Delft #6: the least fun bit

I have made lots of silent progress.

I’m at the stage of this quilt where I have to stitch everything together, which is absolutely not the fun part. It’s a very great deal of stitching, and was incredibly overwhelming at first. The upside of assembling it all once all the hexies are made is that you can arrange things rather than doing it  as you go, which doesn’t always give the most harmonious results. I’m about 60% done now.

In the photo, the area outlined in red is fully assembled and all the papers removed except those at the outer edges. Outside that, the area outlined in green is assembled into large chunks for ease of handling, ready to stitch onto the central square. Below that, only the flowers are assembled, and the rest is still to go.

The striped fabric for the outer border has arrived and it’s lovely, 1cm wide stripes of dark blue and white. I’m still debating some additional flourishes of some sort, I’ll see what I’m inspired to do once the border’s on.

And of course, it’s finally dawned on me that this is yet another quilt that’s going to need hand-quilting. So yes, I’d better hurry up and finish Anemone, which has stalled rather while I’m slogging away at this one…

Sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself. And then I look at my quilts, and remember.

25 thoughts on “Delft #6: the least fun bit

  1. claire93 says:

    bon courage ^^ I’ve got a hexie project that’s been folded (unfinished) for several years now in the cupboard, lacking the motivation to finish it.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    My hexies are still waiting too. Your quilts are all amazing, so that’s why you do them.

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Can you imagine life without your quilting? That is why you do it! You do take on big projects and some with ridiculous amount of hand stitching. In fact you seem to be doing more hand ones than machined at the moment which I find interesting. It is going to be beautiful.

    • katechiconi says:

      No. If I went blind and couldn’t make stuff any more, I think I’d go mad. But blindness is about the only thing that *would* stop me. Perhaps I’m being creative while I can! I’m enjoying the hand stitching because I can listen to stuff and sew at the same time. If I make stuff on the machine, I *can* listen, but it needs more attention and getting up and down…

  4. It’s just so beautiful 😍
    As always 💝

  5. Dear Kate, it is so beautiful! I have a hexie clog in my head which needs some paper-size adjustment, grrr. When I get that sorted, my stars and flowers want out of their box…you have inspired me!

  6. Sharon says:

    So gorgeous! Your projects always inspire me 🙂

  7. Emmely says:

    In the end all the hard work will be so worth it!

  8. I think most worthwhile things have a least fun bit but they fulfil something in us and so we do what we do.

  9. I love hand stitching for the same reason you do. But doing that hexie quilt, though it is stunning already and will be even more beautiful when complete, would make my head explode. I have been all about the “get it done” stage. I want things out and off to completion. It feels so good to get things done. You have accomplish so much on it already. Soon you will be “done”.

  10. rutigt says:

    Don´t give up 🙂 It´s looking great!

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