Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 29 January 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 It’s amazing how much I can accomplish when I focus on one single project at a time rather than multitasking. Last week I had just started the embroidery on the cows and flamingos for Noah’s Journey. I finished them in less than a week.

This is a quilt designed by Crabapple Hill Studios, by the way, found here. It came out as a block of the month a few years ago and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to do it. Never mind that I had no idea what I was going to do with it once it was finished, and still don’t for that matter.

Anyhow, here are the cows sewn into their section of the quilt. Then I went ahead a made up another section using the sheep and camels and goats. I’ve moved on to the second last of the stitcheries that need to be finished, tigers and hedgehogs and cranes. I have ordered threads and needles for the quilting as well as fabric for the backing. I am going to attempt big stitch hand quilting on this. It remains to be seen how that will go. This is certainly a good time of year to cuddle up under a quilt and do the hand quilting. It’s currently snowing and blustery outside today. A good day to stitch and visit the blogs of other slow stitchers at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday 25 January 2023

What I’m working on

 I’ve been doing a lot of cutting and a lot of sewing. But it hasn’t really ended up, so far at least, with anything too terribly photogenic. I cut up a lot of scraps and leftovers into 4 1/2 inch squares that will eventually end up being a Disappearing Nine Patch. Right now I’m 2/3rds through sewing and cutting the nine patch blocks, 30 of them in total. So if my math and counting are correct, I have 10 left to do. I should be able to finish that off today, at which point I can start the fun process of laying them out and sewing them back together. They are kinda outdoorsy woodsy watery golfy themed. At the moment they are 12 1/2 inches square. So I’m thinking the finished size of these blocks will be 11 1/2 inches. A lay out of 5 squares by 6 squares will give a nice sized lap quilt.

 I’ve also finished off this month’s Civil War BOM earthy tones blocks. And I have another quilt finished and waiting on being pin pasted. I don’t have it here at the moment, so pictures will have to wait until tomorrow. 

Back on the weekend I was trying to figure out how I was going to set up a design wall. Well during my rummaging around on shelves in the back basement area, during which I found a forgotten tote of fabric that I had been looking for, I also found my old portable design wall. I thought I had given it away before we moved. So my how do I set up a design wall question has been answered. The where is still to be determined. 

I’ll link up to Mid Week Makers and then get back to sewing more nine patches.

Sunday 22 January 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 Back at the beginning of January I articulated a goal to spend time on various hand projects in an attempt to get work done on them. I was going to alternate between projects. And here we have an example of why I don’t make resolutions. I have decided, for now at least, to continue with working on the Noah’s Journey blocks on an attempt to get them finished and sewn into their places in the quilt. The quilt is sewn together in segments with the piecing and the embroideries in very specific places. I have the biggest segment sewn together.

 I finished the zebras I was working on last week and am now down to 3 embroideries left to do.

I started the cows and flamingos last night. But I am wresting with a couple of things. As I said, the quilt is constructed in segments, 8 in all. I have 3 done. Each of the remaining segments are made up of multiple embroideries and the three that I have left to do are in separate segments. I can do the piecing, but there are gaps where the embroideries should go. The other bigger issue is that I need to be able to lay it all out so I can make sure the colours are balanced. But I don’t have a space big enough to do that. I haven’t figured that out yet, but I will push forward in the hopes that a solution will present itself. The current thought is a flannel backed vinyl table cloth that I can hang somewhere..... not sure where..... and roll up when I’m not using it to get it out of the way from wherever it is hanging...... yet to be determined.

I suspect I am going to end up hand quilting this, which is why I am pushing forward with it. I’ve been watching some youtube ideas for big stitch quilting and I’ve ordered some perle cotton threads in colours to match. Past that point, I’m again unsure about how to procede but I’m sure an answer will present itself before then.

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


Wednesday 18 January 2023

Quilty Workings

 I finished off the quilt as you go piece. It has its binding on and has gone off to other hands which enjoy the hand stitching binding down process. It will then get added to the inventory of Prayers and Squares quilts for giving away to needy people. 

Since that is finished I’ve given myself permission to start a couple of new projects. They are the same pattern just done in different colours. I love Barbara Brackman’s Civil War blog and the block of the month designs she does, especially since she always has a history lesson along with them. I am starting a floral version and an earthy version of this years BOM. I am trying to work entirely from stash fabric I have on hand and see if I can’t get some of these bins and boxes tamed down a little. So with the floral version, I’m doing the alternate blocks with the darks as the squares and the lights as the rectangles. This gives that large scale floral a place to shine.The alternate blocks will all be the same. I’ve reversed the placement of the lights and darks for the earthy version. I haven’t done any sewing on this one yet. I got the alternate blocks cut yesterday.

 I’ll take it with me tomorrow to the prayers and squares meeting. I suggested that perhaps we might want to each do a version of these and work on them together. 

The other big project I’m working on is getting the pieced blocks done and sewn in place for My Noah’s Journey quilt. The animal blocks are all coloured with Prisma coloured pencils and then embroidered. It’s a pattern from Crabapple Hill that I’ve been working on for 3 years now, I think.

 I’m trying to keep the colours in the pieced blocks rather muted so that the star of the quilt is the embroidery. I have 4 more blocks to finish the embroidery on, 2 of which still need to be coloured, and then it will be full steam ahead on getting this one put together. I think it is going to be hand quilted, something I haven’t done in many years.

I’m linking up to Midweek Makers

Sunday 15 January 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I seem to be on a roll with the Noah’s Journey stitcheries. I’d forgotten how fast these work up. The bears I started a couple of weeks ago are finished. I decided to keep going since I was in the mood to do these and finished up the block with the rhinos. And because I was still on a roll, last night I picked up the block with the zebras and just barely got it started. These will all eventually end up in a quilt that has quite a lot of pieced units in it, so last week I also got a small start on doing that. While rummaging in the Noah’s Journey storage box I found a couple more stitcheries for it that were traced but don’t have the colouring done on them yet. I use prismacolour pencils and then add a fixative solution over the colouring that is supposed to make it permanent. The patterns suggest what colours to use and where, almost like a colour by number. I might get to that in the next week or two. I have the zebras to finish and one more block that is already coloured before I need the last two.

I’m linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday 11 January 2023

What I’m Working on

Last week at this time I was anticipating the new lessons involved in doing a quilt as you go method using sashings. I have made great progress on it and really like the process. It takes a while to do it but the results are more than worth it. All of the blocks are quilted and the rows assembled. I have three out of four rows sewn together with just the last to add on. Another hour or two should finish it ready for binding. Here’s a close up of one of the blocks surrounded by the quilted sashing. A couple of days ago I was starting to feel like I was coming down with a bad case of “startitis”.  I have found a new block of the month that I want to do on the Barbara Brackman Civil War blog here. But I managed to fight it off and stay focused on this project instead, hoping to get it finished. I have one more quilt that needs machine quilting, but it is going to have to wait until I can get a backing made and get it layered on Thursday. Perhaps later today I can start that new BOM.

I’m linking to Midweek Makers

Sunday 8 January 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I left off last week with a goal for my slow stitching projects. I was going to finish an element in my cross-stitching before I charged projects so that I wouldn’t forget how to do it. I met that goal yesterday. All the quilt blocks are now outlined and the basket bases that were a challenge to do are finished. That meant I could pick up my Noah’s Journey block - bears and ducks. These are fairly quick to do. I did most of the outline stitching on the bear in the back last evening. I think I’ll keep going until this block is done. It shouldn’t take long. After the bears are finished I’m going to look at the assembly instructions for this quilt and start working on putting it together and doing the blocks that are left as they come up in the assembly, if that makes sense. In between these blocks I will go back and add elements into my cross stitch quilt. This should enable me to keep both projects moving forward.

I’m linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday 4 January 2023

Quilty makings

 Last July I came across a block of the month quilt designed by A Quilting Life. There had already been 6 months released and I liked the looks of it so I decided to jump in and do 2 blocks a month. I actually kept up with it and finished the last 2 blocks on December 30, 2022. I think that may be the first time I have finished a block of the month quilt, the squares at least, during the year it was released. Here are the blocks. I am deviating from her setting and making up my own. I am going to surround them with pieced sashing and nine patch corner stones. It will measure 48 x 60 when finished.All the fabrics in this quilt have come from my stash boxes of fabrics. My supply of dark blues is going down. I had to order some fabric for backing. I have been watching videos lately about various ways to do quilt as you go. Once the backing arrives I think I am going to give it a try. This is one of the videos here to do quilt as you go with sashing. I will post the results of my efforts.

The other quilt I’ve been working on in the last few days has been a joint project between myself and the ladies of our prayers and squares group. We got together one Thursday and made up a bunch of red and neutral 6 inch flying geese. I’m in the process of sewing them together now. I saw this particular layout of flying geese ages ago and have always wanted to do one.  I am hoping to get this done today. It will measure somewhere around 48 x 56 inches when done. The prayers and squares ladies and I have a fabric acquisition road trip planned for Thursday when I am hoping to get a backing for this. My reds box has decreased somewhat due to this one.

I have a few more ideas stashed away in my brain, no surprise, so I am hoping to have lots of content to write about this year when it comes to quilts. I’m linking up to Midweek Makers.

Sunday 1 January 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 It’s the first Sunday of the new year.... how did that happen so fast? Do you make new year resolutions? I don’t because I know I am terrible at keeping them. I like the word goals better since it is a more nebulous something to aim at rather than a resolution to keep. With that in mind, I have some goals I’d like to aim for. I want to keep up with my slow stitching, of course. But I seem to have gotten stuck on cross stitch, which isn’t a bad thing, but some of my other embroidery projects have gotten left behind. So I would like to get back to it, especially the Noah’s Journey embroidery. I have all the remaining blocks traced out and coloured in. They just need to be stitched. I’m not sure How I’m going to organize that goal, but I do want to get back to it. Maybe the first half of a month on one project and the last half on another. Or maybe every other week. Or maybe set the goal of finishing a section and then moving to something else. 

I have been making really good progress on my cross stitch Quilters Bee piece which I picked up again after Christmas. We had 6 days of on again, off again power loss due to the 4 feet of snow we received over the Christmas weekend. So I had lots of time during the day light hours to stitch. Most of the quilt blocks in the large quilt area now have their outlines done. And I’ve started the baskets in the corner blocks. They’re tricky and involved multiple rip outs before I got them right. I think I should finish the outlines of these blocks and do the other 2 baskets while I still remember how to do them. There... that’s my first goal set. Then I’ll move to the Noah’s Journey block. 

I started a new knitting project. I needed something simple to do during the dark evenings during the power outage with only a small lantern flashlight for light. I’m using up leftovers from socks for this scarf. It’s knit in the round so I only have to tie off the ends of yarn in the middle without having to neatly weave them in since they won’t show. I’ve also started a new pair of socks, but there isn’t enough done on them to take a picture. 

The other goal I would like to aim for is to post on the blog more often about other things I am doing. I am getting more quilting done these days, but for some reason don’t seem to get around to posting about it. And since this blog is titled Eagles Wings Quilts and all I seem to post about lately is knitting or cross stitching, I would like to fix that. There seems to be more incentive to post if there is a linky party to hook up to. So I’m going to investigate that and see if I can find one, mid week perhaps, and see if that will help with consistency. 

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