Floribunda #11: halfway there

I have 50% of the blocks made. 

And now you can see how it’s going to look. Just mirror what’s in the photo. This is one of those quilts which will not photograph nicely unless it’s outside, which tends to be a bit of a thing with batiks. The patterns and colour play are subtle, and the camera tends to flatten everything out rather. It’s so much nicer in real life!

At this rate, it’ll definitely be ready in time for the Mackay Show.

I’d better start thinking about backing fabric and whether I have enough sashing fabric. No great rush, but I want to be ready when the last block is done. And the quilting?  Wavy lines, of course! Normally, I’d do vertical, but this quilt seems to be asking for horizontal. Stars under water, as it were.

Tomorrow’s the Days for Girls raffle draw. I’ll see if I can get a decent photo of the winner with her/his quilt if they’re there in person, to post here. Or, who knows, it maybe someone who’s family or a friend. That would be very special too.

My feet are telling me it’s time to stop, both the broken pedal foot and the other one in the brace that ought to be up instead of dangling under the sewing machine.

This time, just for a change, I’ll listen.

40 thoughts on “Floribunda #11: halfway there

  1. Good girl … rest the foot.
    The quilt is shaping up really well … I just love the colours and can’t wait for the finish 🤩

  2. Also can’t wait to see the finished item 🙂 Now, go and elevate those legs…

  3. tialys says:

    Rest up woman!
    I wonder if, as well as the batiks, it’s the colours that won’t photograph nicely indoors. I laid out my peacock coloured F2F blocks the other day and there are lots of purples and greens in there as well as some batiks and it sort of looks a bit of a muddy mess in the photos. I was a bit dispirited so put the all away again,
    I hope the raffle goes well and look forward to see a beaming face holding the Days For Girls quilt up in jubilation.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is the colours, I think. Unless the sun is shining directly on the design wall, what my eye can see does not replicate in the camera lens. Certain colours are notoriously bad (orange is a killer), but I think in low light there’s a tendency for subtle colour and pattern to blend a bit too much and go blah. I think in your case you need to wait for a sunny, dry day (yes, I DO know it’s the UK) and lay the blocks out on the lawn. i think the colours will come to life then.

  4. Looks beautiful – so it must be stunning to see for real.
    Now rest! ❤

  5. claire93 says:

    looking lovely, Kate!
    is it just me? or does it make any difference as to vertical or horizontal wavy lines? I mean, if you do vertical all over, then turn the quilt by 90° won’t they then be horizontal? or have I misunderstood?

    • katechiconi says:

      It does make a bit of a difference. Firstly, the light hits the quilting differently. But I have other reasons in this case. The quilt is now taller than it is wide. Unidirectional quilting, like the wavy lines, makes a quilt block contract slightly at right angles to the ilnes (horizontal lines make the block shorter top to bottom). So because I have height to spare, it’s best to make the quilt blocks contract from top to bottom, rather than side to side. Plus, I like the horizontal effect for these blocks – as I said before, stars under water! Does that make sense?

  6. Have a great day tomorrow ♡

  7. Sharon says:

    One of my favorites for year 2021! Gorgeous photographed indoor or out 🙂

  8. I am sure the quilt will be absolutely glorious, whether on the bed or hanging up, inside or outside, with quilty lines going any way at all, but I absolutely love the idea of constellations under water!

    • katechiconi says:

      Me too! Stars reflected in water ripples. In fact, wouldn’t that be gorgeous, a deep blue/black background, lots of tiny stars in silver and white, and ripple quilting? One day, maybe….

  9. kymlucas says:

    I think it’s beautiful! No surprise. I love all your quilts. 🤩

  10. magpiesue says:

    I feel your frustration at the limits of photography. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt no matter what!

    • magpiesue says:

      Meant to ask the other day whether you could sew or not given your injuries – glad to learn it’s possible. You’ll just have to be careful not to overdo it! (ha!)

      • katechiconi says:

        The broken foot is not mended yet, but is better enough that it doesn’t hurt when I use the sewing machine pedal. The damaged ankle tells me quite loudly when it’s time to stop and put it up. So yes, I can sew, but in relatively short increments of time. Pain is remarkably good at persuading me to stop 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s my only gripe about my very generous sewing space… the design wall doesn’t get good light. But it’s good enough to lay quilts out, so I guess it does the job.

  11. Bear says:

    That is beautiful! Good luck with your show.

  12. That quilt is stunning! How do you use your sewing machine with your poorly feet? It must be quite painful I would have thought. So I am glad you listened to them telling you they had had enough. Enjoy the raffle and I hope you raise lots of money.

    • katechiconi says:

      Left foot is completely out of the question. Right foot, the broken bone is just about mended enough to let me use the pedal. Both feet are quite vocal about when they’ve had enough, and I can’t sit on a high stool with them dangling either, so cutting is out of the question too. Slow, steady and limited is the way ahead.

  13. Marty K says:

    Time to teach Mr. Mouse how to work the pedals. 😉 This quilt looks AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS! And if it’s even better in person, then WOWZERS!!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s actually quite capable of operating the pedal, as he weighs 36kg/80 pounds. A fact I’m rather too familiar with from him trampling on my feet when he’s waiting to be fed…. The quilt IS looking rather fab, and one day soon, I’ll be able to take a photo I’m happy with!

  14. cedar51 says:

    the quilt looks magic and yes I can imagine it all together…glad to see that you took your own advice and stopped before the dangling feet/legs fell completely off. I know that feeling of having to stop and have a horizontal even when I don’t want to…it means that the next day I can do some more.

    • katechiconi says:

      Nothing to beat a horizontal when it’s called for. I shall be taking a fair old break tomorrow as today’s high jinks at the raffle resulted in my crutches being knocked over 3 times and some nameless idiot kicking my bad foot.

  15. I love these. They look like whirling dancers. Halfway is a good place to start from. Of course you will get then done. Good to know you have your feet up. Me too. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      Not only am I on the bed with my feet up, but I am being supervised by Mouse, who has his head on the same pillow as my foot… No cheating allowed. I hope he allows me to creep to the kitchen to make coffee soon….

  16. Everything you create is a work of art and craft. This is beautifully done, Kate.

    I’m sorry to hear about the continued pain in your foot. I understand, too, trying to craft or create with an injury. At some point you have to give in and rest.

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