Colours of Happiness #14: centre quilting completed

OK, that’s the hand quilting finished, loud cheers.

So we have the big centre starburst quilted with radiating diamonds, looking a bit like shattered fragments of glass. It’s a pleasing contrast between the spiky quilting and the soft, puffy, cuddly feel of the quilt.

In the little border cornerstones, there are tiny simplified lotus blooms, referring back to the Dresden plate flowers in the big outer corner-stones. In the 2 inch border around the centre there’s a simple zigzag, also like the outside of the large cornerstones. Works for me… the quilting doesn’t distract from the colour and layout, but it does hold the layers together nicely.

It looks good on the back too, which is always a bonus.

I’ve enjoyed the slow interlude of hand work, but it’s time to speed things up again. So, what’s next? Trim out the sections to get rid of the extra batting and backing, and then it’ll be time to cut the strips I need for joining all the quilted pieces together. Orange 1¾ inch strips for the back, and pink 1 inch strips for the front.

A nice change of pace from sitting at the dining table, hand quilting.

32 thoughts on “Colours of Happiness #14: centre quilting completed

  1. Dayphoto says:

    Sherbert, sunrise, sunsets, and a beautiful SUNNY day all in one quilt!

  2. Sooooo beautiful… the orange / ochre quilting looks amazing….. can’t wait 😊

  3. Lynda says:

    What an incredible gift you have, Kate. Just so lovely!

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    This quilt always makes this reader feel happy.

  5. craftycreeky says:

    This is such a happy quilt, it’s gorgeous 🙂

  6. tialys says:

    Your poor fingers! It looks great but I bet you’re happy to be at the more speedy bit now.

  7. anne54 says:

    What an achievement! The care and love that has gone into even stitch. (BTW, I am back home from a little holiday in Lorne, so I am going to send off the linen scraps tomorrow. xx)

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s still a way to go, but 95% of the handwork is finished. The last bit will be hand stitching down the binding, but my hands will have recovered by then.

  8. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I love the back too !!!

  9. kathyreeves says:

    I’m looking forward to the big reveal. Another Beautiful quilt Kate!

  10. magpiesue says:

    Wow, your hand stitching looks great!

  11. rutigt says:

    Hurra, Hurra! Well done!!!!! And it´s looking so good!!!!!

  12. a wild Rose....a yellow one of Texas says:

    It definately makes me feel warm and happy…..Im hoping to be engaged some time this year.

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