En Provence beginnings

Although I have so many quilts in progress, I couldn’t resist starting the mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter. She provides so much teaching and fun in these mystery quilt alongs, I was eager to dive in. I shared my fabric pull in this earlier post. On the weekend when I was home in-between weeks 2 and 3 of my offsite course, I cut out the fabrics for clues 1 and 2, at one-quarter of the instructions — aiming for a baby quilt size.

first two clues

Then this past weekend, I was able to dive into the week 3 clue. I have the tri-recs rulers for clue #2, my first two units were a bit big because I was cheating the 1/4″ size, and I am pressing the seams open in these.

clue 3 weekend

I still have yellow and aqua colours to use from my fabric pull, Bonnie has been sharing the “easy” units first to allow time for shipping of her new ruler for cutting triangles — I didn’t order one, I’ve had success using the Fons and Porter flying geese ruler for HST and QST, so which ever is in this quilt, I’m sure I will be fine.

Linking to Bonnie’s Monday linkup at Quiltville.blogspot.com and to Main Crush Monday with Cooking Up Quilts.



  1. LOL Isn’t funny how we always are starting new things before we finish existing things. It’s almost like the computer has some power over me and convinces me I need to do things. ha ha ha ha

    1. Oh gosh, you too?! Lol, at this point I will be happy to keep up and then finish off the first two clues over the Christmas holidays.

  2. I keep baskets in my sewing room to organize my projects since I always have multiple ones going. All well and good – except I realized last week I needed more baskets because I took on even *more* projects since one of my big ones is about to end.

    1. That sounds very efficient! I have all my projects which are at the assembly phase layered in one big bin and I need to get at least one of those done this quarter.

    2. It also reminds me when I have too many going at once because I have baskets all over the floor! I’m taking a few days’ vacation and hope to knock out some UFOs – we’ll see!

    3. Sounds like my kind of vacation, enjoy!

  3. I love your neutrals.

    1. The creamy toned neutrals worked well with my chosen colour scheme, and there are some fun motifs in this batch, not in the least the Paris map print and the geeky math equations.

  4. Went back to look at your fabric pull, gorgeous and a great way to build a palette. There are so many new black on white choices, yours look very special with your magenta.

    1. Thanks you! The fall colours were particularly nice this year, and sunny days are great to remember as an antidote to days like today, with 10 cm of snow!

      On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 8:28 PM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  5. 1/4 size?!? You are so brave!! I feel that Bonnie’s units are small enough for my bumbling hands. I cannot imagine the skills to make them 1/4 size. I’m impressed!

    1. gosh no! I meant I’m making 1/4 of the units, so the final quilt is baby instead of full size. I agree these are small enough as it is!

  6. Judy Blauer · ·

    Especially like your “math equations” neutrals!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Helen in the UK · ·

    Interesting use of your colours. Seeing your fabric pull I would have thought you’d use the aquas with the blues rather than the oranges! Will be great to see it take shape in a very different colourway 🙂

    1. Trust me, i am second guessing rat choice as well, but the 4 patches seemed so blah that i wanted to spice them up! If it looks terrible I can always go back and re do them.

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