Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 23 September 2012

Stash and stitchery Report

I'm doing the Grandmother's Choice Block of the week, and I must confess to a few groans, and at least one "oh no!!" when I saw this week's block. It is most certainly not an easy one, and the thoughts of machine piecing all the "Y" seams and handling all the teeny pieces through the machine gave me a few shudders. However, once I calmed down a bit, I decided it would be a block that I would piece by hand. I traced out all the pieces onto fabrics and took them with me to work last night, to work on during breaks.
The first round of pieces is almost done. If I take it to work and do the same thing tonight, It should have this round, and most of the second added to it. The other hand piece I'm working on is the second of the Promises and Borders. I didn't get a lot done on it, but it is coming. I don't have a deadline for this, so slow and steady is OK.
I think all that is left to do on it is to do the flower centers, and then colour it in, and to put the textile medium over the coloured pencil, once I get the colouring done. And looking at it now, I've noticed that the bird's wing isn't finished.

There has been some movement in my stash, too. I've loaded my Heartland Star onto the machine, in the hopes of having it done in time for the quilt show at the end of October.

Used this week:                                   6.6 yards
Used this year:                                    91.5 yards
Added this week:                                  0 yards
Added this year:                                 152.8 yards
Balance:                                                61.3 yards more in than out.
Just out of curiosity, I checked last years numbers. This time last year I had used 102 yards, so I'm 10 yards behind that. This time last year I had added 121 yards, so I'm way over that. Neither is a good or a bad thing, it is just fun to keep track and to compare from year to year. I would like to end the year using at least the same amount as I used last year.
I'm linking up to Judy's Stash Report and Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.


  1. I'm so far behind on my Promises and Borders, but hope this winter to get a lot done as I have to be inside more. Yours is great. Boy, that looks like a hard block!

    Wonderful numbers!

  2. It is fun to compare how you are doing year to year and even month to month.

  3. You are brave to tackle that hand pieced block! I would give it try but can't get it to print out. Maybe I should try it on my Mom's printer?
    Anyway...love the purple in your promises block...so pretty.
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  4. You are far braver than I am - tackling that block! Someday maybe....
    What quilt show are you hoping to have your quilt done for?

  5. Hand piecing definitely looks like the best option for this block. I chose to skip this one as my versions have been miniature. Hopefully next week will be mini friendly.

  6. wow! I really like that block you are working on. You are doing a great job.

  7. Cathy, you're doing a great job on that pieced block!!! It's a toughie for sure. And I continue to love the look of your Promises blocks :*)

    This is my first year for the stash reports, so it will be interesting next year when I can begin to compare with this year.

  8. I looked at the GC block long enough yesterday morning to know it was going to be a booger. I'll work on it tomorrow. After yesterday's shower and church this morning (and making dinner and carrying it over to a friend who just had surgery), and folks up at the camp this afternoon ... I just couldn't do it today! Yours looks terrific -- I may consider piecing my by hand, too!! And your P&B block looks great!! :)

  9. Your GC block is looking good. I pretty much had the same reaction you did when it posted yesterday. I'm not sure how I'm going to finish that one.


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