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Cushions Galore….

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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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.

Back of the Solo Giraffe Quilt

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 !

sewnbyleanne_foundationpaperpiecing_giraffeI have loved this project and am hoping the recipient loves it just as much as I do !!

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

 

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Quilt Blocks and more……..

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Signing up to the Quilt Block Boot camp and The Bee Hive Swap  has been sensational.  I cannot thank Sew Delicious, Blossom Heart Quilts and Gnome Angel enough for organising them <3 <3  .  Please excuse the number of photos in this post compared to words, But I’m just having so much fun extending my skills, I have to show you.

Economy Quilt Blocks

These are just gorgeous.  They are simple but so effective !  I plan to create a couple of “I spy” Quilts with these Quilt blocks.  I love to fussy cut, so I have been enjoying these !  Which block do you like the most ???  The Sneetches holding hands is my favourite !!

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Quilt Block Boot Camp

The rest week last week has allowed me to catch up:  Yes as you scroll through the photos you will recognise similar fabrics, and my aim is to build a Quilt with all of these Quilt Blocks or maybe even more than ONE !!

The SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP QUILT BLOCKS are first – I just love how the positive and negative images work together !!

Fabric :  Cotton and Steel Tanagrams in Indigo and Petit Street by Dashwood studios.

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The CROSS-STITCH BLOCK by PileO’Fabric is gorgeous too.  I’m undecided whether this Quilt Block is actually suited to 2 fabrics that are patterned.  It may be a bit too busy.  What do you think ??

Fabric:  Creative Thursday Fabric on White and Aneela Hoey Little Apples Red.

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From the same fabric I made the simple little HEART QUILT BLOCK by Cluck Cluck Sew.

When I first saw this photo I thought I’d forgotten to sew the left top corner piece to finish the heart, however I have I assure you – I just didn’t make sure it just has too much of the red heart in the small piece.  Something to always watch out for, especially when you are cutting 1″ blocks !!  It does’t take much for the cutting to go wrong !!

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Today, I enjoyed sewing the CHURN DASH QUILT BLOCK by Cluck Cluck Sew (another one of my favourite Bloggers).  I love the fussy cut middle Square.  Mixing Cotton and Steel fabrics with the more traditional pattern of Tilda is not something I would ordinarily think of.  But I think the pink highlights the pink tanagrams.

Fabric:  Cotton and Steel Tanagrams in Indigo, Tilda Damask Ruby Pink, Riley Blake’s Country Girl.

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The Bee Hive Swap

These Blocks are more challenging, but the end results are stunning.

Firstly the block I made for the month of March was the WANTA FANTA by The Better Off Thread.  The requirements were any scrappy bright fabrics for the corners and fan, but the background was to be Chartreuse (green).

This is the result, the Quilt Block is currently in the snail mail to the Queen Bee, so hopefully she will like it !!

sewnbyleanne_quiltblocks_wantafantaThe challenging aspect to this block is to get your scant 1/4″ seams correct so that the fans will line up with the corners.

Fabrics:  Again I have used Cotton and Steel Tanagrams, 2 Creative Thursday Fabrics, and The light blue fabric is by Sue Penn for Studio B fabrics.

As well as creating my monthly swap Quilt Block, I am making the additional blocks, which will go into my Quilt eventually !!  This MINERAL QUILT BLOCK by Jane at QUILT JANE is gorgeous and great for those little scraps.

Again I have used my favourite Cotton and Steel Fabric, but included a great low volume black and White text Print called Vineyard from Riley Blake fabrics.  This is new to my stash and bought it from the Cotton Factory in the last couple of weeks.  Make sure you follow Alison on Instagram @Cotton Factory Destash as she has great deals on unusual stunning fabrics like this one !

I was very chuffed when @QuiltJane on Instagram shared this block over the weekend.  Thank you 🙂

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This is the last block I’m sharing today !!  It is called the X PLUS QUILT BLOCK.  I love the bright scrappy feel of it, and can’t wait to see this Quilt put together !!  A tutorial can be found on the Badskirt blog.

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Using a bright fabric for the PLUS and then extending with a dark certainly works for this block.  Again I have used the Vineyard Low Volume Fabric .  I love the red centre of this block !!

As you can see hopefully these Blocks will come together in an awesome Quilt !!  Some are easy and others are challenging, but I think sometimes the easier ones are just as  stunning.  Let me know what you think of the blocks, and if you feel so inclined try one of out (or all of them !)  Just click on the links !

If you do try one of them, please share with me !!  Here in the comments or on Instagram @sewnbyleanne

Happy Quilting

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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Quilt Blocks Galore

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So this year instead of fabric swapping I have decided to participate in Quilt Block Swaps.  Firstly as it seems like a lot of fun seeing how others choose their blocks and then their fabrics and also to extend my skills as a Quilter.

So this year I’m participating in

  1. Quilt Block Boot Camp run over at www.sewdelicious.com.au (Ros has the most gorgeous blog – check it out!!)
  2. Quilt Club Australia Bee  – this is run on Facebook.
  3. The Bee Hive Swap run over at www.blossomheartquilts.com and www.gnomeangel.com

The Quilt Block Boot Camp

There will be a new block to create each week.  This week it was the gorgeous Raspberry Kiss Quilt Block.  The Wooden Spoon Quilting has a great tutorial to follow. Here is my version.  I love the block as it is simple yet with fabric variations it can look completely different !!

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Quilt Club Australia Bee

Here a group of 12 enthusiastic quilters get to choose their own block and fabric colours for a month and everyone else has the challenge to create it !!  I can’t wait for August until it is my turn.  My plan was to have this created this weekend, but this block has shown me that there is a HOLE in my stash of fabric – Oh No !!  I am short of chocolate brown fabrics :-(.  This is the example of our Queen for the month of February has provided – next Sunday I shall show you what I have made her !

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This photo was taken by my February Queen Bee.  I can’t wait to make it for her once I find a gorgeous chocolate brown fabric !!

The Bee Hive Swap

I am so excited about this swap!!  2 gorgeous Quilt blocks each month to practice, and the opportunity to network with gorgeous quilters.  Ever since I started quilting I have followed Blossom Heart Quilts blog and the Gnome Angel blog.  They both have an amazing eye for fabric combinations, and their sewing skills I truly admire and enjoy reading their blogs each week.

This month:  the two Quilt Blocks included “Star Plus” by Quiet Play (yet another gorgeous blog!) and “Tic Tac Toe” by Blossom Heart Quilts.

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As you can see all of these blocks are very different and are absolutely stunning.  I love Cotton and Steel fabrics – so you will see a lot of these in my Blocks that I show you this year.  These are my interpretations of the blocks, and I love that you can have the same person create the same block, but by changing the fabrics they will look completely different !!  This is what I love about Quilting.

Feel free to follow along !!

Leanne 🙂

 

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