Venice is beautiful at this time of year….

… or so I’m told.

Venice testCertainly, Esther’s new pattern by that name is! I have spent a few happy and busy hours over the last couple of days assembling this gorgeous star. If you’re in the F2F block swap, you’ll recognise my colour scheme for when it’s my turn next year, and indeed, this beauty is going to be one of my own blocks for the quilt that will eventually be assembled. I think it looks like a beautiful wrought iron sunflower…

There’s a bunch of us testing the pattern, and the results will be collated and incorporated into the instructions in the next week or so.  After that, the pattern will be available in Esther’s Craftsy shop, so if you like the look of it, go and check it out. She has made some really beautiful versions of it herself.

And on with the next paper piecing project! For the three F2F blocks I’ll be making, you’ll have to look in the F2F gallery some time next week; I won’t be posting about them in case Christina, our Miss December, wants to maintain the surprise.

Have a lovely day!

29 thoughts on “Venice is beautiful at this time of year….

  1. knettycraft says:

    Wonderful! I’m going to sew my version tomorrow!

  2. Grannymar says:

    Interesting mix of colour and pattern.

  3. 🙂 Not very different from the kaleidoscope!

  4. tialys says:

    Another amazing pattern from Esther and I love your dramatic colour scheme.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a really gorgeous block. I have another colourway picked, and at some point I’ll do that one too, but I definitely wanted this one for F2F, I knew that the minute I saw it!

  5. Beautiful pattern and fabulous fabric choices too!

  6. Lorij says:


    • katechiconi says:

      I’m quite excited at the opportunities this block offers. This is just one colour scheme of several I’m looking at, and it is indeed interesting to see how changing the colour arrangement gives a quite different appearance.

  7. EllaDee says:

    Love the clean black & white and fresh green highlight 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I realised very quickly I’d made a rod for my own back using the stripe – I had to keep it straight whilst sewing it on upside down on the back of the paper template…. Another time I won’t use a fabric with a direction on it! I’m pleased with the result, though, a really beautiful design from Esther.

  8. rutigt says:

    What a beautiful star!!!!! And I really like your choise of fabrics and colours.

  9. claire93 says:

    oooh this is gorgeous!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a great pattern! There are lots of pieces, and it’s not totally straightforward to follow without using the colouring page, but once you’ve got that, it comes together easily.

  10. It does look like a sunflower!
    I like the black, white and green combination of your block. It will be fun to watch the others in these colours arrive.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, that won’t be happening until April 😦 Meanwhile, I may make another of these in a different colour layout – or perhaps even a completely different colour scheme. It was fun!

  11. dezertsuz says:

    Gorgeous block! Esther does such beautiful patterns. Your work is so perfect with it. What a combination your two are!

    • katechiconi says:

      Awww, blush! Thank you, that’s very kind! Her patterns are not simple, but they’re fun to work with because she’s very meticulous and detailed in how she supplies the design, suggestions for colour layout, colouring sheets so you can test things out, etc.

  12. […] (Tall Tales from Chiconia) was the first of the testers to send me a picture of her finished test block. Her block is full of […]

  13. Your block keeps drawing my eye! It is so striking!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I wanted to use it for my own future quilt – and perhaps more than once! Next time, I’ll use a difference colour scheme for a different effect.

  14. […] Individual blocks completed in 2015: 22 for Foot²Freestyle (the link takes you to the Gallery for F²F) 13 for ScrapHappy (too many posts to link to – search by ScrapHappy!) 3 patterns tested for Esther: October Sky (large and small versions) and Venice. […]

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