About Kathryn

Love to read and quilt. Retired.

Splendid Sampler 2 Quilt

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I finished my Splendid Sampler Quilt and I have been tempted into the second version of this and the quilt along. I can’t resist these 6 inch finished blocks and I learned so much from the first one.

Quilt Block

I have chosen my fabric – Pepper and Flax by Corey Yoda for Moda.

Fabric by Moda

I have been tempted to add in either some purple or coral but I am holding back, I kind of want to see what it might be like with only the colours above.

At The Splendid Sampler website there will be one block a week until the book for the Splendid Sampler 2 is published.

The first block has been designed by Alex Veronelli, you can see his beautiful block and read about his work with Aurifil thread here.  This block is made in a really interesting way. Find the pattern here.

 

Quilt Market block

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Time for A June Goal

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I am linking up for June to Elm Street Quilts and aiming to shoot another goal!

I am always drawn to new projects, but then those projects pile up so I am aiming to do a good deal of quilting on a previous project from 2017, where I finished the top but then put it away. So June is the month to get most of the quilting done. I am not going to say all of it because there is quite a bit to be done and well… have to make room for new projects as well!  However I love the colours of this quilt and so I am motivated! I stitched together a backing as well from left over fabrics from this and other quilts as well.

The photo does not do it justice so when I photograph it next time I need to put it in better light, most likely outside!  This top is Summer Solstice – on of Pat Sloan’s quilt alongs.

182 Day Solstice Challenge Quilt

I just basted it together a couple of days ago so I am ready to go!

Basting of Quilt

Jungle Baby Quilt Completion

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I am linking this up to the May Goal at Elm Street Quilts.

May Goal

My goal was to quilt my Jungle Baby Quilt top – making a backing for it and trying out using both wool and cotton batting to see what that is like.

As it turns out Baby Louie decided to enter the world two months early, but he is doing really well and while still in hospital is going from strength to strength. It was lovely to see the hospital has darling little baby quilts it uses for these special little ones.

Quilt for Prem baby

Completed Jungle Baby Quilt

Using the double batting makes it a little thicker. I thought it would be good for putting on the floor for Louie to lay on and play on later as he grows.  I stitched in the ditch to quilt most of it and tried a little fmq around the border.

Completed baby quilt

A close up of one section.

Jungle Baby quilt section

The Backing

As I have so many left overs from quilts I have begun to think about using some of them for backing and so this is my first time doing that. Nice feeling to use them up!

Backing on quilt

May Goal to Complete Baby Quilt

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I have the top of the baby quilt completed.

Quilt top

So for May I want to make a backing for it out of some left over scraps and then quilt it. I’d like to try it with two pieces of batting in it. Something I have been wanting to do for awhile. One wool and one cotton to see what I think.

So the goal is all finished and bound by the end of May.  It’s for a new family arrival that I think is due in June beginning of July.

Splendid Sampler Quilt Finish


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Joining up with Elm Street Quilts

This was my plan to finish my Splendid Sampler, 83 – 6 inch blocks. Done.  It will warm my bed during our New Zealand winter.  I have even washed it, I don’t have a dryer so I was happy to manage to dry it in the sun and wind, even though its Autumn here.

  • This month my goal is to quilt the final piece of my quilt. This is the largest section – it goes diagonally across the middle of the quilt.
  • Join each section together – at this point two sections are joined and I have two more to do this to as well. As it involves the largest section – might be a bit of a mission.
  • Place it on top of the bed I want it to go on and see what I want to add to it in terms of borders.
  • Add the two side borders using the method “stitch and flip”.  Which means sewing on the border material to the quilt – the backing and batting are in place already. A step I have never done before so we’ll see how I go.
  • Decide what I will do about a bottom border. Probably no top border.

Quilt on a bed. It’s a little short but it will do.

Close up of part of quilt.

Part of Splendid Sampler Quilt

Drying outside.

Splendid Sampler quilt

A few of the blocks

Girls on Splendid Sampler Bird quilt block

Crochet quilt block

Completed Quilt.

Splendid Sampler Quilt

Fabric used was mostly The Wordsmith by Janet Clare.  The peach colour is Lady Edith Swirl from the Downton Abbey Collection. Dark Green from Thyme With Friends from Maywood Studio.

#2018 Planning Party Update

2018 Planning Party

Joining in with the 2018 Planning Party over at Quilting JETgirl.

So almost one third of the year has gone so let’s see where I am!

What do I hope to achieve in 2018 in terms of quilting?

  • Complete my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt by quilting and binding it.  ♥    Completed 
  • Complete the I Love Dirt quilting and binding   ♥    Completed 
  • Quilt about three tops that I have   Next in line is one of these.
  • Finish off a QAYG project that I started in 2017 and lost interest in, by doing a half size quilt
  • Bind another couple of quilts waiting for that to happen
  • Biggest goal is to piece up 40 more Splendid Sampler 6 inch blocks and then join them into a top and quilt, most likely using the same method for quilting as Grandma’s Kitchen.   ♥    Completed 
  • Finish piecing my log cabin hearts and sew into a top.  ⇐  Working on at present. I have all the blocks complete and will now put them aside to work on something else. Log Cabin heart blocks
  • Plan a quilt and look for fabric that will suit it, one in memory of my mother, when planned start it. ♥    Planning started, fabric being gathered.
  • Link with my sister to make a memory quilt for my Dad – we did save his clothing and my sister has  prepared pieces.  ♥    Off the list as my sister is well ahead with this.
  • Take a trip north to visit some quilt shops – and family of course. ♥    Completed 
  • Learn some photography skills for both quilt and book blogging

Mixture of quilts

So even though it has been the summer months I am rather pleased with where I am, plus I have started on a small baby quilt too!  Still those tops though waiting to be quilted.

Baby Quilt Top

In a couple of months there will be another little grand nephew so I have been making a simple little quilt that he can use perhaps to lie and kick on.

In the meantime here is my young Aussie grand nephew wrapped up in his “I Love Dirt” quilt that I sent him.  I am sure he is looking forward to his new cousin.

Wrapped uo in a quilt

This one is much simpler and I used some Baby Jungle by Makower fat quarters that I had.

The blocks are …..

4 patch quilt block Quilt Block Log cabin block

Top finished… or is it?Quilt top

I’ve sewn the bottom border wrong way round! So leave it for a few days, unpick it and resew!

Bottom border on Jungle Quilt top

Next will be to organise backing. I am going to go scrappy as I want to use up some of the fabric from this quilt plus some left over backing I used for the I Love Dirt quilt. I’ve decided I need to use fabric up rather than leave pieces lying about.

Joining Up the Splendid Sampler OMG April

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Joining up with Elm Street Quilts

  • This month my goal is to quilt the final piece of my quilt. This is the largest section – it goes diagonally across the middle of the quilt.
  • Join each section together – at this point two sections are joined and I have two more to do this to as well. As it involves the largest section – might be a bit of a mission.
  • Place it on top of the bed I want it to go on and see what I want to add to it in terms of borders.
  • Add the two side borders using the method “stitch and flip”.  Which means sewing on the border material to the quilt – the backing and batting are in place already. A step I have never done before so we’ll see how I go.
  • Decide what I will do about a bottom border. Probably no top border.

Joining two pieces of the quilt

The two pieces that are joined!

Icing on the Cake  Quilt

This would be getting the binding sewn on. But not making it a “must” for this month’s goal.