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A Quilt along with a HUGE commitment.

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A Quilt Along !!  There has been sooooo….. much excitement in the Quilting Hive this month with the announcement of The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Along !!

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This Quilt Along is being hosted by the gorgeous Angie aka Gnome Angel and the Fat Quarter Shop.

 

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I have never participated in a Sew / Quilt Along before, so embarking on 99 Blocks is huge.  Some of my favourite bloggers are also hosting some of the tutorials e.g. Blossom Heart Quilts,  Ms Midge  and verykerryberry….  so this should be a lot of fun.

To Participate you need to purchase Laurie Hird’s book – Wow the letters are fascinating to read, and the blocks are lovely – the challenge will be – the size.  All the 99 blocks are only 6.5″ square – Wow !  That is half the size of most of the blocks I create at present.  The book has a gorgeous layout – easy to read and see the blocks.  There are blocks you can print out and colour to see if your colour choice will work !!  A beautiful book to have on the coffee table to flick through at leisure until the quilt-along gets under way!

This book is accompanied by a CD that has all the paper piecing patterns for each block !! The next dilemma was the use of Templates or to paper piece ???  Marti Michell has 5 sets of templates that will help you cut all the blocks.  It was very tempting to buy all 5 sets – especially when I found them at the Quilting Shop I work in  – but I have decided to put more $$ into the fabric I will use than the templates.  I can’t help but think it would have been nice for the Fat Quarter Shop to put to together a kit of the Essential Templates for this Quilt Along – especially as over 2000 Quilters have joined across the world !!

The next incredibly important decision is the FABRIC.  I’m not one who takes a long time pondering over my fabric choices.  I tend to have my favourite fabric designers and colours which has held me in good stead so far……  I came across this assortment of 1930s fabrics and loved them.

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This is just the start, and from this selection I will add in solids and more modern fresh fabrics.  This Fabric Selection certainly increased my excitement A LOT !!  Many of the 99 Blocks in this Quilt Along are quite traditional – and I’m hoping to put a Modern spin on them (fingers-crossed).

Many are now awaiting the 28th of September, 2015, when the Quilt Along begins.  Gnome Angel will be posting tutorials twice a week for a year…… that is WOW – HUGE !! Everything about this Quilt Along is huge !!  I love it !  If you are interested it is not too late to join – pop over to Gnome Angel and join her Facebook Group

I’m looking forward to learning heaps from Quilters I have watched from afar.  You can follow my journey here as I will post my Quilt Along adventures as I go !!

I will post each week on my efforts, what I found challenging and the tips I love and made the blocks easier !!

See you next week, to see how organised I’ve become in preparing for this Quilt Along.

Leanne xx

 

 

 

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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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