BM&I #37: The last block is quilted!

I can’t quite believe it!

This is the last hand-quilted block of the Hatbox Quilt. I’ve been making this quilt since February 2016, three years and one month. And it isn’t even finished yet! First I had all the hatboxes to appliqué, and then each one had to be hand-quilted. It’s been a slow, meditative process, and a pleasurable one; this quilt is just for me, and I had only myself to please with the colours, fabrics, layout and quilting. The slowest part of the process is done now. The next step is to start assembling it.

However, as most of you know, my new sewing room is not yet up and running (although I have made some progress today in starting to unpack and position my sewing stuff), so it’ll have to wait a little longer before I can start putting this lovely together. I hope to have something to show you next month for my Bee, Myself and I post, but there’s a strong possibility I’ll have to miss a month (again). Maybe I can show them to you all trimmed out and assembled in the correct order on the design wall 🙂

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

Till next month… Probably!

46 thoughts on “BM&I #37: The last block is quilted!

  1. Elaine says:

    That is going to be a gorgeous quilt! And your seeing room is amazing ~ Can’t wait!

    • katechiconi says:

      I still have the other quilt on the design wall as I work my way through quilting each block. Once that one’s done, I may put up the Hatbox quilt to make a start on that one… or perhaps just to admire the blocks for a while 🙂 And yes, how fabulous to have lots of space to do that!

  2. Super like 🥰 and I have a soft spot for this one as it came to my home and we sat and chatted while you did a bit more hand sewing on this 💖

  3. To the antique shops in Malvern

  4. Nanette says:

    2016??? A little typo. It will be beautiful when all together, such pretty fabrics. You’ll be able to kick back on your sofa now and contemplate/research the next project.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, seriously, I first started this in 2016! It was always going to be a slow, gentle process, and I had no end date in mind. BM&I was the perfect format for making sure I continued to work on it.

      • Nanette says:

        I wasn’t clear sorry…’ve written 2019, and I was suggesting it was a typo, and meant to be 2016.

      • katechiconi says:

        Thanks for that, I’ve updated so it makes a bit more sense now. I was *sure* I’d written 2016… A bad case of not seeing the wood for the trees.

  5. kathyreeves says:

    A mini happy dance, with a bigger one to come!

    • katechiconi says:

      The good thing is that every time I achieve an improvement in the sewing room, I can do *another* happy dance too. I suspect I’ll be getting quite a lot of exercise…

  6. It still hasn’t taken as long as many of mine. So give yourself a little slack. You are working harder than a stevedore and we’d rather see it finished, not you. 😉 We can wait until it’s done though I doubt you can. 😉 I love the fabric in this block. It’s so lovely.

  7. tialys says:

    Well, it’s been a journey hasn’t it? I remember when we started this one together and I still love the look of mine above the bed. I still sort of regret not hand quilting mine but, if I had, I’d probably have another three years to go until mine was finished.
    Can’t wait to see all your beautiful hatboxes laid out together on your design wall.

    • katechiconi says:

      It has been a journey, and one I’ve enjoyed a lot. It had the great virtue of being able to be parked when more urgent stuff came along, and was easy to pick up when I had time again. There’s still a little work to do, but it’s almost there, and I’m looking forward to a big gloat at the end.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I really love your hat boxes, so much I am almost tempted myself….

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, you could always make just one block to see if you like it, and turn it into a cushion cover if you didn’t enjoy it… It’s a fun way to use small amounts of pretty fabric.

  9. Dayphoto says:

    I like the idea of quilting one block at a time.

  10. I just love your Hatbox Quilt block ~ it makes me smile!

  11. I always enjoy seeing your quilts on the design wall, so |’m looking forward to finally getting to see all these amazing blocks put together. I bet you’ll finish it quite quickly now… well, at least relative to the time it has already taken !!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head: “… relative to the time it has already taken!” It will take a while to finish; I have BougieNights to complete first, I expect there’ll be another ovarian cancer quilt… well, you get the idea.

  12. KerryCan says:

    Three years is nothing in quilt time, at least not around here! Still i understand you’re eagerness to finish and to enjoy this happy quilt!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m generally a lot quicker, but I don’t mind the leisurely pace of this one. There’s no hurry… I have BougieNights on the design wall right now, and I do much prefer to work in a linear fashion, so I’ll finish that first.

  13. rutigt says:

    I love that fabric!!! And well done, quilting all the blocks!!!

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