Opal 3: change of plan

The blocks are all quilted.

I went with the wavy lines, surprise surprise…

I made the lines a little further apart than usual; despite the slight extra firmness this pattern creates, it’s still my favourite freehand quilting design, and I’m hoping the extra spacing will still allow it to drape nicely. Once they were all done, I offered up a sample strip of the black/ grey/ white floral print to see how it would look as sashing.

Um, nope.

I just didn’t like it.

It seemed to fracture the soft, gentle waves of colour which were unified by the grey, rather than separated. Too hard, too sudden. The back of the quilt is a mixture of pale pinkish-lilac-berry shot cotton and the same sort of blue as the back of the hatbox quilt, but a flat colour rather than a shot cotton. I have enough of the blue, I think, to do the sashing strips on the front. I did a test, and it’s much better. It blends with the grey, it’s the same tonal value and the overall effect is unified.

The next step is to join it all up. Not a very fascinating thing to post about, so I’ll hold off till it’s done. Another UFO approaching completion!  What’ll I do when they’re all done…? Not to worry, I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon…

Back soon 🙂



19 thoughts on “Opal 3: change of plan

  1. Oh! I love this Kate!! Definitely stick with the blue grey. You are right, the black was too harsh. I’m with you on a never ending supply of UFO’s! Lol;)❤️❤️

  2. tialys says:

    Definitely! The black was a bit of an intrusion whereas the blue fits in perfectly.
    What will you do when all your UFO’s, WIPs and projects still in your brain are finished? Don’t make me laugh – that’ll never happen and we both know it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m glad you agree – our tastes seem to coincide on things like this, so it’s always reassuring when you think the same.
      As for running out of WIPs and UFOs… I have a big and complicated idea in the pipeline, F2F3 to make up, two old jobs to pull out of the cupboard: Cosmatesque and Steampunk – remember them? I’ve also promised a quilt to another sister-in-law which is going to be a fun challenge, I have Anemone to finish and the Days gone By scraphappy quilt. So no, it’s not going to happen any time soon!

      • tialys says:

        As with fabric and yarn – I’m starting to think I might also have projects beyond life expectancy 😀

      • katechiconi says:

        A good reason to stay healthy and nimble to make the best use of all the lovelies you’ve got stashed away. Hmmm… Stash as a reason to look after yourself! Sounds like a good excuse to go shopping!

  3. craftycreeky says:

    The black drew your eye away from the block, whereas the blue allows you to concentrate on the lovely blocks. Looks great 😉

  4. So many of your quilts evoke a mood, or actually for me evoke memories around the mood. This one, with so many soft colors and wavy lines, instantly brought back my grandmother’s lined hands smoothing her skirt as she sat down with a basket of mending holding my grandfather’s gray shirt nestled in among her soft pastel things.

  5. KerryCan says:

    You are getting such a lot finished these days! Very exciting . . .

    • katechiconi says:

      I was actually counting up the UFOs the other day. Three EPP projects (two needing heaps of work, one approaching the end), one pieced quilt (or maybe two smaller ones) which has to be sandwiched, quilted and assembled, one ‘sometime’ quilt for a SIL, and a *big* project I still have in planning. Plus, of course, scraps to last me to the end of time!

  6. I agree with your choice here. I like the waves. It’s already beautiful.

  7. rutigt says:

    Your Opal quilt is looking so good!

  8. Joanne S says:

    From what I can see online, this quilt is very soothing to look at. Great color choices!

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