To-Do Tuesday 15th August

Stitch ALL The Things
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!!Block #7 if Grandma's KitchenThe 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.Block #91 of Splendid Sampler
  • 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. Block 1 of I love home sew along
  • 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

Monday Post

I have been working with small step goals to complete blocks for quilts I want to make. This week I completed three blocks in the Bloom Sew Along which means I have eight of the sixteen I intend doing.

Flower quilt block Large flower quilt block Yellow flower quilt block

I also completed the 10″ block from the Grandma’s Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan. This week it was a focus on wash day.  As a young child I remember Nana T’s wash day. (Early 1950’s)  It was in the wash house area just off the kitchen.  She had a copper out there, a fire was lit underneath and the water boiled. Then the clothes – sheets are what I remember – were swished around with a large wooden stick. They were then lifted via the large wooden stick and put through a hand wringer into a tub of cold water. Rinsed around and put through the hand wringer again and then hung out on the long line at the back of the house.

What a lot of work! I am so pleased to have been there and seen this. It is something that has always stuck in my mind, the smell of the copper and the work. So easy now to dump the washing in the machine and walk away. The only thing in common is that I still hang the clothes on the line.

Wash Day quilt block

The Splendid Sampler block – 61/2 ” – for the past week was called Lina’s Gift.  Block 18 and on Page 7 of the book.

Block 18 of the Splendid sampler


BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Musings

What am I crushing on this week?

Well I am loving the quilt I am working on at the moment. Even though I am not a pink person I could easily keep this quilt although it has someone else’s name on it.  It is the Anne of Green Gables – a Penny Rose fabric.

Stitching in the ditch

While I am stitching this quilt in the ditch I am listening to a novel by Emilie Richards – Sister’s Choice.  It is from her Shenandoah series.  This series inspired me to take up quilting, I just loved the characters and the quilting. At present I am rereading the series via audiobook and loving them all over again.

Audiobook cover

Blocks I completed this past week.

  1. Bloom #5 Two flowers bloom block
  2. Grandma’s Kitchen #5  A Pat Sloan QAL This one is called glasses and cups. Honestly I don’t remember my grandma’s glasses and cups. But I do remember the great pots of tea they made and the many times we sat down to a good cup of tea and some home baking with them. I still drink tea using leaves and a pot – thanks to both my nanas for this great tradition!Block #5 GK
  3. Splendid Sampler block 49 Summer’s GiftBlock #49 Splendid Sampler

BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Splendid Sampler Blocks and more.

This past week has been productive – one quilt completely finished and gifted to one of my sisters.

Garden Charm Quilt

Completed quilt - Garden Charm

Finishing this meant I was able to focus on some of the BOM’s I am working on.

I have been working on the assigned recent splendid sampler blocks.   (six inch blocks) Happy to say I am now up to date with the 2017 Splendid Sampler quilt along.

Sew South was designed by Jennifer Mathis

Splendid Sampler blockEarly Bird was designed by Joan Ford. I used the paper piecing rather than the traditional piecing. She has a tutorial for the traditional pieced bird. I might try it some time.

Block Early Bird

Circle of Friendship  designed by Michelle Muska

Applique block Circle of Friendship

Homeward Bound designed by Kelly Liddle

SS Homeward Bound block

Starting Point designed by Lissa Alexander

Block 57 of Splendid Sampler

I also managed one block – Block 4 in the Bloom quilt at Bee in my Bonnet.

Block 4 Bloom Sew Along

This week I also finished two blocks int he Grandma’s Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan.  Links go to my posts about them.

Block #3                                                 and                                         Block #4

The key holder quilt block

Block 4 Grandma's Kitchen QAL




Linking up with

BOMS away at What a Hoot Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

The Churn Dash

This is a six inch Churn Dash block that is a bonus block for the Splendid Sampler. As I love the churn dash block I decided to include it and while making it to incorporate a dark green from the Thyme for Friends fabric line.

Six inch churn dash block

I think I have now finalised my colours for the making of the Splendid Sampler quilt 2017 and it is mainly The Wordsmith line by Janet Clare

The Wordsmith fabric colour range

The dark green from the Thyme for Friends fabric collection: Botanical Herbs

Thyme with Friends green botanical


and the Downton Abbey Lady Edith fabric: Swirl


As well I love the Kate Greenaway fabric and will cut bits and pieces from it as appropriate.

Victorian Children

I hunted around for a couple of colours that I just couldn’t get or would cost too much so decided to use what I already have, plus I love the colours. Janet Clare’s fabric range would have been enough by itself and very classy, however I like a little whimsy and a little more just will gladden my heart.

Splendid Sampler Throw Quilt

In 2016 I took part in the Splendid Sampler quilt along. As I was just learning to quilt and six inch blocks are quite a challenge, I used scrap material and a few fat quarters. I was going for a purple / yellow look, but I used red/blue too, thinking I might make two quilts. However after thirty blocks I was distracted by other quilt making and just let the blocks sit.

However I thought it a shame to just leave them so decided to practice a little free motion quilting and complete it as a quilt as you go.  The quilt is very bright! But… it makes my heart happy and I am already finding it very cosy for cool nights to cuddle into as I read or watch TV.

I completed this quilt in April 2017. I have pre-ordered the Splendid Sampler book and would like to make a large quilt with a quieter more homogenous colours. But one that I still love.

Throw Quilt

.Some of the blocks included. Clicking on them will bring them up larger.

I added cuddle fleece to the back, I had already backed with material, but I wanted something warmer. I had used a cotton batting, which is really a summer kind of weight.

Backing of quilt

I have washed it successfully and now to use!