My OMG completion for August

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My major goal for the OMG over at Elm Street Quilts was to complete 16 blocks of the Bloom Quilt. This quilt was designed by Lori Holt at Bee in my Bonnet.

At the time of making the goal I had 5 blocks completed. As I went along I decided I was going to make the full twenty. Which I did! It makes the quilt a little longer than I wanted but I decided that I won’t put an outside border on it, so that keeps it within the lap size quilt that I want.  I used Lori’s method of using pellon and sewing it to the shape and then turning it out to the right side. I then machine appliquéd each one down.

 

Blocks from Bloom quiltAs well since taking the photo I have sewn the blocks together, added the one round of strips for the border and some time soon I will quilt it.

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To-Do Tuesday 29th August

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This week I am joining up with Stitch All the Things to look at what I need to do in the coming week, or lets re-word that… what I want to do!

Last Week’s List

  • Sew a nine patch block a day and then slice it in four, for the not so quick cornerstone quilt! I aim to have it fully pieced by the end of September. Well as it turns out I got all those blocks done and sliced!Quilt block ready for cornerstone quilt
  • Sew last weeks and this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen blocks. I got onto those and once started they didn’t take too long! Both Grandma’s wore aprons and I am thinking no wonder, because with the labour of washing who’d want to wash too many clothes in those days.Block 8 of Grandma's Kitchen quiltBlock 9 of Grandma's Kitchen quiltAnd this one is Grandma’s Kitchen window.
  • Sew this weeks Splendid Sampler block and start one of the embroidery ones that I haven’t done. I did two from the Splendid Sampler, not the one set for this week because although I did it for the 30 block Splendid Sampler quilt I made, I am not doing it for the 100 block one. So I chose two others.Block 7 of the Splendid SamplerSnug as a Bug in a rug. Block 7. Block 6 of the Splendid SamplerFocal Point – Block 6
  • Walk 50000 steps Just 44000 steps accomplished, however quite a bit of gardening done as my outside time so feeling pretty happy with that. I made use of some dry weather to get out and weed.

This Week

  • Sew sliced rows together on Space quilt to make a cornerstone quilt.
  • Sew the Grandma’s Kitchen block out this week.
  • Sew a Splendid Sampler block, or two.
  • Walk 50000 steps.
  • Time gardening, weather permitting.

To-Do Tuesday 22nd August

Stitch ALL The Things
This week I am joining up with Stitch All the Things to look at what I need to do in the coming week, or lets re-word that… what I want to do!
Last Week’s List
  • Complete all the Bloom Blocks so that I have 20.  √  Done.
  • Complete this week’s Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks  Partial Block #3 of Splendid SamplerI have completed the Splendid Sampler block – Lots of Love, on the plus side this block measures the correct 61/2 inches and most points and joins are correct. A better effort than my first effort last year with this block,  I didn’t do the Grandma’s Kitchen block so that will hold over for this weeks list.
  • Amy from Diary of a Quilter has this Quick Cornerstone Quilt that I am thinking of making using some Space fabric so will check it out against my fabric and fully decide and then … maybe start cutting. √ Have begun to cut this out – will be quite challenging actually for me trying to get it all accurately pieced. Can but try!
  • Walk 50000 steps Not completed. Just 39800 this week.

This Week’s List

  • Sew a nine block a day and then slice it in four, for the not so quick cornerstone quilt! I aim to have it fully pieced by the end of September.
  • Sew last weeks and this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen blocks.
  • Sew this weeks Splendid Sampler block and start one of the embroidery ones that I haven’t done.
  • Walk 50000 steps

To-Do Tuesday 15th August

Stitch ALL The Things
This week I am joining up with Stitch All the Things to look at what I need to do in the coming week, or lets re-word that… what I want to do!
Last Week’s List
  •  Complete 4 blocks in the Bloom quilt. ( I have decided to to do the full 20 blocks and as I want to complete all blocks by the end of the month, I need to make this one a priority.  √  think I made 6 which has brought me a good ways along. 
  • Complete this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen QAL block, possibly the Splendid Sampler one if time.Will finish at a 12 inch block. I don’t remember any sayings of my grandmas. However Nana C was always very adamant we stay together as a family, and it is something of her legacy that we do! She also advocated a good breakfast and wearing a singlet. The only think I don’t do is wear a singlet any more. Just don’t seem to need one!!Block #7 if Grandma's KitchenThe Splendid Sampler block this week was block number 91 – Gran’s Button Jar. I’ll finish it this afternoon. Will finish at a six inch block.Block #91 of Splendid Sampler
  • Choose fabric from what I already have and cut fabric for I Love Home quilt along and view the videos of  Alyssa from Penguin & Fish on Facebook to see what she does for it. Well I got hooked in my this block. Yes I cut the fabric out for all the blocks. And I’ve watched Alyssa each day – she is still cutting. √ But once I had the fabric cut out I couldn’t stop. (I am using fabric left over from my previous quilt which is also a bonus). I just had to go ahead and work on the block for August until I had it completed and… I love it. It is an 18 inch block. Roll on September. But I am still watching Alyssa on Facebook each day as well because I want to see how her choices work out. Block 1 of I love home sew along
  • Walk 50 000 steps  ×  Bad week for walking – so much rain so only got out a couple of days. I am so over rain.  43000 steps
  • Spend another hour weeding this week. There are lots of weeds. But even seeing small patches weeded is rewarding. × The garden is sodden! No chance of getting out and the next week is looking that way too.

To Do for the Week of the 15th of August

  • Complete all the Bloom Blocks so that I have 20.
  • Complete this week’s Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks
  • Amy from Diary of a Quilter has this Quick Cornerstone Quilt that I am thinking of making using some Space fabric so will check it out against my fabric and fully decide and then … maybe start cutting.
  • Walk 50000 steps

Quilt Finish

This week I put the final stitches in the binding of the quilt I have been making for a young member of our extended family. It feels really cosy and warm and I hope Nellie enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.
I used the Anne of Green Gables fabric by RJR fabrics. It has such pretty colours in it. I am happy to say I have some left over and I am using it to take part in a BOM, and I am enjoying it all over again.
A close up of the fabric.
Close up of fabric
Warm cuddle fleece on the back with wool batting.
Quilt sandwich
Completed and ready to go.
Completed Quilt
Linking up to
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
And Finish it Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts

To-Do Tuesday 8th August

Stitch ALL The Things
This week I am joining up with Stitch All the Things to look at what I need to do in the coming week, or lets re-word that… what I want to do!
Last Week’s Plans
  • finish stitching in the ditch the quilt I am working on. Machine on the  binding so that only have the hand sewing part of it to complete. √  Just a little more hand sewing and then finished.
  • Complete this week’s Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks 
  • Complete 2 to 3 blocks in the Bloom quilt √  3 completed so now have 8 blocks done.
  • Walk 50 000 steps √   51 400
  • Read 2 books  
  • Spend an hour weeding in the garden 
This Week’s Plans
  •  Complete 4 blocks in the Bloom quilt. ( I have decided to to do the full 20 blocks and as I want to complete all blocks by the end of the month, I need to make this one a priority.
  • Complete this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen QAL block, possibly the Splendid Sampler one if time.
  • Choose fabric from what I already have and cut fabric for I Love Home quilt along and view the videos of  Alyssa from Penguin & Fish on Facebook to see what she does for it.I love home
  • Walk 50 000 steps
  • Spend another hour weeding this week. There are lots of weeds. But even seeing small patches weeded is rewarding.

Monday Post

I have been working with small step goals to complete blocks for quilts I want to make. This week I completed three blocks in the Bloom Sew Along which means I have eight of the sixteen I intend doing.

Flower quilt block Large flower quilt block Yellow flower quilt block

I also completed the 10″ block from the Grandma’s Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan. This week it was a focus on wash day.  As a young child I remember Nana T’s wash day. (Early 1950’s)  It was in the wash house area just off the kitchen.  She had a copper out there, a fire was lit underneath and the water boiled. Then the clothes – sheets are what I remember – were swished around with a large wooden stick. They were then lifted via the large wooden stick and put through a hand wringer into a tub of cold water. Rinsed around and put through the hand wringer again and then hung out on the long line at the back of the house.

What a lot of work! I am so pleased to have been there and seen this. It is something that has always stuck in my mind, the smell of the copper and the work. So easy now to dump the washing in the machine and walk away. The only thing in common is that I still hang the clothes on the line.

Wash Day quilt block

The Splendid Sampler block – 61/2 ” – for the past week was called Lina’s Gift.  Block 18 and on Page 7 of the book.

Block 18 of the Splendid sampler

 

BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

My One Month Goal for August

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My major goal for the OMG over at Elm Street Quilts is to complete 16 blocks of the Bloom Quilt. I have 5 blocks completed. That means I have 11 do to this month. I find I am not really enjoying this method of applique so I need some incentive to get on to them and finish.  I have decided to put in 16 blocks only, not the 20 in the pattern as that makes it longer than I want for a lap quilt.

That will mean I have September to quilt it,

What I have completed so far. I have 5 done. Showing 3.

Three Bloom blocks

Motivation!

I’d like to do that as I aim to have it for a raffle. It will help my local school (where I taught for many years) fundraise money for children who are less fortunate in New Zealand and overseas.

I’ll need to do 3 blocks most weeks in August.