As you may know, Bonnie Hunter has released the colors and yardage for her yearly mystery quilt. (You can find that info HERE if you're interested.) I love Bonnie, and her quilts, but I have not had a lot of luck with the mystery quilts. I made Easy Street with no problems, then got hung up on Celtic Solstice. I tried again with En Provence, but I have once again failed miserably. I think it's the Tri-Recs pieces. I just really dislike cutting them and making them, and they are crucial to those two quilts. Of course I didn't do the ones with no Tri-Recs, which now seems like a dumb move on my part.
|Indoor pictures! Because outdoor pictures don't work in November.|
I did finally finish Celtic Solstice (and I'm almost over the trauma-- just kidding! I actually like it now), but what I have now for En Provence are some blocks, a ton of pieces, and absolutely zero desire to make any more of either one. I thought I might use the mystery time this year to finally get this baby out of the closet and off the UFO list. So, here was my thought-- how can I put this together without stitching even one more unit, but still use up most of what I have?
The first thing I did was pull out all of these pink/ magenta pieces. I feel like I made a billion of them and it turns out that a billion is enough to make a completely separate quilt. I plan to make some stars from them and do something else for an alternate block. Maybe in yellow? But that's a problem for another time.
I have enough of the purple and green units made to completely finish up 14 blocks, so I thought I would round that down to a nice dozen blocks and set them 3 by 4. I played around with the other pieces for a sashing and came up with this:
I kind of like this, because of the secondary stars and the circle effect, and also because it does not require any more pieces to be stitched, just the quilt top assembled. Still a lot of pieces, but completely doable. It will not have as much color or vibrancy as the one Bonnie designed, or be as big, but it will be done and out of my closet. And-- I can't stress this enough-- I will not have to make any more pieces!
I have no real idea what to do for a border yet, but I have these to work with:
I think I should be able to create a border from those, don't you? It may not look like much, but there are a *lot* of 4-patches there.
That's my plan for "mystery season." If you are making this year's mystery, I'll be cheering you on from here. Cheer me on, too, and maybe we'll both have quilts at the end of this!
Hope you're all having a good week!