ST&D: Two thirds assembled

I have the top two thirds done.

As usual, I’m assembling the blocks in sections and joining those, which gives fewer huge seams than doing it row by row. The quilt’s 5 blocks across by 6 down, so I do a 4 block and 6 block section on each third, join those and then I only have 2 very long seams to do instead of 5, a definite bonus. I stagger the seams so the first third has a 4 block on the left and a 6 on the right, the second section has a 6 block on the left and a 4 on the right, and so on. I don’t know for sure if this makes a difference, but I thought it seemed a good idea.

So, one more third left to do, and then I can stitch on the binding, make the label, apply that, and hand hem the binding down. Not too long to go, and I’m definitely going to make the deadline 🙂 I’m liking the teal sashing on this one, rather than cream. What do you think?  It’s a pretty feathery print, with a tiny touch of warm pink which doesn’t show up at all in the photo.

The knee’s recovering a lot faster than I feared. It’s painful, sure, but not as disabling as I thought it might be. Certainly not enough to stop me sewing completely, although I do have to ration my time at the machine or I come to after an intense session with the knee stiff and yelling loudly at me.

Onwards and upwards…

36 thoughts on “ST&D: Two thirds assembled

  1. Woo hoo! I LOVE the teal sashing❤️. You have gone way above and beyond with this one! I am so so glad your knee is not holding you down. Sewing is such good medicine:)

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s coming on well, I think, I’m pleased with the progress I’ve been able to make despite the sore knee. I think this’ll end up being one of my favourite OCA quilts so far.

  2. Wow! It is looking so smart! I love the teal sashing. It is so exciting seeing it coming together. I’m glad the knee is behaving itself and allowing you to get on with things. Do you take arnica – I find it helps.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m loving the teal sashing for this one, I must say. It wouldn’t work on every quilt, but for this one, I like the pigeonhole effect.
      For the knee, I have an aspirin and arnica cream I can rub in, so long as I avoid the broken skin. It works pretty well, but there’s still a lot of swelling to go down.

  3. craftycreeky says:

    Wow, the teal sashing looks wonderful, brings it all together 🙂 Glad your knee is recovering well, but make sure you don’t over do it!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it was the right choice for this one.
      The knee has already yelled at me, so I’ve had to stop for the day. A little each day and I’ll get there…

  4. Emmely says:

    It is coming together very nicely! I like the teal sashing, adds more to the design than cream would have done.

  5. tialys says:

    I agree – the teal sashing both emphasises each block yet manages to bring them all together at the same time. If you know what I mean :/
    I’m so pleased you seem to be healing at a good rate – don’t go too mad though and set yourself back – you know what you’re like! x

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, not going mad and doing too much is definitely a good goal. The knee feels fine first thing, but after an hour or two it’s letting me know it’s time to stop.

  6. claire93 says:

    it’s really looking gorgeous!

  7. rutigt says:

    I´m glad to here that your knee is getting better! Some pain we just have ti live through, the faster the better. And the quilt is looking great!!!!!!

  8. I do love the teal sashing. Very happy you are listening to your knee but maybe not wait until it’s screaming at you. I absolutely love that quilt. I was sure you would find a way to get it done on time.

  9. Moira says:

    It is looking wonderful! The teal sashing is perfect for the quilt. Glad to hear that your knee is doing better than you had feared it might be and that you are able to sew. Here’s hoping it heals quickly!

  10. dayphoto says:

    I’m so glad you are doing better and healing faster than you thought!

  11. The teal framework is perfect. Great choice! Good luck with the rest of the knee recovery. Take it easy 🙂

  12. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Glad to hear you are on the mend ! Love the teal !

  13. kathyreeves says:

    It sounds like things are moving along well on both the quilt and knee fronts, hurrah for that. The framing created by the teal really suits this quilt, great choice!

  14. Lynda says:

    I was certain that compared to back surgery the knee would not be so bad. 🙂 Glad to read that you are mending nicely! Don’t rush things and mind Dr’s orders and you will be in right shape very soon. ❤ And yes, that teal binding is looking wonderful!

    • katechiconi says:

      You were right. The pain is quite insignificant by comparison, and I’m already very mobile. I must consider using teal sashing on future QAYG jobs for OCA…

  15. nettyg says:

    Kneerly there ha ha 🙂 Teal’s a great binding choice, sounds pretty with it’s touch of pink. Glad the knee lets you do what you need to do, while reminding you when it’s had enougn.

  16. magpiesue says:

    I’m glad your knee seems to be healing well. It’s so hard not to push beyond our limits! Your plan for assembling these blocks sounds good, and I think the teal for the sashes was a great choice. Will you use the same fabric for the binding? (Did you cover that already and I missed it?)

    • katechiconi says:

      No, the binding’s going to be the red, white and blue narrow airmail stripe fabric I was searching for at the start of this quilt. I bought enough to do the binding and make the backing on several blocks, so win-win! It’s already cut, I just have to join it and press it in half. It’s going to make the quilt look like one of those old fashioned flimsy airmail envelopes with the strip all the way round the outside – at least, I hope so!

  17. I am glad your knee is recovering faster than you thought!

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