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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m almost finished the third full row of Friendship Chain. So I’m now in the process of choosing the fabrics for the next row and glue basting them for stitching together. You can see the next set of fabrics cut and clipped to the bottom row. The colours are much more vibrant in real life. It’s hard to get an accurate photo at 7:30 in the evening.

This is going to be a very short post. I’m going to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get back to glue basting.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A little bit of stitching...

Once again I’ve been absent from the blog world because of a virus, not a computer virus but a cold virus. I’ve been sick...... again. I think this might be the fourth time in the last 6 months. It is getting just a tad tiresome...... But as of today I’m starting to feel a bit more like myself again. The cement inside my sinuses is starting to soften up and at least I can put one or two coherent thoughts together at the same time. I’ve been doing some work on Friendship Chain. The second full row is finished and stitched in place and the third all row is halfway done. I’m starting to get into a rhythm of how to do it.

When I started this project, I thought I was going to have to cut everything first and then decide where the colours would go. Then it dawned on me that I could choose the fabrics first and where they would go and then do the cutting. That was a huge step forward in the process since it saves me a lot of cutting for fabrics that may or may not get used. It is a challenge to get the fabrics contrasting with each other side by side, as well as the one that is above it. Ultimately each fabric will be touching four others. But this is one of the things I love about designing my own quilts and choosing my own colours.... the challenge.

I hope to get this row finished this week and move onto selecting the fabrics for the next one.

I’m linking up to Let’s Bee Social and to the Canadian Needle and Thread Network and also to Esther’s WOW on Wednesday.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

My new quilt called Friendship Chain is growing and taking shape. The mechanics of how to put it together are coming along. One of the things I wasn’t sure of was how to figure out which colours and fabrics would go where when adding on new rows. I think I’ve figured out an easy solution. Cut a whole pile of sets of diamonds and trapezoids out of lots of fabrics and colours. Then lay the new ones on top of the preceding row since they will be intersecting with that row, changing out colours and fabrics as necessary.Then make sure that there is enough contrast between the new additions that are beside each other so that the chains will be distinct from one another. Then I took pictures to remind myself of which colours were going where for reference. The last step is to clip a pair of diamonds to the bottom of the unit where they belong and then set the rest of them aside. Now I know which colour diamonds need to be sewn to which. This picture is my working version with the some of the pairs already sewn in and the rest just clipped in place. I love playing with colour.My goal is to make this 8 full chains wide by 10 full chains long. I would like to be able to make this a “charm” quilt, meaning that I won’t repeat a fabric. Whether I can make that goal is debatable at this point. The more important thing will be to achieve a balance of colour and brightness.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. Then I’m going to take everything off the design boards and get to stitching.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

Last week I showed a picture of a quilt I’ve named Friendship Chain that I wanted to start. It was an Electric Quilt 7 generated picture - this one. 

Since then I’ve actually started on the quilt and made a bit of progress.  It’s a bit of a challenge trying to figure out how to sew it together in a logical manner. If I were doing it in just two colours it wouldn’t be bad at all. But I want each chain to be a different colour and haven’t quite figured out yet the best way to do that. I’m English Paper Piecing it and am quite happy with the way it looks so far. I’ve changed the triangles that show in between each block in the Electric Quilt picture to diamonds and that is part of what is making the piecing so challenging. But I didn’t want that extra seam in there. I suspect at some point I’m going to have to set up a design wall and lay it out and then do a diagram of what colours are going to go where and what will be paired with which. In the meantime, I’m having fun. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I have a couple of Slow Sunday Stitching project finishes this week. First off, the class sample - which really does need another name - any ideas anyone? Not that I can respond to thank you or say that I like it since blogger continues to have issues with forwarding comments to my email.......

Anyway, here’s the picture.

And then I finished off and added borders to Sapphire Net.

It’s an Electric quilt public domain block, and that was the name given in Electric quilt, so I’ll keep it. The border is quite bright and in your face, but it works well with the large scale florals that are in the centre of the quilt.

And because those two are done I’ve given myself permission to start a new one. I’m calling it Friendship Chain. It is also from the Electric Quilt software in the Barbara Brackman Blockbase. I’m still working on figuring out exactly how to put it together. It’s quite complex and I’m not sure off the top of my head how to tackle it. I’ve started cutting pieces and it will be English Paper Pieced using my scraps with each of the intertwined chains a different colour. And that’s the part that is causing the  difficulty in putting it together. A two colour quilt would be easy but since when have I ever done anything the easy way?

Anyhow, I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching before going back to more cutting to get ready for this new project. I’m hoping lots of scraps will be used up in this one.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finished putting together the class sample for Stitch It Central and appliquéd it down to a background square. I am very pleased with the way it looks so far. It needs a couple of borders to finish it off and then I can get it quilted and into the hands of the quilt shop so they can promote the classes.

We had a vendor’s booth at the Sarnia quilt show on Friday and Saturday. What a great time we had. We met lots and lots of people and introduced a lot of them to the English Paper Piecing techniques. So many of them thought it would be so hard and after showing them the basics of it they came away realizing that yes, they could do it. I even did a couple of demonstrations to a couple of groups. Anyone who knows me well realizes what a challenge that is for me, and yet it went well and I had fun and wasn’t nervous at all. It used to be that when I had to talk to people I didn’t know, especially a group of people, I would get huge knots of anxiety in my stomach. I seem to have gotten over that and I think a large part of that can be credited to several very good and supportive friends, (yes Gail I mean you) Belonging to the quilt guild and being an active part of their programs has also helped immensely. Here I am showing someone what the paper is like and how it looks after being used and removed.

Since the class sample is finished I picked up Sapphire Net again. I started this ages ago and then it got set aside while I worked on Leo’s Mane. It’s time for this one to make some progress now. The floral units are all stitched together. All that is left is to do all the background units and then I can call this one finished.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching before going back to more stitching.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I missed doing a post last week. We were away camping for Avery’s 7th birthday. There was no stitching done during that time at all. Lots of grandchild enjoying. Lots of hikes and playing outside and getting wet since it was, of course raining. After all the Shepherds were camping and we can’t ruin a good pattern can we? Even so, we had a good time.

I went out to a local store this past week to talk about teaching English Paper Piecing and we have come to an agreement. I will be teaching at Stitch It Central after they move to their new location in London. I don’t have dates yet, but I will post them as soon as I have them for anyone interested. I am now working on my third version of the class sample piece. They liked the design but wanted it done in fabrics from their store so they could offer fabric kits to anyone wanting them.

Version 1, done from my fabric stash using 7 different fabrics. It will be appliquéd to a white background and have some borders added to it.

Version 2 also done from my stash using 5 different fabrics. It too will go onto a white background square and have borders added to it.

Version 3 using Stitch It Central fabrics that will be available as a kit. It also will go onto a white background square with borders. This is the centre of it. This shows the rest of the fabrics in one of the diamond units and one of the edge wing units. All of the sub units are done for this and I am ready to start assembling it. Not bad considering I got the fabrics Wednesday. I’ve been working on it almost non stop since then. So, with the goal of having this done by the middle of the week, I’d best get back to it.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching before going back to my stitching marathon.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m slow stitching through this lovely Mother’s Day. I hope all you Mother’s are having a great day. I’m working on a second version of the class sample I made a week or two ago. I showed a picture of it last week, but I can repost it again. It will save you from having to back track to see it.
The first version was a test sew to see how it should break down into units for a logical way for assembly. This next version is for taking pictures as I go so I can write instructions for it. I love this process. I love looking at a design, breaking it down and then rebuilding it and describing the process in pictures and writing. In my wildest dreams many years ago I would never have thought that I would design and write patterns and classes. Isn’t it odd how life can throw such curve balls? The biggest news though is that as I said last week, Leo’s Mane is finished. The weather cooperated a few days ago and I was able to hang it up outside and get some pictures. Here’s a picture of the full quilt.

 And a picture of the centre section 

and then the four borders. This quilt has been a challenge and a joy to work on from beginning to end. So now in the midst of working on these smaller class sample projects, I’m thinking on what the next bigger one is going to be. I have plans........

In the meantime, It’s time for lunch and more stitching. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m a little slow getting a start on my slow stitching today. It’s been an exciting and also a disappointing weekend. We were booked into the Norfolk County Quilter’s Guild quilt show for the weekend as a vendor and were having a wonderful time on Friday, meeting and talking to lots and lots of wonderful quilters including at least one fellow Slow Sunday Stitcher. However our wonderful time on Friday together came to an abrupt halt due to some nasty weather that caused power outages to the area. Rather than staying until 5 pm we were all ordered out of the venue by the county authorities at 3:30 in the afternoon. The drive home that afternoon was quite the challenge. Instead of white outs due to blowing snow we had brown outs due to blowing top soil off the farmers’ fields.
When we arrived back at the venue on Saturday morning it was to find that the power was still out and that the show was cancelled for Saturday and would be held Sunday instead. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stay for Sunday so we had to pack up and head for home.  Because of that we missed meeting up with even more of our fellow Slow Sunday Stitchers which is where the disappointing comes in. (sigh)
I have finally finished Leo’s Mane. He is quilted and bound and was able to go to the quilt show with us. I don’t have any pictures though due to the weather not allowing for outside pictures and he’s too big now for indoor photo shoots. While I ponder my next big project I’m working on a couple of smaller ones. The sample for the class I’m planning to teach is finished.

This first one was to figure out the best and most efficient way to break it into units for assembly purposes. Now I’ve started another so I can take pictures as I go for the written instructions.
 I’ve also pulled out my half hexagon sampler project that I started quite a while ago. I’m not sure yet exactly where this is going.  The current thought is to do a row of each type of pieced hexagon with the rows separated by a yet undecided something. The braid will be the outer borders. I think I have enough of the half hexagons units so now I’ve moved on to a combination of half hexagons and triangles.

So far this is all coming from my scrap 2 1/2 inch strips. It could end up being rather wild with all kinds of different types and styles of fabrics in it going way back to 10 or 15 years ago. I can certainly tell that my fabric colours and style tastes have changed over the years. But it is all going to be in here.
So,  now that I have this late in the day post written, I’m going to link up with our fellow Slow Sunday stitchers and then work on some more of these pieced hexagons. I’m going to have to find something to watch on Netflix on my computer while I do this. It’s hockey play off season on the main TV in our house. Since I am not at all a hockey fan, it will have to be the computer with my ears buds to drown out the hockey.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I have a finish! I took the last stitch in Leo’s Mane last week. Yesterday I released all the outer edges from the basting and pressed them open. Then I stay stitched the edges and removed all the papers around the outside edges. It is ready for quilting. Woohoo and yippee!!

So what’s next? I’ve been asking myself that for a while. When Charlene and I were at the quilt show in Shedden working in the vending booth, there were a number of people who made enquiries about possible classes and teaching using basic English Paper Piecing shapes like hexagons and 60 degree diamonds. The small project that I did based on Willyne Hammerstein’s Creme Brullee attracted a lot of interest. But I don’t own that design so I can’t in honesty use the design for teaching purposes. However I do have a design that was done in Electric quilt based on 5 different 60 degree shapes which I started putting together a couple of days ago. This is what I’ve got so far. I’m winging it right now for putting it together. As I am sewing it together I am seeing ways to make it easier and to break it down into units that will make it better for a teaching sample. Once I’ve worked through putting this one together I’ll do another and take pictures as I go. It might end up a written pattern as well.
So, I’m going to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and get back to working on this sample.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Slow Saturday and Sunday stitching

We had an unexpected and very pleasant trip to see our grandson Avery yesterday. It involved 3 1/2 hours in the car to get there and 3 hours in the car to get back home again. But it was well worth it. And what does a person who is sitting in a car, obviously not the one doing the driving, do but occupy the time with stitching. This resulted in three out of four of the last of Leo’s Mane’s border being stitched to the main body of the quilt. One more to go and it is finished. WOOHOO!!

The light wan’t very good for taking the picture, but you get the idea.
But the bigger WOOHOO yesterday was the opportunity to see our grandson Avery.
While we were up visiting Avery, we decided to have a picnic and have some fun flying kites. We didn’t quite take into account that the precipitation that fell here last week as rain and freezing rain fell as snow where he lives. So we had a picnic in the snow. We got some interesting looks from passers by who must have thought we were slightly out of our minds. We also flew kites through the snow. The kite flying wasn’t too terribly successful as there wasn’t a lot of wind. But that was probably just as well since more wind would have made the picnic and being outside too cold. We had fun anyway. And then we went and found a leftover mini mountain of snow ploughed up from a parking lot. The boys had a lot of fun with that. It was a fabulous day!!
Today is going to be much more peaceful, with some reading, going to Church and some stitching.
Then tomorrow, Charlene and I are driving to Norwich where we will be doing a workshop with the Quaker Quilt Guild, called English Paper Piecing - More Than Just Hexagons. That will be lots of fun, and I hope to have pictures. However, I have been known to get so involved in the fun of workshops that taking pictures gets totally forgotten, so I make no promises on that one (grin).
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching before getting the rest of this day started.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finally have the last of the borders for Leo’s Mane finished. All the remains is to sew them to the main body of the quilt. There are two side borders of eight blocks each. And two for the top and bottom of ten blocks each plus the corner blocks, just finished earlier today.

We had a great time at the Shedden quilt show, in spite of the terrible weather on Saturday. By the time we packed up and left at 4 pm on Saturday the rain that had been pouring down was turning to freezing rain. We made it home safe though, as did my friend Charlene who helped me out all weekend. This was our booth. 

It was so exciting to see it all set up. Our son Noel built the four sided peg board stand for me. It sits on wheels and turns. 
He took an old office chair and used the wheels from it to make it moveable and turnable. The whole thing comes apart and lies flat to get it in and out of the car. It was fabulous!!
We get to do it again the first weekend May in Simcoe at the Norfolk Quilters Guild quilt show.
However, for the rest of today, I’m going to start sewing the borders on, after I link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Works in progress Wednesday

I haven’t done a Wednesday progress report in ages, mostly because all the projects I’ve been working on got stalled at the binding stage while I’ve been working on Leo’s Mane. However, Some of them are finally finished. Our English Paper Piecing business is going to be attending some local quilt shows as a vendor in the next few months, so I needed a banner/sign for the booth. I took the logo from our business cards and mega biggie sized it, then cut it from some Kona Pepper and fused it to a Kona Snow background. I found some odds and ends of EPP shapes that were left over from other projects and hey presto, a sign saying who we are and hopefully showing what we sell. I finished it off with a lovely striped binding. We’re going to be at the Shedden quilt show this weekend, Friday and Saturday,  at the Southwold Keystone Complex, in Shedden Ontario.

Then I managed to get the table runner I was making from Honeycomb Wreaths finished. I love the colours in it.

And since I was on a roll, I kept going and put the binding onto my version of Willyne Hammerstein’s Creme Brullee.
Both of these got striped bindings as well. I love diagonally printed stripes for bindings.  I’m going to link up to the Canadian Needle and thread Network’s WIP Wednesday and also to Let’s bee social. Then I have to sew down the bottom edges of a couple of hanging sleeves on these projects before I can call them 100% done.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I working on finishing a couple of things right now. Our paper piecing business, eagleswingsquilts.ca is going to be attending some quilt show this spring and summer as a vendor. We’ve also started a trunk show and workshop, so we needed a sign. A couple of days ago I took the logo for the business and enlarged it hugely and the cut it out and fused it to a background. Since then I’ve been sewing various English Paper Pieced units to the background to give a picture of what actually it is that we do. I have one last piece to sew down and then I can get it onto the quilting machine. I’m working on a bit of a time crunch, considering our first quilt show is at Shedden Ontario starting on Thursday, April  12 for set up. The actual show is Friday and Saturday. It would be wonderful to see some of you there.
The other project I’m working on finishing is a table runner made up of three variations of a honeycomb wreath that will be on display at the quilt show. There are kits in the store available to make them and we’ll be taking some with us to the quilt show.
So, with all of that in mind, I’ll finish this very short post, link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get back to my stitching.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching and Happy Easter

Of all of the days of the year, this one is the best. Easter Sunday, celebrating the rising of our Saviour and Lord from the grave. This Easter is extremely special. Years ago we belonged to a wonderful small but close knit church family. Unfortunately, over time, that church family grew smaller and smaller until it finally could no longer function and it closed. That was almost 20 years ago. Since then we have been searching for a new church family. We have attended numerous churches over the years but never quite fit. Back in January we heard of a new church that had started up in our city, Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, and we began attending. It didn’t take long to realize that the Lord had answered our prayers and that this was to be our new church family. Today we become official members of that church when they extend what they call “the right hand of fellowship” to us. I don’t talk a lot about my faith here on the blog, but it is an essential central component of who and what I am, and also of what I do and why I do, and so when important things arise, I will mention them.

As far as stitching goes, once more not a lot of that has been happening. This past week, once more I was felled by a bug of some sort...... that’s three this winter.... I’m done, no more please!!!! Since that really bad illness that landed me in hospital for 10 days last April, it seems like it’s been just one thing after another. I am so ready to be done with all that. I’ve mentioned to my husband numerous times that I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. LOL! And each time, the recovery process takes longer. I suppose it must be part of the getting older thing, less immunity, less resistance and less energy at the best of times, let alone when ill. And of course it doesn’t help when I put myself into situations where I’m working at full tilt way beyond my strength and capacity, pushing myself way past where I should. A crash and burn in those circumstances is almost inevitable, as most of my friends and all of my family know and consistently warn me about. So I’ve been in enforced lay down on the couch and rest mode for the past week. I have done a little bit on the last four blocks for the last border of Leo’s Mane. I miscounted the number I need for this border, so I’m scrambling to find the fabrics that I used. I’ve managed to locate everything except the red. If I don’t find it I’ll have to do some creative substitutions. I have the four corner blocks already made. What were missing were 4 side blocks. If I have to, I’ll take the red off the corner blocks and move them to the side blocks, and then add a different red to the corners. At this point, I’m thinking something that is as close to what is already there as possible. But who knows, maybe a flashy contrasting red will work even better. Whatever the case, I have to decide soon, since I can’t go any further on those side blocks without the red.
I’m going to post this, link to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then go red fabric hunting. If I don’t get attacked by yet another bug of some sort, these blocks will be done by this time next week, I hope.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I missed posting last week. I got sick.... again. This time with the second nasty flu bug that’s been going around this year, which turned into pneumonia, requiring a trip to the emergency room. However, most of that has now past. I’m well on the mend, just suffering from a lack of energy, and that will return. There was a ten day period in there when I did no stitching what so ever. So I am behind on my goal to get Leo’s Mane done. But since it is only a self imposed goal, it’s not a major problem. I have four side pieces of the fifth border left to sew together and the four corner units to add the setting pentagons to and the the borers are finished a ready to sew into place. I am so excited about this quilt. the more I work on it, the more I love it. I’m getting so close!! So, I’m going to post this and then get down to doing a little bit of stitching before we head out to church this afternoon. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

Leo’s Mane continues to grow. I have two of the fifth borders finished and ready to sew onto the main body of the quilt.

In addition, there are eight more squares finished and ready to sew together into another border. twelve more to go, plus the corners, and these borders are done and ready to attach. These are the last of the borders for this quilt, unless I decide to add a plain one around the whole thing to stabilize it. I won’t know that until I get there. This is what it looks like so far with these borders laying along side the main body.

And here a close up.

 I enjoy this quilt so much! But I must say, I will be so glad to have it finished. then I have to decide on how to quilt it. And at the moment, I haven’t a clue how to do that. If anyone looking at this has any ideas about how to quilt this, I’d appreciate the ideas. In the ditch quilting won’t work because with EPP most of the seams are open, rather than ironed to one side.  Anyhow, I’m going to link up tp Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, then maybe have something to eat and then get some more stitching done before heading out to church this afternoon.