Bonnard, and a brief break

I’ve been working away in the background on Bonnard.

This is where I left you, the centre and first two rounds done.

And here’s where I’m up to now, the centre and nearly three rounds done. Of course, each round is larger than the last, so everything goes a lot slower the closer you get to the outside! I thought I’d need another round, but actually, I’ll be happy to leave it at the size I originally planned. The graduation works, and I don’t want it to get too pale around the outside. The outer blocks on the left have been stitched, but on the right the squares are all still pinned. I still have two rows of squares to place at top and bottom. It’s a lengthy, leisurely process…

Yup, it’s definitely looking wonky, but is actually pretty straight when I’ve got it pinned right. That row on the right looks really crazy!

I really like how this quilt top is coming along. I think the wash of colour from dark centre to light outside is working well, as is the change of colour balance from rich, intense tones to delicate, watery pastels. Mixed throughout are the pings of warm colour, like sequins of sunlight on leaves in the centre and vibrant water-washed rocks and autumn leaves on the outside. The batik prints recall moss, lichen, flowing and dripping water, leaves warm and cool, sunlight, flowers, stone, soil, and here and there, a flicker of flame. I hope it evokes the life of the forest…

There’s still a fair bit of placing and piecing to go as you can see, but the final character of the quilt is making itself plain. I’m beginning to think about what I want to do about the quilt back, and more importantly, the quilting. The back will either be all one fabric with a ‘filler’ pattern (I’m thinking dark green with a small leaf pattern if I can find something suitable), or alternatively, a deep red, but I’m tending towards green at the moment. The other option is a filler pattern, but with a pieced strip up the centre, using leftover squares.

For the quilting, I’m going to hand quilt a small, simple leaf design in each square. I’ve got 4 different leaf templates so they won’t all be the same, and I’m also thinking about how to arrange the direction of each leaf. I’ve drawn up a few plans showing the leaf designs arranged in formal geometric patterns, but I’m not terribly enthused about them. I’ll think on it some more…

If I can keep up the pace I’ve managed so far, I should have the top done by the New Year. But now, it’s time for a short break for Christmas 🙂

28 thoughts on “Bonnard, and a brief break

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    This is delightful. I think it is my favourite of all the quilts I have seen you make.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you like it! Each quilt has its own problems and challenges. With this one, it’s not the making but the placing and arranging of colours. I have to work so hard to avoid creating patterns!

  2. Really lovely. I think your color and value placement are working just right.

    Yes, enjoy your holiday break. I told Jim last night that I’m done with writing for a few days. There are other things to focus on.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I’ll have plenty to do and people to talk to without worrying about sewing, photographs and post-writing. Of course, I will permit myself a quick sneak into the sewing room to make a few more blocks if time allows and the urge takes me!

  3. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Love it !! Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy inspiring 2018 Kate !

  4. Kathy D says:

    It’s beautiful, so like the painting! I’m constantly amazed at how you come up with an idea and then WHAM – a wonderful piece of art.

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year Kate

  5. kathyreeves says:

    It is working out so well, it will be lovely.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m looking forward to getting it all stitched up so I can photograph it outside in decent light. Indoor lighting just doesn’t give you the true colours and variations, most frustrating!

  6. anne54 says:

    It’s stunning Kate. I think it does evoke a forest, but it’s beauty is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways.I think I see ocean…the centre being the deeper/darker, then working to the rocky shoreline.
    Wishing you much joy over this time! 💜

    • katechiconi says:

      That too! I think of a forest because my sister’s apartment overlooks the tops of trees, so that’s the imagery I started out with. A happy and peaceful festive season to you too, and may the New Year be healthy, prosperous and creative for you ❤

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  8. magpiesue says:

    It’s coming together wonderfully well. Your quilting plans sound ambitious but as long as you’re having fun, go for it! You know I wish your the best for the holiday season and the coming year. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I could chew with the quilting, but time will tell. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and good health, peace and happiness for 2018.

  9. tialys says:

    I think either red or green would be lovely for the back. Will you use batik? There are some lovely ones with subtle leaf designs on.
    I hope you have a lovely time with family and friends over Christmas and I’m sending you special festive hugs which are germ free – unlike my real ones at the moment. (although I’m finding your hot toddy suggestion very useful – I’m favouring dark rum as the alcoholic ingredient – and actually managed to tell I was eating a Thai green curry last night rather than just some generic food mix – hoorah, mince pies here I come 😉 )
    x x x

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m leaning towards batik, and maybe one of the warm amber/reds I used in the quilt front. That way, if there are any tiny mistakes in the hand quilting, they won’t show, as I’m using a rich red quilting thread. Hurrah for the healing powers of rum; I knew there was a good reason I like it so much, and a Thai green curry is also an excellent medicine for a cold, it clears the head wonderfully. Big zen hugs back, and give those mince pies a beating for me – they don’t happen in this house because the HoC doesn’t care for them.

  10. Gorgeous Kate! Have a beautiful festive season.

  11. rutigt says:

    Beautiful!! Yesterday I couldn´t see the photos (my darling PC and its connection 🙂 ), so I didn´t leave any comments. And what more can I say, It´s coming along beautifully!!!!

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