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Happy 2017, everyone!
Every year I think of running our mystery beyond New Year’s Day – can’t we push it one more week? Does it have to end? Can’t we keep the suspense and the fun going just a bit longer?
Alas, my 2017 crazy travel year starts on Tuesday, and I need to put this mystery to bed and move on to what this year will bring.
We did end up with an extra week this year due to how the 4th Friday in November fell, and today’s wind-up is Part 7. It’s been great to feel this relaxed through the whole process, doesn’t it?
This post will be a long one as we have pushed so much to the end of the mystery due to arriving shipments of the Essential Triangle Tool so pour yourself a cuppa, settle in, get your printer going, and READ READ READ. I do the best I can to word things in a way that most can understand. Sometimes it helps to re-read something two or three times.
I find the best way to do this is to print the pages – walk away from the computer. Sit in my comfy chair with a highlighter, and read read read, underlining key places and piece counts and sizes and anything I think will be of help to me as I go. And then read it again. And then start cutting and sewing.
There are still some units to be made but before we do, let’s recap what we’ve done up to this point.
- Part 1: Neutral 4 patches
- Part 2: Magenta-Hibiscus/Neutral Tri-Recs
- Part 3: Purple 4 patches
- Part 4: Purple/Neutral Tri Recs
- Part 5: Purple/Neutral half-square triangles
- Part 6: Green/Purple/Neutral Hour-glass units
Green/Yellow/Neutral Hour Glass units!
Units will measure 3 1/2’’ and finish at 3’’ in the quilt.
To make these, please follow the directions for Part 6 of our En Provence Mystery substituting the purple 2’’ strips with the yellows if you are using the Essential Triangle Tool. These are completely scrappy, not made in sets.
You can use ANY method for making these units that you prefer, just the same as you did for Part 6. If you were using “regular” rotary cutting methods, you would start with 4 1/4’’ squares, slicing each twice with an X on the diagonals to yield 4 quarter-square triangles from each square.
These units will not nest with anything so you can either spin the seams on the back like a 4 patch, press the center seam open, or press to one side. Up to you!
Some of my extras! I got a bit over-zealous!
We also need to cut 16 sets of 4 matching 3 1/2’’ squares for the blocks in the quilt.
3 1/2’’ Background squares
Cut 16 sets of 4
I didn’t duplicate any of my sets of 4, but I did use some of these same yellows in the hour-glass units above.
Once these are cut, we are ready to lay out blocks and start ASSEMBLY!
15’’ finished block!
Lay out units as shown, paying attention to the directions of the 4 patches and the hour-glass units. Join units into rows, alternating seams so they nest from row to row. Start by pressing row 1 away from the corner units, and center tri-rec, and toward the 4-patches. Let the other rows follow suit.
Join rows to complete block. Make 16.
3’’ X 15’’ finished.
Lay out units as shown, keeping all units in this orientation. These will go in between your blocks, so check your block pressing to be sure these units will nest with how you’ve pressed.
Press the hour glass units toward the center four patch and toward the Tri Recs. I admit it, sometimes I will flip a seam, and finger press it to go where I need it to.
There are a lot of points and seams meeting each other and some areas may be bulky. You can also choose to press seams open if you wish.
Quilt center before borders.
Lay out blocks and sashings, using 25 of the neutral 4-patches from part 1 as cornerstones.
Assemble rows, joining the rows to complete quilt center.
Yes, I webbed mine! Learn more about “Webbing the Top” by reading the tutorial found under the Tips & Techniques tab at the top of the blog. I webbed my blocks this same way. Press.
Border 1 fill-in units.
Make 32 from 64 neutral 4-patches.
Units will measure 3 1/2’’ X 6 1/2’’ and finish at 3" X 6" in the border.
If you are a "one neutral as background" quilter, and you did not piece your 4-patches, you will cut 32 3 1/2'' X 6 1/2'' rectangles at this point.
With 1st border added!
Use these “double 4-patches” (or substitute plain rectangles) along with alternating magenta/hibiscus and dark purple tri-recs units and 4 more 4-patches used as cornerstones to complete border 1.
I love that the star points float out into those neutral areas!
Quilt Top Complete!
Join the remaining 4-patches end to end to create 4 border lengths: 2 side borders with 27 units, and 2 top & bottom borders with 29 units each. Press.
Join the shorter borders to the quilt sides, pinning to match centers and ends. If 4-patch seams were spun correctly, all spinning the same direction, each and every one of these 4-patches should nest to the one next to it. Put a smile on your face and give 3 cheers if they do! Press border seams toward the borders just added.
Add top and bottom 4-patch borders in the same manner. Press.
Those "one neutral only" quilters would just cut border strips at 3 1/2'' wide (or any desired width) and add a plain border to replace the 4-patch border the others are doing.
From our Thanksgiving in Key Largo!
I finished the binding on this trip!
En Provence was quilted in an “old rose” thread with an edge to edge design called Whisper by Melonie J Caldwell.
Close up of one corner.
I had a piece of “barely lavender” yardage that was just perfect as binding. I like to use 2’’ strips in my double-fold binding, giving me a 1/4’ finish.
En Provence, at home in North Carolina!
It’s been an amazing journey! And because Part 6 and Part 7 were right on top of each other, we are not going to do our Mystery Monday Link-Up, tomorrow. I’m going to gift you a bit of a reprieve and we will do it NEXT Monday, January 9th which will give more people a chance to participate.
After that, our final Mystery Monday Link-Up will take place on Monday February 6th. I look forward to seeing what you have to share at that time!
Because we are passing on tomorrow’s Link-Up, and because I want to do something that is open to ALL, not just those who have blogs, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ or Pinterest, I’ve got something SPECIAL for you and it starts TODAY:
It’s an En Provence Gift-Away!
This idea all started with the beautiful Provence Calendar that was donated by a reader. I have sweetened the deal by adding volume one bundle from Britain’s Quilt Now, and vol 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks by 100 designers with my block Straits of Mackinac inside. There is also a Quilting Hottie magnet, an “It’ll Quilt Out!” pin, and a ONE YEAR PRE-PAID STAR MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION to The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims.
*Quilt Not Included!!*
We will draw for our winner of this bundle Sunday Evening, Jan 8th – while I’m in Prescott, AZ.
Thanks again for a wonderful mystery season, everyone. It’s been a fabulous year, and I look forward to sharing everything that 2017 has to bring us.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Iron Cross Quilt, circa 1920 found in Ohio.
Go tackle 2017 and make it the best year yet!