Opal #4: hanging about

It has taken for-evvvveeerrrr, but it’s done.

The blasted eye is so blurry that I could only work for half an hour at a time, in good light. Half an hour at a time was enough in the end, though. It’s up and I think it looks great. I bought a length of 16mm dowel from Bunnings, together with a pack of jumbo Command® hooks. The pieces are not heavy, so the hooks were sufficient and I didn’t need to drill into the wall.

So that’s another one ticked off the list. Now I can crack on with my big project.

Once the eye is sorted out, of course.

73 thoughts on “Opal #4: hanging about

  1. That looks very good for wall decor. I never thought of that! You are still having issues with your eye? GEEZ! I will have to put you on the prayer list!

    • katechiconi says:

      It was going to be one quilt, and then I realised it would work really well in that room but the wall light was in the way. So I rearranged the blocks and split the whole thing down the middle. Two for the price of one. A bit like propagating! The eyes are actually a bit better, but I’ll probably still be having surgery on the left hand one on Friday. Watch this space for colourful black eye!

      • Whatever you do with your eye, I hope they are both well VERY SOON! My grandmorher or mother had a few quilts they didn’t finish and friends of mine (an older couple) took them and finished one for me. It is to small to go on the bed so I just lay it over the back of the sofa. I think the wall over the bed would be a great place for it.

      • katechiconi says:

        Having a quilt over the back of the sofa is very handy for those slightly chilly moments when you just want something over you. I’m glad you’ve got at least one of them finished and returned to you.

  2. tialys says:

    The colours look so good on the wall. Do we know about the ‘big project’ yet or is that something yet to be revealed?
    I am intrigued by your pile of pillows. My neck would be well and truly put out if I slept with three under my head. Or, are they for comfortable reading purposes?

    • katechiconi says:

      No, the big project is still under wraps. I have a lot of sketching and scaling up to do. The germ of the idea is there, together with initial drawings. It’s a very big (in terms of effort and detail) piece and will take a long time.
      The pillows: the top ones are not used for sleeping but for propping up, the bottom two are one firm and one soft for maximum sleeping versatility 🙂

  3. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Very pretty, all three of them. Night night….

  4. Ingenious to make the two panels – so pretty. All three look very happy together

  5. Wishing you well for Friday. ❤

  6. itwasjudith says:

    Though I’m not big on quilted items, those looks fabulous on the wall. Great job!
    All the best for the surgery and recovery

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    The two hangings are very pretty indeed and how clever to get them round the wall light. Good luck on Friday with the surgery, and a speedy recovery. xx Looking foward to reading about the next project.

    • katechiconi says:

      It all worked perfectly for something that wasn’t ‘meant’. To say I have butterflies about the combination of eyes, scalpels and needles is to greatly understate the case. But I’ll get through it…

  8. notewords says:

    Charming! And everything in the room goes so well together.
    All the best with the eye. My son also has vision vision problems and it’s no joke.
    Lots of positive thoughts coming your way.

    • katechiconi says:

      The panels are nicely restful and quietly coloured for the bedroom, and do actually work rather well with my 8 year old hexie quilt. This past month has taught me how lucky I am to have decent eyesight most of the time…

  9. Ooohhhhh 🤩 utterly brilliant… I love it & love the colours too ♥️

  10. Emmely says:

    It looks lovely!
    Sorry to hear your eye is still not ok.

  11. claire93 says:

    gorgeous hangings Kate. Like Lynn, I too was wondering about all the pillows lol.
    Good luck on Friday!

  12. Lynda says:

    This is so fun and I love the color match (blend?) between wall and bed quilts. And I am sorry to hear that your eyes are still on the blink. Bob had to have this done a few years back. He said the worst of it was sitting still for the injections. If he could take it, and he’s very sensitive, then you should do fine. Sending good thoughts your way. ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      I do too!
      And yes, it’s the needle/eyelid combination I fear, not the procedure itself. Even the black eye afterwards can be colour inspiration! BTW, I have acquired a small but useful collection of batiks for ATLA. Soon, I promise!

  13. Joyce F in Kansas says:

    Love the way this turned out.

  14. Dayphoto says:

    I like the look and how it all comes together. But I don’t like the idea of your poor eyes still being sick. I hope they heal soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      One eye is definitely much better, and may be left alone to finish healing by itself, the other is going to need the eye doctor’s attention. Never mind, hopefully my vision will improve quickly once the procedure is done.

  15. Moira says:

    great idea to make them into two quilts to go over the bed! I really like how it all came together. And do hope that your eyes are better soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m really loving how it looks. Also, the gap between them is wide enough for a couple of small pictures to hang, and I have two that will co-ordinate well and have been looking for a home! Only a week more to wait with the eyes. I can do that. Any longer and I will go crazy, not being able to see properly!

  16. Looks great – such a good work-around to avoid the wall lamp.

    • katechiconi says:

      Now they’re hanging, I’m wondering how I tolerated that bare expanse of wall so long! Also, they do provide some padding should either of us bang our heads on the wall by accident, which has been known to happen when hitching up in bed too quickly…

  17. The quilts look great up on the wall… you are amazing finishing them under less than optimal conditions. All the best for Friday ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      It has been frustrating. I made a start, then had to stop half an hour later. Same thing later in the day. But by doing that continually, I got it done, and I feel a sense of relief that although I may be slow, I haven’t been totally stopped. Love how it looks, too!

  18. anne54 says:

    Splitting it in two is such an inspired idea, Kate! Sometimes those brilliant ideas just come to us in a flash, don’t they?

    • katechiconi says:

      Some of my best ideas have come in a flash! It did make a mess of the careful integration of two fabrics on the back, but as you’ll never see them I’m not fussing about it. And I’m very glad to have something that works on that bare pale green wall.

  19. Steph says:


    Like doorways to dreams.

  20. magpiesue says:

    Looks good! Blends so nicely with the hexie quilt on the bed too. You might consider painting the dowel the color of the wall so it disappears visually – when you have nothing better to do! 😉

  21. you must be thrilled every time you go into the room, they are gorgeous and perfect with the quilt. Good luck on Friday, our eyes are so very important. Sending you healing thoughts.

    • katechiconi says:

      I give the one nearest the door a bit of a pat when I pass it! The colours in the quilt are a little brighter, but the pale green pulls everything together very successfully, I think.

  22. This is incredibly gorgeous! An absolutely brilliant idea which I will have to store away for future interior decor inspiration.

    • katechiconi says:

      Glad you like them! I was just thinking that if I’d doubled the amount of batting, they’d make a nice padded headboard… I’m also thinking about making a curtain for the sliding door onto my deck, which catches the full force of the afternoon sun in summer. I’d back it with metallic ironing board fabric for maximum heat resistance.

  23. Brilliant idea with the split around the light fixture. I would never had thought of that. The room feels so light and airy – restful. Goodness about your eye, with you in hoping it clears up very soon 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Glad you like it! I think these two panels actually add to the peacefulness of the room; it was a bit stark before… Only a few more days to wait till the eye procedure now; I’m hoping it’ll improve very quickly after that.

  24. kymlucas says:

    So beautiful! But so sorry to hear your eye problems continue.

  25. Terri says:

    That turned out really pretty Kate. Impressive that you finished it up with your eye problem. I sure hope that heals soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, I’m pleased with it. And I can see, just not very well. One eye is fine, the other is very blurry, so it’s a strain to focus on stuff passing under the needle on the sewing machine, constantly in motion. Thankfully I can still read or I’d go mad!

  26. Joanne S says:

    The panels look rather nice on your wall. Very clever placement, on either side of the light. 😉

  27. Sorry I haven’t been around for ages and now you’ve got eye problems. Crafters need eyes!! I know you’ll be soldiering on and being brave as you always are but do look after yourself. You deserve to be thoroughly spoiled.
    I would never have thought to split the patchwork in two to make it work around the wall light. Genius! They look fabulous. I love the pretty hexagon quilt too btw. Take care. Big hugs 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not too bad right now, I’ve just finished 2 weeks of antibiotics which has reduced some of the pain and a lot of the inflammation. I think it’ll still need surgery, but hopefully recovery will be quick. I can still sew, but not for long as I can’t focus clearly with the bad eye. I actually considered moving the light before the solution struck, but I’m really pleased with the (now) obvious solution 🙂

  28. They look like they were designed just to be there – perfect!

    • katechiconi says:

      I know! Who knew that simply splitting the quilt in half (oh, and doing a little quiet rearranging) would produce such a successful result? It makes me smile every time I walk in there now!

  29. rutigt says:

    It´s looking great!

  30. craftycreeky says:

    As you can see I’m on a blog catch up session! These look fabulous, great idea to make a pair of wall hangings.

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