Bonnard, top complete

At last, all 1,024 squares sewn together.

Mostly, this went together painlessly. I did take out two squares which stood out too much, and replaced them with less bright or solid colours. Fiddly, but to my mind, extremely worth it. My eye no longer catches on them. Here and there are squares which don’t  line up exactly, but I’m OK with that too, as none of the mismatches are extreme and you really don’t see them unless you look hard. And who does that unless they’re trying to find fault?

I have now got backing fabric in a lovely warm red. It’s a sort of foxy red, no pink in it at all, heading towards orange, but still clearly red. No pattern to it, but it’s hard to find exactly what you want when your options are so limited. I also have quite a lot of the warm reddish fabrics I used for the highlight squares, so I’m considering a strip of those down the middle. I have to join the fabric pieces anyway, so why not make a virtue of a necessity? I’m still working on ideas for how to hand quilt this, but I’m not going to rush into anything unless I’m happy it’ll complement the concept behind this quilt.

I’m taking a short break from Bonnard for a bit. There are a couple of other things I need to work on. Next month I’ll be starting the quilting on ST&D once the final blocks are in, and I have some hand stitching, hand quilting and embroidery to concentrate on. And in February, we go on leave!  Something I’m looking forward to enormously, and a break we both badly need.

 Don’t worry, though, Bonnard will be back soon.

46 thoughts on “Bonnard, top complete

  1. kathyreeves says:

    I love the way the colors change! A challenging project and you did a superb job, Kate!

    • katechiconi says:

      Still a way to go: I have to make the backing, sandwich and quilt it, and then my favourite bit, the binding. But I’m pleased with how it looks. I still feel the outdoor photo doesn’t do it justice, but I suspect nothing short of real life would!

  2. anne54 says:

    Oh My Goodness! It is stunning, Kate! I love how the corners have slightly more colour to them than the edges, but then I love everything about it. What amazing talent you have. xox

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, you’re so kind! I wish I could capture the complexity of the batik colours and designs, but I like the watercolour wash effect. Also, I’m going to enjoy the contrast of this cool colour scheme on the front with the rich warmth of the back.

  3. This is absolutely stunning Kate ❤

  4. craftycreeky says:

    It’s stunning, I love the way you’ve arranged the colours 🙂

  5. tialys says:

    A lovely job you’ve made of this Kate – and I bet it feels all silky and smooth too with all those batiks you’ve used.

    • katechiconi says:

      It does feel lovely, and is remarkably light, too – not to mention the significant benefit of very few frayed edges. Give me a few days and I hope to have a back to show as well.

  6. It looks so happy! Beautiful.

  7. I have no doubt that the picture doesn’t do it justice, but I can see it is magnificent. Really really really is ❤

  8. Spectacular! I’ll admit, I wasn’t getting the concept until seeing the top complete. Having the paler colors at the outer edge makes the whole thing sparkle. Good work! Enjoy the quilting process when you get to it.

  9. dayphoto says:

    That is a stunning creation! Well done!

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It is absolutely beautiful !!

  11. magpiesue says:

    Those lighter outer edges make such a difference! If it sparkles this much in a photograph you’re not happy with I can just imagine how wonderful it looks in person. Would it be possible to replicate some of the painting that inspired this quilt with your quilting?

    • katechiconi says:

      I love that idea, but I think it would be virtually impossible, since the inspiration is a soft, loose Impressionist work with no distinct outlines. The piece makes me think of a forest, and I want to work the quilting as scattered leaf outlines, but it’s how best to arrange the shapes that’s exercising my brain just now…

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    This is divine and my favourite so far . Love it so much. When I saw the blog post title I actaully felt a frisson of excitement to see it and I am not disapponted. It is going to be so loved.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do sincerely hope so. With projects like this, there’s always a small, niggling fear that the new owner won’t ‘get’ the design. In this case, it’s for one of my sisters and she’s followed its progress on the blog, so she knows where I’m going. So far, she loves it!

  13. Kathy D says:

    That turned out amazing! Love the placement of the colors and I think it is very much like the “real thing”! Curious to know what tunes you heard while making this. Glad you are taking a February vacation – I agree you both need to recharge after being on the go so much. Happy New Year Kate.

    • katechiconi says:

      This particular quilt’s soundtrack has been Beethoven’s Pastorale, especially the third movement. Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, bits of Dvorak’s New World Symphony and bits of Handel’s Water Music 🙂 The colours just worked that way… Happy New Year to you too!

  14. lucyannluna says:

    Looks fantastic, hope you have a happy new year

  15. I am really sorry that I missed watching this develop. I like how the lighter colours on the outer edges frame the richer colours towards the centre. This is going to be a beauty.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have the back on the menu for the start of January, and I’m really LOVING the colours for that. Mostly plain red, but a strip of 16-patch block down the centre, also in the warm colours seen on the front. I’m rather pleased with the whole concept right now: it will go with my sister’s view of sky and treetops, and the backing will work well with her sofa, the quilt’s eventual home.

  16. Mags says:

    Wow, this is incredible! So beautiful and colourful!

  17. Lynda says:

    “…but I suspect nothing short of real life would!”
    I know exactly what you mean. My photos never do my quilt colors justice. 😦

    But hey, this is a fabulous quilt and I love the idea of all those blocks with the color shift from dark to light. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Quite often, I manage a result I’m OK with, but there’s something about the blend of colours with this one that seems to grey things out. Lots of fabric colours in the photo look exactly the same where in life there’s a subtle difference or graduation. Still, I console myself with the idea that it will be that much more enjoyable for my sister when she sees the real thing.

  18. rutigt says:

    As said earlier…..It is beautiful! You have managed to get harmony in the quilt. Great work!!!

  19. I’m really surprised how much I like this. When you started I did wonder how it would work since it doesn’t have a pattern so much as a theme, but it does look lovely so far and I’m sure will look even better when it is ‘framed’. Did you enjoy the process? I know it’s a departure from your usual approach.

    • katechiconi says:

      I shared some of your misgivings at first, but very quickly I got into the groove of just enjoying the colours and not trying to create something secondary with them. I must admit I like the colours in the intermediate and outer zones best, but they all work together to create something I really like.

      • It’s always interesting to do something outside our comfort zone. I rather like the idea of just focusing on the colours… and you have created something that looks really good by doing this.

      • katechiconi says:

        It does look good, but I found it a slightly uncertain way to work, no structure to hang the visual elements on! It has been a good experience, but I do prefer working my usual way: do a design, and then execute it!

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