Tyger, tyger

A quick snippet of a future project.

The Husband’s younger sister is a footy fan. In Australia, this rarely means soccer, sometimes means Australian Rules Football (AFL) and mostly means rugby, either league or union. She supports a team called Wests Tigers. Well, you know where this is going, don’t you?

Yup, she’s getting a supporter’s quilt in Tigers colours. But I’m blowed if I’m calling this quilts Wests Tigers, so it’s getting called Tyger, after the William Blake poem. Hopefully the quilt will burn as brightly as the tyger in the forests of the night.

The design is going to be more sampler-y than my usual. The blocks will all be in shades of charcoal, orange and white in various layouts. They’ll be arranged around a central tiger image which is a transfer I’ve made and ironed onto white fabric. There will also be a deep checker-board border at the bottom to bring the length up to 5×6 blocks, my usual lap quilt format. This will also have the virtue of using up smaller scraps of the fabrics.

I have some lovely orange fabrics picked out, I have a large piece of the charcoal/black print and the white/cream will be simple tone on tone prints.

This is as far as I’m taking it till Twilight is done. I’m itching to get started on it, but will exercise self control till Twilight is on its way to my niece.

You can find the William Blake poem here if you don’t already know it.

40 thoughts on “Tyger, tyger

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    That’s the hardest kind of self control! Love all the oranges you have picked and the idea.

  2. I think it will be stupendous! The tyger’s tongue is sort of hot pink…

  3. “Footy” means rugby in Australia? I’ll never get over that one!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      It took me a while as well. Basically, ‘footy’ is a term for every football code, and quite often it’s geography that helps you decide which one they’re talking about. Queensland? Definitely rugby. Victoria? Most likely it’s AFL But rugby is the more ubiquitous throughout Australia, and therefore footy most commonly refers to rugby.

  4. what fabulously fiery oranges.

  5. tialys says:

    Ooh!! Can’t wait to see this one develop.

  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That is going to be such a contrast to ‘Twilight’! From the dark and subdued to fire and bold.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes! It’s a refreshing change, and you need this sort of variety to keep things interesting, I find. I’m not a great fan of sticking to one single favourite colour palette, and I’m a great believer in fitting the quilt to its future owner. Sometimes it means I’m not in love with the colours I’m using, but mostly I can find a way to work happily with them.

  7. Bear says:

    Oh, I’m jealous! This is beautiful! I like the bright colors. Your Sis-in-law will be so very blessed.

  8. Lucyannluna says:

    Those oranges look wonderful together.

  9. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! I LOVE IT!!!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    I am going to really enjoy watching what you do. Years ago , like 26 years ago my oldest produced as part of his GCSE Art project a wonderful piece of fabric with a tiger’s face on it.. He has steadfastly refused to take it so it lives in the airing cupboard…..

  11. magpiesue says:

    Oh, I love the prospective layout! And the colors! Talk about a change of pace from Twilight!! I can completely understand the need for self restraint.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, right? From soft and moody and deep and dark to bright and strong and juicy and vivid. I had several goes at a layout but kept coming back to a square for symmetry, but I do need to put that checkerboard strip at the bottom to make it large enough. I think it’ll work.

  12. This one will be very interesting. I’m sure your sister-in-law will love what you make for her. You are so good to make a quilt for everyone.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love making quilts, so that’s easy, and it’s so much easier when I have a person I know to make it for. It’s going to be a surprise – she doesn’t follow the blog so she won’t see it till I give it to her.

  13. cedar51 says:

    well there is “no footy” over the ditch – it’s Rugby, Soccer, League – don’t mangle any. Therefore I know at least which is soccer it’s the round ball!

    Tyger, Tyger – looks like a stunner…

    • katechiconi says:

      With AFL and rugby and their similarly-shaped balls, you look at the team uniform. Sleeveless shirts and very short shorts is AFL! Tyger is going to be fun! When I finally get to it, that is…

  14. claire93 says:

    I’m not a Tyger fan, but I do love orange, as you know! This is going to be so dramatic!

    • katechiconi says:

      I like the poem and the animal, but not so much how its image gets commercialised. However, this IS going to be fun, as the colour combination is very bold and I’ve gathered a collection of really gorgeous oranges!

  15. craftycreeky says:

    That sounds amazing, looking forward to seeing it made.

  16. Debbierose says:

    Vibrant and creative, your very clevet designer

  17. rutigt says:

    So, at first I thought “hmm, Kate has learned to speak Swedish” 🙂 Then , when continue reading I got it, a poem! Haven´t read it, but I´ll tell you, in Swedish tyger means fabrics! A very appropriate word for your quilt which btw I´m looking forward to see more of!

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