Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Dear Jane Quilt - Block G1 Hattie's Hen House

Dear Jane Quilt - Block G1 Hattie's Hen House
Dear Jane Quilt - Block G1 Hattie's Hen House
Again just five pieces for this little Dear Jane block, G1 Hattie's Hen House. Again a bit of fussy cutting to add interest.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 5  pieces

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Dear Jane Quilt - Block H12 Hannah Lou's Hearts

Dear Jane Quilt - Block H12 Hannah Lou's Hearts
Dear Jane Quilt - Block H12 Hannah Lou's Hearts
Some people are always amazed that I am completing the Dear Jane quilt using the English Paper method.  I EPPed these hearts for Dear Jane block H12 Hannah's Hearts and then appliqued them onto the background - it works just fine and no fancy Freezer paper to worry about ... just make sure you slip out the paper before you make the final last applique stitches!

Over at Sarah Did It! you can find a haven of EPP.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 5 pieces

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Dear Jane Quilt - Block K7 Rose of Sharing

Dear Jane Quilt - Block K7 Rose of Sharing
Dear Jane Quilt - Block K7 Rose of Sharing
This round of Dear Jane blocks had surprisingly few pieces.  This one, K7 Rose of Sharing had only five and if I hadn't insisted on doing some fussy cutting it would have been two.
Hoping to get a bit of slow stitching done on my Dear Jane quilt today.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 5 pieces

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Dear Jane Quilt - Block E11 Wagon Wheel

Dear Jane Quilt - Block E11 Wagon Wheel
Dear Jane Quilt - Block E11 Wagon Wheel
My sister tried this block several times, with different techniques and different results.  The trauma of all that did put the fear of God into me as I approached this Dear Jane block, E11 Wagon Wheel.  I chose a quiet day of stitching where I knew I could concentrate on some heavy duty applique / reverse applique.  In the end it only had 7 pieces, it was stress free and I was quite pleased with how it came out in the end.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 7 pieces

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

La Grande Révélation - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Link UP

En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Here it is!  My En Provence 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt top is complete.  As you will see I went for a smaller size quilt this year, just three by three, but this was just about the right amount of work for me at this time of year.  I think the darker stars give it a good structure and I love the way they float out to the border. I love it!
En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt - Fabric Selection
En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt - Fabric Selection
These are the fabrics I started with, a selection of soft purples from a Moda French General collection called 'Ville Fleurie'.  I added another neutral after the first clue and am glad that I did, especially for the chequerboard border.  I am hoping I have enough of the little grey flower fabric to do the binding.
En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
I have really taken time to get my piecing accurate and my points pointing and am glad I took the extra effort.
Ville Fleurie by French General, Moda
Ville Fleurie by French General, Moda
The Ville Fleurie fabric is on its way out and it is not often French General put out a purple line, so I have picked up this fabric from the collection for the backing.  The quilt is not quilted yet and it will have to wait its turn in the queue, so don't hold your breath.

This was my fourth Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.  Always fun and always a chance to improve your machine piecing skills.  Looking back at my first, my Easy Street quilt, I can really see great improvement in my piecing skills and I can honestly say that I have learnt it all from Bonnie and these mystery quilts.  Looking at her blog, there are lots of people who have completed their quilts and some in lovely colour variations. Please go and visit. Thanks Bonnie!

Below you can find links to all the parts of my Mystery journey, thanks for joining me!


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 55 - E11, G1, H12, K7

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 54 - A5, H10, J8, J13
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 54 - A5, H10, J8, J13
Whilst the En Provence Mystery quilt takes over the internet, Dear Jane quietly keeps going

Draw 55
E11 - Wagon Wheel
G1 - Hattie's Hen House
H12 - Hannah Lou's  Hearts
K7 - Rose of Sharing

This is an interesting set. This Draw will be in Yellow

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Part 7 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Internet friends have been contacting me waiting to see my En Provence Mystery progress, so here is a little update, but not the full Monty.  Now we have come to the interesting part, Suzi has suddenly joined me.

On New Year's Day Bonnie did her BIG REVEAL and there was quite a bit of work to do before you could get started on making the whole quilt.  It feels like I have been at it 100% since then, but have not managed to finish it yet.  Here is a glimpse of one of the main blocks.  I need to make nine of these for my quilt and lots of sums were required to work out my requirements for everything else.

With everything completed it was time to put it together. It is made up of the same size blocks and I feel like I have been pinning and pressing for the last 48 hours.  Good progress has been made and I hope my next post will show you my finished top.  I really love how it is turning out in my colours.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Dear Jane Quilt - Block J13 Pam's Bells

Dear Jane Quilt - Block J13 Pam's Bells
Dear Jane Quilt - Block J13 Pam's Bells
I am just sewing Dear Jane block J13 Pam's Bells into the whole quilt, so this one looks very familiar at the moment.
I have put this up as my first post of 2016 to fill time whilst I work on getting my En Provence 2016 Mystery quilt together.  Depending on interruptions, I should have something to show you in the next 24 hours.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 21 pieces

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
You lose track of time at this time of year, but yesterday was a Friday, which means another part of the 2016 En Provence Mystery Quilt was released. 
Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
This block was triangles and at last we got to use a new colour from the En Provence stash, which is the Dark Grey / Mink you can see. 

Usually Bonnie does the BIG REVEAL on New Years Day which I believe is already in full swing in Australia as I write.  But hang on - there is still one colour left to use.  Do you think there will be another part revealed in the next 24 hours?


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block J8 Anna's Anchor

Dear Jane Quilt - Block J8 Anna's Anchor
Dear Jane Quilt - Block J8 Anna's Anchor
I thought I would sneek in another Dear Jane block, J8 Anna's Anchor, whilst I wait for the next stage of the En Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt.  This one had tiny melon's on each corner to applique - I managed.

There are not many days left of 2016!

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 22  pieces