Bee, Myself and I #6

Very nearly on time, then…

hatbox-8 hatbox-9There’s a small space to one side of the Grey Nomad quilt pinned up on my design wall, and I decided it was time to put up the seven Hatbox Quilt blocks I’d made so far.

Once that was done, I was glad I had. I’m subconsciously selecting bright colours in preference to the more muted colours also in my Hatbox fabric collection. So I need to do a few more of the paler fabrics, otherwise it’ll get unbalanced. I also seem to have rather too many reds…

These two latest blocks, Nos. 8 and 9, do have red in them, but they’re also balanced by other colours, and No. 9 has a paler background. Next time I’ll be more conscious in deciding what colour to do next.

There’s a bunch of us doing our selfish sewing as part of Bee, Myself and I, and if you’d like to see what they’re up to, scroll down till you see the bee button in the left side bar, and click through.

Next week, I must get back to the Grey Nomad quilt…


18 thoughts on “Bee, Myself and I #6

  1. Too many reds – is that possible? One can never have too much red or floral in my world!

  2. Kate, when I look around my own home and see the things which I have worked long ago (mainly 12 diningroom chair seats, other chairs, cushions etc – all wool tapestry) and read your Blog, like now, I feel so sad that I can not do this any longer, because of my accident. Cooking is fine, but needlework is not possible. I also would like to do a quilt for each daughter……..I enjoy reading about your work and look at your pictures – you are truly a talented lady😃

    • katechiconi says:

      Dear Carina, thank you so much for the kind comments! A few months ago, I was not able to sit at my sewing machine for more than a few minutes at a time, and I really worried the problem would last forever, so I have great sympathy with your inability to do needlework… Is it just hand stitching that is a problem? If you can use a sewing machine, I think a quilt each for your daughters sounds wonderful, and if I can offer you any help or advice, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  3. EllaDee says:

    As you know, I’m not a fan of red but it works here. Too much floral is never enough ♡

  4. Debbierose says:

    Your hat box collection is growing. Well done

  5. I’ve found that method works for me — make a lot of blocks without worrying too much about color or value balance. Then make the last few blocks “fix” whatever imbalance there might be. Sounds like you’re on track for another dazzler.

  6. tialys says:

    I love these hatboxes – it’s going to be another stunner!

    • katechiconi says:

      It will, won’t it! I’m still thinking about what colour to make the sashing between the blocks that forms the cubbyholes the hatboxes sit in. I think white or cream wouldn’t have enough contrast, it needs to be a stronger colour. I reckon I’ll have to wait till the blocks are all done before I can see what will work.

  7. magpiesue says:

    If you have 27 more blocks to make you probably don’t really have too much red yet! But best to pace yourself I suppose, color-wise. These are fabulous, as usual. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Not in the finished blocks, but investigating my fabric selection, it was clearly unbalanced in the direction of red! I’ve eliminated some of them and replaced them with yellows, oranges and other warm shades. And more modern prints, to balance the vintage.

  8. rutigt says:

    I like your hatboxes, especially the red one with all the flowers!

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