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Cushions Galore….

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Have you been following the Modern Makers #MMRCUSHIONPALOOZA on Instagram ?  It is so much fun !  There is some real eye candy !

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Cushions are a great way to show off the “Orphan block”  or to show off a new technique or paper-pieced pattern.  Anyway – one can NEVER have too many cushions – even if it is only for the kids to have a pillow fight with.

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This is a delicious 20″ cushion from a variety of gorgeous Art Gallery prints !  Ranging from Playground and Pandalicious.  I have used a combination of Half-square triangles to form an illusion of a flower in the gorgeous very “in vogue” colours of grey and mint with a splash of colour from the stunning print from the playground collection “Chopsticks Iris”.

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I am quite partial to stripes for binding, so this print “Chopsticks Iris”was perfect !  The low volume grey and white panda print with perfect also for the background.

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The cute little panda faces popping over the arches gives it a great effect !

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I must admit when the points come together like this – my heart flutters a little !

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The Sandbox Frozen print from Playground is a gorgeous backing for this cushion !  I like my cushions to have a zipper closure and this worked perfectly !

Be sure to go and have a look at the other cushions and be inspired to join in !  They are over at @modernmakersretreat on Instagram.  The competition is open internationally and anyone can enter.  You can find out more information over at the www.modernmakersretreat.com about the prizes and entry requirements.  There are up to $2000 worth of prizes up for grabs !!  So give it a go.

Here’s another two cushions I made last week to match a very special quilt that is on its way.

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This little boy is going to love the number of tractors that are on this quilt an cushion set !!

 

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Sunrise Joy …. a secret I had to keep is here!

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I have a secret to share…

Shh……  Yes I have been anxiously awaiting this day for six months, but it has finely arrived !!

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My first pattern Sunrise Joy is PUBLISHED !!!   WOW !!  Can you tell I’m just a tad excited?  Homespun – A leading Quilting/ Craft magazine published my quilt pattern – wow – ok I’m a little over excited !!

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It certainly was hard to contain a secret like this for six months !!  Sunrise Joy is a 70×50 (180x130cm) pieced quilt that I designed and created last year !  It is such a happy and bright quilt – it still makes me smile when I see it :-).

sewnbyleanne_sunrisejoy_secret3Sunrise Joy is made from Kona Cotton solids……… Half Square Triangles and Flying geese units !!  I can’t tell you more as you need the pattern 😉 from Homespun – 2016 February edition.

sewnbyleanne_sunrisejoy_secret4The backing fabric to this quilt is a perfect match and was a wideback (how lucky was I ????!) – A Gutermann fabric Ring-a-roses Long Island – Bird Pink .

Thank you for indulging me as my excitement settles.  Please let me know if you create a quilt from my pattern I would love to hear from you and share in your proud moment !

Happy quilting and smiling 🙂

Leanne

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Robotic Triangles, with love.

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Robotic Triangles – my latest Cot Quilt Set has been a labour of love !  The colours blend into the robots and the navy striped binding is stunning !

I need to apologise for all the photos – yes I am going to bombard you for two reasons.  Firstly, I love this set and will be sending it off on Monday with mixed emotions and secondly, I am thoroughly enjoying taking loads of pictures with my new camera !!sewnbyleanne_robotictraingles3_patchworkquilt

Robotic Triangles was created around the backing fabric from the Riley Blake Fabric – Fun Robots by Ann Kelle.  I have matched the solid colours on the front to the robots with Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton solids – Capri, titanium, white, coal, lipstick, ocean and azure !

The navy stripe binding is a Moda basic !

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The Cot Quilt is 60×40″  which I find is a great size for not only the cot, but also for a play mat, lap quilt and comforter.  This makes the quilt become more versatile and a longterm investment and treasure <3 .

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I have quilted Robotic Triangles with the lovely Aurifil thread 2600 light grey and 2021 white.  I have used a very modern geometric line and LOVE the secondary pattern these lines intersecting together have made.

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While I was quilting, I was reminded of one of those party games ” Guess how many triangles are in this picture ???  There would be A LOT in this one !!

This is just one example of what can be created to produce stunning nursery linen that is truly unique, yet modern and stylish !!

Thanks for letting me swoon over this quilt before I send it away to it’s new home.

Leanne xx

 

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Summer holidays

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Life has been busy, chaotic and loads of fun so far these Summer Holidays.  With 4 beautiful children life is NEVER dull, and NEVER predictable !!  sewnbyleanne_summerholidays_children

These 4 kids are having a BLAST, and we have done a lot of firsts these holidays as our youngest is now 4 1/2.  We have gone for bush walks and seen small waterfalls and been to the beach without Daddy.  I have always been reluctant to do either of these things by myself with the kids “just in case”, but the older two are older and are stronger swimmers.  They are also the cautious ones (thankfully!).  Also, the youngest is now capable of walking further and less likely to run into the ocean with NO fear !

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The Beach was so much fun – however I took the cautious approach and went to a Bay beach – very small waves – even ripples some would call them !!  I thought this way the kids would build up there confidence with the sand, shells and I could keep track of the 4.  They built sandcastles, jumped waves, had ice-cream and just generally had a BALL !!

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Quilting tends to take a backseat over January.  I sneak it in at night or when the kids have settled to watch a movie occasionally.  However I have managed to start/ finish some projects along the way.  Somewhere in the world this week or the next, a lovely lady in the US will receive a parcel from me !!  This photo just gives you a sneak peek at the colours contained.  I love Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australia range and when it come to internationally swaps I love to send a little with them – as a little piece of Australia too !

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I have almost completed my first commissioned Quilt for the 2016.  This gorgeous Quilt top and the Anne Krelle Fun Robots as the backing will look stunning in little boys nursery <3.

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And of course January here, brings with it another birthday and being spoilt by my family xx

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Thank you everyone for your constant support and I am so looking forward to the blessings that 2016 will bring xx

Leanne 🙂

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Star of Tula Beauty – a WIP

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The Star of Tula Beauty is an ongoing work in progress.

As part of the Ms Midge Aussie Charm Swap – we all started this Charm Along with 112 5″ charms.

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I have only recently began to like/ love Tula Pink Fabrics.  The colours are bright and vibrant, and the colour combinations are bold and daring – which is fantastic !!  These bold and daring colours have forced me to look out of my comfort zone as a Quilter.  I have spent hours sorting this charm pack into a rainbow of colour shades, then searching for ideas for how to use the charms to their full potential !  A lot of Tula Pink’s fabrics are fantastic for fussy cutting – which is one of my loves – but the 5″ charms were already cut and many of the prints had only a 1/2 to a 1/4 of the design – grr !   So a lot of my ideas just wouldn’t work. But that is all part of a charm swaps’ journey which is 100% ok !  So out came my trusty graph paper and away I went !

Finally I sorted out the charms into an array of 6 colours (this took a LONG time !!)  and A Star was Born (very appropriate for this time of the Year 🙂

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I have made many Quilts now using Equilateral Triangles and they are as Versatile to me as HSTs !!  The Vibrancy of this Star of Tula Beauty is amazing !!  I just may have made my first Quilt for Myself 😉 ??!

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My Son wasn’t that keen to stand on the balcony today.  His face says a thousands words – some of which I’m sure contains the phrase “Seriously Mum !!  Do I have to hold another Quilt !!”   The joys of school holidays !

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The Star of Tula Beauty is surrounded by Emma Louise’s White and Tula Pinks Eden.  I considered making the border from extra Bright Tula Pink charms, but then thought this would detract from the centre star !

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I have fussy cut the 5″ charms as much as I could to highlight their beauty and patterns.  The triangles in the centre hexagon are a great representation of Tula Pink’s amazing creations !!

My next challenge is to decide how I will Quilt this Beauty !!  Hmmmm !  Yes I think that will take hours of sketching too !!  This really will be a Quilt of love……………..  time and tears 😉

Thank you Tula Pink for the beautiful fabric you have designed and created, and thank you Ms Midge for the Charm Swaps to enable my love of fabric and force me to work outside of my comfort zone !!

Until next time,

Leanne x

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Farmers Wife 1930s Catch up – almost !!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – and welcome to 2016 !!

As I was a having a cup of coffee with my charming husband this morning, I was contemplating the year 2016.  Mr Benson headed back to work today after a lovely 12 days off with us, and this signalled to me, the Christmas season has definitely finished and life returns to “chaotic normal” for us.  There are LOADS of adventures planned for the kids to enjoy before they head back to school in four weeks time…..  and here at Sewn by Leanne it’s a matter of working around the kids timetable for another 4 weeks.

Then I quickly checked any emails that had come in over the weekend – and saw one from the Gnome Angel.  I instantly thought – Oh no !!  I haven’t caught up on all the Farmers Wife 1930s Quilt Blocks yet !  And another block is already ready to be presented tomorrow  – Ahhh !  Well if I didn’t catch up today – I could see the light at the end of tunnel moving further away……

Cat, Malvina, Priscilla, Daffodil, Ava and Autumn were all placed in by WIP pile to do over the Christmas break.  Life was far too frantic there for a while !!

This morning I was able to do 4 – Cat, Malvina, Priscilla and Daffodil.  Ava and Autumn will be completed tonight.

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I found this one a joy to create.

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Love the effect of the Cat’s eyes !!  I like the larger squares for the chance to fussy cut 😉

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Love the colour effect of this dainty block !!

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Oh Priscilla !!  I do like you now that I have finished you, but alas your VERY obtuse Y seams were tricky. Lol !!

Together these 4 look very smart !!

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Until tomorrow when I will reveal Ava and Autumn and the whole collection !!

Leanne 🙂

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Quilt Blocks to Heal Violence

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Back in September @jackiegillies put out the call in the Quilting Community for Tic-tac-toe Quilt Blocks on Instagram  !!  These quilt blocks were to be created and donated to surround members of the community touched by domestic violence with love and compassion, in the form of Quilts !!

What a fabulous idea !

Jackie was overwhelmed by the response !!  These are just a few of the blocks she received and now these blocks have become a Quilt to be donated !!

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Can you see your Quilt block ??

To have a look at the other Quilt Blocks to Heal Violence – use the #quiltblockstohealviolence to see all the fabulous quilt blocks and the quilts that have been created from them !!

Now these are a Stunning Quilt !!

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I am honoured to be part of this Quilting Community.  Just imagine the emotional impact that this Quilt and the others that have been made with donated blocks, batting and binding will have on the recipients.

My wish is that this quilt comforts in the healing process of the survivors of domestic violence !!  may they be surrounded and comforted with warmth and love !

Here are some more photos ……

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I have used Variegated Aurifil Thread 4658 (Yellow)  which has really made the Low volume fabrics shine !!

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The binding is Scrappy and in the same hues as the Crosses !!  (Sorry I can’t remember the fabric name – they were the last 2.5″ strips of a jelly roll I used long ago !)

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The backing fabric is a Micheal Miller Print that has also been donated – thank you !!  The Aztec design matches the Tic-Tac-Toe feel perfectly 🙂

I read this quote on Pinterest recently….  these are only a few words – but hold A LOT of meaning xx

Knowing when to walk away is WISDOM

Being able to is COURAGE

Walking away with your head held high is DIGNITY    

(www.berkareahomes.com)

Thank you @jackiegilles for the amazing opportunity to be a part of this campaign, and for helping to make a small difference xx

Leanne <3

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Farmers Wife 1930s – 4 !!

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Wow can you believe it ???

We are up to 15 Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks !!  Only 81 to go !!
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Photos now of all the blocks together – really start to show how stunning everyone’s quilts will be !!  I have my favourites and certainly some blocks I’m thinking of redoing as they are a little subtle ….. but time will tell.

My favourite Farmers Wife 1930s block so far is ……… 1 – Addie !!  It was a great opportunity to feature the fussy cutting in a bigger square.  A reminder that these individual blocks are only 6.5″ , so everyone is working with SMALL pieces!!

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All my blocks are foundation paper pieced as I am finding this keeps the consistent size between the blocks !

Gnome Angel is playing Bingo on her page with blocks 1, 8, 16, 24, 94 !!

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This block number selection amazingly features some of my favourite blocks so far and lots of fussy cutting opportunities !  Aren’t the little ducks too cute ???

It is still not too late to join in the fun…..  we still have 81 blocks to go !!

Have a great Week

Leanne xx

 

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Farmers Wife 1930s – Week 3

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Well today the 7th Block: Number 24 – Coral was chosen on the infamous FQS Farmers Wife 1930s Sew Along hosted by Gnome Angel.

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Coral – is a great 6.5″ block that allows you to highlight your fussy cutting.

This is the first block I haven’t Foundation Paper Pieced.  I created 4 Flying geese blocks for the star points instead of cutting the half square triangles !  Why ??  I’m not exactly sure but a few less seams is not a bad thing !

As this is the 7th block, I pulled the blocks out of my folder that I have finished to date – and WOW !!

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This Quilt is going to be bright and vibrant !!  At first I wasn’t going to set the blocks on point like the book : The farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Hird sets out.  However now I love it !!

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I’m not sure what I’m going to use as sashing just yet – but with this set up – on point, narrow sashing might work really well ??

So far we have completed Blocks 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 24.  Only 91 to go – easy !!  lol !!

It is not too late to join the ride !!

Until next week…..

Leanne x

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A Solo Giraffe

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A “Solo Giraffe” started as a small project for a very dear recipient to return a RAOK…  knowing that they have a love of Giraffes – a mini quilt came to mind.

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The Tartan Kiwi  has some amazing foundation paper piecing patterns.  Some of them have been on my to do list for a while – including this one !!  For those that are visiting – foundation paper piecing involves sewing fabric to a paper foundation in a numerical sequence.  Once the sequence is completed – you remove the paper from the back and you are hopefully left with a gorgeous image such as this giraffe, to start creating your “quilt sandwich”.  The Tartan Kiwi patterns are fantastic, great explanations and clear instructions.  However, I would not recommend this for your first foundation paper piecing project.  Make a couple of stunning stars first and then go for it !!  (There are so many on Pinterest).  Once you have the idea of following the numbers – you have your strategy down pat for any Foundation Paper Piecing pattern.

Most of the fabrics used here, have come from my stash.  The gorgeous Giraffe fabric print I found while sorting out a pile of “roll-ups” at work.  The blues, oranges and greens just happened to be in my stash 😉  I really didn’t start with a plan of which fabrics went where, but I took advantage of the colouring page that Juliet contains in her pattern – to give me some idea where the sky and grass will meet.

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It always amazing when you see a fabric and say “Yes” this is the perfect fabric for my project. I was visiting and playing with fabric at  Clair’s fabric, and fell in love.   The bright flowers and birds in this Echino Decoro fabric for Kokka, are just divine.  I can just imagine a giraffe wanting to live in this garden.  It is a cotton linen, so heavier than Quilting Cotton, but gives this mini quilt (36×24″) the lift it needs.

The feeling is overwhelming when the back of your Quilt looks just as amazing as the front !!  Almost like a “negative of a photograph” !!  You can really see the free motion quilting  stunning effects on the back of this quilt !! I have machine bound this Mini Quilt, so even the straight stitching framing the back looks awesome !  I have used Aurifil thread 2310 to quilt this mini !

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Here are some close-ups just to give you an idea of the free motion quilting I have done here !

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Go and check out The Tartan Kiwi – Juliet has some awesome designs and patterns – if I had the time I would create them all 😉

Have a great weekend.

Leanne