Floribunda #7: blocks 7 and 8

OK, a little change of direction here.

First, some brief background. My brother has four daughters. Two of them, the older two, already have quilts I made for them, the Cloths of Heaven quilt and the Bookcase quilt, shown on the left. You can click to enlarge and see the detail.

My brother asked me recently whether I’d make quilts for the younger two. I’d always intended to do so, but unlike with the first two, there was no landmark event to spur me into action. So, well, you know me. Two new quilts.

For one niece, I had a Pinterest board started, but since I’d worked on it, her tastes had changed. That one will need more work and I’ll show you more soon, when I’ve collected a few more fabrics.

The other niece was more of a mystery, but in the end, much less problematic. After some conversations and a new Pinterest board, she is going to receive my Floribunda quilt, but with some modifications. She loves yellow. Eeek. Well, as many of you know, it’s my least favourite colour to work with. But I think I’ll be able to pull it off. So, the plan for Floribunda is changing. No more setting on point, no more trellis with twining creeper. I’ll be setting the blocks straight, and won’t be alternating pink and green. I’ll be able to give you more of an idea once I’ve made probably 3 or 4 more blocks.

In the meantime, here are two new ones, blocks 7 and 8.

The first is just another green one, but the second one gives you an idea how I’m going to include and manage the yellow she wants included. There will be fewer of these blocks than of the pink and green because I have less of the purple background. I really rather love it, I must say. For the record, Floribunda’s going to be a smaller quilt; rather than the 75 inch square, hand quilted item I had planned (which would have taken another year, probably), it’s going to be 60 x 72 inches and machine quilted.

And of course, ready much sooner.

45 thoughts on “Floribunda #7: blocks 7 and 8

  1. Susan Nixon says:

    Very pretty blocks. How nice that his family all value what you do.

  2. It’s a pretty block, Kate. Looking forward to seeing more!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s called Ribbon Star. Half a dozen more, and I should have an idea whether my half-formed plan will work or if I need to sit and squint at it a bit more…

  3. Two of my favourite quilts -other than the one which currently graces my sofa waiting for its proper home in the next van- and I’m sure I’ll be adding the others to my favourites, especially as I also like a bit of yellow.

  4. Could I be an honorary niece?,,,,,

    • katechiconi says:

      You’ll have to have a word with my brother… Would a cushion cover in the same design and some of the same fabrics hold you?

      • Kate, anything you make would ‘hold me’, your work is always striking, unique, inventive and exquisitely executed. But whatever the item is, if it’s been made by someone you love it will be a treasure forever. I have some treasures made by my dad, my grandfather, both grandmothers, and my dearest Doreen. Also some treasures that were not handmade but precious nevertheless. I have two jade rings from my maternal grandmother, they are both very striking although one of them was simply not my style at all. I was delighted and surprised when my daughter wanted it, and she’s had to have it made smaller because she has much smaller hands than my gran did. I love to see her wearing it. Gosh, I’m rambling already and it’s not even 8 in the morning yet…
        Last week I got a quote from the post office to send a small parcel by airmail to the US. I also asked for a quote to send to Australia, but was told that AU is not accepting any post at this time – perhaps only from South Africa, because one of the new corona strains is known as the SA variant, or perhaps from anywhere at all, I don’t know. ie. no point getting a quote anyway! I’m rambling again…
        Let me put it like this: if you had an etsy shop or sold online in any other way, I would doubtless have bought something from you by now, after all these years 🙂 But it is enough to see what you make and how you make it. Maybe one day, if I win the lotto, and if AUS ever lets any outsiders through its borders again, I will get to visit you and then I would gladly accept a small handmade item from you (I never have enough pincushions, for instance!) but until then, I’m more than happy just to be part of the audience who gets to see what you’re making for your nieces. While I’m not a quilter, your work and energy and creativity inspire me in many ways. xx

      • katechiconi says:

        What a lovely and touching ramble! My offer of a cushion cover is sincere, I’d love to make you something, and I don’t believe there’s a ban here on mail to SA…

  5. Block 8 is glorious… yellow and oranges are my favourite colours as well and the purple background… sigh 😌

  6. knettycraft says:

    Beautiful blocks. This will be a wonderful quilt… I love batiks 😊

  7. tialys says:

    Well your younger niece will definitely not have any reason to feel as if you skimped on her quilt in comparison to the ones you made for her sisters.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, and of course that is a consideration, for both of them. The youngest will also get something beautiful, perhaps this time more about the fabrics and less about the blocks…

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I just love the fabric you are using.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s such a lovely collection of batiks, isn’t it? Most of them are Hoffmann Bali Pops I bought specially for Floribunda, but the oranges and yellows I’ll use are from a jelly roll I had sitting in the cupboard for another project.

  9. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Stunning quilts for the older two girl, and I’m sure the other two will be stunning too !! I already love the colour on the new blocks. I hope you are all ok over there !!!

  10. claire93 says:

    I remember all the thought and time that went into making the first two quilts, Kate!
    And have no doubt you will come up with beautiful quilts for the two younger nieces! The Floribunda blocks are absolutely stunning. It’s going to be amazing when everything comes together!

    • katechiconi says:

      The Ribbon Star block is really lovely and not too time consuming to make. I’m really enjoying the process of fabric selection for each one, and that last purple one was a real change!

  11. Lucky girls! That purple and yellow block really zings – in a nice way.

  12. My eyes aren’t so good with computer screen details – I can’t quite make out the quote around your Cloths of Heaven quilt. Please, what does it say?
    Also, what are their approx dimensions? Are they bed quilts or wall hangings? I’m wondering because you made a distinction of the Floribunda quilt’s smaller future finished size.
    Great heirlooms, for sure!

    • katechiconi says:

      “Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths / Enwrought with golden and silver light / The blue and the dim and the dark cloths / Of night and light and the half light / I would spread the cloths under your feet / But I, being poor, have only my dreams / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” It’s Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W B Yeats. I made the Cloths of Heaven quilt as a wedding gift for my niece and her husband, and it’s a queen size. The Bookcase quilt is lap sized, so that niece could use it on the sofa, as a picnic rug, to lie in the sun with a book, etc. The Floribunda will also be lap sized, and will be something to snuggle under on cold winter evenings in her London flat.

  13. kathyreeves says:

    The new twist is going to make this exceptional, and I know she’ll love it! My eldest went through a very bright phase, and boy was it fun to play with fabrics during that time!

    • katechiconi says:

      She loved the green and pink theme I initially started out with, but asked if yellow could be introduced as she loves yellow. Since it’s a quilt of contrast, and there was purple in it already, yellow on purple was the obvious choice. The blocks look quite fierce individually, but together, it all works harmoniously.

  14. Sharon says:


  15. kymlucas says:

    Not a fan of yellow either, but love the yellow flowers.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m finding it quite hard to integrate yellow without it standing out too much, to be honest. The colours in the other fabrics are quite muted. Never mind, it’s very good for me to push myself outside my comfort zone; I must get better at being flexible!

  16. Those purples and greens have such a rich vibrancy. I love the pattern, too. You are the best Auntie Kate! I’m in love with your bookshelf quit. Is there anything you can’t do with fabric? I’m so impressed.

    • katechiconi says:

      Lots of things I can’t do… or perhaps, won’t. And I’m not much of a quilter. For me, the challenge is always to achieve what my imagination shows me. Sometimes, I get there, other times, I learn what I still have to learn 🙂

  17. cedar51 says:

    It all looks wonderful to me – but then I’ve only created a kind of slim wall hanging once in your craft (have no idea where it is now).

    But this morning after I made my bed, I realised I wanted another blanket over me as I napped. I pulled out one of my favourite “handwoven blankets” from the top of the winter storage pile and all day it has reminded me of it’s vintage – and the award it won one time in a selected exhibition. Not put it back but have folded it…

    That’s not to say that the current blankets on the bed are commercially made – one is another small woven fabric which wasn’t ever meant to be blanket so it has 2 patterns (joined at the middle) and then a very large crochet granny square cover that is made with multi-strands of blended yarns…it wraps nicely around oneself but it’s also nice when summer throws a down curve coldness wave…

    I think sometimes if you don’t like yellow – it’s got to be about “flower petals” ….

    • katechiconi says:

      I do have one woollen blanket for the depth of winter, but for the rest, quilts do fine service in keeping us cosy and comfortable. I think the sort of textiles you assemble around yourself depends to a great extent on the climate in which you live… Yours sound cosy! For me, the slight antipathy towards yellow is, I think, related to my mild synaesthesia… it resonates a bit uncomfortably in my sensorium.

  18. rutigt says:

    Why do these nieces love yellow? I´d the same problem making a quilt for my youngest niece. She loves yellow and I don´t 🙂

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