(Note to self: Remember that writing posts in your head is not the same thing as putting up a post on the blog.)
So Bonnie Hunter gave us the Big Reveal for En Provence, and I'll admit that I never saw this setting coming. I hurried through a few of the final components and voila -
a trial layout. I've substituted blues for greens, and I'm hoping they'll show up against the purples in the final quilt. They do look a bit bluer in real life than they do in this photo. I've also substituted orange for the magenta, and I like that just fine.
I'm not completely convinced about the yellow yet, though. Maybe a pale orange instead? A combination of yellow and orange? A more orange-y yellow?
I'm going to play around some more with that as I make more bits. (I'm not even at the halfway point for any of these parts. Plenty of time to dither while I sew.)
While I was wiffling through my computer files for a pattern that I wanted to send my daughter (I download ALL the free patterns I find, whether I think I'll make them or not. Acquisition is my middle name...), I found a pattern that I'd wanted to do for RSC last year, but had completely forgotten about.
It's a foundation paper-pieced pattern, which is a technique I've been wanting to practice more, so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, our printer is on the blink right now, so I had no way to print it out. I ended up putting a piece of paper up against the monitor and physically tracing the lines.
(Whatever it takes, ya know? Let nothing stand in the way between me and my quilt block.)
I then traced the pattern off onto freezer paper -
and then darkened the lines (in order to make them more visible), flipped the patterns over, and traced another set onto freezer paper, so I would have a set that was a mirror image.
And I tried it out.
And I liked it so much, I tried it facing the other way.
And the best part about using templates from freezer paper? I can re-use them. Next time I want a chicken, I'm ready to go, whether the printer is good to go or not.
(The pattern is from here, along with a bunch of other wonderful chicken patterns. Cluck!)