A handwork dilemma

Not a very serious one, mind you.

The Days Gone By quilt top is in the home stretch. I have two more square blocks to make and then it’ll be time to assemble the border. A few quick seams and that will be done too. After that, I need to hem the hexies down onto the border, but that will be a large piece of work and needs a table and plenty of space, so it’s not handwork I can take on our travels with me.

We’re off again in two weeks for another couple of weeks in Far North Queensland, so clearly, I’m going to need plenty to do with my hands while I sit in the sun drinking coffee and eating cake!

When we have the raffle for the quilt, it would be nice also to have second and third prizes. So I’ve taken the leftover hexie flowers that were too pastel for the look of the quilt or were duplicates, or just didn’t make it into the mix, and I’ve laid them out into a table runner and a cushion cover. That yellow hexie in the middle really stands out, but I’ll probably do something about it after I’ve assembled the whole thing. Also, the table runner may need lengthening and widening with square borders, like the quilt. I’ll see what it needs once I’ve assembled what I have.

They’re in a couple of project bags, together with printouts of the photos I took of the layouts, ready for me to start assembling them. Handwork sorted, leftovers used up, two more prizes in hand.

Dilemma resolved. That was easy! ๐Ÿ™‚

31 thoughts on “A handwork dilemma

  1. Marty K says:

    Ohmygoodness, you are so generous to give out those hexie projects as prizes! โค๏ธ

    I’m looking forward to your tales from the trip. Wishing you the safest of travels. Is your “navigator” going to join you? ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      Because it’s all DfG scraps and not from my own precious stash, I don’t feel the same attachment to the end result ๐Ÿ™‚ And besides, it’s such a good cause, and they need money to pay for the supplies they use in the kits: ribbon, thread, undies, face washers, soaps, etc. So raffling something made from bits that would otherwise be thrown out seems both ecologically friendly and a good use of my time!
      And yes, Mr Mouse will be back-seat-driving on this trip, as usual ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Super like ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

  3. One project always leads to several if you play your cards right. Great that you can make other things to raffle off. You have such a huge heart. And huge talent to go with it. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

  4. magpiesue says:

    Wow, sounds ambitious to me! The smaller projects should provide a nice break from the big quilt top though.

  5. cedar51 says:

    Maybe in that “yellow” hexie you stitch something that relates to something … maybe a kind of stitched hexie…or ???

    oh coffee and cake on holiday – sounds scrumptious

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a Days for Girls orange label that goes on all the kits, and I’m thinking I’ll stitch it onto that hexie to ‘tone down’ the pale brightness. I’ll audition a few solutions before I decide… Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. I like your thinking… #moreismore โ™ก

  7. tialys says:

    That should keep your busy when you’re not being forced to drink coffee and eat cake. .

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, always SO reluctant with the coffee and cake… or it might be a nice glass of something with cheese and biscuits. You realise the only reason for the handwork is to increase the time between the snacking episodes…?

  8. knitnkwilt says:

    I always about running out of projects; however, it happened only once. Enjoy!

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    You lucky thing going on holiday again- in the UK we seem to be heading for another lockdown- not that I will notice the difference- going to be a long Winter. I love that you are making second and third prizes too from the leftover hexies.

    • katechiconi says:

      We were originally supposed to head south into NSW for the national rally of our motorbike club, which has been cancelled, of course. Rather than cancel the leave, we decided to make use of it. 2 weeks of caravan holiday in Cairns, 1 week of necessary jobs around the house. The second and third prizes, will, I think make the prospect of buying a raffle ticket a bit more attractive โ€“ at least, I hope so!

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Scraps seem to be never ending. They get smaller and smaller but as fast as they are used more appear! You are indeed a very generous person as well as talented. I seem to have missed something because I am not clear what ‘days for girls’ is about. Whatever they are lucky to have you on their team. Enjoy your holiday. My Mother’s oldest sister and her husband used to travel all over Europe each summer in the 60’s in an early VW campervan and she always took odd balls of donated wool to knit into squares which she sewed together when she got back and gave to some charity or other – her version of your hexies.

    • katechiconi says:

      Days for Girls is an international initiative aimed at providing washable, reusable sanitary solutions for women and girls in third world countries. You can read about it on their website here: (https://www.daysforgirls.org)
      I belong to a local chapter which sews kits which are distributed to the girls together with health education. All the fabric is purchased with donated money, or is donated directly, so I feel it’s incumbent on us to make the best possible use of every scrap.

  11. Sharon says:

    Great idea for the extras ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. That yellow hexie really does stand out, but I know you will deal with that.
    Hope you have a coffee- and cake-ful break!

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