Bonnard quilting: 8 lines to go

I reckon a week, or maybe less, will see the quilting done.

In case you thought I hadn’t been at work on Bonnard, plugging away in the background… It has been a bit of a marathon, and got interrupted by other projects, embroidery, crochet, holidays, etc, so I’m really quite pleased at the progress I’ve made.

I offered my sister a choice between the rusty red and a dark green I’d used on the front for the binding.

Right now, where she lives is covered in snow and frost, and it’s bitterly cold. She made the decision to go with the red, because it felt warmer and more cosy. That’s the colour I’d have chosen myself โ€“ although it’s boiling hot here โ€“ as it will disappear on the back, but create a lovely narrow ‘ping’ of colour around the pale edges of the front.

The next row is marked up. Back to Bonnard, and my needle.

34 thoughts on “Bonnard quilting: 8 lines to go

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    Red is a great binding choice, and progress is good.

  2. tialys says:

    It’s looking amazing Kate – and all that hand quilting!! I’ve decided that, in future, I’m only going to make small quilts – no bigger than a single bed size – wrestling anything larger than that under my machine doesn’t float my boat and I couldn’t face all that hand quilting. The red looks gorgeous on the back but I think, if she’d have gone for the green, it would have looked just as stunning. Bonne continuation!

    • katechiconi says:

      I like a 65 inch square size, or 60 x 72 inches… But if someone wants a bigger one, I’ll make it. I’m coming to enjoy the hand quilting more and more – probably not so densely done as this for most quilts, but the quilting on Sea Glass was enjoyable, quickly executed and gave a great look. And of course, QAYG makes it dead easy!

      • tialys says:

        Yes, if I can QAYG, I don’t mind but not all quilts lend themselves to it do they? I will do the F2F one like that again of course. You have done quite a bit of hand quilting now so you will obviously be getting better and better and faster and faster and your callous will be getting thicker and thicker ๐Ÿ™‚

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m a bit faster, and the calluses are indeed becoming a fixed feature, but I would really like to learn to do it ‘properly’ at some stage… Meanwhile, for quilts I need to do quickly, there’s still QAYG.

  3. lucyannluna says:

    Thatโ€™s been a real marathon, the colours are lovely the red will give s good contrast

  4. It looks so big laid out like that. I’m sure the red edging will look stunning and that green (which I love) will make something else equally fabulous.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s 65 inches square, or about as tall as I am! But I don’t think I’d look quite as good laid out on the table… The green is pretty, but there was only *just* enough to do the binding so I’m quite glad she chose the red.

  5. Moira says:

    Love how it’s looking!

  6. kathyreeves says:

    I love the red for the binding, and I have some of that green!! Here we are across the world, and have the same fabric. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bonnard is flying along, I think.

    • katechiconi says:

      The green’s a nice fabric, but it would have been a ‘safe’ choice for the binding. I think the red will be more interesting. Hopefully next weekend I can do a Bonnard happy dance to celebrate the end of the quilting ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. dayphoto says:

    Wow! and all by hand!

  8. claire93 says:

    my vote would have gone for the red too ^^

  9. The red will frame this one beautifully. You’re a Trojan!

  10. Red red red it is my favorite quilting color by far! Your sister has good taste:)!

  11. Lynda says:

    That is a lot of work and you’ve made it look beautiful. Loving the red. I think the green would have been lost amongst the other colors in the blocks.

  12. I agree, the red is going to look divine. My favourite part of it all is that you are stitching by hand. What do you use to mark up? Chalk, or one of those blue self-disappearing pens?

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a Sewline mechanical marker with a ceramic lead. It leaves a white line which washes off or rubs off if you use a bit of fabric or an eraser on it. You can get white and pink leads, and the pink is for marking on very pale fabrics, as the white wouldn’t show. I don’t think the blue pen would show up on the darker colours either…

  13. magpiesue says:

    I think that red will be the perfect finale to this quilt!

  14. rutigt says:

    Great work! Iยดd also chose the red fabric for the binding!

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