Quilts for VanEssa 2

This one’s mine, and it’s nearly done.

I originally planned to sash both of the VanEssa quilts with a solid colour, either grey or a sort of absinthe yellow, but I was short of the yellow. However, I had enough scrappage left of the fabric I used for the backing to sash the front, and therefore I was able to sash the back with the yellow solid. And we all know how much I like a good scrap…

The quilt front, well on the way to completion. Top half is quilted and sashed, bottom half just quilted. I’ve gone for very simple and sparse quilting: a 4 inch central square and then two more concentric squares outside that. It works to hold the layers together but is still very supple and quiet to look at. So quiet, in fact, that it seems to be invisible in this photo…

And the backing, which I think works epically well! Who knew that a gigantic brightly-coloured floral print cut from a duvet cover at least 12 years old would unify all the different blocks and colours through sheer exuberance. Well, I suppose I had an idea it would work, but it was a tiny bit of a gamble. It’s rare that a quilt back is so much flashier than the front, but that’s certainly true here.

I think I’ll bind it with grey, either a solid or a grey and white print.

I should be able to finish this quilt in the next couple of days, and then onwards with the other one. 


25 thoughts on “Quilts for VanEssa 2

  1. I love the ships, great for a travelling quilt… and the bright colours. That will perk up the monochrome of the interior!

    • katechiconi says:

      I love those ship blocks, and you’re absolutely right, they’re perfect for this quilt. The Husband’s quilt will be a little quieter, but only a little!

  2. Caroline says:

    marvellously gloriously over the top on colourful

  3. tialys says:

    You’ll always wake up to a bright morning with this on your bed. It’s lovely.

  4. Amo says:

    Coming together nicely.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve made so many quilts this way that I really don’t have to think about it much any more, and the calculations I need to do about quantities for the backing and sashing strip are so much easier than they used to be!

  5. Dayphoto says:

    Very nice. Of course, you always are amazing

  6. Kate, you really have a knack for naming things. I love VanNessa and all the cancer quilts you’ve named over the years. I wouldn’t have thought to use an old duvet for backing. I think that’s genius.

  7. When in doubt more is more. I love it. Perfect foil for Vanessa’s monochrome interior.

  8. Marty K says:

    VanEssa is gonna be stylin’! 😉 (The only think that’s missing is black “puppy fur glitter.”)

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That will cheer up the interior! Bland begone!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    What a pretty quilt. Bet you can’t wait for your first trip.

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