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A Quilt for Mum..


A Quilt for Mum is a great Bespoke Gift to treasure always on Mothers Day……

I made this gorgeous Quilt last year, and it was selected in the Reader Choice section of Homespun in August 2014.  It was one of my first attempts to Free Motion Quilt without a pattern.  The FMQ con sots of chained hearts and flowers to fill the negative space.  This Lap Quilt would make a gorgeous present for your Mum, and even a treasured gift for a loved any loved one.



I made it from the Judy Brumaster’s Pattern Homespun Published in January 2014.

Quilt with Heart details:

Front:  Designer Quilting Cottons from Tilda, and Robert Kaufman’s White Kona Cotton Solid

Back:  Garden from Camelot Cottons

Batting: 100% Cosy Cotton

Binding: Red Stripes from Tilda Fabrics

Quilting Design:  FMQ designed by Sewn by Leanne



This Quilt  is ready to be purchased and shipped to its new home………  Surround your Mum this Mothers Day with love !!

It is $140 AUD plus postage……. just visit Quilt with Heart !!




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Special treasures……

Special treasures…..

Do you have  special treasures that you have bought or been given, that you or your child will treasure forever ?   This is what I have been thinking about while making these I Spy Quilts.

This I spy Quilt has a little of everything…………  Teddy Bears




Mickey Mouse


Ferris Wheel


all of these items are a special treasure or memory to a little child.


sewnbyleanne_ispyquilt2_treasureThese I Spy Quilts will be available in my Etsy Store next week for purchase.  They are both “one of a kind” bespoke quilts that will become a special treasure for your child.

Can you think of special treasures from your childhood?

I had a special Orange checked woollen blanket that I took everywhere with me.  There is even a photo somewhere, when I was 2 sucking my thumb holding onto it while it was on the washing line.  I will dig it out sometime and show you 😉  Heather, was a rag doll that also went everywhere with me.  it was bigger than me, when I was given it.  It has crying stains on the front, as when I was sad, she was the first item I hugged.  Heather was Holly Hobbie’s best friend !

My husband had a special – Teddy bear – “Noonie”.  He was very sad when his mother threw him out.  Shhhh! I can’t tell you how old he was at this stage 😉  He gave our eldest son recently his treasured Lego Fire Engine he was given on his 8th Birthday.

I have so enjoyed making these Quilts and will enjoy passing them onto the next generation to treasure and love <3.



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Feather Treasures – A Mini Quilt


Feather Treasures

My First Mini Quilt – Feather Treasures – this week was a delight to make.  This “Feather Bed Quilt Block” by Anna Marie Horner appealed from the first moment I saw it a couple of weeks ago.


As I have been been at home most of the week with laryngitis and 4 small children on school holidays, the fabric delivery of these Dashwood Studio Fabrics from Wild Cotton Fabrics was a BIG highlight !!  The Combination of fabrics and the feather bed Quilt Block Pattern is simply stunning.

I have used Dashwood Studios Cuckoos calling as the backing – and just love those gorgeous Cuckoo Clocks and little birds !! (Please excuse the few threads I have just noticed in this photo !)

sewnbyleanne_feathertreasures_miniquiltbackingThere are a few hints I can give you now that I have made Feather treasures, to make your creations a little easier and without too much fabric wastage.

The link to the Quilt Block Tutorial is :


1.  Strip piecing:  cut your PDF pieces out first.  Using WOFs  you need to have a length of 18″ for the pattern pieces to fit on the angle!  You can cut 3 Complete Feathers out of one WOF Strip piece.

In doing this there is quite a bit of fabric wastage, which is another reason why I have cut the four triangles of fabric left on the bias and created 2.5″ bias binding from them.

2.  Paper piecing:  This is the method I would choose next time I create this Quilt.  I think it would certainly decrease the amount of fabric wastage.  I think it would be a great beginners project to paper piecing!

3. Stem of the leaf:  Great for your little long scraps.  It is simply a 1″ strip. So look through your small scraps pile before cutting.

4. Background:  This Mini Quilt took 1/2 yard of grey Kona Cotton Solid.  At first Glance it doesn’t look like a lot of background, and I was surprised that it took most of the half yard.



Feather Treasures Mini Quilt Details:

Size: 20×30″

Front:  Feather Bed Quilt Block Pattern x3, Dashwood Studios Cuckoo calling range of fabrics, Cotton & Steel Tangrams, Kona Cotton Grey Solid.

Back: Dashwood Studio Cuckoo calling in Navy

Batting: 100% Cosy Cotton

Quilting:  FMQ Designed by Sewn by Leanne, Gutermann Sulky Thread Navy 1044 and Silver 1011

Binding: Dashwood Studio Cuckoos Calling Range from Strip piecing.


My Thanks to Christine Healy for sharing this Block in Quilt Block Boot Camp, which is where is was this gorgeous Quilt Block first !!

Have a go, this Quilt block would be gorgeous as a Cushion Cover, Table runner, Wall Feature, Lap Quilt or Bed Quilt of any size !


Happy Quilting

Leanne 🙂




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Kaleidoscope of colours

NB: The photos of my Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt has been taken down due to an opportunity for publication.  Thank you for your understanding and I will keep you posted as to when and where you can see this gorgeous Quilt published xx

Introducing “The Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt

My latest commissioned Quilt is just finished – the stunning  “Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt”.

It was a privilege to deliver this Quilt to it’s owner this week, and am sooooo happy she absolutely adores it………….  I’m going to keep her identity a secret just a little bit longer as I’m going to play a little game on my Facebook page tomorrow !!  This bright and happy  Queen Sized Quilt (80×100″) has been the largest project I have undertaken to date and Quilted myself – it did help that my new sewing machine arrived in the middle of creating the Quilt top (thank goodness ).



It is so rewarding to see the design come to life…..  The Quilt top was inspired by  “Postcards from Sweden” by Jeliquilts  who was firstly inspired by an IKEA postcard.  I have extended the original pattern and altered the pattern of colours so that is still has a “kaleidoscope”  effect!



and from this sheet of graph paper coloured in – The “Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt”  became this stunning, rainbow Queen Size Quilt.



and it is just stunning, bright and happy.

Stand by for further posts as it has inspired me to show you how this Quilt was created…………   From labelling the 38 Kona cotton solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics (all purchased from “The Fabric Shack” in the USA, cutting the correct number of squares and triangles from each colour to form the blocks, more labelling of rows and columns ………..and the final decision to Straight line Quilt this gorgeous Quilt in neutral Grey (Gutermann thread).

Please indulge me in showing you more photos of the Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt ………….


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Kaleidoscope of Colour Quilt Details are as follows:

Size:  80×100″  Queen Size Quilt.

Top:  Traditional Half Square Triangles, inspired by  “Postcards from Sweden” by Jeliquilts.  Fabric is an assortment of  38 Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids

Back and Binding:  Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids Navy.

Batting:  100%  Cosy Cotton.

Thread:  Neutral Grey 038 Gutermann Thread on top, and Navy 1044 Gutermann Sulky Thread.

Quilting:  Straight Line using a Walking foot.

Thank you for enjoying this Quilt………  Stay tuned for how this Quilt was made !!

Leanne xx

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