December OMG – Keeping up with the Splendid Sampler 2


Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for December.

My goal this month is to keep up with the Splendid Sampler 2 six inch blocks being released in December. Most weeks they are releasing four a week. So to complete whatever is assigned. Except maybe for the last week as they will only have just been given. So I guess about twelve blocks.

Starting with the ones that have just been released this week.  Splendid Sampler Sew Along December 6th

And this is my version of  First Aid designed by Jane Davidson and one of last weeks blocks.

quilt block



November Goal – Quilting Author Names


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for this November goal.

My goal was to quilt author names on the bottom two rows of my bookcase quilt, and I am happy to say that I achieved it.  I am so pleased that I noticed Leah Day quilting words on to quilts and this is working out just as I wanted it.

As I have quilted these author names it has been with happy memories of all the books I read that have brought me so much reading pleasure.

First an overview….

Bookcase quilt

These are authors from childhood. When I was growing up there was no library in my small country town and one (expensive) bookshop. My main book diet was Enid Blyton a prolific English author.

Bookcase quilt shelf

The rest of this shelf. As I grew up I found romance authors – lots of them, no longer remember their names.  Zane Grey – while cowboy stories, they could be termed romance as well!

A shelf on a quilt bookcase

Now there is more of a mix between English and USA authors and the occasional New Zealand author as well. I discovered the Outlander books very early on when the first one was published now a long time ago!

bookcase quilt shelf

Now I am reading so many more USA books – with the advent of the internet, the influence of other readers helps me discover new authors. I think Jodi Picoult, is the only one found at that time in my local bookshops. By this time Amazon and other second hand bookshops like Thriftbooks are available.   The ereader was not yet being sold!

bookcase quilt shelf



The Splendid Sampler 2 Goes Up a Notch

This week the Splendid Sampler 2 ratcheted up a notch. Now there are four blocks a week to make, instead of the one a week, and we are working from the book. I purchased the Kindle version this time and I have to say I am very pleased with it, especially that I can just print of the PDF’s which makes life easier.

Top left is Estelle, designed by Joyce Beenes,  it has so many pieces to it to make this 61/2inch block! But I have learned from doing the Splendid Sampler 1 that sometimes you just need to starch before cutting and I am happy to say it came out the correct size! Yay!

Top right is Ticker Tape designed by Debby Brown.  This was a paper pieced block and turned out really nicely.

Quilt blocks from Splendid Sampler

Bottom left is Hashtag Love designed by Jane Davidson. This was an appliqué block, and is rather cute.

Bottom right is Curves Forever designed by Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson. This was a great way to do the curves, although I had to have a second go at this one because I couldn’t follow the directions that well for cutting down at the end, but on my second round and after watching a video I was set to succeed!

And Moving on with the Bookcase Quilt in November


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for this November goal.

Ah what to do for my November goal, I am working on various things but what do I want to make sure I progress somewhat. I think its going to need to be my bookshelf quilt so it doesn’t languish there on the shelf!

Part of bookshelf quilt

My goal is to fmq on the names of authors on the two bottom rows. The two that I experimented with can be seen here on the top shelf, but on the bottom shelf I want to go back to my early reading years and then eventually come back to this top shelf which will be for authors I have come to love in the last ten years or so.

So …….. FMQ the names of authors on books on the two bottom rows which will equal about thirty six names.



October Plan for Bookshelf Quilt


Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the October goal

Okay here is October already. I am just going to make a small progress for one quilt.

Two shelves

I have two shelves put together. I’ll put the other two together, join them alland put on the two borders on.

I have some cotton batting ordered, if it arrives in time I’ll also sandwich and pin the quilt and begin some quilting. But that depends on the order arriving from the USA, it hasn’t left yet!

Patchwork and Quilting – Always

There have been a few things finished and others started. I always seem to have a number of things on the go, so that I can pick up what I choose according to the way I feel.

I’ve been keeping up with the Splendid sampler 2 blocks, I still have to do the last one which is embroidery so I’ll catch up with that at some point.

I finished the first memory quilt about my mother. This was a kind of trial one before I put together one with a more streamlined fabric. However when finished I thought it was okay enough and gave it to my youngest sister – thirteen years younger. I am the oldest and she is the youngest. In many ways we had different experiences of my mother but still shared the love!

Mary's Quilt one

Here it is hanging on the line just after I washed it and it was nearly dry. I backed it with a minky kind of fabric so will make a cosy lap quilt I hope! So blocks I haven’t talked about:

  • the house with the heart – because she was an excellent homemaker and welcomed all to her home with love. My parents in later years always watched the birds and were delighted when they built their nests in the eaves and trees and they watched them hatch and fly away!
  • the houses stand for her neighbours, plus the friendship block for friends and the hand with the heart because she reached out to all those in need around her.

I have started the next one, I am making the center of the wedding ring blocks a little different at least for one!

quilt block


I have also started making blocks for this Scrappy Crossroads Quilt that I found on Lori Holt’s blog.  I love that it uses up scraps of 2 1/2″ squares. I love seeing all that fabric used up. The pink fabric I had to buy but it was very inexpensive.quilt block

I finished off this small scrappy quilt for a child using left over fabric from another quilt. Will donate it when I find out where to do that. It’s backed with pink minky so I guess for a girl!

Small child quilt

And this was my finish for September one month goal. I have found a small hole in a square which I am going to have to deal with, either quilting over it, hand sewing over it or doing a small bit of embroidery! Not sure which yet. I was so annoyed when I saw it.

Completed quilt

Not sure what I will do with it, maybe another donation quilt. I always feel a little odd about giving quilts. I am not sure if a person wants it or not! I was listening to Leah Day’s podcast and she said she is never there when the person gets it, because of the possible response. As quilter’s we’ve put our hearts and souls into it, but not everyone understands that.  I adore quilts, but I can’t have a house full of them!

Quilt Finish


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts September finish post.

I set out to complete a quilt. I had stitched in the ditch along the sashings and for September, wanted to free motion quilt the squares and bind and wash the quilt. In other words totally complete it.

So I planned it….

And then I got quilting. Well the daisy looked easy so I started with that. No … actually it turned out to be the most difficult but any way!  Using the supreme slider eventually won the day as it certainly stopped the drag, the backing is very thick and it had big pulling power!  Let’s just say my wrists and thumbs and shoulders were complaining.

As I neared the end of the quilting I realised I had kept back no scrap fabric for the binding. So I scrabbled around and eventually found two pieces – one pink and one red that matched in. I then started to look at the other quilt tops waiting and looking to see if I had binding fabric for those, or…. had I cut it up into scrap strips and squares. Need to be more awake!

But its has binding and is drying on the line.

Quilt drying outside

Completed quilt

And this is the backing – will be a warm, cosy lap quilt.

Quilt back



One Day I’ll FMQ like I Touch Type!

This month my goal is to quilt this top. It is pieced with scraps that I then put together as leaders and enders. I actually rather like it!

I wanted to practise some fmq, even though this is a rather heavy quilt to do it on with a very thick backing, but I decided to give it a try.

I felt justified in doing that, I was watching a TV programme the other night and it said to learn  new skills because it is so good for the brain. Especially as you get older! I hope to get to the point in fmq as I am in touch typing. How did I learn to touch type. I taught myself with a book years and years ago!

They showed a woman who touch types but couldn’t say where the actual keys are, because it has become so imprinted onto the brain. I wouldn’t be able to tell you either. My fingers just type. Oh to be like that with fmq. And there are so many skilled people who are like that. It’s possible!!

fmq in corner of quilt

I saw this pattern being done by @quiltmekiwi on Facebook. On a long arm! I decided to do it, its a bit difficult so I am only putting it in the corners. I have just done the one so far. I’ll have to practise again before I do the next three because the rhythm has kinda slipped from my mind!

fmq block

My first attempt at doing a daisy like this. After this one I decided to mark out the rest. I actually found this one the hardest of all, I expected it to be the easiest.

My second attempt! I’ve completed all the daisies now and am on to the other pattern.

The third pattern is what I am working on at present. I don’t need to do any marking for this one.

Daisy fmq

So I am making some progress, a little at a time, as it is a little tough on the wrists!

Making progress on quilt