Floribunda #1

Well, this is going to be the next one – and it’s for me.

I bought these two Bali Pop packs nearly a year ago, without any clear idea of what I wanted them for, but I was unable to resist the fabric mixes. Now, I have found a block I like. It’s really quite simple, but is just complex enough to be interesting.

It’s designed to be machine-pieced, but I want a big handwork project to keep me going for a while, so I plan to hand-piece it. I also need to be able to break it down into smaller parts for easy portability, and that too works well with this design, at least until the point where I have to assemble it.

I’m going to use the individual block design from Jen Kingwell’s Star Dust quilt. I won’t be laying it out like hers; mine will be on point, and with a single fabric sashing between the blocks rather than double. I’ll also have a much simpler colour scheme: I will use the two batiks as alternate green and pink backgrounds, and from the Bali Pop packs, I will select 25 or 30 strips for the petals, putting pink on the green background and green on the pink, but with some variations and ‘wild cards’ for visual interest. The solid green and pink will become the central tiny square of the 9-patch blocks which are the centre of each flower. I’m thinking a dark blue-green for the trellis which is formed by the sashing between the on-point squares. I haven’t quite decided what’ll happen in the setting triangles and corners. Maybe leaves…?

I think a marathon cutting session is called for, so I can package up the pieces for each individual square to make a travel kit to take on trips with me. Though I should probably do a test block or two in advance in case I find the hand stitching unbelievably tedious, wouldn’t you say?

Oh, and do you like my ‘squissors’?  That’s what they’re called, scissors you squeeze, no need to get my porky digits into tiny holes in order to snip threads. The blades are slightly curved too, so you can get right into tight spaces. I love them! So much easier than the little embroidery snips I’ve been using.

Now I have something to look forward to, watching these flowers grow on my trellis.


47 thoughts on “Floribunda #1

  1. Yes a sample piece will be nice so I can see what it will more or less look like …
    I love the name of the quilt as well 🤗
    I’ve done a bit of hexie sewing today even though I’m meant to rest 😅… had to get my fix of sewing …. now off to cook 👩🏻‍🍳

  2. Always exciting to start a new project. The colours are outstanding.

  3. Yummy fabric – exciting!

    • katechiconi says:

      It is, isn’t it? I’m hoping for a sort of sunlit, dappled effect in the blocks from the different batik patterns. But even if my imagination is at fault, it’ll still be pretty and colourful 🙂

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the look of these fabrics- I am going to love seeing the quilt unfold.

  5. tialys says:

    Oooh, look at all those lovely batiks. Hand piecing though 😱

    • katechiconi says:

      I know… which is why the test piece. I may be ready die of boredom by the end of it, or I may not like how it looks compared with machine piecing. Also, batik is harder to sew through by hand. We shall see – test piece this afternoon when I get back from my sewing group. However I end up assembling the blocks, I think it’ll be a pretty quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, and Y seams. Easier by hand…

  6. claire93 says:

    gorgeous fabrics and I love your squissers!

  7. kymlucas says:

    Like reading a foreign language to me, but I love the colors and know it will be fabulous as all your handiwork is. 😄

  8. Sharon says:

    Nothing better than a hand pieced project to work on. I love the fabrics and your plan for them sounds perfect. Those squissors are really cute 🙂

  9. Terri says:

    Very pretty fabrics. Looking forward to seeing this quilt grow.

  10. magpiesue says:

    I hope the test block works out because you’ve got a wonderful plan for these gorgeous prints! Making up kits for the individual blocks ahead of time sounds ideal whether you wait to hand piece during travel to jump right in at home!

    • katechiconi says:

      Me too! I plan to get right onto it this afternoon, as I want to start cutting! If I can take a few block kits with me on our next trip (as well as the DfG hexie projects), I should be able to make some good progress. Unless we’re having too much fun elsewhere, of course….

  11. Squissors! I learn something new every day…

  12. Emmely says:

    The block also reminds me somewhat of windmills. The bali pop colours look great!.
    I have squissors somewhere (didn’t know that’s what they’re called though), but I hardly ever use them.

  13. cedar51 says:

    looking forward to more tales of the new blocks, the new fabric and the new whattever else…

    • katechiconi says:

      Coming soon to this blog…!

      • cedar51 says:

        oh great you’ve back from your trip out and you’ve got on with the cutting or the sample…:-} I’m stagnating a bit, health took a wee nosedive. Some of it has been bandaged but some still needs more rest…

      • katechiconi says:

        Not back, we haven’t gone yet… End of the first week in October. But I have found time to cut fabric for samples, and am currently stitching away by hand, being as careful as I can to keep things straight. Some of the bits are very small, and wonky lines there make a difference.
        Sorry to hear you’re not so good. I hope you’ll be feeling better soon.

  14. That is going to be a fabulous piece Kate! Lovely colours and an interesting block. As you know I am a fan of hand stitching and much prefer it to machining. It will be perfect for your travels and a change from hexies.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was afraid my arthritis would prevent me from sewing straight seams, but so far, it seems to be OK and the block is looking pretty good apart from one minor wonkiness. I should be able to show it tomorrow 🙂

  15. Moira says:

    love the color in the fabrics! Yeah for making something for yourself. Always nice to be able to do that.

    • katechiconi says:

      Funny how all my ‘quilts for me’ are long term projects, though… The Hatbox quilt, Parterre, and now this. But it makes sense, I suppose. If I make it one block at a time, over time, it doesn’t get in the way of the stuff I make for other people.

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I look forward to see what you are going to do with all these beauties !!

  17. I don’t recall seeing a ‘here’d the beginning process’ post from you before. It’s going to be so interesting to see how it progresses – I can’t visualise it at all, but I know that it’s going to be amazingly gorgeous because I’ve seen so many that you have finished. Thanks so much for sharing (and I have some of those scissors too, for papercraft. And reverse action tweezers for holding heated metals – so useful)

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m pretty sure I’ve done them before – I know I did one for the Parterre quilt, showing the original sketch and the templates I made for the block. But anyway, this one will be very different 🙂

  18. The pattern doesn’t look easy to me but then…:) I love batiks and whatever you make from those will be lovely. Anxious to see how it comes out. Good plan to do a test sample. As for the squissors, I love the name and have had mine for a good 15 years. Ran over one pair with the roller chair trying to pick them up. They died. I just ordered 2 more pair so I could give one to my son. He’s been working with my mother’s original Pfaff (1962) and his big fingers don’t fit in little holes of nippers. They are the best of all for tight spaces. I use them for machine embroidery, etc. Glad you found them. They are worth the price. Just don’t roll over them. 😉 .

    • katechiconi says:

      I will try to avoid the steamroller effect! The pattern is lovely, and I keep coming back to it wondering how I can make it less fiddly. So far, my idea is to use a larger square for that whole centre, instead of the 9 patch. Further testing needed!

  19. lucyannluna says:

    Very pretty colours

  20. Oh pink and green is one of my favourite colour combinations, it’s going to look so gorgeous!

  21. Amanda says:

    Amazing, zingy colours! Love it. I have those snips on my machine bed. Like you say, quick to grab without finger fumbling!

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