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
- Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s Kitchen√ I 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.
- Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along √
- Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt √
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
Week of 5th December
- Start on the sashing of the #ILoveHome blocks √
- A Grandma’s Kitchen block or two√
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!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!
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.Now 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.
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.
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!
- 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.
- One Log Cabin Heart block √ Yes
- Possibly sew on final sashing of the I Love Dirt quilt. √ Before 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.