Anemone: I think that’s it…

I think this quilt may finally be big enough.

This was before, the way I showed you last time.

This is now, with an extra row of flowers on the right hand side. I still have to make the dotty fillers.

As you can see, I’ve taken out that dark blue flower. It was just annoying me too much.

To me, it’s now large enough. I’ll still want to make coloured fillers to go round the edge so that it’s a simple zigzag, but there are sufficient complete flowers now, in my opinion. Now for several quiet days attaching all 14 new flowers and 13 dotty fillers. For clarity, this quilt is 70 inches wide by 67 inches high, and each flower is roughly 10 inches square. Big, eh?

For the back, my current plan is to use a single fabric backing, but to face the edge all round with an outer row of black hexies so the final edge of the quilt will be the zigzag edge of the hexie flowers.

Once it’s faced, I can start the hand quilting. There’s something to keep me out of trouble for several weeks! Before I start, though, there’s still a fair bit of work to be done. Once that’s finished, I have to make a decision. What colour thread shall I use for the quilting?

I was going to enter this quilt into the quilt section at Mackay Show. That has been postponed for the foreseeable future, but once it’s on again, I should have the quilt ready.

Every lockdown has a silver lining…

49 thoughts on “Anemone: I think that’s it…

  1. Marty K says:

    It’s a stunner of a quilt! So beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the finished project. Hopefully, you won’t have any “help” from Mouse. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m really happy with this one! It’s been a fair while in the making, but the end is in sight. As for Mouse… His help usually consists of lying on the floor in my sewing room and keeping a close eye on me in case I decide to get up and go to the kitchen – for a treat for him, obviously! If I have to go out without him for some reason, I’ll often find that he’s raided my rubbish bin and there are threads and snippets decorating the floor in a very artistic way…

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    I had no idea it was that big!
    I’ve had good luck with gold thread on quilts with various brights; however, maybe additionally black on the black centers?

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, most people have been surprised when I told them! I was wondering about doing the centres black and trying to match the petal colours, but it would mean buying quilting threads. I’ll have to see if my LQS will mail out; they’re still operating but behind closed doors.

  3. I seem to have lost the ability to convert inches to centimetres these days – but I think it is close to 2m all round which is pretty impressive – I’m not even sure how you manage to photograph it in one shot 🙂 I agree with the loss of that dark blue flower. It looks fantastic and deserves to go into a show/exhibition!!

  4. Stunning as always and this quilt will have a huge piece of my heart as it was the main reason I had confidence to start my own projects… can’t wait to see the finish and I’ll have dibs on one flower I helped sew in 😍
    This shall be my guiding light to making one for myself in the future 🥰

  5. You also need to show me how to hand quilt

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow ,it’s just lovely.

  7. As you know, I know nuffin when it comes to this, but, I was thinking coloured french knots or star stitches in the centres of the black and the spotty fabric might be nice.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve got the beginnings of a plan for the hand quilting, and may well consider doing something in the black centres too. I’ve done a couple of ‘tied’ quilts, where the layers are held together with knotted yarn or thick thread, but that method doesn’t hold the layers together as well as a fully stitched quilt. I actually did one with dozens of brightly coloured buttons, all different styles and shapes. It looked great but wasn’t that comfy if you happened to lie on a bit of it!

  8. tialys says:

    It’s gorgeous. I’ll be interested to see how you manage to do the facing and backing although, by the time I’ve finished mine, I’ll have to ask you again as it will be ancient history by then 😏

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll do a tutorial, so it’ll be there when you need it. It’ll be something similar to what I did on the back of Worldwide Friends (but hopefully without the big mistake that forced me to make a load more hexies!), and this time, I’ll be nuking all the edges with plenty of starch, too.

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That is fabulous! Hand quilting will be another big job but so worthwhile.

  10. Dayphoto says:

    It’s beautiful! You always come up with lovely things.

  11. I’m happy to hear you decided to go with the hexie induced zigzag edge – albeit harder to bind!
    I vote for traditional hand quilting thread the color of black…

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve done it before with a bigger quilt made of smaller hexies, so I know the drill. The other interesting part is that normally the binding is the last part, but with a facing, you have to do that before you can quilt. Some of the quilting will certainly be in black, but I’m still debating the rest of it. I may have to do a drive past at my local quilt shop and get them to throw a bag of quilting threads in through the window!

  12. cedar51 says:

    Everyone has said it, but I’ll add “stunning and awesome” – it’s going well for sure…and yep, that’s a big ‘un 🙂

  13. magpiesue says:

    I can easily see you enjoying the hand quilting process with this one. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m still considering options… something linear, to contrast with the rounded flower shapes? The traditional option of outlining a quarter inch inside each shape? Orange peel shapes in each petal? My beloved overall clamshell? An overlying grid of hexies, but offset so they cross the seams and form a sort of visual secondary flower garden? Lots to think about while i add the last 15 flowers and 26 fillers around the edge…

  14. Glad you noted the dimensions – I had it in my head that it was much smaller than that. It’s come out looking great.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, that’s been a common reaction. Everyone assumes the hexies are the normal size, an inch to a side! It’s actually going to be quite a useful size lap quilt – you can nap in a flower bed!

  15. Joanne S says:

    I thought this was a much smaller quilt, too. Wow. The colors added to the left really set it up nice!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s funny, people assume hexies are always the 1 inch size. I’ve shown hexie flowers from this quilt in my hand, I’ve shown myself standing in front of it, and still it comes as a surprise to discover the size. Interesting, eh?

  16. […] You’ll recognise the leaf fabrics as leftovers from a couple of recent additions to the Anemone quilt, so a slight reversal of the usual situation, where Anemone uses the scraps from my appliqué […]

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