's "Scrappy Detour en Route to Provence." The blocks are 12". The flimsy is 66" x 80".
Fabric used this week: 8-1/2 (En Provence) and 4-3/4 (Scrappy Detour). None added!
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