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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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Quilt Block Design: All Equal

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This is the second of the Quilt Blocks that I have designed in the last couple of months !!  There are many aspects of Quilting that I love :  the ability to design and see your design come to life, being able to play with gorgeous designer fabric, and the opportunity to use my maths skills that often get put on hold being a Mum of four children.

Now Alyce (aka @BlossomHeartQuilts) has made designing your own blocks even easier with her new book : DIY BLOCK Design !!  Now you will be able to design your own Quilt Blocks too !!  Make sure you have a look at the other amazing bloggers in this Blog Hop too – and hopefully you will be inspired to make your own Quilt blocks.

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It is a great guide and resource for beginners or experienced quilters to use when designing their quilts.  There are fantastic tables for both Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese – so you don’t need to work out the Maths yourself.  I would thoroughly recommend it.  Alyce also explains in detail the different methods to produce Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese.

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequal2Instructions that follow allow you to construct a 12.5” Square Quilt block.

Fabric Requirements

Coloured Fabric :      

4     6.5×3.5”

8     2.0×3.5”

Background Fabric:  

8     3.5×3.5”

12   1.5×3.5”

Step 1

Construction of 4 Flying Geese Units.  (page 29 DIY Block Design)

On the 8 Background fabric 3.5” Squares draw a diagonal line from corner to corner (Picture below).

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Using the Coloured Fabric 6.5×3.5”, place the background fabric 3.5” square on the right hand corner and sew along the marked line (as pictured).

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With your ruler cut ¼” from the sewn line (as pictured)  Press the seam open.

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Put another 3.5” Background Square on the Left hand side of the Coloured Fabric, and sew along the line.  Again Using your ruler cut ¼” from the sewn line, to leave a seam allowance.

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Press your seams open.  Repeat these steps to create 4 Flying Geese Units.

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Step 2

Here I like to lay the components of the Quilt Block out, next to my machine (as Pictured).

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Step 3

Creating the equal signs.  Using the above layout, sew with a ¼” seam the background fabric strips to the coloured fabric.

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You now have 8 components of the block completed.

Step 4

Join the Flying geese units to the Equal units.

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Using your ruler mark the middle of the centre block (as pictured).  This enables you to join the point of the Flying Geese unit to the Centre of the Equal unit.

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You now have 4 completed components.

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Step 5

Join the four components together (using the photo below) and nesting the centre seams together.

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Your Quilt block is now completed !

Below, gives you an idea of what this Block will look like as a 4×4 Quilt top !!  I have used here EQ7 to produce these sketches !!

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OR

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Other Gorgeous bloggers in this blog hop include:

October 2
Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
Christa @ ChristaQuilts
Angie @ Gnome Angel

Week 1: Inspiration

October 7
Ros @ Sew Delicious
YOU ARE HERE !!!  Leanne @ Sewn By Leanne
Amy @ And Sew We Craft

October 9
Jennie @ Clover & Violet
Jane @ QuiltJane
Melissa @ My Fabric Relish

Week 2: Sketches

October 14
Jen @ Faith And Fabric
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

October 16
Sandi @ Crafty Planner
Anne @ Play Crafts
Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts

Week 3: Making

October 21
Joy @ Quilty Joy Joy
Linden @ Vine Lines Quilting
Cassie @ Cassandra Madge

October 23
Keera @ Live Love Sew
Janice @ Better Off Thread
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts

Week 4: Finishes

October 28
Kelly @ A Place Of My Own
Abby @ Color Bar Quilts

October 30 – Linky opens!

Make sure you visit the other bloggers and see their gorgeous creations.  I’d love to see any of your creations you may make from my tutorials !!

Have a great time browsing and designing.

Leanne

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Quilt Block Design: Many Fish

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At the start of the year I decided to start putting on paper my Quilt designs – in order to one day start publishing patterns.  Now I have over 30 Quilt Block Designs.  So before it gets too overwhelming to write tutorials for them all I have decided to write a Tutorial each week.  So today is the first one!

Coincidentally one of my favourite bloggers Alyce aka Blossom Heart Quilts has written an excellent eBook – DIY Block Design .  It has great tips that are invaluable to both the beginner and the experienced Quilter.  This week you get two tutorials from me, as I’m part of her Quilt Block Design Blog Hop !!  So look forward to another block on Wednesday !!

My First Quilt Block to share with you is MANY FISH.  I’m probably one of the few Quilters that enjoy making Half Square Triangles (HSTs), which is why they feature so prominently in my creations.  Yes the trimming does get tedious for a large Quilt – but I also find something therapeutic about the repetition also.  (I know truly weird !!)sewnbyleanne_manyfishes_quiltblockdesign

The Instructions below will allow you to create one 12.5″ unfinished Quilt Block.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric 1. (you will have 1 spare HST)

5      2.5×2.5″ squares

8      3.5×3.5″ squares

Fabric 2. (you will have 1 spare HST)

3      2.5×2.5″ squares

5      3.5×3.5″ squares

Fabric 3.  (you will have 1 spare HST)

2      3.5×3.5″ squares

Fabric 4.  (You will have 1 spare HST)

1       3.5×3.5″ square

Background Fabric.

16    3.5×3.5″ squares

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Step 1

The Making of 32 HSTs.  On each of the 16 Background fabric 3.5″ squares draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite.

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Pair each background 3.5″ square with the coloured fabric 3.5″ squares.  Sew these pairs together using a 1/4″ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line. (Tip 1.  I tend to “Chain Sew” this step to increase the speed of construction and decrease the use of thread).

Then use your ruler to cut along the diagonal marked line.

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Trimming the HSTs is the longest part of the process.  I do this BEFORE pressing the seams open.  Using your smallest ruler, I place the ruler onto the FOLDED triangle and place the 2.5″ ruler marks onto the sewing line (NOT THE EDGE).

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Then trim the two sides.  Note:  you will have about 1/4″ extra on both sides of your ruler, if your sewing and cutting is accurate – this is because I still add an inch to the final square dimension I am after.  Most experienced quilters will add 7/8″ to conserve fabric, I tend to still use an inch as I find it improves my accuracy and allows for working late at night mistakes !

Once you have trimmed your HSTs to 2.5″ squares – press the seams open.

Through these steps you will turn the pile of HSTs from this:

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Step 2.

I like to layout my block beside my sewing machine so I can see the placement of the blocks.

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Step 3.

Using the above photo as a guide to then sew the 2.5″ squares into columns using a 1/4″ seam. As pictured below.

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Press the seams in each column in opposite directions.  That way you can nest the seams together when sewing the columns together.

Sew the columns together using a 1/4″ seam – and congratulations you have finished your Many Fish Quilt Block.

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The following diagram vies you an idea what a Many Fish Quilt (50×50″) would look like with 4 different fabrics and with 16 Many Fish Quilt Blocks (created using EQ7).

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Enjoy your Quilt Block Creations !!  Here I have used beautiful Kaffe Fassett Fabric – that is bold, colourful and bright.

Come and See my next blog post (7th of October) as it will tell you more about Alyce’s (aka @Blossomheartquilts)  great new book DIY Block Design – that will help you with all the Quilt Math that you need to design your own quilt blocks.

Have a great start to your week.

Leanne 🙂

PS  My last tip is to save your left over HSTs as you will soon have enough to create your own HST Scrappy Cushion Cover !!

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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 Ideal day – hmmmm !

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The blog-tember challenge posts for yesterday and today :

sept 2:  An Ideal Day !

sept 3:  Inspiration/ Mood Board for Sewn by Leanne

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Yesterday, was a challenging day – and certainly turned me into the above “Frazzled Mum State”.  Shhhh!  I’ll gives you a heads up – with four children under 11 years – this happens all too frequently.

So now that the it is a new day :

An Ideal day.

A day of love, happiness and kindness.

A day of family.

A day of Quilting and Creating.

A day of admiring beautiful Quilts and being inspired by peers.

A day to relax and enjoy each other.

A day to teach and pass on crafts to the next generation.

A day not to make school lunches and negotiate children’s social schedules.

A day of sun and fun, at the beach and laughter.

A day not to make meals, not to clean or pick up toys.

This doesn’t sound like A LOT does it ????  Hmmm !  Maybe I newer MANY Ideal days to get through this list !

My Inspiration/ Mood Board  for Sewn by Leanne is really my Pinterest Page !!  Here I collect ideas, inspiration and am in absolutely awe of my fellow Quilters !!  I have recently created a board called Quilt Eye Candy – which I will post the Quilt I love !!

Here are just a few !!  I LOVE  Colour, Texture and Shapes !!

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I love to be inspired by others’ beautiful creations !!

Tomorrow, is all about PASSIONS !!  Until then…..  I’m off to read about your Ideal day.

Leanne 🙂

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Spring is here !!

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Spring is one of those seasons that just make you smile !!  And today it was just beautiful to see the Sun come through the clouds and feel its warmth.  As we drive around the suburbs now, the flowers are blooming and colours are returning.  it has been a COLD and chilly Winter here in Melbourne this year so it is nice to be finally defrosting !
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To celebrate the start of Spring, I am joining the Blog-tember Challenge by the Brave Love Blog.  I have made this decision for two reasons:

  1. To stop myself making those gorgeous Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks for the Quilt Along, I have taken the pledge not to start before the 28th September………..
  2. To get myself into a routine of blogging more regularly – wish me luck !!

The prompt for September 1st (aka TODAY) is – Introduce yourself however you like !

So on this beautiful first day of Spring here, I’m taking the plunge.  I can’t guarantee I’ll post each day – but I will give it a go, and try and give each post a “Little Quilting Tweeking”.

sewnbyleanne_behindthescenes_leannephotoThis is me – aka – Leanne behind Sewn by Leanne.

I love to:    create, spend time with our family and friends,  listen and sing to favourite music (to the embarrassment of our children) and am completely passionate about Quilting.  I have recently rekindled my love for Paper Piecing !!

I enjoy:  being happy and living life to the maximum.  I am conservative by nature, so there is nothing rebellious or adventurous in my endeavours, but I do love to give most things a go – on one condition there is NO danger involved !

I am obsessed by:  Quilting, Sewing and most things crafty; being punctual; being kind to everyone – my Mum had a saying – “if someone hurts you – return them with overwhelming kindness, and the hurt will go ” .  This has generally stood me in good stead so far…..

I am passionate about:  our 4 gorgeous children – guiding them and steering them through life with a strong sense of self, faith and love for humanity.  I wish them to be independent, and happy individuals that love life, and a drive to be the best that they can be !!  (I’m a very proud Mum, aren’t I??)

 

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When thinking of a Collage to put together my passions- this is the result – what is important to us.

  • our 4 children
  • our marriage (no photos of Mr B – he doesn’t enjoy social media)
  • our extended family and friends
  • Sewn by Leanne

Sewn by Leanne was created from my love of craft.  Having four children, life gets busy and Creating allows me to have an outlet, and yet still be the full-time Mum I enjoy being for them !!

If one asks me what my style is –  I always find it hard to answer !!  It depends on the project I have at hand – but with a broad generalisation – I would say – traditional with a modern twist.  Sounds like I’m naming a cocktail  😉 .

I often use traditional quilting blocks and give them a modern twist with vibrant modern fabrics !!

The road Sewn by Leanne has travelled so far, has been so exciting and stimulating – I tend to become completely absorbed by it !!  Blogging is a relatively new process, but one I’m SLOWLY getting the hang of…..  One of my sons said the other day “Mum you should be good at blogging – you just write what you talk about – and YOU talk ALOT”  Bless Him !!!

I hope you enjoy finding out more about Sewn by Leanne on this Blog-tember Challenge this Spring !!  Join me in my challenge……… and let me know if there are aspects to Sewn by Leanne that you would love to know about!

Until the 2nd !!

Leanne 🙂 xx

 

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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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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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I Spy Quilt ………

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I spy quilt …….. that 100 5″ Economy Blocks make a Gorgeous Quilt top today.

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One of the things I love most about Quilting is fussy cutting….. and it is even more enjoyable now that I have such a stash of fabric – I have small pieces of fabric I can use for projects such as these.  I remember looking at I Spy Quilts when I first started to quilt, and thought Oh dear – that would be a lot of FQs to buy to achieve such a project !!  And here we are 4 years later – and Yay !!

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This was a work in progress (one of those UFOs) for a while.  Each block being created as I found the small pieces of fabric to use.  Instead of picking the fabric first.  The fabric was used if it was big enough to cut two 3″ or 4″ squares.  Of course being an I Spy Quilt, I went through my character fussy cut bits and pieces I use for appliqué etc….

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I love it when you see 4 blocks together, and then a few more, and then another……  The Economy Block I used is mentioned in the gorgeous blog of Sew Delicious, in which she refers to the Economy Block tutorial of Red Pepper Quilts.

This “I Spy Quilt” is beautiful.

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This 50″ Square I Spy Quilt would make a great play mat for that special someone or a cot quilt when they get a little older !!  Now for the Quilting and binding !  This Quilt will be available in my Etsy store very soon.

Thanks for reading.

Leanne

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