Goal for December

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I have a rather pedestrian goal for December but it needs to be done so that I can finish a quilt top that was made from scraps. The Scrappy Crossroads block.  I had been hooked by Lori Holt’s tutorial for it, although I love her fabric more I think!

The backing and batting will also be scrappy and I want to do a better job of piecing the batting so I will take a bit of time at it. Not sure if I will do it by hand or machine or use tape. Or all three!

I also need to piece the backing so it will be a bit scrappy too. And then I might even get it sandwiched.

And the quilt top

Scrappy quilt top

 

Log Cabin Cat Quilt

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My OMG was to complete my log cabin cat quilt by sandwiching, quilting, binding and washing it. All of which has been completed and I am very happy with it. I am obsessed with log cabins and actually succumbed and bought the Forty Fabulous Years book by Eleanor Burns, and I must say I have enjoyed it.

Here is the cat quilt all finished.

cats and log cabin blocks

I got the cat patterns from a book Better Homes and Gardens Cat Craft Collection and from KLee2Strings Designs on Etsy.  And now I’ve ordered another cat quilt book because I want to add some different cats to this kind of quilt!

I don’t even have a cat and nor do I want one. I think they fit in really well to a log cabin quilt. There are so many fun, wonderful things about cats, but there is the darker side too!

Log Cabin Cat Quilt November Goal

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My goal for November is to complete my log cabin cat quilt. I pieced this the last couple of months. I love log cabins and I wanted to try out the cats in between. It was just a bit of fun and I enjoyed doing it. I got the cat patterns from a book Better Homes and Gardens Cat Craft Collection and from KLee2Strings Designs on Etsy.  It will be lap size.

Cat Log Cabin Top

I have pieced it, and pieced a load of batting pieces – I must admit not that well but intentions to improve on that in the future! I need to organise my batting pieces better and take more care in putting them together.  Just saying!

Pieces of batting

I have sandwiched the quilt and done some stitching in the ditch to stabilise it.

Ready to quilt

My goal is to do the free motion quilting and bind it. And maybe even washed by the end of November!

 

Bloom Quilt Completion

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This month it was my goal to complete my Bloom quilt – pattern and fabric by Lori Holt. from Bee in My Bonnet.  I made the top in 2017 so I guess it was time to finish it. I see I thought about giving it for a raffle when I had finished. But… that was 2017! Now I am older and wiser and I find I really like to know where my quilts go, so I am eyeing up a family member!

I even got as far as completing the binding which I hadn’t put in my goal but as the month went by I could see I’d accomplish that too. I hadn’t saved back any fabric, well I did have some of the nutmeg but I didn’t want to use that. So I had to order some from another line of Lori Holt’s fabrics which blended in with some of the colours.

Bloom Quilt finished

It feels good to know it is now completed and I did enjoy doing it.

 

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.

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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.

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