$11R: quilting done

This is where QAYG really shines.

I’ve not had much time to devote to sewing in the last week or so, but quilting one block at a time, rather than having the whole thing under the machine, has meant I could make small chunks of progress whenever I had a spare half hour. And the quilting’s done! Sadly, so is my reel of thread, which needs replacing urgently; it’s the colour I also use for repairing the Husband’s work pants, and there are two pairs of those awaiting attention too.

I’ve also trimmed down my leftover jelly roll strips for the back sashing; they were 2½ inches wide and needed to be 1¾ instead. I’ve also trialled stabilising the edges of the scrappy till roll sashing for the front, as the stitching is coming apart here and there. It does make the strips slightly bendy, but prevents unravelling completely, so I think I’ll do it for all of them. A simple line of stitches down each edge is all it takes, but it has to be done after the paper backing has been torn away. Fiddly, but necessary. I’m going to join the blocks into 4 sets of 4 squares, join two of those side to side, and then have one large seam across the middle. The picture also shows front and back sashing strips cut ready to join the top 8 blocks.

Next time you see this, I hope it’ll be looking a bit more finished. Maybe not done, but with good progress.

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22 thoughts on “$11R: quilting done

  1. nettyg says:

    Coming along nicely.

  2. anne54 says:

    The vibrancy of this quilt is wonderful. There is so much to look at in each block. It will be another stunner! (Hope you get that thread soon ~ for Mr.C’s clothes, if not the quilt. Can’t have him looking ragged!)

  3. Lynda says:

    This is looking so good! Do you have to travel a good distance in order to get more thread?

    • katechiconi says:

      Not really, it’s just all the way over on the other side of town (about 6 miles) as the closest fabric shop stupidly won’t stock the brand I like…

  4. inspires deep desire to own….

  5. tialys says:

    Hooray for QAYG!

  6. craftycreeky says:

    This is going to look amazing with scrappy sashing 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve just joined the first two blocks, and it looks great! It’s harder to work with the scrappy strips, but the effect is lovely. I think another time I’ll try a very lightweight iron-on interfacing to the back of each strip after I remove the papers.

  7. kathyreeves says:

    I can’t wait to see this with the scrappy sashing attached!

  8. It’s looking lovely and hand work or any way you quilt takes time. Lots of time. Ingenious idea to stabilize the narrow strips. Looking forward to seeing the next round.

  9. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Love the bright colours with the dark contours !

  10. rutigt says:

    It´s looking so good! Makes you love the scraps even more, when they turn out this great!!!!

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