This will be my forth mystery. While each step usually takes about a week to complete, the final result is so amazing. So neat that blocks become larger blocks and such a neat design. I love how pictures from a recent trip are taken and color/blocks are designed around them. We are taking a special trip in February and I might try to do something like that as well. The colors used are also not always the colors I would choose together, but it all seems to work out.

En Provence
So I went thru my stash. I have a fair amount of greens, yellows and some light purples. Interestingly i just completed a purple quilt for one of my daughters. I don’t have a lot of deeper purples so I will purchase that color. I used to have a burgendy/magenta, but must have used it up as I could not locate any of it. So will purchase that color and use only that color as my constant. I have learned that when you buy fabric to always buy some neutral colors. I have some tone-on-tones, solids and some design neutrals, but found 4 additional favorites. While picking these out I added some fabric so I can make soup bowl cozies that will be Christmas gifts. So this will be my last big purchase of the year. Backing I will purchase down in AZ after final mystery is revealed.

I learned last year to really slow down and ENJOY the process, especially using fabrics and attempting to cut and sew accurately. I think the only part of quilting process that I do not enjoy is sewing the blocks together and sewing rows. Anything else I love to do. 

This quit mystery is based on a visit to France, wine country…I love wine, so will have to find some French music to sew by. Last year it was Italian music. I even wrote some of the titles of songs in the neutral fabrics. Maybe this year it will be names of French wines. It is all so fun!

I am still hand quilting the last mystery and hope to have all blocks quilted in  next 4-5 weeks. That will leave the final borders and scallop edge/binding to finish. I still have quit mystery 1 & 2 to quilt. All in good time. I think I have a little tennis elbow strain on my left arm, so was resting it a bit and started to use a special pressure brace to keep it from tensing up too much. It seems to work right now.

I started Celebration Wreath using my many Christmas scraps as I noticed that I need a Christmas wall quilt. I do not do much paper piecing but decided I like this pattern. 

Celebration Wreath
Finished putting batting on my Quilters Madder QAL. Will machine quilt this one.


This weekend we had my sister-in-laws over to see the condo and just visit. We are seeing our families getting bigger and more independent that now it is difficult to get extended families together. Many of our children are in college and working which is their priority at their time in life. Our youngest daughter stopped by but this visit brought us news that we were not real happy with. We always want what is best for our children, we bring them up with values and morales. The world is changing and younger folks don’t offen see things the way we do. I guess it comes with experiences in life. We can try to guide, inform and try to reason with them. Share our thoughts but in the end they are adults and have to make decisions and possibly learn from them. So from a parents perspecitive it has brought much reflection, searching for the right thing to say and do. And most importantly more fervent prayer. One hopes and prays that all will work out. I guess as our children get older we need to pray for them even more than when we had a bit more control of their lives. Especially difficult when you do not see them often as they have their life. Yes technology is wonderful with Facebook, messenger and texting. We can find out so much more than when we were their age.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Quilting!


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