Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Sunday Stitching

As the London Friendship Quilters’ Guild quilt show has gotten closer and closer, my time for fun slow hand stitching has gotten scarcer and scarcer, as my to-do list has gotten longer and longer. What hand stitching I have been doing lately has mostly involved sewing hanging sleeves to large quilts. How utterly tedious and boring! Note to self.... always do hanging sleeve and label while finishing the quilt, rather than waiting until just before the quilt show.
All the hanging sleeves on the big bed sized quilts are now done. I’m down to two wall hangings to finish. The have their bindings machine sewn to the front. Today’s slow stitching will be to hand stitch them to the back, and to sew down the final sides of the labels, and to sew down the bottom edge of their hanging sleeves.
Both of these quilts are the results of workshops done at the guild in the last couple of years. Joni Newman does stained glass quilts, and I opted to do her version of the cliff at Bon Echo Provincial Park. The backing is camping themed, to go along with years of memories of camping at this park. 
The second quilt is from a workshop by Karen Howes, involving pieced hexagons. It also has its binding sewn to the front, and its label partially attached.  
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, before taking the opportunity to do as she suggests.... take a deep breath, relax, and slow down. Quilt shows are wonderful fun things, but the work involved in putting them on and getting stuff ready for them is sometimes overwhelming. So today is for relaxing and clearing my head.


  1. What lovely pieces you have made. I think your note to self.......sew hanging sleeve as you finish quilt is a good one!

  2. Beautiful quilts! Good luck getting all your labels and hanging sleeves finished up.

  3. I should do the same thing--do the hanging sleeves when I make the quilts rather than in a rush at the end before the show. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's quilts at the show!

  4. I know exactly what you mean... we always procrastinate the hanging sleeves because it's so boring. Can't wait to see the show! i think I'm coming on Friday.

  5. Sleeves and labels are my *least* favorite part of the process!! Your quilts are going to be well-appreciated, I just know it! :)

  6. So weird ... your live traffic feed shows me as a visitor from Baltimore, Maryland! I know good and well I'm sitting in Huntsville, Alabama! :)

  7. The hexagon piece looks very intricate.


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