Here are the first 25+ completed units of Clue #2:
|25+ and counting!|
After a good light pressing, time for some pruning to ensure ALL my units are the correct size:
|Pruning is good!|
And just a few more to stitch together and we're golden ;-)
|The rest of Clue #2 - all cut and ready to be stitched...|
I'll post an update when I finish ALL of Clue #2.
To see ALL the En Provence Mystery FUN, just follow this direct web link http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2016/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-2.html
Back to finishing up Clue #2!
UPDATE 12/9/2016: More Clue #2 units finished:
|Half of Clue #2 Finished!|
Here's a better pic w/close-up of these two fabrics - which are almost a perfect colorway match, btw, just NOT the same pattern design:
|Two magenta constants! We will make this work!!|
There's a very good reason for this...I ran out of fabric! I was two (2) strips short, couldn't find ANYTHING in my stash that would come close to matching up - at least what I can get to right now...in the middle of a major re-organization project that's been going on for months now, hope to finish up in the New Year.
So, being a quilter we make do, right? Especially when there is online fabric ordering w/FREE shipping and a terrific sale...Score!
I also must confess to cutting far too many strips of neutrals for Clue #1:
|LOTS of Clue #1 extras - just in case I ran out...right!|
Not really - I was just in a hurry to get started on Clue #1 and in my zeal, I just kept cutting and cutting and cutting like there was NO tomorrow. I'll be ALL ready for the next Quiltville Mystery for sure ;-) Needless to say, had to add a few neutrals to my magenta order to be able to finish this Mystery!
Another confession - when I saw Clue #2, I started biting my lip with flashbacks of Celtic Solstice. This is NOT one of my favorite units to cut and/or create, sorry Bonnie. (But I am getting better at these, especially after this week!)
The reason being - sewing not one but TWO bias edges together...yikes! It can spell disaster if one enjoys sewing fast (me) AND using too heavy of a hand while sewing and pressing. That's where my trusty stilletto comes in handy - NO pushy/grabby fingers for this touchy job.
No, no - this calls for a nice, light touch:
|Sewing two bias edges together, aka "peaky & spike"...slowly and carefully!|
And Mary Ellen's Best Press in Mint Splash Christmas GREEN can help make the pressing experience a tad more jolly ;-)
I spent the better part of the week, (in between quilting/binding/awarding Quilts of Valor), searching for alternative cutting/sewing methods in addition to what Bonnie generously provided - including Accuquilt Go! dies - and there just happens to be one...yippee!
There was another SALE. I immediately treated myself to an early Christmas present and possibly, it 'might' be here by Christmas...sigh. NO worries - there will be 'another' Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery which WILL include this unit, since it is one of our Bonnie's favorite block units to add to her beloved Mysteries!
|Accuquilt Go! Die #55027 - On Sale NOW!|
In desperation, had to start cutting to make sure I could get at least part of Clue #2 finished up prior to Clue #3 being released on Friday. Pulled out the tried & true Tri-Recs tools and got busy cuttin'. And yes, I did know when to stop cutting this time and not cut ALL my fabrics...sheesh ;-)
|Mystery cutting tools...remember Celtic Solstice?|
At least my fabric order arrived just in the nick of time with my NEW magenta:
Clue #2 Complete!
|Clue #2 ALL finished - almost enough for two En Provence Mystery Quilts!|
...and additional neutrals:
|Mystery neutrals replenished...check!|
Clue #3 has just been released and it's FULL of purple - my Mom's favorite color...it's going to be a very good PURPLE day...Enjoy!
And here they are in ALL their Purple Splendor:
|Clue #3 - PURPLES!|
En Provence Intro
En Provence Part I
En Provence Part II