ST&D: all together now

Yup, the quilt’s assembled.

Getting over the hump of those two big joining seams is always my least favourite bit. It’s such a sweat wrangling them through the sewing machine three times: first to attach the front and back sashing on one piece, then to attach the front sashing to the other piece, and finally to stitch down the sashing flap on the opposite side on the back. But now it’s done.

I have the label made and the binding cut โ€“ I just need to join all the pieces, press it in half and then start stitching it down. Once that’s done, I have a couple of days of lap-work, hand hemming the binding down on the reverse of the quilt and sewing the label onto the back. Good job it’s cooler just now.

At one point I thought I had all the time in the world to get Signed, Tealed & Delivered done; everyone got their blocks in really early, and I made a good start. And then the Dratted Knee. Still, by virtue of doing a little bit every day and just plugging along, it’ll be ready in good time.

I want to say thank you everyone who has participated, both those who have contributed from the very first quilt and new sewing friends. This quilt has turned out better than I could have dreamed, and that’s down to you. OCA are very excited about getting this one for their silent auction at the May fundraiser.

I’ll post again once the quilt is done, so you can see the final product.

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43 thoughts on “ST&D: all together now

  1. craftycreeky says:

    Wow, it looks amazing, I’m not surprised they are getting excited about the auction! It’s lovely to feel I’ve played a part in these quilts, but it’s you who has the vision, the organisation and the skill to pull it all together into a beautiful quilt, well done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I see it like a train: I’m the engine, and you guys are all the carriages. Without you all, there’s no point, just me spinning my wheels ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s definitely a joint effort, and it’s fun to give people a chance to make a difference without a huge commitment of time and resources.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s looking good, but I’ll be relieved when it’s over. I need a bit of a break and a chance to work on something different (and a different colour!) for a while… Mackay Show is coming up in June, and I’m feeling the urge to submit something. I reckon the ScrapHappy Rainbow quilt fits the bill on all counts!

  2. tialys says:

    You are my hero!
    Just wondering if that second ‘and’ in the sentence starting “Quilt designed……..” should be there. I wouldn’t have mentioned it but, if it’s not, and you noticed it once it was sewn on, I know it would annoy you. x

    • katechiconi says:

      Probably not, but as I have run out of transfer paper and can’t make another label without trekking into town and spending $25, I was going to turn a sneaky blind eye. I didn’t expect anyone to actually read the thing, and hopefully noone else will be as eagle-eyed…

  3. Huge well done Kate. Such a privilege to be part of it. Looking fabulous!

    • katechiconi says:

      Just one step left now and I can pack it up and wave it goodbye and bon voyage ๐Ÿ™‚ Now for a bit of time off from teal and a chance to work on something for myself.

  4. claire93 says:

    gorgeous
    and well done to eagle-eyed Lynn ^^

    • katechiconi says:

      I knew the error was there, and contemplated not showing the label, but I’m allowing myself to go ahead with it, mainly for the reasons above, because it’s so minor, but also because (all together now) Finished is Better Than Perfect, and it’s time it was finished ๐Ÿ™‚

      • tialys says:

        I feel bad now – I was only trying to help. Of course, nobody will notice or care because they will be too busy looking at the beeeeautiful quilt.

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s *OK*! I knew it was there, and I’ve chosen to go ahead. My choice. In the great scheme of things, it’s about as important as a slightly wonky seam. I’d be ok with that too.

  5. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    A stunner !! Love the teal !!!

  6. kathyreeves says:

    Oh Kate! Well done! Your heart is so big, and you take this on each year, organizing, designing, and doing some heavy lifting, too! I am honored to be a member of your Teal Team.๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. It’s a perfect community effort and turned out so beautifully that anyone would be proud to own it. Just stunning. You do good work being the engine, Kate. Hope the knee is healing well.

  8. Kathy D says:

    That is beautiful! You and all the ladies deserve a standing ovation!

    Had to read the label twice before I spotted it, I’m with you get er done!

  9. What a wonderful creation… I’m always blown away by these OC quilts. I really hope that it finds a home where it will be treasured… and raises LOTS of money in the process.

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing the snazzy binding in place too. Almost there ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Just outstanding! I hope it raises a ton of money. Thank you for taking this project on again. Good people like you are what keeps the world going.

  12. magpiesue says:

    Oh well done! I wish I had pockets deep enough to bid on this, win it, and have it shipped overseas to me! You’re so creative with your labels too; I love that it’s heart shaped. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I came up with the label formula on the first one, and it worked so well I’ve maintained it all the way through. It gets easier to make the heart shape with more contributors, too!

  13. Lynda says:

    This was so fun to participate in, but I must say that the center of the quilt simply steals the show! I’m glad the OCS are excited to receive it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sorry for the delay responding: I’d written this reply and then somehow moved on without actually hitting the send button:

      I love Margaret’s embroidery, Gun’s postcard to her mother, Carla’s envelope with cat lining, my own tropical postcard…. well, you get the idea. It’s been such a fun thing to see what’s going to arrive next in the mail, and I really feel that everyone has exceeded my expectations and hopes with what they’ve made.

  14. nettyg says:

    Well done, it looks wonderful. it’s going to look even more superb with the stripy binding……enjoy the final days of binding stitching.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s done! I’ll post later today once I have a decent photo – hopefully it’ll stop raining long enough to get the quilt out on the line and in some brief sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. nettyg says:

    PS haven’t been getting email updates for your last few posts, must’ve dropped off the follow list some how, so have just ‘re-followed’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. rutigt says:

    Wow, the quilt is so beautiful and the label on the back says it all.

  17. Yay for getting it done on time, in spite of the surgical setbacks that would have stopped lesser beings.
    I never knew that you machine sewed the last seam of the sashing strips. I had only heard of this being done by hand.
    I love the binding. It is just like the old airmail envelopes.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hand hemming gives an invisible join, but it’s basically the same effect as machine sewing binding. The trick is to pin very carefully so you don’t get a wavy edge on the back when you stitch in the ditch on the front. And I’m so glad the binding gives the effect I was hoping for!

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