Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 16 February 2014

Sunday Stash and Stitching, week 7, 2014

I've switched up what I'm stitching. I've had enough of My Tweets for the moment. I think I'll put it away until the summer, when it can become my enjoy the outdoors project. So I pulled out an ancient UFO that's been on my mind ever since I found it while getting organized for moving last year. And I've come across it a few times since moving here, and each time I've thought that I should get it out and maybe try to finish it.The final incentive to haul this out was Kathy saying that the quilt she is working on is seven years old. She asked if we could beat that.

This one dates back to 2003. It's a pattern from the Quilters' Newsletter magazine that was given in four parts, starting in Nov. 2003. I only know that because I had to do a search online to find out. It's called A Few Compasses Among Friends. I do have the pattern from the magazine in a binder around here somewhere in a box. I'm going to have to find it before I can finish this. Most of this quilt has been hand pieced, and I was hand quilting it. I think I got stalled on it because I was doing a modifies quilt as you go, but couldn't figure out how to actually put it together after I got the sections quilted. I think I know how to do that now. I haven't done any hand quilting since this one got packed away, so it's going to take some time to get the callus on my finger built up. But the actual mechanics of the stitching came back as if it was second nature, and the stitches from 10 years ago don't look much different than the ones I've put in today. I'd forgotten how soothing the rhythm of hand quilting is. I'm sitting in my comfy recliner chair, quilting and enjoying the view out the window beside me. That weird shape in the picture is the screen. It's frozen in place, so I couldn't move it out of the way to take the picture. Our guild is having its quilt show in October. I think it would be kinda neat if I could have this done by then and enter it. So, I'll set that as a loose sort of goal. I'll try and get the rest of the components of this quilt sorted out, and get it up on the design wall by tomorrow.

As far as stash report goes, there is more out from the pinwheel blocks, and from the whites cut for my February UFO project. 

Used this week:                                  1.8 yards
Used this year:                                 16.1 yards
Added this week:                                 0 yards
Added this year:                                   0 yards
Balance:                                        16.1 more yards out than in.
Those 0 yards numbers will be changing this week. Gail went on a road trip this weekend, and made a stop at Mad About Patchwork, which is actually an online store, but Pam will occasionally let people "shop her basement" as she calls it. So Gail had a shopping list from a few of us. I had a Kona cotton solid that I wanted, and then told Gail to pick out some stuff for me that is outside my usual box. It will be fun to see what she comes home with.
I'm linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Judy's Stash Report. After I finish here, I'm going to go mix up some bread. While it is rising and baking, I'll go back to more hand quilting.


  1. Hey - you go girl!!!! Get those old UFO's finished and out of your hair so you can go play in some new projects :) Love your compasses - they are always impressive!

  2. At the beginning of the year I decided I had to complete two UFOs for every new quilt. So far I am behind on the UFOs. LOL

  3. Wow all hand pieced, it definitely needs to get finished. So glad you still enjoying your slow stitching. Setting goals always helps me to get a project done. Looking forward to when you will share it's finish.

  4. this is looking beautiful and i can't wait to see more as you get it all figured out.
    i didn't dig out my oldest unfinished quilt but i know that i have at least one that is older than my daughter (almost 28 years)~!! a crazy quilt that i now feel crazy for starting~! lol

    enjoy your hand quilting today.


  5. That picture is a tease - I want to see the rest of the components. It looks beautiful. It is definitely time to get that beauty finished.

  6. Your compass quilt looks interesting. I admire you handquilting it. I'm impressed that you haven't added any fabric this year to your stash. That's my goal too.

  7. That compass quilt looks wonderful. Hand quilting is very soothing. I've been feeling the itch to do some for almost a year and need another while to finish up some other things so I can. Your stash totals look great! If Pam buys it, do you have to count it? LOL

  8. I love your compasses! And I love those colors! Handquilting is so very soothing, isn't it? I enjoy it so much that I just can't bring myself to give machine quilting a try. But then I've always been more of a handwork kind of gal. ;-)

  9. So pretty! One of these day's I'll do a compass quit. So glad you are finding hand quilting soothing!

  10. That quilt looks striking!

    I just started hand quilting something after a few months hiatus and I know what you mean about building up the callous! :)

  11. Beautiful compass quilt. Looking forward to seeing this one completed.


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