Lullaby 2

The top’s done.

Here it is, with the yoyos pinned at the centre of each hourglass block. Maybe the yoyos make them look more like bowties…?

Next step is the backing, and then the quilt sandwich. I suppose I should start to think about how I’m going to quilt it, but I tend to think it’s going to be cross-hatching in a diamond pattern. Well, it’s kind of asking for it, really, don’t you think?

Before I go any further though, I have a big tidy-up to do. My cutting table is entirely covered with a litter of elastic, threads, scraps big and tiny, mask fabrics and half-finished projects. I need some space to work; this mess is demotivating and inhibiting.

So, piece a backing, cut batting, and out with the basting spray πŸ™‚

38 thoughts on “Lullaby 2

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s looking so very pretty.

  2. claire93 says:

    that didn’t take long to assemble ^^ Very pretty!

  3. tialys says:

    They do look like little bow ties. Very sweet.

  4. So pretty 😍 I love it πŸ₯°

  5. It’s lovely – and not babyish! (as in pale, pastel and twee) I know what you mean about needing to clear the decks from time to time.

  6. Your use of yo-yos as button down middles for the hourglass blocks is brilliant! And I agree with Batty: a very sophisticated baby quilt. Again, that gum nut fabric is fantastic.
    I just finished a wall hanging and got a lot of satisfaction in the clearing off of the cutting/work table along with the finish itself! So, clear the decks, Kate and keep on stitchin’!

  7. Dayphoto says:

    I like it! Very nice.

  8. Marty K says:

    Such a beautiful quilt! Definitely like the addition of the yoyos. Many years ago, I had jury duty with a woman who was making a large yoyo project. She let me try my hand at a couple. I had totally forgotten about it until I read your post today. Thanks for a fun memory trigger. πŸ™‚

    I wish that it were only one table that needed to be cleared off — right now, it’s my whole house. πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I made a large wedding quilt as a gift for a niece a few years ago, which was bordered with yoyos, so I bought myself one of those little plastic doohickeys that make it easy to turn out identical shapes each time. It definitely speeds up the process. And my whole house needs a good picking up too, but the cutting table is hindering the important stuff – my sewing projects!

  9. magpiesue says:

    Cute! I didn’t think the yo-yo’s were going to be a good idea but you’ve changed my mind! I’ve had a tidy up in the studio but there’s room for more effort to be made. Somehow I don’t think it’s going to happen though… πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      I originally thought about buttons, but realised they might be a bit dangerous if the baby tore one off and put it in her mouth. Yoyos are nice and nubbly for little fingers, but not a choking hazard.

  10. anne54 says:

    Like Sue, I wasn’t sure about the yoyos, but now I think they look great, and finish it off really well. I am sure your work space is all tidy now, and you are ready for the next action!

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree! They just add that bit of visual punctuation and graphic interest, and save the quilt from looking too ‘sweet’. The cutting table at least is clear, and once I’ve done a little more piecing, my sewing table will be too. On with the quilt sandwich!

  11. Chris S in Canada says:

    I totally did not see bow ties at all! I saw the hourglass shape, until you mentioned otherwise. I think it is a bit of fun on a rather elegant baby quilt. Not too baby, not too adult, just the right mix.

    And I really do love that gum nut fabric. There is an art nouveau feel to it. It would be a beautiful starting point for an artist in ironwork to make a gate.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely piece.
    Chris S

    • katechiconi says:

      To be honest, I wouldn’t mind this quilt myself, with a few more rows added and a slightly more grown-up version of the pink! I often feel it’s a good sign if I’m slightly reluctant to give the quilt away once it’s finished…

  12. Great progress. Enjoy the tidy-up – something I’ve never been very good at…

  13. I love how it turned out with the yoyos. I found it fascinating that you turned one square on it’s side. That’s to keep us awake, right. Like you, I have to clean up before proceeding or things I need hide from me. I waste more time if I don’t clean up first and the mind functions better. Looking forward to seeing it quilted. Have fun.

    • katechiconi says:

      Well spotted! You’re the only one who noticed. Sometimes things can be too ‘correct’, too lined up, too…. well, as Ma used to say “perfectie is voor de Lieve Heer”, which I’m sure you’ll be able to work out! The quilting is done, I just need to cut the binding, sew it on and attach a label.

  14. cedar51 says:

    completely behind on my ‘mail boxes’ and just now see this…looks fabulous with the “puffs” creating a kind of central point of the diamond blocks

    • katechiconi says:

      I really like the graphic contrast on this quilt, especially now I have the dark binding on! I just need to stitch down all the ‘puffs’ and make and stitch on the label and then it’s done.

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