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Star of Tula Beauty – a WIP

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The Star of Tula Beauty is an ongoing work in progress.

As part of the Ms Midge Aussie Charm Swap – we all started this Charm Along with 112 5″ charms.

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I have only recently began to like/ love Tula Pink Fabrics.  The colours are bright and vibrant, and the colour combinations are bold and daring – which is fantastic !!  These bold and daring colours have forced me to look out of my comfort zone as a Quilter.  I have spent hours sorting this charm pack into a rainbow of colour shades, then searching for ideas for how to use the charms to their full potential !  A lot of Tula Pink’s fabrics are fantastic for fussy cutting – which is one of my loves – but the 5″ charms were already cut and many of the prints had only a 1/2 to a 1/4 of the design – grr !   So a lot of my ideas just wouldn’t work. But that is all part of a charm swaps’ journey which is 100% ok !  So out came my trusty graph paper and away I went !

Finally I sorted out the charms into an array of 6 colours (this took a LONG time !!)  and A Star was Born (very appropriate for this time of the Year 🙂

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I have made many Quilts now using Equilateral Triangles and they are as Versatile to me as HSTs !!  The Vibrancy of this Star of Tula Beauty is amazing !!  I just may have made my first Quilt for Myself 😉 ??!

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My Son wasn’t that keen to stand on the balcony today.  His face says a thousands words – some of which I’m sure contains the phrase “Seriously Mum !!  Do I have to hold another Quilt !!”   The joys of school holidays !

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The Star of Tula Beauty is surrounded by Emma Louise’s White and Tula Pinks Eden.  I considered making the border from extra Bright Tula Pink charms, but then thought this would detract from the centre star !

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I have fussy cut the 5″ charms as much as I could to highlight their beauty and patterns.  The triangles in the centre hexagon are a great representation of Tula Pink’s amazing creations !!

My next challenge is to decide how I will Quilt this Beauty !!  Hmmmm !  Yes I think that will take hours of sketching too !!  This really will be a Quilt of love……………..  time and tears 😉

Thank you Tula Pink for the beautiful fabric you have designed and created, and thank you Ms Midge for the Charm Swaps to enable my love of fabric and force me to work outside of my comfort zone !!

Until next time,

Leanne x

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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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