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Welcome to Part 3 of our En Provence mystery!
Can you believe it’s part 3 already? Time is FLYING and units are being made left and right and right and left. It’s a global storm of busy quilters stitching away wherever they can squeeze time in between holiday hubbub, family obligations and things that crop up in every day life.
If you haven’t had the chance to check out our Mystery Monday Link-Ups, please DO! The sharing is fabulous. You’ll find both that we have done so far linked under the En Provence Mystery tab at the top of the blog.
As for THIS week, Any guesses?
I’m feeling rather PURPLE after looking at this photo, aren’t you?
Oh yes, I think it’s definitely time for PURPLE!
In dealing with all of the stress over specialty rulers and folks feeling buried and worried the rulers won’t come in time, or they’ll be left so far behind due to Tri-Recs madness and “Who knows what else Bonnie is hiding up her sleeve!?!” kinds of panic, I’ve gone back to the drawing board and reassigned the units in a different order to give us a bit of breathing space.
In fact, this week is going to be a near repeat of Part 1, only:
Dark Purple/Light Purple 4 patches.
All from 2’’ strips as in step 1.
Units will measure 3 1/2’' and finish at 3’’ in the quilt.
Just as in step 1, the best way to get a variety of 4 patches is to work with short strip sets. Pair 2’’ strips of dark purple with 2’’ strips of light purple and sew with 1/4’’ seam. Press toward the dark purple and measure. Strip sets should measure 3 1/2’’. They will finish at 3’’ in the quilt down the road. For now, focus on that 3 1/2’’ size.
For ease in cutting, just as with part 1, pair one strip set with another, right sides together. Sub-cut them into 2'' sections of already matched pairs. If I have 5 or 6 identical 4 patches and they are spread around the quilt, no one is going to care. Cut 168 matched PAIRS ready to sew.
A few of mine! Make 168.
See that little purple calico with the rose buds? 1980-something! This goes back to my early early years, and it was fun for me to stick it in here.
And you know what to do with the back! SPIN, Quilters, SPIN!
And this is where I have a confession to make. Those of you who watched Quilt-Cam on Sunday may have caught what I am about to refer to. And it concerns the neutrals.
This is where I hang my head and state that I am only human, and that you are my Beta Testers. No one else has made this quilt but me, and I made it all from scraps – the only yardage was my magenta.
If you are a scrappy quilter, it’s not going to be a problem, but if you are a “one neutral only” kind of quilter you may need to pull in some more.
We have used our 3 yards of neutrals, and there are a couple more steps to go that require neutrals. The total yardage for neutrals should be 4 1/2 yards, not 3 as stated.
I have no excuses and I don’t know where the error occurred, I only know I do my best and like all of us I sometimes fall short.
SO. Those single yardage quilters – if you added in a second neutral to do your two-toned 4 patches, you should be fine. Because you added another 1 1/2 yards in order to do those.
Those who cut the 3 1/2’’ squares instead of piecing the 4 patches, you may need ONE yard more, because you are not losing 25% of your yardage in the seams, as is what happened with the 4 patches. But if you want to go 1 1/2 yards more to be safe, good on you. Neutrals are ALWAYS needed.
This typo has been corrected on the Introductory post, and on the corresponding PDF.
The good news is, everything we have done so far is symmetrical. Even if you have to pull in another neutral or two, it WILL NOT look out of place because I know where these are going. Just get as close as you can to what you started with and you will be fine.
Thank you for being my Beta Testers!
All colors in Provence play together!
For those who are concerned about our other fabrics, they are FINE. I’ve double checked. And usually I err on the AMPLE side. But I can’t beat myself over the head with this any further.
At this point I can tell you that you can put your MAGENTA (Hibiscus) away. We are done with it, unless perhaps you decide to use it for binding, in which case you’ll NEED more. HA!
We still await the arrival of more Essential Triangle Tools. I am putting those steps off as far as I can, but know that there are alternate methods for doing the units we will be doing with that tool, and I will give you traditional rotary cutting directions and links to other tutorials and methods so you can choose your own way to do them until they arrive.
The manufacturing process is out of my hands and these have been on order since October.
Remember to please – don’t stress. It’s a quilt. We are sewing. It’s not life and death, and if we are waiting, maybe we can work on another project for a while, pull out a Leader & Ender and make it primary for a bit. Let’s enjoy this season instead of stressing and rushing through it.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!