Scinteallate #13: quilting’s done

Another landmark passed.

All the Scinteallate blocks are now quilted and trimmed out. You can get an idea of how the finished texture will look, although the teal sparkly sashing will have quite an impact, I think.

I’ve started to cut the many, many pieces required for the front and back sashing. I planned the cutting quite carefully so that offcuts from the backs of the blocks could be used as sashing on the back. There weren’t quite enough, but still, it helped to cut them as I went. What size you cut and how many depends on how you plan to join the blocks, so that was my first decision. This quilt is a row shorter than my usual size, so I couldn’t go straight to the default process. However, it shouldn’t be too tough; I’m still minimising the number of long, cumbersome seams.

More cutting tomorrow. I’ve found it quite hard to spend a lot of time at it with a pointy black nose suddenly inserting itself under my arm to see what’s happening on the table. High time I got my cutting table up on its blocks to make that a bit more difficult, or there’ll be a nasty accident with a rotary cutter one of these days…

And now I must go and check the cumquat juice…. It sounds like a code phrase in a spy movie, doesn’t it?

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43 thoughts on “Scinteallate #13: quilting’s done

  1. Looking good! And I think I just learned something new – you quilt stitch each block separately?

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, this is a process called Quilt As You Go (QAYG). It makes the quilting process much easier, but conversely, you then have to join each block together separately with sashing on front and back and build up into one whole. It makes sense for a quilt made up of pieces contributed by different people, and the relief of not having to sandwich and then quilt a large piece is considerable!

  2. tialys says:

    Your wavy lines have worked their magic again.
    When you show all the blocks together my eye is always drawn to the star that is now in the middle of the bottom row. I liked it when I first saw it but can’t remember who made it – was it one of yours? I’d love to add it to my ‘library’ of paper piecing patterns if possible.

  3. elaine says:

    That is beautiful! Stitches of love ~

  4. Looks awesome as always …. waiting for the end result…. and the pointy wet nosed inquisitive boy is adorable โ™ฅ๏ธ

  5. Haha I’m even reading quilt posts now hoping for a mention of Mouse… gold!

  6. kathyreeves says:

    I can’t wait to see it with the sashing, it is already lovely, that will be the perfect touch!

  7. This just keeps getting better and better with the addition of that curious little black nose. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love quilts but I think I love good dogs and cats even more. Shame on me. ;( Love the QAYG way. It makes a lot of sense.

  8. anne54 says:

    Another stunner! Congratulations to everyone involved. The wavy lines are prefect, as they do the job without being intrusive.

    • katechiconi says:

      As the end of stage 2, I’m really happy with how it’s going. But I have stage 3 to go, the joining and binding, and I’ve just been told they need a photo by 9th August for the publicity material. Eeek!

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    I appreciated the explanation of quilt as you go. I had seen it explained as adding each block to a large piece of wadding and backing and quilting it down, then adding the next block and so on.
    Anyway it looks good, and I am sure Mouse’s help and advice was critical.

  10. KerryCan says:

    OMG–August 9?? That’s soon! But you are really getting a lot done and I’m confident you’ll be ready. Tell Mouse to watch from a bit of a distance!

    • katechiconi says:

      That is indeed soon, and it’ll be a bit tight, but I think it might be OK. If I can get a lot of cutting done while Mouse is snoozing, that should help. It’s his nose in close proximity to rotary cutter, pins and hot irons I worry about.

  11. Lynda says:

    Thank you for making this process so fun, Kate. As always we hold our breath for the finish. August 9th? I know you can do it!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I can (I hope I can). It’s just the surprise of suddenly having a week cut off my schedule. It was already silly timing, and now it’s just absurd. How appropriate!

  12. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Stunning !!

  13. Emmely says:

    I recently saw the stripology ruler somewhere and it looked really useful for those times when you need to cut a lot of strips because you don’t have to move the ruler to cut multiple strips but cut through slots in the ruler after placing it on folded fabric. It should save on (boring) cutting time.
    And the quilt already looks great and it’s not even finished yet!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll take a look โ€“ it would need to do 1.75 inch strips and 2.25, as those are ‘odd’ sizes I use a lot. Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Emmely says:

        I think you can do 1/4″ increments by first cutting the strips double that width and after cutting those strips moving the ruler and doing a second cut to get the size you need.

      • katechiconi says:

        Righto. I’ll see if my local quilt shop has one. Otherwise it’ll take too long to order one for this particular quilt. Thanks for the info.

  14. knitnkwilt says:

    It’s looking so good! Ah those canine helpers . . .

  15. Iโ€™m in love!!! Another tantealating quilt for this great cause. You are the best best best!!!!

  16. magpiesue says:

    Geez, good luck with that deadline. Can you Photoshop a binding on? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      I have all the sashing cut, and I can start assembly later this afternoon, Mouse and Husband’s schedule permitting. I reckon I can get it done, even if I photograph with the binding just pinned back, as Lynn suggested.

  17. love those wibbly lines. so friendly.

  18. I am so glad my little black nose is too close to the floor to reach rotary cutters. As it is, I worry about dropped pins. Thankfully, hubby usually finds those with his bare feet before the dog does.

    • katechiconi says:

      The husband rarely approaches the danger zone, let alone in bare feet. I have established a perimeter of safety in the sewing room for Mouse, and he’s really pretty good about staying on the ‘safe’ side of the table.

  19. rutigt says:

    Looking great!!!!

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