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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.

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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It’s started. Yay

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What’s Started ????   Yes, it’s the Farmers Wife Sampler 1930s Quilt-a-long  ……. and Wow !! Everyone has hit the ground running !!

The first Block #12 Becky – was released on Sunday – and WOW !!  Everyone was ready and waiting !!

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The second block #16 Bonnie:  was released on Tuesday !!

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_bonnie_startedThere are so many different colours, fabrics and styles being used by the participants…….everything from polka dots, ultra modern to French General and Country Cottage.

With every block each Quilter creates, it is true, the personality of the block is created by the fabric we choose !!  I can’t wait till we are further on and we start to see the Quilts come to life – each will be different and unique yet created from the same book.   Oooh I have goosebumps just thinking of it !

I’m loving the vibrant colours of the fabrics I have chosen to use for this Quilt…….  And there are a few prints included that I am able to fussy cut along the way !  I’m so glad Angie’s Fat Quarter Bundle included some Terra Australis as the kangaroos have worked really well in the Bonnie Block.

Some Quilter’s are English Paper Piecing, some are Foundation Paper Piecing and others are using Templates  – me – I’m Foundation Paper Piecing as I find this gives me the most accurate cut and a method I am familiar with.  For the majority of the Quilts I create I work with larger blocks, so the challenge of working with smaller pieces to complete the 6.5″ blocks is great !

Thank you Angie (aka GnomeAngel) for this splendid opportunity for Quilters to share their knowledge and connect.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Quilter – there is a space for you in this Quilt-a-long.  So many are sharing their knowledge and wealth of experience with novices and getting to know each other – it is very heart warming in today’s world – even if it is through the IT wires !!  Angie has organised this so well I am in AWE of her ORGANISATIONAL ABILITY and her TALENT……… <3 <3  WE really do admire and respect you !!

Tomorrow another Block is released – and many will be created !…..  Each Wednesday I’ll share with you what I have created !  I’d love to know how you are finding the process !

Many blessings for the days ahead,

Leanne xx

 

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A week of Ups and Downs.

This week has been one of “Ups and Downs”.  It has been the first week of the school holidays, and in our family of 6, one by one our family has succumbed to illness.  Always a challenge to continue to work from home while dealing with sick children – but it has given me the opportunity to do a lot of hand sewing – allowing me to sit on the couch with the kids, yet still cross items off my to-d0 list !!  Multi-tasking in the “mum” way !!

There has been A LOT of incidents lately on the News involving Domestic Violence, and yet another partner this week murdered !! Unbelieveable !!  I love the call out by @jackiegillies I shared week #Quiltstohealviolence.  The Quilting Community is a buzz with Tic Tac Toe blocks and it is sensational to be a part of it.  While I was sitting on the couch I drew the cartoon below and decided that it will be part of my Bee Hive Sampler Quilt with all the blocks we have created this year.  The Quilt block The Jagged Little Pill designed by @Molli Sparkles has a middle 8″ Square perfect for a message !!  I don’t embroider very often (don’t look too closely !), but my Mum did teach me as a little girl.  I just used the threads that were in my stash.  And while I was being cuddled by sick children I embroidered this – with the “corny” phrase “Quilting binds us together”.  There are many occasions when the Quilting community will come together to support another – and I am very proud to be a part of it.  The Community’s generosity never ceases to amaze me !!

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My daughter and I also made these gorgeous little pouches for one of her friends who’s Mum has just had another baby !!  Miss C choose the fabrics and we created the hexies !!

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Love it when we can use the scraps and fussy cut them into something so stunningly beautiful <3.  I like a little bit of English paper piecing but I am not a big hand sewer !

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We used two of the hexies and quilted them to the front of the little pouches !!  4×5″  they are large enough to hold Big Sister’s special little items !!

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While they were all watching a movie or two,  I’d sit down at the sewing machine, and I created an “Improv” Quilt Block – this one based on the Traditional Herringbone Quilt block.  Ive created a lot of Improv blocks before without the sashing but this was the first time with all the fussy sashing.  Hmmm I’m not sure if I have become a fan or not ???  It does use a lot of fabric and takes quite a bit of time due to the pressing in between (as you know I’m not one who always presses a seam before the next !!)  I will have to try this again to see if there are any little tricks that I could cut down the time effectiveness !!

All in all, it has been a week of “ups and Downs”, but thankfully we are now back to the UPs, and writing this post has been very therapeutic in saying the week is OVER, now for the NEW one – where the LONG AWAITED  #FQSFarmerswife1930 begins !!!  Yay the first block has been announced – pop over to GnomeAngel’s Blog to find out more !!

Have a great week

Leanne 😉

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Ready to Quilt…..

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Ready to Quilt ???

I think I am as ready as I’ll ever be and as I ever have been to start a Quilt-a-long.  I’m getting excited that it is only a week away !!  I’m itching to start making the blocks – especially now that I have opened the packages of beautiful fat quarters that arrived a couple of weeks ago !!

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Above are a gorgeous combination of 1930s fabrics, Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australis and Kona cotton solids – OMG !! I am in LOVE !!!

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This is the Gnome Angel’s Fat Quarter Bundle put together specifically for the Farmers Wife 1930s Quilt Along – and it is divine !!  Look at all those colours – just sooooo Pretty and Amazing !!  They are a combination of Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Terra Australis by Emma Jean Jansen and a few of Rosalie Quilan’s designs as well !!  Aren’t we Aussie’s so clever !!!  Together these fabrics are as pretty as a rainbow !!

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Then I combined my own 1930s stash with them !!

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I’m so pleased they all work together !!  My mind is working over time now at the fabric combinations possible !! Ahh ! It is going to be hard to hold on this week and not to start – but thankfully it is school holidays and all the kids are home to distract me !!

Then I opened Rita Hodge’s (aka Red Pepper Quilts)  Kona Cotton Fat Quarter Selection !!

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Yay !!  The solids also work !!

I am Ready to Quilt !!!  Yay !!

I have even cleaned out a drawer next to my sewing machine, specifically for the Quilt-a long – so I know exactly what I have and where !!  (Just ignore the Give Way stickers my 4 year old has put on the chest of drawers – apparently they were too white and boring lol !!)

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They even fit perfectly into the drawer !!  OMG I can’t believe how organised I am for this one !!

One more week everyone !!

See you there.

Leanne xx

 

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quiltblockstohealviolence

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#quiltblockstohealviolence

There are many times I love being part of the Quilting Community.  This week we are rallying together to create Quilts for victims of Domestic Violence.  Quilters from all over are creating these Tic-Tac-Toe Blocks !!
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In Australia alone (ABS statistics):

  • 89 women were killed by their current or former partner between 2008-10. This equates to nearly one woman every week.
  • 61% of women had children in their care when the violence occurred, including 48% who stated the children had seen and heard the violence.
  • 58% of women have never contacted the police.
  • This year alone 62 women have been killed by their partner or close relative in Australia alone – OMG – that is 2 a week !!

These statistics are horrifying, terrifying and send goosebumps down my spine !!  The VIOLENCE must stop !!

Do I have the answers – No !!

But when I saw that @JackieGillies was rallying the Quilting Community to help – in a small way – but one that could make the difference in the partner or child feeling loved and recovering from their experiences, that those of us not a part of – could never fully understand or comprehend !  I was definitely in !!

The created Quilts could surround the victims with COMFORT and LOVE, so that they know there are people out there that DO CARE !

The response that @JackieGilles has had on Instagram has been really heartening <3 <3 <3.

If you want to join in:  Here are some essential details – also published on Sew delicious .

Follow – @jackiegillies on instagram and the #quiltblockstohealviolence hashtag.

Chosen Block – Tic Tac Toe Block by Blossom Heart Quilts. Ideal for sewists of all levels.

Colour palette – Bright centre cross with low volume background fabrics. Low volume – white or cream with a grey/black/white print.  See blocks in this post or on the hashtag #quiltblockstohealviolence for examples.

How many? – As many as you are happy to make.

Who? – EVERYONE !!  Violence is everywhere !!

I can’t make a block but can I help? – Yes, if you would like to donate backing fabric, quilt batting or a Spotlight gift card to purchase those items, that would be wonderful.

Where? – Please send donations to:

Quilt Blocks To Heal Violence, 7 Barton St, West Footscray, Victoria, Australia 3012.

Closing Date – Donations will be accepted until the end of October. That way Jackie and her team can have them pieced, quilted and bound ready to be gifted before Christmas.

Got a question? Please email Ros from Sew Delicious! roslynruss@gmail.com  or message @Jackiegilles

This is such a worthwhile cause !!

Above are the blocks that I have created, and I’m sending them off today !!  I can’t wait to see the finished Quilts, and the SMILES that they create !

Have a great weekend.

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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Machine Binding – why haven’t I tried this before ?!

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Machine binding

Machine binding a Quilt – Why have I not tried this before ???

A gorgeous teacher suddenly fell ill on Thursday – and her students and I set to work to create her a beautiful Quilt, for her to recover with !!

sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial_childrensquiltThe children set to work and each drew a picture for their lovely teacher on a nine inch square of white fabric.  I have bordered it with beautiful Kate Spain Charms.  While I was backing it late at night on Sunday – I decided to give machine binding a go !!   OMG !!  I am in awe !!  It is so quick and fast.  I have always hand sewn the binding to my quilts and this was lovely and such a great result !!  I have used the backing fabric in this case.

How did I do it you ask ??  Well after a lot of googling to see how – this is it !!  Try it !!

  1.  Trim the batting to the size of the Quilt top.sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial7
  2.  Using your 24×6″ Ruler trim your backing  to ONE (1″) past the Quilt top and batting.sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial1

3.  Fold the edge towards the Quilt top, and then again.  Creating a 1/2″ Top binding from the backing !!  I use my Wonder clips because I love them – but you can use hair clips, bulldog clips or pins.sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial2

4.  For the corners:  Double fold the edges up until the corner.  Take the top corner and fold to create a 45 degree angle – as pictured below.

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5.  Then double fold the next side of the backing towards the Quilt top – and hold with these fantastic Wonder clips !!sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial4

6.  Once you have completed the perimeter of the Quilt, then topstitch the binding.  Fantastic !! Result in no time !!
sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial5Within the quilting community, there are often many ways to do one technique – and this technique is no exception !!  This way has certainly worked for me !!  I thought I would be a hand binding girl forever, but I am converted – not totally but I would certainly use this method again !

Have a go !! If you need to finish a Quilt quickly I would thoroughly recommend it !

Leanne 🙂

 

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The old meets new…

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The old meets the new, has been the theme for this week !!

My #QuiltBlockBootCamp has been given the challenge of creating this traditional Cathedral Block.

I have used 5″ squares, as in the Missouri Quilt Company Tutorial which I think made the block a little easier.
sewnbyleanne_cathedralblock_oldmeetsnewI do love the effect the solid kona cotton colours make together as the background.  I used my 5″ charm squares of gilded Japanese fabric for the centres – and the colours are just popping out at you !  This Cathedral block has been on my to do list for a while and I’m so glad Alison gave it to us, as our fortnightly challenge – as now I can say I’ve completed it.  I’m not exactly sure what this WIP will become yet – a cushion cover perhaps or even a centre piece – although it is very bright !!

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This is how the blocks looks like together, before you start to topstitch !!  It is a fun block, but can’r say that it will be my favourite.

The following block is where the old meets new – octagonal blocks have been around for many years.  Traditionally they are foundation paper pieced, and were great way to use your scraps.  With todays quilt design programs, octagonal blocks are beaming more and more complex.  This month I have signed up for a work octagonal block swap – and the first block we create our own to show others our desired colour scheme.  So I spent the weekend thinking of what I would use my finished Quilt for – and decided I wanted it to be for my daughter !!  Her favourite colours are pink and red !!  Yay !!  Then I thought of the Ella Blue Basics range – yummy <3

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Here is the Octagonal block I have created to show my colour scheme.  I have nominated the grey as my backing fabric !  This Quilt could be red or pink or a combination – it will be fun to open the box at the end of the 12 months to see everyone’s contribution !

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The pattern cannot be shared as my work colleague designed it – but is it not BEAUTIFUL <3 <3  It is a stunning block of Ella Basics surrounded by some Tilda love (which we of course all need!).

This will be a long waited WIP !!

Have great week and on the weekend I will show you the beautiful fabrics I have stashed for my Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt – oh exciting – the 28th is getting closer !!

Leanne  xx

 

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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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Owls and Paper piecing

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Paper piecing is a new skill I wanted to work on this year……..  and although it is not my favourite way to quilt, it certainly allows you to work with those very little pieces of fabric easily.  Or should I say easier than without the paper backing, rather than easy !!

My swap partner in the #quiltblockbootcamp One hour Basket swap – is a lover of Owls.  So over the weekend I sat on pinterest – which isn’t that rare 😉 – and made a secret board of Owls…..  Quilted, Appliqued and FMQ.   WOW !  Owls are popular little animals….  So this morning I started practising on some techniques, colours and arrangements…….  have to be careful what I say and show, as I’m sure she will read this post !  Maybe just read between the lines a little.

Anyway while I was searching and the minutes on Pinterest turned into hours (as usual!) ,  I found a technique of turning regular patterns into paper piecing when you want smaller blocks !!  I have to say I like!!

One of my favourite Quilt Pattern Designers – Elizabeth Hartman – has an Owl Pattern I purchased a while ago – and has been on my LONG to do list.  However the Owl block is 16″x28″ – this is a BIG block……

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Using my photocopier tis morning I reduced the pattern by 60%, and decided to paper piece it – as you can imagine how small 2 1/2″ blocks become when reduced by 60%.  I tried the Owl’s eye first to see if I was going to pull this off – and guess what – it looks like an Owl’s eye !! Yay !!  Im not sure whether the navy Cotton and Steel Tanagrams works for her eyebrows – looks a bit fierce, but I was just sooooo excited that it looked like an eye !!

So I decided to continue !!  What do you think ??

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There are a few things I would do differently next time round !!  Here are my tips !

1.  Have all your pieces/ chosen first before you start, as the little pieces I was using started to get lost amongst the pile of scraps and fabric piling up !

2.  Cut your seams as you go, as the seams can get bulky when working with little pieces – you can see the stitches pulling a little bit at the nose.  it is because I wasn’t careful enough at snipping my seams with each fabric addition.  So there were a lot of layers to sew through when joining the nose 🙁

3.  Make sure you have a small stitch length so the paper rips easily, without destroying your work! I used the 1.8 setting on my Janome.  (I only remembered this half way through creating my Owl).

4.  Have fun !!

My Allie isn’t perfect but I think she looks rather good – frowning – but the cotton and steel aqua and gray border, almost gives the impression She is looking through the window !

My advice – just give it a go – it works sometimes !! <3

Enjoy your week!

Leanne

 

 

 

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