Scinteallate #9: the stars are aligned

The last 4 blocks arrived this morning.

And what beauties they are!  Two from Nanette – I love how the little bird has been framed:

And two from Lynda, who has given us the Dog Star, from the constellation Canis Major. Which just goes to show that I’m not the only one who can pun in fabric. The dog is embroidered in sparkly silver thread, with tiny glittering beads to show the stars of the constellation. Gorgeous!

Half an hour’s intense rearranging of blocks and squinting gives us this, which I think may be the final layout.

Imagine this with a narrow sashing in teal with silvery sparkles on it. I think it’s going to look great! As always, comments please – you may spot something that looks out of place that I haven’t noticed or a substitution that works better. And again as always, I reserve the right to go with my own final decision 🙂

So, everything’s lined up and ready for me to cut backing and backing and then start quilting. We’re on track, my friends, this gorgeous quilt is going to be ready by the deadline, failing any major disasters.

I’ll be back with the first quilting to show you.

51 thoughts on “Scinteallate #9: the stars are aligned

  1. anne54 says:

    Stunning Kate! I am star struck!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m pretty thrilled myself! Everyone’s worked so hard and so quickly, and I’m pretty pleased with the layout. Contemplating one change, but I’ll wait to hear what other people say.

  2. Looks fabulous. Love the Dog Star, it looks perfect in the centre.

  3. tialys says:

    All gorgeous – the little bird looks like a budgie from a distance. Of course, I love the dog star! You’ve got a mini menagerie going on amongst the stars now . I think the teal sashing with sparkles sounds fabulous.
    The only thing I’m wondering is if Lynda’s dog star and my (can’t remember what it was called) one above it would benefit by being separated by the lovely one below them. Of course that would mean the dog isn’t in the centre of the starry sky – and I can see why you would want that – but it was just a thought. Either way, it will look amazing.

    • Kerry Davidson says:

      OR, bring the one on the bottom in that row up one ??? Mind you, it all looked good until I looked again and could see what you meant.

    • katechiconi says:

      I tried the Dog Star in various positions, but the dark background is strong and it stood out too much anywhere but in the centre. I’m considering moving the two 4-point stars above and either side because they’re also very strong… but no final decisions yet.

      • tialys says:

        No, you’re right – the dog star has to be in the centre. Maybe move my one up to the top with a simpler star in between them. Whatever…….
        My brain hurts. I haven’t even managed to put my F2F3 final layout together yet so I’ll leave you to it.

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s fine, I know more or less what I want to do, having looked at this layout for a few hours, but I’m waiting to see if anyone has a truly genius suggestion 🙂

    • craftycreeky says:

      or move yours to the top row, leaving the lovely pooch in the middle…

      • katechiconi says:

        OK, here’s the deal: the darker, more intense designs will go in the middle for the most part, the lighter ones around the outside. I may move a couple of darker ones to the bottom left and right corners.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Lovely blocks, the bird is cute and the second one down looks 3D , so clever. Another wonderful quilt.

  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Beautiful! I am struck by how the whole thing looks wonderful, then look closer and each block is a work of art, closer still and each fabric and embellishment has something to offer. Beauty on so many levels.

    • katechiconi says:

      Fractal stars! Now I have to decide which of my favourite simple quilting patterns I’m going to use; I don’t want to distract from the designs, and it has to be quick to execute.

  6. craftycreeky says:

    Wow! It looks fabulous 🙂

  7. It’s so beautiful, so many different patterns and shades all working together.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s amazing how a common colour scheme can pull together such different ideas, layouts and styles. And the variety is a big benefit of not being too prescriptive about how the blocks should look.

  8. rutigt says:

    Wow! I can almost see them twinkle!

  9. Steph says:

    I love the dog star so much!

  10. claire93 says:

    it’s going to be a fabulous quilt!

  11. Stunning is right!

  12. I am just blown away by how gorgeous this is ~ what an fabulous collaboration of artists. I think the lay out is perfect 🙂

  13. kymlucas says:

    Looking beautiful. Stellar, in fact. 🌟🌟

  14. kathyreeves says:

    It’s beautiful, Kate. My only thought is that it seems a little heavy on top, but if you were going from complex at the top to simple on the bottom, you’ve nailed it.

  15. Dayphoto says:

    Gosh! What a wondrous thing the finished quilt is going to be!

  16. magpiesue says:

    Those new stars a wonderful. I love to pun in fabric too. 🙂
    the only thing that stands out to me is the bottom row seems to have more blue in it than any of the others. Purposeful?

    • katechiconi says:

      Nope, just the way I put them in, but I’m thinking it’s going to change; I’ll substitute those two big 4-pointed stars on line 2 for the two corner blocks on the bottom row. I think it’ll give more balance…

  17. knitnkwilt says:

    A great collection! Overall I like the arrangement. I wonder about left upper corner being moved to upper center–that would put all the fussier blocks in the center. The star that is now the upper center could go to the second from bottom row, second from right and the one there could go to the top corner. Arranging and rearranging, while fun, is also challenging. Every change both gains an effect and loses an effect.

    • katechiconi says:

      I had a look at your suggestions; in real life, the top left block works best to balance the one at top right in that they’re both ‘full’ blocks rather than stars floating on a background. I think after a minor tweak this morning I may be there. One more squint at it before I start assembling the sandwiches!

  18. Nanette says:

    It’s fabulous, every block just stunning. You’ve probably settled on your layout by now, but I thought too, like Sue, that there was too much blue at the bottom. I’m sure you’re on it though, and it looks fabulous as is.

  19. KerryCan says:

    SO exciting, to see it all coming together! And the Dog Star deserves the place of honor in the center–fabulous!

  20. Joanne S says:

    Like everyone before, I agree the dog star block is ah-mazing and sits perfectly. AS always, these are lovely quilts.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is gorgeous isn’t it., and I can hardly believe Lynda was hesitant about joining us a few quilts ago, if this is what she’s producing now!

  21. Lynda says:

    I never thought to end up center space. I am humbled. And I almost didn’t send it. Glad it got there in time and that you like it so well.

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