ITAA: postal progress!

We’re just shy of having everything we need to start assembly.

Lots of squishy mail in the last couple of days. I received a light background block today from Margaret; I’m awaiting one more from Nanette for the background, and then I can assemble it, sandwich and quilt it.

I’m awaiting three square dark border blocks, one from Nanette, one from Sue and one from Lynne, and then I can finish the bottom border. I also received a dark border block today from Margaret which completed the top border, so that one’s good to go.

Nanette sent me these two long border blocks yesterday, which complete the border pieces needed for the left side.

Margaret also sent this beautiful appliqué shell cornerstone, so now I’m only waiting for Sue’s heart cornerstone block and then I’ll have everything and both long side borders can be assembled.

I need to go fabric shopping (oh no!) for a couple of metres to do the border sandwiches; each cornerstone is going to be backed with a different cream fabric, but the bits in between need to have something cream but different from the centre background panel fabric, which I already have.

This shows what it’s looking like right now, but you can see that what I’ve detailed above plugs most of those gaps. It’s feeling a bit strange to finally be talking about assembly and quilting; the timing of this is really preying on my mind because of everything else that’s going on, so I’m getting far more worked up about it than I really need to. There.Is.Time….

A few more days and I can assemble the background. Yay!

27 thoughts on “ITAA: postal progress!

  1. Nanette says:

    Margaret’s shell is fabulous! It’s all looking so good, and coming togethet so beautifully, and the dark border really sets off the centre. Can’t wait to see it when it’s grown wings 💕

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m loving the dark border too! The contrast really works, and the dark, intense teals are really rich. I still have to frame those cornerstones, and they’ll have dark frames too, like the TCF logo. But you’re right, the wings will be the finishing touch.

  2. It’s looking wonderful!!!

  3. Lynda says:

    I have faith in you, Kate. It will all come together and it will be stunning.

    • katechiconi says:

      I reckon by the end of the week I’ll be able to assemble the background panel and quilt it. Once that’s done, I can start on the top and right hand border panels. Every bit of progress helps. You’re right, I *will* get it done 🙂

  4. Of course you will get it done. Panic is an awful thing, don’t let it spoil the pleasure of making 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I won’t let the deadline boss me about, I promise.
      Every time something new comes in and I can add it to the whole, I fall in love with this quilt all over again. It’s a clear case of something being greater than the sum of its parts.

  5. Emmely says:

    It looks like you are making excellent progress!

  6. Tialys says:

    The shell is another lovely addition and it’s really coming together now so don’t panic. It’s a shame you haven’t got any sewing friends living close to you who could lend a hand with some of the assembly. If I were you I’d deliberately go out and make sure I meet some before the next big project 😁

  7. craftycreeky says:

    So glad my blocks have arrived, it’s always a worry! It’s all coming together nicely. I’m sure you’ll feel happier once you can start the assembly bit, then it’s steady away 🙂

  8. Wonderful, wonderful project.

  9. magpiesue says:

    Wish you didn’t have to wait so long for my blocks to arrive. It’s looking good! I understand the pressure you feel about getting it done in a timely fashion. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hopefully they’ll arrive soon and the people at the house are prompt to let us know they’re there 🙂 If the worst comes to the worst, I’ll make a substitute lower border block so I can finish that bottom border too, but I definitely want to wait for your beautiful heart cornerstone! But the two things causing a time problem, the trip and the house purchase, are both good, so I’m not complaining too much 🙂

  10. Moira says:

    Excellent progress! The dark teals will frame the wings beautifully.

  11. rutigt says:

    That shell block is looking fantastic!!!

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