Posted on

Farmers Wife 1930s Catch up – almost !!

farmerswife1930s_catchup_sewnbyleanne

HAPPY NEW YEAR – and welcome to 2016 !!

As I was a having a cup of coffee with my charming husband this morning, I was contemplating the year 2016.  Mr Benson headed back to work today after a lovely 12 days off with us, and this signalled to me, the Christmas season has definitely finished and life returns to “chaotic normal” for us.  There are LOADS of adventures planned for the kids to enjoy before they head back to school in four weeks time…..  and here at Sewn by Leanne it’s a matter of working around the kids timetable for another 4 weeks.

Then I quickly checked any emails that had come in over the weekend – and saw one from the Gnome Angel.  I instantly thought – Oh no !!  I haven’t caught up on all the Farmers Wife 1930s Quilt Blocks yet !  And another block is already ready to be presented tomorrow  – Ahhh !  Well if I didn’t catch up today – I could see the light at the end of tunnel moving further away……

Cat, Malvina, Priscilla, Daffodil, Ava and Autumn were all placed in by WIP pile to do over the Christmas break.  Life was far too frantic there for a while !!

This morning I was able to do 4 – Cat, Malvina, Priscilla and Daffodil.  Ava and Autumn will be completed tonight.

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930s_daffodilDaffodil – 26

I found this one a joy to create.

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930s_catCat – 22

Love the effect of the Cat’s eyes !!  I like the larger squares for the chance to fussy cut 😉

farmers wife1930s_sewnbyleanne_malvinaMalvina – 55

Love the colour effect of this dainty block !!

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930s_priscillaPriscilla – 86

Oh Priscilla !!  I do like you now that I have finished you, but alas your VERY obtuse Y seams were tricky. Lol !!

Together these 4 look very smart !!

farmerswife1930s_catchup_sewnbyleanneOnce I have completed Ava and Autumn I will take a photo of the first 3 months completed. I am excited to see what the array will look like !!  I can’t imagine how the Gnome Angel feels with the enormity of this project but when I read her email this morning and noted that there is still another 9 months to go – I was feeling Oh dear !!  Now that I am only two behind, I as breathing normally again and can face my email inbox again !!

Until tomorrow when I will reveal Ava and Autumn and the whole collection !!

Leanne 🙂

Please like & share:
Posted on

It’s started. Yay

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_bonnie_started

What’s Started ????   Yes, it’s the Farmers Wife Sampler 1930s Quilt-a-long  ……. and Wow !! Everyone has hit the ground running !!

The first Block #12 Becky – was released on Sunday – and WOW !!  Everyone was ready and waiting !!

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_becky_started

The second block #16 Bonnie:  was released on Tuesday !!

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_bonnie_startedThere are so many different colours, fabrics and styles being used by the participants…….everything from polka dots, ultra modern to French General and Country Cottage.

With every block each Quilter creates, it is true, the personality of the block is created by the fabric we choose !!  I can’t wait till we are further on and we start to see the Quilts come to life – each will be different and unique yet created from the same book.   Oooh I have goosebumps just thinking of it !

I’m loving the vibrant colours of the fabrics I have chosen to use for this Quilt…….  And there are a few prints included that I am able to fussy cut along the way !  I’m so glad Angie’s Fat Quarter Bundle included some Terra Australis as the kangaroos have worked really well in the Bonnie Block.

Some Quilter’s are English Paper Piecing, some are Foundation Paper Piecing and others are using Templates  – me – I’m Foundation Paper Piecing as I find this gives me the most accurate cut and a method I am familiar with.  For the majority of the Quilts I create I work with larger blocks, so the challenge of working with smaller pieces to complete the 6.5″ blocks is great !

Thank you Angie (aka GnomeAngel) for this splendid opportunity for Quilters to share their knowledge and connect.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Quilter – there is a space for you in this Quilt-a-long.  So many are sharing their knowledge and wealth of experience with novices and getting to know each other – it is very heart warming in today’s world – even if it is through the IT wires !!  Angie has organised this so well I am in AWE of her ORGANISATIONAL ABILITY and her TALENT……… <3 <3  WE really do admire and respect you !!

Tomorrow another Block is released – and many will be created !…..  Each Wednesday I’ll share with you what I have created !  I’d love to know how you are finding the process !

Many blessings for the days ahead,

Leanne xx

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

Ready to Quilt…..

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930samplerquilt_readytoquilt2

Ready to Quilt ???

I think I am as ready as I’ll ever be and as I ever have been to start a Quilt-a-long.  I’m getting excited that it is only a week away !!  I’m itching to start making the blocks – especially now that I have opened the packages of beautiful fat quarters that arrived a couple of weeks ago !!

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930samplerquilt_readytoquilt2

Above are a gorgeous combination of 1930s fabrics, Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australis and Kona cotton solids – OMG !! I am in LOVE !!!

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930samplerquilt_gnomeangelfatquarters_readytoquilt

This is the Gnome Angel’s Fat Quarter Bundle put together specifically for the Farmers Wife 1930s Quilt Along – and it is divine !!  Look at all those colours – just sooooo Pretty and Amazing !!  They are a combination of Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Terra Australis by Emma Jean Jansen and a few of Rosalie Quilan’s designs as well !!  Aren’t we Aussie’s so clever !!!  Together these fabrics are as pretty as a rainbow !!

sewnbyleanne_gnomeangelfatquarters_readytoquilt_farmerswife1930samplerquilt2

Then I combined my own 1930s stash with them !!

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930samplerquilt_readytoquilt

I’m so pleased they all work together !!  My mind is working over time now at the fabric combinations possible !! Ahh ! It is going to be hard to hold on this week and not to start – but thankfully it is school holidays and all the kids are home to distract me !!

Then I opened Rita Hodge’s (aka Red Pepper Quilts)  Kona Cotton Fat Quarter Selection !!

sewnbyleanne_readytoquilt_farmerswife1930samplerquilt

Yay !!  The solids also work !!

I am Ready to Quilt !!!  Yay !!

I have even cleaned out a drawer next to my sewing machine, specifically for the Quilt-a long – so I know exactly what I have and where !!  (Just ignore the Give Way stickers my 4 year old has put on the chest of drawers – apparently they were too white and boring lol !!)

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930samplerquilt_readytoquilt3

They even fit perfectly into the drawer !!  OMG I can’t believe how organised I am for this one !!

One more week everyone !!

See you there.

Leanne xx

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

The old meets new…

sewnbyleanne_octagonalquiltblock_oldmeetsnew

The old meets the new, has been the theme for this week !!

My #QuiltBlockBootCamp has been given the challenge of creating this traditional Cathedral Block.

I have used 5″ squares, as in the Missouri Quilt Company Tutorial which I think made the block a little easier.
sewnbyleanne_cathedralblock_oldmeetsnewI do love the effect the solid kona cotton colours make together as the background.  I used my 5″ charm squares of gilded Japanese fabric for the centres – and the colours are just popping out at you !  This Cathedral block has been on my to do list for a while and I’m so glad Alison gave it to us, as our fortnightly challenge – as now I can say I’ve completed it.  I’m not exactly sure what this WIP will become yet – a cushion cover perhaps or even a centre piece – although it is very bright !!

sewnbyleanne_cathedralblock_oldmeetsnew_beginning

This is how the blocks looks like together, before you start to topstitch !!  It is a fun block, but can’r say that it will be my favourite.

The following block is where the old meets new – octagonal blocks have been around for many years.  Traditionally they are foundation paper pieced, and were great way to use your scraps.  With todays quilt design programs, octagonal blocks are beaming more and more complex.  This month I have signed up for a work octagonal block swap – and the first block we create our own to show others our desired colour scheme.  So I spent the weekend thinking of what I would use my finished Quilt for – and decided I wanted it to be for my daughter !!  Her favourite colours are pink and red !!  Yay !!  Then I thought of the Ella Blue Basics range – yummy <3

sewnbyleanne_ellabluebasics_oldmeetsnew

Here is the Octagonal block I have created to show my colour scheme.  I have nominated the grey as my backing fabric !  This Quilt could be red or pink or a combination – it will be fun to open the box at the end of the 12 months to see everyone’s contribution !

sewnbyleanne_octagonalquiltblock_oldmeetsnew

The pattern cannot be shared as my work colleague designed it – but is it not BEAUTIFUL <3 <3  It is a stunning block of Ella Basics surrounded by some Tilda love (which we of course all need!).

This will be a long waited WIP !!

Have great week and on the weekend I will show you the beautiful fabrics I have stashed for my Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt – oh exciting – the 28th is getting closer !!

Leanne  xx

 

Please like & share: