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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Provence Baskets Charm Quilt

It's a beautiful sunny day here in west central florida, after a cloudy and cool start.  I finished piecing this   quilt a while back, and just had it quilted by Marlene of Lucky Sew and Sew. 

I had a collection of Provence fabrics in small squares - 5".  There are a mixture of Souleiado, Valdrome and some Camargue prints.  I was looking for a pattern to use them for a while, but I didn't want to waste any of the fabric.  Eventually I just designed my own quilt.  I made a rounded basket pattern out of freezer paper which just fit on the 5" squares with a seam allowance.  I cut 6" squares of a background, set the appliques on point and just kept them in a box next to my chair.  It was simple applique work, and they were finished quite quickly.  I had to work out how to set them, and used a favorite piece of Olivades fabrics.  I love it, it is simple and quirky and makes me smile.  Just have to get the binding on now .....

France Boutis just sent out the most recent edition of the Fil Blanc.  There were lots of small patterns and ideas for Christmas decorations, including some drawings of hearts using Provence motifs.  I loved these, and although I will go back and make them in boutis as well, I decided to try them embroidered.    Here are a couple enlarged 200%, stitched in stem stitch with one thread of burgundy silk floss, and feather or chain stitch around the edge.   Once I have finished the last two, I will make them up into little stuffed hearts for the keys of armoires.

Happy Sunday !  Hope everyone gets some stitching time.