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
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.
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.
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 List
- 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. √ think I made 6 which has brought me a good ways along.
- Complete this weeks Grandma’s Kitchen QAL block, possibly the Splendid Sampler one if time.√ Will finish at a 12 inch block. I don’t remember any sayings of my grandmas. However Nana C was always very adamant we stay together as a family, and it is something of her legacy that we do! She also advocated a good breakfast and wearing a singlet. The only think I don’t do is wear a singlet any more. Just don’t seem to need one!!The Splendid Sampler block this week was block number 91 – Gran’s Button Jar. I’ll finish it this afternoon. Will finish at a six inch block.
- 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. Well I got hooked in my this block. Yes I cut the fabric out for all the blocks. And I’ve watched Alyssa each day – she is still cutting. √ …But once I had the fabric cut out I couldn’t stop. (I am using fabric left over from my previous quilt which is also a bonus). I just had to go ahead and work on the block for August until I had it completed and… I love it. It is an 18 inch block. Roll on September. But I am still watching Alyssa on Facebook each day as well because I want to see how her choices work out.
- Walk 50 000 steps × Bad week for walking – so much rain so only got out a couple of days. I am so over rain. 43000 steps
- Spend another hour weeding this week. There are lots of weeds. But even seeing small patches weeded is rewarding. × The garden is sodden! No chance of getting out and the next week is looking that way too.
To Do for the Week of the 15th of August
- Complete all the Bloom Blocks so that I have 20.
- Complete this week’s Grandma’s Kitchen and Splendid Sampler blocks
- Amy from Diary of a Quilter has this Quick Cornerstone Quilt that I am thinking of making using some Space fabric so will check it out against my fabric and fully decide and then … maybe start cutting.
- Walk 50000 steps
My major goal for the OMG over at Elm Street Quilts is to complete 16 blocks of the Bloom Quilt. I have 5 blocks completed. That means I have 11 do to this month. I find I am not really enjoying this method of applique so I need some incentive to get on to them and finish. I have decided to put in 16 blocks only, not the 20 in the pattern as that makes it longer than I want for a lap quilt.
That will mean I have September to quilt it,
What I have completed so far. I have 5 done. Showing 3.
I’d like to do that as I aim to have it for a raffle. It will help my local school (where I taught for many years) fundraise money for children who are less fortunate in New Zealand and overseas.
I’ll need to do 3 blocks most weeks in August.