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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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Quilt Block Design: Many Fish

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At the start of the year I decided to start putting on paper my Quilt designs – in order to one day start publishing patterns.  Now I have over 30 Quilt Block Designs.  So before it gets too overwhelming to write tutorials for them all I have decided to write a Tutorial each week.  So today is the first one!

Coincidentally one of my favourite bloggers Alyce aka Blossom Heart Quilts has written an excellent eBook – DIY Block Design .  It has great tips that are invaluable to both the beginner and the experienced Quilter.  This week you get two tutorials from me, as I’m part of her Quilt Block Design Blog Hop !!  So look forward to another block on Wednesday !!

My First Quilt Block to share with you is MANY FISH.  I’m probably one of the few Quilters that enjoy making Half Square Triangles (HSTs), which is why they feature so prominently in my creations.  Yes the trimming does get tedious for a large Quilt – but I also find something therapeutic about the repetition also.  (I know truly weird !!)sewnbyleanne_manyfishes_quiltblockdesign

The Instructions below will allow you to create one 12.5″ unfinished Quilt Block.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric 1. (you will have 1 spare HST)

5      2.5×2.5″ squares

8      3.5×3.5″ squares

Fabric 2. (you will have 1 spare HST)

3      2.5×2.5″ squares

5      3.5×3.5″ squares

Fabric 3.  (you will have 1 spare HST)

2      3.5×3.5″ squares

Fabric 4.  (You will have 1 spare HST)

1       3.5×3.5″ square

Background Fabric.

16    3.5×3.5″ squares

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Step 1

The Making of 32 HSTs.  On each of the 16 Background fabric 3.5″ squares draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite.

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Pair each background 3.5″ square with the coloured fabric 3.5″ squares.  Sew these pairs together using a 1/4″ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line. (Tip 1.  I tend to “Chain Sew” this step to increase the speed of construction and decrease the use of thread).

Then use your ruler to cut along the diagonal marked line.

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Trimming the HSTs is the longest part of the process.  I do this BEFORE pressing the seams open.  Using your smallest ruler, I place the ruler onto the FOLDED triangle and place the 2.5″ ruler marks onto the sewing line (NOT THE EDGE).

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Then trim the two sides.  Note:  you will have about 1/4″ extra on both sides of your ruler, if your sewing and cutting is accurate – this is because I still add an inch to the final square dimension I am after.  Most experienced quilters will add 7/8″ to conserve fabric, I tend to still use an inch as I find it improves my accuracy and allows for working late at night mistakes !

Once you have trimmed your HSTs to 2.5″ squares – press the seams open.

Through these steps you will turn the pile of HSTs from this:

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Step 2.

I like to layout my block beside my sewing machine so I can see the placement of the blocks.

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Step 3.

Using the above photo as a guide to then sew the 2.5″ squares into columns using a 1/4″ seam. As pictured below.

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Press the seams in each column in opposite directions.  That way you can nest the seams together when sewing the columns together.

Sew the columns together using a 1/4″ seam – and congratulations you have finished your Many Fish Quilt Block.

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The following diagram vies you an idea what a Many Fish Quilt (50×50″) would look like with 4 different fabrics and with 16 Many Fish Quilt Blocks (created using EQ7).

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Enjoy your Quilt Block Creations !!  Here I have used beautiful Kaffe Fassett Fabric – that is bold, colourful and bright.

Come and See my next blog post (7th of October) as it will tell you more about Alyce’s (aka @Blossomheartquilts)  great new book DIY Block Design – that will help you with all the Quilt Math that you need to design your own quilt blocks.

Have a great start to your week.

Leanne 🙂

PS  My last tip is to save your left over HSTs as you will soon have enough to create your own HST Scrappy Cushion Cover !!

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It’s started. Yay

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What’s Started ????   Yes, it’s the Farmers Wife Sampler 1930s Quilt-a-long  ……. and Wow !! Everyone has hit the ground running !!

The first Block #12 Becky – was released on Sunday – and WOW !!  Everyone was ready and waiting !!

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The second block #16 Bonnie:  was released on Tuesday !!

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_bonnie_startedThere are so many different colours, fabrics and styles being used by the participants…….everything from polka dots, ultra modern to French General and Country Cottage.

With every block each Quilter creates, it is true, the personality of the block is created by the fabric we choose !!  I can’t wait till we are further on and we start to see the Quilts come to life – each will be different and unique yet created from the same book.   Oooh I have goosebumps just thinking of it !

I’m loving the vibrant colours of the fabrics I have chosen to use for this Quilt…….  And there are a few prints included that I am able to fussy cut along the way !  I’m so glad Angie’s Fat Quarter Bundle included some Terra Australis as the kangaroos have worked really well in the Bonnie Block.

Some Quilter’s are English Paper Piecing, some are Foundation Paper Piecing and others are using Templates  – me – I’m Foundation Paper Piecing as I find this gives me the most accurate cut and a method I am familiar with.  For the majority of the Quilts I create I work with larger blocks, so the challenge of working with smaller pieces to complete the 6.5″ blocks is great !

Thank you Angie (aka GnomeAngel) for this splendid opportunity for Quilters to share their knowledge and connect.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Quilter – there is a space for you in this Quilt-a-long.  So many are sharing their knowledge and wealth of experience with novices and getting to know each other – it is very heart warming in today’s world – even if it is through the IT wires !!  Angie has organised this so well I am in AWE of her ORGANISATIONAL ABILITY and her TALENT……… <3 <3  WE really do admire and respect you !!

Tomorrow another Block is released – and many will be created !…..  Each Wednesday I’ll share with you what I have created !  I’d love to know how you are finding the process !

Many blessings for the days ahead,

Leanne xx

 

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Ready to Quilt…..

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Ready to Quilt ???

I think I am as ready as I’ll ever be and as I ever have been to start a Quilt-a-long.  I’m getting excited that it is only a week away !!  I’m itching to start making the blocks – especially now that I have opened the packages of beautiful fat quarters that arrived a couple of weeks ago !!

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Above are a gorgeous combination of 1930s fabrics, Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australis and Kona cotton solids – OMG !! I am in LOVE !!!

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This is the Gnome Angel’s Fat Quarter Bundle put together specifically for the Farmers Wife 1930s Quilt Along – and it is divine !!  Look at all those colours – just sooooo Pretty and Amazing !!  They are a combination of Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Terra Australis by Emma Jean Jansen and a few of Rosalie Quilan’s designs as well !!  Aren’t we Aussie’s so clever !!!  Together these fabrics are as pretty as a rainbow !!

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Then I combined my own 1930s stash with them !!

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I’m so pleased they all work together !!  My mind is working over time now at the fabric combinations possible !! Ahh ! It is going to be hard to hold on this week and not to start – but thankfully it is school holidays and all the kids are home to distract me !!

Then I opened Rita Hodge’s (aka Red Pepper Quilts)  Kona Cotton Fat Quarter Selection !!

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Yay !!  The solids also work !!

I am Ready to Quilt !!!  Yay !!

I have even cleaned out a drawer next to my sewing machine, specifically for the Quilt-a long – so I know exactly what I have and where !!  (Just ignore the Give Way stickers my 4 year old has put on the chest of drawers – apparently they were too white and boring lol !!)

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They even fit perfectly into the drawer !!  OMG I can’t believe how organised I am for this one !!

One more week everyone !!

See you there.

Leanne xx

 

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Machine Binding – why haven’t I tried this before ?!

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Machine binding

Machine binding a Quilt – Why have I not tried this before ???

A gorgeous teacher suddenly fell ill on Thursday – and her students and I set to work to create her a beautiful Quilt, for her to recover with !!

sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial_childrensquiltThe children set to work and each drew a picture for their lovely teacher on a nine inch square of white fabric.  I have bordered it with beautiful Kate Spain Charms.  While I was backing it late at night on Sunday – I decided to give machine binding a go !!   OMG !!  I am in awe !!  It is so quick and fast.  I have always hand sewn the binding to my quilts and this was lovely and such a great result !!  I have used the backing fabric in this case.

How did I do it you ask ??  Well after a lot of googling to see how – this is it !!  Try it !!

  1.  Trim the batting to the size of the Quilt top.sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial7
  2.  Using your 24×6″ Ruler trim your backing  to ONE (1″) past the Quilt top and batting.sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial1

3.  Fold the edge towards the Quilt top, and then again.  Creating a 1/2″ Top binding from the backing !!  I use my Wonder clips because I love them – but you can use hair clips, bulldog clips or pins.sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial2

4.  For the corners:  Double fold the edges up until the corner.  Take the top corner and fold to create a 45 degree angle – as pictured below.

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5.  Then double fold the next side of the backing towards the Quilt top – and hold with these fantastic Wonder clips !!sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial4

6.  Once you have completed the perimeter of the Quilt, then topstitch the binding.  Fantastic !! Result in no time !!
sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial5Within the quilting community, there are often many ways to do one technique – and this technique is no exception !!  This way has certainly worked for me !!  I thought I would be a hand binding girl forever, but I am converted – not totally but I would certainly use this method again !

Have a go !! If you need to finish a Quilt quickly I would thoroughly recommend it !

Leanne 🙂

 

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A Quilt for Mum..

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A Quilt for Mum is a great Bespoke Gift to treasure always on Mothers Day……

I made this gorgeous Quilt last year, and it was selected in the Reader Choice section of Homespun in August 2014.  It was one of my first attempts to Free Motion Quilt without a pattern.  The FMQ con sots of chained hearts and flowers to fill the negative space.  This Lap Quilt would make a gorgeous present for your Mum, and even a treasured gift for a loved any loved one.

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I made it from the Judy Brumaster’s Pattern Homespun Published in January 2014.

Quilt with Heart details:

Front:  Designer Quilting Cottons from Tilda, and Robert Kaufman’s White Kona Cotton Solid

Back:  Garden from Camelot Cottons

Batting: 100% Cosy Cotton

Binding: Red Stripes from Tilda Fabrics

Quilting Design:  FMQ designed by Sewn by Leanne

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This Quilt  is ready to be purchased and shipped to its new home………  Surround your Mum this Mothers Day with love !!

It is $140 AUD plus postage……. just visit Quilt with Heart !!

 

 

 

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Special treasures……

Special treasures…..

Do you have  special treasures that you have bought or been given, that you or your child will treasure forever ?   This is what I have been thinking about while making these I Spy Quilts.

This I spy Quilt has a little of everything…………  Teddy Bears

  Cars

Animals

Pirates

Mickey Mouse

Robots

Ferris Wheel

Planes

all of these items are a special treasure or memory to a little child.

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sewnbyleanne_ispyquilt2_treasureThese I Spy Quilts will be available in my Etsy Store next week for purchase.  They are both “one of a kind” bespoke quilts that will become a special treasure for your child.

Can you think of special treasures from your childhood?

I had a special Orange checked woollen blanket that I took everywhere with me.  There is even a photo somewhere, when I was 2 sucking my thumb holding onto it while it was on the washing line.  I will dig it out sometime and show you 😉  Heather, was a rag doll that also went everywhere with me.  it was bigger than me, when I was given it.  It has crying stains on the front, as when I was sad, she was the first item I hugged.  Heather was Holly Hobbie’s best friend !

My husband had a special – Teddy bear – “Noonie”.  He was very sad when his mother threw him out.  Shhhh! I can’t tell you how old he was at this stage 😉  He gave our eldest son recently his treasured Lego Fire Engine he was given on his 8th Birthday.

I have so enjoyed making these Quilts and will enjoy passing them onto the next generation to treasure and love <3.

Blessings,

Leanne

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I Spy Quilt ………

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I spy quilt …….. that 100 5″ Economy Blocks make a Gorgeous Quilt top today.

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One of the things I love most about Quilting is fussy cutting….. and it is even more enjoyable now that I have such a stash of fabric – I have small pieces of fabric I can use for projects such as these.  I remember looking at I Spy Quilts when I first started to quilt, and thought Oh dear – that would be a lot of FQs to buy to achieve such a project !!  And here we are 4 years later – and Yay !!

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This was a work in progress (one of those UFOs) for a while.  Each block being created as I found the small pieces of fabric to use.  Instead of picking the fabric first.  The fabric was used if it was big enough to cut two 3″ or 4″ squares.  Of course being an I Spy Quilt, I went through my character fussy cut bits and pieces I use for appliqué etc….

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I love it when you see 4 blocks together, and then a few more, and then another……  The Economy Block I used is mentioned in the gorgeous blog of Sew Delicious, in which she refers to the Economy Block tutorial of Red Pepper Quilts.

This “I Spy Quilt” is beautiful.

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This 50″ Square I Spy Quilt would make a great play mat for that special someone or a cot quilt when they get a little older !!  Now for the Quilting and binding !  This Quilt will be available in my Etsy store very soon.

Thanks for reading.

Leanne

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Australian Sunset

Australian Sunset is a stunning Quilt I have had the pleasure of making for a repeat client.

I have loved Emma Jansen‘s fabric range “Terra Australis”  since she first released it. And I am privileged to say I have a Fat Quarter Bundle of both Terra Australis 1 and 2 in my stash of fabric.  So when my client requested a Quilt for an Aussie Friend currently living in Japan – I knew exactly which fabric range I wanted to use !!

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Terra Australis One
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The colours and designs these two fabric ranges have, are just beautifully Aussie – bright, fun and striking !

So from a combination of both fabric ranges came the Quilt “Australian Sunset”.

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And the back is just as striking!

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One of my all time favourite ways to bind a Quilt is with STRIPES !!  And look Emma has included stripes in her fabric range – Yay !!

As many of my Quilts have been made for my clients or their gift recipients to treasure – they become very personal ……….  so I have developed this gorgeous way to label Sewn by Leanne Quilts.  I have discovered printable fabric and iron on transfers !!  Both can be washed many times and still look fantastic !  The advantage of iron on transfers is you can use any fabric.  Placing the label in the corner allows me to bind the label with the same binding as the Quilt which gives a striking personalised and treasured effect !!

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There are many techniques that Professional Quilters use to label their Quilts, but I have found that this way has certainly worked for me!  Watch out – this topic is on my Tutorial list for 2015.

Quilt details:

Front:  Emma Jansen’s Terra Australis One:  Harbour Bridge Sunburnt Orange,   Terra Australis Two:  Boomerang Sunburnt Orange, Gecko Charcoal, Gum Leaves Stone, DS Circles Desert Sands, Wattle Charcoal, Gum Flowers Sunshine.  Sashing:  Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton Solid Grey

Back: Emma Jansen’s Terra Australis One:  Grevillea Eucalyptus  Terra Australis Two: GD Maps Golden

Batting: 100% Cosy cotton

Binding: Emma Jansen’s Terra Australis Two:  Charcoal Stripe

Quilting:  Designed and Sewn by Leanne Benson.

Pattern of Quilt top: Inspired by the Colour block Pattern by Bijou Lovely

Terra Australis One and Two are produced by Ella Blue Fabrics, and stocked in various Quilting stores around around Australia and the World !!

Have a fantastic week

Many blessings

Leanne 🙂

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PS.  Note that is post is in no way a paid advertisement for any particular designer – I am just a lover of stunning fabric and design !

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A New Home for Sewn by Leanne

Welcome to our new home here at Sewn by Leanne.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, my prior website went down and was not returning with ease……  so here we are rebuilding….  But as always it is much better to look at things with a positive attitude and build a better site and make those changes I’ve been thinking about and not acting upon.

moving-on  So what does 2015 hold for Sewn by Leanne ??   Here are just a few ideas I have jotted down in my notebook during the week

  • Regular Tutorials
  • Participating in the The Bee Hive
  • Inspirational characters
  • Interviews with my favourite bloggers !!
  • Things I have learnt along the way, building Sewn by Leanne.
  • New Products
  • Sewn by Leanne’s favourite creations ???  Can you guess ???

What would you like to see from Sewn by Leanne ???

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This is one of my favourite cartoons……..  My blog is all about my endeavours to place smiles on the faces of my readers and the clients who receive my creations.  My travelling is with you… as without those who read my blog……. It is  simply filling in a diary online – so please fell free at anytime to comment and write any feedback you have.

That is terribly reflective, but it has been to journey to get my blog up and running again this last week, through a “couple” of tears, hugs from my children and hubby and chaos during the holidays….  it is BACK.  Yay !!  Now there are lots of smiles and laughter here again and I can go back to sewing and quilting, two of my absolute loves !

Creations that are new to Sewn by Leanne this year, are these gorgeous Girls Handbags:

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These gorgeous Little Girls handbags are stunning and each one is One Of A Kind.  Each bag has an unique appliqué on one side and beautiful ruffles on the inside.  It is closed with a recessed zipper.  These bags have been made from the stunning Wee Wanderer range of cotton fabric from Sarah Jane.  Combined with a soft Linen, and fully lined, these are great bags that are large enough to hold a purse, notebook and pencils.

Look out for more here, as I create them…….

Please be patient as I re-create the rest of my website…….. until then all my products can be purchased at www.sewnbyleanne.etsy.com.  You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Many Blessings,

Leanne

 

 

 

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