Floribunda #12: starting the second half

And here we go, tipping over into the downhill slope.

This is Block 16. Blocks 13, 14 and 15 were shown in the previous Floribunda post as part of the total halfway layout. Each of these blocks takes about an hour. I could easily do them faster, but I’m being meticulous and tidy and measuring and trimming at every stage. It’s paying off in terms of ease when fitting things together. Alternatively, I could chain piece, or cut all the remaining blocks and start a production line, but I don’t find that enjoyable. Besides, I find that sometimes I want to change things once I take a second look, or something doesn’t work in the space I’d planned for it. You lose that flexibility if you work too fast and without stops to squint and contemplate.

I don’t have quite enough of the batik I bought for sashing since the quilt is now larger than before. That’s OK. I just need to come up with Plan B. Quite often, in my experience, B stands for Better anyway!

I’ll just keep plugging away at a gentle pace. Works for me….

31 thoughts on “Floribunda #12: starting the second half

  1. Plan Bs always end up being reclassified as Plan As, around here at least 🙂

  2. Marty K says:

    Such a pretty block. The darker corner pieces make me think of African Violets. 🙂

  3. tialys says:

    I love central batik fabric.
    I don’t enjoy chain piecing either. I’d rather faff about a little bit at each stage and see what happens – if you know what I mean.

  4. I am rather in love with block 16!

  5. …works for me, too!

  6. Dayphoto says:


  7. magpiesue says:

    Oh, I do love this color palette! As has already been stated, “Yummy!” Plan B for better is a great idea too. It does very often turn out that way, doesn’t it?

  8. Sharon says:

    Gorgeous as always – these batik fabrics are so rich and lush – love the block

  9. cedar51 says:

    I often change my mind on what the outcome will be – the latest nearly completed Ancient Trees didn’t start out quite like it finished up with. I had wanted it to be about almost fallen leaves – the cover was definitely different but fortunately the cover embellishments were not a/ glued or b/machine stitched down – so it was easy to remove them and unless you took the “current cover off or the internal book insert” you wouldn’t know…what all that oddball stitching thread was!

    love the colourways you have used…looking forward to seeing a bit of a layout soon…

    • katechiconi says:

      I showed the full top half in an earlier post:
      I do feel that half of creativity is the ability and freedom to change your mind where it’s necessary. Sometimes the original idea isn’t the best way of achieving your vision, is it?

      • cedar51 says:

        replying late because email fell down the rabbit hole inbox!

        for sure that is true – the latest book underway is stalled – partially because my health went a bit sideways but also because I’m not happy with “yet again” the cover. I had dearly wanted to recycle something that came in the post because it was such a beautiful colour (the sender had hand-dyed the large A4 envelope) but it’s not working that well…

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    If you wanted to work on a production line you would get a job in a factory! Work like quilting is not about making as many quilts in the time as possible but enjoying the process

    • katechiconi says:

      Absolutely! I’m sure that if you were just cranking something out in a big hurry it would be very efficient, but I like to think about each block a bit more, and how it works in the whole. Instant gratification isn’t my thing!

  11. Debbierose says:

    Batik Lover here, adore these colours, the swirl, crispness of the brights.

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