Leo’s Mane Sew Along

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Leo’s Mane back in production again

I’ve gotten as far as I can get in my version of Creme Brûlée without rethreading the sewing machine with dark thread. I have to sew up the corners of the borders before I can sew down the last of the outside diamonds. So, I am back to working on Leo’s Mane, the third border. I’m taking these stars and am adding on the outer triangles to turn them into finished blocks, which I am then stitching together to make the borders. Here’s how it looks so far, with that third border laid beside what is already finished. It is a long, slow process. But that is the point of hand stitching, to take our time and enjoy the process. Of course, it’s made even longer when this device currently sitting on my lap, on which I am currently typing, keeps distracting me with all manner of interesting things on the internet and Facebook and blogs. But that too is part of the fun and process and relaxation of the Slow Sunday Stitching thing.
There are fifteen people signed up for the sew along for Leo’s Mane. Four or five of them are actually over in Europe, mostly in the areas around and in Germany. That is so thrilling!! Not everyone has shared pictures, but Martina has here. And Ariane here in Canada has shown a picture of hers here and here.
I’m going to link up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get back to more stitching myself, assuming I can drag myself away from this device. (grin) I’m also linking to Esther’s WIPs on Wednesday and Sarah’s Help for hexie-aholics






Sunday, 8 October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and I wish to extend our hopes that all who celebrate it will have a wonderful weekend. Kathy asked what are we thankful for? There is so much.... our God and Saviour have to be at the top of the list along with all the gifts and blessings He has given. This home and the family in it is right at the top of that list of gifts. It is such a joy to live here and to be able to share in the lives of our daughter and son-in-law and grand daughter on an almost daily basis. It is wonderful to be able to be useful, to be able to help as they both work full time. Our grand daughter is such a joy, even as she navigates through the challenge of finding her voice and her individuality and we navigate those challenges with her as she is coming up on the 2 years old milestone. She has a very strong will! I am thankful that our grandson Avery will be here today. We don’t get to see him anywhere near as often as I would wish, so these times are precious. My husband, such a kind, generous, gentle soul who loves his God and his family has to be named in that thankfulness list, too. The gift of quilting, and the friends that come along with it, have to be on that list.

My Creme Brûlée is almost finished. All of the rosettes are sewn together, the bordering diamonds are sewn on, and I made a decision about how to finish it. I’m not going to square off the piecing. There is something in me that just shrinks away from the idea of doing all that hand sewing, only to cut it off. Plus, I like the look of the irregular edges contrasted against a border. So, that’s what I’ve done. The Kona Snow edging is being appliquéd down to Kona Pepper borders.


I love the way it looks. And at the moment, it is telling me that it wants an overall feather quilting design done in a light coloured variegated thread. So, unless it changes its mind, that’s what it will get.
It’s very close to being finished. I don’t know if it will get done today. We are celebrating our Thanksgiving today, and the house is going to be full of family and friends with ten adults and four children under 8. We cooked the turkey and dressing yesterday in order to cut down on the work and the chaos today. All we have to do is put it in the oven for 45 minutes or so to heat it up.
So, I’m going to link this to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then maybe get a little stitching in before the family arrive.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A little Creme Brûlée

I’m continuing to take a break away from Leo’s Mane while I work on Creme Brûlée, which is a design by Willyne Hammerstein from her book Millefiori quilts 2. It’s much less complex than Leo, so it’s been a nice brain break.
I’ve taken the original single rosettes and started putting them together.
 I have a total of 12 of them finished. I don’t know if this is going to end up being a full sized quilt, or if I will end up just using what I have and making it into a smaller wall hanging. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head that I want to play with. They all take so much time that making a full sized anything seems like it won’t happen. So I might stick with doing smaller, which is something even two years ago I never thought I’d ever hear myself say. I was always “I don’t do small”. But that was before I discovered the addiction called English Paper Piecing, all done by hand therefore taking so very much longer to actually finish anything.
I’ll see how big this ends up and what it looks like with another row of four rosettes added to the bottom and make my decision about what to do then. It could end up squared off with white hexagons around the edge, trimmed square and then hung up on a wall in my studio.
So, my task today is to continue sewing these together, after I link up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Leo’s Mane Second Step

It’s time for the second step of Leo’s Mane.

Centre Stars

The centre section of Leo’s Mane requires 16 star units as shown in the photo.
These require 64 of the centre kite papers. Using your preferred method, baste your fabrics to the papers. Sew them together into the configuration shown in the photo.

Putting the Stars and Diamonds Together

Now it’s time to put the stars and the diamonds together. Arrange the stars, making sure that the colours of the points come together in the centre. A finished single star/diamond unit will look like the photo below.
Sew a diamond unit in between a pair of stars, as shown below. Make 8 of these.
Place two diamond units in between two pairs of star/diamond units and sew together, as shown below.
Make a total of four finished star/diamond units.








Sunday, 24 September 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching


I’ve put Leo’s Mane aside for a few days. The third border is well on its way to being finished, and I wanted to put some stitches into a project I started a while ago. It’s called Creme Brûlée from Willyne Hammerstein’s second Millefiori Quilts book. I’m doing some preparation of diamonds and triangles, getting ready for stitching. I’m a glue baster when it comes to English Paper Piecing. I’d rather save my sewing time for actually sewing them together, rather than basting. Almost ready to start sewing the contrast triangles and diamonds onto the next three rosettes.

I’ve started putting some of the rosettes together. This is partly why I set this project aside a while ago. I couldn’t decide what to use for the filler hexagons. I finally decided on basic Kona Snow.There is enough going on in the fussy cut centres, that I didn’t want to add anything else. I have all kinds of fabrics left over from doing La Passacaglia that are perfect for fussy cutting. Also left over from La Passacaglia are Kona solids in all kinds of brights and soft colours that are perfect for the framing triangles and diamonds in these rosettes.
The rest of today is going to be spent sewing on these. It’s gloriously hot and muggy outside. Almost too much so, but I refuse to be driven inside. All too soon now, it will be too cold to be outside, so I’m enjoying it while I can.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching









Sunday, 17 September 2017

Leo’s Mane progress

So close, so very close to having the stars for the third border finished. I have 26 out of 28 done. Then all I have to do is add on the background triangles, and they are completely finished. Another week or two, maybe?

This is what I will be doing this afternoon, while outside on the swing, enjoying the glorious mid September day.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then going back to enjoy more stitching.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday finishes

I have two finishes, finally. I put the speed on to get them done for the first guild meeting of the year. Sometimes it take some sort of incentive in order to get the gears moving. These are both English Paper Pieced, and the result of my recent fascination with the kits shape, which is what forms the points of the stars.

The first one is called Castor and Pollux. It  is actually a design developed by Nancy Cabot and originally published in the Chicago Tribune back in the 1930’s. Here’s a link to more information about her, if you happen to be interested. Nancy Cabot. She did some fascinating patterns. There are more of them that I would love to do. There is a pattern for this quilt, along with the papers and acrylic templates available in our store here

The second one is called Orion’s Belt. There will eventually be a pattern and papers and acrylics available for this one as well. You can click on the pictures for more detail to make them bigger. I’m Linking up to Finish it Friday

Leo’s Mane Centre Diamonds Instructions.

Welcome to the first step of the Leo’s Mane Sew Along. I hope you are as excited to start sewing as I am to start sharing.
The first step is to do the diamonds for the centre. Your finished diamonds will look like this.




You will need 96 Centre Diamond papers to make these units. Cut 48 red diamonds and 48 blue diamonds from your fabrics. Baste them to the papers using your preferred method. Sew them together into 24 diamond units.

CUTTING TIP:

This is based on fat quarters. Cut 5 strips of 1 1/2 inches from each of the diamond colours. Stack the strips four high, wrong sides facing up. Using a washable glue slick of some sort, Elmer’s school glue will work for this, lightly glue paper diamonds down the length of the top strip placing them at last 1/2 inch apart to give the seam allowance.



Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut the diamonds apart.
That’s it for this time. The next step comes out October 1st.







Sunday, 10 September 2017

Leo’s Mane third border

I finished the sample for the workshop Charlene and I are planning. It still needs to be quilted and assembled into the pillow top it is destined to be.

So, I’m back to Leo’s Mane again, working on the third border. I thought this was going to be a slow going fiddly one, but it’s actually much faster to sew together than I thought it would be. I started with making pairs on Wednesday. Pairs then became quadruplets. And quadruplets became stars.


Finally, they need their background triangles. 
This will give me a really good idea of how to pace out the posting for the instructions, and how much to include in each one for the sew along in each step.
If you are interested in joining in, email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com and I’ll send you out the information that’s been released so far. The first set of actual instructions will get emailed out on September 15th, as well as getting posted here on the blog.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then I’m going to make some more pairs.









Monday, 4 September 2017

Design floor Monday....

I’m taking a short break from Leo’s Mane, and working on a smaller English Paper piece. My quilty friend Charlene and I are are putting together a joint trunk show presentation and also some workshops that we will be offering for guilds, starting in the spring of 2018. In order to have workshop samples, we are putting them together now. We are using three of the blocks from Leo’s Mane, enlarged slightly, to make them easier to work with for people who haven’t done English Paper Piecing before. These will end up at 14 inches square, once they are finished. I’m working on the one using the house shapes.
Charlene put together the one using the octagons.
There will be one other, giving the workshop participants a choice from three designs.
I’ll post contact details and other information here on the blog once we know more about the workshops and the trunk shows. I do know that we are going to be limiting our travelling to within 2 hours of London Ontario.
I’m going to link up to Design Wall Monday and then get back to more stitching. I’m hoping to have this block finished tonight.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Leo’s Mane on Wednesday

Leo now has his second border finished and stitched in place. WOOHOO!! 
Time to move onto the third. If you want to join in a sew along for this quilt, email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com. I’ll send you out the introduction information. The first email of the papers pdf goes out on September 1st, for those who with to cut their own papers. The first instructions for actual sewing will go out September 15th.
This is a quick keep everything up to date post. It’s late in the day, so I’ll link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social, the Canadian Needle and Thread Network and also to Esther’s WOW on Wednesday.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Leo’s Mane

I’ve made great progress this week. All of the blocks for the second border are done, except one, which I can finish today. Then I can start sewing them together and get them attached to the main body. It is so exciting to see something that only existed in the Electric Quilt software come to life. I’ll probably do a little re-arranging of the blocks in the border to get a more even distribution of the purples before sewing it together. I’m looking forward to starting on the next set of blocks.
As always, if you are interested in sewing along on this project, leave me a comment here, making sure your email is visible, or email me at eagleswingsquilts@icloud.com.
Martina M., if you are reading this, I got your comment that you want to join us, but your comment came up as a no-reply blogger. I’ve left a comment on your blog asking for your email address, or you can leave a comment here, with your email in it.
I’m linking  up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then it’s back to more stitching.



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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