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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 – 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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Ready to Quilt…..

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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 !!

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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 !!!

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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 !!

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

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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 !!

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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 !!)

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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

 

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An Organised Quilt-a-long for now !

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Organisation – is something I like to be, and something I loved prior to having children.  A Type A personality, I LOVED colour co-ordinated stationary and could spend HOURS colour coding, filing and being prepared.  Some may have called this “procrastination”, instead of doing the study I needed to do.  But I had convinced myself I couldn’t work without things being “pretty” (aka organised 😉 ).

Then children came and I learnt that the first lesson they teach you is – “you are no longer in control, they are”.  I tried after one, then two, maybe a little after number three and certainly not after number four – to maintain my love of colour co-ordinated stationary and the feeling of being organised !  However, kids craft took over !!  Therfore, it has been a while since I bought stationary for myself – the children’s school booklists have been as close as I have come….

Seeing the many blogs and posts of the Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt-a-long of “Quilters Organisation 101” – inspired me to be organised with this Quilt-a-long.  I went to a local Stationary store – Officeworks – “browsed” as much as one can with a very excited 4 year old in tow……  I founds this gorgeous Orange three ring folder – matching the Sewn by Leanne Logo.  Then I ventured to the binding/ printing service to see how much Spiral binding the book would be – $5 – I was sold !!

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Then I encountered printing dilemmas !!  I printed 1-50 – but I only set it to print “Actual Size” on the first block.  OH NO!!  So much paper wasted !!  I had to go into each individual file to adjust the printing size :-(.  After block 5, I decided I would take the disc to Officeworks and ask them to do this time investment !!  They groaned but agreed, and I left clear instructions for each file to be printed at ACTUAL size.  I arrived back the next morning – and alas – there was the pile of 100 blocks beautifully printed BUT ALL at least 1/8th of an inch smaller AHHHHHHHHH!   Thankfully the lady serving behind the counter was also a quilter and understood my dilemma.  So after all that, I asked for a refund and I went home and printed the remaining 95 out individually on my home printer.

Now I have a beautifully organised folder of all 99 blocks, including the rotary cutting instructions.  I printed out a colour copy of the above photo for the front pocket ! I am already to start creating starting the 28th September – it is marked in my diary Gnome Angel !!  How exciting. 

Meanwhile to stop myself starting to create this beautiful Quilt – I’m practising on other paper-piecing challenges……  Using 627 Handworks (aka Julie Hirt) 2″ hexie tiles I have started creating a fun Hexie-Quilt from my Cotton and Steel charms……  together with Charcoal Shot cotton !!

Here is a sneak peek for my next blog post later in the week….

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They are small and fiddly – yet stunning !!

See you later in the week.

Leanne 🙂 xx

 

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A Quilt along with a HUGE commitment.

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A Quilt Along !!  There has been sooooo….. much excitement in the Quilting Hive this month with the announcement of The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Along !!

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This Quilt Along is being hosted by the gorgeous Angie aka Gnome Angel and the Fat Quarter Shop.

 

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I have never participated in a Sew / Quilt Along before, so embarking on 99 Blocks is huge.  Some of my favourite bloggers are also hosting some of the tutorials e.g. Blossom Heart Quilts,  Ms Midge  and verykerryberry….  so this should be a lot of fun.

To Participate you need to purchase Laurie Hird’s book – Wow the letters are fascinating to read, and the blocks are lovely – the challenge will be – the size.  All the 99 blocks are only 6.5″ square – Wow !  That is half the size of most of the blocks I create at present.  The book has a gorgeous layout – easy to read and see the blocks.  There are blocks you can print out and colour to see if your colour choice will work !!  A beautiful book to have on the coffee table to flick through at leisure until the quilt-along gets under way!

This book is accompanied by a CD that has all the paper piecing patterns for each block !! The next dilemma was the use of Templates or to paper piece ???  Marti Michell has 5 sets of templates that will help you cut all the blocks.  It was very tempting to buy all 5 sets – especially when I found them at the Quilting Shop I work in  – but I have decided to put more $$ into the fabric I will use than the templates.  I can’t help but think it would have been nice for the Fat Quarter Shop to put to together a kit of the Essential Templates for this Quilt Along – especially as over 2000 Quilters have joined across the world !!

The next incredibly important decision is the FABRIC.  I’m not one who takes a long time pondering over my fabric choices.  I tend to have my favourite fabric designers and colours which has held me in good stead so far……  I came across this assortment of 1930s fabrics and loved them.

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This is just the start, and from this selection I will add in solids and more modern fresh fabrics.  This Fabric Selection certainly increased my excitement A LOT !!  Many of the 99 Blocks in this Quilt Along are quite traditional – and I’m hoping to put a Modern spin on them (fingers-crossed).

Many are now awaiting the 28th of September, 2015, when the Quilt Along begins.  Gnome Angel will be posting tutorials twice a week for a year…… that is WOW – HUGE !! Everything about this Quilt Along is huge !!  I love it !  If you are interested it is not too late to join – pop over to Gnome Angel and join her Facebook Group

I’m looking forward to learning heaps from Quilters I have watched from afar.  You can follow my journey here as I will post my Quilt Along adventures as I go !!

I will post each week on my efforts, what I found challenging and the tips I love and made the blocks easier !!

See you next week, to see how organised I’ve become in preparing for this Quilt Along.

Leanne xx

 

 

 

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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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