ST&D: the other two corners

There was another squishy this morning.

The lovely Robin has sent me the other two corner blocks, beautifully made and exquisitely neat, and now I have to decide whether the envelope flaps will point inwards or outwards.

Here are Robin’s blocks, intended for the two bottom corners:

And here’s the layout, from my last post.

I’d designed it so the flaps pointed inwards, on the 4 diagonals. But one of the comments on the last ST&D post was to the effect that it might look better if they pointed outwards.

What does the audience think? All comments gratefully received, but you know me, I’ll go with my own thoughts in the end.

Ladies, we’re doing brilliantly well. Just 4 blocks to go… (some of which are already on their way).

34 thoughts on “ST&D: the other two corners

  1. I’d like to see the corners facing outwards, just to see if that would work. I think it would, but you never know. Maybe when all the blocks are together and you have the internal colours balanced, then you will be able to see which way is best. I’m taking mine to the Post Office later today! Exciting!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Woo hoo! You’re right, I won’t be making any final layout decisions till all the blocks are in, and even then I’ll be fiddling around with them for a couple of days, squinting and swapping and taking photos till I’m satisfied.

      • That is a fun stage. What a lot of time and beautiful attention goes into these quilts. “Work is love made visible” Kahlil Gibran

      • katechiconi says:

        The team effort is what makes it fun, and continue to be fun. If I was making each quilt all alone, I’d soon become tired of and discouraged by the whole thing. This way, it’s not too much work for anyone, and we’re all happy to continue the process. I’d say there was a *lot* of love out there!

      • My block has been posted! It is on its way!!!! Hip Hip Hurray!!!! I can track the parcel too – it will be fun to watch its journey to the other side of the world. Maybe I’ll follow it one day. I was in Oz for a month in early 1994 and didn’t want to leave. Bon Voyage little 12inch square of Dorset love!!! ❀

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s going to have quite a journey. First to the tropics in North Queensland, then down through New South Wales to Victoria, where it will go on display and be auctioned. Someone will give this quilt a very loving and appreciative home.

  2. Robin Murphy says:

    Glad they finally arrived Kate. Hope they will fit in ok. The quilt will be superb as usual

  3. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Another stunner !!! the colours are beautiful ! can you use the envellopes to put something in when the quilt is up against the wall ? You have a good team !!

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly the envelopes don’t have pockets. I did think about that at the beginning, but quickly realised it would make them far too difficult to put together.

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        Oh well, a quilt is made to put on a bed normally I think, ofcourse they are beautiful against a wall or on a couch…

  4. It really depends on the look of it, but I like the idea of the envelopes opening inwards because that suggests that their contents have fallen into the centre of the quilt. It doesn’t really make sense because postcards don’t come in envelopes, but even so. Anyway, the latest blocks are lovely.
    I’m always fascinated to see these joint creations coming together… a single unit forming from such disparate parts.

    • katechiconi says:

      I probably won’t be able to make the final decision till all the blocks are in. Something about that final stage brings the quilt alive and it starts telling me what it wants. It’s like DNA; each block brings a little of the quilt’s genetic information. I’m sure if we sent samples to Ancestry they’d tell us where each block came from!

  5. claire93 says:

    not long to wait now for the final layout – yay!

    • katechiconi says:

      No indeed. I know that at least one more is on its way already. I’d like to have the Bonnard quilt top finished before I have to start quilting this one, so I can get a good run at it without having to stop and change threads and tension, etc. Maybe another week or two…

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    I think I would like them either outwards or the same as the others, upwards.

  7. magpiesue says:

    I think your original layout is going to work well. It looks to me like Robin’s blocks will anchor the bottom of the quilt nicely. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I tend to agree, but I have to give the other direction a fair go before I decide. And Robin’s blocks have the necessary visual weight to anchor the bottom, as you say.

  8. kathyreeves says:

    I would like to see both directions, and I’m wondering about moving them to different corners too. You will know what’s best when you see everything all together!

    • katechiconi says:

      I like having Robin’s two at the bottom, as the stronger colour does anchor things, as Sue has pointed out. But I’ll definitely be checking out rotating the blocks to see how that looks.

  9. manicmumdays says:

    Gorgeous! Do you have a name for this one yet Kate?
    Thinking “Tealed With a Kiss” πŸ˜€

  10. Lynda says:

    Suddenly it is coming together quickly, Kate! I like the idea of the flaps out on those corners, at least in my minds eye, but would like to see them both ways to be sure.

  11. Chris S in Canada says:

    You’ll find the right way for them all to be situated once you get them together. Shift them around a couple bazillion times and suddenly it will just look “right”.

    If I were to choose ahead of time though, I think perhaps I would think of alternating in and out – because the communication and love goes in both directions. (I’m really big on symbolism which nobody else even notices – just ask my choir. I always explain my choices to them, and most of the time they just smile and nod. But it means a great deal to me, so I’m happy whether they get it or not.)

    You’ll have so much fun getting this to look balanced and perfect. Can’t wait to see the finished layout.

    Chris S in Canada

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s something in me that needs lateral symmetry, so whatever I end up doing, left and right will match! I feel, personally, that the envelope flaps should point inwards, for the pleasure of mail received, but I do see the symbolism of the flaps pointing outwards for sending the message out into the world… πŸ™‚

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  13. rutigt says:

    Hard to say, which is the best way. I agree with most of the commentators: wait and see till you have all the blocks πŸ™‚

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