A Quilt Finish: En Providence…kind of.


I finished up my mystery quilt.

Mine is mystery inspired…not the real mystery.  I goofed up the colors…ugh.  It happens and in the end, I think it was salvaged into a pretty good quilt.


I was supposed to have pink where the light purple was….I screwed up.  I didn’t want to remake those pieces so then my secondary stars didn’t look right because they were red.  Oh no!


I used a cream colored thread and just did a loopy design…nothing fancy at all.

Here it is all laid out….


The backing…one of the purple pieces I picked up a couple weeks ago at Material Magic.


It’s ready to be boxed off and mailed to the recipients.


No quilt is completely finished until Ruby puts her stamp of approval on it.


My friend Connie had troubles with her quilt and ended up with a similar layout…all in all, it’s pretty good looking quilt even with our “change”.

I’m hoping the couple can snuggle up and use this as a TV watching quilt….I’m so happy to have this one finally finished.



  1. Penny says:

    I like your quilt, Jo! The “accidental changes” are great & make the quilt truly yours! Often when I use a kit I will change out fabric to make the quilt just a bit different & more individually true to me! I hope that your testing goes well tomorrow & the results are good news!

  2. Dorothy says:

    As Bonnie says—”your quilt, your colors” Looks great to me :-)

  3. Donna says:

    I think it looks gorgeous! Why are we always so hard on ourselves?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely! even though not the full mystery. Anyone should enjoy it.

  5. Shelia says:

    It’s beautiful! You always accomplish sooooo much. I agree with Donna….don’t be so hard on yourself.

  6. Libby in TN says:

    Hmmm, I never got the alternate stars finished so maybe I should try this layout, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Ariane says:

    Your finished quilt is beautiful!! I love it!

  8. Laura says:

    I like your variation on En Provence. Glad you found a home for it.

  9. Diane Oakes says:

    It is really pretty, the changes look great!!

  10. Ellie says:

    I think your quilt is lovely and I’m sure the young couple will be very pleased!

  11. PattiLynn9 says:

    It’s “one of a kind” and beautiful! The couple will love it!

  12. Robby H says:

    I think the added purple makes the centers really shine. I would think of it as your interpretation of the original design rather than an “Oh, no” quilt. I’m sure it will be well loved and that’s a quilt’s highest calling.

  13. Chris J says:

    I love your “accidental” pattern. The couple will love it, and you for your
    beautiful gift.

  14. Nell says:

    Hmm, I laid the mystery aside to focus on graduation gifts, maybe I need to figure out where I was and get it finished. I could use that as L&E. I did get Straightforward quilted last night, maybe I can get the binding sewn on today. Or maybe I will load another quilt top and get it done, too. Choices!

  15. NM Sue says:

    It looks great and its yours. Enjoy.

  16. Linda says:

    It’s lovely. I really like the beige border against the purple. It has your personal touch!

  17. Joyce says:

    Jo, I think your version looks like a bouquet of pansies! What a great gift — an ever blooming flower patch. Looks like a happy accident from here. Good luck today on your tests. We’re rooting for you!

  18. Mary Jo B. says:

    I like the quilt the way it is. No one but you (and those of us reading the blog) are going to know how the quilt was “supposed” to look. I do believe this might be the first time that you make a quilt and didn’t make it bigger! Hope all goes well with your doctor visits.

  19. Kim LeMere says:

    I like your version, its a one of a kind. I think the couple will love this for years to come.

  20. Linda in NE says:

    Your quilt looks good….no need to tell the recipients that it’s not exactly like the pattern. They will never know the difference. Sometimes we’re just too hard on ourselves.

  21. Paula S. says:

    Love it!

  22. It’s lovely–and the backing fabric is gorgeous! :)

  23. Cheryl Harts says:

    I consider this one another one of those “happy accidents”. It may not look exactly like the original, but how boring would that be?? I think it looks great!
    I am still praying for a good report from your medical tests Jo.

  24. ColleenM says:

    I think this quilt is beautiful and the recipients will love it!