Go Teal it on the Mountain #19: peaceful and dreaming…

I’m making progress, even if it’s a bit invisible.

The top 15 blocks are all quilted. One more still to make…

Behind the scenes, while I show you the blocks that come in or the blocks I make for this quilt, I’m busily quilting. One of the joys and benefits of the QAYG (quilt as you go) method is that I don’t have to wait till I have all the blocks, then sew them together, assemble the quilt sandwich, laboriously quilt the huge thing and finally bind it all. This way, I can quilt each block individually and in no particular order, and wait till the last moment to quilt the last block and decide on the layout. I’m half done already! The blocks are not arranged in their final layout, but I do like all the moon/mountain blocks running down the centre, so that may stay.

Today I received the last two blocks on their way to me. This one is by Jenny of The Lilac Cat, and is a beautiful, peaceful scene of mountains rolling into the distance. I love the fabrics she’s used: the big circles in the sky, like clouds, and the scattering of tiny flowers on the ‘grass’ in the foreground. Just lovely!

And this one is Nanette’s third contribution, which she says “calls itself River Dreaming”. In the note that came with it, she says “I wanted to portray the mountain and river being connected and interdependent…. I wanted the look of a silhouette; at certain times of day, the mountain looks like a cardboard cutout against the sky…”. Beautiful work once again, Nanette. If you click on the link, it’ll take you to her blog post about making all three of her mountain blocks, and some of the photos will blow you away!

I must still make the teal ribbon block for the centre of the bottom row. It’s one I make every time, for every quilt, and I have my template and the process down pat. I was going to try something different this time, but I think I’ll leave that for another time, when I have time for more experimental construction. There’s still a fair bit to do; just the cutting of the joining strips can take hours, and the assembly is no picnic, but once all the blocks are in and quilted, the layout will click into place and I can just plug along methodically.

Soon, I’ll be in a position to tell you about the next project. It’s not one of our scheduled Ovarian Cancer jobs, but I need to get it ready in a big hurry for an event where they’re going to auction it. Originally I was going to do this one myself, but I’m going to need your help. There’s basic piecing, there’s fairly tricky paper piecing, there could be some appliqué, and there’s a central section I’ll be working on myself. Oh, and if anyone has a sewing machine that can do embroidered letters, and you’re willing to help, can you let me know? I need a small fabric banner with some lettering on it for the quilt design and if I can’t source some help for the embroidery, I’ll have to do it by hand, which will take time I don’t have 😦

Time to sandwich some more of your blocks. I enjoy this bit, even if it does give me sticky fingers!

34 thoughts on “Go Teal it on the Mountain #19: peaceful and dreaming…

  1. They are all wonderful blocks. I like that the river and hills are connected. Just beautiful!

  2. Nanette says:

    Thank you Kate, I’m relieved you like River Dreaming, and it looks ok there with the others….I thought she might be a little dark. I love the fabrics Jenny has used and her gently rolling range is a nice counterpoint to the sharp and angular mountains. It all balances so well, and they look so good set out together, you’d think we’d all collaborated in some way.
    Happy to help with your next project, with either the basic piecing or applique. I have a machine that does letters but I’ve just sent it off for a service, so depending on how soon you need the lettering, that might not be much use to you, he usually has a backlog and it can take 2-3 weeks + sometimes. I’m happy to hand embroider though, so email me if that’s an option for you and I can get started asap.
    Don’t wear yourself out getting it all done.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll be working up the approved sketch next week, I hope, and will post it and ask for offers of help at that point. I need to deliver the finished quilt in early April, so there’s a bit of time, but between now and then I have to pack this house, move to another, unpack there, fix up and stage this house for sale, and do some renos at the new place. No rush, then…. Anyway, that’s why I’m asking for help 🙂

  3. Wow! the quilt is looking fabulous.

  4. tialys says:

    I don’t know whether my memory is playing tricks on me – and I haven’t gone back for another look – but this particular quilt seems to have much more of the teal about it than in the past. I suppose it’s because the theme called for more blues and greens than the others did so the overall effect is more obviously ‘teal’. I love it and your quilting looks the business.
    Of course I want to help out with the ‘rush job’. I haven’t got a fancy pants embroidery machine and am not overly keen on (or good at) appliqué but put me down for either piecing method.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s beautifully rich and dark; I think previous ones have had more cream/pale backgrounds, but as you point out, the landscapes call for darker colours. The quilting is dead simple: I have a 60° ruler, and I just line the top point up with the centre of the top edge, draw a single outline, and then work inwards and outwards from that. I’m not being too anal about perfection. I just line the edge of the walking foot up about 3/8 inch away from the previous line and go! Glad you’re good for the next one; I was hoping you’d be up for some paper piecing!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    OH MY! It looks so good and I really like the gentle blocks which just arrived. I feel so proud when I see my work in such illustrious company. I am now getting so excited about my upcoming patchwork class in February.

    • katechiconi says:

      Your block is brilliant, and I’m so glad we have it. I hope your class is encouraging rather than intimidating; I’m entirely self-taught apart from watching YouTube and reading books, and at this point in my quilting life, I think I’d get annoyed if someone told me I was doing something wrong 🙂 I do hope you’ll totally fall in love with patchwork and quilting, and that you’ll join us again.

  6. So lovely and very peaceful

  7. claire93 says:

    blocks looks absolutely amazing together!

  8. Robin Murphy says:

    Its all looking wonderful, i love all the different interpretations of the theme. I am happy to help with any part of the next project. Just let me know what you need. Unfortunately i dont have an embroidery machine either.

    • katechiconi says:

      Not to worry. If the worst comes to the worst and I’m desperately short of time, I’ll go to the committee and ask for someone to pay for machine embroidery as a donation.

  9. KerryCan says:

    Holy cow! Seeing all these blocks together is amazing! The outcome is much greater than the sum of the parts (and the parts were all lovely in their own right)!

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s always that moment of magic when people see the blocks all together for the first time. I see them more often as they accumulate on the design wall, but even I get a thrill from the assemblage. Next time I show this lot, they’ll all be quilted and hopefully in their final arrangement: I got the ribbon block done last night.

  10. craftycreeky says:

    It’s looking wonderful! I’m happy to help with your next one too 🙂

  11. Dayphoto says:

    I think it is beautiful!

  12. I LOVE LOVE it! Kate, you are so ingenious! I am amazed at how well everyone’s blocks match and compliment each other. I am happy to see it all together and can’t wait for your last block:)! I’m always happy to help with your next project as well. Put me down for any of the blocks you would like or need help with. ❤️❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, that’s great, thank you so much! It won’t be any bigger than this one, and I may request sections which are larger than 12.5 inches square because it’s going to be assembled in larger pieces, but all that will be made clear in the briefing post.

  13. magpiesue says:

    I love the gentle rolling hills block. 🙂 It says ‘peaceful’ to me. I’m up for straightforward piecing (none of the backward paper piecing business!). My machine has the ability to do lettering but I’ve rarely used it so I’d be nervous about trying to produce something acceptable.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it totally is the ‘peaceful’ block.
      Thank you for offering your help for the next one. At this point t looks as if I shall have to ask the committee to cough up for the embroidery work…

  14. rutigt says:

    QAYG is a perfect way to finish quilts on, I think! Looking at all the blocks make me smile, because they are so beautiful all of them. I really liked this theme, even though it was tough to come up with a patternn 🙂

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