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Fans of Cotton and Steel

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Fans of Cotton and Steel”  or FCS as I have shortened it in my design book, has been a labour of love that I have shared with you over social media for the last two months – and OMG – I can finally say it is finished – and I’m even more excited to say – I LOVE it !!!

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Coincidentally, just as I received my 112 Cotton and Steel charms from #aussiecharmswaps run by the lovely Ms Midge – I saw @JulieHirt’s Hexie tiles on Instagram.  And I feel instantly in love with the pattern.  For that weekend her Foundation Paper Piecing pattern was free !  How amazing was that !!  So I downloaded the Hexietiles from her blog 627 Handworks.  These Hexietiles come in three sizes 1″, 2″ and 4″.  Without really thinking I thought I would create 4″ Hexietiles – but alas the 5″ charms were not large enough for these, so I went with the 2″ Hexietile.

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These are the first four Hexietiles I created.  Have i mentioned yet that I not only love these Hexietiles but also the fabric !!  I am a BIG fan of the Cotton and Steel Designers !!  When I posted this photo on instagram I received the largest number of likes, comments and visits, that any of my work has ever received and I was soooooooo excited !!

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My excitement grew and so did “Fans of Cotton and Steel” .  Amongst completing commissioned Quilts I would create 3 or 4 hexietiles a night. Each Charm produced approximately 3 sectors of a fan !!  There was no order to how I placed the colours, I just tried to fussy cut the charms as much as possible so that the fabrics could shine !!

Once I had completed these three rows I started to have an idea of how I wanted the Quilt to proceed.  I LOVE the tigers and thought, keeping one charm intact on its own would create a focal point for the Quilt.   I am so glad I did, as it just increases the texture of this Quilt to the next level.

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Hence I created the rest of “Fans of Cotton and Steel” around this focal point !  The colours are just stunning aren’t they ??

I was so excited when when my favourite Cotton and Steel designers – Melody Miller – actually commented on my Hexies and wanted a high-def photo of them.  I had goose-bumps all day long….

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So the Quilt grew until there were no more charms to cut :-(.  The final size is a lovely sized Mini Quilt 36×40″ that will hang in our entrance way eventually !!  I did use some of my stash just to even out some of the colours towards the finish !

Once the Quilt top was completed it hung over my balustrade for a number of weeks as I just wasn’t sure of how to Quilt it ???????!  But Wow this last weekend I had my Quilting mo-jo in place and look even on the back the Quilting comes together to produce the arrows in the same shape as the Charcoal grey triangles at the front !!

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This design on the back fitting in so well with the Cotton and Steel Mesa Overlook Serape Indigo by Alexia Marcelle Abegg, was an absolute bonus !!  I couldn’t have hoped for it to look better than it does !!

At times it is difficult to find a Quilting pattern that will let the fabric shine – but simply following the lines of the Charcoal Essex Linen Triangles – has allowed the Cotton and Steel Fabric to shine – which I love !!

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“Fans of Cotton and Steel ” Quilt details:

Size: Mini Quilt 40×36″

Front:  112 Cotton and Steel 5″ Charms and Charcoal Essex Linen

Back: Mesa Overlook Serape Indigo

Binding: Mustang Arrows in Navy Metallic

Quilting:  Aurifil thread Variegated Grey 4670.  Designed by Sewn by Leanne.

Hexietile Pattern – 627 Handworks – Julie Hirt.

Batting:  100% Cosy Cotton

It will be a joy to keep this Quilt and hang it in our entrance – as I have enjoyed every minute of creating it !!  I hope you have enjoyed it’s creation as much as I have 😉  I can’t wait to link this one up to the charm a long in a couple of weeks !!

Have a great week.

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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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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