Last Week of October

Plan for Week of 24 October was

  • Complete the blanket stitching around the I Love Dirt blocks.  Almost there.√ Yes Done.
  • Complete the second pre-school quilt. √ Yes Done. And passed on for use.
  • Work on Grandma’s Kitchen block and Splendid sampler blocks hopefully. I completed Block 17 of GK. It’s called Pantry Goods. I don’t remember my own Grandma’s pantry, but I do recall my two year old great niece Scarlett inspecting her Great Grandfather’s pantry to find the box of biscuits – from which she’d like to extract one or sometimes… more!Grandma's Kitchen Block 17Quilt block by Jane DavidsonThis was designed by Jane Davidson and is a Splendid Sampler block – foundation piecing.Block designed by Faith JonesAnother piece that involved foundation piecing – designed by Faith Jones. For the Splendid Sampler quilt.
  • Possibly some Country Fair blocks.√ Yes I did two more. I now have 14 blocks completed for this scrap quilt using 21/2″ squares.

Plan for the first week in November!

  • Make at least one log cabin heart block.
  • Make a couple of Splendid sampler blocks.
  • The Grandma’s Kitchen block for this week.
  • Couple of Country Fair blocks
  • Cut sashings, borders and binding strips for the I Love Dirt quilt.
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!
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I Love Dirt blocks have been Appliquéd on.

October one month goal

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts to focus on one main goal for October

My goal was  to appliqué each of the individual  blocks. I paced myself during the month and now have all the blocks cut out and appliquéd on, ready for the next stage. Quite possibly the next stage might be my November goal!

Collage of vehicles on quilt blocks

I have linked them all in a collage – they are still all individual blocks. But I am very happy to have finished the machine appliqué because as you know it is a little like watching paint dry!

Starting a Log Cabin Heart Quilt.

I fell in love with a Log Cabin Heart quilt as many quilters have in the past I am sure. However it was only a photo on the Dish Sisters website.

Heart quilt - log cabin style

Eventually I tracked down some good instructions from Designs by KtGreen which were very helpful.

My next decision was what size to make the blocks. I eventually arrived at 8 1/2″ – 8″ finished, which meant cutting 1 1/2″ strips. When my fabric arrived I was very keen to start. It has taken me a couple of hours to press fabric and cut the strips and put them together to make one block! I am hoping that the next one is more speedily achieved!

I had intended to begin this project in 2018 but once I had the fabric I couldn’t resist!

The Process.

Start of log cabin heart block

Second step of log cabin heart block

Third step of log cabin heart block

Almost completed log cabin block

Add bottom strip

Completed log cabin heart block

Now that I have begun with 1 1/2″ strips that’s what I will keep with. When doing it next time for a quilt I think I will use 2″ strips and make 12 1/2″ blocks that will be 12″ when sewn in.

In any case I am celebrating the achievement of this first block!!

The Week that Was.

I didn’t make big plans for the week because I knew I was going to be busy and I was – however I planned some sewing in and achieved what I set out to do and a little more. A pre-school teacher asked me to make a couple of small quilts with a top and a piece of fabric she gave me so I did one and am working on another. They are gathering such things for the children to snooze with!

Small quilt

This one is about 37 inches square and I wasn’t too fussy with it, long as the back and front went together!

And the one I am working on from the whole piece of fabric.Whole fabric quilt

Plan List for last week.

  • Do some blanket stitching around the I Love Dirt quilt blocks.
  • Sew together the I Love Home block #3 √ House blockThis was such fun to make and for the first time every I made half square rectangles. Actually first time I had heard of them. But… new skill mastered!  Looking forward to Block #4 in November.
  • If I have time – some more Country Fair blocks and maybe a Splendid Sampler block or two. √ and X   I didn’t get to the Splendid Sampler blocks.

Plan for Week of 24 October

  • Complete the blanket stitching around the I Love Dirt blocks.  Almost there.
  • Complete the second pre-school quilt.
  • Work on Grandma’s Kitchen block and Splendid sampler blocks hopefully.
  • Possibly some Country Fair blocks.
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!

Looking back and looking forward.

Last Weeks List.

  • Cut out and place the other four blocks of the I love Dirt quilt blocks so that I have them all ready to sew around.√   Yes all done except for a few wheels and a strip – I ran out of Vliesofix so need to buy some to finish off.  Pile of I Love Dirt blocks
  • The new Grandma’s Kitchen block  No. I didn’t like it so am not doing it.
  • Two blocks from the Splendid Sampler √  61/2 inch blocks  This one is called Centred and is Block #100 in the first quilt along.Block 100 Splendid SamplerThis one is Friends Around the Square and is # 8
    Block 8 of Splendid Sampler
    The two above are last weeks blocks that I didn’t post                                        Hand in Hand – is one of this weeksSplendid Sampler block

As is Happy ThoughtsSplendid Sampler block

  • A few Country Fair blocks –  The rule is….’only scraps’! I am using the pattern of Country Fair on Craftsy  – but will make it smaller no doubt. These blocks are 101/2″ before placing in the quilt.So during the week the plan is to add to this first block.   I now have 10 of these blocks.They are relaxing and fun to make, I really enjoy it.First block

Plan List for 17th October week.

I have a busy week ahead of me this week so I am not putting much into the list.

  • Do some blanket stitching around the I Love Dirt quilt blocks.
  • Sew together the I Love Home block #3
  • If I have time – some more Country Fair blocks and maybe a Splendid Sampler block or two.
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!

To Do Tuesday

So last weeks plans.

To-Do for week of 3rd October

  • Do two applique blocks in the “I Love Dirt” quilt √Truck with dirt GraterI forgot about flipping them so they face the opposite way to the pattern but its okay as it will be consistent. I also didn’t see the window fabric so just cut out the windows so background shows through. I’ll save the fabric and stay consistent right the way through.
  • Start Block #3 of the “I Love Home” Quilt along – block for October √ Centre of block #3I’ve completed the centre of the block, now I just need to add the surround of the block which involves piecing.
  • Two Splendid Sampler blocks √ Two blocks assigned this week are finished. No photos yet.
  • One or two Grandma’s Kitchen blocks   This is the game show block – #15 I remember one of my Nanas listening on the radio to two soaps.  “Portia Faces Life” and “Doctor Paul”. Needless to say I used to enjoy listening too. TV wasn’t here in the 1950’s.Block 15 Grandma's Kitchen Block 14 Grandma's KitchenThe salt and pepper shaker block – #14.
  • Some gardening! √  Carrots and Beetroot and Corn planted. Potatoes are in. A few bean plants are showing. The thrushes are about tapping out snails from their shells – they make a mess but it is music to my ears and I’ll take the mess.  A little weeding done.

Week for 10th of October

  • Cut out and place the other four blocks of the I love Dirt quilt blocks so that I have them all ready to sew around.
  • The new Grandma’s Kitchen block
  • Two blocks from the Splendid Sampler
  • A few of these blocks – I spent one night looking for some ideas for using up scraps and I found  some I liked. At the moment I am using up some 21/2″ squares. I bought some really cheap whitish fabric for the background. I had to close my eyes to other fabric when I was in the shop. The rule is….’only scraps’! I am using the pattern of Country Fair on Craftsy  – but will make it smaller no doubt. These blocks are 101/2″ before placing in the quilt.First blockSo during the week the plan is to add to this first block.
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!

To-Do Tuesday

Last Week

  • Complete two Grandma’s Kitchen blocks  – got one completed Sunday Dinner.Block #13 Grandma's Kitchen
  • One or two Splendid Sampler blocks – I did really well on this one and got caught upQuilt blocks
  • Start on I Love Dirt quilt top – yes got the pattern size adjusted according to its instructions. Read through the pattern to get acquainted!
  • Some gardening, weather permitting.  Yes – lawns mowed and a little weeding. Beans and potatoes planted.

To-Do for week of 3rd October

  • Do two applique blocks in the “I Love Dirt” quilt
  • Start Block #3 of the “I Love Home” Quilt along – block for October
  • Two Splendid Sampler blocks
  • One or two Grandma’s Kitchen blocks
  • Some gardening!
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!

October One Month Goal

 

October one month goal

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts to focus on one main goal for October

I have had the “I Love Dirt” Kit set for awhile. I know who I want to make it for – Jaxon over there in Australia. However because I had to go and get some of the pattern enlarged to 200% I have been putting it off. However last week I did go and do that and now I am ready to begin.

My goal is to appliqué each of the individual  blocks. Two a week should get me there!

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