To Do It Tuesday

Stitch ALL The Things
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!


  • Complete the top of the 182 Solstice pattern top and once the fabric arrives start the next quilt along Grandma’s Kitchen and decide whether to go for white or cream background. Hoping it will come in the next week.
  • Start the quilting of a Craftsy class quilt – 2016 Block of Month – at least pin baste it together, ready for stitch in the ditch.
  • Do the embroidery on block of Splendid Sampler
  • Once embroidery block is finished start the Sew South Splendid Sampler block which has hexagons, so will be hand sewing.


  • Read The Dress in the Window by Sofia Grant and review.


  • Complete 50000 steps for the week.


  • Clean some windows!
  • Visit joinery factory and discuss possibility of bookshelves/cupboards/TV combination thing. I am hesitant because of space but I so need shelves and don’t know where else to put them but in lounge/sitting room.


One Month Goal for July 2017

One Monthly Goal button

My major goal for the OMG over at Elm Street Quilts  is the one I want to finish the most! It is to take the top I have completed from a Craftsy Class – 2016 Block of the Month taught by Lynette Jensen. I now need to press it, pin baste it and machine stitch in the ditch quilt it with my walking foot and finally bind it.

This is so I can then give it as a gift to my sister who recently turned 65. I did intend it to be for the end of June when her birthday was, however the minky fabric I ordered for the backing has only just arrived, so therefore I will be a little late, but that’s okay.

This is what the quilt top looks like at present.

2016 Block of Month Quilt - Craftsy

The quilt pattern was actually larger but I did not want one any larger than this, which will work out and a substantial lap quilt.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal July Linkup.

Quilt Plan for July

There are a number of projects I have on the go! This is my plan for July

  • Week 1   –  Complete the top of the 182 Solstice Quilt so that I can fold it away for awhile until I have time to quilt it.182 Solstice Challenge blocks
  • Week 2 –    Press, baste and quilt my Lynette Jensen Craftsy Class quilt and then I have the rest of the month to bind it.  My one month major goal!2016 Block of Month Quilt - Craftsy
  • Week 3 – Catch up on the Splendid Sampler blocks that have been set so that I am up to date.Blocks for Splendid Sampler
  • Week 4 Make a start on the sew along Grandma’s Kitchen  if my fabric has arrived by then, should do. I also need to buy some light background fabric for this.  Also look at fabric requirements for the I Love Home sew along beginning in August. Any spare time I have I will work on the Bloom blocks, maybe I will get one or two more completed.

Mid Year look at Quilts in Progress.

I seem to start a lot of quilts, although I suspect that is what quite a number of quilters do! In this post I am not at this point looking back at what I have completed this year, but rather what I am working on and plans for furthering them along.


  1. Splendid Sampler – I aim to make 100 6 inch blocks, so that I can then piece them together and make a bed size quilt for the winter with a woollen batting. This will not be completed until next year – maybe mid 2018.Blocks for Splendid Sampler
  2.  Bloom Quilt from the Bloom Sew Along at Bee in my Bonnet. Obviously I am not doing it when it was first shared, but in my own time. I am working on the fourth block at present. I will give this away when I finally finish!3 Flowers blocks
  3. The 182 Solstice sew along with Pat Sloan which is now finished but as it was ending, on a whim I decided to start sewing it! I have three more blocks to do, plus the sashing and various fillers. I hope to finish this by the end of the year. Its for myself! It was meant to be bigger but I have downsized the blocks to 75% because I only wanted throw size.182 Solstice Challenge blocks
  4. Scrappy Quilt of Log Cabin and sixteen patches. I made this with left over fabric from a quilt I made a young relative. I think I will finish the quilting side of this by October so that it can be used at a fund raising event at a local school, where the children fund raise for Mission work. I think it is about 40 ” by 50″ from memory.Scrappy quilt top
  5. Craftsy 2016 block of month quilt   I bought the kit for this and have been piecing it, way behind of course, but it doesn’t really matter. I intend giving it to one of my sisters for a belated significant birthday. I haven’t made it as big as the pattern because again I don’t want a quilt that big. My next task is to quilt it. The backing just arrived today, I have chosen a minky fabric. Er… White! Not sure that is such a good choice!2016 Block of Month Quilt - Craftsy
  6. Anne of Green Gables Quilt.  I am making this for a young family member, think she is ten. I have finished the top. Now just waiting for the backing to arrive and then will quilt it and present. Hopefully in the next month or two.Pink quilt top
  7. Almost forgot the Leah Day Free Motion Block Party that I am doing. Think I have done five blocks and haven’t done June yet. Might be awhile with the other things on the go!Block Party 2017 Machine Block Party blocksThere just isn’t enough hours in the day! I will begin blocks for one more quilt along Grandma’s Kitchen Sew Along with Pat Sloan, the fabric is on its way, block one is already out, but I can catch up. Ahem!!

Hearts Aflutter -Splendid Sampler Sew Along 11 2017

The second Splendid Sampler Sew Along has started and this time I am in for at least 100 blocks – a large quilt I intend making for my bed.  I have already made a few but the first official one is Hearts Aflutter designed by Pat Sloan.

Splendid Samper Hearts Aflutter

I have used Janet Clare’s Wordsmith fabric, plus a little of the Lady Edith Downton Abbey peach in the corners and in the centre some Kate Greenaway – Victorian Children fabric.

Teddy Bear Quilt

In 2016 I attended an evening class at our local quilt shop to make a teddy bear quilt. I think it was five or six weeks long and I finished a good deal of it but not all of it by the the time the class ended. So I didn’t see any finished quilts!

This week I finally finished hemming the binding around the edge and it is now finished. My only conundrum is I don’t know what I will do with it. I love the colours but they are a little in your face for a child!

It has bamboo batting and a fleece cotton backing that is a little warmer than plain cotton, but it will still be a very light quilt, suitable most likely for a twin bed.

Quilt with Teddy Bears

And a smaller up close view

Three bears on a quilt

The backing

Flannel backing

When quilting it I mainly stitched in the ditch but also tried a little free motion quilting inside the bear paws and around the teddy bears. Very new to that, but unless I do it I never will!