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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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Australian Sunset

Australian Sunset is a stunning Quilt I have had the pleasure of making for a repeat client.

I have loved Emma Jansen‘s fabric range “Terra Australis”  since she first released it. And I am privileged to say I have a Fat Quarter Bundle of both Terra Australis 1 and 2 in my stash of fabric.  So when my client requested a Quilt for an Aussie Friend currently living in Japan – I knew exactly which fabric range I wanted to use !!

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Terra Australis One
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Terra Australis Two

 

The colours and designs these two fabric ranges have, are just beautifully Aussie – bright, fun and striking !

So from a combination of both fabric ranges came the Quilt “Australian Sunset”.

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And the back is just as striking!

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One of my all time favourite ways to bind a Quilt is with STRIPES !!  And look Emma has included stripes in her fabric range – Yay !!

As many of my Quilts have been made for my clients or their gift recipients to treasure – they become very personal ……….  so I have developed this gorgeous way to label Sewn by Leanne Quilts.  I have discovered printable fabric and iron on transfers !!  Both can be washed many times and still look fantastic !  The advantage of iron on transfers is you can use any fabric.  Placing the label in the corner allows me to bind the label with the same binding as the Quilt which gives a striking personalised and treasured effect !!

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There are many techniques that Professional Quilters use to label their Quilts, but I have found that this way has certainly worked for me!  Watch out – this topic is on my Tutorial list for 2015.

Quilt details:

Front:  Emma Jansen’s Terra Australis One:  Harbour Bridge Sunburnt Orange,   Terra Australis Two:  Boomerang Sunburnt Orange, Gecko Charcoal, Gum Leaves Stone, DS Circles Desert Sands, Wattle Charcoal, Gum Flowers Sunshine.  Sashing:  Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton Solid Grey

Back: Emma Jansen’s Terra Australis One:  Grevillea Eucalyptus  Terra Australis Two: GD Maps Golden

Batting: 100% Cosy cotton

Binding: Emma Jansen’s Terra Australis Two:  Charcoal Stripe

Quilting:  Designed and Sewn by Leanne Benson.

Pattern of Quilt top: Inspired by the Colour block Pattern by Bijou Lovely

Terra Australis One and Two are produced by Ella Blue Fabrics, and stocked in various Quilting stores around around Australia and the World !!

Have a fantastic week

Many blessings

Leanne 🙂

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PS.  Note that is post is in no way a paid advertisement for any particular designer – I am just a lover of stunning fabric and design !

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