ST&D: 29 and 30, all safely in

The final two blocks for Signed, Tealed & Delivered have arrived safely.

It was a slightly worrying wait, because Margaret had put so much work into the cross stitch ‘postal frank’ block that if the parcel got lost it would be a real tragedy. But it and her postcard block are here, and I’ve been able to finalise the layout (I think!).

So without further ado, here’s how it’s going to be laid out. As always, you’re invited to comment if you think a particular placing doesn’t work. And as always, your comments are appreciated but I may not act on them since I may have a particular reason for placement.

I’m wondering if I might not sash this quilt with teal for a change, and perhaps even a patterned fabric; it’s been cream for all the previous ones, with a cream backing. There’s no reason why I can’t do teal on the front and cream on the back. You’ll recall I have that fabulous airmail stripe fabric for the binding. I’m considering cutting the binding early, so I can see how much I have left over. There may even be enough to do a couple of backing squares, and I have a piece of lovely airmail sticker fabric Margaret kindly donated, which would make a couple more backs. I’ll see how it goes…

So, next steps are: cut the binding strips; assess the remaining stripe and airmail sticker fabric and cut squares from them for backing; cut the rest of the backing squares from cream; buy teal and cut for the sashing strips; cut batting squares.

And then, my dears, it’ll be time to start quilting!

56 thoughts on “ST&D: 29 and 30, all safely in

  1. craftycreeky says:

    It’s wonderful Kate, I was so relieved when you let me know they had arrived!! The layout looks great, the only bit I might have a play with is the three dark ones in a row, maybe trying either two green ones up or the middle one up or down , but I think you have a much better eye than me for arranging blocks, so I know it will be perfect πŸ™‚

  2. claire93 says:

    another gorgeous collective display of blocks! well done to everyone ^^

  3. elaine says:

    That is so beautiful!!

  4. That is a gorgeous piece of cross stitching in the center. I didn’t know that was in the works. I LOVE this quilt and all the women who continue to create and donate to the cause. Thank you, Kate, for bringing so many people together and for making a difference, one square at a time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m very lucky that Margaret volunteered to do the cross stitch, or I’d have been doing it myself! I wanted a postal frank block, so I got a friend to do the line artwork for it, imported it into a picture-to-chart free software online, and sent the file to Margaret. She was unbelievably quick, and she’s used such lovely variegated thread for it.

  5. knitnkwilt says:

    Love the postal stamp; thank goodness it made it. Overall layout looks good to me. Teal sashing sounds good too.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think teal sashing will make a nice change and the grid it will create seems to reinforce the postal theme somehow. But I will have to be very particular about matching things up as even a slight mismatch will show a lot more!

  6. Blown away as usual. Wonderful group effort, and each block is gorgeous xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      Everyone has done a brilliant job, as always. Next week, I’ll make a start on the quilting, but I need to stare at the quilt a bit for a couple of days while I think what do do. It won’t be anything fancy, I don’t want to distract attention from the designs.

  7. nettyg says:

    Pretty darn nice, big pats on our collective backs πŸ™‚

  8. I would be tempted to see what swapping the second from the left on the bottom row with the middle one on the top row looks like. It may be the angle, but to me the bottom looks slightly unbalanced (or maybe I’m slightly unbalanced!).
    This is yet another wonderful collaboration that you have been responsible for. The fund raising committee must be blown away every time they receive one of these quilts.

    • katechiconi says:

      I tried this, and the new layout now looks unbalanced to me (and I’m *sure* I’m slightly unbalanced), so I think I’m going to leave the bottom row alone…. Emily at OCA gets very excited whenever I tell her I’ve got one ready to go – she’s actually told me she’s strongly tempted to bid for this one herself!

      • I’m definitely a member of the slightly unbalanced club! I’m not surprised that Emily gets so excited – there must be a real buzzzzz when everyone gets to see the quilt and take in the details and know so many people have contibuted from so far afield. Is there some internet bidding as well, like you see in the Auction houses!?!l

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m afraid I don’t know, but I suspect not, since they are ‘silent’ auctions, where the bids are submitted in advance in writing.

  9. So exciting to see it all together – what a wonderful project. I like the sound of more teal being added. You still have so much work to do Kate – thank you so much for all the time thought and expertise you put into these quilts. I can feel the love from here!

  10. tialys says:

    Great stuff – I think teal or cream would work so go with what pleases you most.

  11. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    This one is going to be super special !!!

  12. Lynda says:

    This is so much fun and the time seemed to fly by waiting for each installment. I like the variety of backgrounds on the blocks and the teal sashing will show them off nicely.

  13. kathyreeves says:

    How exciting it is to see everything all together at last! Your theme really spawned the creativity, and all for such a worthy cause! Go Team Teal! Hurrah for Captain Kate!

  14. kymlucas says:

    Love. That’s all. Just love. It’s going to be beautiful.

  15. magpiesue says:

    It looks wonderful just as it is. What a treasure this is going to be for some lucky soul!

  16. Emma says:

    It’s beautiful as usual Kate, I really love that centre square with the landscape you’ve made, it’s amazing 😍

    • katechiconi says:

      I found the image of an original Australian stamp from the early 1980s showing a scene from FNQ. I blew it up, reversed the image and printed it onto transfer paper and ironed it onto fabric. Then I framed it with the dark fabric and did a machine embroidery stitch around the outside to look like the paper perforations. Job done!

  17. I am glad those last blocks made it safely!

  18. rutigt says:

    Beautiful! Really beautiful!!!

  19. Esther says:

    I love it! Very thankful to be part of this project. You rock Kate!

  20. […] my last post about this quilt, when I showed the final blocks from Margaret, I’ve neglected Signed, Tealed & Delivered dreadfully. Porch curtains, holidays, hand […]

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