Floribunda #9: onwards and inwards

I did no sewing or even cutting while we were away.

So it’s really rather nice to get back to such constructive pursuits. It’s all very well listening to audiobooks, reading my Kindle, taking dictation for the travel posts from Mouse, improvising meals from my pretty limited caravan pantry, and taking photos, but I miss the structured calm of actually piecing blocks.

So it’s straight back to Floribunda, and Blocks 10 and 11. Block 10 is done (I like the blackcurrant colours of this one), Block 11 is laid out, ready to sew.

And now you can begin to see how it’s laid out. From the outside inwards: a purple/yellow block at each corner, green all around the outside, pink inside that, and purple/yellow again in the middle. Block #11 will sit below the central pink block on the top row of pinks. I haven’t quite decided yet if this is going to be 5 x 5 blocks or 5 x 6. The blocks aren’t difficult but they are just the tiniest bit fiddly.

And may I just say, I never thought I’d be using the words purple and yellow together in any quilt I made, but there they are, and the combination just works. But I don’t think I’ll be using it again any time soon. I feel a little more positive towards purple these days than I used to, but yellow is still bottom of my colour list, along with baby blue, bottle green and brown.

I got an email while we were away to say that Mackay Show is back on, and inviting me to submit a quilt (or two). I’ve read the rules very carefully, and it doesn’t say anything about when the quilt had to be made, so I’m thinking about submitting the Hatbox Quilt for starters. All I’d have to do is hand-sew on a hanging pocket which I could easily remove afterwards, and put another temporary label over the existing one to comply with the rules. I’m pretty sure I could get Floribunda done by early June, which is when the quilts have to go in. What do you think? Shall I submit that one too? I’m certain I couldn’t get Parterre finished in time, particularly as I plan to hand quilt it, and Anemone won’t be hand quilted by then either, I don’t think… This one’s a fun dilemma to have!

Back to picking out fabric combinations for Floribunda!

47 thoughts on “Floribunda #9: onwards and inwards

  1. Marty K says:

    Welcome home! πŸ’— The Floribunda is GORGEOUS!!! It would be a wonderful entry to any show! How did the drawing for your beautiful Hexie go?

    Having grown up watching Los Angeles Lakers basketball games with my father (and now with my hubby), I’ve become quite accustomed to purple and gold. πŸ’œπŸ€πŸ’›πŸ˜‚

    • katechiconi says:

      The raffle draw is on 20th March, so a while to go yet. I’ll be sure to let people know the result and how much was raised. Floribunda is for my niece, but I’m sure she won’t mind a tiny delay in getting it to her if I put it in the show.

  2. Speaks volumes, I guess, that as a little kid in the 1970’s… yellow and purple was my favourite colour combo!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a very popular combination, but the yellow throws it for me. I can live with gold, but bright yellow makes my brain itch! Funny, because orange is fine. Still, it’s just as well everyone’s different, or the world would be a very dull place… And I do like the lift the golds in this quilt give the colour scheme.

      • Stephanie Ewart says:

        Always good to get away on holidays, but great to come home! Glad you are back safe and had a nice break – the updates by Mouse were wonderful.

      • katechiconi says:

        Mouse tells a good yarn, doesn’t he? He was certainly glad to reacquaint himself with the comfy expanse of our bed, but is still leaping eagerly into the car in the hope of further adventures…

  3. cazinatutu says:

    I’m loving the Floribunda block so much and I think your colour combinations are marvellous. I’m a novice at patchwork (although competent with a sewing machine) and I wonder if I could do it. You say it’s not difficult but then you’re so experienced. Are there instructions for this block that you could point me to.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you like it! I’ve emailed you an assembly diagram and cutting list. I hope that makes it clear, but if not, get back in touch and I’ll expand on it.

  4. anne54 says:

    Welcome home to the quiet serenity of making blocks! The colours work really well, and I think you should aim to exhibit it. Good news that the Show is able to go ahead. As for not liking yellow….well you are such a fan of so many other bright colours, that yellow can take a back seat in your preferences. 😊

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s good to do something constructive. And colour preferences are what make us individual, so I’m happy to exclude certain things – there are plenty of others who love them!

  5. Of COURSE you can get Floribunda finished by early June.
    Keep your housework and Mousework (sorry, Mouse) down to a minimum and do it. It will win. It will win everything. (I’m not referring to literal “wins”, like medals or trophies, I’m referring to love and admiration and inspirational wins. Other wins – unless it’s a massive amount of cash – are irrelevant). xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m planning on getting it done! And the cash prizes are weeny anyhow. A ribbon is nice, but doesn’t really float my boat. There’s time to do it, I just have to stop myself getting distracted by other things! And I’m not talking about housework.

  6. cedar51 says:

    I didn’t read (actually have had to just delete anything is last week or so, apologies) that you were travelling again. I love your floribunda blocks. I also love yellow and purple – but also other combinations. And any I don’t fancy now in my artmaking – I like to try as my tastes have definitely changed over the years…

    • katechiconi says:

      Colour has to ‘sing’ to me or I can’t work with it. Some colours hit ‘flat notes’ or ‘smell’ wrong and don’t fit into the work. Synaesthesia’s tricky like that.

  7. knitnkwilt says:

    I love the way you are arranging the background colors!

  8. There is yellow and there is yellow… My teenage bedroom was yellow and grey, bleh, however I’ve seen some gorgeous yellows on home reno shows lately, and with the right grey I can see it could work beautifully, especially with a splash of the right shade of purple.

    • katechiconi says:

      Normally, if I’m making a quilt for someone and I just can’t work with their favourite colour, I have to say so and work out an alternative. In this case, it’s for my niece and she loves yellow, so I’m suppressing my yellow issues and including shades of gold. To be honest… it’s not too awful!

  9. If you enter, then other people will get to see the joy and beauty that is your quilting. (I particularly love this one, coz purple IS my fave πŸ˜‰ )
    I don’t know if there are prizes, but it’s been such a difficult time for so many people – I really feel that beauty and craft need to be even more visible and accessible as an antidote.
    So I guess what I’m saying, is that my opinion is that you should enter as many as you are able, without any stress.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll be entering the Hatbox Quilt for sure, as it’s done, and hopefully this one too! I can’t help feeling this year’s show is going to be a riot of colour, given that all the quilters needed something to do in lockdown. The prizes are really token, not an incentive to enter…

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the colour combo of purple and yellow- think crocuses! Love your quilt , and good luck with the show.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like purple and orange, but yellow, not so much…. The Husband has gone off with the car today as it’s raining, which I feel gives me permission to sew as much as I like. After all, I can’t go and buy groceries! Heheheh!

  11. It is beautiful! I actually like purple and yellow especially together – I think they set each other off – but of course there are yellows and yellows! I hope you get it into the show – as you say it is not about the prize but the reaction of the people who look at it. If this is one of the blocks you do by hand could you send me the instructions too as you have written them out already? It would be nice to do something other than hexies!

    • katechiconi says:

      Emailed to you just now. Have fun! And of course, you’re right about the yellows; colours in the gold – orange range are far more pleasant to my eye than the lemon end of the scale.

      • It has arrived Kate and I will print it out as soon as the printer warms up. Thank you so much! I have too many projects on the go just now to start another but once my daughter’s birthday present is done and posted I can start to think about getting some blocks ready to stitch.

      • katechiconi says:

        I hope you enjoy it! The block is one that works well either hand or machine stitched; I started by hand and then switched over due to my lack of patience – I was suffering from hexie-fatigue.

  12. claire93 says:

    I think your yellow looks more like orange from a distance, you know, and orange, purple, green and that raspberry pink !!! wow!

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re right! I especially chose very warm yellows and oranges to work with, and I feel they’re a happier combination with the purple, pink and green.

  13. Gorgeous! Each block a gem.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you like it! I think it’s important in a design where the block shapes are all identical that each one has its own distinct personality, or things get rather dull. Happy the plan is working πŸ™‚

  14. When you make up your mind to get something done, you always manage and I would love to be able to come to the show and see those quilts for myself so I know others would too. You know how much I love your hatbox quilt and pretty much all the others you have made. Working with colors you don’t like would be very hard but the Synaesthesia could do a person in. I have a friend who doesn’t want to see the color yellow anywhere. Not even in flowers. She doesn’t even know why. But you have done an excellent job of getting tone and value of the colors perfectly balanced. It’s stunning already.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can only describe it as yellow is itchy and doesn’t smell right. Full-on coppery orange is fine, gold to orange is bearable. It’s the lemon-butter-daffodil end of the spectrum that I find worst.
      I must buckle down and get Floribunda done; it’d be all too easy to cruise because I have plenty of time, only to find I’ve left it too long and now there’s a rush.

  15. kymlucas says:

    I think you should submit as many as you can without stress because all your work is so beautiful.

  16. magpiesue says:

    I love the color palette you’re using for Floribunda, and block 10 is luscious. I personally love purple and especially yellow, but I’m with you re baby blue and brown. πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      The fun thing about using colourful batiks is that they’re not a simple, flat colour. I love how you get such variation and unexpected colours creeping in – it does make it luscious, that’s exactly the right words.

  17. kizzles2019 says:

    Kate – ALL your quilts are stunning! Go on enter into the show – any one of them would certainly be worth while! (Lyn)

  18. tialys says:

    Definitely! Put them both in.

  19. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Lovely colours, you do know how to combine them, this will be another stunner !

  20. craftycreeky says:

    Love the blackcurract one! I think you should definitely enter two quilts! I’m not a yellow person, though in the garden I do like purple and orange – I used to hate orange flowers, it must be an age thing! Remembering back to my art days I think purple and yellow are officially complimentary colours, but like many things on a colour wheel, it has to be the right shade πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s orange, and then there’s ORANGE. I tend to the darker, redder shades. I know purple and yellow are ‘supposed’ to go together, but as you say, things on the colour wheel aren’t infallible. Block 11 is done, Block 12 (a pink one) is in progress…

  21. Emmely says:

    I love the yellow and purple, but I’m quite keen on purple anyway. πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, those blocks are turning out well. The interesting part is achieving a level of yellowness that doesn’t set my teeth on edge, but is enough to balance the purple.

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