Sew…. what next?

It’s a tricky question.

Most of the time, I have a deadline, or something’s screaming louder than the rest to be worked on. Now that Scinteallate is done and dusted and F2F isn’t going to restart for a few months more, I have the luxury of picking and choosing. These are the choices:

The Hatbox Quilt
F2F3: Amethyst and Slate
The Pastel Scrappy Quilt
Anemone (hand sewing; properly speaking, a ScrapHappy item)

Actually, when it came down to it, the choice wasn’t so tricky. It’s going to be the Hatbox Quilt. It’s the furthest along, fully quilted, and all I need to do is assemble it. The others all need lots more work before they’re near that point, especially Anemone.

So, here’s the thing. I was thinking I might like the idea of a wider sashing, to look like shelves. I have a pretty blue chambray style soft shot cotton with a hint of lilac in the colour for the sashing, and it works well against all the fabrics. But using wider sashing would make it trickier to line things up, and will definitely involve lots of fiddling about beforehand, to ensure the blocks finish at the same size, without cutting off the backing and batting I’d need to fill the sashing space. On the other side of the coin, I can do the narrow sashing in my sleep. So, in the interests of finally finishing this project, which has now been running since the beginning April 2016 (gasp!), I’m going with my normal sashing width.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed I’ve swapped a fair number of blocks around since the last time I showed them all together in the photo on the left, which was before I started the hand quilting in August 2017. I did the squinting thing, and it looked OK, but when I turned the wrong end of the binoculars on it, several dark and light patches leaped out and needed to be sorted out. Then I discovered things had the same edging on the lid of the hatbox or there was a clump of the same backgrounds, so further tweaking was needed. I think we’re OK now, but if you spot something, let me know.

So, I’m off to the ironing board and cutting table to get the sashing strips ready.

35 thoughts on “Sew…. what next?

  1. Lynda says:

    Personally, I think it is perfect as is.

  2. Moira says:

    It looks wonderful the way you’ve got it arranged!

  3. Well I am not one to be asked how it looks with block placing as I need that kind of help myself but……..I did like the idea of the wider sashing to look like shelving; thought that was clever and cute with this. Either way I know it is going to look fabulous though 🙂 Sharon

  4. kathyreeves says:

    Wonderful to see the entire batch of blocks, I love it as is!

  5. Woohoo! You are working on my favorite. I love the hatboxes and have pulled out lots of fabrics for one. Let’s hope I get it done. 😉 Otherwise, I’ll just have to enlarge the photo of yours when it’s finished and pretend.

  6. Oooooo, this is going to be beautiful!

  7. tialys says:

    The layout looks just right Kate. I don’t know whether you remember but I wanted my sashing to look like shelving too but didn’t want wide sashing between so I used the same sashing fabric to add a wider border which I thought gave the look of a shelving unit. It did help that the fabric I used had a bit of a wood grain design too.
    It’s going to be great to see your hatboxes finished.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do remember, but these are QAYG and already quilted, so if I add sashing, there’s nothing behind it and it will be saggy and sad. It’s OK, I’ll do the shelf thing on another quilt another time, and I’ll plan for it that time!

      • tialys says:

        Sorry, I wasn’t clear. I did QAYG too using the same method as you but I meant I added a border around the outside in the same fabric as the narrow sashing used on the blocks so it looked as if all the units were in one larger shelf unit – well, sort of. Probably still not clear. A reminder

      • katechiconi says:

        Ahah! You were talking about the outer border! I was having trouble visualising how you’d make it work inside the sashing strips but around the outside of each block. The reminder made it all clear.

  8. KerryCan says:

    Oh, yes! This one needs to be finished!

  9. craftycreeky says:

    Looks perfect to me 🙂

  10. Terri says:

    Seeing all thirty blocks together is very striking. Whichever sashing size you decide will enhance all the lovely colors you’ve used in those blocks.

  11. Oh Kate! You are always coming up with a great idea or two. I am now going to have to put a pair of binoculars in my sewing room!! Lol❤️❤️❤️

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    I totally love this one, even more than the one you did for your sister.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know what you mean. I fell in love with the design many years ago, when the Kaffe Fassett book it appeared in first came out. I’ve had it bookmarked for about 6 years, started it 3 years ago, and I’m finally approaching the finish line. There was never any question of not finishing it, but it has taken a long time, mainly because it’s for me!

  13. Joanne S says:

    The placement looks right to me. I say, better late than never. It will happen. I think the colors and fabric patterns look very balanced.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not that I’ve dragged my feet, I don’t think, it’s simply that I wanted to do justice to my mental image of how this would be. I’ve taken a long time to collect the fabrics, I’ve made the blocks one or two at a time, and hand quilted them the same way. Now, I don’t want to run at it and finish it too quickly!

  14. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Works of art, each and everyone of them !!

  15. rutigt says:

    It´s looking great, I think! Bravo!

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