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Who is ready to make a little trip to the lavender fields of the Provence region of France?
I'm excited to share with you our Quiltville Winter Mystery:
I hope you will want to sew along with me while we dig through our stashes, pull colors reminiscent of my recent visit to Aix en Provence, France at the end of our Mediterranean cruise in August, and bring all of the colors of this beautiful place together in a gorgeous quilt.
It’s MYSTERY season! My favorite time of the year.
Many of you have participated in these mysteries before, but many of you are likely new so I wanted to give a little run down on how things will go here.
This post will contain the colors, examples of the fabrics used in my own En Provence quilt, and yardage requirements.
You are NOT required to sew with these colors, and you can change them to whatever color palette you would like, but please remember value and contrast when switching things up.
Our stunning quilt finishes at 87’’ x 87’’. If you want a smaller size, start with 1/2 the units. You can always go back and make more units if you decide you want it rectangular instead of square. If you want it bigger, you can add more borders.
I view our mysteries not just as “A pattern” but as a vehicle to teach methods, tips, tricks, helps and hints while working with each unit. I will provide a printer-friendly PDF for each clue, and for those wanting to save paper, just save the PDF to your computer or tablet and look at it there without printing it out.
You can also choose to print certain pages but not others from within your printer settings. You can also copy/paste the blog post into a word document and delete extra photos, extra text that you don’t need. Just save the nitty gritty. You can choose how to save paper/ink yourself. My job is to teach, however many pages it takes.
PAINT CHIPS: These are NOT required, but they are helpful when choosing many fabrics that have to work together from your stash. These are guidelines only, and I have even pushed the boundaries of those color families a bit in all directions so I have a quilt with more life that doesn’t look so flat.
Yardage amounts are for scraps and/or planned yardage. If you want one piece of yardage for each color, you are fine there too!
Our chips come from the Sherwin Williams section at Lowes.
And THIS is our inspiration!
Lavender fields in Banon.
How many shades of purple do you see?
How many greens, and golden yellows?
There is a halo of magenta!
And here. OH my goodness!
Nature is just the best teacher in how to put colors together.
Impulsive Purple: 2 yards
Remember that “pushing the boundaries” thing? Just think DARK PURPLE whether it is a red violet or a blue violet or some of both. Lavender comes in many shades. Variety adds depth. Feel free to use prints with other colors in them such as the dark purple with the sunflowers print you see in the photo. Use as many or as few dark purples as you want.
Magical: 1 1/2 yards.
Again, these can be anywhere from periwinkle to lilac, but they are much lighter than the dark purples above. Use as many or as few as you would like.
Garden Spot: 1 1/2 yards.
Think grassy/yellowy more towards avocado kinds of greens. I left the blue-greens and brown/grey greens out this time around. You’ll see that I have modern prints mixed in with civil war type prints. We are playing with color, not with genre. Mix it up and have some fun with it!
Afternoon: 2 yards.
Don’t you love paint chip names? They crack me up! Here is a help for you: Keep your yellows and your greens contrasting. They may end up next to each other.
And I threw in these cats just for fun!
We saw a lot of cats wherever we went during our ports of call – so the cats have to be in! These are not super huge, but not tiny either. In they go.
The yellows also need to be bolder than your neutrals, and yes, those neutrals are next:
Neutrals in fabric and in paint chips!
4 1/2 yards total.
This is not just black on white. This is EVERYTHING from white to cream to beige – but much lighter than my lightest yellow. If you are going scrappy, I will be giving you strip widths with each clue and you will know where you can grab your pre-cut strips if you have some and work them right in as well.
And our last but not least CONSTANT:
Hibiscus: MAGENTA! 1 1/4 yards
And yes, it is darker than the paint chip.
The paint chip is a guideline, and there wasn’t a paint chip this deep in color, but you can see by the photo that I used an intense magenta because of this photo:
Doesn’t it take your breath away?
For those new to Quiltville, a Constant is ONE PIECE OF YARDAGE that repeats in certain places throughout the quilt while other areas are scrappy. It adds stability and a bit of order and helps things come together. You CAN go scrappy with this, just keep your fabrics close in value so designs don’t get lost. This Magenta plays a significant role, and that’s why I chose one piece.
For those who don’t want to get paint chips, for whatever reason, this might interest you:
This is what I used when pulling my fabrics together. The paint chips came after the fact. It’s got everything you need including color recipes for helping you decide what works with what. And it includes the green and the red see-through view finders for detecting value and contrast.
If you have this you'll never need to run for paint chips again.
THIS is how I found my Magenta!
Other tools needed for this mystery:
If you have made Cathedral Stars or Celtic Solstice with me, you will already have these in your tool box.
What a better way to learn to use my new tool than through an in-depth mystery?! If you have the Easy Angle and Companion angle from previous years you can also use those. I will be demonstrating THIS tool during the mystery.
I will be giving the unfinished AND finished size of each unit so you can use whatever method you want to make these units. If you decide to make half square triangles or flying geese or hour glass units or whatever by a different method, that’s just fine too.
I am not giving out shapes or sizes for Accuquilt dies as they reveal too much ahead of time. Thank you for understanding.
Mystery time is supposed to be fun. It is supposed to help you relax and enjoy a bit of something nice for yourself during the busy holiday season. The best advice I can give to anyone is to stay with the clues, and even if you are busy, make a few of each clue each week so that you have a handle on what each unit and technique is. Then after the holidays when things settle down you can pick up and finish the amount required of each step.
Clues will come every Friday with the first clue going live on Friday, November 25th. No set time of release of the clue is given. It will be posted when it is posted. Thank you for understanding that sometimes life [and holiday hubbub] gets in the way for me too.
I am not stating the number of clues in this quilt at this time because I like to keep it a mystery, enjoy the process and perhaps keep you guessing a bit more.
I know that we are still waiting for the next big shipment of Essential Triangle Tools to come in. A batch of 500 is on its way, and those are already spoken for by people who have placed their orders.
The next batch is due a few weeks after the mystery starts, so I am considering doing all of the parts that do not require specialty rulers FIRST so that we will have less of a wait for them to get here. Manufacturing can’t be rushed. Even Amazon is back-ordered until February, so you will get it from me quicker than you will from them. AND you still get the free Wanderlust Table Runner pattern with your purchase if you order from me. They will be here. And we will get on with it.
Isn’t life just a crazy ride?
Oh, one more thing:
Bonnie’s Number One Rule!
I think that about covers it. We’ll be ready to roll out the first clue in just about 4 weeks.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Now go search that stash! I’m off to Houston!