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Mistral

mis·tral   mstrl, m-sträl)

n.

A dry cold northerly wind that blows in squalls toward the Mediterranean coast of southern France.

I fell instantly in love with a quilt pattern named “Mistral” by Toni Whitney. “She” intrigued me- such a beautiful horse.  I purchased the kit for two reasons- 1) The artist absolutely new what she was doing 2) I, did not.

My sister Jo had previously made a couple of horse kits into full size quilts for gifts- they were incredible! My Mom always says, we do things different, we can’t ever follow a pattern- and it’s true. I chose this horse to be my challenge. I followed her pattern exactly. Then I did my thing to it …..

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It’s funny, what you think you want in a finished quilt can change in an instant. For example in Allie’s Quilt, I based the entire quilt on a particular piece of fabric. It was to be the main fabric and all my picks “became” off of it. It was never used at all. These quilts have a funny way of letting you know.

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I had this in mind until I was half way into piecing the face. One fabric made the cut. I have a drawer of fabric collections that I throw together when I’m out & about that I refer to as my “fabric in waiting” You never know when a piece of fabric might inspire me. A while back I had found a gorgeous piece that had a lot of depth & movement to it- I put together some beautiful accompaniments that day and in the drawer it went. I knew that someday I would create a quilt that replicated the circular movement in the fabric. I knew that someday it would come to life. It was a perfect fit for this project ❤

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I started the horse on New Year’s Eve day, and worked on it the entire New Year’s Day. I left for Hawaii the next day and had a numb thumb (from cutting like a mad dog those two days) for the entire 9 days lol . In this Picture you will actually see the original background that the horse – was- fused to (17 X 22)… more about that later.

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I was excited to watch this quilt develop- I was now in the “circular” mood. After coming up with a block that I was happy with, it literally came together very quickly.

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Here you see some of the ivory rolled back and stitched. Such a difference from straight to curved.

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Looking good so far…

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It’s always nice to get a second & third opinion…

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With the brunt of the quilt done, it was now time to figure out the horse measurements and sew her down! The fused horse was peeled off the original background- I know… crazy. And that’s when I had the pleasure of talking to Miss Toni Whitney herself-I never thought she would answer her phone when I was needing more fabric! Now came the sewing of a ton of cut & fused pieces!!! This required a run to the store for perfectly matching thread… this was just a few.

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It took two days of sewing the pieces down- I quite enjoyed the process.

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Next, it was me outta the gate with putting it all together : ) decisions & measuring…

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Just one thing left, the borders….

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I could not be more pleased. By the way, the main inspiration fabric ended up as my back. This is now ready for my quilter(s) – yes, two! Terese & Norma are tag teaming on this for possible international quilter competitions. As for me, I will be hopefully heading for the MN State Fair…. We’ll see!

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She was a beauty to begin with- Thank you Toni for your unbelievable talent! And I am thrilled to say she’s done and everything I invisioned ❤

11 thoughts on “Mistral

    1. Norma ❤ I am so very excited to see what you've got up your sleeve for this one!! I'm excited for the journey this quilt is about to go on- I can only imagine the finished quilt!! (HAVE FUN!!!)

  1. I am so inspired by your creation. This is just beautiful. I’m glad you shared your process. And I’m hoping you’ll post a photo when the quilting is done!

  2. Your quilt is so beautiful! Did you actually design the surrounding blocks yourself or is it a block pattern. I really liked the curved parts of the block, but I have no idea how you did that. I love Mistral, by Toni Whitney and have done two wall hangings so far. I have fabric for a third one, but I was toying with the idea of putting it in a quilt like you did. I have no clue where to start!

  3. I agree with you on Toni’s talent. However how you added your own talent to hers is speechless. Truly a winning combination. I’m a fan.

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