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Week of 2nd of August.

  • Machine sew binding on Carnival Ombre Quilt. Done
  • Quilt the Crazy 8’s design onto above pinned quilt.  Done  I developed sore thumbs at the joints and one night I remembered I had a ring I’d bought at a Quilt Fair one time. I don’t love using it but it helps take the pressure off my hands. I can’t use it with ruler work but for fmq it’s okay. I like the texture the crazy 8’s have given the quilt. They are rather wobbly, but practice no doubt will improve. It made me fall in love with the quilt and as it was a top that iis scrappy that is great. Crazy 8's and ring
  • Finish hand sewing binding on my Rustic Charm Quilt. Done. Very happy with it, but wish I had made it slightly longer. I caved too early!Rustic Charm completed

Close up of quilting.

Close up of Quilting RC

Week of 9th of August

  • Sew binding on my Carnival Ombre Quilt. ( the hand sewing part).
  • Sew binding onto  Crazy 8’s Quilt
  • I have layered another scrappy log cabin quilt and this week I’d like to get that quilted in a simple fashion. I am trying to get tops from pre 2021 quilted and then… well 2022 ones are piling up!!
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Last week I didn’t link up, just didn’t quite make it but back again this week.

Week of 28th June Plan was

This week is busy and I am away on three days so keeping it light!

  • Keep quilting Rustic Charm. I did this and finally it was off the machine table and ready for a binding. 
  • Prepare binding for it, will most likely have to be scrappy as I don’t have any big suitable fabrics. Decided against the scrappy binding and bought a brown fabric online that matches well enough and made the binding out of that.

In the meantime Sherri at A Quilting Life decided she was going to do a 10 Day Challenge and well… I decided what a good idea. It could be anything and I went with what was uppermost on my mind! Previous to ’22 half finished tops.  So far I have completed 7 days and have three to go. 10 days feels so doable. I am just spending 30 minutes each day and then if time I can work on this year and that is working well.  It doesn’t have to be a sewing challenge – can be anything so maybe every month I’ll do a 10 day challenge on something.

I did finish a quilt that has hung in the cupboard for over five years because it was quilted terribly (by me) on a Pfaff machine that was hopeless for quilting although piecing was fine on it. I love the fabric on this quilt (very me) but don’t like the backing. It now has its binding on and been washed and in the airing cupboard. On the next fine non stormy day (winter here) I’ll drop it down to the Salvation Army place. Might keep someone warm.

A first quilt complete

Week of 12th July plans

  • finish last three days of 10 day challenge, today I will finish putting on a border and then I have a mystery quilt from last year that I started joining the blocks and the last two days will go on that one. I like that one and will be keeping it or giving it to someone special!
  • piece some batting together and a backing for another quilt ready for a sandwiching.
  • Layer this Ombre Carnival quilt together ready for quilting, maybe even start quilting it. Going to do it really simple with mainly I think stitch in ditch , maybe some outlining.Ombre Carnivale 3

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Week of 21st June Plan Was

  • Continue to quilt Rustic Charm quilt. Hope to get all stars done and then do next step.Yes was able to get quite a bit done. The stars are done as good as I could but I found it hard using the ruler to go around them.Rustic Charm part fmq 
  • Spend the week looking at some of the projects I’ve cast aside and see what I can do with them. Take them another step or more. I really have a lot, I keep getting side tracked by new projects.  No new projects this week. No serendipity – just eyes on the “cast asides”. Well I did stay pretty much with my eyes on the cast asides, or waiting to be furthered ones. I only did one little new block and stopped there!  First thing I did was to make a binding for a quilt I wanted to throw out. It was straight quilted on my first machine which was just terrible for quilting and I was very new at it as well. I am just sewing the back and perhaps it might need a bit of extra quilting then I will drop it to the Salvation Army place. A First quilt binding

Then I finished off a scrappy round the world top by making one block and calling it a day. Will be small and another donation once quilted.Round World Scrappy topjpg

Last year I made all the blocks for Edyta Sitar’s 2020 Mystery quilt and the blocks are sitting waiting to be put together. I put four rows almost together so far.

Mystery Q 2020 part

Week of 28th June

This week is busy and I am away on three days so keeping it light!

  • Keep quilting Rustic Charm
  • Prepare binding for it, will most likely have to be scrappy as I don’t have any big suitable fabrics.

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Plans for June 7th Week Were

  • start piecing the Rustic Charm top together. I did get the blocks sewn together and then the rows so that I have a completed top. Quite a bit of unpicking was accomplished as I discovered errors I hadn’t seen!Rustic Charms top 
  • Quilt as much as I can on the Scrappy Crossroads quilt. I finished the quilting on the Scrappy Crossroads quilt which I was happy to do. Quilted Crossroads
  • Serendipity – because I like not planning and then picking something up on a whim. Best of both worlds because 1 & 2 are planning and 3 is mood sewing. I made a second cushion for a great niece which she was happy with! Forgot to take a photo.                          

I also wrote five postcards and sent them off. I joined Frances Dowell’s QuiltFiction group on Facebook which is a quilting /reading group. She organised for those who wanted to be placed in a group and send of cards. So I thought that would be fun. Post as it is these days my fingers are crossed they will arrive!  Hopefully 5 will arrive at some point to me, one from Canada and 4 from USA.

To Due Week of 14th June

  • Machine sew binding on Scrappy Crossroads quilt and start hand sewing it to the back.
  • Pin and start quilting my Rustic Charm quilt.
  • Serendipity choices. If time! I have two more “orders” for cushions, one from Miss 6 and one from Mr. 8, once they saw their cousins one they wanted one too!

To Do Tuesday #20

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Last week’s plan

  • Sew second Awesome Ocean top together. They are working out at about 50 inches and a little more which is about right for what I want.  I have the second one up on the wall and my goal is work towards putting it together.  Done – have rows together and sashing in between rows. AO #2 top
  • Make some more Rustic Charm blocks. I have thought of who I want to give this quilt to so that has given me incentive to bring it back into focus and get as many blocks as I can done. One to two a day if possible. I am not making it as big as the magazine here, so need about 36 blocks I think. Of course totally scrappy and not quite the same as pictured here.  Done – either one or two a day which is what I want Rustic charm blocks
  • I hope also to do this weeks Riley Blake Challenge block but that will depend on whether I am getting my quota of the Rustic Charm blocks done each day.  Not done. Was side tracked – see below!

Plan for 17th May week.

  • Sew border on Awesome Ocean #2 and pin three layers together ready for quilting.
  • Put binding on Awesome Ocean #1. As it happened, with fast delivery from MSQC I had backing for the two quilts. (Minky). So I was able to quilt AO #1 last week. I always say minky is just too heavy for me to quilt and it is but with simple quilting it happened.AO#! quited
  • Rustic Charm. 1 or 2 blocks a day.

Maybe if time make a Riley Blake challenge block.  I still want to put together the final bits of my Sweet Dreams quilt top but may have to wait until Awesome Ocean quilts are completed with is my main focus at present.

To Do Tuesday #19

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Week of 3rd of May

  • Work on putting Awesome Ocean 1 together as a top. This will follow the pattern to some extent but as I have divided the large quilt up into two – that means a little bit of fudging here and there to put each top together. Done. AO Top #1 
  • Complete the last two Blocks in Sweet Dreams top. Done. And while it now the top needs to be put together with the final round, I’ll leave it for a few weeks because of other priorities.Sweet Dreams last blockc 
  • Make this week’s Riley Blake Challenge block. Done. RBC #14

    Week of 10th of May

  • Sew second Awesome Ocean top together. They are working out at about 50 inches and a little more which is about right for what I want.  I have the second one up on the wall and my goal is work towards putting it together. AO Blocks #2
  • Make some more Rustic Charm blocks. I have thought of who I want to give this quilt to so that has given me incentive to bring it back into focus and get as many blocks as I can done. One to two a day if possible. I am not making it as big as the magazine here, so need about 36 blocks I think. Of course totally scrappy and not quite the same as pictured here.
    Rustic Charm
  • I hope also to do this weeks Riley Blake Challenge block but that will depend on whether I am getting my quota of the Rustic Charm blocks done each day.

To Do Tuesday #5 2022

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For week 25th January

  • Quilt the border of my log cabin quilt – very plain straight line of something. DoneBorder log cabin
  • Sweet Dreams block 4.  QAL.  DoneBlock 4 Sweet Dreams
  • Sash remainder of Nine Patch Square Dance and join all rows.  Done, first border sewed on. Put away until can get fabric for outer border. Ordered but will probably take a month or so to arrive. Orders some of the teal ( next to dark blue) as that’s the only fabric really available that is in quilt. As this is a left overs quilt I didn’t want to introduce something new for border.nine patch top
  • Make two more Magnolia blocks. Done. Now have five in total. Think I will do twelve in total.
  • Continue leaders and enders of Rustic Charm Done and progressRustic charm progressOops one star to unpick and correct. Always handy to stand back and survey!

For week 1st February

  • Sew on binding of log cabin quilt.
  • Sew Sweet Dreams block 5.  QAL
  • Sew Block 4 for of Riley Blake Challenge QAL
  • Make a Magnolia block or two.
  • Continue leaders and enders for Rustic Charm top.
  • Press and pin Checker Boards Star top ready for quilting and start quilting in the ditch.

To Do Tuesday 2022 #4

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My goals were

  • Quilt the nine log cabins on my Queen quilt.   Done
  • Complete Block 3 of Riley Blake Challenge.  DoneRBC 3
  • Complete Block 3 of Sweet Dreams QAL.  DonePS Block 3
  • Make a block or two for Magnolia Quilt I have started by one block! Chelsi Stratton design.  Made one to add to one I had made.Magnolia blocks 1
  • Start sashing the Nine Patch Square Dance blocks.  Have four rows sashed but not joined to each other.
  • Go through a couple of baskets of scraps and separate into what I will use and what I will pass on to somebody who might be able to use them for small handmade projects she does.  Done
  • I’ve also started a leaders and enders project – until of course I have all the sum of its parts and then it becomes its own project. This week I will be making wonky star blocks as I go. American and Patchwork Magazine No. 159. Started. Will be an ongoing leaders and enders.Leader and Ender

Week of 25th January

  • Quilt the border of my log cabin quilt – very plain straight line of something.
  • Sweet Dreams block 4.  QAL
  • Sash remainder of Nine Patch Square Dance and join all rows.
  • Make two more Magnolia blocks
  • Continue leaders and enders of Rustic Charm