Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

We’ve had an eventful couple of weeks that prevented me from posting. Our son was moving from one job in one city to searching for another job in another city. For years he’s worked as a carpenter in various theatres, never being able to stay in one place or one job because most theatres are seasonal. He finally decided he’d had enough of the itinerant lifestyle and made the decision to move to the small city where his son lives. However, minus a car, he had no way to get there nor did he have a place to stay while he searched for work and a place to stay. So in the middle of August we packed up our trailer, picked him up and then grabbed a campsite to give him a centre of operations. It also gave us a great time to visit with him and also with our grandson Avery for a bit. A win win on all counts. It ended up that he got a job and found a room that he could afford. Such a blessing and an answer to a lot of fervent prayer. While we were there we saw a couple of interesting things. This park, which is on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, used to have a shale shelf along the waterfront. This picture of me laying out my La Passacaglia quilt was taken there a few years ago. You can see how wide it was at the time. This picture was in 2015. Four years later that entire shelf in under water. We saw this really interesting willow tree that has some kind of red moss or something growing around the base of it in the water. There is none of the shale shelf showing at all. It is all under water. There are spots where the wave action of the water is starting to effect the waterfront road of the campground.

During our time camping I got a lot of stitching done on Hold Onto Your Heart by Esther Aliu. There is still some embroidery to do on the pansy corner blocks. None of the elements are actually stitched down to the centre background. This is this year’s block/element of the month by Esther Aliu. It started in January, so I’m way behind. But that’s kinda good because it means I can work at it to my own pace and do the placements the way I want. I’m thinking of doing one side at a time rather than all the single elements at the same time. It might cut down on the tediousness of making the same element over and over again. It also will mean I can change things up as I go to make it mine.

Since we got home a week ago I’ve been working on a workshop sample. We are doing a Trunk Show at the Twilight Quilter’s Guild Monday Evening and then a workshop in October. They requested a two part workshop. In the morning we will be doing the basics of English Paper Piecing and then in the afternoon they requested a Brimfield Block. This is my sample for the workshop. I figured it would be a good idea to make one before teaching a group of people how to do it......

I’m going to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get back to my stitching. I think I might start on the embroidery on two of the pansies so I can count them done and then maybe start the actual stitching of things down to the background.


  1. How wonderful everything has worked out for your son, you must be so happy about this. Ooh...I love your Brimfield Block. This is such a lovely EPP sample and those sweet fabrics are pretty. Your Hold On To Your Heart quilt is coming along beautifully. This is going to be a beautiful quilt.

  2. I love the quilt block you were making for for your class to teach. Would love to have the pattern. It is so pretty

  3. Love the Brimfield block. I have the pattern and templates, but have not got it started yet.

  4. The contrast in the water levels is amazing. In August we returned to our regular vacation spot on the Michigan side of Lake Huron and were shocked to see the high water level. Your choice of fabrics on the black background is striking on the Brimfield block. Glad things are working out for your family.

  5. Water levels has effected our cottage waterline as well. This spring it rose 4 feet. Damage once again.
    It is nice when your family settles. It is what all parents wish for. Great to spend time with your son and grandson!
    Love your block.

  6. So glad to hear that your prayers for Noel have been answered in such a wonderful way - and glad that it will be good for Avery too! (our oldest daughter also worked in live theater for years - finally gave it up to go back to school).
    So happy for you too - to see / hear where your new business venture is taking you!


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