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The Quilt is Finished!

Sampler Quilt is finally finished

I have decided that this is my year to get things finished. I have finished my Gingerbread House and now (finally) I have finished Miss A’s Sampler quilt. I started working on this in 2013, so only ten years in the making.

I used my embroidery machine to do the foundation piecing, which mean digitising and testing each block, and I had a smaller hoop then, so each block was four smaller blocks that then had to be joined. Anyway this quilt stopped me quilting altogether.

I made each block completely, front, batting, backing and quilting and then joined the blocks using a zig-zag-stitch (and covered the stitching with bias binding).

The next project on my to be finished list, is Miss P’s blanket.

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Quilt Update

Attaching the binding

I have almost finished Miss A’s quilt – just the binding to go.

After watching this video, I managed to finish my continuous binding (it did take four attempts). The really useful piece of information was knowing that the overlap had to be the same length as the width of the binding strips.

Now I just need to turn it to the back and sew it down. I still haven’t decided whether to hand sew it or machine sew it.

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Project Update

I have been working on some of my projects.

  • Gingerbread House (Top Left) – I have almost finished one section of the roof and then its just the other roof section. I am only working on this at my stitching group, so it’s months from completion.
  • Cinnamon Stars (Top right) – I have worked on this for a few hours this week. While watching the movie version of Brideshead Revisited and a new SBS series Vigil. I was watching Vonna’s floss tube yesterday and she mentioned that she only ever uses size 22 needles (regardless of the linen count), so I thought I would give that a go.
  • I have joined A Bee in the Bonnet’s Golden Honey Sock club, so the yarn (bottom left) is for the first pattern. I have since made it into a ball and started knitting the swatch.
  • More progress on covering the joins of Miss A’s quilt. It’s physical hard to man-handle the quilt through the machine.

There will be no new projects until some of these are finished.

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2021 in Review

A Year in Review

This year I concentrated (almost exclusively) on Miss A’s blanket. So, apart from that, I really didn’t finish much.

One pair of socks, a chicken (and a duck), and I worked on A’s quilt and my halloween cross stitch.

Next year I will be working on Miss P’s blanket, so once again not much will get done.

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Sampler Quilt


I am back to working on my Sampler Quilt – one more block to quilt and then I have to put the thing together. I am embarrassed about how long this thing is taking – 7 years and counting (and it has put me off quilting).

I am determined to get it finished.

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Sampler Quilt

Another block is quilted

Another block is quilted

I am back to trying to finish my sampler quilt. I am trying to spend a bit of time on each of my three main crafts – knitting, canvas work and this.

I discovered today (in the manual) that my sewing maching has a setting for free motion quilting – how good is that? And it worked well.

I have never tried ‘quilt as you go‘ before and I am interested to see how it comes together. It has definitely been easier to pin the quilt sandwich together and to quilt the squares.

I have been thinking about my goals for next year and the big one is to finish my ongoing projects – this quilt was started in May of 2013! The other goal is ‘no more craft supplies!’ – always hard.


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A Work in Progress

Some finished blocks!

Some finished blocks!

I finally found some motivation to get on with my sampler quilt. Both of my girls were really keen to make pencil cases in the holidays and I think a simple sewing project reignited my interest in sewing.

I have decided that I am going to quilt each block independently – quilting as you go – like here. I’m hoping this approach has two advantages; first, it is physically easier to maneuver around my sewing machine and secondly, it will just feel less overwhelming.


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2014 in Review

Sewwitty's 2014

Sewwitty’s 2014

This year I finished a few sampler blocks – but not the entire quilt, two wraps (Denim Wrap and Hitchiker), a pair of socks and learnt how to crochet.

This year my New Year’s resolution was to do less and just be – several people I know have terminal illnesses and I think it might be time to just enjoy life without rushing from one thing to another always trying to do more, be more etc. This means I am hoping to spend more time pottering about with craft – but no rushing to the end I’m just going to enjoy the process.

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Progress Update

Sewwitty's Plain Sock

Sewwitty’s Plain Sock

My copy of Downton Abbey series 5 arrived, which meant there was a lot of sitting on the sofa time knitting. I just love the costumes …

I have turned the heel, picked up stitches and now I am decreasing back to the original number. I always feel that I am almost finished when I get to this point.

Sewwitty's Pineapple block

Sewwitty’s Pineapple block

I’ve also finished three of the above blocks! I’ve worked out that it is better to do a little bit, go off and do something else, a little bit more etc.





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Another one Finished

Log Cabin block finished

Log Cabin block finished

I finished another block – only four more to go. I am not sure what is keeping me going on this project – sheer bloody mindedness? – Because I have had enough! I’m over all of my choices, but I am determined to push on and get it finished. I have such plans for when this is finished. I bought beautiful fabric at the Liberty store and I want to use it.


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