Colours of Happiness #5

Two long sides completed, two to go.

It’s fiddly work, it doesn’t go together as fast as the starburst, so it’s taking a while to finish each one, especially as I have to lay out all the pieces first. Left and bottom side are the finished ones, the top one is the layout template and will be stitched together last. I have the right side laid out on my cutting table to be sewn together tomorrow.

I thought more about the cornerstones, and the more I thought the less I liked the idea of big plain squares of fabric. Too easy, too simple, a bit of a cop-out. So I have something a bit more fancy-schmantzy in mind, involving a quarter Dresden, a couple of leftover strips from the three-sets, some unused fabric strips and a couple more contrasting squares. I’ll make one and then show you what I mean. There will be some gold hand-lettering in these corner squares, and again, you’ll have to wait and see!

I’m not going to add any more to the outside, and I’ll assemble the quilt in sections; I want to hand quilt, and it will be much easier to work on if it’s still in smaller pieces. So, the centre starburst and its border will be Piece 1, the 4 chequerboard borders will be Pieces 2-5, and the 4 large cornerstones will be Pieces 6-9. I don’t know if you remember the Cloths of Heaven quilt, but I put that together the same way (although I did machine quilt the borders on that one).

It’s going pretty fast, and I’m still loving it, still having lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

26 thoughts on “Colours of Happiness #5

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    It really does fill one with joy.

  2. It just gets better and better…

  3. tialys says:

    You are a trooper, going down the hand quilting line again – I’m struggling with a 12.5 inch square at the moment as you know so I’m full of admiration.
    I agree about the corner squares – plain might look a bit, well, ‘plain’. I look forward to seeing what you have in mind instead and, knowing you, I won’t have to wait long.

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s the plan right now, at any rate. I’m holding off until the last minute on making the final decision; my paws are a bit achey right now with the weather turning damper and if it gets any worse, the quilt’ll be machine quilted after all. I should be able to show the first of the four corners soon โ€“ I want to get another long side done first, though.

  4. Oohhhhhh … looking better and better … these colours !!!!! Every one better than the last … canโ€™t wait to see the corners now ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. This is a very happy quilt. I like it.

  6. Kathryn Dahn says:

    Love your idea of quarter dresdens for the corner blocks, like rays of sunshine. This is so beautiful!

  7. Lynda says:

    “If a quilt can be said to have an expression, I think this one has a big grin on its face”
    It’s a decidedly happy quilt for sure and it is putting a smile on my face. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. dayphoto says:

    It really is a very happy quilt!

  9. kathyreeves says:

    I love your idea for the corners, they do need something more than plain, but gentle enough to make the star burst! It is looking fab!

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow !!This one is sunny !

  11. craftycreeky says:

    Love the colours, it’s going to be such a happy quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh good, I’m glad you’re going to fancy up the cornerstones, not because unpieced would be “lazy,” but simply because it wouldn’t suit well with all the other piecing. Looking forward to seeing how your new plan plays out.

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