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Sunrise Joy …. a secret I had to keep is here!

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I have a secret to share…

Shh……  Yes I have been anxiously awaiting this day for six months, but it has finely arrived !!

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My first pattern Sunrise Joy is PUBLISHED !!!   WOW !!  Can you tell I’m just a tad excited?  Homespun – A leading Quilting/ Craft magazine published my quilt pattern – wow – ok I’m a little over excited !!

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It certainly was hard to contain a secret like this for six months !!  Sunrise Joy is a 70×50 (180x130cm) pieced quilt that I designed and created last year !  It is such a happy and bright quilt – it still makes me smile when I see it :-).

sewnbyleanne_sunrisejoy_secret3Sunrise Joy is made from Kona Cotton solids……… Half Square Triangles and Flying geese units !!  I can’t tell you more as you need the pattern 😉 from Homespun – 2016 February edition.

sewnbyleanne_sunrisejoy_secret4The backing fabric to this quilt is a perfect match and was a wideback (how lucky was I ????!) – A Gutermann fabric Ring-a-roses Long Island – Bird Pink .

Thank you for indulging me as my excitement settles.  Please let me know if you create a quilt from my pattern I would love to hear from you and share in your proud moment !

Happy quilting and smiling 🙂

Leanne

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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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