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Summer holidays

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Life has been busy, chaotic and loads of fun so far these Summer Holidays.  With 4 beautiful children life is NEVER dull, and NEVER predictable !!  sewnbyleanne_summerholidays_children

These 4 kids are having a BLAST, and we have done a lot of firsts these holidays as our youngest is now 4 1/2.  We have gone for bush walks and seen small waterfalls and been to the beach without Daddy.  I have always been reluctant to do either of these things by myself with the kids “just in case”, but the older two are older and are stronger swimmers.  They are also the cautious ones (thankfully!).  Also, the youngest is now capable of walking further and less likely to run into the ocean with NO fear !

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The Beach was so much fun – however I took the cautious approach and went to a Bay beach – very small waves – even ripples some would call them !!  I thought this way the kids would build up there confidence with the sand, shells and I could keep track of the 4.  They built sandcastles, jumped waves, had ice-cream and just generally had a BALL !!

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Quilting tends to take a backseat over January.  I sneak it in at night or when the kids have settled to watch a movie occasionally.  However I have managed to start/ finish some projects along the way.  Somewhere in the world this week or the next, a lovely lady in the US will receive a parcel from me !!  This photo just gives you a sneak peek at the colours contained.  I love Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australia range and when it come to internationally swaps I love to send a little with them – as a little piece of Australia too !

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I have almost completed my first commissioned Quilt for the 2016.  This gorgeous Quilt top and the Anne Krelle Fun Robots as the backing will look stunning in little boys nursery <3.

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And of course January here, brings with it another birthday and being spoilt by my family xx

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Thank you everyone for your constant support and I am so looking forward to the blessings that 2016 will bring xx

Leanne 🙂

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Farmers Wife 1930s Catch up – almost !!

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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.

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I found this one a joy to create.

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

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Love the colour effect of this dainty block !!

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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 !!

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

Leanne 🙂

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Farmers Wife 1930s – Week 3

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Well today the 7th Block: Number 24 – Coral was chosen on the infamous FQS Farmers Wife 1930s Sew Along hosted by Gnome Angel.

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Coral – is a great 6.5″ block that allows you to highlight your fussy cutting.

This is the first block I haven’t Foundation Paper Pieced.  I created 4 Flying geese blocks for the star points instead of cutting the half square triangles !  Why ??  I’m not exactly sure but a few less seams is not a bad thing !

As this is the 7th block, I pulled the blocks out of my folder that I have finished to date – and WOW !!

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This Quilt is going to be bright and vibrant !!  At first I wasn’t going to set the blocks on point like the book : The farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Hird sets out.  However now I love it !!

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I’m not sure what I’m going to use as sashing just yet – but with this set up – on point, narrow sashing might work really well ??

So far we have completed Blocks 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 24.  Only 91 to go – easy !!  lol !!

It is not too late to join the ride !!

Until next week…..

Leanne x

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It’s started. Yay

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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 !!

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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

 

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A week of Ups and Downs.

This week has been one of “Ups and Downs”.  It has been the first week of the school holidays, and in our family of 6, one by one our family has succumbed to illness.  Always a challenge to continue to work from home while dealing with sick children – but it has given me the opportunity to do a lot of hand sewing – allowing me to sit on the couch with the kids, yet still cross items off my to-d0 list !!  Multi-tasking in the “mum” way !!

There has been A LOT of incidents lately on the News involving Domestic Violence, and yet another partner this week murdered !! Unbelieveable !!  I love the call out by @jackiegillies I shared week #Quiltstohealviolence.  The Quilting Community is a buzz with Tic Tac Toe blocks and it is sensational to be a part of it.  While I was sitting on the couch I drew the cartoon below and decided that it will be part of my Bee Hive Sampler Quilt with all the blocks we have created this year.  The Quilt block The Jagged Little Pill designed by @Molli Sparkles has a middle 8″ Square perfect for a message !!  I don’t embroider very often (don’t look too closely !), but my Mum did teach me as a little girl.  I just used the threads that were in my stash.  And while I was being cuddled by sick children I embroidered this – with the “corny” phrase “Quilting binds us together”.  There are many occasions when the Quilting community will come together to support another – and I am very proud to be a part of it.  The Community’s generosity never ceases to amaze me !!

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My daughter and I also made these gorgeous little pouches for one of her friends who’s Mum has just had another baby !!  Miss C choose the fabrics and we created the hexies !!

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Love it when we can use the scraps and fussy cut them into something so stunningly beautiful <3.  I like a little bit of English paper piecing but I am not a big hand sewer !

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We used two of the hexies and quilted them to the front of the little pouches !!  4×5″  they are large enough to hold Big Sister’s special little items !!

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While they were all watching a movie or two,  I’d sit down at the sewing machine, and I created an “Improv” Quilt Block – this one based on the Traditional Herringbone Quilt block.  Ive created a lot of Improv blocks before without the sashing but this was the first time with all the fussy sashing.  Hmmm I’m not sure if I have become a fan or not ???  It does use a lot of fabric and takes quite a bit of time due to the pressing in between (as you know I’m not one who always presses a seam before the next !!)  I will have to try this again to see if there are any little tricks that I could cut down the time effectiveness !!

All in all, it has been a week of “ups and Downs”, but thankfully we are now back to the UPs, and writing this post has been very therapeutic in saying the week is OVER, now for the NEW one – where the LONG AWAITED  #FQSFarmerswife1930 begins !!!  Yay the first block has been announced – pop over to GnomeAngel’s Blog to find out more !!

Have a great week

Leanne 😉

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