Days gone by…

No, I’m not talking about the holiday.

I’m rather proud of myself. I took the Days Gone By hexie scrap quilt along with me in case I had some free quiet time to just stitch and listen to the birds. I didn’t think I would, but we had some rainy days, and time when the Husband wanted a snooze or to watch a movie and I didn’t.

I set myself a goal of adding another two rows. It seemed a doable quantity, and it would finish the shape off nicely. Sorry about the shot, it’s laid out on my bunk in the caravan.

I got them made! (Laid out on the Husband’s bunk this time, that’s his quilt).

Next job was to add the strip to the existing piece. And I’ve done it. The centre panel is now a decent size and shape.

I’m calling time on the hexies, and will border this quilt with squares, probably arranged as 9-patches. With individual squares at two inches finished it’ll be about right, because most of my scraps will easily produce squares of two and a half inches. Plus it’ll make an interesting contrasting border. The hexie edge will need to be appliquéd onto the 9-patch border, and that will be the last of the hand work.  However, there are still a good few hexie flowers left, but in colours which are too pastel to work well in this piece. I’ll probably turn those into cushion covers, which can either be raffled separately or as a set with the quilt.

It’s the hand stitching that has made this quilt so long winded. It’s time to turn up the dial and get something made that Days for Girls can finally raffle to raise funds. Time to start pulling out Days for Girls scraps to start assembling border blocks.

It’ll be nice to have some decent progress to show, for a change.

37 thoughts on “Days gone by…

  1. Marty K says:

    The two new rows complement the existing quilt beautifully! I hope the homeward leg of the trip was uneventful (except for good stuff, that is!) and that you all are having a well-deserved rest up from your holiday.

    Please thank Mouse for his charming descriptions of your exploits from the road. No holidays for us, but we’ll still be having fun here tomorrow. The last set of 4 kittens are going up for adoption and I pick up a mama cat and 6 kittens tomorrow morning. I’ll have their company for the next month. Sorry my quartet didn’t get to chat with Mouse, but I’ll make sure these guys do. (W, B, & N are already adopted and in their furever homes.)

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, Mouse is having a rest. The Husband goes back to work today, straight into night shift, and I have spent the last two days catching up on laundry, grocery shopping and putting things away, generally gearing up for ‘normal’ life again. Mouse is very pleased you’ve enjoyed his narrative; he feels his literary efforts are generally under-appreciated and that I, as his secretary, am far too liable to exercise editorial oversight… We shall both look forward to hearing from your kitties 🙂

  2. anne54 says:

    It’s looking so good, Kate. However, I understand your sigh of relief, time for something else.

    • katechiconi says:

      Same quilt, different process, and you’re right, a change is as good as a rest. But first, I have to make some masks for Kye, my nephew, whom you met just over a year ago, I have to make 3 F2F blocks, I have to finish a pair of pants I’m making, and I have to finish off the two pillowcases currently taking up space on my design wall. Just a short To Do list, then…

  3. That feeling that something is bordering on completion is always so uplifting. It gives the energy needed to push to the end.. It’s looking quite lovely already. Quiet time on a vacation is what it’s all about anyway.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s going to provide the boot up the backside I need to actually get this quilt to the point of a finished top! And you’re right, downtime gives you the break from life’s normal interruptions to just knuckle down and get it done…

  4. This is the replacement for the earlier one misplaced and unreturned, yes? It has been quite the journey. Well done 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, exactly. Had I still got that earlier piece, the quilt would not need the chequerboard border I’m planning; it would be twice the size of this piece. But that’s all in the past, and this will be a very lovely quilt when it’s done.

  5. Beautiful as always. I had ordered some fabric from spotlight and I’ve got one set but the rest came up out of stock 😑
    So angry … now have to rethink my colours … oh well 😔
    I’ve started on something else so that should keep me busy

    • katechiconi says:

      Can you order the out of stock one from another branch? Or does it come from a central depot? I’ve never ordered online from them, so I don’t know… And what are the colours you wanted; it may be that I have something in my stash I can donate 🙂

      • I needed red which I ordered 5 fat quarters as they were going 5 for $10 but I’m only getting one if at all … all mail keeps coming back saying order cancelled and refund being given which is very annoying

      • katechiconi says:

        I can do you two fat quarters and three fat eighths from my stash. Let me know, because if you want them, I can mail them with the elastic and mask fabrics.

      • I’ve reorganized the colors so won’t use the red now …. just the gray & white & black & white …so don’t send any … thank you 😊♥️

      • My colours were black print with red and cream ….
        I’ve got all the cream and now since I’m doing a black print quilt I’m sure I’ll have plenty of scraps to be able to use …. I’m only missing the red…
        but I’m going to tweet it and just use the cream with black & white print …. let’s see how I go …. wanting to do hexies

      • katechiconi says:

        I can send you some red… Let me know if you change your mind.

  6. cedar51 says:

    it’s looking stunning and marvellous … always love it when I’ve got something nearly or fully made, and I can put it down and “eye it up properly”

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, that’s a good moment, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to the next ‘eyeing’ moment when the borders are made and ready to have the hexie panel attached.

  7. tialys says:

    I am envious. I am in patchwork hell at the moment. Nothing is going right, blocks are coming out too big – or too small – points not finishing a nice quarter of inch before the edge and a finger pierced with my friend the unpicker almost bled over my efforts.

    • Chris S in Canada says:

      Perhaps the project needs a little time out in the corner! I always found that helpful. Keeping at it seemed to make my mistakes grow by leaps and bounds.
      Good luck.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh my word, you’re suffering a particularly bad episode of The Blind Animosity of Inanimate Objects! Bravo for not leaving DNA evidence all over your work, though!

  8. It’s looking wonderful, inspires deep patchwork love!

  9. magpiesue says:

    Well done you! I’ve just finished up my F2F blocks for the month; must remember to photograph them and send them on to you…

  10. Dayphoto says:

    It has turned out very pretty! Very!

  11. mlmcspadden says:

    Looks great. the border sounds like it will be wonderful

    • katechiconi says:

      I think the visual effect will be similar to the hexies, and it’ll have the virtue of chewing up another huge lot of scraps in a much shorter time 🙂

  12. Sharon says:

    Glad to read this beauty is close to the finish line. I’ll be anxious to how the border attaches and looks 🙂

  13. Emmely says:

    Yay for things that are almost completed! I always get more excited again as I near the finish line.
    It sounded like your trip was good one and you even managed to squeeze in some sewing.

    • katechiconi says:

      As far as I’m concerned, caravan trips and hand sewing are made for each other 🙂 There are a few things above this on the To Do list, but I think a couple more weeks should see the quilt top completed…

  14. I love your hexies but hand sewing is very slow. A holiday is a good time to do some – a sewing machine doesn’t really work in a caravan! And you have those bits of time just sitting around when something you can pick up and put down easily is perfect.

    • katechiconi says:

      I confess I do have a ‘caravan machine’, it’s a tiny, very basic Singer, but it’s more of an emergency standby, as it’s very clunky compared with my nice Janome. I find the scale of piecing doesn’t work in a ‘van, and i miss my design wall! Hexies, now, they’re totally portable, everything fits in a smallish basket.

  15. What? No more hexies? Won’t you miss them when you switch to adding squares?
    I’ve been taking a few leaves out of your book lately: I have mended a fitted sheet and shortened two jackets’ sleeves. It was mostly done on weekends, not a mend it Monday, but near enough, I think.

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