Thursday, January 12, 2017

One Piece at Last

When I started sewing this morning, my En Provence mystery quilt was still in 41 pieces. I ran a countdown as gradually pieces were joined to other pieces.

It was quite satisfying to press the seam between two blocks:

which reduced my piece count by one.

Adding the last border pieces to the last sashing pieces, and in the process reducing ten pieces to two pieces:
At that stage the piece count was down to nine. But by 5:00pm, the countdown reached the magic number:
Hooray! I rather like the effect of those neutral borders, even if they were a lot of work to do. I ended up with one square of fabric beside itself in that border, but I'd be surprised if anyone ever noticed. I didn't notice as I sewed them together! I also have one dark purple fabric beside itself, but by the time I realised that was happening there was nothing I could do about it. It just validates Vireya's Law of Scrap Quilts, first formulated in 2011, that "No matter how careful you are about layout, you will always find two pieces of the same fabric beside each other after you have sewn the whole quilt together."

I'm rather late for the link-up this week. There are already 124 other links. It is fantastic to see how everyone's different colour selections came together in the end. Some people have not just finished putting their top together, they have actually quilted and bound their mystery! You can check them all out here.

13 comments:

  1. Your quilt is beautiful. I am thinking about 12 blocks. Nine seems to be a good size.

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    1. Thank you, Bente. It ended up about 1.8m square.

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  2. Looks fantastic. I have just got the last 4 patch border to do tomorrow. I am thrilled with it but boy, what a lot of work.

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  3. Yeah! That border really does change the whole look of the quilt. While it is a beautiful quilt, it is the centre bottom block that is the best. I have finished all my vertical seams, so not far behind.

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  4. That is looking really good, Vireya. I was down looking at Jenni's this afternoon.

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  5. Fantastic, a beautiful quilt and love your colours.
    Raining, good day to try and get mine towards the finish line.

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  6. Looks lovely and nobody is ever going to be looking at the neutrals! I live by your theory, as I was quilting this week, sure enough it was true in my quilt top!

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  7. Beautiful, Vireya! It looks great with nine blocks, which is good, because that's my plan too!

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  8. Fabulous. Love your colours.

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  9. Wow! Looks amazing. I'm nearly there - down to six sections. Need pressing and should finish by tomorrow.

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  10. Your Bonnie Mystery quilt looks fabulous! I agree with your Law of Scrap Quilts - it's happened to me loads of times.

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  11. Love it, especially the way you popped the center with a deeper golden yellow, it makes a great focal point.

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  12. Your version of En Provence turned out beautifully. I've only got one block done, but I can see why you were counting seams, there are an awful lot of them in this quilt.

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