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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!

Monday linkups:
Quiltville Mystery Monday
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Oh Scrap!


















23 comments:

  1. You have been really, really busy! I like both your En Provence and your scrappy half square triangles! Nice work!
    Ellie

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  2. Oh Nann! It's beautiful! And your detour makes me smile. Isn't it wonderful how our quilts talk to us!!

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  3. Wow so beautiful! I like your idea for stabilizing the border, might steal it.

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  4. Your En Provence is amazing. I need to take lessons from you to just get some of my block piles out and make something, anything from them. Nah, maybe next week!

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  5. Your En Provence is so beautiful. I was thinking about not using a design wall, the way yours turned out is inspiring me to just go with it. I have lots more piecing to do, I am more than impressed that you have yours put together so quickly.

    When we lived in France we used to be amused that just about anywhere you would go one of the road signs would point to Paris. Even high in the Alps where the route to Paris would be quite difficult there would be an arrow telling you which way to Paris. I love how the half square triangle blocks look like stars. That is certainly a big detour, kind of like being in Provence and following the arrows to Paris.

    Helen

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  6. It is gorgeous, and turned into a top already. I think I figured it out, you don't sleep much.

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  7. Your mystery quilt is gorgeous!!!

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  8. The sashing worked well and lets the stars shine.

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  9. So much scrappy goodness in this post. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  10. Wow! I'm impressed! You finished En Provence (which looks great!)AND another scrappy top. You have a very productive week. Both quilts are gorgeous.

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  11. Great Detour! I kept looking for the 9-Patches...lol. RE-Read and realized you took them down for the Detour Blocks. You En Provence is very Pretty. I will add a solod to my edges also, just to have something to attach to the Leader when I get ready to quilt. Mine will be a bit smaller. Too many Quilts to make in this lifetime.

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  12. Congratulations on completing En Provence!

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  13. Your detour is so pretty. Isn't it fun for something to just come together!

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  14. Great job getting your En Provence sewn together. It is beautiful. The scrappy triangles look like a lot of sewing too. You've been busy!

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  15. Love your detour! The EnProvence looks so nice too.

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  16. Really loving the En Provence quilt - that blend of golds and purples is delicious, and it does remind me of holidays in France as a child. Nice work! :)

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  17. I love this, scrappy is the best!

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  18. Your work makes me believe in regeneration ;-)

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  19. I'm not surprised it's finished, but you finished two quilt tops . . .WOW!

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  20. Geesh! Finished EP and time to do more??? Both look great, BTW.

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  21. Wow, a two for one week! Your design surfaces were busy, busy places. Your En Provence turned out beautifully!

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