October Month Goal


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This month I am aiming for a simple goal. I have lots being done but this is one I want to keep my eye on. It is the Fat Quarter’s Sewcialites sew along. I have completed the first block – Harmony by Lissa Alexander.

My goal is to complete four more blocks this October. They are released at the end of each week. I have chosen to do the 6″ blocks. You could make 9″ ones ( too big a quilt for me) or the 3″ (I am not that skilled!)

Here is the fabric I have chosen from my cupboard – I am not buying anything so its like a scrappy quilt as well.

I have since taken out the red fabric as I decided it was too much.

This is how I have shaded in the pattern, I may not put it together like this but its a start, I’ll shift blocks around according to how they play beside each other at the end.

And this is the first block made. Well actually might be No. 2 try as I didn’t like how the first one pressed up, so it went into the orphan block box!

I am starching the fabric for this, I don’t usually but Kimberley from Fat Quarter Shop is and I like to try things out. I only have Best Press which isn’t that strong a starch, but will do.

Windham Horse Panel Quilt


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My goal for September was to complete my horse panel quilt that I was making for Rose, my brother-in-laws sister.

I wanted to keep it simple and to keep it soft and warm – so only very light quilting and I got some brown dimple minky for the backing.

Windham horse panel quilt

I found the quilting of the horses somewhat problematic as I didn’t want to take away from them, but the three layers had to be put together!  So I did a wavy line in the green and then outlined the horses and did some vertical rounded lines on the horses with a few lines here and there on their faces.

As I was sewing the binding the quilt felt soft and warm so I guess mission accomplished!

A Horse Panel Quilt


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My goal for September is to piece a panel quilt and then quilt it.

Quilt panel

This is my design wall as I choose fabric to go around it. I decided I would need to sacrifice my All Hallows 21/2″ squares for this. I think it might be going to have another lot in shops so fingers crossed on that because I love it.

My brother in law asked me to make a quilt for his sister who isn’t able to move around a lot. When asked what she liked, horses were mentioned. This was the only panel I could find online in NZ at the time. The horses are sort of very in your face! But anyway!

I’ll get a simple dimple brown minky fabric I think to put it on the back.

Flowers for Emma quilt finish


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My goal for August was to quilt my Flowers for Emma top. I also wanted to make a curved edging which I had never done before. The pattern by Sherri from A Quilting Life called for bias single fold binding, something else that was new to me. I found my way through all this and finished it up! It’s good to try new ways of doing something.

Finished Quilt

My five year old great niece Scarlett – who is a wonderful appreciator of quilts – saw it drying outside after I had washed it. “Hmm” she said,” I could use this for my dolls!” Both her grandmother and myself said… “Afraid not!”

Finishing up Flowers for Emma Quilt


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My one month goal for August.

  • Quilt my Flowers for Emma Quilt top – this is from a pattern by Sherri from A Quilting Life.   Making the hexies was a fun thing to do and I loved the hand sewing. Now its time to turn it into a quilt.
  • Once I have it quilted I want to make a scallop edge as in the pattern and bind it. As that’s something I have never done before it will be a little challenge!

Flowers for Emma Quilt top

Working with my Bernina Q20


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Well July certainly passed by quite quickly. However its good to look back and see what did I achieve in terms of a quilting goal over that time.

My goal was to learn to use my new Bernina sit down Q20 quilting machine. Included in that was to buy a suitable chair and foot rest of some sort because the Horn table was higher than I realised.

I feel like I am at ease using the machine. Using an online guide and lots of You Tube I figured out most although not all things!  I can easily thread it now and change the needle. To do that you use a little screwdriver! I bought some top stitch needles to try as that is what Lori Kennedy suggests using for quilting.

The bobbin is larger than an ordinary bobbing and I can fill it and insert it. It says in the book to clean out the machine and oil it daily. And I’ve found that is pretty much the truth! I can do that now as well.

The one think I haven’t got sorted yet is the tension of top and bottom thread at times. With the machine comes a bobbin meter kind of thing so that if its not at a certain “pull” you adjust the bobbin until it’s right. I am not quite brave enough to play around with the bobbin at present which you do with a screwdriver and little screw on the bobbin. I think I’ll wait out on that one.

I also found it is certainly a lot easier to move a quilt around and so much easier on arms and shoulders! It has a couple of BSR levels and one where you don’t have to use the BSR at all. I prefer the BSR!!

After some play with fat quarter sandwiches I quilted a baby boy’s quilt for the neonatal intensive care (NICU)

Moving on from there I took on a quilt of mine that I’d had since I began quilting. I’d stitched it in the ditch but I knew it needed more quilting before I washed it. So five years later I did! In the meantime I did use it a lot and some of my favourite colours!

I did an overall big flower with a little echoing and did a kind of fmq shell in the border. It was the first time doing an overall pattern on a quilt and I rather liked the effect.

Next I moved on to a quilt that I had done as a Pat Sloan sew along and this quilt I have given to a young girl I know through family.

I used one all over meander for this one and I loved doing that, I loved how it just seemed to meld the whole quilt together into one.  This quilt is 59 inches by 72 inches so it was good to do it on the Q20.

Finally I completed two more NICU quilts. On the last one – the girl’s one I finally managed to get it to the size Wellington hospital likes. I had to work out what would be taken up in the quilting and washing!!

During the month I also tracked down a footstool that is height adjustable and settled for a a bar stool for now for sewing. If that doesn’t work out over the next few months I’ll seek something more in a chair.

Quilting chair and footstool

Exploring with a Bernina Q20


Last month I bought a Bernina Q20 quilting machine. Sight unseen. I know sometimes I just make up my mind and just do it!  A sale was just ending so I jumped in. We do not have a Bernina shop in our area so I ordered one from the nearby city. So basically at this point no help from there. I don’t mind I am kind of a self learner anyway. Later if I have questions I can phone them.

There was some mix up about the delivery, but eventually it was delivered one evening and set up on the table for me. I was left in a pile of polystyrene and cardboard. After dealing with most of that the next day I sat down to nervously turn it on!

Q20 Bernina

When I ordered it I went for the small fold down table as it was cheaper and the other one while it had inserts, looked much heavier. I figured I could work with the smaller table. What I did not think of. – Learning No. 1 – give consideration to the table height. It is much higher than my ordinary Horn sewing table that I have my sewing machine on.

I need to look for a chair that will raise high enough to be comfortable and I need to consider the foot pedal as well. I did see a You Tube quilter who is like myself just 5′ 4″ and she adapted so I can too.

This is what it looks like in the meantime! An old plastic table top and books underneath and a cushioned chair!

Chair for quilting

My goal for July is to get to know this Bernina Q20 and get comfortable using it.  That includes finding a suitable chair!

I will use the manual of course and this My Bernina Mastery Workbook

So by the end of July I intend to be good friends with this  Q20 machine.

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Dog Quilt Completion


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My goal was to quilt a dog quilt for my great niece Tayla. And it took me down to the wire and the last day of June to complete.

It’s the most quilting I have done on any quilt so far. Some mistakes made but its all a learning curve!


Clicking on the these photos will enlarge them.

So now next steps will be to bind this quilt and wash it when I can get a fine drying day. Winter weather isn’t quite ready to facilitate that.

I Love Home pattern by Jacquelynne Steves

Three of Dogs –  patterns  by the Whole Country Caboodle.