Starting something new: Twilight

No, I’m not talking about the vampire trilogy.

I’m talking about a new quilt. This one’s for my brother’s youngest daughter, the only one of the four who doesn’t yet have her own quilt.

I’ve got the design and the colour scheme sorted out. It’s going to be soft, dark moody shades of greeny blues, indigos, lilacs and purples.

Pre-Covid, I’d bought two packs of beautiful shot cotton 8 inch squares, one in shades of blues and teals and the other in shades of mulberry and purple, plus two packs of batik jelly roll strips in purple and indigo. The centre of the quilt is going to be a selection of the shot cotton squares bordered by jelly roll strips in matching or toning colours, and the centre will be bordered by jelly roll strip HST blocks.

I have more than enough fabric, so there may well also be blocks on the back too.  It’ll be my standard lap quilt size of 5 x 6 blocks of 12 inches each, QAYG, and probably sashed with very dark blue. I haven’t decided on the backing yet, I’ll wait for the quilt to tell me…

So there you have it. Not a lot of variety in the assembly part of the job, but lots of scope for squinting and rearranging until I have the layout just right. And with the spare fabrics I even have the option to add another row if I decide it needs it. For now, I think the spares are too bright, light or dark, but I may change my mind when it’s on the design wall.

Now, I must crack on with assembling the window blocks.

More soon.


56 thoughts on “Starting something new: Twilight

  1. I love the collection of colors you have chosen. It’s going to be exciting to watch it go together.

    • katechiconi says:

      Me too! It’s not colours I’d choose for myself, but I love how they work together and it will be a lovely soft and moody quilt when it’s done, I think.

  2. Oh those batiks! Niece will be in twilit glory – is there such a thing? It will be a (nother) thing of beauty.

  3. mlmcspadden says:

    that is going to be a lovely quilt!

  4. Sharon says:

    This will be dreamy 🙂

  5. Chris S in Canada says:

    Such beautiful colours. Twilight indeed. It will be the most beautiful calming quilt to tuck under with a good book and a pot of tea.

  6. There’s a vampire trilogy?????

  7. anne54 says:

    It will be worth the wait for your niece to get this beautiful quilt from Aunty Kate. It’s going to be a stunner.

  8. claire93 says:

    so fabulous fabrics there ^^

  9. Marty K says:

    Those are definitely my kind of colors! 💜 Looking forward to being on the quilting journey with you. 🙂

  10. Ohhhh very nice … I’m loving the colours … sorry to have taken this long to read it as I was on the bike most of the day 🤩

  11. Bear says:

    Ohhh, those colors are scrumptious! Can’t wait to see them sewn!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the kind of purples I like, dark and moody, not bright. It’s a pity the photos don’t do justice to the shot cottons; some of the two-tone effects are really lush.

      • Bear says:

        email me your addy… I have a piece of purple with a gold swirly through it…. looks like purple lava. I’ll send it to you. My email is:

      • katechiconi says:

        Will do! Meanwhile, I’m going to blank out your email address or the spambots will have a field day with it!

      • Bear says:

        Thanks! 🤓🌹 I was going to delete comment after you confirmed for that reason. Don’t know how to do what you did from phone. I’ll check email in morning.

  12. Dayphoto says:

    I love those colors!!!

  13. knettycraft says:

    Oh, I just can see it coming alive in front of my inner eye! It will be beautiful !

  14. craftycreeky says:

    Oooh, I love the colours, can’t wait to see this one take shape 🙂

  15. cedar51 says:

    Now that’s a lot different than your usual bright-as; but on the other hand it’s always good to cross into an arena, that “isn’t your usual” – either you find something sits well with you OR you appreciate your other.

    I’m at cross roads with my work and I am beginning to realise that I would prefer making the books rather that flat pieces. But I can use the flat pieces for book covers, methinks

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s very different for me, but then it’s for someone who has quite different tastes and wanted a peaceful but lush quilt. I’m really happy to work with these colours; occasionally I like subtle rather than punchy.

  16. nanacathy2 says:

    What a wonderful colour palate, this is going to be fabulous.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s very subdued, but rich and interesting nonetheless. I think I’ll be happy with the result. I’m beginning to wonder if it’ll need some kind of embellishment, though. The design is *very* plain.

  17. Debbierose says:

    Your Niece will love it, you have a very lucky family to be the recipients of your gorgeous quilts

  18. all my fave colours. I think of shot cotton as cotton woven with varying thicknesses of thread, so that there’s texture (unless that’s slub, and shot is the fabric with different shades?!) in which case it’s going to be even more gorgeous as there’s an extra layer of texture, and I love texture. Lucky neice.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re thinking of slub. Some of these purples are made up of dark blue and bright pink, or bright blue and amber, it’s amazing! They’re hand-woven, so they’re also slightly slubby and there’s interesting variation in colour and density. This particular niece has waited a long time, so she deserves something a bit special.

  19. Those are very subdued colours for you Kate! But they look wonderful together and I just know it is going to be fabulous.

  20. magpiesue says:

    An unusual color scheme for you to work in – my first thought – but it will be gorgeous as usual. 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      I know! But I think it’s going to be interesting to work with; I’ll need to make micro- rather than macro-decisions about colour placement. And also, having made my initial selection of the central window blocks already, I’m not happy with the colour range, and I think I need to bring back in the lighter/ brighter colours I’d originally eliminated. I can tell this one is going to exercise my critical faculties!

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