Days Gone By: the gap is closed!

I’ve finished all the border cutting and piecing!

Now I have to stitch the seams joining all the border sections together: the top is done, but I have the side and bottom strips to put together, which is why it still looks a bit wonky. I’m really pleased that paying close attention when I was cutting and stitching has meant there are very few places where the seams don’t line up despite the widely varying fabrics used.

Once that’s done, I have to press the outer edge of the hexie section very well, remove the last of the papers, and pin it down onto the borders. Hand stitching the hexies down will take a fair time and requires a large flat surface to ensure that there’s no bubbling or buckling caused by the stitching.  I’ll also have to make a backing, which will, yes, also be scrappy but will be pulled from several sources, not just the DfG scraps. I need largish pieces or all the seams will make the quilting a bit arduous. I have a basket of pulled fabrics ready to go.

It’s so good to see real progress at last 🙂

43 thoughts on “Days Gone By: the gap is closed!

  1. And what amazing progress it is 🤩
    Goes without saying how much I love it and of course it’s all being stored in quilt part of my brain for future projects as I get more experience 🤩 In the meantime I will feast my eyes and feel the beauty 🥰
    Stellar work as always my friend ♥️
    On a more painful front I think I’ve overdone my hand with the stitching of the hexies 😢 Right hand is sore and swollen in the knuckles 😞

  2. Great progress, but it does sound like there is still a fair bit to do.

  3. claire93 says:

    such patience, with al these tiny pièces coming together – and all from scraps, yes?

  4. tialys says:

    Sterling work you’ve done there – although I have to confess all those teensy bits of different colours make my eyes go a bit funny.😵

  5. Gorgeous – and doesn’t look wonky to me – just “in progress”…well done!

  6. Sharon says:

    Just beautiful, excited to see what the backing is going to look like!!!

  7. magpiesue says:

    Are you planning to hand quilt this? (shudder) Maybe the pieces are bigger than they look on my screen…

  8. Marty K says:

    Absolutely stunning, Kate! Sooooo gorgeous! All those colors fill me with such joy! And I see no wonkiness at all!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not hanging very straight at the bottom, mainly because it’s all pinned together… It’ll look a lot better once I’ve joined all the pieces and have the hexie section pinned in place 🙂

  9. Chris S in Canada says:

    It is simply gorgeous and I know the craftsmanship is at the same level. I’m glad to hear that in person it is not quite so busy, because I confess to feeling the tiniest bit dizzy looking at it.
    I am guessing scale matters – the entire thing in real life is so much larger that the busyness is spread out.
    That said I would gladly have such a beautiful piece of work on my couch or bed.
    Well done!

  10. anne54 says:

    As I have said before, I love how the square scraps just tie it altogether, rather than make it chaotic. 😍

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    WOW- what colour- wonderful

  12. So darn cheerful. These playful colors and lovely geometrics are a mood lifter!

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful !!

  14. Emma says:

    It’s amazing Kate! I love the scrappiness of it, all those colours make me happy 🥰

  15. rutigt says:

    Oh, I like it! It´s so colorful and mixing hexies and squares is a great idea!!!!

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