OMG for April – Hearts Everywhere


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!

quilt blocks


Quilt top

Quilted quilt

Hearts quilt finished

Now to post it off to the co-ordinators.


March Quilting Progress

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.

green heart quilt blocks

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.

Log cabin heart quilt

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!

quilt block

Bookcase Quilt

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!

quilt block

teapot quilt block


February Progress with Sunshine Garden Quilt


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.

Adding encased seamed border

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.

Border smoothed out

So finally – after a little struggle here and there and wondering if I was doing the right thing all four borders were placed on.

Borders 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!

quilt top

It measures about 85″ by 96″.


Sunshine Garden Quilt

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

quilt blocks

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.

Quilting process

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.)


Hearts Quilt Progress


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.


Log Cabin Heart Quilt


Joining in with the One Month Goal at Elm St Quilts.

This month I am going to further one of my 2019 long term goals to finish some quilt tops.

For January I want to work on my Log Cabin Hearts top.  It’s a small lap size I think. Actually haven’t measured it!

Quilt top

  • I want to add some sashing to one side.
  • Prepare some backing fabric and link together some pieces of batting for the inner part. I have found three pieces I can put together for it.
  • Give the top a good iron and some tidy up of fraying threads.
  • Pin baste the three layers together.
  • Start some stitching in the ditch.



Keeping up with the Splendid Sampler 2 in December


My goal for December – to keep up with the Splendid Sampler 2 as the blocks are assigned.  Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the one month goal.

December 6th week blocks

four quilt blocks

December 13th Blocks

The one on the top right was the most challenging as it had EPP and hand applique – which aren’t my favourite ways, but I was happy I completed it reasonably well and felt I had learned something new.

4 quilt blocks Splendid Sampler 2

As it turns out after this there were bonus blocks that I won’t be doing as I need only 101 for the setting I am doing. I took the lull for the holidays allowance to make the sashing for some of the blocks already made so I am on track and goal accomplished.

2019 Quilt Plans

2019 Planning Party

In 2018 I completed nearly all of my quilting related goals. Quilts I finished can be seen here. What I did complete I am very happy with and I think I advanced my skills in piecing, using different ways for quilt as you go, and advancing with some free motion work.  I was most happy with my I Love Home Quilt that I pieced in 2017 as part of a BOM with Jacquelynne Steves and then quilted in 2018 as one of my goals. Just finished it in December and am really pleased that my fmq skills are developing.


Close up photo

So what do I want to do for 2019?

  1. Complete quilting my bookshelf quilt.
  2. Quilt my hearts quilt.
  3. Quilt my Sunny Skies quilt.
  4. Quilt my Scrappy Crossroads quilt
  5. Continue to work on my Splendid Sampler 2 quilt and at least complete the flimsy of it.
  6. Make a simple quilted bag or two!
  7. Make a couple of mug rugs.
  8. Begin to piece another scrappy quilt  or two or…
  9. Complete the flimsy of the second memorial quilt in memory of my mother. I completed one this year.
  10. Work through an online class on free motion quilting and develop  more skills.