Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 Well here we are, my first post from our new home in the beautiful region of Muskoka Ontario, also known for good reason as cottage country. It’s taken several weeks to get to the point where things are feeling semi settled and unpacked. Some of the windows now have proper curtains, rather than sheets thrown over them. I found some fun fabric that I bought quite a few years ago now that was designed for the Row by Row shop hop theme that quilt shops were doing. Back in the days when shops were open and a girl could actually go in and browse the fabrics in person. Do you remember that, way back when? It seems like it has been ages since we were able to do that.

Anyhow, I found this fabric in my stash and it seemed a perfect happy choice for curtains. And isn’t this a perfect spot for a sewing machine station. Lots of natural sunlight during the day, a lovely breeze and a gorgeous view. That was my view for part of yesterday as I made curtains for this window and also for the bathroom. 

When the weather and bugs allow, we have been spending some time outdoors planting up some grow bags and also some pots. I have 5 tomato plants, a couple of bags of green beans and some pots seeded with dwarf zinnia and another seeded with some calendula. Here’s 3 of the tomatoes, perhaps not all that exciting, except this is the first time in years I’ve had a sunny spot in which to grow things so it’s exciting for me. I’m thinking of getting outside again this afternoon and seeding up a few more pots and bags.

Between unpacking and planting up the pots and looking after our grand daughter, my slow stitching time has been mostly confined to the evenings. Before we left London a good friend of mine, Charlene, gifted me with a cross stitch pattern and the fabric on which to stitch it. I ordered the threads for it and as soon as the threads got here I started it. The pattern is from Plum Street Samplers by Paulette Stewart and is called In Friendship. It can be found here. It will look like this photo when finished. I’m working my way through the lettering. 

The entire saying states: “How much to be esteemed is a friend on whom we may always with safety depend”. I’ve never done a sampler in this style before, so it is fun and also reminding me of all my friends on whom I can safely depend. I am so grateful that this day and age friends can still keep in touch no matter the physical distance between them. 

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. and then am heading out to enjoy this gorgeous day.


  1. How wonderful that you are getting settled in a new home, and have found a lovely place to sew!
    Enjoy your stitching and planting!

  2. I'm glad to hear that you're safely settled and somewhat feeling "at home"! Those curtains are fun. as are your grow bags - hope you get lots of tomatoes! Enjoy the sun and your granddaughter!

  3. Your new home in that pretty setting does sound lovely. Fabulous curtains, and to sit at your sewing table and look out the window to that pretty vista....bliss.

  4. Love your curtains! I have that fabric too :-). Enjoy your new home and gardening. We are growing tomatoes for the second year and also added some green beans for fun. I do grown some herbs which I've done for quite a few years and that's just so nice to cut fresh parsley and basil for cooking! Hope to see more pictures of your house soon too :-).

  5. Great curtains, and lovely stitching project!


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