Tuesday, February 21, 2017

En Provence is DONE!

I finished this year's mystery from Bonnie Hunter--En Provence! It was fun to make, and I look forward to next year's mystery.


En Provence






En Provence (backing and binding detail)




En Provence (detail)




En Provence (detail)

My previous posts about this quilt can be found here: En Provence--Part 1En Provence--Part 2, En Provence--Part 3En Provence--Part 4En Provence--Part 5En Provence--Part 6, and En Provence--Part 7.


Thanks, Bonnie, for a great project!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 99 at The Quilting Room with Mel.




Monday, February 6, 2017

Still Making a Mystery

I'm still working on the mystery from another quilting forum--you remember, the one with the crazy eyeball fabric!


Here is my alternate block.








Here is the star block.




The eyeballs seem a bit less crazy when placed in the block. Still plenty of work ahead for me on this one, but I am pleased with the design.



Thanks, Judy. The mystery thread on the Quilting Board forum can be found HERE.

The first clue about fabric selection and amounts needed is Post #1.

The second clue is at Post #143.

The third clue is at Post #255. (There is a mistake in this clue--the HSTs and the light squares should be cut at 2" [not 2.5"].)

The final clue is at Post # 458 (Another small error--you will need 48 [not 24] 2" squares of each the light and the dark for snowballing.)

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 97 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--February--Aquamarine

I'm participating in  the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You can find out about it at soscrappy. The February color is aquamarine.

This is not a favorite color for me, but even so, I found lots of scraps to use!


Here are some of my string blocks. I was just playing around with a layout here; I've no idea how it will end up! Some are full string blocks, and some are half neutral/half color.









Add these to last month's purple. Though they aren't pictured, I did some of the half neutral/half color blocks for this set too.



This challenge is a lot of fun--I'm using up strings and getting to play with color--win/win!


I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday--Aquamarine.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--January--Purple

I'm trying the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You can find out about it at soscrappy. The January color is purple.

As I cut for Bonnie Hunter's En Provence mystery, I set aside purple strings for later use. Little did I know I would dive into them so quickly!






I'm going to make string blocks of each color for an as yet undetermined project (maybe another String Crossroads). I love string blocks (and lovelovelove making them), so putting them together at the end of the year should be a lot of fun.

Thanks so much to soscrappy for hosting this challenge. 

I'm linking to Scrap Happy Saturday #4 and Fiber Tuesday 96 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Blue and White Quilt For My Niece

We've had several events in our family recently--showers, weddings, etc. One of my nieces is the "go to" person for organizing things like this--planner/helper extraordinaire! To say "Thank You," I made this quilt, and now that it is in its new home, I can show it. She once mentioned that she likes blue and white quilts, so I hope she will like this one.

(The pictures are less than wonderful, sorry, but you can get the general idea.)


Disappearing Nine-Patch Pattern





D9P (detail)




D9P (binding and backing detail)




I used yardage for the dark blue squares, the white background, the backing and the binding. The print squares were from a fabric line by Windham--Annabelle for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.


Happy sewing.

I'm linking with Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Revisiting an Experiment

About a year and a half ago, I made a bunch of string blocks for an experiment. I wasn't thrilled with the result, so I put the remaining blocks away to use later. I decided that this week was "later" enough!

The posts about these blocks are entitled Playtime at the Hacienda (Part 1) and Playtime at the Hacienda (Part 2). The finished experiment can be found HERE.



I simply wasn't happy with the broad white stripe down the center of each block, so I decided to cut them up.

Original




Cut in half down the length of the center strip





I had some other blocks without the white stripe, so I thought I'd combine the two types in the blocks.

Block without the white center strip cut in half across the strips



I tried a layout, but the arrangement of the white strips wasn't ideal.

One experimental layout



Still not satisfied, I trimmed the white strip completely off the first set of triangles and paired them with triangles from the second group in which the strips went a different direction..




I liked the result; however, a whole quilt of these blocks would likely have been a crazy-making sight! Hmmmmm............



I didn't want to go with a completely plain alternate block--the blocks are 11", so that would be too much plainness. How about an alternate block with quite a bit of plain area, but interest in the middle? I still had lot of string blocks to use, so I tried a pieced alternate block.






This friendship star block seemed to fit the bill--enough background to settle the craziness, but enough interest not to be boring. I cut the string blocks to form the star, so it ties to the rest of the quilt.


They were easy to set together--very few seams to match.



I'm pleased with the look of this. It isn't finished (I'm still thinking about a border), but I'm really glad to have put these to use. I still have string blocks left, so there may be more experimenting with them in my future!














Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another Mystery? YES!

A friend of mine does some really great mysteries on a quilting forum a few times a year. You might think that after En Provence, I'd be tired of mysteries, but you would be wrong!


We have started with four-patches.







This is to be a three fabric quilt: my light and dark make up the four-patch, and the crazy eyeball fabric underneath is my medium (I know they aren't really eyeballs, but that is what I think of every time I look at it!).


For some reason, I find making four-patches very satisfying.


Thanks, Judy. The mystery thread on the Quilting Board forum can be found HERE. The first clue about fabric selection and amounts needed is Post #1. The second clue is at Post #143.