The Hatbox Quilt: two seams to go

The three large strips are completed.

I’ve been stitching away at it quietly while I posted about other stuff. Now I just have to join those three sections together. They’re the two longest seams (lines 2 and 4), but it has to be done. And then the next stop is the binding.

I looked at an option where I added a narrow darker blue flange inside the blue binding to give a sort of piped effect, but I didn’t like how it looked. A flange can be a great way to give detail to a quilt binding, but in this case it fought a bit with the the hatboxes. I think it works best where there’s a plainer border around the quilt. So, normal binding it is. And I must come up with a label with some dates and so on.

It’s been a long time coming, but the end is in sight.

45 thoughts on “The Hatbox Quilt: two seams to go

  1. Utterly gorgeous as always πŸ₯°

  2. Breathtakingly lovely, clever lady πŸ™‚

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I shall be sorry when you finish this because I love it so much.

    • katechiconi says:

      I shall be glad to have it out of boxes and down off the design wall, and available to snuggle under πŸ™‚ I’m hoping the Parterre quilt will take its place in people’s imagination…

  4. tialys says:

    Woohoo. The end is in sight and the snuggling under can begin. Will it be a bed snuggle or a sofa snuggle?

  5. Can’t wait to see the finished product and you snuggled beneath it.

  6. I remember Lynn making this one. Your’s is gorgeous xx

  7. KerryCan says:

    SO close to being finished! I bet finishing will be bittersweet–this relationship has been a long one. But, of course, it isn’t over–just entering a new phase!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll be sorry it’s over, but SO happy to have such a gorgeous, soft and colourful quilt. But I won’t be suffering withdrawal; the Parterre quilt is destined to take its place πŸ™‚

  8. claire93 says:

    coming along beautifully!

  9. This really is spectacular seeing all the hat boxes together like this. I have learned so much since following your blog. The most important I think is that there’s really no time limit to finishing a quilt. Years is nothing in this creative process πŸ™‚ Sharon

    • katechiconi says:

      With something as labour-intensive as this, it’s good to give yourself time. Perhaps three years was excessive, but there was no deadline. And now, nearing the end of the process, I have a piece of work which is dearly loved, rather than a bit rushed, a bit wonky, not quite right… I CAN make a quilt in a short time, but this time, I didn’t have to πŸ™‚

  10. Every time I see a post of this lovely quilt, it reminds me of the top shelf of my grandmother’s closet. There she had stacks of hatboxes. Inside were strange hats nested in swirls of aged tissue. We lived with our grandparents one summer, so I got to see those hats in use. Before going off to destinations I couldn’t imagine — places like “luncheon” and “bridge club” — she’d select a hat that matched her dress. It usually had netting and tiny flowers. She’d attach it to her hair with angry-looking pins, put on her sensible shoes and a determined face, then march off. I did not want to grow old for fear I’d have to use those pins and go off to those places.

    • katechiconi says:

      Or, God help us, wear Gramma’s shoes! I have owned one hatbox in my life. It was nice… but not gorgeous, and it contained my Wedding Hat. And then somehow, all my friends and family were married and I didn’t need it any more and I gave it to a thrift shop. I do think I should have been born earlier, so I could have enjoyed the clothes and hats (but not so much the shoes) of the 1950s.

  11. Dayphoto says:

    I just adore this quilt. You come up with the most wonderful ideas and can make them into reality!!!

  12. Ok, I’m going to have my lunch and clean up my sewing room. I haven’t been there all summer. ;( You do such beautiful work and inspire at every turn.

  13. rutigt says:

    Looking good so far!!!!!

  14. Joanne S says:

    This is such a lovely quilt: choice of color, pattern, fabric arrangements. The blue sash sets the hat boxes off rather nicely. So close!

  15. Conor Bofin says:

    I don’t do quilts, as you know. However, your artistry is always a ray of sunshine in my blog feed.

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