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.

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#2018 Planning Party Update

2018 Planning Party

Joining in with the 2018 Planning Party over at Quilting JETgirl.

So almost one third of the year has gone so let’s see where I am!

What do I hope to achieve in 2018 in terms of quilting?

  • Complete my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt by quilting and binding it.  ♥    Completed 
  • Complete the I Love Dirt quilting and binding   ♥    Completed 
  • Quilt about three tops that I have   Next in line is one of these.
  • 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.   ♥    Completed 
  • Finish piecing my log cabin hearts and sew into a top.  ⇐  Working on at present. I have all the blocks complete and will now put them aside to work on something else. Log Cabin heart blocks
  • Plan a quilt and look for fabric that will suit it, one in memory of my mother, when planned start it. ♥    Planning started, fabric being gathered.
  • Link with my sister to make a memory quilt for my Dad – we did save his clothing and my sister has  prepared pieces.  ♥    Off the list as my sister is well ahead with this.
  • Take a trip north to visit some quilt shops – and family of course. ♥    Completed 
  • Learn some photography skills for both quilt and book blogging

Mixture of quilts

So even though it has been the summer months I am rather pleased with where I am, plus I have started on a small baby quilt too!  Still those tops though waiting to be quilted.

Joining Up the Splendid Sampler OMG April

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  • 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

The Magic Number of 83 Splendid Sampler blocks.

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I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal event.

I set my goal for February to sew 10 six and half inch blocks to add to my Splendid Sampler pile.  With possibly the hope that I’d get another 10 completed as well and reach the total of 83 that I had decided to finish at.

I am happy to say as you can see from this picture I have reached 83 blocks. I am as I write this putting the last embroidery stitches into the last block.

20 Splendid Sampler blocks

I even started sashing some of the others already completed, so I am feeling good about reaching this point in the journey.

Once they are sashed I intend laying them out on point and moving on to the next stage.

 

Plans Goals Resolutions #2018

2018 Planning Party

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

Mixture of quilts

 

 

Plans for the Coming Week

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.Patchwork Bags Book CoverNow 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.
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