2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 Nomination

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For the second quarter of 2019, I’m nominating a larger project (but still only one). As usual, I’m linking through Sandra of Sew Of Course in Ireland.

En Bourgogne top
En Bourgogne top

This project is only eighteen months old so it barely qualifies as a UFO in my book, but I’m going to finish it off anyway.

In November 2016, Bonnie Hunter launched her annual mystery quilt, En Provence. The palette for this project was based on the lavendar farms in southern France — lavendar, purple, magenta, green and yellow. I love the palette and was very tempted to do the mystery but decided to wait until I saw the completed top. I’m glad I did, as I didn’t like the balance of colours in Bonnie’s quilt — too heavy on the dark purple and magenta for my taste.

As the year progressed, I saw other versions in different colourways and liked them better than the original. This top by Melinda Shackelford was in brown and green, and it was the one that convinced me I could make this quilt. I decided to do a version in caramel, brown, green and burgundy (hence the name change). Several times during the year I made notes and calculated fabric requirements.

En Bourgogne Block A
En Bourgogne Block A
En Bourgogne Block B
En Bourgogne Block B
En Bourgogne Block C
En Bourgogne Block C

I changed the quilt’s construction, too — Bonnie made it up as a 15″ block with 3″ pieced sashing, but I loathe pieced sashing and I saw that it could be made as three different 9″ blocks instead. I replaced the tall triangle unit with a quarter square triangle in Block B (which reduced the curve along the brown diagonals), and I used print squares instead of neutral four-patches.

I started cutting and sewing units in early October 2017. I used fabrics from my stash, ranging from greens and caramels that had been bought in 2017 all the way back to a crimson poplin which was so old it was 36″ wide (early 90s) and a dark brown print that had been used in Autum Mood (1988). I was in no hurry, and I gave myself permission to make mistakes because I wanted this quilt to be about enjoying the process rather than making a perfect project — I had spent too much time with deadlines during the year and was feeling the grind.

The method I used for the quarter-square triangles required pressing to one side rather than open, and consequently I decided to press to one side for the whole quilt. Unfortunately this made for some very bulky areas in the seams, and served to reinforce my preference for open seams.

As my AHQ commitments died down I spent more and more time on it, and towards the end I was working several hours a day. I finished setting the blocks together on 30 November. I knew that it needed a border or two, since the size (81″ square) was a little small for a queen bed, but I couldn’t decide on what fabrics to use, so it languished in a box for eighteen months.

For my FAL goal, I’m going to add two borders to the top, then quilt it. I’ve chosen the fabric for the first border (shown in the photo) but I’m still not sure about the second.

6 thoughts on “2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 Nomination

  1. Thanks for following my quilting blog over at Whimzie Quiltz! I get a lot of “followers” that are just people trying to sell me something, so when I checked and you are a real quilter, I was so excited! I’ve added your blog to my feed and can’t wait until tonight to catch up on some of your quilt-y posts.

    (I especially liked in your About where you said your friends and family aren’t that interested in quilt gifts. I’m about to make a quilt that I have in mind for my sister, but there’s a 50/50 chance she’ll tell me to keep it when I offer it to her. Oh well, I’ll have had the fun of making it, even if she doesn’t get to keep warm with it. :D)

    Happy quilting and warmest wishes!

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    1. Yes, I’m a “real quilter”!! I’ve been on a quest to find more home and hobby quilters so I’ve been doing keyword searches within WordPress, and yours came up yesterday. I try to post at least three times a month — so far I’ve been lucky and enough quilty things have been happening that I’ve been able to post more frequently. I hope you continue to find the entries interesting!

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  2. This is a great quilt to have on the FAL. I finished mine a few months later than the Quiltville folks, and I also changed up the coloring. At any rate, it’s a great looking quilt, and I’m sure you’ll love it.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I love Bonnie’s patterns but her colour preferences are completely different from mine, so it’s frequently the case that I don’t actually like her quilts until I see someone else’s colourway. I like your version — I think the blues/periwinkes work better than the deep purples she used.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I’d much rather nominate just one project and have a reasonable chance of finishing it than listing my entire UFO collection. Thank you for hosting the FAL — it’s great to see so many projects finished each quarter!

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