Anemone, finally finished

Can you believe how long this has taken?

Not the hand quilting, which was long enough, but the whole thing. I started this lovely six years ago! And looking at it now, fully completed, I wonder why I was bonkers enough to put it on the back burner. Still, the hiatus hasn’t dimmed my enthusiasm for it. I still love it soooo much! I really like faced hexie quilts, because it retains the distinctive shape of the outer edge, and although it’s meticulous, laborious work to create and apply the back facing, I feel it’s really worth the effort when you look at the front.

I don’t have my handy quilt holder-upper (aka the Husband) today, so I have draped it tastefully (I hope) over a sofa. Possibly you can’t see every single hexie, but you get the idea.

Weird that the pink quilting thread looks black, but there you go.

And here’s a close up.

And the label, which I have concealed behind a hexie of appropriate colour on the back of the quilt, stitched in so that you can flip it open just enough to read it. I’m beginning to find labels a bit intrusive to look at unless they carry an important message (as in the DfG or Ovarian Cancer quilts), so I think I’ll keep this ‘hidden message’ option going forward.

And so we say farewell to Anemone. Next cab off the rank should be Delft, but I suspect I’ll finish assembling the front, remove most of the papers and then put it away for a bit. My fingers need a break from hand stitching for a good long time. And there’s another hat cut out and waiting for me, not to mention other quilt projects.

You’ll just have to wait and see what I pick next!

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34 thoughts on “Anemone, finally finished

  1. Apart from it’s gorgeousness, how fantastic that you’ve finished it. Another heirloom piece from you! Where will it live?

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    I like your hidden label idea!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve done it several times now, and I think a quilt back looks better without a big pale patch on it. It’s totally possible to include all the info you need invisibly.

  3. It’s lovely, Kate, and oh my, what a lot of work. I know you love it, but I am just in awe of the time and talent it takes to make this thing of beauty.

    • katechiconi says:

      It grew slowly and without any pressure, which is why it has taken so long. It didn’t help that I stopped halfway through the quilting to start the Delft quilt! The thing I love most about it is how exuberant it is!

  4. Utterly utterly gorgeous 💝
    But then again everything you do has that touch of gold to it 🥰

  5. claire93 says:

    well done Kate – many years in the making, but many years of pleasure and more to come when you snuggle under it!

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s exactly right. It didn’t actually take a long time to make, it just got made in sessions with a long time between them! I’m so pleased it’s finally done.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Absolutely stunning. I love the hexies.

  7. tialys says:

    Yes, I can definitely believe how long it’s taken. It’s a stunner.

  8. It’s lovely. Project work is like that… much excitement at both ends!

  9. Anemone, she’s bright, beautiful and I love her too! Well-done you! Interesting label idea…I don’t generally label things at all. I don’t know why.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve had it drilled into me that we owe it to future generations to tell us what, who and when (and possibly why) because those who went before left us so many intricate puzzles. I don’t object… it helps me and other remember.

  10. Dayphoto says:

    Beautiful, as always! And so wonderfully created

  11. kymlucas says:

    Love, love, LOVE this one. 🙂

  12. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Truly a labour of love!

  13. manicmumdays says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! 😍😍😍

  14. cedar51 says:

    Awesome, and now it’s completely off the back burner…

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