Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 29 July 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m continuing to make really good progress on Friendship Chain. I have the first four rows completely finished and sewn together.

I’m now working on the diamond parts of the fifth row.

One of the bonuses of keeping track of projects like this on the blog is that I can see at a glance when they were first started. The first post about this project was June 10th of this year - 7 weeks ago. That gives me an average of about 1 row every 1 1/2 weeks. Maybe even less than that because I was sick for part of those 7 weeks and didn’t do any stitching at all. However, using that the line I can estimate the finish of this project. I have 6 more rows to do for a total of 9 weeks. That takes me to the middle of October, maybe sooner. It will be interesting to look back and see if this turns out to be accurate.

I laid the pieces of this quilt down on a sheet of flannel out on our patio. The light is better for accurate colours. While I was out there I had a very curious visitor wanting to see what I was up to. My husband enjoys feeding the resident neighbourhood squirrels and chipmunks. I think this little creature thought I might have something for it.
It’s kinda cute, but I can’t help thinking that in spite of its cuteness it’s really just a mouse in disguise. My husband has them trained to the point where they will come up to him on the chair or the swing and take the peanuts right out of his hand. They seem to think that I have stuff for them also, so they also jump up onto the swing when I’m out there too, something I’m not keen about at all.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday 22 July 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’ve just noticed something lately. I seem to have put aside the tendency to be working on more than one thing at a time. In spite of having all kinds of ideas bouncing round in my head, I’m continuing to focus on working on Friendship Chain. I do have a wall hanging that needs binding though. Maybe I’ll get out the sewing machine this week and get that done.
In the meantime, Friendship Chain is growing. I’ve gotten half of the fourth row done.
I love how it is turning out now that I can see more of it. The colours in this photo are almost completely accurate. I think it’s going to end up a nice twin bed size when it’s finished.  I think it may need a border or two, but I’ll decide that later.

It’s raining today, which we badly need, so it’s going to be a quiet indoor day. We’ll be going to church and a fellowship supper this afternoon, but the rest of the day is set up for visiting with our sweet Abbie and maybe a little bit of stitching. She’s 2 1/2 years old now and talking up a storm. She’s such a delight and a joy. She was away for a week visiting with cousins, so it’s great to spend some time with her again.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

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.