Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week 2 En Provence

It's time for the link up to share our work on Week 2 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, En Provence. We made isosceles triangle units using the Tri Recs ruler set, our constant fabric, and our whites. For the next few weeks, you can read the whole clue here.


My constant fabric is turquoise instead of Bonnie's magenta. For the white I used the same fabric as my white squares last week. The minty green in the white matches the turquoise so well! Now, though, I probably don't have enough to make all the Week 1 squares in this fabric too. I'm sure I can find something else, though.


Looking at the sunflowers in Bonnie's En Provence button, I really thought we'd be making these units in yellow and green! I guess I am too literal sometimes. :D


Bonnie provided us with downloadable foundation patterns, but I made my own. I really like to have the seam allowance marked. And in this case I also carried the stitching line right through the seam allowance. When it comes time to sew paper pieced units into the quilt, I find it goes much better when there are no floppy edges from partially sewn (or crooked!) seams in the seam allowance.


Last year I was very keen on all the triangle rulers, and down on paper piecing. I still like the rulers -- there is no waste, you don't get the build up of thread in the seam, and it could be a little faster -- but, I find that cutting accurately with a triangle ruler is harder on my joints. Cumulatively, I'm hoping that foundation piecing will make me less sore.

I still used the Tri Recs ruler set to rough cut my pieces, though. I bought it just for this project, so I was glad to use it a little!


Since I'm planning to make fewer blocks, I think 64 of these units will be a nice, symmetrical number.

Bring on clue three!

And, please check out everyone else's work at the Week 2 link up, right here.

15 comments:

  1. Oh darn, I published it early! Well, I'm not taking it back. The link up is tomorrow!

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  2. Love seeing your progress a day in advance! I really like your constant color much better than the magenta IMHO. Hopefully I can jump in with this quilt along in a couple of days.

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  3. That teal fabric is lovely. It's been fun following along. Seeing how everyone interpretes the same pattern.

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  4. Awesome progress! I'm glad you aren't taking it back! :)

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    1. Thanks Terry! I was distracted and clicked "publish" too soon. But, that's ok -- less to worry about tomorrow!

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  5. looking so good and liking the colour choice, I have the tri rec set must have a go with it sometime! along with numerous other rulers that have never been used. Saw on another blog that the lady said she did not have to trim any of her triangles to size when made, was amazed but I think she too must have used the tri rec and if that means no trimming will certainly have a go with mine

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  6. Lovely fabric combo. I understand about using paper piecing in your case. I was able to get good results with the Tri Recs rulers without having to sliver trim, which I hate to do. Wouldn't be good for you, either, because you would have to cut everything twice. So far the clues have been easy. Waiting for the other shoe to drop ...

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  7. I love the look of those neat piles of fabric and papers -so enticing. Sensible and creative of you to find the method that reduces joint stress. It's really good progress.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! Yes, the process is part of the fun, I'm finding. Regarding progress, we are all waiting for the other shoe to drop. Based on past experience, we've barely started!

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  8. These blocks are really pretty! Looking forward to following the development of your quilt!

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  9. Good decision on the background fabric. The background and turquoise are playing together very nicely. Good luck with the continued cutting and piecing, with or without the newly purchased rulers.

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    1. Yes, good thing I didn't commit too soon on that white fabric in Week 1! Thank you. :D

      I may have to shift things around, but that will just be more interesting in the long run, I think!

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  10. I love turquoise and your stars look wonderful, the white fabric you're using just right with the star points.

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