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Fans of Cotton and Steel

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Fans of Cotton and Steel”  or FCS as I have shortened it in my design book, has been a labour of love that I have shared with you over social media for the last two months – and OMG – I can finally say it is finished – and I’m even more excited to say – I LOVE it !!!

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Coincidentally, just as I received my 112 Cotton and Steel charms from #aussiecharmswaps run by the lovely Ms Midge – I saw @JulieHirt’s Hexie tiles on Instagram.  And I feel instantly in love with the pattern.  For that weekend her Foundation Paper Piecing pattern was free !  How amazing was that !!  So I downloaded the Hexietiles from her blog 627 Handworks.  These Hexietiles come in three sizes 1″, 2″ and 4″.  Without really thinking I thought I would create 4″ Hexietiles – but alas the 5″ charms were not large enough for these, so I went with the 2″ Hexietile.

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These are the first four Hexietiles I created.  Have i mentioned yet that I not only love these Hexietiles but also the fabric !!  I am a BIG fan of the Cotton and Steel Designers !!  When I posted this photo on instagram I received the largest number of likes, comments and visits, that any of my work has ever received and I was soooooooo excited !!

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My excitement grew and so did “Fans of Cotton and Steel” .  Amongst completing commissioned Quilts I would create 3 or 4 hexietiles a night. Each Charm produced approximately 3 sectors of a fan !!  There was no order to how I placed the colours, I just tried to fussy cut the charms as much as possible so that the fabrics could shine !!

Once I had completed these three rows I started to have an idea of how I wanted the Quilt to proceed.  I LOVE the tigers and thought, keeping one charm intact on its own would create a focal point for the Quilt.   I am so glad I did, as it just increases the texture of this Quilt to the next level.

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Hence I created the rest of “Fans of Cotton and Steel” around this focal point !  The colours are just stunning aren’t they ??

I was so excited when when my favourite Cotton and Steel designers – Melody Miller – actually commented on my Hexies and wanted a high-def photo of them.  I had goose-bumps all day long….

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So the Quilt grew until there were no more charms to cut :-(.  The final size is a lovely sized Mini Quilt 36×40″ that will hang in our entrance way eventually !!  I did use some of my stash just to even out some of the colours towards the finish !

Once the Quilt top was completed it hung over my balustrade for a number of weeks as I just wasn’t sure of how to Quilt it ???????!  But Wow this last weekend I had my Quilting mo-jo in place and look even on the back the Quilting comes together to produce the arrows in the same shape as the Charcoal grey triangles at the front !!

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This design on the back fitting in so well with the Cotton and Steel Mesa Overlook Serape Indigo by Alexia Marcelle Abegg, was an absolute bonus !!  I couldn’t have hoped for it to look better than it does !!

At times it is difficult to find a Quilting pattern that will let the fabric shine – but simply following the lines of the Charcoal Essex Linen Triangles – has allowed the Cotton and Steel Fabric to shine – which I love !!

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“Fans of Cotton and Steel ” Quilt details:

Size: Mini Quilt 40×36″

Front:  112 Cotton and Steel 5″ Charms and Charcoal Essex Linen

Back: Mesa Overlook Serape Indigo

Binding: Mustang Arrows in Navy Metallic

Quilting:  Aurifil thread Variegated Grey 4670.  Designed by Sewn by Leanne.

Hexietile Pattern – 627 Handworks – Julie Hirt.

Batting:  100% Cosy Cotton

It will be a joy to keep this Quilt and hang it in our entrance – as I have enjoyed every minute of creating it !!  I hope you have enjoyed it’s creation as much as I have 😉  I can’t wait to link this one up to the charm a long in a couple of weeks !!

Have a great week.

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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Trying to get organised.

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Organisation……

This week has demanded my attention to be ORGANISED.  When I am Organised, if the kids get sick or something doesn’t go to plan – I am able cope – but this week showed me, when I am juggling many things by the skin of my pants and then one of the kids are sick, then another and why don’t the other two join the boat too – everything heads down hill.  To the point I had to write a very embarrassing email to a lady – in which I had lost the names of her grandchildren she wanted appliqués to their Art Smocks :-(.  Thankfully this the last time it will happen as I have been organising my paperwork meticulously this weekend – partly to find the piece of paper I wrote my customer details on and secondly – so this NEVER happens again.  Ahhh !  It has been one of THOSE weeks.

Apart from this, in between I have met the deadlines of a couple of projects. Thankfully and just !!

Firstly,

Kylie from Little Moo Designs has created yet another stunning bag !!

sewnbyleanne_baybohobag_littlemoodesignsSince I made this bag I have LOVED it.  It fits everything, is COMFY, totally PRACTICAL  and I love the fact that it sits across the body.  This leaves my hands free to run after and grab my four year old when he is trying to escape !!  Thank you Kylie for another Great Bag !!  I saw this Aztec Denim Print in Spotlight as Kylie let me know the style of her new pattern – and instantly thought they would make a great match.  I decided on an Orange zip as I LOVE it as that special detail (plus my favourite colour is orange).

I have alos commenced my Block designs using Blossom Heart Quilts –  DIY Block Design Book.  It has been great.  I now have about 6 pages of Block designs I will share with you.  I am currently creating the tutorials and will announce the tutorial series next month !!  This will be my first – so it is rather exciting……. here is a sneak peek !

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While I have been patiently awaiting the start of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-long – I have also completed my Christmas project for the year – Jolly Mr Claus.

sewnbyleanne_jollymrclaus_organised_christmasJolly Mr Claus is a pattern from Melly and Me – and He is Adorable.  He met our Elf on the shelf last night 😉  And I am hoping he will keep the Elf in line this year !!  I will be taking PRE-ORDERS for Mr Claus from the 13th September – so watch this space !!

Ms Midge has also announced the Cotton and Steel #aussiecharmalong this week, so I have finally finished the Quilt top.  Here is a sneak peak !!  I won’t show you the entire Mini Quilt 34″x36″ until later in the month!

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As you can imagine with all of this – life has been busy – I am still trying to keep up with the Blog-tember too!  Although I am a few days behind  🙁

Have a great week and Enjoy life !

Leanne

 

 

 

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An Organised Quilt-a-long for now !

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Organisation – is something I like to be, and something I loved prior to having children.  A Type A personality, I LOVED colour co-ordinated stationary and could spend HOURS colour coding, filing and being prepared.  Some may have called this “procrastination”, instead of doing the study I needed to do.  But I had convinced myself I couldn’t work without things being “pretty” (aka organised 😉 ).

Then children came and I learnt that the first lesson they teach you is – “you are no longer in control, they are”.  I tried after one, then two, maybe a little after number three and certainly not after number four – to maintain my love of colour co-ordinated stationary and the feeling of being organised !  However, kids craft took over !!  Therfore, it has been a while since I bought stationary for myself – the children’s school booklists have been as close as I have come….

Seeing the many blogs and posts of the Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt-a-long of “Quilters Organisation 101” – inspired me to be organised with this Quilt-a-long.  I went to a local Stationary store – Officeworks – “browsed” as much as one can with a very excited 4 year old in tow……  I founds this gorgeous Orange three ring folder – matching the Sewn by Leanne Logo.  Then I ventured to the binding/ printing service to see how much Spiral binding the book would be – $5 – I was sold !!

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Then I encountered printing dilemmas !!  I printed 1-50 – but I only set it to print “Actual Size” on the first block.  OH NO!!  So much paper wasted !!  I had to go into each individual file to adjust the printing size :-(.  After block 5, I decided I would take the disc to Officeworks and ask them to do this time investment !!  They groaned but agreed, and I left clear instructions for each file to be printed at ACTUAL size.  I arrived back the next morning – and alas – there was the pile of 100 blocks beautifully printed BUT ALL at least 1/8th of an inch smaller AHHHHHHHHH!   Thankfully the lady serving behind the counter was also a quilter and understood my dilemma.  So after all that, I asked for a refund and I went home and printed the remaining 95 out individually on my home printer.

Now I have a beautifully organised folder of all 99 blocks, including the rotary cutting instructions.  I printed out a colour copy of the above photo for the front pocket ! I am already to start creating starting the 28th September – it is marked in my diary Gnome Angel !!  How exciting. 

Meanwhile to stop myself starting to create this beautiful Quilt – I’m practising on other paper-piecing challenges……  Using 627 Handworks (aka Julie Hirt) 2″ hexie tiles I have started creating a fun Hexie-Quilt from my Cotton and Steel charms……  together with Charcoal Shot cotton !!

Here is a sneak peek for my next blog post later in the week….

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They are small and fiddly – yet stunning !!

See you later in the week.

Leanne 🙂 xx

 

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