December OMG – Keeping up with the Splendid Sampler 2


Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for December.

My goal this month is to keep up with the Splendid Sampler 2 six inch blocks being released in December. Most weeks they are releasing four a week. So to complete whatever is assigned. Except maybe for the last week as they will only have just been given. So I guess about twelve blocks.

Starting with the ones that have just been released this week.  Splendid Sampler Sew Along December 6th

And this is my version of  First Aid designed by Jane Davidson and one of last weeks blocks.

quilt block



And Moving on with the Bookcase Quilt in November


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for this November goal.

Ah what to do for my November goal, I am working on various things but what do I want to make sure I progress somewhat. I think its going to need to be my bookshelf quilt so it doesn’t languish there on the shelf!

Part of bookshelf quilt

My goal is to fmq on the names of authors on the two bottom rows. The two that I experimented with can be seen here on the top shelf, but on the bottom shelf I want to go back to my early reading years and then eventually come back to this top shelf which will be for authors I have come to love in the last ten years or so.

So …….. FMQ the names of authors on books on the two bottom rows which will equal about thirty six names.



Progress with Bookshelf Quilt


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for my October goal.

My goal was to sew the shelves together, add the borders, baste and start some quilting on the quilt. The big thing was waiting for the cotton batting that I had ordered. It was quite a fiddly order plus when it arrived in the country it sat at the airport for a week most likely due to a long weekend holiday.

But anyway it arrived Friday 26th, which gave me some time to baste and start stitching in the ditch.  I have done the main stitching of that but then decided that I wanted to stitch in the ditch around each book which I have done. So I am very happy to have all that accomplished and my goal achieved.

Quilt being basted on table

Quilt being stitched in ditch

Stitching in progress

Now I am thinking about the fmq to be done. I have decided after watching Leah Day in a video on You Tube about thread painting words that I will “write” the names of authors I like on my quilt as a start to the fmq. It will take awhile but I am happy so that’s what counts!

Here are the two I have done after one practice there on the side of the quilt.

Part of bookshelf quilt

I plan on putting childhood favourites on the bottom shelf and then working my way up to the top where newer to me authors I have come to enjoy are. That’s where these two are! After that lots more fmq so I can see a November goal looming!

October Plan for Bookshelf Quilt


Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the October goal

Okay here is October already. I am just going to make a small progress for one quilt.

Two shelves

I have two shelves put together. I’ll put the other two together, join them alland put on the two borders on.

I have some cotton batting ordered, if it arrives in time I’ll also sandwich and pin the quilt and begin some quilting. But that depends on the order arriving from the USA, it hasn’t left yet!

Quilt Finish


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts September finish post.

I set out to complete a quilt. I had stitched in the ditch along the sashings and for September, wanted to free motion quilt the squares and bind and wash the quilt. In other words totally complete it.

So I planned it….

And then I got quilting. Well the daisy looked easy so I started with that. No … actually it turned out to be the most difficult but any way!  Using the supreme slider eventually won the day as it certainly stopped the drag, the backing is very thick and it had big pulling power!  Let’s just say my wrists and thumbs and shoulders were complaining.

As I neared the end of the quilting I realised I had kept back no scrap fabric for the binding. So I scrabbled around and eventually found two pieces – one pink and one red that matched in. I then started to look at the other quilt tops waiting and looking to see if I had binding fabric for those, or…. had I cut it up into scrap strips and squares. Need to be more awake!

But its has binding and is drying on the line.

Quilt drying outside

Completed quilt

And this is the backing – will be a warm, cosy lap quilt.

Quilt back



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

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.