Posts tagged #en provence mystery

IG Quilt Fest - Week 1

Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side is hosting a month long quilt festival on Instagram. Each day she posts a photo prompt, and quilters around the world share an appropriate picture. It's amazing to see how many people are posting and the wide variety of things they are working on. Since most of my blog readers aren't Instagram users, I thought I would spread the love and share my pictures here. I hope you enjoy this peek into my quilty world.

Day 1: Introductions
My name is Bobbi Bridgeman. I live in Montana and I'm a bit obsessed with quilting. My favorite part is machine quilting, and my dreaded part is sewing the top together after the blocks are all made. I enjoy hand binding and I really like to take pictures of my quilts in the wild.

Day 2: Partner in Sewing Adventures
When I first read the title of this one, I thought she wanted us to post pictures of our pets. It turns out she actually wanted to see our machines! My partner for every stitch is my longarm quilting machine. I'm pretty lucky that my hubby graciously gave up the living room for my quilting business.
The quilt on the frame is Barbara Beller's rendition of En Provence by Bonnie Hunter. I'm quilting it all over with Hugo by Anne Bright.

Day 3: Where the Magic Happens
My office/sewing space is in the corner of my bedroom. It takes a bit of juggling to do everything on one 4' table, but I'm so grateful to have the dedicated space for my craft.

Day 4: Fast Finish
My fastest finish ever was this baby quilt. I found out the baby was a girl a week before the baby shower. It took some late nights, but I was able to turn two charm packs into a finished quilt just in time.

Day 5: Can't Live Without These Notions
My two favorite notions are my medium Perfect Scissors and Wonder Clips. The scissors are super sharp, and they're big and bright enough not to get lost when I set them on the quilt while I'm longarming. The clips are just all around handy. The longer I have them, the more often I find myself reaching for them.

Day 7: On the Cutting Mat
You may have noticed that I skipped day 6. That's because it asked for a pillow finish, and I've never made a pillow. Maybe I'll do that someday, but it's not high on my list.
So I went straight for day 7, which asked us to share a glimpse of our cutting table. Since trimming customer quilts is part of my longarm quilting service, I have to keep my cutting table clean. Most of the time it looks like this while it's waiting for the next quilt to be ready for trimming.

If you are on Instagram and would like to see more, you can find me at @snowydaysquilting. I generally keep up a steady stream of pictures of the quilts I'm longarming for my customers. If you would like to see the quilt festival or join in yourself, check out the hashtag #IGQuiltFest. All of the photo prompts are being posted by Amy Ellis at @amyscreativeside. Anyone can check out these links, so you can enjoy browsing even if you don't have an Instagram account.

Posted on March 8, 2017 and filed under Photo Challenge.

350 Blocks Project: Starting a New Year

Shelly is kindly hosting the 350 blocks project again this year. The goal is to make 350 quilt blocks in 2017. It's a lot of fun to join in and keep track of the things I make. If you are interested, the 350 Blocks button below will take you to the project page.

Since I never did my final report for last year, I'll start with that. After being behind all year, I actually managed to exceed 350 blocks!

I was secretly working all year on a Christmas quilt to surprise my husband. I'm thrilled to say that I pulled it off! He had no idea what I had been up to, and he hadn't even seen any of the fabrics. I made 50 blocks for this quilt. 42 of them are on the front, and I used the rest on the back.

Since I had some fabric left over, I also made 30 four-patches to play with the extra blocks on the quilt back. I love the simplicity and symmetry of this one.

I'm also a fan of leaders and enders. I made this table runner entirely with the leader/ender method. If you haven't heard of it, check out Bonnie Hunter's post here. There are 40 hourglass blocks in this table runner.

All together, that gives me 120 blocks that have yet to be counted. And my grand total for 2016 is... 386 blocks! I really wasn't sure that I was going to make it to 350 last year. I'm excited that I exceeded the goal.

Now that it's February, it's already time for me to start counting this year's blocks. Fortunately, I'm doing well so far. January saw me putting together all of my units for Bonnie Hunter's En Provence mystery. I made my quilt smaller and I tweaked the layout, so my blocks don't match up with hers.

I made 9 main blocks:

A total of 12 sashing blocks in 4 styles:

4 cornerstone blocks:

And 12 edge blocks to finish the design around the outside of the quilt. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of those, but I do have a picture of the whole quilt! It's currently quilted and waiting for binding.

As you may know, I'm a big fan of using up my scraps on the back of the quilt. This time, I have 6 more blocks hiding out on the back.

That gives me 43 blocks in January. It feels good to be starting out the year ahead of the curve! Hopefully I can stay on track this month.

Posted on February 3, 2017 and filed under 350 Blocks Project.

En Provence Mystery: Half Square Triangles

Bonnie was kind and went easy on us with this week's clue. All we had to make were half square triangles, and it was the fewest units in a clue so far. I'm grateful for the easy week since we were quite busy with Christmas.

After I posted last week, I realized that I had accidentally used the wrong fabric for the tri-recs units. Bonnie called for those units to be made with neutrals and dark purple. Unfortunately, I made them with the blue that I'm using in place of her light purple. This week, I re-made the units with the super dark grey that is my version of her dark purple. Once those were done, I was able to make the half square triangles with the same fabric.

I'm starting to really enjoy playing with the units each week. After I fixed the tri-recs units and made the half square triangles, I tried a couple of different layouts with just those pieces.

Today, I pulled out all of the units we've made so far and laid them out together. We still have two colors that we haven't sewed with yet. I'm hopeful that one of those will come out in the next clue. I'm excited to add more color the next time I play with units.

I'm participating in Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link-Up. Check it out if you would like to see some of the other colors people are working with.

Posted on December 26, 2016 and filed under Mystery Quilts.