Linking up with Elm St quilts
I want a simple goal for January so I am going to aim to complete my I Love Dirt quilt, the quilting needs to be completed and the binding put on.
Next time this is seen it will be totally finished!
- Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s Kitchen√ I have actually gotten all six rows done, now I just need to put them into rows of two for the quilting stage beginning on Jan 2.
- Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along √
- Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt √
I also worked on a quilt that I had given up on during the year as I didn’t like lots of things about it, however I awakened some enthusiasm for it again as I used it to practise a way of quilt as you go joining that doesn’t involve strips. Practising for the Grandma’s Kitchen quilt! I am only going to do six of the blocks of Leah Day’s Flower Festival mystery quilt along and add some borders – eventually!
Plans for the rest of December 2017!
- Put the last bits of sashing on the #ILoveHome quilt – which is my December OMG.
- Sew the Grandma’s Kitchen rows into three lots of two rows and I may or may not baste them.
- Baste my #ILoveDirt quilt
- Make a few more Splendid Sampler blocks
- Possibly sew up the 6th Flower festival block
Week of 5th December
- Start on the sashing of the #ILoveHome blocks √
- A Grandma’s Kitchen block or two√
I needed to think about what this block might represent as we had a choice. For one Nana I chose the memory of milk being delivered by a horse and cart and you left your billy out and they filled it. I remember it coming very early in the morning, I’d hear the clip clop of the horse, and it must have come in the afternoon too because I remember seeing it at the gate. This was early 1950’s and I would have been a pre-schooler. For my other Nana it is the memory of travelling by train with her to my aunt and uncle’s farm and spending time there. They had a dairy farm and again I was mostly a pre-schooler when we did that. My uncle who was two years older than me came too. I remember being pooed on by a cow which led to a scrubbing in the laundry tub before being allowed inside!So I guess that one item is milk!I don’t remember either of my grandmothers being gardeners. They didn’t need to be as their husbands were both fine gardeners. For Nana C what I do remember are hydrangeas growing around one of the properties they lived in. For Nana T her garden was full of roses and other flowers all grown by Pop.
I also sewed together row one and two of the Grandma’s Kitchen, I couldn’t decide what to do but eventually went with Pat Sloan’s layout. I also made a block to replace Small Change block which I didn’t like and meant nothing to me. So I did a teapot and cup because cups of hot tea (made with tea leaves) was something that both Grandmas did and I still do today!
- Find out how my niece would like me to put together the I Love Dirt quilt for the Australian weather √ I finally found a cool enough morning that I felt I could even discuss a quilt! We decided on the option of a wool batting with the cotton top and a cotton backing. I have ordered some fabric for backing, from Grandma’s Garden, covered in trucks! It isn’t wide enough so will just need to piece it a little.
- A Splendid Sampler block or two. No.
This is the patchwork bag I made – first ever. I had a few challenges and biggest was for closure. The magnets I used didn’t work and in the end I went for velcro spots.
So what’s up for the coming week?
- Complete at least another row or two of Grandma’s Kitchen
- Complete the last two blocks for the above quilt along
- Add another layer of sashing to the #ILoveHome Quilt
Plan for Week of 24 October was
- Complete the blanket stitching around the I Love Dirt blocks. Almost there.√ Yes Done.
- Complete the second pre-school quilt. √ Yes Done. And passed on for use.
- Work on Grandma’s Kitchen block and Splendid sampler blocks hopefully. I completed Block 17 of GK. It’s called Pantry Goods. I don’t remember my own Grandma’s pantry, but I do recall my two year old great niece Scarlett inspecting her Great Grandfather’s pantry to find the box of biscuits – from which she’d like to extract one or sometimes… more!This was designed by Jane Davidson and is a Splendid Sampler block – foundation piecing.Another piece that involved foundation piecing – designed by Faith Jones. For the Splendid Sampler quilt.
- Possibly some Country Fair blocks.√ Yes I did two more. I now have 14 blocks completed for this scrap quilt using 21/2″ squares.
Plan for the first week in November!
- Make at least one log cabin heart block.
- Make a couple of Splendid sampler blocks.
- The Grandma’s Kitchen block for this week.
- Couple of Country Fair blocks
- Cut sashings, borders and binding strips for the I Love Dirt quilt.
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!
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts to focus on one main goal for October
My goal was to appliqué each of the individual blocks. I paced myself during the month and now have all the blocks cut out and appliquéd on, ready for the next stage. Quite possibly the next stage might be my November goal!
I have linked them all in a collage – they are still all individual blocks. But I am very happy to have finished the machine appliqué because as you know it is a little like watching paint dry!