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Monday, 21 August 2017

Leo’s Mane progress report...

It went a little slower this past week, and especially on the weekend. Our son in law Matt went to participate in a Half Mudder obstacle course endurance thing this past weekend, and Our daughter Becca went along to watch and cheer him on. We stayed home with their little Abbie.We had lots of fun playing with that darling little girl, but, as usual, it was exhausting. She is a non stop bundle of energy, bouncing from one activity to another. The only thing I have found that keeps her happily occupied is a small wading pool full of water and a bunch of containers. She played at that for at least an hour or more yesterday afternoon. 
In the meantime, back to Leo’ s Mane. I got some octagons sewn into pairs. Then half of the pairs got a red square sewn to them. And then pairs without red squares got sewn to those with red squares. All that’s left now its to sew the corner units on to about ten of the finished four octagons, and this step will be almost done. This post is a sneak peak for future sew along steps.
I’m linking up to Design Wall Monday and to Esther’s WOW on Wednesday






Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Leo’s Mane Sew Along.... Introduction and Fabric Requirements

Introduction:

Leo’s Mane is the result of a fascination with the kite shape and the stars they form. It is the third in a series of quilts made from this shape. I’ve named them after various constellations and stars. In this design the shape the diamonds make around  the kite stars reminded me of a lion’s mane, therefore “Leo’s Mane”, after the Leo constellation.

It started off as a simple wall hanging with only the centre section. But after looking at it for some time, it didn’t quite seem finished. So I spent an evening playing in the Electric Quilt 7 computer program and it grew and grew and grew. There were several block changes made because the original choices did not work well for the size of the blocks or for the English Paper Piecing technique. Pictured below is the final rendition of the quilt we will be making. I can’t show you a picture of the actual finished quilt because mine isn’t finished. I’ll be sewing along with everyone else, although I’ll be a few steps ahead.


How It Will Work:

Starting September 15th I will send out an email to those who have signed up and also post here on the blog instructions for the section to be worked on. We will start in the centre of the quilt and work out from there. On the 15th of September I will email to those who have signed up printable pdf pages of the shapes needed to make the centre section, for those who wish to cut their own papers. The papers will be available for purchase from my web site, should you wish to purchase them already cut. Go here to purchase. Also, issued on September 15th will be the instructions for the first element of the design. After that, the instructions will go out on the 1st and 15th of each month. Each section of the quilt will be broken down into 3 or 4 separate steps. You can follow the steps as given, or sew them together however you prefer. I will not be giving actual instructions on how to do the English Paper Piecing technique. There are many excellent you tube videos that show it much better than I can. A couple to check out are Sue Daley and Hillbilly Quilt Shop; both of these have multiple videos showing the techniques required. I will however, share tips if I come across something while making my own quilt that I think will be helpful to you as you sew along. Please feel free to email me any questions you may have and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Fabric Requirements:

Following are  the fabrics needed to make the entire quilt. I have also broken the yardage downing the requirements for each section. These amounts were generated by the Electric Quilt 7 computer program; which tends to be generous in the amounts needed. If you are interested in signing up for this sew long, please email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Leo’s Mane progress

Once again, I’m working on Leo’s Mane. This is definitely going to be my main Slow Sunday and the rest of the week, as well, hand stitching project for many months to come. I’m making good progress through the second border.

All of the corner units are done. 
I’m well on my way to having all the red squares sewn into the corner units.
Some of the octagon circles are sewn into their units. Some of those have the corner sections sewn on. And seven of the blocks are completed and ready to be sewn into rows to go onto the quilt. This is most definitely a long term project, but I’m hopeful that the next few weeks will see this border finished.
If you are interested in sewing along on this project, leave a comment on this post, as long as I can get in touch with you. Or, email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com. Go here to see further descriptions of how the sew along is going to work. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and to Design Wall Monday









Sunday, 6 August 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

My Slow Sunday Stitching continues to be occupied by preparing for the coming sew along. I now  have all the blocks for Leo’s Mane tested. I had to change out one of them, due to a construction issue. So, I have a final layout decision made. Here is the centre..... you’ve seen it quite a few times before.


Here are the border blocks.



Here is the final Electric quilt rendition of the quilt. I may need to play with my colours a bit. It’s currently looking maybe a bit too purple. In the last border block, I may switch out a couple of the purple shapes for some red. But in the meantime, this is the final layout. You can choose your own colours. This will finish at 60 inches square. It is all English Paper Pieced.

And finally. a close up of a quarter of the quilt.


The fabric allowance instructions, and introductory explanations will go out on August 15th. I’ll include a line drawing for colouring for helping to choose your colours. If anyone is interested in joining, this will be a free sew along. With the instructions for each section, I will also include pdf pages for you to print in order to cut your own papers. These papers will be provided free only to those who sign up for the sew along. Of course, you can purchase the papers in our store, if you’re not into  cutting your own. They will be listed there by the 15th.
Sign ups will be taken at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com, or leave a comment here on the blog. Just make sure I can get in touch with you.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and to Design Wall Monday.



Monday, 31 July 2017

We’re not as young as we used to be...........

I’ve been absent from the blog for the past week. We’ve been doing grand parent stuff. Our grand daughter Abrielle's baby sitter was off on vacation last week, so we looked after her for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday, there was a wedding, so we had her then too. Added to that, we also had our grandson Avery Saturday evening and Sunday until about 5. And that’s how we found out that we’re not as young as we used to be. There is a reason why people have their kids when they are young.....
So, there wasn’t a lot of sewing or quilting or stitching done in the last part of the week. I have a bit more progress on Leo’s Mane. I’m testing the blocks to make sure that they work, before publishing them publicly. The pieces on the star needed a bit of adjusting. The first attempt, the bottom one, was a bit full and ended up with a “c-cup” in the middle. The adjusted one worked much better. (grin) I’m ready to attach one of the octagon borders to the main part of the quilt. However, I’m not sure if I should go ahead with that, or just continue making blocks. I have the last border block to test out yet, and then I can get started on writing the instructions. Have I mentioned that I’m totally enjoying this project, even with the occasional “whoops”?
I’m linking up to Design Wall Monday, and then it’s back to more out doors time stitching away.



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I have the first border for Leo’s Mane finished and sewn in place. I’m loving it! As it stands now, it measures 20 inches square.



Our guild had a mid-summer sewing day yesterday, and I had plans on finishing up a machine pieced quilt. Everything was together and ready in my suitcase where I keep my sewing machine for travelling, or so I thought. I got there only to find out that I had no power cord. So much for machine sewing. Thankfully, at the last moment, I impulsively grabbed Leo. So I got to spend the whole day working on him.  I cut and basted a whole pile of parts for the next border, which is made up of octagons and squares and partial octagons.



I had time to get a bunch sewn together, as well. This is what they look like, up against the main body.



While at the sewing day, I got the chance to consult with other quilters about exactly how the sew along for this project should work, so I can give some more information about it here. I will do a specialized post about it too. I will be giving the fabric requirements and introductory information on August 15th. After that, instructions will come out on the 1st and 15th of each month. There are six sections to this quilt, the centre medallion and five different borders. I will include a colouring page of the entire quilt for those who like to play with those in order to figure out their colours. At the beginning of each section, I’ll email out the pdf’s for the paper shapes, as well as the number of each shape needed to make the section. If you don’t want to cut your own papers, there will be a kit available for purchase on our website. I will need your email address in order to be able to sign you up for the mailings of the pdf’s. Please email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com to sign up, or leave a comment on this post, as long as I can reach you from your comment.
This is going to be so much fun!
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, Amanda Jean’s Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.






Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Leo’s Mane, first border

I have all the pieces sewn together into the borders, and two borders sewn onto the medallion centre. I love the way it looks!! The last two of this first border should be on by the end of the week. Then I can begin the process of assembling the pieces for the second border.
It’s too nice of a day to spend indoors, working on the computer, so I’m going to link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and to The Needles and Thread Network, and then I’m headed back outside for more warm temperatures and more hand stitching.


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching....

I’ve put aside all other hand stitching projects to focus on Leo’s Mane. I have decided to offer it as a  sew along here on the blog. But, in order to do that, I have to make sure that the blocks I have decided to use in the borders actually work, so that is my focus.
I have two sides of the first English Paper Pieced border done, and it is working quite well.


So, this is the current plan for the project, providing all goes well with the individual blocks. Pictured below is the proposed finished quilt. It is all English Paper Pieced.
 I will seriously start taking sign ups for it in August, but if you want to sign up now, by all means go ahead! I’ll need email addresses, since I will need to send out pdf’s of the paper shapes, for those who wish to cut their own. I will have a kit of papers available for those who wish to save the time and get right to sewing, available to purchase.



 I will post fabric requirements also in August, and the start posting the instructions in September. I will focus on the instructions for the blocks, but will not be doing actual EPPing instructions. There are tons of those already available in various places. I will search out some links and make them available.
So, what do you think? Anyone interested in sewing along? Email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com or leave a comment on the blog. Make sure you are not a no-reply blogger, so that I have a way to get in touch with you.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and Design Wall Monday.
For the rest of the day, I’ll be spending it here, stitching on Leo..... who is named, by the way, for the constellation. Later this afternoon I’ll be joining a small group of ladies from the guild who are going to be sewing in public at the Home County Folk Festival. The festival has a tent/pavillion set up for different artistic organizations in the area to demonstrate who they are and what they do. They invited the guild to participate. So, along with stitching, we’re taking information about the guild, who we are and what we do. I’m hoping the weather will cooperate and that we’ll have a good time.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

What I’m working on....

I thought it was finished. I decided it was finished. I even posted on Sunday that Leo’s Mane was finished. But then, the more I looked at it, the more I liked it, and thought that it was a shame not to do something more with it. So, I spent a few happy hours last night playing in Electric quilt, getting some ideas. It is going to grow a bit more, and become the centre of an English Paper Pieced medallion quilt. Here’s what it looks like now.
This is what it will look like after the next round is put on. Does anyone want to make this along with me? I can provide the pdf’s for the paper shapes, if you want to do a sew along. Alternately, if there is interest, I’ll do up a sew along section for the website, if you want to purchase them already cut. There are 4 more borders for this, on top of the one I’ve shown here.  Either way, leave me a comment, and make sure to leave me your email, in case your settings are for no-reply.
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and Esther’s WOW Wednesday and also the Needle and Thread Network and Crazy Mom’s Finish it Friday for a finish that  turned into a not finished.



Sunday, 9 July 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

One of my slow projects, Leo’s Mane, is finished, the hand stitching part, at least. I think I’ll be putting a border on it probably out of the same fabric as the half diamonds around the edge.



I’ll be doing up a pattern for this project in the next month or two. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to start next. I’ve just recently discovered the designs by Nancy Cabot, first published back in the 1920’s in the Chicago Tribune. A lot of them are very complex and would be perfect for the English Paper Piecing technique. Castor and Pollux was one of Nancy Cabot’s designs.
In the meantime, while I’m looking around and playing in the Electric Quilt software, I’m continuing to work on the half hexagons. This is a picture of what I have so far. I’m not sure of the layout here, but I have lots of time to play around and decide what I want to do.



There’s been a lot happening here this past week. I’m going to do a bit of “shameless self promotion” as my good friend Gail calls it. Our website http://eagleswingsquilts.ca launched on Wednesday, and we are now officially in business selling English Paper Piecing supplies, as well as some of my patterns. We are in Canada, so our prices are all in Canadian dollars, and we ship from inside Canada. When I first started this English Paper Piecing journey with La Passacaglia, I purchased from the States and was blown away by the added cost of the exchange on the dollar and by the cost of the shipping from there to Canada. There were actually four of us doing the project at the same time, and we all had the same reaction. We started thinking that someone should really do this in Canada. That was 2 1/2 years ago, and it never occurred to me at the time that the “someone” would be us. However, we don’t only sell to Canada. We can sell to the States, and the differences in our dollars can act in their benefit. I think it’s something like our dollar is the same as .70 cents in theirs.
There, “shameless self promotion” finished.
I’m going to link to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then get back to more relaxing hand stitching out in the glorious sunshine. Of course, I’m going to check out what the others in the link list are up to, as well.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Our Canadian English Paper Piecing Website is launched!!

Eagles Wings Quilts is now in business, selling English Paper Piecing supplies to the Canadian market. We can also sell and ship to the American market. And the bonus for all the Americans is the difference in our dollars. All our prices are in Canadian dollars, and since our dollar is only worth about .75 cents US, it’s a big saving for them. This is so exciting!!! We launched this morning. There is a link to the website at the top of the right hand side bar.

Castor and Pollux is now a finished pattern. The supplies for it are available on the website.



In the meantime, I have been working on my other English Paper Piecing projects. I’m putting a rush on to get Leo’s Mane finished. It is all sewn together, and at the stage of putting the half diamonds around the outer edge to finish it.



A few more hours sitting in the glorious summer weather outside should finish it.  There will be a pattern to go with this, and the supplies for it will be available on the website. What an exciting thing to be able to say!! It make me want to run in circles and do a happy dance all at the same time. (giggle)
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social, the Canadian Needle and Thread Network and Esther’s Works in Progress Wednesday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.






Sunday, 2 July 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m making great progress on the two hand stitching projects I’ve got going. My design Leo’s Mane will be finished soon. It’s even further on in progress than shown here, but I don’t have an up to date picture of it.
And then, I’ve done a few more of the large hexagons for the strippy braid project I’ve got going using 2 1/4 inch half hexagons.
These things sew up fast! I can do a couple of the large hexagons in an evening.
So, this is going to be a very short and to the point post, because, after I link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, I want to hurry up and do more stitching!




Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What I’m working on....

I’m doing more half hexagons. It doesn’t look like much has been added, but these things are a fairly good size, so the large pieced hexagons take an evening each to put together. I have decided, I think, to make a strip quilt out of these. The hexagons and the braids will alternate, and then the braids will be an outer border, as well. At least, that’s the current plan. It will likely be years in the execution. This is where it was a couple of days ago. I’ve since taken the two hexagons apart and placed them side by side, as I think the final layout will be.  I have yet to decide what the in between triangles will be. I have lots of time before I get there.But then again, I could change my mind.....
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and Esther’s WIP’s on Wednesday
It looks like there is some interesting programs on PBS tonight, so I think some more stitching may be in order.



Sunday, 25 June 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Slow stitching is happening today, and lots of it. It’s a lazy, lazy day today, with not much happening. I had though we were having family over to visit, but it turns out that what I thought was a definite statement that they were going to be here was just a maybe we can try to come over. That wasn’t their fault, it was my fault for misreading it. So, what’s a quilter to do when presented with a free and clear day....... quilt.
A couple of weeks ago I started making a braid out of some 2 1/4 inch half hexagons. I had no idea at the time, what I was going to do with it, other than I liked the way it looked. I did some research and some image searches on the internet to see if I could find something that inspired me for arranging long lengths of braids. Nothing really spoke to me. But, after showing the picture on Facebook, I had numerous comments that it would make a great border. Hmmmmm..... so it would, but a border for what? Well, I saw a picture of some hexagons made of half hexagons, and I decided “that’s it!”. So, in keeping with the using up 2 1/2 inch scrap strips, I’m pairing 4 light and four dark half hexagons for the beginning of what will be a scrappy creation, I hope. The 2 1/4 inch side of the half hexagon actually goes into the centre, so these pieced hexagons are large, the outside edges being 4 5/8 inches.

The other project I’m hand stitching is Leo’s Mane. I have 2 more of the yellow and purple stars to do  and 5 more of the diamond units to do and then I can start sewing it together. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m itching to start something else, also using those kits shapes that form the stars.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then I’m going back to more stitching. Kathy has a picture in her post today that says “Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time”. So very very true.



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A most relaxing holiday...

We had the opportunity last week to spend five days, from Wednesday to Monday, camping in the wilds of Algonquin Park. There were plans for hikes and lots of sitting outside enjoying warm sunny days. What we planned and what happened were totally different. We had a few lovely sunny days, deceptively inviting. What we didn’t anticipate was, according to the people who live in the area, the worst year for black flies that anyone could remember. It’s been a cold and very wet spring, perfect breeding weather for the tiny little beasties. There were swarms of them!! So, we spent a lot of time in the trailer, with the windows  open, enjoying the setting from inside the trailer. Any time outside was spent getting to and from the car as quickly as possible. We stopped at a beautiful spot for some quick pictures, and I mean quick.
This beautiful spot was just down the road from our campground.

So, instead of walks and hikes, there was stitching and reading and sleeping and listening to audiobooks happening. I got a bunch more half hexagons sewn to my braid. It’s about 48 inches long now. I have no idea how long they are going to end up, nor how many I will make, nor what it will end up being. But it’s using up 2 1/2 inch strips and scraps, so it’s a good thing.

I also got lots more done on Leo’s Mane. Just one more of these units to make and it will start to go together. All those little diamonds are a bit time consuming, but that’s not a bad thing when stuck in a trailer.

Oh, and did I mention that it also poured down rain all day Saturday and all day Sunday? Yep, it did. It cleared up in time for us to come home Monday. Except, as soon as we arrived in the city and headed to where we store our trailer, the clouds opened and it poured again, just long enough for us to get drenched while unhooking and unloading the trailer. Thankfully, it stopped once we got home so that we could unload the car. Sometimes I wonder why we bother with this camping thing. But then, every now and then, we get glorious weather and it is all worth it.
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social, before settling down to do some more stitching.





Sunday, 11 June 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I think my brain is in overload. In fact, I know it is, and here’s the proof.... I sewed the top right diamond unit on the wrong way. My attempt to slow down by stitching didn’t work very well. Obviously, I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. Rats..... time to do some ripping.
Why is my brain on overload? The very nice young lady, a friend of our daughter’s who is building our website for us, came over today and showed me how to navigate around. She showed me how to add products and add photos and images and texts and sizes and change things and do all kind of things on the website, so that I can maintain it once it is up and running. My brain is spinning in so many directions at the moment that I can’t keep up with it. But, it is all good and all fun and all worth it. I love learning and doing new things. This is the top part of our home page, what people will see once the site is finished and launched.
 We are probably looking at the end of the month, at which point we will be able to be a supplier for the Canadian market for  English Paper Piecing supplies. So very very exciting and so very very scary at the same time!!
So, I’m going to link this up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then go do some ripping......



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A Pattern Release and more EPPing

I am so excited about this new, and first, pattern release I have here on the blog. It’s been a long time coming. It is a quilt I designed over ten years ago when I was a member of the Yahoo group Canadian Quilt Swappers. This is back in the days before Facebook, before Instagram and even before blogging was common. It has had limited public sharing in a couple of guilds that did it as a nine patch swap and a mystery during their programs. It’s time to see if a wider audience would like to make it, as well. The pattern itself is available on the right hand side bar of the blog as either a PDF download or in print. It is 10 pages long, and has pictures and instructions suitable to a beginner. The quilt looks like quite a complex design, but that is achieved from the layout. The individual units themselves are easy to make.

I’m continuing to hand stitch, and in true quilter’s A.D.D. fashion, I have more than one project on the go.  Ive started a braid project, made out of 2 1/4 inch half hexagons. They are a perfect fit for scrap 2 1/2 inch strips.
And hen I’m continuing to work on the units for Leo’s Mane. The second of four total stars is ready to go together.
Today has been declared a work on the computer day. So, after I share this post with Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and the Needle and Thread Network, it will be back to work.


































                                                                   

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Last Sunday I posted a picture of my next Hand stitched EPPing project that I wanted to start. I was hoping to find fabrics in my stash that were similar to my Electric Quilt drawing, since I really liked the bright blue and orange. I didn’t have anything in my stash like the bright blue, and since I wanted to keep this as a stash project, I ended up with a plan B. I kept the purple and the yellow, but went with dark blue and red instead of the bright blue and orange. I’ve gotten one of the star units finished, and I think I like it better than the original concept colours. It isn’t as bright and knock you over the head as the original. I’m still really enjoying playing with the stars made out of the kite shapes. This particular design, in keeping with the constellation star theme, is going to be called Leo’s Mane.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching



Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What I’m working on....

I have gotten two small hand piecing projects to the finished top stage. On Sunday, I posted that I’d gotten Orion’s Belt finished, except for should I add borders. The verdict was unanimous for yes, so today I added on the narrow black border. Once it’s quilted, I’ll probably trim it back a bit.
And since I was on an add borders roll, I decided to add them to Castor and Pollux as well. Both of these are English Paper Piecing small wall hangings. But they could certainly be enlarged to any size. If anyone is interested in the papers or the acrylic templates for these projects, they will be available in our online store, once it is launched in the next month, or so. If you want them sooner, email me at caleeshepherd@gmail.com and we can make arrangements from there.
I’m going to link up to The Needle and Thread Network and also to Sew Fresh Quilts and finally to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching.

I have finished the hand stitching on Orion’s Belt. Woohoo, yippee and happy dance! I love all the bright scrappy colours in this one. Now, I have a question.... does it need a narrow border of the black to finish it off or is it finished the way it is? What do you think? 
Once we have our web site up and running, hopefully within the month, the pattern for this, along with the papers and the acrylic templates will be available for sale. In the meantime, I am going to start another one, again using the kites. This one has a very strong secondary pattern to it, which I think will be fun once there is more than one block together.
I have to get it drawn up in Corel Draw and then cut before I can do much on it. Although, thinking of it now, I still have lots of kite papers left from doing the others, so I could get started on that  part of it. I love the  colours in the Electric Quilt drawing, so I’m hoping there is something in my stash that is close to it.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then I’m going to go stash diving to see if I can find some fabrics that  work.



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

What I’m working on...

I’m back to work on quilting. I’m managing an hour or two a day, which isn’t great, but it’s getting better after that horrible bout of illness. I loaded a quilt for Maria today. She wanted a feather meander in the body of the quilt and feathers in the border as well. It’s been quite a while since I had to opportunity to do feathers on a quilt.I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the week. It feels so good to be getting back to what I love to do.

We spent the past long weekend camping with family. It was our grandson Avery’s 6th birthday. We went to Sauble Falls Provincial Park. There is some wonderful hiking and scenery to be seen there.

Avery and his daddy Noel
Our little Abbie discovering the joy of digging in the sand
A wonderful picture of Avery
Avery and I
I’m so glad we were able to get away and do some quality family bonding time. And when, as it was on Sunday, it’s cold and wet outside, and there are 6 adults, 2 children and one dog inside a 21 foot trailer, it is most definitely family bonding time! (grin)