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




To-Do Tuesday

Last week

  • Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s KitchenI have actually gotten all six rows done, now I just need to put them into rows of two for the quilting stage beginning on Jan 2.One row of blocks of Grandma's Kitchen
  • Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along 
  • Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt Sashing being added

I also worked on a quilt that I had given up on during the year as I didn’t like lots of things about it, however I awakened some enthusiasm for it again as I used it to practise a way of quilt as you go joining that doesn’t involve strips. Practising for the Grandma’s Kitchen quilt! I am only going to do six of the blocks of Leah Day’s Flower Festival mystery quilt along and add some borders – eventually!

Plans for the rest of December 2017!

  • Put the last bits of sashing on the #ILoveHome quilt – which is my December OMG.
  • Sew the Grandma’s Kitchen rows into three lots of two rows and I may or may not baste them.
  • Baste my #ILoveDirt quilt
  • Make a few more Splendid Sampler blocks
  • Possibly sew up the 6th Flower festival block
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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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One Month Goal for December

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Linking up with Elm Street Quilts

I just want a light goal for December, at least I think it will be! And that is to complete the top of the #ILoveHome Quilt from the quilt along with Jacquelynne Steves. The pattern for the final part releases early this coming week. It is summer here and rather warm where I sew, so not so much sewing being achieved!

We have now completed the four main blocks and they are very cute and I think I will love this quilt. The photos aren’t that true to colour but it is most like the last block. Each of these is 18 1/2 inches at present.

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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To-Do Tuesday 8th August

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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.