Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 29 October 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I have two knitting projects currently on the go. One requires thought, the other doesn’t. Hang on and I’ll explain. Our last vehicle, the one the tree fell on and totalled, had a heated steering wheel. I had never had one of those before... what a wonderful invention that was for someone with fibromyalgia and Reynauds Syndrome. My hands get cold and when they get cold, the hurt more than usual. Our new car does not have that feature, so I am having to get creative in ways to keep my hands warm while driving. The obvious answer is a pair of gloves, but that doesn’t work. My fingers need to be all together to keep each other comfy and warm. So the next obvious answer is a pair of mittens. But I find it difficult to drive using mittens. So, I am trying what are called “trigger mittens”. The thumb and first finger will be separate from the rest. They are the thought requiring knitting, due to needing to work with two different colours of yarn which give a double thick mitten. And then there are the socks which are the very little thought required knitting. Except for the actual number of stitches required for turning the heel, I have the pattern memorized and can mostly knit these without even having to look at what I am doing. 

I’ll link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then perhaps will pick up the mittens again.

Wednesday 25 October 2023

What we are working on

 I remembered last week at our Prayers and Squares group to stop shortly after 4 pm and take some pictures. It’s a good thing I remembered because, even though I set my phone to go off at about 4:10, I forgot to push the save button, so it didn’t go off. We are working on 2 different quilt as you go projects at the church along with the sampler I am working on at home.

On one of our shopping trips to a little quilt shop in Minden called Remember Me Quilts and More we found a beautiful border print showing forests and animals similar to what happens here in Muskoka. We have paired the border prints with some friendship stars and some wonderful bright blue fabric.

 Here’s a close up.  It’s almost finished. 

We are also working on a scrappy quilt using 2 1/2 inch strips and squares. It still has quit a way to go yet before it is finished. 

The sampler quilt I am doing at home is making good progress. All the blocks are done and quilted. All the sashing units are finished and I’ve started putting it all together. A few more days should see it finished and ready for hand stitching and binding.

I’m linking up to Mid week makers.

Wednesday 18 October 2023

What we are working on

 It’s been a while since I did a “working on” post. Our Prayers and Squares group has been meeting and working on stuff all summer. Mostly it was on just one quilt.... an Economy Block wedding quilt. It is finally finished and I think it has been delivered to the newly weds. I am having trouble consistently getting pictures of what we are working on. We have so much fun every Thursday afternoon that time flies very quickly and before we know it the time to pack up comes around, not leaving time to lay things out for pictures. Maybe I should set my alarm for 4 pm on Thursday to remind me to get pictures.... good idea. I’ll try it this week.  However, with the cold weather coming around creating more time to spend indoors, I have been working on quilt blocks at home again. I had thought I wouldn’t be able to do that because I had taken all my quilting fabrics over to the church where our Prayers and Squares group meets. Imagine my delight when I remembered a tote of fabric that I had stored under the bed and then discovered another smaller tote tucked away on a shelf. Between those two fabric sources was enough to do a sampler. Perhaps even more than one.  I love doing samplers. Making one block at a time, using a colour theme and doing more challenging blocks that take some time and thought. I have 11 out of 12 blocks done. Hopefully today will see the 12th block done and then I will start on making the pieced sashing and cornerstones. 

I will link up to Mid Week Makers.

Sunday 15 October 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I haven’t got anything to show for slow stitching except the skein of yarn that I am going to use to start a new pair of socks. It’s that time of year, when the toes get cold and need new socks to keep them toasty warm. It’s also the time of year to get out the lap quilts to snuggle under while knitting said socks.  By this time next week I hope to have one of the socks from this yarn well under way. 

I have been making quilt blocks for a sampler, but that post will have to wait for another day.

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