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Thread: Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2017 - En Provence

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    Fraew, your finish is fantastic! Your fabrics look so rich and elegant - and with perfect piecing. Congratulations - I admire all of you who have competed the entire size (I did only 12 blocks and was so ready to finish it).

    Sophie2 - I feel for you and did something similar with my first BH mystery. I put all the strip blocks running at the wrong angle in Orca Bay and had the rows almost all completed before I realized my mistake. Unfortunately, I didn't tear it apart and have always regretted that. You will be glad for the fix I'm sure ~ I'm anxious to see the finished product.

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    Fraew, that's gorgeous!

    I hope to finish row three today.

    Sorry for your aggravation, Sophie2!
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    Fraew, it looks fabulous! I finally finished mine today, but I don't know if I can find a place to take a photo of it. I will probably end up putting on my bed. Will you be quilting it yourself? And have you thought of how you want it to look? I'm leaning toward just stippling it.

    Leslie

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    I finished my top yesterday! Like audsgirl, I will try to find a spot to take a picture. I will be quilting mine on my domestic machine and will probably just do stippling. Love everyone's quilts.
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    I'm very eager to see the photos of your tops, audsgirl and Sophie2! I haven't yet given much thought to quilting designs. It's always helpful to see what others have done, so I'll be keeping an eye on the Quiltville page for some quilting close-ups.

    Has anyone made a decision on backing yet? I would love to see photos of people's backing fabrics. I've been wondering if a light printed fabric would look too cluttered with such a busy top, so have been considering looking for a purple tonal. I associate the quilt with the French countryside because of those photos of the lavender fields, so would like to find something with that French country feel.
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    Thank you for the encouragement and compliments.

    I chose a wide, neutral batik backing, similar to the neutrals I used on the front. I will be quilting by check and asked for something light and airy, edge to edge.
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    Has anyone made a decision on backing yet? I would love to see photos of people's backing fabrics. I've been wondering if a light printed fabric would look too cluttered with such a busy top, so have been considering looking for a purple tonal. I associate the quilt with the French countryside because of those photos of the lavender fields, so would like to find something with that French country feel.[/QUOTE]

    I ordered a wide backing from Connecting Threads called Radiance. It is kind of busy, but I think it has a lot of white background. There is a little lavender and gold/yellow and a fair amount of green that will coordinate with the front. I figure it will hide my quilting pretty well. I will be quilting it myself on my Bernina 153 QE, so it will be a struggle to cram it into the throat space. I was going to try to get Allietare! quilted first, but I may do En Provence instead. Either way, it's going to be quite a production!

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    My units are all done but I've only assembled one block. The sashing strips in the attached photo are laid next to the block; they have not been sewn on. I changed the "large" (who would think that a 3" block would be large?) plain square to a HST, as many others did. I think the success of the plain block is dependent on the fabrics used. In my case, the pumpkin is too close in value to the green and the blue - which made for a muddy mess in the center with the star not showing at all. I am pleased with how the block looks with this change.

    I just realized that the 4-patches in my sashing (in my case, blue) are ALL sideways. Where Bonnie's are dark squares, mine are light and vice versa. I'm trying to decide if this is really a problem and they all need to be changed, or if it really doesn't make any difference. Correcting them wouldn't be as much of a hassle if I hadn't sewn over half immediately after doing some paper piecing and without changing stitch length. Taking those seams out, with tiny stitches, would be a pain in the neck. What are your thoughts?

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    I love your colors Robin, and no, I don't think the 4 patches are a big deal. They look good the way you have them.
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    Robin, your colors are just gorgeous! No, I don't think it matters with the position of the sashing 4-patches. I'm not sure it would be an issue even if your blues were high contrast, but they are fairly low contrast and I can't see any advantage in having them go the other way.
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    Ditto what Lisa said. Don't change them, I like your colors. Live with the block for a couple of days, you may grow to like it as is.


    I am slowly making progress on mine. All parts are sewn and all are trimmed except for part 1. Some of the blocks are a tad bit too small and need to be taken apart and sewn with a scant 1/4" seams. Thank goodness there are only half the number needed for the full size.
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    I, also, love your colors, Robin, and agree that the color placement should be fine. Your block looks fabulous! As Pennycandy said, live with the block for a few days and see if it feels right to you. It's your quilt, so do what seems like the best. I love the look of the star with the half-square triangles.

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    I finished my top and got a few photos of it. There's nowhere in my house that I can get it all in a picture. My backing came today, so now I'm torn about whether to baste En Provence first or do Allietare! Either one is going to be a big production.

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    peaceandjoy, I wouldn't attempt taking out tiny 'paper-pieced' size stitches if they are super tiny. If you like it as it is then there isn't really a reason to make different. I think your block looks super! The colors are rich and the contrasts define the pattern well.
    audsgirl, great finish there! Congrats! It's a big size. :-)

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    audsgirl, that is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations! As for which one to do first, if you have momentum going with En Provence, ride the wave!
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    AND we have a flimsy!!!!! I'm so happy to have this top done. And really happy to clean my sewing space up! It's a cheddar/plum mess!!! I added an extra border of neutral 4patches and one row of cheddar/neutral. I am pleased. I also put Cheddar centers in the outside red stars and I put all DARK 4 patches in the sashes where the light/dark 4 patches meet. It just really bugged me that the one direction butted against a light patch. Now...I suppose I shouldn't put everything away until I piece my backing.....
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    I want that SheriR!
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    Wow! Magnificent! I love the cheddar/neutral border addition. What are you using for backing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
    Wow! Magnificent! I love the cheddar/neutral border addition. What are you using for backing?

    I bought 9-10 yards of some gold/(Cheddar )on sale last weekend at a store here in Texas that's closing its doors and going strictly to online sales. Between that and my extra pieces I should be good.
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    SheriR, you are taking the cake for big! What a refreshing and different color scheme!

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    SheriR - Great job!! I like your border and colours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by audsgirl View Post
    I finished my top and got a few photos of it. There's nowhere in my house that I can get it all in a picture. My backing came today, so now I'm torn about whether to baste En Provence first or do Allietare! Either one is going to be a big production.

    Leslie
    Love it, audsgirl... It's funny but I've finished my En Provence but not my Allietare! And I only got my Grand Illusion quilted last week. That thing was HUGE.
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    SheriR... wow! Love the plum and cheddar and that gorgeous border.
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    That will make a lovely backing, SheriR!
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    SheriR, That is just beautiful--absolutely love your color selections. Excellent!! Thanks for sharing.
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