20% plus a fistful more

The 20% is Anemone. 

The fistful more is the yet to be named blue hexie quilt. I have finally applied myself to naming it, as calling it the ‘yet to be named…’ is both embarrassing and clunky. I have decided to call it Delft. I am half Dutch, so the beautiful blue and white pottery by that name which I love so much is part of my cultural heritage. Also, the city is the birthplace of one of my favourite painters, Jan Vermeer (think Girl with a Pearl Earring) and is a beautiful place in itself.

There is progress on both. Anemone has now reached the stage of being 20% quilted. It’s going well. I find it soothing, and easy to find enough time in a day to do a row or two (or maybe three). I’ve finally located my thread conditioner (the little blue box), so now it’s even easier, since it tangles even less than it did before. The relative firmness and non-tanglyness of hand quilting thread is one of the great things of hand quilting for me, especially as I am a lazy quilter and use a long thread. Life is too short for constant knot-burying. Getting this quilt done is my priority just now, as I can’t use my cutting table for other things while I’m working on it.

Starting Row 15

And Delft? I have made a bunch more flowers, some with scraps and some with my new yardage. it’s clear to me I’m going to need a LOT more dark blue fabric; those hexie flowers munch it up fast, whilst the paler separator hexies are comparative fewer. I should have bought twice as much dark and half as much light!

A fistful more hexies

Oh dear. I have to go fabric shopping….

24 thoughts on “20% plus a fistful more

  1. Marty K says:

    “Oh dear. I have to go fabric shopping….”

    Rats! It’s a brutal job, but someone’s gotta do it! 😉 Both quilts are going to be lovely when completed — as are all of your projects.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, right? So hard… Luckily the Husband is very understanding, he and Mouse have a favourite spot in the mall where the fabric shop is located. Husband has a sofa, Mouse has a rug and doggo attracts lots of attention and conversation, so that keeps them busy while I shop.

  2. I like the dark ones on the left in the “fistful more” – they look like constellations surrounding pink clouds.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes! It’s a very pretty fabric. I’m wondering what else I’ll find that will blend with everything I already have. I’ll probably have to shop with a fistful of hexie flowers!

  3. magpiesue says:

    More fabric? What a shame. 😉 I seem to be finding myself without quite enough to get the job done a lot lately. That’s what comes of not planning the project out ahead of time!

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, the hardship! Compared to many quilters, I don’t have a lot of fabric stashed away, but I do refuse to compromise when it comes to colour. Something ‘off’ would annoy my eye every time I looked at it, so it’s safer to just not do that.

  4. I love the name Delft and the patterns that were inspired by it. I love the delft china patterns and on linens as well. How lucky for you to be half Dutch.

  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Isn’t it odd how we atsrt to make something with scrap and then have to buy some new stuff to finish the job creating more scrap. Is that what they mean by a circular economy? 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t feel too bad about it, since I hadn’t intended to make a fully scrappy quilt. It just happens I have a lot of dark blue scrap since making my indigo Worldwide Friends quilt some years ago. I knew there wasn’t enough for a whole quilt, and I wanted the freedom to be picky about the colour, hence the purchases. But you know me, there’s never going to be a lot of scrap left because the bits always find a home!

  6. “Oh dear … I have to go fabric shopping…” 🤣🤣🤣😋😋😋😋

  7. “Oh dear, I have to go fabric shopping.” Snort. Methinks you protest too much. Have fun, Kate.

  8. craftycreeky says:

    The things we have to do for our craft 🙂 Love the blue hexies too

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Delft is the perfect name and I agree it’s a truly beautiful city.I am so sorry you will have to go fabric shopping, but someone has to undertake the onerous job!

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