So of course off I went and googled "windows of Provence" and came across this amazing site full of beautiful photos taken by Richard Cobby including this one which he has very kindly given me permission to show you.
ARTIZAN HOME by Richard Cobby ARPS, CPAGB, NAPP
I went off and drew a version of the image on Touchdraw to give me some idea of the dimensions of each window pane, shutter, window sill etc. to get me started.
I then pretty much free pieced the block. Measuring and cutting for the window panes but then building on the block piece by piece from there. A rust Oakshott shot cotton gave the shutters a bit of extra depth and vibrancy. The plaque on the wall came from a Basic Grey Curio print of which I panic bought the last couple of yards when it was on sale at Fat Quarter Shop. And the weathered paint on the walls was another Curio print - this time one of their grunges.
As with 90% of the blocks I make, there's always a woulda-shoulda-coulda process that goes on in my head afterwards. I wish I'd framed the plaque to make it stand out a bit more. I wish I'd made the windows rectangular as in the original photo as I think that looks more interesting. And I wish I'd made the darker panels on the shutters a bit wider and longer. My rule up until now on this blog has been not to point out the woulda-shoulda-couldas but - especially in fabric choices - I seem to make the same mistakes over and over again so I need something to knock me on the head and make me see my mistakes before I make the block rather than after. Any tips for that anyone?