To-Do Tuesday 8th August

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!
Last Week’s Plans
  • finish stitching in the ditch the quilt I am working on. Machine on the  binding so that only have the hand sewing part of it to complete. √  Just a little more hand sewing and then finished.
  • Complete this week’s Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks 
  • Complete 2 to 3 blocks in the Bloom quilt √  3 completed so now have 8 blocks done.
  • Walk 50 000 steps √   51 400
  • Read 2 books  
  • Spend an hour weeding in the garden 
This Week’s Plans
  •  Complete 4 blocks in the Bloom quilt. ( I have decided to to do the full 20 blocks and as I want to complete all blocks by the end of the month, I need to make this one a priority.
  • Complete this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen QAL block, possibly the Splendid Sampler one if time.
  • Choose fabric from what I already have and cut fabric for I Love Home quilt along and view the videos of  Alyssa from Penguin & Fish on Facebook to see what she does for it.I love home
  • Walk 50 000 steps
  • Spend another hour weeding this week. There are lots of weeds. But even seeing small patches weeded is rewarding.
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Monday Post

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.

Flower quilt block Large flower quilt block Yellow flower quilt block

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.

Wash Day quilt block

The Splendid Sampler block – 61/2 ” – for the past week was called Lina’s Gift.  Block 18 and on Page 7 of the book.

Block 18 of the Splendid sampler

 

BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

My One Month Goal for August

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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.

Three Bloom blocks

Motivation!

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.

I’ll need to do 3 blocks most weeks in August.

To – Do Tuesday 1st August

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!

Last Week

  • 2 books read 
  • Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks completed 
  • Bloom block completed. 3 patchwork blocks
  • Baste and start stitching my Anne of Green Gables quilt. Stitching in the ditch
  • Walked 50000 steps   
  • August OMG decided on and post prepared for publishing. 

This weeks focus

  • finish stitching in the ditch the quilt I am working on. Machine on the  binding so that only have the hand sewing part of it to complete.
  • Complete this week’s Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks
  • Complete 2 to 3 blocks in the Bloom quilt
  • Walk 50 000 steps
  • Read 2 books
  • Spend an hour weeding in the garden

Monday Musings

What am I crushing on this week?

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.

Stitching in the ditch

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.

Audiobook cover

Blocks I completed this past week.

  1. Bloom #5 Two flowers bloom block
  2. 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!Block #5 GK
  3. Splendid Sampler block 49 Summer’s GiftBlock #49 Splendid Sampler

BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

July finish for One Month Goal

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Elm Street Quilts OMG link up

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.

  1. After pressing it I sandwiched and basted. The backing is a cuddle fleece – blue with white stars. The batting is wool.Sandwiching the Garden Charm quilt
  2. 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.Starting on the edge
  3. Next on went the binding. I find a lint roller is perfect for holding the binding and rolls off nicely.Sewing binding on quilt
  4. 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.Quilt drying on line
  5. 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.
  6. And it was delivered.Completed quilt - Garden Charm

 

 

To-Do Tuesday 25th July

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!
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

Sewing

  • 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.

Other

  • Walk 50 000 thousand steps
  • Read two books

Splendid Sampler Blocks and more.

This past week has been productive – one quilt completely finished and gifted to one of my sisters.

Garden Charm Quilt

Completed quilt - Garden Charm

Finishing this meant I was able to focus on some of the BOM’s I am working on.

I have been working on the assigned recent splendid sampler blocks.   (six inch blocks) Happy to say I am now up to date with the 2017 Splendid Sampler quilt along.

Sew South was designed by Jennifer Mathis

Splendid Sampler blockEarly Bird was designed by Joan Ford. I used the paper piecing rather than the traditional piecing. She has a tutorial for the traditional pieced bird. I might try it some time.

Block Early Bird

Circle of Friendship  designed by Michelle Muska

Applique block Circle of Friendship

Homeward Bound designed by Kelly Liddle

SS Homeward Bound block

Starting Point designed by Lissa Alexander

Block 57 of Splendid Sampler

I also managed one block – Block 4 in the Bloom quilt at Bee in my Bonnet.

Block 4 Bloom Sew Along

This week I also finished two blocks int he Grandma’s Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan.  Links go to my posts about them.

Block #3                                                 and                                         Block #4

The key holder quilt block

Block 4 Grandma's Kitchen QAL

 

 

 

Linking up with

BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts