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Friendship

With the same motivation I referred to in my previous post, I have also completed Block #12 – the final block of the Wildcraft Farm ‘Made with Love’ quilt.

The stitched word on the original pattern was ‘admire’ ; I replaced it with ‘friendship’, something my other half and I both agree is a necessity for a good marriage. We have shared interests and enjoy doing things together. I also appreciate having someone to debrief to when I’ve had a difficult day at work, or need a sounding board and some wise advice, and hopefully I can be as good a friend to him. ūüôā

Block #12 appliqué and stitcheryBlock #12 appliqué and stitchery

Block #12 appliquéBlock #12 appliquéd flower and hearts

Block #12 stitcheryWord

Block #12 on the drawing boardThe last block (#12) ‘on the drawing board’ – cut and ready for sewing together

Block #12 centreBlock #12 – centre part completed

Block #12 with bordersBlock #12 with borders

Block #12 with squaring-up bordersComplete with squaring-up borders

Now onto the next stage… ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 –¬†Two Ears

16 –¬†Three Months

17 –¬†A First and a Tenth

18 – Number 11


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Number 11

A couple of weeks ago, with the added motivation of losing the Bernina sewing machine to it’s rightful owner at the end of the week, I finally completed the Made With Love quilt block #11. ¬†Amazing how a deadline can lead to action…

I’ve used the same words on this block as in the original pattern.

Block #11 appliqué and stitcheryBlock #11 appliqué and stitchery

Block #11 appliqué Appliquéd flower and heart (a little more stitching needed)

Block #11 stitcheryLoving words

Block #11 appliqué panelCentre panel with appliqué

Block #11 centreBlock #11 – centre part completed

Block #11 with bordersBlock #11 with borders

Block #11 with squaring-up bordersComplete with squaring-up borders

More to come! ¬†ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 –¬†Two Ears

16 –¬†Three Months

17 – A First and a Tenth


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Quilt Project: Colour Choices

After a time of discouragement at the slow progress of the Made with Love quilt I’m doing, last week I met with the other three ladies in my class for what was supposed to be a ‘quilt finishing’ class. Three of us were at various stages of having our initial six blocks completed (I had just finished #5) but one lady had put her whole quilt top (single bed size) together. Wow – it looked lovely, and she was the one who kept saying she was going to be the slowest of us all! So while we moved on to the next stage of sewing more borders around the blocks and starting to put them together, she was making notes on batting, backing and quilting her project.

I had been wanting to record the others’ choice of colour schemes for some time, and this day I got the opportunity I’d been waiting for.

So here they are:

Vivianne #1

Vivianne #2

Pat #1

Pat #2

Melva #1

Melva #2

Melva #3

Brenda (tutor) #1

Brenda #2

…and mine of course (click on the links below to see previous posts).

It goes to show there’s no limit to colour combinations; ¬†every one is uniquely different as are the women creating them.

Someone suggested we meet again in the future for a ‘show and tell’; a great idea. It would be good to keep in touch and encourage each other as we progress.

Meanwhile I’m sure our tutor Brenda will be seeing more of us as we call into the shop for advice on what to do next. We will be back! ūüôā

The Quilt Project – progress so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 – Out On My Own


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Out On My Own

A beginner no more – I’m out on my own now!

It’s a month since our last class and I’ve made slow progress, having finally finished the¬†‘Made with Love’ Quilt Block #5 just a couple of days ago.

This block was more of a challenge because it involved three words. The original Wildcraft Farm pattern uses ‘Beauty / Smitten / Pleasure’ but I have changed them to ‘Love / Joy / Peace’. This is a reference to the Bible verses describing the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.22, all things we would like to have more of for a stronger marriage relationship.

There was a bit of fiddling around getting the words sized correctly for the spaces they were allocated. I briefly wondered if I might have to make those spaces smaller and re-design the whole block – but that sounded too much like hard work, for someone who is really still a beginner!

There were also two appliqué panels to sew, and another series of small strips to put together. Again, getting the measurements exact was tricky Рit only takes a tiny amount of inaccuracy per seam to make the finished block noticeably too big or small. There was some frustration involved but I got there in the end!

The fiddly bits Рstitching, appliqué panels and strips Рtook me ages to finish, but I loved the speed with which the block came together once they were done.

While putting the block together, I suddenly realised I didn’t have enough of the green ‘squaring-up border’ fabric to complete the whole twelve blocks. When I visited the quilt shop to buy some more they had just sold the last of it… but I was able to get some other fabric in a very similar colour, so decided to mix and match them throughout the quilt. After all it is a ‘scrappy’ quilt so I can get away with this, and tell you all it was planned from the beginning! ūüôā

Quilt block #5 stitchery and appliqué

Block #5 with borders added

The completed block with squaring-up borders (just needs a stem stitched on the flower!)

Here’s to some faster progress in the near future!

The Quilt Project – progress so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 – Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV


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Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

Our final beginners quilting class was held more than a week ago РI find it hard to believe the course has finished already. There will be one last get-together for our small group at the end of August, when our tutor will give us some instruction on putting the blocks together and finishing the quilt. Meanwhile we are welcome to attend a Thursday afternoon stitching group if we would like to Рthis is just an opportunity to meet with others over a cuppa and work on whatever project we have underway, either machine or hand-stitching.

I still have lots to learn Рfor example how best to finish off my blocks so the back is neat, not a mess of cotton threads! Рand there is room for improvement in my appliqué stitching skills.

I was feeling encouraged at the last class, even though I haven’t progressed as quickly as I would have liked to, having only made it to the fourth block. I’ve tried a couple of things to ensure the blocks end up the right size, and have decided to sew the 1/4″ seams a little smaller – along with checking the measurements very carefully as I go, this seems to be working well. It was a challenge sewing the eight small strips together and ending up with the correct size – would you believe I over-corrected to start with and made them too big! I had to re-sew the seams, and compromised by making the two end strips smaller than the others. I also had difficulty getting some of the other seams straight, so I admit there was some unpicking and re-doing to get the (near) perfect result you see below. ūüėČ

I’ve unpicked the stem stitch words on the previous blocks, and am replacing them with back stitch; unfortunately it takes some concentration on my part to get the stitches really straight, which makes it difficult to do while watching TV or when tired, so I’m making slow progress.

Block #4 uses the word ‘cuddle’ and I have left this unchanged, as its something we like to do. ūüôā

Quilt Block #4 РFirst appliqué panel

Second appliqué panel

Quilt Block #4 – stitched word

Appliqué & Stitchery

The completed block

The Quilt Project – progress so far:

1 – Beginnings

2 – Quilting Lesson #1

3 РAttempts at Appliqué

4 – Words

5 – Quilting Lesson #2

6 – Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 РAppliqué  Again

8 – Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

More to come!