Quilting of the 182 Days Solstice Project

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I am linking up with the Elm Street Quilts completion of June goal.

My aim was to quilt the Solstice quilt that I had made as part of a quilt along with Pat Sloan.

I am happy to say I got straight into it and finished that part of it. I did quite a bit of stitching in the ditch and then had a go at practising some fmq on it as well. I am very happy how it turned out. I like my quilts really soft and not heavily quilted so I kept the quilting larger rather than smaller.

Completed Quilt

It is about 60″ square, I made it from scraps, worked around some 5″ charm squares from a Downton Abbey fabric that I loved. I had to eek those bits out.  I am very pleased with it and… to see it almost finished.  Just have to do the binding.  Those are one of my sisters shoes, thanks to her for being the holder upper!

Solstice Quilt quilted

Close Ups of Some Parts of the Quilt

Solstice quilt block Solstice quilt block Pinwheel block Center of Quilt Heart block

Bees block Churn quilt block

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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

Jungle Baby Quilt Completion

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I am linking this up to the May Goal at Elm Street Quilts.

May Goal

My goal was to quilt my Jungle Baby Quilt top – making a backing for it and trying out using both wool and cotton batting to see what that is like.

As it turns out Baby Louie decided to enter the world two months early, but he is doing really well and while still in hospital is going from strength to strength. It was lovely to see the hospital has darling little baby quilts it uses for these special little ones.

Quilt for Prem baby

Completed Jungle Baby Quilt

Using the double batting makes it a little thicker. I thought it would be good for putting on the floor for Louie to lay on and play on later as he grows.  I stitched in the ditch to quilt most of it and tried a little fmq around the border.

Completed baby quilt

A close up of one section.

Jungle Baby quilt section

The Backing

As I have so many left overs from quilts I have begun to think about using some of them for backing and so this is my first time doing that. Nice feeling to use them up!

Backing on quilt

May Goal to Complete Baby Quilt

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I have the top of the baby quilt completed.

Quilt top

So for May I want to make a backing for it out of some left over scraps and then quilt it. I’d like to try it with two pieces of batting in it. Something I have been wanting to do for awhile. One wool and one cotton to see what I think.

So the goal is all finished and bound by the end of May.  It’s for a new family arrival that I think is due in June beginning of July.

Splendid Sampler Quilt Finish


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This was my plan to finish my Splendid Sampler, 83 – 6 inch blocks. Done.  It will warm my bed during our New Zealand winter.  I have even washed it, I don’t have a dryer so I was happy to manage to dry it in the sun and wind, even though its Autumn here.

  • This month my goal is to quilt the final piece of my quilt. This is the largest section – it goes diagonally across the middle of the quilt.
  • Join each section together – at this point two sections are joined and I have two more to do this to as well. As it involves the largest section – might be a bit of a mission.
  • Place it on top of the bed I want it to go on and see what I want to add to it in terms of borders.
  • Add the two side borders using the method “stitch and flip”.  Which means sewing on the border material to the quilt – the backing and batting are in place already. A step I have never done before so we’ll see how I go.
  • Decide what I will do about a bottom border. Probably no top border.

Quilt on a bed. It’s a little short but it will do.

Close up of part of quilt.

Part of Splendid Sampler Quilt

Drying outside.

Splendid Sampler quilt

A few of the blocks

Girls on Splendid Sampler Bird quilt block

Crochet quilt block

Completed Quilt.

Splendid Sampler Quilt

Fabric used was mostly The Wordsmith by Janet Clare.  The peach colour is Lady Edith Swirl from the Downton Abbey Collection. Dark Green from Thyme With Friends from Maywood Studio.

Joining Up the Splendid Sampler OMG April

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Joining up with Elm Street Quilts

  • This month my goal is to quilt the final piece of my quilt. This is the largest section – it goes diagonally across the middle of the quilt.
  • Join each section together – at this point two sections are joined and I have two more to do this to as well. As it involves the largest section – might be a bit of a mission.
  • Place it on top of the bed I want it to go on and see what I want to add to it in terms of borders.
  • Add the two side borders using the method “stitch and flip”.  Which means sewing on the border material to the quilt – the backing and batting are in place already. A step I have never done before so we’ll see how I go.
  • Decide what I will do about a bottom border. Probably no top border.

Joining two pieces of the quilt

The two pieces that are joined!

Icing on the Cake  Quilt

This would be getting the binding sewn on. But not making it a “must” for this month’s goal.

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