Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 11 August 2019

Bitten by the startitis bug

I have been eyeing this lay’s website for several years now... Esther Aliu .... ever since she came out with the Love Entwined pattern with is a redo of an antique applique quilt. Every year she does a free Block of the Month and a paid Block of the Month. I follow her facebook group and have been drooling over this year’s quilts, both the free and the paid, but especially the paid one called Hold Onto Your Heart.  I’ve been giving myself all kinds of talks about how I have way more than enough projects already started, that I don’t need anything more, etcetera, etcetera. Anyone who is prone to this illness knows the drill and the self talk that ends up being of no use. So, I did it. I bought the pattern.... I told myself it was a birthday gift and that starting the new quilt was a birthday gift and the new fabrics that I needed for this quilt were a birthday gift. I have the centre section of it ready for basting and hand stitching. We are going to be heading out for a week’s camping next weekend, so I’m putting a push on to get a bunch of pieces prepped and ready for stitching.

However, I have kinda promised myself that I will keep working on Connections as well. I have the second section half done, so it is making good progress. The pattern for it is almost finished, but I’ll wait to release it after we get home.

So I’m going to link this post up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then do some more prep work for this quilt. I’m going to do up a whole pile of 1/4 inch bias stems and then get to working on the pansies for the corner squares in the centre of the quilt.


  1. You have made a great start on your new applique project. Of course you needed a new start, it was a birthday gift to yourself, after all.

  2. Beautiful fabrics in that center section you have started. Esther has done some unique and wonderful quilts.

  3. I know exactly how that goes!! Your photo looks gorgeous, so no wonder you HAD to start that!
    You can enjoy both projects while camping... maybe it will rain all the time and you'll HAVE to hand stitch!
    Hope I didn't just jinx the weather for you ! LOL

  4. Lovely applique progress. Esther's patterns are admirable. You are off to a great start.

  5. Have fun on your trip! lots of pretty to work on!

  6. WOW! That is stunning!
    I've looked at Esther's quilts many times - so glad that you've gone ahead and started this project, because it just keeps bugging until you do..

  7. You needed a new project for the camping trip. Have fun with it.


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