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Sunrise Joy …. a secret I had to keep is here!

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I have a secret to share…

Shh……  Yes I have been anxiously awaiting this day for six months, but it has finely arrived !!

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My first pattern Sunrise Joy is PUBLISHED !!!   WOW !!  Can you tell I’m just a tad excited?  Homespun – A leading Quilting/ Craft magazine published my quilt pattern – wow – ok I’m a little over excited !!

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It certainly was hard to contain a secret like this for six months !!  Sunrise Joy is a 70×50 (180x130cm) pieced quilt that I designed and created last year !  It is such a happy and bright quilt – it still makes me smile when I see it :-).

sewnbyleanne_sunrisejoy_secret3Sunrise Joy is made from Kona Cotton solids……… Half Square Triangles and Flying geese units !!  I can’t tell you more as you need the pattern 😉 from Homespun – 2016 February edition.

sewnbyleanne_sunrisejoy_secret4The backing fabric to this quilt is a perfect match and was a wideback (how lucky was I ????!) – A Gutermann fabric Ring-a-roses Long Island – Bird Pink .

Thank you for indulging me as my excitement settles.  Please let me know if you create a quilt from my pattern I would love to hear from you and share in your proud moment !

Happy quilting and smiling 🙂

Leanne

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Robotic Triangles, with love.

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Robotic Triangles – my latest Cot Quilt Set has been a labour of love !  The colours blend into the robots and the navy striped binding is stunning !

I need to apologise for all the photos – yes I am going to bombard you for two reasons.  Firstly, I love this set and will be sending it off on Monday with mixed emotions and secondly, I am thoroughly enjoying taking loads of pictures with my new camera !!sewnbyleanne_robotictraingles3_patchworkquilt

Robotic Triangles was created around the backing fabric from the Riley Blake Fabric – Fun Robots by Ann Kelle.  I have matched the solid colours on the front to the robots with Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton solids – Capri, titanium, white, coal, lipstick, ocean and azure !

The navy stripe binding is a Moda basic !

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The Cot Quilt is 60×40″  which I find is a great size for not only the cot, but also for a play mat, lap quilt and comforter.  This makes the quilt become more versatile and a longterm investment and treasure <3 .

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I have quilted Robotic Triangles with the lovely Aurifil thread 2600 light grey and 2021 white.  I have used a very modern geometric line and LOVE the secondary pattern these lines intersecting together have made.

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While I was quilting, I was reminded of one of those party games ” Guess how many triangles are in this picture ???  There would be A LOT in this one !!

This is just one example of what can be created to produce stunning nursery linen that is truly unique, yet modern and stylish !!

Thanks for letting me swoon over this quilt before I send it away to it’s new home.

Leanne xx

 

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Garden Delights

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Garden Delights is a gorgeous Quilt I created for Ms Midge’s Heather Bailey’s Charm Along.

Together Garden Delights is a Stunning lap Quilt (54″ Square) to warm anyone’s day and to make you smile !

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Usually I avoid florals, as I am never quite sure what to do with them !!  So when Ms Midge announced the Charm Swap would be Heather Bailey – I took up the challenge !!  I love her bright fresh colours and look what we received from the charm along – 112 gorgeous charms !!

sewnbyleanne_GardenDelights_heatherBaileyCharmsLook at the Vibrant Gorgeous Colours !!  Stunning !

The next challenge was – hmm – what shall I create.  Coincidentally I had watched a couple of You Tube tutorials from the Missouri Quilt Company on You-tube earlier in the week and saw their Falling Charms !!  As a lot of the floral prints are quite large I thought it would be a shame to cut them up – so out came the graph paper – and Garden Delights was created.  I have altered the tutorial’s measurements as I didn’t want to reduce by 5″ squares to 4″.

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As you can see each charm is bordered on two sides by Kona Cotton Snow to create the basic block.

Together they make Falling Charms !

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As you have seen in a lot of my creations – I don’t usually use borders, but I still had a lot of charms – so I decided to use two borders with mitred corners.  I feel mitred corners sometimes gives that traditional quilt feel !

1. 2″ kona cotton snow

2. 2.5″ strips of Heather Bailey Fabrics – created by simply cutting the charms in half.

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I have to say I am very proud of these corners !!  I was so excited that they worked !!

And so Garden Delights has brightened up such a dear looking Melbourne Garden !!

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I already had the binding stripe in my stash – also a Heather Bailey Fabric – Fresh Cut.

The backing is Heather bailey’s Go Go Rose in Pink with a few charms added in !!

I Quilted Garden Delights myself with beautiful swirls to soften the corners.

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I have really enjoyed this Charm Swap and Charm Along, as I have been challenged to work out of my comfort zone with beautiful fabrics ! So thank you Ms Midge and everyone participating for such a gorgeous charm pack to create with !

I can’t wait for the link up to see what everyone else created with these gorgeous charms.

So I challenge anyone try something different – it will pay off !!

Keep Quilting

Leanne xx

 

 

 

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A Quilt for Mum..

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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.

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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

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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

  Cars

Animals

Pirates

Mickey Mouse

Robots

Ferris Wheel

Planes

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

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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.

Blessings,

Leanne

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Feather Treasures – A Mini Quilt

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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.

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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 : www.annamariehorner.com/feather.bed.quilt.pdf

Tips:

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.

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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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