Linking up with Elm Street Quilts June Goal.
This month I’d like to finish quilting my book case quilt and put some binding on. It’s sat long enough now without attention and the borders need to be quilted and finished. I am looking forward to seeing it totally finished, especially as I am going to take part in a bookish quilt along that starts in June run by Kate Basti. It’s not like I need another project – I was doing a count up today – I have quite a few on the go, but I couldn’t resist the books!
And here is the quilt I want to finish.
So my goal for April was to make 32 hearts for a quilt I wanted to make for first responders quilt after the Christchurch NZ shootings. Linking up with Elm Street Quilts.
I actually made all the hearts, then pieced them and quilted and put binding on and finished it. So totally finished!
Now to post it off to the co-ordinators.
I am linking up with the Elm Streets April one monthly goal.
My goal for this month is to make 32 hearts in colour fabric to make a heart quilt for #healingheartsforChristchurch. After the attack on the Mosques and people at prayer quilters around New Zealand and around the world have answered the call to make quilts for the families of the dead and wounded. They are all green hearts. I made a few and sent them off to be put into a quilt.
So far I only have a few cut out a bit of fabric for the coloured hearts!
My log cabin heart quilt is drying outside, and when ready will be posted of to the hearts quilts for Christchurch.
Well for once I didn’t complete my one month goal for a start! I did do some of it but a health issue plus another project meant I didn’t get it totally accomplished. Another time.
What I did!
Hearts for Christchurch
Quilters all around the world are making these blocks – I sent my four off but many are gathering together to make full quilts. However we send them off to central places and all the blocks that arrive will be pieced into quilts. Green is an important colour for Muslims – signifying peace I think, so for all the victims’ families and those wounded green heart quilts are being made.
Coloured hearts are being made for first responders; police, ambulance, hospital. So I thought of the log cabin heart quilt I had pieced and started to quilt. So I worked on finishing the quilting and next I was going to put in the little square areas above the hearts words like peace, hope, kia kaha (be strong) aroha (love) etc. But I decided finishing was better so going to bind it and post if off.
My mother’s memorial quilt
Which was my goal, to finish off the applique in the wedding ring section and make two more blocks. I did do the applique and finished one of the two blocks.
This one has names of her children embroidered on, hard to see but when you are up close they are discernible!
Earlier in the month I did some more quilting on my bookcase quilt, and so far I’m happy to have got a good way along. I like to stop and let it gel for awhile about what I’ll do next!
Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the March quilt goal.
I had a big quilting month last month working on the Sunshine Garden quilt, which I am now hand sewing down the binding on.
So something reasonably quiet for March! I have done enough quilting to last me for awhile – so just some piecing would be nice this month.
So I am going to pick up the second memory quilt I am making celebrating my mother’s life. I have four and half blocks finished.
So goal for March
- complete left side of above block
- complete two to three more blocks.
This was the first memory quilt that I completed so this one will be similar but will make a few changes.
Linking up with Elm Street Quilts
So at the beginning of February I had begun quilting the inner part of the sunshine garden quilt – bought as a kit. I bought a bit of extra fabric too as it needed to be enlarged to fit the bed its being made for.
My plan for this month was to quilt all the inner part of the quilt, and then add borders using the encased seam method, which I hadn’t used before but I wanted to try. As this is a priority quilt I ended up stopping all other quilting projects and focussed totally on this one.
I did get all the middle quilted and then I added the borders. This involved added a yellow border all around and and at the same time attaching backing and batting that would be enough for all the borders.
This is the back of where I’ll be sewing, the batting has been placed a half inch away from the backing and taped down. On the other side is the narrow yellow border. When this is sewn the backing and batting is smoothed out and the yellow border is on top.
So finally – after a little struggle here and there and wondering if I was doing the right thing all four borders were placed on.
All borders are now on the quilt and I have begun quilting them. So I am very happy to have achieved the goal. I have made the border far larger than the kit showed as my sister wants it as large as I can get!
It measures about 85″ by 96″.
For February I am working on the Sunshine Garden Quilt – a kit designed by Darlene Zimmerman, for my one month goal over at Elm St Quilts. It is a quilt for one of my sisters. I am going to have to enlarge it a little to fit her bed, so will do that in the borders I hope.
Here are the blocks I was making in January
I have since added the sashing and basted it together, with the help of my trusty fan!
And now I have started to quilt it.
I am using for the first time Marti Michell’s way of using encased seams to add the border later on as this would be too large to quilt on my Bernina home sewing machine. A little nervous about that – but nothing ventured, nothing gained. The piece I am quilting at present is about 57″ by 68″. Getting the middle quilted is easier this way.
So my goal for February is to take this as far as I can. Goal will be achieved if I advance further than I am now!
Steps I hope to get done, however quilting the middle will be good. Working on starting the borders will also be included in the goal, even if I get two sides placed on.
- Quilt the middle
- Add the side borders. (I still have some borders I need to piece as part of the enlarging.)
I am joining in with Elm Street Quilts one month goal for January.
My goal was to add the final sashing to my log cabin hearts quilt and baste the layers together and stitch in the ditch along the main sashing lines – which I have done. Just as well I did this early in the month, as I was asked to make a very large quilt by one of my sisters.
I did what I set out to do, and then had to set it aside but it feels good that I have advanced its cause!
And the back of it.