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Quiltville's En Provence Clue 3 Progress Update

Where did the last week go?  I have been working on Christmas gifts for the last week but had high hopes though to get clues one and two done before clue three came out on Friday.  What's the quote about best-laid plans?  The big gift that I was sure would be done by Thursday didn't get finished until Sunday morning.  I had a major brain fart while finishing it up and had to do a lot of unpicking.  Once it was done I wrote out my to-do list and gave it the old college try to get as much done on it as was possible.  I didn't do bad with a lot of my list but since the grandsons' quilts come before the mystery it took the back seat.

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One of the things with dying my own fabric I usually end up spending Friday night dying the color I need for that week.  It takes all night for a piece to dye.  I usually start around 8 PM and it will be ready for rinsing out by 8 AM the next morning.  I also am not getting the stark contrast as others are getting since I have both light and dark in the same piece.

I'm making the boys tossed nine patches.  I cut all the fabric for those, not squares like are on my list, but strips.  I try to do strip quilting as often as possible.  I also got some of the two sets of four patches strips cut but didn't get the last few units I needed for clue 2 cut.

I made a big goof this week, though.  I cut my two purples at 2 1/2 instead of 2.  I will have a lot of trimming to do in the future.  I didn't even catch my mistake until I went to play with a possible layout for the units we have pieced so far.  I was so disappointed in myself for making yet another big mistake in a project this week.  Thankfully, Paul has offered to trim them all up for me.  That will save me some time in the future.

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  1. Your hand dyed fabric is beautiful; that luscious purple is going to make this quilt a winner!

  2. Hand dyeing fabric as you need it is risky but oh so worth it.

  3. Hand dying as you go may be risky, but the results are stunning. My first visit to your site.