Belle Etoile du Jour

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Quilt #181 of 200 quilts, 88″ square
Began December 2016 • Finished May 2017
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A couple of weeks ago, I had my son and grandson hold up the unquilted top of this creation, and I include it here so you can see the quilt top.  I was late starting this quilt, as everyone else in the world began making it in November when Bonnie Hunter announced her En Provence Mystery Quilt for 2016, based on colors she’d seen in her trip to France.  BelleEtoileduJour_5BelleEtoileduJour_1front

I decided that if I made the various units, as described in the mystery, then stowed them away, I might be able to get back to the quilting even when I was convalescing from the planned rotator cuff surgery.  I was able to finish all but two steps.  When it was time for me to do those, I figured out how to sew one-handed, and my saintly friend Lisa trimmed up 60 blocks for me. BelleEtoileduJour_3back

I did my best to get it up on my garage-door-photo-studio today, but I had a wrinkle in the quilt that I just couldn’t manage to ease out, so I have to resort to other photos to show it off.  I like looking from the back of the quilt outward, like it’s stained glass.  I had purchased about 5 yards of backing fabric, unable to remember how big the quilt top was.  I needed more, so spliced in a yellow coordinating print, then took it all over to my Cathy, my quilter.BelleEtoileduJour_6BelleEtoileduJour_7

She was a good sport and let me choose a new pantograph for her collection, which I think really works well with the quilt.  The original quilt called for purple fabrics in those 18″ blocks, but I went instead with periwinkle, a favorite color of mine.BelleEtoileduJour_8label

The title comes from an old poem, where the poet calls flowers “Day Stars.”  I had Google translate “beautiful day stars” into French, then ran it by my French-speaking husband who said it was fine. (I didn’t want to be swearing in French, or something.)  I don’t really believe there is a top or bottom to this quilt, so I sewed the label on an angle, just for fun.BelleEtoileduJour_2And again, if you haven’t started your listing of your quilts, start now!

 

To Do List and En Provence Mystery Quilt

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In one month, I finished off two things.  And added one: Quiltville Bonnie Hunter’s En Provence Mystery Quilt.  In my defense, I also finished making all the words for the Alphabet Quilt, and just picked up the Halloween Quilt from the quilter’s, which now needs binding.  Wait, I may have added one more thing: setting the brain working on what to do with the Christmas Tree Blocks, and if I’ll make any more.en-provence_1

Part one of the En Provence Mystery Quilt asked us to make 221 of these four-patch groups.  I was able to make 207, and will find the time to make the others in the future.en-provence_2

Part Two asked us to use the Tri-Recs tool and make 100 of these units.  I started in on scrappy (above) but soon switched to one-fabric, running out before I finished.  Never fear.  More fabric is en route to finish them off.en-provence_2a

I’m pretty sure that’s about as caught up as I’m going to be from here on out, but it’s a good start.

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Click •here• to see what’s up on her website.

Warning: she has a TON of blinky advertisements, but very graciously has created a PDF of each step that we can download.  And never fear, you will able to purchase her pattern after the Quiltville Mystery is over with in her online shop.

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