ITAA: that’s better!

Sometimes, the best thing is just to start over.

In this case, not the whole quilt, of course, but the banner that’s been bothering me. And I’m so glad I did, because I’m much happier with the new result.

As well as a new banner, I’ve adjust the layout a little. I picked up Sue’s three blocks yesterday from the new house while we were there measuring up, and they’re gorgeous, as you can see.

They completed the layout, but I did need to move things around just a little to make the colours balance. Below is the new final (for now!) layout of the outer border. I’ve looked at it so much now that I can’t really see it any more, so if you see anything that looks discordant, do let me know.

I do want to keep the TCF logo at top right, but apart from that I think the other five cornerstones can move around if necessary.

Looking at the layout, I’m pretty sure I’ll be needing to make those ‘shadow’ sections from tulle to lay under the wings. They just need to have a bit more dimension, to stand out a little more. Time enough for that later. I’ve cut the backing and backing for the background, plus the reinforcement strips. A bit of spray basting, and I’ll be good to start quilting ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing on this hot, windy and overcast Australia Day. To all my Australian friends, stay cool, have a good Australia day, enjoy the cricket/tennis/concerts, or whatever else you’re doing to mark the occasion.ย 

Speaking of starting over, today is the 12th anniversary of my Australian citizenship, and I don’t regret a second of it. Here’s to the next 12 years!

54 thoughts on “ITAA: that’s better!

  1. Robin Murphy says:

    It looks great Kate. I love the new banner, it fits really well, the heart block sits nicely there too. Happy Australia day to you as well.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s better, isn’t it? The other one was looking rather heavy, quite apart from the problems getting the lettering done. I hope you’re not boiling to death down there; we’re fairly cool by comparison with some places!

  2. I heard on the news, Austrailia is experiencing HOT! May coolness surround you! Your quilt certainly reflects cool, the colors are beautiful!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hot is exactly right. There are places where it’s 46ยฐC or 115ยฐF… That’s hot even for us! I’m so grateful for air conditioning, which lets me quilt even when it’s boiling hot and sticky outside.

  3. Wow, it looks stunning, happy Australia Day to you from a chilly Scotland! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

  4. rutigt says:

    This is gonna be a beautiful quilt! So many great ideas!

  5. claire93 says:

    it’s looking amazing!
    glad to hear also that house is back on Schedule.

    • katechiconi says:

      The quilt’s back on schedule too, thanks to Australia Post ๐Ÿ™‚ We went to the new house yesterday, and I still love it, so I’m looking forward to living there enormously.

  6. KerryCan says:

    That is really coming together in a most spectacular way!!

  7. lemonjello18 says:

    Happy Australia Day from a very cold Wisconsin, USA. Just checked the temp and it’s minus eleven right now, but the sun is shining, so the snow is very pretty to look at. I hope it cools off for you soon. Your quilt is just beautiful!!

  8. Happy anniversary on your Australian citizenship!

    The quilt concept has been hard for me to grasp but seeing the layout now — it’s just stunning. I love the 3D wings, and the layering of values in the teals also gives it all a dimensional look. Lovely. One of your best.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s hard to grasp colour intentions from a black and white sketch. I have all that stuff in my head, but short of executing a fully coloured illustration, it can be hard to communicate. The wings really do make it, I think.

  9. tialys says:

    It looks brilliant just as it is – no changes necessary in my opinion.
    Keep cool x

  10. Spectacular in Australia … it looks fabulous ….

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary and on the amazing quilt.

  12. magpiesue says:

    The layout is looking good to me. I believe I actually prefer the banner you made over the plans you showed us for the original. Well done! We’re having a very mild winter in our corner of the world. It’s a bit unsettling to be honest. I’ll send cooling thoughts your way though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ !2 years as an Australian citizen eh? Does that give you dual citizenship (or even more than that!)?

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree, I prefer this one too. Cooling thoughts would be lovely, it feels as if the whole country is getting ready to go up in smoke. Yes, I get dual nationality, the UK doesn’t require me to give it up, unlike many other countries.

  13. Nanette says:

    I came back a couple of times to “look”, I felt I’d been too close lately , making those extra blocks…..although not as close as you, obviously… see if there was anything jarring, but no, I’d say it’s all very nicely balanced and the eye does keep moving, wondering what’s next to see. Looks great, all laid out like that, and I like banner better too. Congrats on being an Aussie sheila for 12 years, you’re fair dinkum now !

    • katechiconi says:

      That was exactly my thought, so I’m glad it’s working for you too. I got the background sandwiched and halfway quilted yesterday, so I’m cracking on at speed now!

  14. Moira says:

    Love the whole thing. And the new banner looks wonderful with it.

  15. Kerry Davidson says:

    Good call on changing the banner, it looks great. The whole quilt is looking great. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  16. kathyreeves says:

    This banner is better than the first idea, the clean lines move the eye to the wings. This is a stunner!

  17. Joanne S says:

    Three things to you: Happy Australia Day! Congratulations on your citizenship! Amazing, beautiful quilt!

  18. Lynda says:

    This is lovely, Kate, and now you have me anticipating the finish! It is going to be wonderful.

    Congratulations on your 12 year anniversary too!

  19. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Love the colors !!

  20. I looked back a lot of posts but I can’t find the original banner to compare. But this one is lovely, the effect of those wings hanging there, it brings a tear to the eye!
    Glad you are getting the house, and I hope you all cool off soon! We had 42 days in a row over 100 degrees here one summer and it was not fun.

  21. It’s looking wonderful here. Congrats on 12 years. I wish I could do the heat. I’d leave here in a heartbeat if I could.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’d have been OK in Tasmania, our southernmost state. Snow, 4 proper seasons, decent rainfall and summers that aren’t too hot… I did consider it seriously at one point, but then I met the Husband!

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