Experimentation QAYG on Grandma’s Kitchen

So I have pieced the three pieces of Grandma’s Kitchen quilt and pinned ready to quilt as Pat Sloan suggests. I am a little behind her so she says first of all to leave one side not quilted to about 1 inch, but then when she quilts her second piece she quilts right to the edge. Okay I think – following like a sheep!  And as it turns out – led to the slaughter!!

Here is her way.

And that was all great, but here’s the thing – I had used nice puffy wool batting and Pat has used nice thin cotton batting so this method was great for her but when I did it, it was just far too bulky so I had to adapt.

This is what I did with piece one to piece two. Luckily I had left a wider piece of backing than Pat had so I mucked around and first of all got some of Marti Michell’s one sided tape and ironed it over the seam.

Taping seam down

Sewing one side down by hand

I then folded the back flap over and sewed down one side. It just didn’t want to go right over in one go so this then had to be a two step process because I didn’t want any speed bumps!

Second side sewn down

Then I sewed over the second side and it was nice and flat feeling on both sides of the quilt.  However I did not want to do this when joining the third piece so I left a one inch gap on the bottom of the piece as I quilted. I also chose to put the bottom piece on the top of the quilt as that was an easier section to leave open.

So when I was ready to put on the third piece this is what I did, having learned this from a Craftsy class by Marti Michell.

Cut backing and batting away

The backing and batting is cut 1/8th of an inch larger than front of quilt.

Cut away batting

Now cut away the batting by 1/2 inch with the front and back out of the way.

Iron on Tape to batting

Iron on one sided sticky tape to keep batting anchored, pressing to to the backing.

Join the two pieces

If you want pin the front out of the way.

Match two pieces together

Match the two pieces together just like Pat shows in her video. This is going to be a far less bulky seam.

Sew the pieces together

Join up the pieces.

Sew flap by hand

And now all is left to do is bring backing over and stitch down by hand, turning a 1/4 inch to neaten as you go.

From the front of the quilt

And it feels good and its difficult to see where it was joined!

I am hand sewing down the binding at present.

When I come to quilt the Splendid Sampler I will certainly be using this method.



#ILoveDirt Quilt Complete for January Goal


Linking up with Elm St quilts

My goal was to complete the I Love Dirt quilt I have been making for my great nephew Jaxon. At the beginning of the month it was just a top. I have since basted and quilted it.

I mainly stitched in the ditch and round the applique pieces, however I had some fun fmq his name around the sides with some cars as well. I am happy with how it all turned out and while my heart was in my mouth when I put it in the washing machine, there were no runs and I put in a few colour catchers in case. So all is well that ends well.

FMQ on border.

fmq along the border
Top left block

One block - Grader
And drying on the line, which it did very quickly because of the heat.

Completed Quilt



Plans Goals Resolutions #2018

2018 Planning Party

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

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

  • Complete my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt by quilting and binding it.
  • Complete the I Love Dirt quilting and binding
  • Quilt about three tops that I have
  • 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
  • Finish piecing my log cabin hearts and sew into a top
  • Plan a quilt and look for fabric that will suit it, one in memory of my mother, when planned start it.
  • Link with my sister to make a memory quilt for my Dad – we did save his clothing and my sister has  prepared pieces.
  • Take a trip north to visit some quilt shops – and family of course.
  • Learn some photography skills for both quilt and book blogging

Mixture of quilts



Completion of December Goal

Goal banner

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts

My goal for December was to complete the top for the I Love Home Quilt top which was a quilt along with Jacquelynne Steves since the middle of the year. I enjoyed doing it.

The photos aren’t that clear, I have waited a number of days to go outside and take photos but it continues to be very windy so I have decided to just go for it. The quilt has a top and bottom border but not the sides which is part of the pattern. I think I would have preferred to have side floral borders as well but decided the quilt was large enough without them anyway.

Finished quilt top

Quilt top



To-Do Tuesday

Last week

  • Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s KitchenI have actually gotten all six rows done, now I just need to put them into rows of two for the quilting stage beginning on Jan 2.One row of blocks of Grandma's Kitchen
  • Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along 
  • Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt Sashing being added

I also worked on a quilt that I had given up on during the year as I didn’t like lots of things about it, however I awakened some enthusiasm for it again as I used it to practise a way of quilt as you go joining that doesn’t involve strips. Practising for the Grandma’s Kitchen quilt! I am only going to do six of the blocks of Leah Day’s Flower Festival mystery quilt along and add some borders – eventually!

Plans for the rest of December 2017!

  • Put the last bits of sashing on the #ILoveHome quilt – which is my December OMG.
  • Sew the Grandma’s Kitchen rows into three lots of two rows and I may or may not baste them.
  • Baste my #ILoveDirt quilt
  • Make a few more Splendid Sampler blocks
  • Possibly sew up the 6th Flower festival block
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Completed and To Complete

Week of 5th December

  • Start on the sashing of the #ILoveHome blocks Middle of #ILoveHome quilt
  • A Grandma’s Kitchen block or twoThat One Item
    I needed to think about what this block might represent as we had a choice. For one Nana I chose the memory of milk being delivered by a horse and cart and you left your billy out and they filled it. I remember it coming very early in the morning, I’d hear the clip clop of the horse, and it must have come in the afternoon too because I remember seeing it at the gate. This was early 1950’s and I would have been a pre-schooler.   For my other Nana it is the memory of travelling by train with her to my aunt and uncle’s farm and spending time there.  They had a dairy farm and again I was mostly a pre-schooler when we did that. My uncle who was two years older than me came too. I remember being pooed on by a cow which led to a scrubbing in the laundry tub before being allowed inside!So I guess that one item is milk!Pick a Posy block
    I don’t remember either of my grandmothers being gardeners. They didn’t need to be as their husbands were both fine gardeners. For Nana C what I do remember are hydrangeas growing around one of the properties they lived in. For Nana T her garden was full of roses and other flowers all grown by Pop.

I also sewed together row one and two of the Grandma’s Kitchen, I couldn’t decide what to do but eventually went with Pat Sloan’s layout. I also made a block to replace Small Change block which I didn’t like and meant nothing to me. So I did a teapot and cup because cups of hot tea (made with tea leaves) was something that both Grandmas did and I still do today!Grandma's Kitchen block


  • Find out how my niece would like me to put together the I Love Dirt quilt for the Australian weather √ I finally found a cool enough morning that I felt I could even discuss a quilt! We decided on the option of a wool batting with the cotton top and a cotton backing. I have ordered some fabric for backing, from Grandma’s Garden, covered in trucks! It isn’t wide enough so will just need to piece it a little. Backing for Quilt
  • A Splendid Sampler block or two.  No.

This is the patchwork bag I made – first ever. I had a few challenges and biggest was for closure. The magnets I used didn’t work and in the end I went for velcro spots.Patchwork bag

So what’s up for the coming week?

  • Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s Kitchen
  • Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along
  • Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt


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Plans for the Coming Week

End of November / beginning of December

I decided I didn’t feel like planning too much for the week so I  decided to go each day with my mood and what  I felt  like!

  • make some more log cabin heart blocks  √  I made three or four of these and then left them for awhile!
  • possibly do the next Grandma’s Kitchen block  No 
  • do what the mood dictates! √  The mood led me to making a bag. It’s from the book Patchwork Bags and Accessories by Yoko Saito that I got out of the library.  I admit I didn’t really know too much of what I was doing and had some snafu’s but on the whole pretty pleased with how far I have got. I need to sew on some buttons and magnets so will have a picture of it next week.  For now here is the cover of the book. I made the one on the cover but in grey fabrics mostly. I belong to a fat eighth’s monthly club from a NZ shop and so I used mostly some of those.Patchwork Bags Book CoverNow that I have had a go at something new, I am ready to get back to some of my ongoing projects!

Week of 5th December

  • Start on the sashing of the #ILoveHome blocks
  • A Grandma’s Kitchen block or two
  • Find out how my niece would like me to put together the I Love Dirt quilt for the Australian weather
  • A Splendid Sampler block or two.
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