Hi Quilting Friends! So nice of you to stop by my little spot in Podunk. I miss our time together and hope that things will get back to normal soon. But in the meantime lets catch up on whats been going on since last week. Let me tell you there's been a lot of stitching....and stitching....and of course a couple of rounds of ripping out stitching too! That's okay, I can deal with the ripping out of stitches when I've a cute pile of chain stitching to remind me of the quilty goodness ahead. Don't you just love it when the fabric piles up so pretty behind the machine?...picture perfect.
Those little triangle blocks below gave me a little trouble at first, but after the first two bad ones and a little quality time with my seam ripper it didn't take long to figure out what the problem was and that I didn't want anymore quality time with the seam ripper. Quite the handy tool to have around when a gal needs it, but really...wouldn't we rather not need it!?
Well all the bad stuff is behind me(for now, anyway) and I'm loving how this coming along. Now that the (221) white four patches, (168) blue four patches, and the (100) red triangle units are complete I can play with them. Part of the fun of a mystery is trying to figure out where it will end before it ends. Oh yes my Nancy Drew fans, it's just like that. I'm more of a Steven King gal myself and you never know what kind of wild ride you're in for with him. I'm hoping Bonnie Hunters Mystery quilts are more like Nancy Drew...a bit predictable.
Do you really think Bonnie's quilt could be so predictable as a simple star? Oh surely not, I'm sure this weeks clue will put a real twist on the quilt design.
Bonnie has named this quilt En Provence. Lovely name, and I'm sure its going to be an amazing quilt design. But I feel I need to rename mine. My colors have given this quilt a whole new life. Doesn't feel very French...no lavender fields...I'm seeing something a little more.....lets say...Hillbilly...Podunk. I've scribbled down a few name ideas, hopefully by the time the quilt is finished I'll have settled on a name.
Well my quilty friends that's all I have to share, but if you're in the mood for more En Provence inspiration just hop on over to Bonnie's Blog. And don't forget this is a FREE mystery quilt and there's still plenty of time to join in the fun. If nothing else save the patterns for a rainy day. Bonnie sometimes will remove patterns from her blog so she can put them in a book. Get'em while you can! Just click on the En Provence tab at the top of her blog.
For even more quilty inspiration you can hop over to PatchworkTimes for Design Wall Monday. and FreeMotionbytheRiver for Linky Tueesday.
~ Lea Anne ~
your stitching is coming along so well, have been saving the instructions and maybe will have a go when no longer a mystery, have not done one of Bonnie`s before.ReplyDelete
I had a little chuckle with the chain piecing I can recall happily doing this and then finding the bobbin thread has run out ages ago and this has happened more that once, so wish the machine had a way of telling us!
it is looking so fresh and cheerful!! Can't wait to see the next step!! :-) Hugs, HReplyDelete
Wow you really did get some serious sewing on this week!! What a fun quilt you will have. Happy Holidays!ReplyDelete
I like your last photo - I wonder how near to the finished block it will look :)ReplyDelete
I just love your color choices and the fabrics you are using. It is fun to play with the blocks and try to guess what the design will be in the end. Here's to no more ripping of seams in this mystery! (Mine was busy, too, on the triangle in a square blocks.)ReplyDelete
Enjoying your color choices as I sit in 0 degree weather, makes me hopeful that I will get through it. Did you use the Tri-Recs to make the triangles? I have used it before in Bonnie's quilts but this time was the first that it clicked for me and smooth sailing through all 100.ReplyDelete
Your blocks are sooo pretty... love your fabric choices!ReplyDelete
beautiful fabrics - I definitely eant to see yours finishedReplyDelete
Love your take on it! Your fabrics are so pretty--Japanese?ReplyDelete
Works for me, I love stars any wayReplyDelete
OMG, Lea Anne, I knew it was going to look cute in your fabrics! It's going to be awesome. :DReplyDelete
You never know how Bonnie will put it all together, but it's always fun.ReplyDelete
Nice fabric choices. And yes you can call them French as in Shabby Chic French. Reminds me of a little corner cafe.ReplyDelete
I like your fabric choices - so Americana.ReplyDelete
Your colors and prints are so cheerful!! It was good to see your post in today's linkup. (Linkups, plural to be exact.)ReplyDelete
Your fabrics are all very pretty. This quilt will be lovely. I enjoyed seeing the little touch of Australia with the pale grey fabric with Australian place names in the first photo.ReplyDelete
Looks like you got in a lot of stitching time. Love your scraps, you've got such pretty ones in all those blocks.ReplyDelete
I always love your combination of colors!!ReplyDelete
All of your units are very pretty, can't wait to see what comes next.ReplyDelete
Well the French flag IS Red, white and blue after all, the mint color is creme de menthe...:)ReplyDelete
Lea Anne, I love the colors that you picked. I have not even started, but have been printing the instructions as they come out so I can, hopefully, do this quilt later. I just started using Bonnie's Scrap User's System. I have lots of 1 1/2" and 2 1/2' strips to use, but very few 2", and none in purples Isn't that the way it goes? LOLReplyDelete
I really like the fabrics you chose, they look so bright and happyReplyDelete
LOVE your colors. They don't shout hillbilly or Podunk to me nor due they speak French either!ReplyDelete
Your colors are gorgeous! Love the fabrics.ReplyDelete