Time for A June Goal

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I am linking up for June to Elm Street Quilts and aiming to shoot another goal!

I am always drawn to new projects, but then those projects pile up so I am aiming to do a good deal of quilting on a previous project from 2017, where I finished the top but then put it away. So June is the month to get most of the quilting done. I am not going to say all of it because there is quite a bit to be done and well… have to make room for new projects as well!  However I love the colours of this quilt and so I am motivated! I stitched together a backing as well from left over fabrics from this and other quilts as well.

The photo does not do it justice so when I photograph it next time I need to put it in better light, most likely outside!  This top is Summer Solstice – on of Pat Sloan’s quilt alongs.

182 Day Solstice Challenge Quilt

I just basted it together a couple of days ago so I am ready to go!

Basting of Quilt

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#2018 Planning Party Update

2018 Planning Party

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

So almost one third of the year has gone so let’s see where I am!

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

  • Complete my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt by quilting and binding it.  ♥    Completed 
  • Complete the I Love Dirt quilting and binding   ♥    Completed 
  • Quilt about three tops that I have   Next in line is one of these.
  • 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.   ♥    Completed 
  • Finish piecing my log cabin hearts and sew into a top.  ⇐  Working on at present. I have all the blocks complete and will now put them aside to work on something else. Log Cabin heart blocks
  • Plan a quilt and look for fabric that will suit it, one in memory of my mother, when planned start it. ♥    Planning started, fabric being gathered.
  • Link with my sister to make a memory quilt for my Dad – we did save his clothing and my sister has  prepared pieces.  ♥    Off the list as my sister is well ahead with this.
  • Take a trip north to visit some quilt shops – and family of course. ♥    Completed 
  • Learn some photography skills for both quilt and book blogging

Mixture of quilts

So even though it has been the summer months I am rather pleased with where I am, plus I have started on a small baby quilt too!  Still those tops though waiting to be quilted.

Quilting Splendid Sampler OMG

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My one month goal for March was:

  • the sashing finished on the blocks of the Splendid Sampler
  • place the corners on each row because it will be an on point diagonal setting
  • sew the rows together so that I have 4 pieces in total. I intend then to use a QAYG method for joining as shown by Marti Michell in one of her classes on Craftsy.
  • Pin one section to backing and batting, working out how much batting and backing at the edge so that I can add a border later. This is all pretty much new to me, so it will all hopefully work out!
  • Quilt that one section.

I have achieved all of the above and a little more.  I have three pieces quilted.  I mostly stitched in the ditch, around applique etc, and a little fmq here and there. I like a puffy kind of quilt so I don’t like too much quilting.

Quilting in the ditch and fmq

It has been good to focus this month on one thing, when I was tempted to continue piecing another top, I just put that temptation away and kept going on the Splendid Sampler.

I broke a couple of needles and gave up counting how many times I stitched the backing to a piece of quilting, which meant quite a bit of unpicking!

Top Left of Quilt

One section completed of quilt

Bottom right and next row up.

Two bottom pieces of Splendid Sampler

These will be the first two that I join. The wide pieces of batting and backing will stay so that I can add a side border. With the size of my bed I think I will be only able to add two side borders and one bottom border possibly.  As I have never done this before it is all an experiment.  Guidance thanks to Marti Michell from one of her Craftsy classes.

Finally two bottom sections of quilt joined.

Joining two pieces of the quilt

 

 

Putting the Splendid Sampler into Rows OMG

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My one month goal for March will be to get all

  • the sashing finished on the blocks of the Splendid Sampler
  • place the corners on each row because it will be an on point diagonal setting
  • sew the rows together so that I have 4 pieces in total. I intend then to use a QAYG method for joining as shown by Marti Michell in one of her classes on Craftsy.
  • Pin one section to backing and batting, working out how much batting and backing at the edge so that I can add a border later. This is all pretty much new to me, so it will all hopefully work out!
  • Quilt that one section.

The above is what I aim for, if there is time at the end I start pinning and then quilting the second section.

This is what it is looking like at present as I start on this goal

Laying blocks out of Splendid Sampler

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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November Goal Completed.

My November goal was to complete 14 six inch blocks for the Splendid Sampler. That would take my total up to 60/100, which would give it a boost along the way. And I am happy to say that I now have sixty. These are the ones I completed during November. They involved ordinary piecing, piecing curves, foundation piecing, appliqué  and embroidery.
14 Completed Splendid Sampler blocks

Completed blocks

One Month Goal

I am again joining in with Elm Street Quilts for the November One Monthly Goal

 

Last Week of October

Plan for Week of 24 October was

  • Complete the blanket stitching around the I Love Dirt blocks.  Almost there.√ Yes Done.
  • Complete the second pre-school quilt. √ Yes Done. And passed on for use.
  • Work on Grandma’s Kitchen block and Splendid sampler blocks hopefully. I completed Block 17 of GK. It’s called Pantry Goods. I don’t remember my own Grandma’s pantry, but I do recall my two year old great niece Scarlett inspecting her Great Grandfather’s pantry to find the box of biscuits – from which she’d like to extract one or sometimes… more!Grandma's Kitchen Block 17Quilt block by Jane DavidsonThis was designed by Jane Davidson and is a Splendid Sampler block – foundation piecing.Block designed by Faith JonesAnother piece that involved foundation piecing – designed by Faith Jones. For the Splendid Sampler quilt.
  • Possibly some Country Fair blocks.√ Yes I did two more. I now have 14 blocks completed for this scrap quilt using 21/2″ squares.

Plan for the first week in November!

  • Make at least one log cabin heart block.
  • Make a couple of Splendid sampler blocks.
  • The Grandma’s Kitchen block for this week.
  • Couple of Country Fair blocks
  • Cut sashings, borders and binding strips for the I Love Dirt quilt.
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!

To-Do Tuesday

Last Week

  • Complete two Grandma’s Kitchen blocks  – got one completed Sunday Dinner.Block #13 Grandma's Kitchen
  • One or two Splendid Sampler blocks – I did really well on this one and got caught upQuilt blocks
  • Start on I Love Dirt quilt top – yes got the pattern size adjusted according to its instructions. Read through the pattern to get acquainted!
  • Some gardening, weather permitting.  Yes – lawns mowed and a little weeding. Beans and potatoes planted.

To-Do for week of 3rd October

  • Do two applique blocks in the “I Love Dirt” quilt
  • Start Block #3 of the “I Love Home” Quilt along – block for October
  • Two Splendid Sampler blocks
  • One or two Grandma’s Kitchen blocks
  • Some gardening!
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!