Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 18 January 2015

Stash and Stitching report, week 3, 2015

It's a lovely day indoors today, and there are even rose buds showing, unlike outside, where it is cold and damp and grey. See those tiny little rose buds, in those tiny little pentagons? I'm trying to pretend they are the real thing, but it's not working too well. This is the first rosette for La Passacaglia. It's become my go to hand stitching project lately, if only on Sundays. I'm going to link this lovely rosette to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and also to Sarah's Help for hex-holics, although there isn't actually a hexagon to be found in this piece.
Kathy encouraged us to actually post a picture of our hands in our slow Sunday post, so here's mine.

 This picture gives an idea of just how tiny those pieces are. I'm holding one of the rose bud pentagons and a grey triangle there. And, I think I should get bonus points. Not only did I get a picture of my hand, but I also see that I got in my bare toes-ies as well. Oh, and my working tray that's sitting on my lap, holding everything I need.... it's the top of one of those storage boxes that I'm keeping all the fabrics for this project in. It's perfect lap size, and easily goes where I go.

I was having a hard time figuring out how to count these small odd shapes for the stash report. I've decided that I'm going to give each piece an arbitrary average size of a 2 inch square. Some of them are bigger than that when they are cut, allowing for seam allowances, and some are smaller. This first rosette has 90 pieces!!

Used this week:                                          1 yard
Used this year:                                          4.1 yards
Added this week:                                        0 yards
Added this year:                                          0 yards
Net stash busted:                                    4.1 yards

I've actually cut out more than that. I cut out an entire quilt this past week, but I don't actually count stash as out until I've started sewing things together. Right now, it's in the design wall, getting the colours balanced right stage. But, that means I'll actually have something up on the wall for design wall Monday tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm also linking up to Judy's Fabric Stash report, And then I'm going to continue working on this rosette. I'd like to get it done, so I can move on to the fun of pulling fabrics for the next one.


  1. Wow, those are so, so small! You're doing a great job!

  2. That is just awesome and with such tiny pieces. Lovely.

  3. Oh my - La Passacaglia is going to be awesome!!!!

  4. Beautiful.....and such tiny pieces!

  5. WOW... you do get bonus points for hands AND feet! LOL
    I had no idea those pieces were so tiny... yikes!

  6. I came to your blog and see what your are making. So I spent some time looking at Millefiori quilts - how awesome! I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone. This is one quilt I really want to follow the progress. Good thing I follow you. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Good googly-moogly! Those are some uber small pieces!! Nice pic of your stitching hand!! ;)

  8. It is so difficult to get a good perspective on blocks that are pictured on blogs. That piece in your hand really points out how small the pieces are that you are working with. That project is beautiful.

  9. The rosebuds make me think of spring - it's not far off!! I also like the hand picture - I had no idea the Passacaglia pieces were so small. Maybe I missed it but is this rosette done or are there more rounds? Gorgeous!!


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