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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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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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A Whale of a Time for two beautiful boys

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I created “Whale Of a Time” last month for a very special arrival in my extended family.  We weren’t sure whether he would be a he or a she – so Elizabeth Hartman’s Preppy the Whale pattern seemed ideal !  I had completed the top of the quilt a couple of weeks earlier but was awaiting the arrival of this gorgeous baby to choose the backing – as I have to confess if Master P was not a boy the backing would have been pink !!

These rainbow whales just make me smile every time I look at them – a great quilt for tummy time.

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For the Quilting I used swirls but included on each whale the splash of water coming from their blow holes – it looks really effective .

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Last week, my cousins sent me a photo of their gorgeous boys enjoying their arrival gifts !!

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Isn’t Master P so cute ??  So little when they are a week old !  The Size of the Quilt 60×45″ is an ideal size for a play mat or a cot quilt, or both.

Now for Master H who is just about to turn 2 – I thought how do I make him feel special too – so I created this double sided super hero cape – on one side it has the Batman logo and the other Super Big Brother.  Apparently he was Super Big Brother for days – fantastic !!

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Being a Mum of four – it is always that fine line, giving them the attention while everyone “goo and gahs” over the new arrival.  Im glad the cape made Master H feel brave and super !!

Congratulations T & C on your beautiful boys.

With lots of love

Leanne

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Kids and Sewing – School holidays

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Kids and Sewing.

Well it is school holidays here for two weeks.  It is when I try desperately to balance Sewing and the kids needs and desires !!  Do I achieve this balance ??  I guess the answer to this fabulous question depends on the day, hour, and minute.  When it all goes pear shaped – do I reassess – yes;  do I have the solution – No; and do I try to achieve too much – always.

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For years now, I have been a list person.  There is a LONG LONG to do list, a weekly to do list and a daily to do list.  There are many days, even when the older three are at school, when I look at my daily to do list and think – well that was ambitious to even think I was going to achieve ALL that !!  So I have tried a different tact these holidays – to make the kids feel like they are the centre of my universe – which of course they are (always) 😉  and so that I feel like I’m not getting behind in my orders and quilting, and therefore getting VERY stressed, snappy and those those “wonderful” characteristics of a frazzled Mum.

I have forced myself to choose 3 things that I want to do,  so – whether it be, making that binding, making dinner early or cleaning the bathrooms – only three of my jobs come off my daily list, to my essential list.  The kids also get to choose one thing from their school holiday wish list each day (within reason – my three year old, has visiting a police station and going to the moon on his wish list !)

So far we have been able to complete their wishes, and most days I have been able to do some work, and the older three know they haven’t been forgotten – or Mum hasn’t disappeared into the “land of quilting” (as my 8 year old calls it!).

I don’t know what it is like in your home, but the first few days of the school holidays seem to be the most challenging for my crew – each one getting used to the fact they have three siblings in their face 24 hours a day without the structure and constant stimulation of school!!  The lounge room couch seems to shrink as they all want to sit in the same space !!  What the ??????  After a couple of days, they have found their own little niche, their own games to play together – these holidays it seems to be  – the tickling war !!

Now after Week One I see that we have accomplished quite a bit !

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Fairy Gardens have been created……..  with many thanks to Kylie from Little Moo Designs.  I purchased these adorable fairies in November and have stored them away for a quiet time – and little Miss found them.  She spent hours in the garden playing and was very excited to hear a fairy or too chatting to them !! Ahhh !  It is great to see her imagination explode with delight !

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We have taken a couple of walks down by the river to see the ducks, and the enormous rapids (Hmm The Yarra doesn’t have rapids – but in my children’s eyes the ripples were rapids!  They will get a shock one day if they ever want to go White Water Rafting in Tully, Qld!).

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Master O even wrote his own name for the first time !!  Yay !!

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Playgrounds have been found along the way !!

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Cousins have come to play!!  While the boys were outside playing, Miss H and I created this foxy Cushion.  It is a promise I made her last holidays, and we and so much fun creating it.  Thank you Elizabeth Hartman for your gorgeous foxy pattern !

And what have I created you ask – hmm title kids and sewing – well I was so excited when one of the members of the Quilt Club Australia FB group posted “the Umbrella lady” from JMZ Blond on Craftsy, that I just had to try it.  I have developed a real love for paper pieced quilting, finding it allows you to work with small pieces with ease.

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I really love this pattern – and find it has so much scope to imprint your own personality into it !!  This little one is going to a very special lady !!

Although the shortened and child involved lists have worked for one week, there is no guarantee it will work for another – but here’s hoping (fingers crossed!).

There are many other projects and quilts on the go, but I haven’t been able to photograph outside for a couple of days due to Melbourne’s inclement weather !!  Stay tuned as when the Sun comes out – there will be loads of pictures for me to Show and Tell !

I hope holidays are going well for everyone !!

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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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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