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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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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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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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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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Terra Australis Two

 

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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