ITAA: all together at last

I’ve got the background full assembled, finally.

It’s all fully quilted, the light centre in cream, and the darker outer border and cornerstone blocks in silver on the front and cream on the back, although you can’t tell in this photo. It’s good to have all the pieces together and those dratted long seams finished.

So, what’s next?

I have to cut the binding strips, join them and stitch them to the quilt. I have to attach a hanging pocket to the upper back edge. I need to stitch on the label and stitch the banner, hook and wings onto the front, all of which is going to be done by hand.

I’m delivering this quilt in a week’s time. Still a fair bit to do, and not an awful lot of time to do it in. But actually, that’s probably a good thing. I’ve slightly over-done the hauling of rubbish to the dump, the loading and unloading of furniture and the trotting up and down stepladders painting walls. I had a sewing day today, and the pain and stiffness I woke up with are easing somewhat.

Another sewing day very soon will not go amiss, although I do have to do some more painting tomorrow – the carpets are being fitted in about a week’s time, so I can’t delay too long.

Back to the cutting board πŸ™‚

42 thoughts on “ITAA: all together at last

  1. You’re like a machine! I would have collapsed under pressure long before now…

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I’m probably stubborn… And actually, it was lovely to sit and sew quietly instead of putting on scruffy clothes, gloves and steel toecap boots and getting all physical!

  2. Super as always β™₯️

  3. Nanette says:

    Oh yes, looking amazing. Well done! At least hand sewing is portable and you can talk or watch tv and do it.

  4. knitnkwilt says:

    I like how it turned out. I always forget to count the binding/hanging sleeve/label time when calculating how much time I need!

  5. tialys says:

    Splendiferous! I like the words on the label – a lovely tribute.

  6. craftycreeky says:

    Wow, it looks amazing πŸ™‚ I just love the wings, they are beautiful! Enjoy the hand-stitching, a bit of relaxation after all your hard work over the last few weeks!

  7. Robin Murphy says:

    Its a beautiful tribute Kate. Its wonderful to see it go from drawing to actual quilt. Another triumph that I am proud to be a part of. Thank you for being so creative.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    This is so lovely, there are tears in my eyes. Well done.

  9. kathyreeves says:

    Kate, this is such a beautiful tribute to your friend, and the words on the label…oh my! Enjoy your break from renovations as you finish this off!

    • katechiconi says:

      Today is another renovations day, and probably tomorrow. I’ll allow myself another day off pretty soon, though, I’ve learned my lesson! Glad you approve of the label text, I had to compose something fitting and appropriate to her character.

  10. Lynda says:

    Your creativity and that of the block contributors has come together so beautifully! I also notice that you have a new maker’s tag added to the dedication label on the back. Nice!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve had them a while but generally don’t make a feature of them in quilt photos. I have enough to probably last me the rest of my quilt and garment making career!

  11. Dayphoto says:

    THAT! Is gorgeous!

  12. kymlucas says:

    It’s majestic and beautiful, awesome in the truest sense of the word. πŸ˜‡

  13. It’s beautiful and you are amazing. Sitting down is easy than all that hard heavy work. Unfortunately, all of it has to get done at some point but the deadline is where you start, I guess. You’ll certainly make it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m a bit torn, really; I want to finish the quilt, but I *also* want to see visible progress with the renovation. Painting is my job because it doesn’t involve heavy lifting – but there is floor grovelling and stepladder balancing to keep things interesting πŸ™‚

  14. magpiesue says:

    Wow, it looks fantastic! And you’ve made so much progress in spite of all the reno work. Bet you’ll be glad when you can take a deep breath again without thinking about what still needs to be done!

    • katechiconi says:

      That could be *years*! Once this quilt is done, I need to plunge straight back into the renovations: more painting, tiling, filling, sanding, shifting and placing furniture, unpacking books, arranging my sewing room… on second thoughts, that last bit sounds like fun πŸ™‚

  15. Loving the Turquoise πŸ’™πŸ’š

  16. rutigt says:

    Γ…h, this quilt is so beautiful! Beautiful pattern and a great work!

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