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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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Paper piecing – a new love !!

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Paper Piecing has definitely become a new love of mine.  I have just completed this Giraffe.  This Pattern is made by Tartan Kiwi, and it is a big project – but look at the results !!

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Tartan Kiwi’s Pattern has a completely black background – and I just love how you can change the fabric – and therefore change the personality of the Quilt.  This Quilt is now hanging from my bedroom door, until I decide how to Quilt it.  I’m thinking something to distinguish the character of the sky and the grass !  Tartan Kiwi has also made a Zebra – Paper piecing pattern which I think is next on my to do list !! The size of this Mini Quilt is 25×34″ so it is not small !!

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This is an example of my planning stage.  I have my colouring pencils (which I borrow from my daughter) and the perfect giraffe fabric I found at work !

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Gradually the features and personality of the giraffe come together.  I have my scraps colour coded so I often have by blue box just sitting there and dig deep to find the right size piece.  So the piecing is very much trial and error.  When you start paper piecing it is quite difficult sometimes to determine how much fabric you need, so it is a bit of trial and error.  I read in a pattern recently that you should cut your pieces an inch larger than the shape on your paper – but that is quite large and you will waste a lot of fabric this way.  I’m not sure what the answer is, but I will give you a guide as I learn also…….  Paper pieced Patterns don’t often include the amount of fabric needed, which I find interesting.

Two other paper pieced projects I have completed lately are the beach scene which I have created for my #beachboundswap partner and another is the owl by Elizabeth Hartman.  The owl pattern is not an original paper pieced pattern.  I have reduced it’s size substantially (~60%) so that it fits on the side of an one hour (and the rest….) basket.

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Once the Owl was significantly smaller there were a lot of very small pieces to work with, and I find paper piecing allows me to manage the pieces and even seams better!

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This Australian Beach Scene I have created for a swap, and this Mini Quilt will be sent overseas.  Hence the little bits of Australia in it – the golden beach, seagulls, starfish in rock pools, yellow/ red to represent our lifeguards and a touch of Terra Australis – representing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  My mission this weekend is to Quilt this Mini so it is ready to send in September.  To create this scene I have used the “Spring Fling Pattern” by JMZBlond on Craftsy, and the Turtle is by SewHooked  .

Definitely give paper piecing a go -you can find patterns for any animal, Frozen characters that would make great pillows – it is really like sewing a picture !!  I love it !!

Have a great weekend !!

Leanne 🙂

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Collaborate for a Cause 2015

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Collaborate for a Cause 2015 is almost here !!

It is an Online Charity Auction on the 24-26th July 2015 on Facebook.

The Online Handmade Community collaborate once a year, to produce an amazing Online Auction with Fabulous items from your favourite Small Businesses. Each collaboration is able to choose the Charity that ALL proceeds from the Auction are given to. We have chosen the Melanoma Institute Australia – in Sydney. They use their amazing skills to research the treatment and cure of Melanoma.  A Cancer that has touched most families here in Australia.

This year Sewn by Leanne has teamed up with The Oz Material Girls, and are creating a beautiful Little Girls Nursery Set :  Sorbet Dreams !!

Combining A stunning 50″ Square Cot Quilt, Bunting and a Stunning 20″ Cushion Cover to match.

The Fabric we have chosen is Petit Fleur by Fabric Freedom – gorgeous pinks, yellows, greys and teals……

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The Quilt Design is based on the Traditional “Bird in the Air” block.  I have Quilted in Swirls to soften all the pointy triangles !  And of Course it will be bound  with Stripes !! (My Favourite).

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To match this Quilt, I have made a stunning Heart Cushion (20″ square).  The front of the Cushion has been Pieced and Quilted using gorgeous Aurifil thread (white, yellow, grey, teal and pink!).  The bunting will make make a lovely accent on a nursery wall in the same fabric, using 9 flags !

This Collaboration will be available to bid on the 24th July !!  Mark the date in your diary – as there are sooooo many participants this year – there is bound to be something to bid on, while helping others in need at the same time !

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See you there, and Im sure you will hear loads more about this great event beforehand !!

Leanne x

 

 

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