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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Slow Saturday and Sunday stitching

We had an unexpected and very pleasant trip to see our grandson Avery yesterday. It involved 3 1/2 hours in the car to get there and 3 hours in the car to get back home again. But it was well worth it. And what does a person who is sitting in a car, obviously not the one doing the driving, do but occupy the time with stitching. This resulted in three out of four of the last of Leo’s Mane’s border being stitched to the main body of the quilt. One more to go and it is finished. WOOHOO!!

The light wan’t very good for taking the picture, but you get the idea.
But the bigger WOOHOO yesterday was the opportunity to see our grandson Avery.
While we were up visiting Avery, we decided to have a picnic and have some fun flying kites. We didn’t quite take into account that the precipitation that fell here last week as rain and freezing rain fell as snow where he lives. So we had a picnic in the snow. We got some interesting looks from passers by who must have thought we were slightly out of our minds. We also flew kites through the snow. The kite flying wasn’t too terribly successful as there wasn’t a lot of wind. But that was probably just as well since more wind would have made the picnic and being outside too cold. We had fun anyway. And then we went and found a leftover mini mountain of snow ploughed up from a parking lot. The boys had a lot of fun with that. It was a fabulous day!!
Today is going to be much more peaceful, with some reading, going to Church and some stitching.
Then tomorrow, Charlene and I are driving to Norwich where we will be doing a workshop with the Quaker Quilt Guild, called English Paper Piecing - More Than Just Hexagons. That will be lots of fun, and I hope to have pictures. However, I have been known to get so involved in the fun of workshops that taking pictures gets totally forgotten, so I make no promises on that one (grin).
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching before getting the rest of this day started.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finally have the last of the borders for Leo’s Mane finished. All the remains is to sew them to the main body of the quilt. There are two side borders of eight blocks each. And two for the top and bottom of ten blocks each plus the corner blocks, just finished earlier today.

We had a great time at the Shedden quilt show, in spite of the terrible weather on Saturday. By the time we packed up and left at 4 pm on Saturday the rain that had been pouring down was turning to freezing rain. We made it home safe though, as did my friend Charlene who helped me out all weekend. This was our booth. 

It was so exciting to see it all set up. Our son Noel built the four sided peg board stand for me. It sits on wheels and turns. 
He took an old office chair and used the wheels from it to make it moveable and turnable. The whole thing comes apart and lies flat to get it in and out of the car. It was fabulous!!
We get to do it again the first weekend May in Simcoe at the Norfolk Quilters Guild quilt show.
However, for the rest of today, I’m going to start sewing the borders on, after I link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Works in progress Wednesday

I haven’t done a Wednesday progress report in ages, mostly because all the projects I’ve been working on got stalled at the binding stage while I’ve been working on Leo’s Mane. However, Some of them are finally finished. Our English Paper Piecing business is going to be attending some local quilt shows as a vendor in the next few months, so I needed a banner/sign for the booth. I took the logo from our business cards and mega biggie sized it, then cut it from some Kona Pepper and fused it to a Kona Snow background. I found some odds and ends of EPP shapes that were left over from other projects and hey presto, a sign saying who we are and hopefully showing what we sell. I finished it off with a lovely striped binding. We’re going to be at the Shedden quilt show this weekend, Friday and Saturday,  at the Southwold Keystone Complex, in Shedden Ontario.

Then I managed to get the table runner I was making from Honeycomb Wreaths finished. I love the colours in it.

And since I was on a roll, I kept going and put the binding onto my version of Willyne Hammerstein’s Creme Brullee.
Both of these got striped bindings as well. I love diagonally printed stripes for bindings.  I’m going to link up to the Canadian Needle and thread Network’s WIP Wednesday and also to Let’s bee social. Then I have to sew down the bottom edges of a couple of hanging sleeves on these projects before I can call them 100% done.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I working on finishing a couple of things right now. Our paper piecing business, eagleswingsquilts.ca is going to be attending some quilt show this spring and summer as a vendor. We’ve also started a trunk show and workshop, so we needed a sign. A couple of days ago I took the logo for the business and enlarged it hugely and the cut it out and fused it to a background. Since then I’ve been sewing various English Paper Pieced units to the background to give a picture of what actually it is that we do. I have one last piece to sew down and then I can get it onto the quilting machine. I’m working on a bit of a time crunch, considering our first quilt show is at Shedden Ontario starting on Thursday, April  12 for set up. The actual show is Friday and Saturday. It would be wonderful to see some of you there.
The other project I’m working on finishing is a table runner made up of three variations of a honeycomb wreath that will be on display at the quilt show. There are kits in the store available to make them and we’ll be taking some with us to the quilt show.
So, with all of that in mind, I’ll finish this very short post, link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get back to my stitching.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching and Happy Easter

Of all of the days of the year, this one is the best. Easter Sunday, celebrating the rising of our Saviour and Lord from the grave. This Easter is extremely special. Years ago we belonged to a wonderful small but close knit church family. Unfortunately, over time, that church family grew smaller and smaller until it finally could no longer function and it closed. That was almost 20 years ago. Since then we have been searching for a new church family. We have attended numerous churches over the years but never quite fit. Back in January we heard of a new church that had started up in our city, Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, and we began attending. It didn’t take long to realize that the Lord had answered our prayers and that this was to be our new church family. Today we become official members of that church when they extend what they call “the right hand of fellowship” to us. I don’t talk a lot about my faith here on the blog, but it is an essential central component of who and what I am, and also of what I do and why I do, and so when important things arise, I will mention them.

As far as stitching goes, once more not a lot of that has been happening. This past week, once more I was felled by a bug of some sort...... that’s three this winter.... I’m done, no more please!!!! Since that really bad illness that landed me in hospital for 10 days last April, it seems like it’s been just one thing after another. I am so ready to be done with all that. I’ve mentioned to my husband numerous times that I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. LOL! And each time, the recovery process takes longer. I suppose it must be part of the getting older thing, less immunity, less resistance and less energy at the best of times, let alone when ill. And of course it doesn’t help when I put myself into situations where I’m working at full tilt way beyond my strength and capacity, pushing myself way past where I should. A crash and burn in those circumstances is almost inevitable, as most of my friends and all of my family know and consistently warn me about. So I’ve been in enforced lay down on the couch and rest mode for the past week. I have done a little bit on the last four blocks for the last border of Leo’s Mane. I miscounted the number I need for this border, so I’m scrambling to find the fabrics that I used. I’ve managed to locate everything except the red. If I don’t find it I’ll have to do some creative substitutions. I have the four corner blocks already made. What were missing were 4 side blocks. If I have to, I’ll take the red off the corner blocks and move them to the side blocks, and then add a different red to the corners. At this point, I’m thinking something that is as close to what is already there as possible. But who knows, maybe a flashy contrasting red will work even better. Whatever the case, I have to decide soon, since I can’t go any further on those side blocks without the red.
I’m going to post this, link to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then go red fabric hunting. If I don’t get attacked by yet another bug of some sort, these blocks will be done by this time next week, I hope.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I missed posting last week. I got sick.... again. This time with the second nasty flu bug that’s been going around this year, which turned into pneumonia, requiring a trip to the emergency room. However, most of that has now past. I’m well on the mend, just suffering from a lack of energy, and that will return. There was a ten day period in there when I did no stitching what so ever. So I am behind on my goal to get Leo’s Mane done. But since it is only a self imposed goal, it’s not a major problem. I have four side pieces of the fifth border left to sew together and the four corner units to add the setting pentagons to and the the borers are finished a ready to sew into place. I am so excited about this quilt. the more I work on it, the more I love it. I’m getting so close!! So, I’m going to post this and then get down to doing a little bit of stitching before we head out to church this afternoon. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

Leo’s Mane continues to grow. I have two of the fifth borders finished and ready to sew onto the main body of the quilt.

In addition, there are eight more squares finished and ready to sew together into another border. twelve more to go, plus the corners, and these borders are done and ready to attach. These are the last of the borders for this quilt, unless I decide to add a plain one around the whole thing to stabilize it. I won’t know that until I get there. This is what it looks like so far with these borders laying along side the main body.

And here a close up.

 I enjoy this quilt so much! But I must say, I will be so glad to have it finished. then I have to decide on how to quilt it. And at the moment, I haven’t a clue how to do that. If anyone looking at this has any ideas about how to quilt this, I’d appreciate the ideas. In the ditch quilting won’t work because with EPP most of the seams are open, rather than ironed to one side.  Anyhow, I’m going to link up tp Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, then maybe have something to eat and then get some more stitching done before heading out to church this afternoon.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

How on earth did it get to be the 25th of February so fast?!?! Now mind you, I’m not complaining about that. It means we are so much closer to spring and the warm weather to come. In fact, it is sunny and going up to 7 degrees celsius today, and the snow is mostly gone, which means we can dispense with the heavy winter boots, for the next few days at least. It does mean though, that I am not going to make my goal of having this fifth and last border of Leo’s Mane finished by the end of the month...... rats!!

I have the corner pentagons sewn onto 13 out of 44 units. Nine of those units are sewn together. I need to add one more and they will be ready to be sewn onto the side of the quilt. I’ve spent a good deal of time in the last couple of weeks stitching. But a lot of that time was distracted by what was going on at the olympics, where I’d have to stop the stitching and watch what was happening, especially when it came to the figure skating, one of my favourite things to watch. And then I got caught up in all those extreme things like the snowboarding people who looked like they were flying, and the the skiers who were doing the same thing. All I can say is wow.... they are crazy!!
But, now the olympics is over, so maybe I’ll get back to more intensive stitching time. I’ve downloaded an audiobook that should keep me going for a while, which will help.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then I’ll pick the needle and thread back up for a little while.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Leo’s Mane fifth border progress

We had company this past weekend. Our grandson Avery came and stayed overnight with us Saturday and into Sunday. So there was no time yesterday for a Slow Sunday Stitching blog post, or for stitching either for that matter. By the time we finished looking after our 2 year old grand daughter on Friday and the 6 year old grandson Saturday and early Sunday these poor old grand parents were totally tired out, but in a fabulous and happy way.

I have been making progress with Leo though. All of the units for the fifth border are up to the point where the setting pentagons are going in. This month they have gone from these plus sign units then to having the side units put in and now the corner pentagons. I have three of these completed, with 37 more to go. So close..... so very close....

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

So close, so very very close to being done with Leo’s Mane. I have over half of the 40 English Paper Pieced units that I need up to the second step.
I have 40 of these, the first step
And 23 of these. the second step.I need 13 more of these for a total of 36 and then 4 of a bit of a different configuration to do the corners of the borders. After that, I put in the corner fabrics that turn these odd shapes into squares and these are done. The goal of the end of February looks like it might be reachable. Here they are, what I have done so far all together. They aren’t going to be laid out this way, considering they are meant for a border, but looking at them here, there are possibilities for further design variations. It would make a really fun scrappy quilt.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then it will be back to more stitching.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’m making really good progress on the fifth of Leo’s Mane borders. All the centre plus signs for the 40 blocks are done. Today I’m starting the process of cutting the next fabrics, basting them to the papers and sewing the next set of pieces into place. As I thought it would, this border is going together very quickly. Maybe, just maybe, it will all be done by the end of February. That would be so cool!  Here’s a closeup of the block so far. The spaces at the ends of the yellow pieces will be filled with the navy fabric I’ve been using through the whole quilt and will make the blocks square. I’m getting so excited about having this finished! I’m starting to think about how to quilt it. So far, I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do. I’m hoping sometime before it is finished, inspiration will hit. In the meantime, I’ll keep on stitching.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’ve finally finished sewing on the fourth border to Leo’s Mane. It needs ironing before I can get a good picture of it. But that means I was finally able to start the fifth and last of the borders. I have to make 40 of these plus sign type sections. They go together quite quickly, though. I think I have 10 of them done already. So I’m hoping to have the whole thing done by the end of February. But more realistically, it will likely be closer to the middle of March.
This is going to be a short a quick post. We’re in the middle of watching a PBS series about Queen Victoria and it’s really good, so I’m going to post this, link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then continue watching and stitching.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

Well, that was a week I’d not care to repeat. Like so many people all over the world, I got hit with one of the flu bugs. What a nasty bug it was!! I was out for the count last weekend and also for the first few days of this week. I had plans, so many plans of what  I wanted to get accomplished.......

However, the good news is I’m all better now, even if I lost a week. I had hoped to have all of the fourth border for Leo’s Mane finished and attached to the main body by now. The last of the fourth border sections is now finished and laying along side the left side of the quilt. After I post this, I’ll start stitching it to the main body. Then I can start in cutting and sewing the fifth borders which is the last one. Whew.... what a long process this has been. But that’s what slow hand stitching is all about, being slow and enjoying the process. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then will be finding something to watch on the computer while I stitch.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching.

This has been a crazy busy week, mostly spent on the computer working on new designs for our Canadian web site Eagles Wings Quilts where we sell English Paper Piecing supplies. We also have a few notions perfect for hand piecing and a few books. I received a request last week for a large English Paper Pieced Mariner’s Compass, so I spent a lot of time in EQ7 and then in Corel Draw getting it ready for the laser cutter to process. And then there was the time required to list it on the web site. But it was time very well spent. It’s available in finished sizes ranging from 33 1/2 inches from tip to tip to 10 inches from tip to tip. If you are interested, here is the link to the web site page for it Mariner’s Compass. Take some time and browse around to see what else we have. I’ve been slow lately adding new stuff to the web site, so this was good incentive, Also included in the same request was a design for an English Paper pieced Double Wedding Ring. That is in progress and will go up on the site in the next week or two.
I also got hit with a fibromyalgia attack on Thursday, which had me flat on my back on the couch not doing a single thing other than resting. All this to say my slow stitching has been slower than normal. I did get more done on Leo, but this particular border, although I love the way it looks, has lots of little pieces and is quite slow going. The finished effect will be quite worth it, though.
I’m in the process of adding in the little edging scalene triangles. On all of the other three borders of this  section, I added them all on after the pieces of the border were sewn into one length. I found that a bit awkward to handle, so I’m trying them as separate blocks instead, and it’s working much better. This will be the way I write it up for the sew along and pattern instructions. I have two more to finish, which I hope to accomplish today, and then I can start sewing the last of this particular border together and then attaching them to the main body of the quilt. My goal is to have them done and attached by the 15th, which gives me a week.
Oh, and the other thing that took up some time this week, much enjoyed time, was celebrating this sweet little girl turning 2 on Friday. How on earth did that happen so fast?!?!?

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