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Paper piecing – a new love !!

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Paper Piecing has definitely become a new love of mine.  I have just completed this Giraffe.  This Pattern is made by Tartan Kiwi, and it is a big project – but look at the results !!

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Tartan Kiwi’s Pattern has a completely black background – and I just love how you can change the fabric – and therefore change the personality of the Quilt.  This Quilt is now hanging from my bedroom door, until I decide how to Quilt it.  I’m thinking something to distinguish the character of the sky and the grass !  Tartan Kiwi has also made a Zebra – Paper piecing pattern which I think is next on my to do list !! The size of this Mini Quilt is 25×34″ so it is not small !!

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This is an example of my planning stage.  I have my colouring pencils (which I borrow from my daughter) and the perfect giraffe fabric I found at work !

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Gradually the features and personality of the giraffe come together.  I have my scraps colour coded so I often have by blue box just sitting there and dig deep to find the right size piece.  So the piecing is very much trial and error.  When you start paper piecing it is quite difficult sometimes to determine how much fabric you need, so it is a bit of trial and error.  I read in a pattern recently that you should cut your pieces an inch larger than the shape on your paper – but that is quite large and you will waste a lot of fabric this way.  I’m not sure what the answer is, but I will give you a guide as I learn also…….  Paper pieced Patterns don’t often include the amount of fabric needed, which I find interesting.

Two other paper pieced projects I have completed lately are the beach scene which I have created for my #beachboundswap partner and another is the owl by Elizabeth Hartman.  The owl pattern is not an original paper pieced pattern.  I have reduced it’s size substantially (~60%) so that it fits on the side of an one hour (and the rest….) basket.

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Once the Owl was significantly smaller there were a lot of very small pieces to work with, and I find paper piecing allows me to manage the pieces and even seams better!

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This Australian Beach Scene I have created for a swap, and this Mini Quilt will be sent overseas.  Hence the little bits of Australia in it – the golden beach, seagulls, starfish in rock pools, yellow/ red to represent our lifeguards and a touch of Terra Australis – representing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  My mission this weekend is to Quilt this Mini so it is ready to send in September.  To create this scene I have used the “Spring Fling Pattern” by JMZBlond on Craftsy, and the Turtle is by SewHooked  .

Definitely give paper piecing a go -you can find patterns for any animal, Frozen characters that would make great pillows – it is really like sewing a picture !!  I love it !!

Have a great weekend !!

Leanne 🙂

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Beaches in Australia ……..

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The Beaches in Australia are renowned all over the world.  So when a Mini Quilt Beach Swap came up on Instagram, I took the challenge and started thinking of what the Beach means to a born an bred Aussie like me.

Most tourists would think of surfing, sun, yellow soft sand, sun baking, maybe our surf life savers (nippers too!) and resting !!  Well growing up in country Victoria and then Melbourne, to be honest I have visited the beach mostly in Winter.  I love walking along the beach or the numerous piers, all rugged up in the winter woolies, enjoying the sound of the waves, watching the kids collect shells and memories along the way.  I find the beach far more relaxing in Winter…  why??  because I don’t need to worry about the numerous applications of sunscreen so we don’t get burnt and watching four active young kids in the surf (much prefer the bay beaches with no surf).  The smell of the salt water, setting up the picnic rug and having hot chips from the local fish and chips shop watching the kids make sandcastles and tunnels are all family memories I will treasure.   My darling husband proposed in the middle of winter while walking along one of the amazing Great Ocean Road beaches – this always adds to my love of the beach in Winter xx

Don’t get me wrong – the beach in Summer is still an adventure, and the kids and I  love it even on a very hot summers day – but I guess now as parents we see it differently – but they LOVE it, even with me turning them into hat and “rashie” covered, water bloated, sunscreen smothered kids !!

The first paper pieced item I have made is one of a Seagull.

sewnbyleanne_beach_seagull Seagulls are everywhere on Australian beaches – especially where there is food !!  I remember one of my first trips to the beach with friends and throwing a chip at them, as they just hovered beside us !!  My friends quickly explained that this action was not done, as they then scavenge for more and they did.  One Sea gull was even brazen enough to pick one up from the paper itself.  Some will call Sea Gulls pests, but it looks amazing when you are lying on the beach looking up and there is a large flock flying overhead !!

The second piece is a Sea turtle.

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Sea Turtles are amazing creatures.  This comes from my time living in Northern Queensland and seeing these amazing creatures on the beach!  This was a joy to paper piece from a tutorial by Sew Hooked on Craftsy.  The block is only 5.5″  square – so a great way to use those “little” scraps of this Cotton and Steel Basic.

The third block is a Starfish.sewnbyleanne_starfish_beach

Starfish remind me of the endless walks on the beach and over rock pools searching for Sea life.  Finding these amazing Starfish within the rock pools and seeing their colours glistening in the sunlight !

The beach is such an amazing environment that is viewed by so many of us in different ways….  I’d love to hear from you and see what you think makes Australian beaches unique !

I’m not quite sure how these blocks are going to come together yet, but it is a work in progress and I’ll be sure to let you know !

Have a great week

Leanne x

 

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