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En Provence Mystery!


Welcome to the Beauty of Provence, France!

Our Mystery officially begins on November 25th, 2016.

Every Friday starting the 25th, a clue will be released.

Follow along weekly and find yourself with a beautiful quilt by the time we have our reveal sometime in January!

Each week's post will be linked below for easy reference starting with our intro.

Amusez-vous, tout le monde!!

Clues will be available until February 1st, 2017.  After this date, the pattern will be available as a digital download in the Quiltville Store.



74 comments:

Cindy, The Purple Quilter said...

Bonnie, you have made my heart sing! I usually substitute one color for purple, but now there are all shades of purple!!! And Gold! And Green!!!My all time favorite combo!! This PurpleQuilter is jumping for joy!!

Judy Clay, a quilter at heart said...

Well, I guess after being so good about using what was in my stash for many many quilts. I found myself this afternoon at the quilt shop, as I did not have a lot of pink choices.

The Calico Quilter said...

After finding all my neutrals, dark purples, greens and yellows in my stash I didn't feel guilty about ordering my magenta selection and buying a few fat quarters of light purple at Joann's. This quilt is going to be so bright and happy.

B Shields said...

Now I know where to use that sunflower fabric I have had in my stash for quite awhile. :)

Dorothy Dishman said...

It was fun to shop in the quilt shops & see how many people were checking their paint chips or photo copies from your blog to pick out fabric for the mystery quilt....everyone was chatting & showing excitement in anticipation for Nov. 25th.

Fran Sancroft said...

Just loved your colours and I wouldn't change a thing... Now I have to shop my stash. I am sure I have the Magenta, as it is one of my favourite colours and I wear it all the time!...
Thank you Bonnie for your generosity and kindness!... We all love you!

J Lloyd said...

I'm trying to get better using my Ultimate 3-in-1, would you be willing to share the numbers you used pulling your fabric. I'd love to use it instead of the paint chips. Thanks! I love you colors this time. I have added lots of them to my stash.

Maria said...

I played a little mind game with myself regarding this year's mystery. (I lost - sorta.) lol But here's what i did. I looked at the photos of Montenegro & Venice you posted and asked myself 'What does Bonnie see?'. I saw the blues, greens & grays of the water & mountains, the gold & orange of the sunset, the creams of the buildings, the terra cotta of the roofs! I saw all the shapes, hourglass, spools, checks, stripes (gondoliers!). It really stretched my imagination. I loved the brain exercise even if you went a totally different way. See, you teach without even trying! Maybe you could dream up one for your NEXT book!! Anyway, I love the colors you ended up selecting. They're beautiful and I'm sure the design will be too!

SueR said...

Ditto what J Lloyd said--I have the Ultimate 3-in-1 too and would like to know the numbers you chose?

SueR said...

Ditto what J Lloyd said--I have the Ultimate 3-in-1 too and would like to know the numbers you chose?

Fran Sancroft said...

I am hoping that Bonnie is reading our comments on the 3 in 1 Tool. I found that in previous mysteries 1/2 the paint chips are missing at our local Lowes... Just loving the colors, Bonnie and I do have a big chunk of Magenta (3.5 yards)... to work with...and several other pieces in the same colour! Love all you do for us! THANKYOU!

Dobieslady1 said...

Hope this works with fat quarters. I still have to find more yellows, and I am already scoping out Kaffe Fassett Chrisanthymum fabric for the backing. It has all the colors!

The Calico Quilter said...

Dobieslady1: I know which fabric you mean. I also found a Kaffe fabric with lilacs that would be a perfect backing - all the colors are there - but it's almost $10 a yard and sanity prevailed. I only buy my stash fabric for $4 or 5 dollar a yard, max. Putting that much money into a backing would be insane for me. It was tempting, though.

Stephanie Herold said...

This will be my first mystery quilt EVER! I've been quilting for about 30 years, but your's is the first group that has provided such sisterhood (ok brotherhood too!) and inspiration. Thanks so very much for sharing your gifts of talent and sincerity. I've got all my fabrics ready and look forward to an exciting and interesting journey En Provence!

TheaMinPA said...

Finally, my purple fabrics will see the light of day...
Looking forward to this year's challenge to take my mind off the election, whoever wins!

carolyn burrell said...

My wonderful quilting friends decided we should do this Mystery Quilt. While they have done Mystery Quilting, I have not - so I am a little apprehensive, a little confused, and a whole lot excited. We were at the Houston International Quilt show, with our paint chips in hand. What we did not find there, we got at our Quilt Shop the next day - come on November 25, Can't wait.

Karen Wheeler said...

Count me in for this Mystery Quilt! I love Mystery Quilts and have completed several. Thank you for the opportunity.

Sue Hoffman said...

I absolutely love all the colors,, especially the purples,, but I don`t know if I missed it or not,,, how many colors of each do we use and how much of each color do we use?

Sherri Henderson said...

I've quilted for decades, had brain damage and had to learn again. I am stepping outside my comfort zone in order to join you en Provence... a place of my heart since I was 18 and visited... This quilt is scary to me not knowing what I am making but I have all my fabrics and decided on a pale blue for my neutral instead of whites or tans.... I won't know if that was a good choice or not but will give it a spin! Come on Friday the 25th... I'm ready to get started even if I don't know what I am staring on!

NancyFS said...

I knew this was starting when the quilt shop I was at had pulled fabric for the mystery quilt and will do up kits on request!! Happily you chose my favourite colours and I will have no trouble doing this from stash

Dena T said...

Bonnie just had to let you know that while looking for my fabric to use in this mystery, I have run in to a some people that have asked???? "What is this mystery I keep hearing about?" I love that you're everywhere and don't even know it. You have made a movement all on your own. :)

Donna Endresen said...

Stephanie: Bonnie is such a Great Teacher, too. I hope you love the whole process, and the intrigue of waiting for the next clue each week.

Nancy F: Where is this QS?

SUE: Go to the top of the introductory blog where she lists each color: there she tells how much you need of each color. You can make it as scrappy as you like. On;y the constant is listed that it should be one piece (the pink in this case). But you can switch your colors out, if you choose.

I don't care for pink, so have a burgundy/Sonoma/Hoffman 1895. But I may revisit that at the QS the next time I am in there, and see if I have anything else that will work.

I am so looking forward to sewing along on this one! I have made my colors not as intense, and my purples are more Blue/Purple than red/Purple.

Donna
In Cold Kasilof, AK

Christine Wiseman said...

I had decided that I was not going to use Bonnie's color scheme this year. But then she said purple - and I love purples! I also have a fantastic magenta piece of batik, so I can't think of a better place to use it!

Helene said...

Almost forgot about your mystery this year! So glad i caught up on time! Thank you bunches for doing this for us, i LOVE you

Stephanie Herold said...

My first mystery quilt ever -- and I've been quilting for at least 30 years!!! Got my stash (that meant something totally different in the 70's didn't it ladies? ;-), with colors Bonnie has suggested. I can't wait to get started. Thanks Bonnie!!!

Celene Marie said...

This will be my very first mystery quilt! I have not been quilting very long (maybe 3 years) and I have only just found out about this mystery quilt through my sewing friends. BUT I'm moving house on the 24th Nov. ALL my fabric is packed :-( So I guess I'm going to be starting late, adding to the mystery and suspense!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thanks Bonnie,
I do look forward to sew along with you again this year, as I did 2013 and 2014 too.
(Pictures of both quilts are in my blog)
Liebe Grüße from Germany
Bente

Tee said...

This is my first mystery quilt. I am so excited to try it. I am new to quilting but have definitely been bit by the bug. I look forward to learning from you!!! So excited for this experience!
Tee

Tee said...

This is my first mystery quilt. I am so excited to try it. I am new to quilting but have definitely been bit by the bug. I look forward to learning from you!!! So excited for this experience!
Tee

Shorebird said...

My first Bonnie Hunter quilt was the Smith Mountain from Scraps & Shirttails II.........and I loved it.......It went to my eldest son and his wife for a Christmas present. I will have to change the color way for this mystery, but am excited to start it!

Debbi Russell said...

I thought work would never end today. Off for home and sewing. So nice to see so much positive activity and comments today. YAY.

Tee said...

Neutrals, Neutrals Neutrals.... Had a fantastic time cutting sewing a pressing the neutrals this weekend, So excited for the next installment, Have a few extra, just in case. Thank you Bonnie!!!! Enjoy the beach and yes the white birds are ibis, Have you seen the scarlet ones yet? Truly incredible!!!

SUSAN BASS said...

Does anyone know if there is a set-date for each qlue to be posted?I am so busy & I do not want to miss a chance to print-out any of them? Thanks girls & guys.enjoy

Sheila Hobbs said...

I started my four patch neutral blocks yesterday after deciding to join in the Mystery. Finished them today. Can't wait until the next clue is revealed!!!

Sheila Hobbs said...

Susan Bass, clues will be revealed each Friday if I'm not mistaken.

Betty Carpenter said...

Had trouble finding all of the large paint chips, too, but decided to try the trifold "color collections" for the different coordinating shades. There were 3 of the colors in the "Fashion Forward" collection, and 1 each in "Color Pizzazz" and "Global Spice". The swatches are definitely smaller but at least there're available this way.

Marybeth said...

Thank you Angel Grubs for the link to Part 2. It worked. Sew now it is on to cutting and sewing. Have a great day everyone. And a special thank you to Bonnie for her on-going generosity in offering this mystery quilt pattern and right along with it tutorials on how to use the rulers. And then a bonus paper piecing pattern just in case we don't have or want to use the rulers. You totally rock, Bonnie.

Angel Grubs said...

If you are having problems getting the part 2 link to work...
copy and paste...
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2016/12/en-provence-part-2.html
and it will take you there!!!

CatQuilter said...

Is anyone using accuquilt to cut pieces? If so can you tell me what dies are use for part 2? the instructions mention there is a die, but not the name of it or them. Thanks for any help.

patti ann said...

try alcohol on the exploding pen marks. I know that it works on magic marker.

SHIRL TOTOS said...

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Wendy Nielsen said...

Hello, I am just starting...so am a bit behind. I wanted to make the smaller "square" size. So if I understand correctly, I will just be making 1/2 of the give "blocks" ??
Thanks.

jacaranda said...

Have tried adding the link for Part 2, not working yet I was able to link Part 1. I says my blog does not exist. Will keep trying.

Anita Bridges said...

My first year doing the Mystery Quilt. I'm not a scrappy person so rarely have a stash to work from, was so excited to find out that Whittles Fabric carried the fabric bundles specifically for this quilt. AWESOME!!

Maryse said...

Dear Bonnie, Thank you so much for this mystery quilt.I needed this to create something new with my Purples.Been collecting for years,now with the added Magents (that I wouldn't of thought of)It'll be wonderful.Have a wonderful Christmas,try to get a little rest
Maryse

Sobuzy said...

What a busy day. Came home and finished 3 more Christmas gifts and decided to play catch up on Clue 2 so that I could start on Clue 3! ! Wrong thing to do as I put the outside pieces on upside down! So after frogging awhile.....I'm back where I started! 🤓 No link up for me tomorrow on Clue 3!!! Can't wait to see others who are able to link theirs! This is a fun quilt!!!!!! Thank you Mrs. Bonnie!

TrulyBlessed said...

I haven't really looked at how to do the link-up. Tried from Blogger but I obviously need to read directions a little better! Totally loved cutting the Purples and Lavenders. Had some picked out that in sunlight looked too blue. It is now 3:00 a.m. and I will just have to wake up to Clue 4. Good night sweet friends. I know some of you are going to wait for Clue 4 before you can close your eyes.

ClayPlay Liz said...

Bonnie, I LOVE you work - both design & color selections. Thought you might smile knowing yo have 'crossed' the artist expression boundaries. You are no longer the muse to (only) quilters far & wide... but also artists that work in clay. I'm doing your Mystery Quilt on a 1/2" scale in clay & making a large (huge) vase to match my quilt.
Thanx for the inspiration!
Hugz from Liz in Vegas

judyp said...

This is my third mystery quilt and their is nothing I enjoy more then sewing the "mystery". Thank you so much Bonnie for all you do. I bought one of your books and hope to do more of your quilts!

Janine said...

I am a novice quilter. OK...maybe a little beyond novice, but not by too much. I found the En Provence Mystery quilt while looking for a mystery quilt to begin with the New Year. I have a couple of questions and I don't know if this is the place to ask. First of all...is the En Provence quilt a more advanced project? The triangles look challenging. Also, does anyone know how many parts are in this project. I see we have instructions for Part 6. Thanks for steering me in the right direction.

Neil and Lorelei said...

HI Bonnie: I have a question...from the pictures it looks like the 2 greens are always opposite each other; and the lavender/neutral are also opposite...it may seem like a silly question but I want to be sure as this is my first mystery.....the greens form the hourglass, correct? there should not be 2 greens next to each other, correct? thanks for the help!

Lorelei, on the coast in NC

Alwayskeptintap said...

Happy New Year, Bonnie! I am wishing you joy, laughter, safe travels and good health throughout 2017! And thank-you for yet another lovely mystery, love the colors!
Cheers,
Cathy vJ in MA

Glitter Girl said...

Happy New Year's. I love, love, love the finished quilt!

Joni Cartwright said...

Thanks so very much Bonnie. I love the quilt! Happy New Year!

Carol Smith said...

Love the new quilt... Happy New Year, Bonnie.

Florence said...

I am the happiest person I know,,,,lol,,,I am so in love with your quilt,,,and hope you know what fun this was,,and how much I'm sure,,,everyone appreciates your kind spirit,,,and talent,,,and love of what you do and share,,,,,Happy new year Bonnie

Kathi said...

Thank you, Bonnie! Another fun adventure!

wolf3349 said...

Will do part 7 today and am so glad to see the layout. I love it , may even do another one after this is finished up.
Thank you again Bonnie for another fantastic pattern.
We love you.
Happy New Year to you and your family.

Unknown said...

How will this lay out work if I've only made half of each part, I wanted a smaller version?

Q9patch72 said...

Thank you for the mystery. I liked this one the best

Linda said...

Thank you Bonnie for all the fun! Now if you could only break up all my UFOs into weeks I would be done by the end of the year! All the best!

Susan Bouthillette Bennett said...

I LOVE this quilt! I was able to pull all the fabrics from my stash! I'm thrilled to have been able to do that. Some fat quarters, some leftover cuts, some yardage; all of it works perfectly in my quilt. Thank you for sharing your expertise and such a gorgeous design!

Oma Cindy said...

This has been so much fun and, thanks to retirement, I was able to keep up! Thank you! I can't wait to finish up my quilt.

Mary Chadsey said...

This was a fabulous and fun quilt. I learned so much along the way! I'm using the techniques I learned in this Mystery Quilt to also work on a quilt in your "addicted to scraps" book. I can't wait for your next mystery quilt!

Mary

Mary Chadsey said...

This was a fabulous and fun quilt. I learned so much along the way! I'm using the techniques I learned in this Mystery Quilt to also work on a quilt in your "addicted to scraps" book. I can't wait for your next mystery quilt!

Mary

Mary Chadsey said...

This was a fabulous and fun quilt. I learned so much along the way! I'm using the techniques I learned in this Mystery Quilt to also work on a quilt in your "addicted to scraps" book. I can't wait for your next mystery quilt!

Mary

Vivian said...

Thank you for your time, inspiration, and talent. It is appreciated.

Beverly Wood said...

What a beautiful quilt. I don't make it a race to complete quilts so I still have about 40 percent of the parts to finish. No hurry. I even convinced my SIL to start one. Fun stuff. Thank you for sharing your brilliance.
Bev in NS.

Beverly Wood said...

What a beautiful quilt. I don't make it a race to complete quilts so I still have about 40 percent of the parts to finish. No hurry. I even convinced my SIL to start one. Fun stuff. Thank you for sharing your brilliance.
Bev in NS.

Beverly Wood said...

What a beautiful quilt. I don't make it a race to complete quilts so I still have about 40 percent of the parts to finish. No hurry. I even convinced my SIL to start one. Fun stuff. Thank you for sharing your brilliance.
Bev in NS.

Sandi Griepenstroh said...

Love the quilt, and I am loving the way mine is turning out! Thanks so much for all your work and for sharing your talents with us!

Sherry said...

We became Snowbirds this year and left 2 days after Christmas to make some stops along the way. It wasn't until we got down to Gulf Shores that I realized I hadn't checked about your Mystery Quilt for this year. I has a huge stash at home, plus oodles of quilt shops nearby and the pickings down in the Gulf Shores area isn't that good, but, I was finally able to gather my fabrics foe En Provence! I have most do my neutral 4 patch together and will be on to Part 2 later today. Better late than never! thank you for another wonderful MQ! Hope to see you in Chaska MN later this year!

Linda said...

Bonnie thank you for the nice mystery. I finished this morning and took a picture of the quilt. At that time I realized I should have made sure my four patch sashing units were all sewn in the same direction. There would be too much to resew and most likely no one will notice the issues but me - but then that is the trouble I will always know. &:-D
But on to the next project!

Gemmie said...

Thank you so much for all of your hard work. I love my En Provence" quilt. I have learned so much from the process.