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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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A Quilt for Mum..

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A Quilt for Mum is a great Bespoke Gift to treasure always on Mothers Day……

I made this gorgeous Quilt last year, and it was selected in the Reader Choice section of Homespun in August 2014.  It was one of my first attempts to Free Motion Quilt without a pattern.  The FMQ con sots of chained hearts and flowers to fill the negative space.  This Lap Quilt would make a gorgeous present for your Mum, and even a treasured gift for a loved any loved one.

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I made it from the Judy Brumaster’s Pattern Homespun Published in January 2014.

Quilt with Heart details:

Front:  Designer Quilting Cottons from Tilda, and Robert Kaufman’s White Kona Cotton Solid

Back:  Garden from Camelot Cottons

Batting: 100% Cosy Cotton

Binding: Red Stripes from Tilda Fabrics

Quilting Design:  FMQ designed by Sewn by Leanne

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This Quilt  is ready to be purchased and shipped to its new home………  Surround your Mum this Mothers Day with love !!

It is $140 AUD plus postage……. just visit Quilt with Heart !!

 

 

 

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Feather Treasures – A Mini Quilt

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Feather Treasures

My First Mini Quilt – Feather Treasures – this week was a delight to make.  This “Feather Bed Quilt Block” by Anna Marie Horner appealed from the first moment I saw it a couple of weeks ago.

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As I have been been at home most of the week with laryngitis and 4 small children on school holidays, the fabric delivery of these Dashwood Studio Fabrics from Wild Cotton Fabrics was a BIG highlight !!  The Combination of fabrics and the feather bed Quilt Block Pattern is simply stunning.

I have used Dashwood Studios Cuckoos calling as the backing – and just love those gorgeous Cuckoo Clocks and little birds !! (Please excuse the few threads I have just noticed in this photo !)

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The link to the Quilt Block Tutorial is : www.annamariehorner.com/feather.bed.quilt.pdf

Tips:

1.  Strip piecing:  cut your PDF pieces out first.  Using WOFs  you need to have a length of 18″ for the pattern pieces to fit on the angle!  You can cut 3 Complete Feathers out of one WOF Strip piece.

In doing this there is quite a bit of fabric wastage, which is another reason why I have cut the four triangles of fabric left on the bias and created 2.5″ bias binding from them.

2.  Paper piecing:  This is the method I would choose next time I create this Quilt.  I think it would certainly decrease the amount of fabric wastage.  I think it would be a great beginners project to paper piecing!

3. Stem of the leaf:  Great for your little long scraps.  It is simply a 1″ strip. So look through your small scraps pile before cutting.

4. Background:  This Mini Quilt took 1/2 yard of grey Kona Cotton Solid.  At first Glance it doesn’t look like a lot of background, and I was surprised that it took most of the half yard.

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Feather Treasures Mini Quilt Details:

Size: 20×30″

Front:  Feather Bed Quilt Block Pattern x3, Dashwood Studios Cuckoo calling range of fabrics, Cotton & Steel Tangrams, Kona Cotton Grey Solid.

Back: Dashwood Studio Cuckoo calling in Navy

Batting: 100% Cosy Cotton

Quilting:  FMQ Designed by Sewn by Leanne, Gutermann Sulky Thread Navy 1044 and Silver 1011

Binding: Dashwood Studio Cuckoos Calling Range from Strip piecing.

 

My Thanks to Christine Healy for sharing this Block in Quilt Block Boot Camp, which is where is was this gorgeous Quilt Block first !!

Have a go, this Quilt block would be gorgeous as a Cushion Cover, Table runner, Wall Feature, Lap Quilt or Bed Quilt of any size !

 

Happy Quilting

Leanne 🙂

 

 

 

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Kaleidoscope of colours

NB: The photos of my Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt has been taken down due to an opportunity for publication.  Thank you for your understanding and I will keep you posted as to when and where you can see this gorgeous Quilt published xx

Introducing “The Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt

My latest commissioned Quilt is just finished – the stunning  “Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt”.

It was a privilege to deliver this Quilt to it’s owner this week, and am sooooo happy she absolutely adores it………….  I’m going to keep her identity a secret just a little bit longer as I’m going to play a little game on my Facebook page tomorrow !!  This bright and happy  Queen Sized Quilt (80×100″) has been the largest project I have undertaken to date and Quilted myself – it did help that my new sewing machine arrived in the middle of creating the Quilt top (thank goodness ).

 

 

It is so rewarding to see the design come to life…..  The Quilt top was inspired by  “Postcards from Sweden” by Jeliquilts  who was firstly inspired by an IKEA postcard.  I have extended the original pattern and altered the pattern of colours so that is still has a “kaleidoscope”  effect!

 

 

and from this sheet of graph paper coloured in – The “Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt”  became this stunning, rainbow Queen Size Quilt.

 

 

and it is just stunning, bright and happy.

Stand by for further posts as it has inspired me to show you how this Quilt was created…………   From labelling the 38 Kona cotton solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics (all purchased from “The Fabric Shack” in the USA, cutting the correct number of squares and triangles from each colour to form the blocks, more labelling of rows and columns ………..and the final decision to Straight line Quilt this gorgeous Quilt in neutral Grey (Gutermann thread).

Please indulge me in showing you more photos of the Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt ………….

 

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Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt Details are as follows:

Size:  80×100″  Queen Size Quilt.

Top:  Traditional Half Square Triangles, inspired by  “Postcards from Sweden” by Jeliquilts.  Fabric is an assortment of  38 Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids

Back and Binding:  Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids Navy.

Batting:  100%  Cosy Cotton.

Thread:  Neutral Grey 038 Gutermann Thread on top, and Navy 1044 Gutermann Sulky Thread.

Quilting:  Straight Line using a Walking foot.

Thank you for enjoying this Quilt………  Stay tuned for how this Quilt was made !!

Leanne xx

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