Finished Grandma’s Kitchen Quilt

Completed Grandma's Kitchen quilt

My Grandma’s Kitchen quilt is completed. I used a quilt as you go method to quilt it and learned that it is a good way to go when dealing with a large quilt. I did it in three rows of two. I discuss how this went in my QAYG post  It has wool batting and so will be nice and warm in winter.

So good to have a quilt finished!


Experimentation QAYG on Grandma’s Kitchen

So I have pieced the three pieces of Grandma’s Kitchen quilt and pinned ready to quilt as Pat Sloan suggests. I am a little behind her so she says first of all to leave one side not quilted to about 1 inch, but then when she quilts her second piece she quilts right to the edge. Okay I think – following like a sheep!  And as it turns out – led to the slaughter!!

Here is her way.

And that was all great, but here’s the thing – I had used nice puffy wool batting and Pat has used nice thin cotton batting so this method was great for her but when I did it, it was just far too bulky so I had to adapt.

This is what I did with piece one to piece two. Luckily I had left a wider piece of backing than Pat had so I mucked around and first of all got some of Marti Michell’s one sided tape and ironed it over the seam.

Taping seam down

Sewing one side down by hand

I then folded the back flap over and sewed down one side. It just didn’t want to go right over in one go so this then had to be a two step process because I didn’t want any speed bumps!

Second side sewn down

Then I sewed over the second side and it was nice and flat feeling on both sides of the quilt.  However I did not want to do this when joining the third piece so I left a one inch gap on the bottom of the piece as I quilted. I also chose to put the bottom piece on the top of the quilt as that was an easier section to leave open.

So when I was ready to put on the third piece this is what I did, having learned this from a Craftsy class by Marti Michell.

Cut backing and batting away

The backing and batting is cut 1/8th of an inch larger than front of quilt.

Cut away batting

Now cut away the batting by 1/2 inch with the front and back out of the way.

Iron on Tape to batting

Iron on one sided sticky tape to keep batting anchored, pressing to to the backing.

Join the two pieces

If you want pin the front out of the way.

Match two pieces together

Match the two pieces together just like Pat shows in her video. This is going to be a far less bulky seam.

Sew the pieces together

Join up the pieces.

Sew flap by hand

And now all is left to do is bring backing over and stitch down by hand, turning a 1/4 inch to neaten as you go.

From the front of the quilt

And it feels good and its difficult to see where it was joined!

I am hand sewing down the binding at present.

When I come to quilt the Splendid Sampler I will certainly be using this method.


Plans Goals Resolutions #2018

2018 Planning Party

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

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

  • Complete my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt by quilting and binding it.
  • Complete the I Love Dirt quilting and binding
  • Quilt about three tops that I have
  • 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
  • Finish piecing my log cabin hearts and sew into a top
  • Plan a quilt and look for fabric that will suit it, one in memory of my mother, when planned start it.
  • Link with my sister to make a memory quilt for my Dad – we did save his clothing and my sister has  prepared pieces.
  • Take a trip north to visit some quilt shops – and family of course.
  • Learn some photography skills for both quilt and book blogging

Mixture of quilts



Completed and To Complete

Week of 5th December

  • Start on the sashing of the #ILoveHome blocks Middle of #ILoveHome quilt
  • A Grandma’s Kitchen block or twoThat One Item
    I needed to think about what this block might represent as we had a choice. For one Nana I chose the memory of milk being delivered by a horse and cart and you left your billy out and they filled it. I remember it coming very early in the morning, I’d hear the clip clop of the horse, and it must have come in the afternoon too because I remember seeing it at the gate. This was early 1950’s and I would have been a pre-schooler.   For my other Nana it is the memory of travelling by train with her to my aunt and uncle’s farm and spending time there.  They had a dairy farm and again I was mostly a pre-schooler when we did that. My uncle who was two years older than me came too. I remember being pooed on by a cow which led to a scrubbing in the laundry tub before being allowed inside!So I guess that one item is milk!Pick a Posy block
    I don’t remember either of my grandmothers being gardeners. They didn’t need to be as their husbands were both fine gardeners. For Nana C what I do remember are hydrangeas growing around one of the properties they lived in. For Nana T her garden was full of roses and other flowers all grown by Pop.

I also sewed together row one and two of the Grandma’s Kitchen, I couldn’t decide what to do but eventually went with Pat Sloan’s layout. I also made a block to replace Small Change block which I didn’t like and meant nothing to me. So I did a teapot and cup because cups of hot tea (made with tea leaves) was something that both Grandmas did and I still do today!Grandma's Kitchen block


  • Find out how my niece would like me to put together the I Love Dirt quilt for the Australian weather √ I finally found a cool enough morning that I felt I could even discuss a quilt! We decided on the option of a wool batting with the cotton top and a cotton backing. I have ordered some fabric for backing, from Grandma’s Garden, covered in trucks! It isn’t wide enough so will just need to piece it a little. Backing for Quilt
  • A Splendid Sampler block or two.  No.

This is the patchwork bag I made – first ever. I had a few challenges and biggest was for closure. The magnets I used didn’t work and in the end I went for velcro spots.Patchwork bag

So what’s up for the coming week?

  • Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s Kitchen
  • Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along
  • Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt


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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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What has been and what will be!

My Plan for Week 4 of November was

  • Three more blocks for the Splendid Sampler  √  Actually made 5 which made me happy.
  • Complete the I Love Home block  √ I think I might stitch an outline of windows yet, it looks a little blank!#Ilovehome block 4
  • Sew up Block #21 of Grandma’s Kitchen   √ I really enjoyed making this block and remembering as a young 2-3 year old phoning my nana and chatting to her. Don’t remember what I chatted about! But it is a long time memory.Phone on Grandma's Kitchen quilt
  • One Log Cabin Heart block   √ Yes 
  • Possibly sew on final sashing of the I Love Dirt quilt.  √ I Love Dirt top before quiltingBefore I baste and quilt this I need to talk to my niece in Australia and see what batting and backing I’ll use. Obviously they are a lot hotter there than us. I love wool batting and cuddle fleece but that may just be too warm!

The coming week – end of November / beginning of December

I don’t feel like planning too much this week so I have decided I am going to go each day with my mood and what  I feel like! However I will plan to

  • make some more log cabin heart blocks
  • possibly do the next Grandma’s Kitchen block
  • do what the mood dictates!

I am taking a rest from the Splendid Sampler this week as I achieved everything I wanted to do in it this month! So a little rest before I continue.


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Week 3 of November Achievements

Achievments for Week 3 of November

  • Complete 3 more blocks in the Splendid Sampler I started on these first as I have the goal of making 14 this month.  I now have 9/14 done. The two piecing ones I did I found quite difficult and they are  not the best. One was foundation pieced and while I usually enjoy that, this one – not so much! It ended up a little smaller than 61/2″ so will just have to put a slightly bigger border on it. For the third one I chose an easy appliqué block!
    Block 89 of Splendid Sampler

    Titled From Colorado to the Midwest and designed by Ebony Love.

    Block 93 of Splendid Sampler

    Titled Tiny Miracles and designed by April Rosenthal.

    Bonus block of Splendid Sampler

    And the bonus block designed by Pat Sloan.

  • Complete one log cabin heart block√  I added one more to the growing pile of blocks.
  • Sew couple of sashings onto centre of I Love Home block #3
  • Complete this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen block√ I don’t remember my grandmother’s plates but I do know that my own mother loved china. When she was growing up in the 1930’s in a small back country place she used to visit a tip and pick out pieces of broken pretty china.  When she married over the years she gathered some beautiful China, she left behind her much to be shared out between her daughters and grand-daughters.Lovely Dishes blockI really like this block and would like a whole quilt of it… but I found my piecing was off on this one so would need to slow down and see if I can do better! Anyways!

Plan for Week 4 of November

  • Three more blocks for the Splendid Sampler
  • Complete the I Love Home block
  • Sew up Block #21 of Grandma’s Kitchen
  • One Log Cabin Heart block
  • Possibly sew on final sashing of the I Love Dirt quilt.


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First Week in November Achievements

Plan for the first week in November!

  • Make at least one log cabin heart block.   Yes – one made. I now have six blocks.Group of Log Cabin Heart blocks
  • Make a couple of Splendid sampler blocks.Block 83 of Splendid SamplerThis is titled Minnesota Maze and was designed by Roseann Kermes. It is Block 83 of Splendid Sampler.Block 81 of Splendid SamplerThis is titled With Love From and is number 81 of the Splendid Sampler. Designed by Cat DeMack.  The xoxo is foundation piecing.Block 97 of Splendid SamplerThis is titled A Girl’s First Purse and is Block 97 of the Splendid Sampler. Designed by Di Mill. I still have to buy the right buttons to put on it, something darker.
  • The Grandma’s Kitchen block for this week.Block 18 of Grandma's KitchenBlock 18 of Grandma’s Kitchen titled The Fridge. I do remember a big old fridge at one of my nana’s house. It rumbled away at night and as I had a bed off the kitchen when I stayed I found it a very comforting sound.
  • Couple of Country Fair blocksScrappy blockI completed three of these blocks. I have only three more blocks to make in this and I will have a quilt top. That’s good because my 2 1/2 ” scraps in these colours are almost used up, which is the point really.
  • Cut sashings, borders and binding strips for the I Love Dirt quilt.  – Yes done.

Plan for Week 2 in November

  • Add inner border to the “I Love Dirt” quilt top
  • Sew 3 more Splendid Sampler six inch blocks
  • Make the Grandma’s Kitchen block released this week.
  • Start on block 4 of the “I Love Home” BOM. Will be released tomorrow. This is my favourite quilt along this year.
  • Make some Country Fair blocks – maybe the final three.
  • Make a Log Cabin Heart block
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