BM&I #47: Parterre block 14

Here’s Block 14. I love this one!

It’s becoming apparent that my bright colour fabrics tend towards the warm side of the spectrum. It may be time to do a spot of fabric shopping, so isn’t it lovely that Covid-19 restrictions are slowly lifting, despite a recent flare up down south ;-D

Here’s Block 14 of the Parterre quilt:

And because I may be almost halfway through making the blocks, here’s a fun little collage of where I’ve got to so far. The blocks are, of course, the same size as each other in real life. Visualise them joined by narrow black sashing, perhaps with a brightly-coloured cornerstone at each intersection. Does anyone feel there’s a gap in the colour scheme, a colour missing from the line up? All suggestions considered (but not necessarily acted upon!). I know it’s hard when they’re all different sizes. And I think I’ve come as close to brown as I’m going to. Just sayin’.

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Until next time…

47 thoughts on “BM&I #47: Parterre block 14

  1. Beautiful beautiful beautiful… absolutely love the colours and I’m picturing it with the black in between 😍
    You will need to teach me how to do this too 🤩

  2. Marty K says:

    Those blocks are so pretty! I’m not sure what’s missing — I see my boyfriend, Roy G. Biv. 😉

  3. anne54 says:

    I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about these blocks when you showed us the first one, but seeing them all together has made me a convert! I love them!
    This isn’t actually a missing colour….there are two with strong lime leaves on the right side. For balance maybe you need a couple with lime leaves on the left.

    • katechiconi says:

      This isn’t an actual layout, so I’ll be careful to balance the colours when it’s done. You’re only seeing about half of the blocks I intend to end up with, but I’m beginning to feel a need for blues and maybe some more lilacs; it’s getting awfully hot in hue.

  4. Dayphoto says:

    OH! I love it! I like all of them…every project you do is a feast for the eyes.

  5. I think your quilt is coming along beautifully. Though the blocks are all the same size, wouldn’t it be such fun if there were some larger ones in the mix, just like in your collage?!? It’s going to be a beauty.

    • katechiconi says:

      It would, I’d already thought that myself, but it would make some of the elements unfeasibly weeny, like the yoyos. I’ll definitely consider it for a future quilt, though, as I love the effect.

  6. These are just wonderful. I am surprised to not see more purple but when you are working with what you have, you have done well. Love them.

  7. jeanswenson says:

    It’s looking really good! The only color I feel is not as equally represented is yellow.
    I too have struggled getting quilts finished in the past month, as the stash has been hit hard! Yesterday, I made my first trip since early March to the fabric store. I had done a couple of online purchases since March, but nothing beats seeing and touching the fabric in-person 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s probably because yellow is my second least favourite colour, but I have tried to be fair, and yellow is well-featured in three of the blocks, just not as a dominant. At this point, my stash is struggling to accommodate the needs of both this quilt and my future (October) F2F blocks. I should probably give in and use fabrics now, as hopefully by October our shopping experience will be a bit freer. And you’re right, nothing beats real life fabric for judging whether you love it or not.

  8. love it, so joyful. Although blue is my all time favorite I personally would love to see more pink/orange – make it hot and humid.

  9. I agree with Anne 54 (and you) the layout makes a big difference. It is and will be gorgeous! Maybe a wee bit more of that nice bright green? not necessarily in the blocks, maybe in the corners…

    • katechiconi says:

      The layout will be everything. When I get closer to the 30 blocks I’m planning, I shall start laying out to see where I feel the colour gaps are, so that I can focus on filling those in the last few blocks. The green is lovely, but I don’t want it to overtake the other colours too much. It would make cute cornerstones, though, you’re right!

  10. Sharon says:

    These blocks just make me smile from ear to ear 🙂

  11. what can I say that hasn’t already been said by your readers?…it is just too gorgeous for words. And also so nice to have you back on the airwaves x

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re lovely smiley blocks, aren’t they? And I’m very glad to be back and in the mood again, instead of wandering about like a lost soul, unable to knuckle down to anything.

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    Lovely happy blocks.

  13. love your posts. Thank you for the #CheeryUppy.
    I have a technical question. Now that we have digital photos, which makes it easy to shuffle a collage in basic photo editing (well it is in my Picasa) is that how you decide your final layout, or do you put them all down, and manually move them about?

    • katechiconi says:

      I find that the digital photo editing isn’t truly useful for quilt block placement decisions. It’s only as good as the photos you put in, and I prefer to experience the colours in person. There is only one exception, and that is a black & white version to decide if anything stands out too much, being too pale or too dark. Also, I have a ‘design wall’, which is a kingsize flannel sheet with a pole through the large top hem, hanging from hooks just below the cornice. Fabric sticks to it nicely, for a while anyway, and it allows me to move things around and stand well back and squint as necessary!

      • that’s awesome. Thanks for humouring me and explaining your process 😀

      • katechiconi says:

        Not humouring at all. Lots of people design entirely using EQ (ElectricQuilt), placing fabric and colour using photos. It doesn’t suit me, I like to sit with the fabrics for a bit and see how the changing light affects them before I decide where they’re going to live permanently.

  14. tialys says:

    Lovely to see them all together like this. It’s going to be another stunner. Maybe a bit more purple, since you’re asking but only if you have it.

  15. Going Batty in Wales says:

    There are 3 purple stems but only one purple leaf. Lots of warm colours, blues and neutrals. The lime green is strong and you have 2 leaves of it. Of course if the pictures were all the same size the impression would be different. Not sure if that helps but you did ask!

    • katechiconi says:

      Like yellow, purple hasn’t been a dominant, but there are 4 leaves that feature it to varying degrees. But it makes a good transition colour from the hot to a cooler palette, so I should probably add some more! Most of the cooler colours already there are on the greenish side, so I need to address that too.

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        It is hard to judge the finished quilt when so many blocks are missing. I trust your colour sense to balance everything in the end.

  16. claire93 says:

    I think you’ve got a lovely mix of colours in there already!

  17. magpiesue says:

    I’d say there’s nothing wrong with a garden full of the warmer hues but I do appreciate the need for some shadows for contrast. 🙂 I can’t judge from the image on the screen other than it’s going to be a happy quilt!

  18. Amanda says:

    Looking at my colour wheel you have them all there! If you add things like dark green (and brown) you may kill the lovely brightness.

    • katechiconi says:

      Which is something I definitely don’t want to do. There will already be a lot of grey there, so more dulling down isn’t needed. So really, it’s just more of the same.

  19. cedar51 says:

    I’m having difficulty with your joining/outlining black colour – I felt that they didn’t need that, that even if you thought they would blur together with your background fabric, I saw it as an overall “picture” …. not one that created individual blocked in pictures. Possibly hard to explain in words…

    • katechiconi says:

      I think the name of the quilt describes my intention, which is a formal, partitioned garden. I’m even beginning to consider a much larger square for the centre, with the other blocks arranged around it.

  20. rutigt says:

    Have you ever consider to sew the blocks together without any sashing? I think they are looking so great together the way you have them on that photo!

    • katechiconi says:

      I would have to find a good way to join the blocks after they were quilted; I don’t want to quilt something as large as the whole quilt in one go. I’d always imagined having sashing, but you’re right that it does look great with the greys together. Maybe I can sash it in grey…

  21. Joanne S says:

    Not sure you need the black. I love the visual! I think the different sizes would be awesome in your next quilt project. (wink).

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d always visualised it with the narrow black borders, like the low clipped box hedges in a parterre garden… I’d do them in the grey, except I don’t have enough left and I wouldn’t know where to buy more, the shop closed. I’ll think again when all the blocks are done…

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