Chiconian Quilts

They go from poor, amateur and badly photographed to better, more proficient and better photographed. I’m making no claims for expertise, but they were all made for someone, and have happy homes with friends and family. Click on any photo for a better close-up. And in the unlikely event you want to use a photo, or need information about or want to duplicate any quilt, please ask. Designs are my copyright (see the Small Print Page). The most recent quilts are at the top, for the older ones, please scroll down.

Let’s make a start.

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Stay Positive, a quilt made for the benefit of Ovarian Cancer Australia. It is composed mainly of donated blocks.

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Grey Nomad, a scrappy quilt made for a travelling friend

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Time for Teal, a quilt made of mainly donated blocks for the benefit of Ovarian Cancer Australia. It raised $500 for the charity at auction 🙂

The Cloths of Heaven final, front

The Cloths of Heaven, a quilt to celebrate the marriage of my niece

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Canterbury Bulldogs quilt for a rugby fan – and the last time I’ll make this quilt pattern; there have been two others.

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The Bookcase Quilt for my niece Lucy, the Unlikely Bookworm!

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Worldwide Friends, front. A collaborative English Paper Piecing quilt entirely hand-stitched by me, with contributions of fabric and poetry from blogging friends around the world.

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Worldwide Friends: the back, with the haiku panel in the centre.

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Aimée, a long overdue quilt for my sister in France

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Amistad, a quilt to celebrate a friendship.

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Jumble, a baby quilt I made in a great rush for Baby Gnu Too.

Isfahan, complete with scrappy binding

Isfahan, a warm lap quilt for my father

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Broken Bottles, made for my sister in law, Yvonne

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The back of Broken Bottles, showing the quilting detail

Happiness, with a late afternoon shadow. Feb -May 2014

Happiness, with late afternoon shadow. Feb-May 2014

Back detail, with stained glass effect

Back detail, with stained glass effect

Happiness Label

Happiness label

The finished quilt. I'm really pleased with it

The Tree of Life. Made for my brother
Paul’s 60th birthday present

Back detail: reverse of the quilting

Back detail: reverse of the quilting

Three 'flying quilts' for my nephew's triplet baby daughters. Left is Komeet (Comet), centre is Vlucht (Flight) and right is Wervelwind (Whirlwind)

Three ‘flying quilts’ for my nephew’s triplet baby daughters.
Left is Komeet (Comet), centre is Vlucht (Flight) and right is Wervelwind (Whirlwind)

The backing fabrics and labels. I'm letting the parents decide who gets which quilt!

The backing fabrics and labels. I’m letting the parents decide who gets which quilt!

One of my favourites. It's called Desert Spring. A man's quilt.

One of my favourites. It’s called Desert Spring. A man’s quilt.

Made for an avid Swans supporter

Made for an avid Swans supporter

My heirloom quilt. English paper piecing. Many thousands of hexagons, each sewn by hand, and then quilted by hand. Nearly a year of work.

My heirloom quilt. English paper piecing. Many thousands of hexagons, each sewn by hand, and then quilted by hand. Nearly a year of work.

Anna's Garden. A quilt/playmat for my great-niece.

Anna’s Garden. A quilt/playmat for my great-niece.

A tui for Anne. Not a quilt, a wall hanging, for a Kiwi friend who was homesick in Canada.

A Tui for Anne. Not a quilt, a wall hanging,
for a Kiwi friend who was homesick in Canada.

Go the Pies!

Go the Pies!

Me in front of Morning Tea at the Quilting Bee. Full size shot to follow.

Me in front of Morning Tea at the Quilting Bee. Full size shot to follow.

The finished thing, hanging from my design wall pole. Lots of work, lots of detail, glad it's finished, hope it does some good for the CanDo Cancer Trust

The finished thing, hanging from my design wall pole. Lots of work, lots of detail, glad it’s finished, hope it does some good for the CanDo Cancer Trust

Another close up, this time of the finished quilt

A close up of the centre of the finished quilt

A wall hanging I made for the waiting area at the Coffs Harbour Breast Screen NSW clinic. They have a lot of butterfly themed art.

A wall hanging I made for the waiting area at the Coffs Harbour Breast Screen NSW clinic. They have a lot of butterfly themed art.

A quilt for Baby Gnu (his daddy is Big Gnu...)

A quilt for Baby Gnu (his daddy is Big Gnu…)

The back of Baby Gnu's quilt

The back of Baby Gnu’s quilt

Jen's French Braid quilt, keeping her warm in London

Jen’s French Braid quilt, keeping her warm in London

The Japanese 9 Block, on my sister's spare bed in Dorrigo

The Japanese 9 Block, on my sister’s spare bed in Dorrigo

Hearts in Splendour, a quilt I designed for a friend to make for charity, and ended up making myself. She couldn't line up the seams, and I couldn't let an imperfect quilt go...

Hearts in Splendour, a quilt I designed for a friend
to make for charity, and ended up making myself.
She couldn’t line up the seams, and I couldn’t let an imperfect quilt go…

The Tangerine 9 block. It's on my spare bed. My first ever attempt at FMQ. And it shows!

The Tangerine 9 block. It’s on my spare bed.
My first ever attempt at FMQ. And it shows!

Henry's Twirling Stars. A small quilt for my sister's son. He's outgrown it now.

Henry’s Twirling Stars. A small quilt for my sister’s son. He’s outgrown it now.

Bella's Twirling Stars. A small quilt for my sister's second daughter.

Bella’s Twirling Stars. A small quilt for my sister’s second daughter.

Francesca's Butterfly. A small quilt for my sister's eldest daughter.

Francesca’s Butterfly. A small quilt for my sister’s eldest daughter.

French General lap quilt, made for the CanDo Cancer Trust to raffle to raise funds.

French General lap quilt, made for the
CanDo Cancer Trust to raffle to raise funds.

Tracey's English Country Garden. Love those colours and big, overblown flowers. It's on the bed in her spare room.

Tracey’s English Country Garden. Love those colours and big, overblown flowers. It’s on the bed in her spare room.

Sam's Australian Spring. Made for my nephew and his wife.

Sam’s Australian Spring. Made for my nephew and his wife.

Kye's Autumn Swirl. Made for another nephew's bed.

Kye’s Autumn Swirl. Made for another nephew’s bed.

The back of Kye's Autumn Swirl, showing some pretty wonky quilting.

The back of Kye’s Autumn Swirl, showing some pretty wonky quilting.

Donna's Daisy Daisy, made for the birth of her son.

Donna’s Daisy Daisy, made for the birth of her son.

The back of Donna's Daisy Daisy. The FMQ is a little better...

The back of Donna’s Daisy Daisy. The FMQ is a little better…

23 thoughts on “Chiconian Quilts

  1. Lynda says:

    Kate, these are so beautiful! Even with wonky stitching, that only you will criticize, they are quite lovely. I’m so glad you posted all your hard work. Favorites? The Pies and Anna’s Garden.

    You have inspired me, and now I have to get it in gear and gather the photographs of my past work. Most are minis for table and wall… and most were given away! 😉

  2. […] second most complicated and labour-intensive quilt of my life (for the most labour intensive, see https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/chiconian-quilts and scroll down to My heirloom […]

  3. Sarah says:

    So beautiful! I really like your black and white one. It’s simple, but very striking.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the most recent, the simplest and the one that took least time. I’m very happy with it, and so is its new owner. Her husband, on the other hand, is not so happy now that his team quilt no longer reigns supreme at footy time!

  4. Wow you have some really stunning quilts here – I really enjoyed looking at them all. Love the triplet ones at the start – are they your own design, they look so original. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, they’re my design. I had to do something that didn’t take too much work, as I was suddenly producing three quilts instead of one! The hexagon quilt was the most time consuming but not hard, the quilt I’m working on just now is the most technically demanding. I’m looking forward to doing something easy next to give myself a holiday!

  5. kymlucas says:

    These are beautiful. I’m sharing with a quilting friend of mine.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! I have been dipping into your blog every so often, and thought it made sense to follow now. I too went ‘bareheaded’ during chemo; it’s too hot in Australia for wigs! I made up for it with Tshirts with messages on. My favourites were “I just can’t do a thing with my hair” and “At least you’re not staring at my boobs. Oops. Too late”. It’s the men that stare, don’t you find? Women get it pretty quickly.

      • kymlucas says:

        I love the t-shirts! And I’ll admit I wore my “I fight like a girl” t-shirt pretty often too. I was amazed at how few people even seemed to notice I had no hair. I did wonder, and still do, how many men I know are surreptitiously scoping out my boobs trying to figure out which one is the reconstruction. 🙂

      • katechiconi says:

        They’d be wasting their time with me, I haven’t had mine yet, some time later this year, I hope. I have a whole bunch of other Tshirt logo ideas that never made it onto fabric, but perhaps I should do some and give them out at the local oncology unit while the girls are getting their cocktails.

      • kymlucas says:

        What a great idea!

      • kymlucas says:

        Also — and I should have said this first — thanks for following!

      • katechiconi says:

        No worries! Always good to get another perspective on our common issue.

      • kymlucas says:

        I agree. Everyone has such different reactions. It’s important to have as many as possible available for people to read so they begin to understand that any way you feel about things is okay.

  6. I just had a look at this quilt page of you, my God !! you are a real ARTIST !!!! You have made soooooo many beautiful quilts, I possibly can’t tell which one is my favorite, I just can’t choose as they are all so lovely !!!

  7. Debbierose says:

    Lovely blog and gorgeous quilts. The MOTH & I passed through Mackay in 2012 on our way to Bowen. Hope your doing ok after the rains this year.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. And it’s fairly rare for someone to know where Mackay is, let alone visit! We were lucky with the weather, and didn’t get clobbered too badly.

  8. OldCountryGirl says:

    I looooove quilts! When my baby girl was born she did get one from a dear friend. She made it by herself. After two years I still can`t believe how beautiful it is!

    • katechiconi says:

      If you can sew at all, you can make a quilt. Mostly, it’s not about the sewing, it’s about the colour, the arrangement of the pieces and – just giving it a go. She’ll be old enough for a grown up bed soon, and that’s your chance to find out if you have discovered a new passion!

      • OldCountryGirl says:

        Yes, I can sew and crochet and I am a very crafty person. It would be great to make the first quilt on my own. I guess, there will be plenty of cold winter evenings to do so!

      • katechiconi says:

        Put it on your To Do list for 2016! Let me know if you need any help or if you get stuck. I made my first quilt 30 years ago, so I’ve had a fair bit of practice…

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