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Craft, Craft, Craft galore in August…..

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Craft has certainly taken pride of place in our home this month !!  I have been dabbling in non-quilting activities – such as creating my “One hour  and longer ……” Basket for Lil’ Pip Designs, pattern testing for Little Moo Designs, with yet another TWO patterns (Kylie is amazing with her designs), creating my children’s birthday cakes and making aprons as party favours for my daughter’ cupcake decorating party. The house has been filled with Glitter, Glue and Sugar.

But before I show you just how this month has got so busy – I must show you how perfectly the “One hour and longer…..”  Basket looks in my sewing space !!  It is just awesome <3 <3

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I adore Quiet Play’s Paper Piecing Patterns.  This one has been on my to do list for a while.  It fits perfectly on top of my thread drawers !!  yep they are all filled with Aurifil threads !!  Thank you so much for the basket Jane – it is divine !!  Currently it holds my WIP Cotton and Steel Hexagons for the up and coming Charm Along.  More on this later though………..

Back to the craft……..

Here’s a look at the Frozen Ice Castle Attempt I made, with coloured toffee !!  I have stacked up a mountain of cupcakes and surrounded it with toffee shards !!  Not a bad attempt for my first attempt at making toffee – at least I didn’t ruin any saucepans !!

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The Party Favour Aprons for the girls to wear, also became the craft activity too.  I have used a lightweight canvas on the front, and the back I used Michael Miller Fabrics new Colouring-in Range Panels.  Each panel is 60cms.  The width was perfect for each apron.  At a local craft store I found Fabric Pastels in a little box – so each girl had one to take home and finish the colouring in also !!

 

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This Bombshell Bag is just one of the patterns I have made for Kylie from Little Moo Designs in the past couple of months.  I really enjoy pattern teasing for her.  The patterns are great – easy to read and follow and the best part is – the result is useful and practical !!

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This bag is great as a little girls toiletry bag, a make up bag or simply for there bits and pieces.  I quite like this pink laminated cotton print with the black cats and their green bow ties !  I found it in  Gail B’s Patchwork,  I work casually for.

As well as all of this, I have been working behind-the-scenes on my computer, on something very exciting !!  Which I will be able to reveal early next year.  Sometimes it is so hard to keep a secret…… shhhhhhh!  I find computer work quite frustrating most of the time.  I get an idea in my head of how I want something to look, but then it takes ages to figure out how to create it on the computer.  I guess it is a skill within itself though……….

Apart from all of this, Quilting remains my favourite craft and I have a couple of WIP which I will show you later in the week……….

Enjoy…..

Leanne xx

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One Hour Basket Swap, that took many more !!

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The One Hour Basket Swap within the Quilt Block Boot Camp Facebook Group has been a lot of fun !!

I have always wanted to make the One Hour Basket – even if it was to see, if it really only took an hour to make !!  I have made more since this swap and the tutorial by Kelby Sews does only take One hour, however this is for the basic basket.

My partner in the swap is the organiser – Jane from Lil Pip Designs – so there was pressure right from the start to make sure she received a gift to say THANK YOU for organising this swap !!

I am delighted to say – she loved her treats !!  As she posted this collage on Facebook on the weekend !

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We started with the brief :  Love Cotton and Steel, Owls and NO pink and red !!

Coincidentally, I was going through a phase of paper piecing and I found Elizabeth Hartman’s Owl Pattern.  Alas it was too big, so I shrank the pattern to fit the side of the one hour basket dimensions (by 60%!) .

I had just purchased a Layer cake of Cotton and Steel from Clair’s Fabrics – and found this gorgeous grey with teal brick pattern  – perfect !!

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The sides are a little higher than the dimensions Kelby Sews mentions – but these dimensions also accommodated a couple of outside pockets on the otherside too   !!

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There are 3 pockets on this side – it is a little hard to see in the photo but there is a pen pocket in the centre !!  I reinforced the sides with medium interfacing and the pellon for extra strength.  I really hope Jane finds this basket useful.  I love this very Aztec Cotton and Steel print – funky and modern !!

Then the fun part of the swap started – what to fill the basket with !!  As I live at the “Gateway” to the Yarra Valley – it had to contain Chocolate (yes, I thought about wine !!  but the basket isn’t quite big enough to hold a bottle 🙁 ).

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The Card is handmade by The Little Card Boutique – another Melbourne based business.  Helen makes the most stunning cards !!  I really recommend you take a look, I now buy all my special cards from her !  And the Charm Pack I bought from the Cotton Factory on an IG sale ages ago – and it was just the perfect treat to pop in !

The Umbrella Lady from the pattern – Spring Fling – by JMZ Blondze on Craftsy was then created for Jane – again using  Cotton and Steel Fabric.  It is such a lovely pattern to paper piece !

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to the Craft and Quilt Fair this year to meet Jane and personally give her, her box of treasures.  Instead I was looking after children and doing many Mum things…….. so on the weekend I was creating and using the Triangular Pouch Pattern by A Spoonful of Sugar.  So as I was wrapping up the gift to send on Monday I popped two of these in as well !!  These were made from my stash of Liberty fabrics and using the Charcoal Shot Cotton.  These are fun little gifts to make – great to put chocolates or little items into !!

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All together the Gift looked great together and hopefully it said thank you enough for organising such a great and fun swap for us !!

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Thank you Jane for all your organising and ENJOY !!

Until we meet……

Leanne xx

 

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