October OMG – Get it quilted!



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I aim to get this layered and basted and start on the quilting. I aim to get it as far as ready for binding stage.  It is a top I made from Lori Holt’s pattern Bloom. I can’t remember when, it has been sitting in the cupboard for awhile. I used her fabric as well.

Quilt top

I’ve picked out the wool batting and I looked in my fabric stash and picked out this for the backing. I don’t want to quilt with something heavy on the back for this as it is 52 by 641/2, and while that’s not huge, I aim to keep it simple on me!

quilt readiness


September Look Back

I made three bags – my one month goal, and I was very happy with them. One of my goals ticked off this year to try bags. So all set for shopping.

I completed the top of a log cabin/cat quilt I was doing for fun. I did leave out a row along the perpendicular as I didn’t want it to be too big. This photo was taken when it wasn’t quite finished, but it is ready for quilting some time in the future.  I love log cabins so I was just playing with that and then added the cats from a couple of patterns I have. I need to make one in purple colours for a great niece at some point.

Cat Log Cabin Top

I also made a very quick ahem – quilt for a cat! It is just 36″ square and hopefully will keep the cat off the book quilt I made my friend. Actually this size makes a very nice little knee quilt I do believe as I discovered while binding. I was going to give the cat an old little quilt I made when I first started but then I realised my friend could hardly put that out on her couch.  I used a block from Pat Sloan’s pattern of her Solstice quilt.

I backed this with thick fleece. While I was sewing around the edge my concentration slipped and before I could understand what happened, I looked down and the needle had broken and yes it was right through my finger. I had heard it could happen but didn’t think it was possible. Oh yes it is!  It didn’t really hurt but it did entail going to the Dr to get it out.

damaged finger

I also worked on piecing a quilt pattern that I won on the OMG at Elm Street quilts – the pattern Fraulein by Amy Smart. It is still sitting on the wall like this and I just need to finish piecing and add a border.  I also won the layer cake I am using on Instagram, and even though I had to pay the postage from the USA it was still worth it. A layer cake here costs about $89. I paid $40 NZ postage or $25 US and I still call that a good win! And our dollar has weakened since then!!

quilt top

So looking forward to October. I have decided I need to finish one quilt a month in terms of quilting as I am accumulating too many tops. So my one month goal will be for one that has been sitting there for most likely about two years.

Patchwork bag(s) goal for September


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My goal was to get started on a patchwork bag kit and maybe complete it which I did!  This is the kit I started with from Craftsy.


Here is the bag.

Tote bag


I then made another one out of some 5″ squares with Amy Smart fabric to practise of course.

Tote bag

And then I went on You Tube and found a great tutorial by Yoan Sewing Studio for a bag with side pockets, a zipped up pocket inside and two other pockets. Plus a magnetic closing button. Very happy with my learnings!

Okay I think I am bagged out



September One Month Goal


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This month while I do have a number of projects going on,  I decided to start something new in September. Although really I need to do some finishing up but this bag kit has been sitting around for months and it would be useful to have as well. Once I’ve made it up then perhaps I can make more using some of the scraps I have.

My goal is to start it and get it underway, not necessarily finish it because as I said many other things to finish!  I didn’t post my finish of my August goal although I did progress it to almost there. I just need to decide do I add a border or leave it as it is. Just needs time to decide that one!

So here is the bag kit ready to go.


August Plan for Top Finish

I had been working on The Splendid Sampler 2 and have done as many blocks as I intend. This month I will piece together the final round of blocks and then decide if I will add more triangles to finish or a plain border. I have sort of fallen out of love with the project, but maybe working on the top will bring a little of the love back.

quilt top

  • finish a bit of embroidery on a couple of blocks
  • decide on final layout of last row around the quilt top and piece and join to what I have already joined.
  • Decide on the final border(s) and complete the top.

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Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Finish


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This month it was my goal that whatever else I did I wanted to finish quilting the quilt I was making for my four year old grand niece. I delivered it to her today and her reaction was I think what every quilter loves, a delight with her quilt, it warmed my heart no end.

Her Nan – my sister opens up the quilt for her to view.

Photo of quilt

Full view

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt photo

Up close inspection of front

Quilt photo

Feeling the back which is a lovely double minky. She always takes over her Nana’s quilt when she visits because she loves the soft backing, so hers has a soft backing too!

photo of quilt backing

And what we love to do with a quilt, roll up in it and keep warm. It is winter here after all in New Zealand!

Photo of quilt enjoyment

Around the edge I quilted some of Scarlett’s female genealogy. So I started with her name and then quilted all those women who went before her back seven generations  to Magdalena who arrived in Nelson from Germany in 1842 on the Skiold.

Quilt photo

And the seventh generation back

Quilt photo.

It’s nice to finish this, my shoulders, wrists and elbow are feeling it, but so worth it!


Quilt Plan OMG for July


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This month I want to finish the Sunbonnet Sue quilt I started working on piecing back in April.  I have some cuddle minky for the backing, the perfect pink colour for the person – Miss Four Year Old to be in July. Hence it must be completed in July!

I bought the Miss Scarlet fabric back about four years ago after my Miss Scarlett grand niece was born because… well why not!

I have ironed on some French fuse to stabilise the minky as suggested by Leah Day. I have never done this before but I am interested to see what difference it makes.

I measured out all three layers.

Quilt top

I then ironed on French fuse.  Dry iron and protective fat quarter! I was relieved to find it all seemed to work out.
After pinning it all together I have started to first of all quilt in the ditch.

Photo of quilting
So the plan

  • Stitch in the ditch.
  • Fmq around appliqueé
  • Fmq some more
  • Bind quilt

It’s quite heavy to work with so a little every day!

Bookshelf Quilt Completion


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This month I set out to finish up my Bookshelf quilt which I have done – plus put a sleeve on the back to hang it somewhere. (Haven’t decided where yet).

So here is my salute to all the authors who over the years, since I was able to hold a book who have given me so much reading pleasure. Even now I have more names for another shelf…. but too late!


Bookshelf Quilt


The Quilting on the Bookcase Quilt

I free motion quilted names of authors on books, for the background sometimes I wrote book quotes.

In the border I quilted a pattern I watched on You Tube by Angela Walters.

Showing front and part of backing. and part of sleeve.