Colours of Happiness #4

What, you thought I wasn’t working on this at the moment…?

Yeah, right. So, as you can see, there’s been a bit of progress. I finished the starburst, I added a gold/ochre print border with corner posts, and I’ve made a bunch of sets of three 2½ inch strips sewn together to make the chequerboard border.

I think I’m going to put in corner squares of solid fabric. That’ll help to stretch the strip sets, plus I like the way it looks! I have large enough squares of some of the prints left over to let me do that, so it’s a question of choosing the ones I like best, and that work together. After that, who knows…? I haven’t yet decided if I’ll add another border and finish the quilt, or if there’s more to it. It’s evolving as I go along. I do want it to be at least lap quilt size, or around 48 inches square. Other-wise it’s just for pretty, not for useful, and I do like things to be both.

Next is setting out all the squares in the chequerboard. At the moment, the layout for the top border shown above is just placed, not sewn. There was lots of placing, stepping back, squinting, thinking, changing… and repeat. I like this layout, so I’ll repeat it on each side. You won’t be able to tell, I don’t think, as the strips will hopefully look random enough to avoid visible repeats. I know that the original long strips were mostly not very exactly sized (it’s the way I bought them, not my defective cutting!), so I’m not aiming for perfect seam matching here, more of a mosaic effect. Still, if I do match, it’ll be a happy accident! Lots more stitching to come as I piece these border panels.

I’m liking how the lighter colours at the centre of the starburst are shading out to more intense shades on the sides. I think if there is another border, it needs to be darkish, to finish off. And maybe a paler binding, for contrast….

And away we go again.

34 thoughts on “Colours of Happiness #4

  1. OMG 😍 looks Amazing… can’t believe how much you’ve finished …. I’m so excited… loving the story as u go along as well xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I like to talk about the journey when I make quilts, not just show the finished thing and go “tah dah!”. It’s more interesting for me, and helps people understand how I arrived at that particular design. This quilt is pretty much designing itself, it knows where it’s going and is having fun with the colours 🙂

  2. And how happy do you feel looking at these colours?!?!

  3. Uplifting just to look at it and enjoy the colours ❤

  4. tialys says:

    Love the starburst effect – except I’m sure there’s somebody peeping out at me from it. I had to zoom in to reassure myself. Can you see where I mean?

  5. I so agree – pretty and useful is best. And how pretty it’s looking. I especially like the way that that gold border frames the starburst.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    This just sizzles with happiness, and the heat you mention from time to time. The square fourth from the the bottom, third up has an eye!

  7. katechiconi says:

    …or the centre of a flower, if you’re familiar with the fabric. I didn’t see it as an eye till tialys mentioned being peered at. I made myself a shirt a while ago with that fabric as collar and cuffs. I must see if the shirt is peering at me too!

  8. dayphoto says:

    Sunshine in a quilt!!!!

  9. Lynda says:

    Kate, your center medallion is stealing the show! It is radiant.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! What a lovely thing to say 🙂
      It always disappoints me how photos of quilts with a lot of play and variation in the colours never seem to do the fabrics justice, though. Although I wonder if it’s something to do with the fact that I experience colour a bit differently to most. (It’s almost always accompanied by sound, in my head).

  10. You have made a lot of progress! It’s such a happy quilt. But you haven’t made one yet I don’t like. 😉

  11. Very pretty. The gold edge makes the light (glow) from the center more obvious, and it also helps tie into some of the triangles. I do like the checkerboard in slightly darker versions of same. Good work so far. You are zooming!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! I have one chequerboard panel stitched now, and two more laid out. It gets faster as I go along… I’m still thinking about what happens in the corners, though. The quilt will tell me soon.

  12. claire93 says:

    I don’t know how you manage to be so industrious ^^ Looking lovely.

  13. kathyreeves says:

    It’s coming along just splendidly!

  14. rutigt says:

    Like! And I like it very much. The quilt has exactly my favorite colors ( except for the yellow and ochre). Great work!!!!!

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