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A Solo Giraffe

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A “Solo Giraffe” started as a small project for a very dear recipient to return a RAOK…  knowing that they have a love of Giraffes – a mini quilt came to mind.

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The Tartan Kiwi  has some amazing foundation paper piecing patterns.  Some of them have been on my to do list for a while – including this one !!  For those that are visiting – foundation paper piecing involves sewing fabric to a paper foundation in a numerical sequence.  Once the sequence is completed – you remove the paper from the back and you are hopefully left with a gorgeous image such as this giraffe, to start creating your “quilt sandwich”.  The Tartan Kiwi patterns are fantastic, great explanations and clear instructions.  However, I would not recommend this for your first foundation paper piecing project.  Make a couple of stunning stars first and then go for it !!  (There are so many on Pinterest).  Once you have the idea of following the numbers – you have your strategy down pat for any Foundation Paper Piecing pattern.

Most of the fabrics used here, have come from my stash.  The gorgeous Giraffe fabric print I found while sorting out a pile of “roll-ups” at work.  The blues, oranges and greens just happened to be in my stash 😉  I really didn’t start with a plan of which fabrics went where, but I took advantage of the colouring page that Juliet contains in her pattern – to give me some idea where the sky and grass will meet.

Back of the Solo Giraffe Quilt

It always amazing when you see a fabric and say “Yes” this is the perfect fabric for my project. I was visiting and playing with fabric at  Clair’s fabric, and fell in love.   The bright flowers and birds in this Echino Decoro fabric for Kokka, are just divine.  I can just imagine a giraffe wanting to live in this garden.  It is a cotton linen, so heavier than Quilting Cotton, but gives this mini quilt (36×24″) the lift it needs.

The feeling is overwhelming when the back of your Quilt looks just as amazing as the front !!  Almost like a “negative of a photograph” !!  You can really see the free motion quilting  stunning effects on the back of this quilt !! I have machine bound this Mini Quilt, so even the straight stitching framing the back looks awesome !  I have used Aurifil thread 2310 to quilt this mini !

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Here are some close-ups just to give you an idea of the free motion quilting I have done here !

sewnbyleanne_foundationpaperpiecing_giraffeI have loved this project and am hoping the recipient loves it just as much as I do !!

Go and check out The Tartan Kiwi – Juliet has some awesome designs and patterns – if I had the time I would create them all 😉

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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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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