I am just about finished my Quiltville 2016/17 winter mystery quilt. I was on the Mediterranean cruise with Bonnie last August and was actually in Provence so I just HAD to take part in this year’s mystery. And besides, purple is my favourite colour.
The one thing with a mystery is that you can choose fabrics that complement each other but until you know how they will be used, you can’t set your choices in stone. I had a hard time accepting my yellow. It seemed just too muddy. What I loved about Bonnie’s quilt was the ‘light’ created in the centre of her main blocks. I wanted that effect and I didn’t really care about which colour it took to get that effect.
Here are my original fabrics pulled from my stash and augmented slightly with a purchase or two:
I tried many variations:
|Following Bonnie’s fabric placement.|
Too muddy in my opinion and doesn’t give enough contrast between green and yellow and doesn’t produce the light I was hoping for.
|Replacing neutral four patches where the yellow was.|
Maybe if I switch out yellow altogether…
But not quite right. It changed it too much and once again I’d lose the light I wanted to radiate from the block. It’s OK… but still hoping for some yellow in this quilt.
Let’s try switching out the yellow to another fabric.
|Changing the yellow fabric.|
Meh…Same effect. Not enough light.
This! This I like. From a distance it radiates light. The colours aren’t overwhelming but I was trying to avoid another ‘bright’ quilt. My Grand Illusion was just too over the top so I wanted to tone this one down.
And here are the blocks before the sashings:
I have just a small amount of yellow in the centre of my main blocks.
These blocks will be joined by sashing rows (the magenta tri-recs stars).
And finally, I’ve got the top together. Voila!
I just have the borders to go on and will have to make some more neutral four patches before that happens. I love the neutral border that Bonnie did on hers and I won’t be changing mine one iota!
Another gorgeous Quiltville/Bonnie Hunter design. It was fun!! I tried not to obsess over the colours. I confess I did have one sleepless night deliberating about it all and bemoaning the fact that I chose the wrong colours and it would be a dull quilt. But overall I’m very pleased.
I will be quilting it myself but that will be another blog post at a different time.
Until next time!