Floribunda #2

Hmmm. I probably need to change a few things…

Unless I’m happy to finish this quilt some time around 2025, I’ll probably need to use a different block design 😦

I’ve made the test block. It’s really lovely, but it’s very, very time consuming to make by hand. I know this was the first one, but it took hours to cut, mark, stitch and press. And I do want a block I can make by hand. Just not one with eight Y-seams and a central 9-patch of 1 inch squares…

I also made life harder for myself by using a couple of directional fabric prints. That said, it wasn’t hard to make, just very, very fiddly. And the hand piecing process isn’t hard either, so long as you remember just a few simple rules.

Tradition has it that you don’t press any seams till you’ve finished assembling it. That didn’t work so well for me – I like to see what I’m doing – and I don’t think it’s necessary so long as you have a plan for how the seam allowances will lie.

This block can now go into my basket of orphan blocks, waiting for me to find a use for it. Or maybe one day it’ll form part of a scrappy sampler quilt, all different designs.

Oh, and I want to reassure you that the Quilt Supervisor was hard at work, keeping my nose to the grindstone.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

42 thoughts on “Floribunda #2

  1. Your supervisor is very adorable 😍 and looks like the piecing of this block just wiped him out πŸ˜„

  2. I love the effect but I can see the work in it… contemplating it makes me feel as the Mouse looks 😴

  3. A beautiful block indeed, but no point continuing if it’s going to exhaust The Supervisor like that.

    • katechiconi says:

      It wasn’t wasted effort for either of us, it’ll get used at some point, but I’m not prepared to put that much time into one single block. Time to hunt for a simpler alternative.

  4. tialys says:

    At least you know now.
    The single block will get used in something I’m sure – it’s lovely.
    I think you always had a glossy black dog in mind when choosing your colour scheme – it sets him off so well.

    • katechiconi says:

      I still love the block but I can’t see myself getting faster enough to make using it for a whole quilt viable. I’m searching for an alternative… And Mouse? He seems to gravitate towards bright colours as if he knows!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I blame Mouse who is asleep on the job, no wonder it was fiddly.

  6. claire93 says:

    I have every faith you’ll find a different block that is less fidlly to do by hand!
    As for Mouse – he looks like nothing would wake him !

  7. Emmely says:

    Change to EPP? That may be quicker?

  8. kathyreeves says:

    Even though you aren’t going to use it, your hand piecing is fantastic, Kate!

    • katechiconi says:

      Gosh, thanks! I enjoyed the stitching, it was just the faffing about with cutting and marking and pressing tiny pieces that was tedious. And I expect that block will get used eventually for something πŸ™‚

  9. Sharon says:

    I love Mouse’s head on the pillow πŸ™‚ He certainly knows how to nap in style too! Since I only hand piece and quilt I felt your exhaustion in piecing this block. This is why I have always stuck to the simpleist of designs to work. Way to time consuming to get anything done. With that said – the block is GORGEOUS!

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s allowed on our bed too, so long as ‘his’ blanket is down first, and I often come in to find him with his head on my nightdress. He likes something soft under that bony body….
      I’m taking a second look at the block, and wondering how much pain I could save myself by making the centre one piece instead of 9. There’d still be 8 Y-seams, but I guess they’d get easier with (loads of) practice! More testing needed.

  10. I am a dissenting voice I guess – I make a lot of doll quilts by hand, so one-inch squares don’t seem too awful. I wonder could you combine paper-piecing for that middle bit – would that help at all?

    • katechiconi says:

      I suppose I wouldn’t mind either if the quilt was also going to be doll-sized! If I was going to include a paper-pieced section, I’d have to prepare a few of them in advance to ensure the block stays portable for handwork on trips. It just seems to add complexity…

  11. I think you and Mr. Mouse should trade places. πŸ™‚ Plan B?

  12. Dayphoto says:

    It’s nice to have a dog by your side helping. Very nice. Hugs to you and lots of pets to Mouse.

  13. magpiesue says:

    Boy, you really wore him out! πŸ˜‰ It’s a pretty block, too bad it’s not going to work out the way you’d hoped. But now you get to try something else!

  14. Chris S in Canada says:

    It is a beautiful orphan. I’m sorry about that but I would rather you had something that really is portable and can be done a little sooner than 2025. You mentioned a single block for the centre and that might help, if you had a fabric that my quilter best friend calls a fussy cut picture fabric. It’s a bit wasteful but can be very lovely.
    I know you will find the solution. Then poor Mouse (and you) will not be so zorsted.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I’m thinking a fussy cut centre block might be the answer. I’ll try one of those to see how much time it cuts from the overall process. Meanwhile, I have a couple of other blocks to test as complete alternatives, also pretty.

  15. cedar51 says:

    I have no suggestions on what you should create whilst away…but I’m sure the commentators here have given you food for thought.

    When I’m away it’s all about glue and paper – some I may have taken, paper acquired like guide booklets; bits of other things I find and always I end up with something from a fabric shop – like some tiny pieces of material which I then cut up…and stitch down with whatever threads I had tucked into my art-bag of tricks…

    • katechiconi says:

      For me, time away is the perfect rationale for Slow Sewing. No deadlines, time to sit in the sun with something to make that doesn’t need a sewing machine and a big table and my entire fabric cupboard. So I’m looking forward to identifying what I’ll take with me so I can start preparing it in advance πŸ™‚

  16. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Sometimes you just have to accept that ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’! At least you had the gumption to stop after one block – I have been known to plough on until a really good talking to is needed to abandon a project. It is indeed a lovely block but maybe deserves a starring role as the centre of a cushion or pillow cover? If you do enough experiments you will have a lap quilt in no time! πŸ˜‰

  17. Marty K says:

    Glad that the quilt supervisor wasn’t lying down on the job. πŸ˜‰

    Lovely block — you are amazing! It’s waaaay beyond my skill level. I just heard my sewingmachine needle retract in fear!

  18. Amanda says:

    Mouse the perfectionist. πŸ₯°

    • katechiconi says:

      He totally is. He’ll stand there while I ‘make’ his bed, he doesn’t like things rumpled…. or crooked seams and points that don’t match, of course!

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