Floribunda: the last one

Here we are, then.

This is the last one, I promise. Front, complete with binding. I’m rather proud that I’ve managed to keep 90% of the points intact around the outside, an object achieved by sewing the binding first to the back, and then hand-stitching it down on the front so I could micro-adjust the line of the edge to stay clear of the points.

This quilt has been a hard one to photograph nicely. In shade, the colours go dull and dingy. In the sun, they tend to bleach out. You need the human eye to successfully appreciate the colours, the contrasts and the subtleties of the fabrics used.

I’ve added corner pockets and a central hanging pocket on the top edge of the back. I may ultimately remove those before I send the quilt to my niece, since I don’t believe she’s planning to hang it, but then again, they’re not in the way. And the corner pockets came in handy for my human quilt display stand during photography.

The label is a bit more prosaic than usual, since the Show required contact information, which I don’t normally need to add. I won’t show it here, as it gives my phone number, and spammers abound.

I doubt there will be any Show ribbons, but you never know. I’ll be sure to let you know in the event there’s anything to brag about!

And now, a short break for mending, and then on with the next thing.

71 thoughts on “Floribunda: the last one

  1. Mimi says:

    WOW, just wow!

  2. A great way to make sure the points are pointy! I don’t mind seeing more pictures of the quilt – the finished front is glorious, but I want to see it with all the prize ribbons attached too, and on your niece’s bed/wall, and, and…it is just completely beautiful!
    I think WordPress “grey’s” everything a bit.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you’re right about the colours greying… that may have something to do with the fact that I reduce the file size drastically in order to stay well within my data allowance. If, and it’s a big if, the quilt wins anything, I’ll be sure to let you see a photo!

  3. Utterly utterly beautiful. Words don’t explain how I feel looking at this ❀️

  4. wow! absolutely stunning and the back is really pretty too.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think this is my favourite of all the backs I’ve ever made. And those stripy graduated corner blocks make it, I feel; the thing wouldn’t be nearly so interesting without!

  5. It is a glorious work of art. It’s almost too much for me to look at.
    Human quilt display stand? Very little evidence of that in the pics!

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s because I made him duck his head. On a previous shot of the finished quilt front, the bald top of his head was peeking over the edge… I had to retouch it out! And I’m glad you like it.

  6. It’s stunning both visually and technically. I hope the judges have enough expertise to appreciate both.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m sure they do. It’s a question of whether they feel it’s technically superior to something else. There are usually lots of quilts in colours I’d never choose to work together, as well. Time will tell.

  7. magpiesue says:

    It’s fabulous! Just as we knew it would be. πŸ˜€

  8. Marty K says:

    Absolutely STUNNING! Wowzers! Your niece is one lucky person to receive your beautiful handiwork and you’re an amazing aunt!

  9. She’s going to be so pleased with it, I’m sure. It’s gorgeous and so full of personality, like all the best handcrafted items. I think you should leave the pockets on, because you never know when her situation might change and you are effectively future proofing it for her – I had a quilt given to me in 1995, and used it on the bed daily til 2019 when it became properly threadbare. I’m no longer in touch with the maker, but I’d probably have retired it to the wall before then if it had hanging pockets. As it is, it’s carefully wrapped and stored in case we have any overnight guests.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you’re probably right… it was designed for her to snuggle under on her sofa, but if she moves somewhere that has clashing decor, she can hang it elsewhere.
      If you’d like to add pockets to your own quilt, I can easily explain how, as it’s a fairly straightforward process.

      • that’s a really lovely offer, thank you. I’ve filled all the walls with art (or storage!) now, so there’s no where I could fit it. I’ll just get it out occasionally for the memories. x

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous.

  11. knettycraft says:

    It is a beautiful quilt and will surely be treasured πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’–

  12. Going Batty in Wales says:


  13. cedar51 says:

    awesome and everything else everyonne has said

  14. tialys says:

    I love it – all that hard work was worth it whether it wins a prize or not. Great idea for the binding – I’ll have to bear that in mind in case I’m ever reckless enough to put points near the edge πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      I really don’t care about the prize personally, but I’d love to send it to her with her quilt! The points were consistently a quarter inch from the edge before quilting, but tended to shift after quilting, so it was necessary to move the binding edge a hair in or out. I couldn’t even allow extra edging in advance because the blocks moved around so much!

  15. claire93 says:

    good luck in the show ^^

  16. Fantastic use of wild and crazy colors all a-jumble yet all coming together to ‘read’ as a whole piece. I’ll bet the older sisters will be jealous of this one! HA!

  17. Sharon says:


  18. So beautiful. Looking forward to hearing how it gets on at the show. As you say, it would be fun to be able to send a prize with it. In any event I am sure it will be much loved and admired.

  19. Terri says:

    Kate, it turned out so beautiful!! I’m sure your niece will cherish this forever.

  20. Emmely says:

    Woohoo! You made the deadline (fairly impressive considering the bad luck you’ve had to deal with!) and it turned out great!

  21. Chris S in Canada says:

    I think you already have something to brag about, a ribbon would simply be icing.

    The quilt is simply beautiful and anyone I know would be thrilled to have it.

  22. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! It turned out lovely. And it looks very nice against that BLUE sky!

  23. anne54 says:

    If we were the judges that ribbon would be attached right now! I hope the real judges agree with us. πŸ₯‡

  24. It certainly should take first prize! I love it! Even the back is fun. I have never seen corner pockets like that. Learning so much. It’s just beautiful.

  25. The quilt turned out beautifully!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m pleased with all the blocks, and it came together very easily, probably the easiest of all the QAYG quilts I’ve made. It’s a happy quilt, so I’m very glad it’s going to my niece.

  26. knitnkwilt says:

    As elegant as process shots promised.

  27. Caroline says:

    Can I adopt you as my aunt … it would be so nice to be in line for one of your quilts !!

    • katechiconi says:

      Awww… but seriously, I’m already an aunt 16 times and a great aunt 9 times, and that’s just my own family, never mind the Husband’s. You’d have to join the queue!

      • Caroline says:

        Wow that is one big family !! How many of the nieces/nephews already have quilts, and how many are in the queue – sounds kind of endless. Anyway they are so lucky to get such memorable gifts.

      • katechiconi says:

        Four of my siblings, six of the nieces and nephews, and four of the greats. There’s one that’s been stalled for a long time, it’s technically very difficult and was a bit too ambitious, and one in the pipeline. I’ve also made for two SILs, for my father and a friend. If I’m asked, I make, otherwise, I make for charity or to please myself!

  28. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It’s another stunning ! From me you get first prize !

  29. Debbierose says:

    Beautiful, you are a fabric artist

  30. kymlucas says:

    I think the quilt is something to brag about in and of itself. Lovely!

  31. rutigt says:

    This quilt is outstanding!

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