I have been working with small step goals to complete blocks for quilts I want to make. This week I completed three blocks in the Bloom Sew Along which means I have eight of the sixteen I intend doing.
I also completed the 10″ block from the Grandma’s Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan. This week it was a focus on wash day. As a young child I remember Nana T’s wash day. (Early 1950’s) It was in the wash house area just off the kitchen. She had a copper out there, a fire was lit underneath and the water boiled. Then the clothes – sheets are what I remember – were swished around with a large wooden stick. They were then lifted via the large wooden stick and put through a hand wringer into a tub of cold water. Rinsed around and put through the hand wringer again and then hung out on the long line at the back of the house.
What a lot of work! I am so pleased to have been there and seen this. It is something that has always stuck in my mind, the smell of the copper and the work. So easy now to dump the washing in the machine and walk away. The only thing in common is that I still hang the clothes on the line.
The Splendid Sampler block – 61/2 ” – for the past week was called Lina’s Gift. Block 18 and on Page 7 of the book.
My major goal for the OMG over at Elm Street Quilts is to complete 16 blocks of the Bloom Quilt. I have 5 blocks completed. That means I have 11 do to this month. I find I am not really enjoying this method of applique so I need some incentive to get on to them and finish. I have decided to put in 16 blocks only, not the 20 in the pattern as that makes it longer than I want for a lap quilt.
That will mean I have September to quilt it,
What I have completed so far. I have 5 done. Showing 3.
I’d like to do that as I aim to have it for a raffle. It will help my local school (where I taught for many years) fundraise money for children who are less fortunate in New Zealand and overseas.
Well I am loving the quilt I am working on at the moment. Even though I am not a pink person I could easily keep this quilt although it has someone else’s name on it. It is the Anne of Green Gables – a Penny Rose fabric.
While I am stitching this quilt in the ditch I am listening to a novel by Emilie Richards – Sister’s Choice. It is from her Shenandoah series. This series inspired me to take up quilting, I just loved the characters and the quilting. At present I am rereading the series via audiobook and loving them all over again.
Blocks I completed this past week.
Grandma’s Kitchen #5 A Pat Sloan QAL This one is called glasses and cups. Honestly I don’t remember my grandma’s glasses and cups. But I do remember the great pots of tea they made and the many times we sat down to a good cup of tea and some home baking with them. I still drink tea using leaves and a pot – thanks to both my nanas for this great tradition!
I had one main goal for July which was to sandwich and quilt my Garden Charm quilt designed by Lynette Jensen, that I had been making from a Craftsy Class. I am happy to say I have completed it and gifted it to my sister, to keep her cosy on the couch at night.
After pressing it I sandwiched and basted. The backing is a cuddle fleece – blue with white stars. The batting is wool.
Then the long, tedious stitching in the ditch began. I started from the outside and worked my way in. I was happy to meet no problems. Once I had all the main lines completed, I then went around the applique and most of the piecing. Finally the parts that had no piecing and lastly I basted the very edge. All pins out. I love taking that final pin out.
Next on went the binding. I find a lint roller is perfect for holding the binding and rolls off nicely.
Then I hand sewed it on to the back, looked out the window and decided I had a fine day where I could wash it and most likely get it dry, so I did. And then a little time in front of the fire and airing cupboard and I was happy with it.
What it looked like when finished, it measured about 58 inches across and 66 inches long approx. The pattern was bigger but I only wanted something for a lap quilt.
This week I am joining up with Stitch All the Things to look at what I need to do in the coming week, or lets re-word that… what I want to do!
Last week I accomplished all my goals. Even set in motion having bookshelves built by visiting a place to get a quote. All my sewing goals were achieved. Walking one… of 50 000 steps just managed , was surprised that I got up to 51000 So one big tick for last week! √
July 24th Week To-Do
Block 5 of the Bloom Sew Along
Block 5 of Grandma’s Kitchen
Splendid sampler block when it is assigned on Friday
Final press and sandwich Anne of Green gables quilt I am making, and some stitching in the ditch on it. Will see how far I can get…. without compromising getting those QAL blocks sewn.
Write post for July one month goal and link it up.