One Day I’ll FMQ like I Touch Type!

This month my goal is to quilt this top. It is pieced with scraps that I then put together as leaders and enders. I actually rather like it!

I wanted to practise some fmq, even though this is a rather heavy quilt to do it on with a very thick backing, but I decided to give it a try.

I felt justified in doing that, I was watching a TV programme the other night and it said to learn  new skills because it is so good for the brain. Especially as you get older! I hope to get to the point in fmq as I am in touch typing. How did I learn to touch type. I taught myself with a book years and years ago!

They showed a woman who touch types but couldn’t say where the actual keys are, because it has become so imprinted onto the brain. I wouldn’t be able to tell you either. My fingers just type. Oh to be like that with fmq. And there are so many skilled people who are like that. It’s possible!!

fmq in corner of quilt

I saw this pattern being done by @quiltmekiwi on Facebook. On a long arm! I decided to do it, its a bit difficult so I am only putting it in the corners. I have just done the one so far. I’ll have to practise again before I do the next three because the rhythm has kinda slipped from my mind!

fmq block

My first attempt at doing a daisy like this. After this one I decided to mark out the rest. I actually found this one the hardest of all, I expected it to be the easiest.

My second attempt! I’ve completed all the daisies now and am on to the other pattern.

The third pattern is what I am working on at present. I don’t need to do any marking for this one.

Daisy fmq

So I am making some progress, a little at a time, as it is a little tough on the wrists!

Making progress on quilt


FMQ my way to a Quilt Finish


I’m linking up with Elm St Quilts for the goal for September.

Earlier in the year I pieced this County Fair pattern mostly as leaders and enders and using left over fabric from other projects.

I have now sandwiched it together – it has wool batting and a thick fleece backing. Sounds heavy and it is but does produce a nice cosy lap quilt!

Sandwiching quilt

I have also stitched in the ditch along the sashing both ways.

Stitched in ditch quilt

My goal for this month is now to fmq in each block with my home sewing machine. There are twenty. I want it fairly simple – I am a beginner fmquilter! I have prepared three ideas that I will place around the quilt and I do have a plan for what goes where!  I’ve done a little bit of practice for it but will be different feel once it is on this quilt which is heavy to manoeuvre.

Once that is done I will bind it (part of the goal) and wash it all going well weather wise.

My quilting plan – all done on good old kitchen grease proof paper!

Bookcase Quilt Progress

Today I am joining Elm Street Quilts and the completion of an August goal.

My goal was to complete six blocks of my bookcase quilt to add to the ten 101/2″ blocks I already had.

I am happy to say that those blocks are completed. And I have joined the top two shelves to see how they are looking.

Bookcase quilt blocks

I had to stop and think about putting titles on, but after buying a couple of fabric pens I decided against it. If I had an embroidery sewing machine I’d do it, but I don’t. So I am just leaving it to the imagination. Besides I can look at my real bookshelves to see those titles!

Two shelves joined so far.

Two shelves

Memory Quilt Continues

This block is a purse – pattern used from the Splendid Sampler and added on to. It symbolises excellent budgeting skills on the part of my mother. She managed money well.
Quilt block

My mother was a royal “fan” and had great interest in the Queen and many of the royals. So one of my sisters who is also a big royal fan suggested a “royal” block. So I did a shadow type head of the Queen within a crown quilt block – thanks to the Missouri Quilt tutorial.

Crown quilt block

My mother always dressed nicely and would always make sure she used lipstick etc. Her granddaughter Amanda said we should have a block that had pearls to show just what a lady she was. So I had a go at this block, I don’t like the layout that I did so with the next quilt I’ll do it differently but use the same elements. The Splendid sampler 1 again helped me out with this block!

dress block

My mother had fifteen grandchildren so I enlarged this heart from the Splendid Sampler 1 and embroidered in each of their names.

Heart quilt block

Once she had brought up her ten children my mother liked to travel. She and Dad travelled all around the South Island with my brother and his wife. But as well she loved flying and enjoyed going to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. As a number of our family hate flying they did not pick up her delight in flying.

Travel quilt block

In later years my mother and father always enjoyed a quiet brandy and ginger ale at the end of the day. So one of my brothers or his wife (not sure which ( they share a Facebook identity!) suggested brandy and glasses.

Quilt block

I have put the blocks all together now and am in the process of quilting it. I will then think about the changes I want to make and make the next one! I did do a large wedding ring block to put in it but for the next one I’ll chat to some of my sisters and see if one ring would be better.

Quilt block

I got the Sunbonnet Sue hat on the left a bit strange on this one but in the end I let it be. Next time! One of my sisters wanted an acknowledgement of my parents link to faith and church in her life so see a little cross and church there!!




For the Love, My Flock,and Rose and Dot

The three most recent blocks for the Splendid Sampler 2.

Quilt block

Rose and Dot  was by designer Lori Kennedy. I like some of her ideas for fmq, so I must remember to call back to her website.

Quilt block

Block #7 is called For the Love is designed by Sharon Burgess. EPP oh my goodness! This was my second attempt! It took forever and is not something I’d do for fun! But I did give it a good go!

Quilt Block

Block #8 My Flock designed by Brenda Ratliff 

This week’s one is already out and I will get on to that during the week. I like paper piecing when its not EPP so looking forward to this one.

Adding to my Bookcase Quilt

So August is already chasing me down. So I need to think about all the projects I am doing and pick on one to have as my August must do!

I think it will be to continue with my bookcase quilt. I have ten blocks made now, sewn during July. Now I would like to make 6 more for this month and see how that will look with 16 ten inch blocks. I am a little nervous it will be too big for where I want it to go.

Bookcase blocks

The blocks this time will be mostly plain filler book blocks, and one will have a cup and saucer on it.

If there is time I’d like to then arrange the blocks and then sew on the “shelves”. That will be an added possibility for August but not a must.


Ten Blocks in my Bookcase Quilt

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts

My goal for July was to make 10 blocks towards my bookcase quilt.  I am happy to say I have completed 10.

At the start I thought I might have 20 all up in the quilt, but I jumped into it a little quickly and now I am thinking 20 blocks will make too large a wall hanging. So at this point in time I am thinking 16. As then shelves need to be added and a final border.  Each block is ten inches finished.

This is what I have done. They won’t be going in this order on the quilt because as I do the other six I will need to see where they best look.

Bookcase blocks

Bottling, Sewing, Knitting and Making Sauce

My next block in my mother’s memory quilt depicts some of the things she worked well at, bottling peaches and pears for the winter, she did that especially in the ’50’s, ’60’s and maybe the ’70’s. My Dad grew tomatoes and in later years, probably the ’80’s onwards she made tomato sauce every year. If we didn’t live at home we often received the gift of one each season.

She sewed all out clothes when we were growing up, those were the days when the shops didn’t have oodles of clothing. I loved what she made me. I remember overalls and zip up pant suits she made me when I was young, and a gorgeous red coat and hat she made me when I was about ten.

She always had some knitting on the go too, we all learned to knit as well, and we too would have knitting on the go as well. As we grew up for some of the younger ones she went to the local school they were attending and taught knitting to some of the young students – ages about 7 to 8 yrs!

Quilt block