To Do Tuesday 2022 #4

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My goals were

  • Quilt the nine log cabins on my Queen quilt.   Done
  • Complete Block 3 of Riley Blake Challenge.  DoneRBC 3
  • Complete Block 3 of Sweet Dreams QAL.  DonePS Block 3
  • Make a block or two for Magnolia Quilt I have started by one block! Chelsi Stratton design.  Made one to add to one I had made.Magnolia blocks 1
  • Start sashing the Nine Patch Square Dance blocks.  Have four rows sashed but not joined to each other.
  • Go through a couple of baskets of scraps and separate into what I will use and what I will pass on to somebody who might be able to use them for small handmade projects she does.  Done
  • I’ve also started a leaders and enders project – until of course I have all the sum of its parts and then it becomes its own project. This week I will be making wonky star blocks as I go. American and Patchwork Magazine No. 159. Started. Will be an ongoing leaders and enders.Leader and Ender

Week of 25th January

  • Quilt the border of my log cabin quilt – very plain straight line of something.
  • Sweet Dreams block 4.  QAL
  • Sash remainder of Nine Patch Square Dance and join all rows.
  • Make two more Magnolia blocks
  • Continue leaders and enders of Rustic Charm

To Do Tuesday 2022 #3

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I am enjoying the sunshine here in New Zealand and sewing away because it brings me great satisfaction. Being retired means I have time. Monday, the day I am writing this post, I have set aside for a bit of housework and planning for the coming week in sewing and reading.

Goals last week were:

  1. Keep quilting log cabin Queen quilt and finish all the feather parts.DoneHouse of log cabin
  2. Complete block 2 of Riley Blake Designs Challenge. Done

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  3. Complete block 2 of Sweet Dreams QALSweet Dreams 2
  4. Sew all grey blocks for Nine Patch Square Dance Quilt. Done. So all blocks now finished.

Goals for week of 18th of January week.

  • Quilt the nine log cabins on my Queen quilt.
  • Complete Block 3 of Riley Blake Challenge
  • Complete Block 3 of Sweet Dreams QAL.
  • Make a block or two for Magnolia Quilt I have started by one block! Chelsi Stratton design.
  • Start sashing the Nine Patch Square Dance blocks.
  • Go through a couple of baskets of scraps and separate into what I will use and what I will pass on to somebody who might be able to use them for small handmade projects she does.
  • I’ve also started a leaders and enders project – until of course I have all the sum of its parts and then it becomes its own project. This week I will be making wonky star blocks as I go. I saw this pattern in an old magazine and have been wanting to make something like it.  I will be making it smaller because I don’t want a 90″ long quilt but will see how the pattern looks as I build it. Possibly 60 by 70.  American and Patchwork Magazine No. 159Rustic Charm

To Do Tuesday. 2022 #2

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Last week my plans were

1. Continue with quilting the Queen Log Cabin quilt I am making for my bed. A little most days will move it along.  Continued with most days. Quilting on it is not the best, if I ever do a quilt this big again I need to look at splitting it, most likely the batting. My tension has been off and some skipped stitches – doesn’t like going backwards. I am just keeping going. I hope my eye doesn’t notice it too much when its on the bed.
2. Sew some blocks for the Nine Patch Square Dance top I’ve started. Using left overs from the Sewcialites quilt with the Fat Quarter Shop  I made last year.  Pattern by Sherri McConnell.
I have a good few of the colours done. Just now have the grey to do.Nine patch square blocks
3. Pick out fabric and cut first BOM block from at A Quilting Life. Yes I am on a Sherri McConnell binge! I love their podcast and am even going to use her planner this year.
Completed the 12 inch block and then decided to one in the 6 inch as well. Didn’t take a photo of the 6 inch yet. So now to wait till February for the next block!
BOM '22 Block 1
4. Tidy some shelves in my sewing room.
Two only done. But its a start. Oh, they are very small shelves!

This Week starting 11th January.

  1. Keep quilting the Queen log cabin. I think I must almost have done all the straight lines and can go back and finish the feathers. There is still quite a few places for those but will see how I go. 
  2. Sew the second #RileyBlakeChallenge block. Yes I got caught into another quilt along or two! Here is my first one.Riley Blake 1
  3. Sew the second block in Pat Sloan’s Sweet Dreams Quilt Along.  This is my first one.Sweet dreams 1
  4. Sew all grey blocks for the Nine Patch Square Dance Quilt
  5. Clean up a couple of more shelves or baskets.

At the moment I am reading and loving this book. It is really keeping me riveted. Have you read it?  I am doing a reading challenge on Facebook with Emilie Richards and this month calls for a memoir. Perfect!

How to Stitch an American Dream

To Do Tuesday. 2022 #1

This year I have decided to join To Do Tuesday over at Texas Quilt Girl.
So for the coming week….
1. Continue with quilting the Queen Log Cabin quilt I am making for my bed. A little most days will move it along.
2. Sew some blocks for the Nine Patch Square Dance top I’ve started. Using left overs from the Sewcialites quilt with the Fat Quarter Shop  I made last year.  Pattern by Sherri McConnell.
3. Pick out fabric and cut first BOM block from at A Quilting Life. Yes I am on a Sherri McConnell binge! I love their podcast and am even going to use her planner this year.
4. Tidy some shelves in my sewing room.
Last week I did some quilting on the Log Cabin quilt – Pattern from Judy  Martin’s book. Log Cabin Quilt Book. I pieced this in the last few months of 2021, using scraps that I had in my stash plus leftovers from other quilt tops.  It is 96″ square. Tried to pick colours that made it look “old time”!
quilting log cabin
I also cut and organised the blocks for the Nine – Patch Square Dance Quilt.
Nine Patch 1
My untidy looking shelves. Tidying even one or two would be nice! So many scraps. Perhaps I need to give some away.
Shelves one
And recent fiction I read recently that I loved and is quilting related from Emilie Richards’Shenandoah series. Well I loved the cover, but the three novellas inside were excellent too.  Cover links to Amazon. If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend it. But this could be read as a stand alone.
Peaks and Valleys

Memory Quilt #3 Top Completed

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My goal for November was to complete the top for my memory quilt #3 of my mother, destined for one of my nieces. 

I am pleased to say this is done and now I will need to sandwich and quilt it. 

#3 Mary top complete

#3 top of quilt wedding ring block

Wedding ring block with photos this time. First time trying this. Hoping it will wash well!

Washing line #3

Every day there was washing! A fire to be lit to heat the water. Then a washing machine with a wringer where the clothes had to be put through into a tub of cold water and then wrung again!

#3 great grandchildren

All the great grandchildren so far and one little heart for the first great great grand child.

 

 

Finish Up Top #3 Memory Quilt

My goal for November.

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Sometimes when I look at all the projects I have going it is difficult to pick on one I want to see move right along in November. I have decided on …

  • completing the blocks in #3 Memory quilt I am making of my mother, I have two to make.
  • sew the blocks together
  • decide on a border and sew on.
  • sort out some backing and batting for the quilt

So by the end of the month I would like to have it all ready to pin together and to quilt it in December.

I am making this out of one of Edyta Sitar’s fabric collections – Perfect Union 

This quilt is intended for one of my nieces, the previous two I have given to two of my sisters. It is a way of honouring a life well lived and given for our family.

Blocks Memory Q#3

Dinosaur Flimsy

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My goal this month was a simple one. However it is good to focus on something because it means it goes to the top of the pile and gets advanced.

I wanted to piece all the blocks together into a top.  So here it was sitting on the wall ready. It is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, made from scraps from the stash. Plus I did buy some Kona for the background. I like putting a pattern like this together, although next time I just might starch the fabric to help.

Small dinosaur quilt blocks

My sewing machine had to go for what turned out to be a two week service. However I did haul out my older back up one and reacquainted myself with it.

Here is the top together.

Dinosaur top 2

And I even went out and bought some backing and pinned the three layers together. And then its quilting time.

Dinosaur pinned

As it turns out October felt like a month with lots of days in it, so I achieved quite a bit in terms of patchwork. I need to make a post about October sewing!

I am not sure which of the boys in my family will receive this one.

Dinosaur top in progress

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My goal for October is fairly simple. My sewing machine started to make a funny noise and as it was overdue for a service, I had to take it to a place half an hour away. It might me away a week but the woman said it could be two weeks, so I am not going to count on it too much.

I am making a small dinosaur quilt from an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, and so my goal is to

*cut sashings and borders

*sew top together.

Small dinosaur quilt blocks