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Star of Tula Beauty – a WIP

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The Star of Tula Beauty is an ongoing work in progress.

As part of the Ms Midge Aussie Charm Swap – we all started this Charm Along with 112 5″ charms.

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I have only recently began to like/ love Tula Pink Fabrics.  The colours are bright and vibrant, and the colour combinations are bold and daring – which is fantastic !!  These bold and daring colours have forced me to look out of my comfort zone as a Quilter.  I have spent hours sorting this charm pack into a rainbow of colour shades, then searching for ideas for how to use the charms to their full potential !  A lot of Tula Pink’s fabrics are fantastic for fussy cutting – which is one of my loves – but the 5″ charms were already cut and many of the prints had only a 1/2 to a 1/4 of the design – grr !   So a lot of my ideas just wouldn’t work. But that is all part of a charm swaps’ journey which is 100% ok !  So out came my trusty graph paper and away I went !

Finally I sorted out the charms into an array of 6 colours (this took a LONG time !!)  and A Star was Born (very appropriate for this time of the Year 🙂

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I have made many Quilts now using Equilateral Triangles and they are as Versatile to me as HSTs !!  The Vibrancy of this Star of Tula Beauty is amazing !!  I just may have made my first Quilt for Myself 😉 ??!

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My Son wasn’t that keen to stand on the balcony today.  His face says a thousands words – some of which I’m sure contains the phrase “Seriously Mum !!  Do I have to hold another Quilt !!”   The joys of school holidays !

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The Star of Tula Beauty is surrounded by Emma Louise’s White and Tula Pinks Eden.  I considered making the border from extra Bright Tula Pink charms, but then thought this would detract from the centre star !

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I have fussy cut the 5″ charms as much as I could to highlight their beauty and patterns.  The triangles in the centre hexagon are a great representation of Tula Pink’s amazing creations !!

My next challenge is to decide how I will Quilt this Beauty !!  Hmmmm !  Yes I think that will take hours of sketching too !!  This really will be a Quilt of love……………..  time and tears 😉

Thank you Tula Pink for the beautiful fabric you have designed and created, and thank you Ms Midge for the Charm Swaps to enable my love of fabric and force me to work outside of my comfort zone !!

Until next time,

Leanne x

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Farmers Wife 1930s – 4 !!

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Wow can you believe it ???

We are up to 15 Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks !!  Only 81 to go !!
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Photos now of all the blocks together – really start to show how stunning everyone’s quilts will be !!  I have my favourites and certainly some blocks I’m thinking of redoing as they are a little subtle ….. but time will tell.

My favourite Farmers Wife 1930s block so far is ……… 1 – Addie !!  It was a great opportunity to feature the fussy cutting in a bigger square.  A reminder that these individual blocks are only 6.5″ , so everyone is working with SMALL pieces!!

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All my blocks are foundation paper pieced as I am finding this keeps the consistent size between the blocks !

Gnome Angel is playing Bingo on her page with blocks 1, 8, 16, 24, 94 !!

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This block number selection amazingly features some of my favourite blocks so far and lots of fussy cutting opportunities !  Aren’t the little ducks too cute ???

It is still not too late to join in the fun…..  we still have 81 blocks to go !!

Have a great Week

Leanne xx

 

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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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Fans of Cotton and Steel

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Fans of Cotton and Steel”  or FCS as I have shortened it in my design book, has been a labour of love that I have shared with you over social media for the last two months – and OMG – I can finally say it is finished – and I’m even more excited to say – I LOVE it !!!

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Coincidentally, just as I received my 112 Cotton and Steel charms from #aussiecharmswaps run by the lovely Ms Midge – I saw @JulieHirt’s Hexie tiles on Instagram.  And I feel instantly in love with the pattern.  For that weekend her Foundation Paper Piecing pattern was free !  How amazing was that !!  So I downloaded the Hexietiles from her blog 627 Handworks.  These Hexietiles come in three sizes 1″, 2″ and 4″.  Without really thinking I thought I would create 4″ Hexietiles – but alas the 5″ charms were not large enough for these, so I went with the 2″ Hexietile.

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These are the first four Hexietiles I created.  Have i mentioned yet that I not only love these Hexietiles but also the fabric !!  I am a BIG fan of the Cotton and Steel Designers !!  When I posted this photo on instagram I received the largest number of likes, comments and visits, that any of my work has ever received and I was soooooooo excited !!

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My excitement grew and so did “Fans of Cotton and Steel” .  Amongst completing commissioned Quilts I would create 3 or 4 hexietiles a night. Each Charm produced approximately 3 sectors of a fan !!  There was no order to how I placed the colours, I just tried to fussy cut the charms as much as possible so that the fabrics could shine !!

Once I had completed these three rows I started to have an idea of how I wanted the Quilt to proceed.  I LOVE the tigers and thought, keeping one charm intact on its own would create a focal point for the Quilt.   I am so glad I did, as it just increases the texture of this Quilt to the next level.

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Hence I created the rest of “Fans of Cotton and Steel” around this focal point !  The colours are just stunning aren’t they ??

I was so excited when when my favourite Cotton and Steel designers – Melody Miller – actually commented on my Hexies and wanted a high-def photo of them.  I had goose-bumps all day long….

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So the Quilt grew until there were no more charms to cut :-(.  The final size is a lovely sized Mini Quilt 36×40″ that will hang in our entrance way eventually !!  I did use some of my stash just to even out some of the colours towards the finish !

Once the Quilt top was completed it hung over my balustrade for a number of weeks as I just wasn’t sure of how to Quilt it ???????!  But Wow this last weekend I had my Quilting mo-jo in place and look even on the back the Quilting comes together to produce the arrows in the same shape as the Charcoal grey triangles at the front !!

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This design on the back fitting in so well with the Cotton and Steel Mesa Overlook Serape Indigo by Alexia Marcelle Abegg, was an absolute bonus !!  I couldn’t have hoped for it to look better than it does !!

At times it is difficult to find a Quilting pattern that will let the fabric shine – but simply following the lines of the Charcoal Essex Linen Triangles – has allowed the Cotton and Steel Fabric to shine – which I love !!

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“Fans of Cotton and Steel ” Quilt details:

Size: Mini Quilt 40×36″

Front:  112 Cotton and Steel 5″ Charms and Charcoal Essex Linen

Back: Mesa Overlook Serape Indigo

Binding: Mustang Arrows in Navy Metallic

Quilting:  Aurifil thread Variegated Grey 4670.  Designed by Sewn by Leanne.

Hexietile Pattern – 627 Handworks – Julie Hirt.

Batting:  100% Cosy Cotton

It will be a joy to keep this Quilt and hang it in our entrance – as I have enjoyed every minute of creating it !!  I hope you have enjoyed it’s creation as much as I have 😉  I can’t wait to link this one up to the charm a long in a couple of weeks !!

Have a great week.

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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New Nursery Decor for a Special Little Boy…..

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A beautiful new nursery decor for a special little boy…

Chrissie chose new beautiful ranges of fabric before Master P was born – this stunning Backyard Baby Range from Michael Miller and the pink Wee Wanderer also from Michael Miller. We didn’t know what gender their new addition was going to be – so creating could not start before Master P arrived.

The order was :  fitted sheet, flat sheet, bunting and 2 cushion covers.
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So the week master P arrived I ordered this gorgeous fabric range, and when it arrived – it is even more gorgeous in person <3.  The fabric has a beautiful soft feel to it.

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The first cushion cover is square, and just lent itself to some fussy cutting beside the polka dots.  Chrissie had sent me a text during the week, and used Paddy instead of Patrick – so I decided to machine embroider this gorgeous “pet” name to the cushion.  ON the second cushion I found this teal ribbon with polka dots at Spotlight while going through fabric – and thought it would be a perfect match and it was !!.

The fitted sheet and flat sheet were made from the polka dots – giving the nursery decor lots of colour for a sweet little boy.

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The bunting has 15 flags and is double sided.  I used an Ash Blue for Patrick’s name and machine applique’d the name to the front flag !  It looks so good in his room all together.

With the spare fabric – I created a cot sized pillowcase for when he is older.

I feel very honoured to have been entrusted with this creation.  Bringing a newborn baby home to their new nursery that you have spent HOURS contemplating and designing  is such a special time for all parents…

Enjoy <3 <3

This is just one example of how Sewn by Leanne creates Nursery Decor to suit your needs.

Have a great day.

Leanne

 

 

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Quilt Blocks and more……..

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Signing up to the Quilt Block Boot camp and The Bee Hive Swap  has been sensational.  I cannot thank Sew Delicious, Blossom Heart Quilts and Gnome Angel enough for organising them <3 <3  .  Please excuse the number of photos in this post compared to words, But I’m just having so much fun extending my skills, I have to show you.

Economy Quilt Blocks

These are just gorgeous.  They are simple but so effective !  I plan to create a couple of “I spy” Quilts with these Quilt blocks.  I love to fussy cut, so I have been enjoying these !  Which block do you like the most ???  The Sneetches holding hands is my favourite !!

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Quilt Block Boot Camp

The rest week last week has allowed me to catch up:  Yes as you scroll through the photos you will recognise similar fabrics, and my aim is to build a Quilt with all of these Quilt Blocks or maybe even more than ONE !!

The SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP QUILT BLOCKS are first – I just love how the positive and negative images work together !!

Fabric :  Cotton and Steel Tanagrams in Indigo and Petit Street by Dashwood studios.

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The CROSS-STITCH BLOCK by PileO’Fabric is gorgeous too.  I’m undecided whether this Quilt Block is actually suited to 2 fabrics that are patterned.  It may be a bit too busy.  What do you think ??

Fabric:  Creative Thursday Fabric on White and Aneela Hoey Little Apples Red.

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From the same fabric I made the simple little HEART QUILT BLOCK by Cluck Cluck Sew.

When I first saw this photo I thought I’d forgotten to sew the left top corner piece to finish the heart, however I have I assure you – I just didn’t make sure it just has too much of the red heart in the small piece.  Something to always watch out for, especially when you are cutting 1″ blocks !!  It does’t take much for the cutting to go wrong !!

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Today, I enjoyed sewing the CHURN DASH QUILT BLOCK by Cluck Cluck Sew (another one of my favourite Bloggers).  I love the fussy cut middle Square.  Mixing Cotton and Steel fabrics with the more traditional pattern of Tilda is not something I would ordinarily think of.  But I think the pink highlights the pink tanagrams.

Fabric:  Cotton and Steel Tanagrams in Indigo, Tilda Damask Ruby Pink, Riley Blake’s Country Girl.

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The Bee Hive Swap

These Blocks are more challenging, but the end results are stunning.

Firstly the block I made for the month of March was the WANTA FANTA by The Better Off Thread.  The requirements were any scrappy bright fabrics for the corners and fan, but the background was to be Chartreuse (green).

This is the result, the Quilt Block is currently in the snail mail to the Queen Bee, so hopefully she will like it !!

sewnbyleanne_quiltblocks_wantafantaThe challenging aspect to this block is to get your scant 1/4″ seams correct so that the fans will line up with the corners.

Fabrics:  Again I have used Cotton and Steel Tanagrams, 2 Creative Thursday Fabrics, and The light blue fabric is by Sue Penn for Studio B fabrics.

As well as creating my monthly swap Quilt Block, I am making the additional blocks, which will go into my Quilt eventually !!  This MINERAL QUILT BLOCK by Jane at QUILT JANE is gorgeous and great for those little scraps.

Again I have used my favourite Cotton and Steel Fabric, but included a great low volume black and White text Print called Vineyard from Riley Blake fabrics.  This is new to my stash and bought it from the Cotton Factory in the last couple of weeks.  Make sure you follow Alison on Instagram @Cotton Factory Destash as she has great deals on unusual stunning fabrics like this one !

I was very chuffed when @QuiltJane on Instagram shared this block over the weekend.  Thank you 🙂

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QCA Bee

This is the last block I’m sharing today !!  It is called the X PLUS QUILT BLOCK.  I love the bright scrappy feel of it, and can’t wait to see this Quilt put together !!  A tutorial can be found on the Badskirt blog.

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Using a bright fabric for the PLUS and then extending with a dark certainly works for this block.  Again I have used the Vineyard Low Volume Fabric .  I love the red centre of this block !!

As you can see hopefully these Blocks will come together in an awesome Quilt !!  Some are easy and others are challenging, but I think sometimes the easier ones are just as  stunning.  Let me know what you think of the blocks, and if you feel so inclined try one of out (or all of them !)  Just click on the links !

If you do try one of them, please share with me !!  Here in the comments or on Instagram @sewnbyleanne

Happy Quilting

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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