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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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One Hour Basket Swap, that took many more !!

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The One Hour Basket Swap within the Quilt Block Boot Camp Facebook Group has been a lot of fun !!

I have always wanted to make the One Hour Basket – even if it was to see, if it really only took an hour to make !!  I have made more since this swap and the tutorial by Kelby Sews does only take One hour, however this is for the basic basket.

My partner in the swap is the organiser – Jane from Lil Pip Designs – so there was pressure right from the start to make sure she received a gift to say THANK YOU for organising this swap !!

I am delighted to say – she loved her treats !!  As she posted this collage on Facebook on the weekend !

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We started with the brief :  Love Cotton and Steel, Owls and NO pink and red !!

Coincidentally, I was going through a phase of paper piecing and I found Elizabeth Hartman’s Owl Pattern.  Alas it was too big, so I shrank the pattern to fit the side of the one hour basket dimensions (by 60%!) .

I had just purchased a Layer cake of Cotton and Steel from Clair’s Fabrics – and found this gorgeous grey with teal brick pattern  – perfect !!

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The sides are a little higher than the dimensions Kelby Sews mentions – but these dimensions also accommodated a couple of outside pockets on the otherside too   !!

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There are 3 pockets on this side – it is a little hard to see in the photo but there is a pen pocket in the centre !!  I reinforced the sides with medium interfacing and the pellon for extra strength.  I really hope Jane finds this basket useful.  I love this very Aztec Cotton and Steel print – funky and modern !!

Then the fun part of the swap started – what to fill the basket with !!  As I live at the “Gateway” to the Yarra Valley – it had to contain Chocolate (yes, I thought about wine !!  but the basket isn’t quite big enough to hold a bottle 🙁 ).

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The Card is handmade by The Little Card Boutique – another Melbourne based business.  Helen makes the most stunning cards !!  I really recommend you take a look, I now buy all my special cards from her !  And the Charm Pack I bought from the Cotton Factory on an IG sale ages ago – and it was just the perfect treat to pop in !

The Umbrella Lady from the pattern – Spring Fling – by JMZ Blondze on Craftsy was then created for Jane – again using  Cotton and Steel Fabric.  It is such a lovely pattern to paper piece !

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to the Craft and Quilt Fair this year to meet Jane and personally give her, her box of treasures.  Instead I was looking after children and doing many Mum things…….. so on the weekend I was creating and using the Triangular Pouch Pattern by A Spoonful of Sugar.  So as I was wrapping up the gift to send on Monday I popped two of these in as well !!  These were made from my stash of Liberty fabrics and using the Charcoal Shot Cotton.  These are fun little gifts to make – great to put chocolates or little items into !!

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All together the Gift looked great together and hopefully it said thank you enough for organising such a great and fun swap for us !!

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Thank you Jane for all your organising and ENJOY !!

Until we meet……

Leanne xx

 

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The Sunday Wrap 2 (……but on Monday)

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This Sunday Wrap 2 on Monday, posted a day late….  ooops is full of colourful rainbows and fabric here !!  Michael Millers Glitz, more Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman – and I have sourced an online fabric store Clairs Fabrics that stock the whole range !!  Even more dangerous than this is, Clair actually lives only about 10 minutes from here !!

Quilts wrapped and sent with love

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“Foxy with Style”

This Quilt was made with a lot of love and thought to the recipient – shhhh!  she/he still hasn’t received it, so I can’t say too much.  I just love using Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox pattern, and have promised my niece in the school holidays to help her make a cushion from this pattern.  Each Fabric gives the fox their own personality.  The Woodlands Fabric is a Riley Blake Print, and the striped binding is just perfect.

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“Geometric Cowboys”

Geometric Cowboys is a custom made Cot Quilt (50×40″) , that filled the brief – fun, neutral tones, modern and cowboys !!

The Equilateral Triangles really POP in these neutral hues and the Cowboy Fabric on the back is Vintage with a modern fun feel !!  I have quilted this Quilt using 1 1/2″ straight lines which is stunning.As you can see I have used the same striped binding on this quilt as “Foxy with Style”

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“Whale of a Time”

This Quilt top is made using Elizabeth Hartman’s Preppy the Whale Pattern.  This Cot Quilt will be 40×50″, an ideal size for a play mat, cot quilt or comforter.  I love the effect of the Rainbow Whales and the Smile it brings to everyone who has seen it !  This is an easy pattern to follow.  To make the 12×4 1/2″ block the pieces are small and fiddly but the result is well worth it  – all smiles here !

The Sunday Wrap 2 includes the creation of more Quilt blocks:

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“Three in One” Heart Block

This is my first I am creating a pattern for !  It needs some tweaking – but it is a stunning 12 1/2″ block.  I will let you know when I release the pattern.

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“Ribbon Star Block”

I love this block – as the contrast of the two colours (light and dark tones)  makes the impression of a gentle ribbon wrapping around the star – very clever !

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Ripple Block

This block is part of the Bee Hive series by Blossom Heart Quilts.  The block itself is by Gnome Angel.  The centre square was initially negative space and I just had to see what it looked like with a fussy cut square in the centre !

This Sunday Wrap 2 shows just some of the work created by Sewn by Leanne.

From Friday 29th May to 31st May my Feather Treasures Quilt will be shown at the Modern Quilt Show in Kiama – my first quilt show – extremely exciting !!!

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Have a great Week

Leanne  xx

 

 

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