Sunday, January 29, 2017

Last purple post

I've spent most of this past month feeling like my batteries have been drained, but I did manage to get a little bit of work done.
En Provence is still ticking slowly along.  It's nice to have a project that has all the thinking done, so I can just let myself be soothed by the hum of the sewing machine.


I've got 8 blocks done, out of a planned 9.  Though I'm still thinking about making it a 3x4 setting instead of this 3x3, which would mean I'll need four more blocks rather than just one.  I'll have a better idea of the size after I get this lot assembled.

Several of the blocks that I made last year for RSC have been carried over for this year's challenge.
I finally managed to get one of Chantal's pinwheel blocks assembled.  I'm seeing a lot of people taking up this block for RSC this year, which makes me really happy.  And apparently the name of the block is Hidden Gems, which works for me!


I got one Jacks on Sixes done.


Or Anvil, or Hovering Hawk, or any of a bunch of different names for this block.  I'm calling them Jacks and then calling it a day.

And another block that I don't know the name of -


which I've been calling Whatchacallit Stars.  I've been slowly building up a store of these since last year, but since they're 6" blocks it's taking a long time for them to add up to a quilt of any size.   I thought I had a more recent photo than this


of them all together, but this is the only one I could find.  I'll have to drag them out and see what I've got.

One of my highest priorities was to fix the wing on Sally T's Chicken block -



It explains why I had a little purple square left over when I originally made the block...

And I made another paper-pieced chicken while I was playing with purple chickies.


And then I gathered up the gang for a group shot.


I think I'm going to call the quilt "Cluckers."
It's going to be an interesting year.


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22 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love all the clucks!! I've had that drain-brain of late, too. I think it is the lack of sunshine and warmth.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love your Watchamacallit stars! They are a fun block! I can also see you having a lot of fun with the cluckers this year!

Libby in TN said...

Quite an impressive clutch of cluckers.

kmkat said...

I love Cluckers!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I have been wanting to make a bird quilt too. Cluckers is the perfect name for yours. Thanks for sharing all your purple goodness with Oh Scrap!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Great to see what you've been up to this month! Love your 'cluckers' blocks,lots of purple colour!

PaulaB quilts said...

Love your hungry little chick pecking away. A great group of clickers. A good month of purple for you, Gayle.

Gretchen Weaver said...

You are doing some lovely blocks for the RSC. Love the chickens but I'm surprised there were no piglets. villacrestfarm@gmail.com

Ariane said...

Your doing really well getting your En Provence quilt put together. I have 5 blocks done and have another 5 prepped to see together. I love all your purple blocks. But your chicken blocks are my favourite!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

My coworkers now think I'm crazy because I'm in my cubicle, giggling uncontrollably over "cluckers"

Chantal L. said...

I think you manage pretty good for someone with minimum juice in the batteries. You had lovely purples to play with. Those Whatchamacallit Stars have a wavy line going on between them. Love that. I am also in love with your bird blocks. I want to make such a quilt this year too but a certain quilt decided to take a LOT of my time. Then the computer demanded a couple of days too to reload all I had before the thorough cleansing. (Still missing a lot of my bookmarks. Some I'll never get back I guess! Bummer!) I like the wings on the second picture best. It's fine tuning but it looks much better. The new comer to the group with its three feathers tail is just so cute. Wonderful work. ;^)

Janice Holton said...

Really enjoy the variety of chickens you have going on here! Do you have more new blocks to come or doing these again in different fabrics? Very cute!

Karen's Korner said...

Lots of lovely purple things happening at your place.

Sue SA said...

Your collection of purple chooks are just so cute!

The Joyful Quilter said...

None of the links I followed supported the Hidden Gems name for "Chantel's Pinwheels." I still want to make that block, but it didn't make the cut for this year's RSC. LOVE all of your PURPLE sewing!!!

Angie said...

The purple hens are wonderful! Glad to see the Whatchamacallit Stars again, too!

Sally Trude said...

Those stars are great on point! And I'm glad you're doing Hidden Gems too! Cluck!

OPQuilt said...

In Barbara Bachman"s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, she identifies this block as a cousin to Fifty-Four Forty or Fight, with the simple name of The Eight-Pointed Star, first published in 1918. The basic lines are the same but the shifts in your use of light and dark make them beautiful!

Kate said...

You've got some fun blocks to play with this year. It's going to be fun checking out the progress of your Clucker blocks!

Unknown said...

I love your new chicken (especially her 'bad hair day' tail feathers!) -- she's adorable! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com_

Mystic Quilter said...

To say you have had drained batteries for the past month you've done a heck of a lot! Love the chooks!!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I am not participating in En Provence but it is so much fun to see those who are and the various color combos, etc.

You have a nice variety of things going on for RSC / love the chicken; so cute :)