ITAA: Happy Things

Two more cornerstone blocks in today 🙂

Lynn has made two of the cornerstones I need for the quilt.

You may recall that these cornerstones represent things which made Trudy happy. There’s the Trudy Crowley Foundation she initiated and set up, her work for Ovarian Cancer, her family and friends, a glass of bubbly, the pretty shoes she adored, and the beach, her happy place. So we have the TCF logo, the ovarian cancer ribbon, a heart to represent the ones she loved, a shell for the beach, a fabulous high-heeled shoe and a glass of bubbly.

I’ve done the TCF logo and the ribbon, Lynn has made the shoe and the glass, Sue has made the heart and Margaret has made the shell; the two last are on their way so I can’t show them yet.

Paper pieced pattern ©2018 Kate Chiconi

Paper pieced pattern © Maartje Quilts in Amsterdam

The shoe pattern is available free on the internet, and if you want the glass, just email me, I’m happy to send you a scan of my hand-drawn pattern.

I’ve also made a few extra blocks for the background and border, in case blocks on their way don’t arrive in time for me to start assembling, quilting and bordering. Rest assured that anything that arrives after that time will find a home in future quilts, so your work hasn’t been wasted. With the house move going ahead, my time is so tight now that I may need to make these difficult decisions, so I hope anyone affected will forgive me. I’m not showing the blocks I’ve made, as I’m still hoping they won’t be needed. Also, I’m still waiting to hear from the embroiderers about whether they can do the banner. I’ve virtually resigned myself to having to cut out and place each letter individually using iron-on transfers. That’d be fine, but embroidery would look a bit nicer and save me some time. Fingers crossed…

So, some progress. I hope that in the next few days I’ll receive the shell and a background block from Margaret – I’m looking forward to seeing the shell she’s made using appliqué, it should be lovely!

While I wait, I should look at some F²F³ blocks too, don’t you think…?

31 thoughts on “ITAA: Happy Things

  1. Nanette says:

    Lovely, lovely blocks from Lyn…..the bubbly ready to sip at and that shoe, very Manolo!

  2. tialys says:

    I love a challenge and if it’s a challenge for a good cause so much the better.
    Having said that, you did a good job on quickly designing the champagne glass pattern when we couldn’t turn up a good one online.

    • katechiconi says:

      Luckily, it’s a nice simple shape which can be adapted fairly easily for different glass shapes. That shoe, though, that’s something else, so well done you on such a great result!

  3. You are a creative genius Kate!! I love to see how your sketches turn into masterpieces ❤️❤️❤️

  4. craftycreeky says:

    I won’t be the least bit offended if my background and border blocks don’t make it to the quilt, mine were only simple 9 square blocks anyway 🙂

  5. magpiesue says:

    Those two blocks are wonderful. Well done you two! 🙂

  6. Kerry Davidson says:

    If you are really having a problem with the banner, I could probably do the text embroidery for you, and then the banner could be appliqued on. I’d just need some dimensions and fabric & thread colour preference.

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s really kind of you! Can I hold you in reserve? I’ve already made the banner as a 3D piece, but now realise it would have been easier if I’d got the embroidery done first and then made a banner from it. Also, unless you’re in Australia, it would probably take too long to get the banner to you, allow time for you to do it and then get the banner back here to be appliquéd, by the deadline. Let me know what you think. You can find the post about the banner and what it looks like here:

      • Kerry Davidson says:

        I’m in Australia, just a little north of Newcastle, so that’s not a problem. If you let me know the measurements, I could do a mock up in calico to see how I go. I’ve had a look through my fabrics, and I don’t have anything even vaguely like yours – I have a couple that might be suitable, but they are way different.

      • katechiconi says:

        I have more of the fabric, enough to make the banner again. I should hear from the embroiderers on Monday. If they don’t think they can do the lettering on curves like I need it, I’ll send you the fabric, the template for the curves and sample text printouts showing the sort of size and style I need. The thread should be a bright mid-teal, not too dark and not too pale, to ensure it doesn’t look black but you can read it from a distance. If I give you a Gütermann 100% cotton thread colour reference can you match that? I really do appreciate this offer of help. Hopefully I won’t need to take you up on it, but it’s great to know help is at hand if I need it.

      • Kerry Davidson says:

        No worries. I’ll wait to hear from you. The embroiderers really should have no problem doing the curves, if I can do it on my home machine, or I can go borrow a friend’s bigger machine.

      • katechiconi says:

        Brilliant, thanks 🙂

  7. kathyreeves says:

    It’s coming together! The shoe and champagne blocks, Lyn rocked it!

  8. I love it and all it symbolizes. Beautiful! I’m glad to hear the move is still on the table. I do hope the blocks come in time or at all. Things have a way of just disappearing in the mail. Keeping fingers crossed all around.

  9. This is looking so good. Watching you create is wonderful.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the process. I find it more interesting to show work in progress than simply showing the finished object, plus it gives me a chance to credit the contributors properly.

  10. Terri says:

    The Glass and Shoe blocks turned out so cute. Can’t wait to see the final quilt layout.

  11. rutigt says:

    So great blocks! The shoe reminds me of my sister, she is a shoe lover and I have made her potholders with shoes on once!

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