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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com, or leave a comment here on the blog. Just make sure I can get in touch with you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.