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Farmers Wife 1930s – 4 !!

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Wow can you believe it ???

We are up to 15 Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks !!  Only 81 to go !!
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Photos now of all the blocks together – really start to show how stunning everyone’s quilts will be !!  I have my favourites and certainly some blocks I’m thinking of redoing as they are a little subtle ….. but time will tell.

My favourite Farmers Wife 1930s block so far is ……… 1 – Addie !!  It was a great opportunity to feature the fussy cutting in a bigger square.  A reminder that these individual blocks are only 6.5″ , so everyone is working with SMALL pieces!!

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All my blocks are foundation paper pieced as I am finding this keeps the consistent size between the blocks !

Gnome Angel is playing Bingo on her page with blocks 1, 8, 16, 24, 94 !!

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This block number selection amazingly features some of my favourite blocks so far and lots of fussy cutting opportunities !  Aren’t the little ducks too cute ???

It is still not too late to join in the fun…..  we still have 81 blocks to go !!

Have a great Week

Leanne xx

 

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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: All Equal

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This is the second of the Quilt Blocks that I have designed in the last couple of months !!  There are many aspects of Quilting that I love :  the ability to design and see your design come to life, being able to play with gorgeous designer fabric, and the opportunity to use my maths skills that often get put on hold being a Mum of four children.

Now Alyce (aka @BlossomHeartQuilts) has made designing your own blocks even easier with her new book : DIY BLOCK Design !!  Now you will be able to design your own Quilt Blocks too !!  Make sure you have a look at the other amazing bloggers in this Blog Hop too – and hopefully you will be inspired to make your own Quilt blocks.

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It is a great guide and resource for beginners or experienced quilters to use when designing their quilts.  There are fantastic tables for both Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese – so you don’t need to work out the Maths yourself.  I would thoroughly recommend it.  Alyce also explains in detail the different methods to produce Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese.

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequal2Instructions that follow allow you to construct a 12.5” Square Quilt block.

Fabric Requirements

Coloured Fabric :      

4     6.5×3.5”

8     2.0×3.5”

Background Fabric:  

8     3.5×3.5”

12   1.5×3.5”

Step 1

Construction of 4 Flying Geese Units.  (page 29 DIY Block Design)

On the 8 Background fabric 3.5” Squares draw a diagonal line from corner to corner (Picture below).

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Using the Coloured Fabric 6.5×3.5”, place the background fabric 3.5” square on the right hand corner and sew along the marked line (as pictured).

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With your ruler cut ¼” from the sewn line (as pictured)  Press the seam open.

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Put another 3.5” Background Square on the Left hand side of the Coloured Fabric, and sew along the line.  Again Using your ruler cut ¼” from the sewn line, to leave a seam allowance.

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Press your seams open.  Repeat these steps to create 4 Flying Geese Units.

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Step 2

Here I like to lay the components of the Quilt Block out, next to my machine (as Pictured).

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Step 3

Creating the equal signs.  Using the above layout, sew with a ¼” seam the background fabric strips to the coloured fabric.

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You now have 8 components of the block completed.

Step 4

Join the Flying geese units to the Equal units.

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Using your ruler mark the middle of the centre block (as pictured).  This enables you to join the point of the Flying Geese unit to the Centre of the Equal unit.

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You now have 4 completed components.

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Step 5

Join the four components together (using the photo below) and nesting the centre seams together.

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Your Quilt block is now completed !

Below, gives you an idea of what this Block will look like as a 4×4 Quilt top !!  I have used here EQ7 to produce these sketches !!

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OR

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Other Gorgeous bloggers in this blog hop include:

October 2
Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
Christa @ ChristaQuilts
Angie @ Gnome Angel

Week 1: Inspiration

October 7
Ros @ Sew Delicious
YOU ARE HERE !!!  Leanne @ Sewn By Leanne
Amy @ And Sew We Craft

October 9
Jennie @ Clover & Violet
Jane @ QuiltJane
Melissa @ My Fabric Relish

Week 2: Sketches

October 14
Jen @ Faith And Fabric
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

October 16
Sandi @ Crafty Planner
Anne @ Play Crafts
Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts

Week 3: Making

October 21
Joy @ Quilty Joy Joy
Linden @ Vine Lines Quilting
Cassie @ Cassandra Madge

October 23
Keera @ Live Love Sew
Janice @ Better Off Thread
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts

Week 4: Finishes

October 28
Kelly @ A Place Of My Own
Abby @ Color Bar Quilts

October 30 – Linky opens!

Make sure you visit the other bloggers and see their gorgeous creations.  I’d love to see any of your creations you may make from my tutorials !!

Have a great time browsing and designing.

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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A week of Ups and Downs.

This week has been one of “Ups and Downs”.  It has been the first week of the school holidays, and in our family of 6, one by one our family has succumbed to illness.  Always a challenge to continue to work from home while dealing with sick children – but it has given me the opportunity to do a lot of hand sewing – allowing me to sit on the couch with the kids, yet still cross items off my to-d0 list !!  Multi-tasking in the “mum” way !!

There has been A LOT of incidents lately on the News involving Domestic Violence, and yet another partner this week murdered !! Unbelieveable !!  I love the call out by @jackiegillies I shared week #Quiltstohealviolence.  The Quilting Community is a buzz with Tic Tac Toe blocks and it is sensational to be a part of it.  While I was sitting on the couch I drew the cartoon below and decided that it will be part of my Bee Hive Sampler Quilt with all the blocks we have created this year.  The Quilt block The Jagged Little Pill designed by @Molli Sparkles has a middle 8″ Square perfect for a message !!  I don’t embroider very often (don’t look too closely !), but my Mum did teach me as a little girl.  I just used the threads that were in my stash.  And while I was being cuddled by sick children I embroidered this – with the “corny” phrase “Quilting binds us together”.  There are many occasions when the Quilting community will come together to support another – and I am very proud to be a part of it.  The Community’s generosity never ceases to amaze me !!

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My daughter and I also made these gorgeous little pouches for one of her friends who’s Mum has just had another baby !!  Miss C choose the fabrics and we created the hexies !!

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Love it when we can use the scraps and fussy cut them into something so stunningly beautiful <3.  I like a little bit of English paper piecing but I am not a big hand sewer !

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We used two of the hexies and quilted them to the front of the little pouches !!  4×5″  they are large enough to hold Big Sister’s special little items !!

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While they were all watching a movie or two,  I’d sit down at the sewing machine, and I created an “Improv” Quilt Block – this one based on the Traditional Herringbone Quilt block.  Ive created a lot of Improv blocks before without the sashing but this was the first time with all the fussy sashing.  Hmmm I’m not sure if I have become a fan or not ???  It does use a lot of fabric and takes quite a bit of time due to the pressing in between (as you know I’m not one who always presses a seam before the next !!)  I will have to try this again to see if there are any little tricks that I could cut down the time effectiveness !!

All in all, it has been a week of “ups and Downs”, but thankfully we are now back to the UPs, and writing this post has been very therapeutic in saying the week is OVER, now for the NEW one – where the LONG AWAITED  #FQSFarmerswife1930 begins !!!  Yay the first block has been announced – pop over to GnomeAngel’s Blog to find out more !!

Have a great week

Leanne 😉

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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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quiltblockstohealviolence

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#quiltblockstohealviolence

There are many times I love being part of the Quilting Community.  This week we are rallying together to create Quilts for victims of Domestic Violence.  Quilters from all over are creating these Tic-Tac-Toe Blocks !!
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In Australia alone (ABS statistics):

  • 89 women were killed by their current or former partner between 2008-10. This equates to nearly one woman every week.
  • 61% of women had children in their care when the violence occurred, including 48% who stated the children had seen and heard the violence.
  • 58% of women have never contacted the police.
  • This year alone 62 women have been killed by their partner or close relative in Australia alone – OMG – that is 2 a week !!

These statistics are horrifying, terrifying and send goosebumps down my spine !!  The VIOLENCE must stop !!

Do I have the answers – No !!

But when I saw that @JackieGillies was rallying the Quilting Community to help – in a small way – but one that could make the difference in the partner or child feeling loved and recovering from their experiences, that those of us not a part of – could never fully understand or comprehend !  I was definitely in !!

The created Quilts could surround the victims with COMFORT and LOVE, so that they know there are people out there that DO CARE !

The response that @JackieGilles has had on Instagram has been really heartening <3 <3 <3.

If you want to join in:  Here are some essential details – also published on Sew delicious .

Follow – @jackiegillies on instagram and the #quiltblockstohealviolence hashtag.

Chosen Block – Tic Tac Toe Block by Blossom Heart Quilts. Ideal for sewists of all levels.

Colour palette – Bright centre cross with low volume background fabrics. Low volume – white or cream with a grey/black/white print.  See blocks in this post or on the hashtag #quiltblockstohealviolence for examples.

How many? – As many as you are happy to make.

Who? – EVERYONE !!  Violence is everywhere !!

I can’t make a block but can I help? – Yes, if you would like to donate backing fabric, quilt batting or a Spotlight gift card to purchase those items, that would be wonderful.

Where? – Please send donations to:

Quilt Blocks To Heal Violence, 7 Barton St, West Footscray, Victoria, Australia 3012.

Closing Date – Donations will be accepted until the end of October. That way Jackie and her team can have them pieced, quilted and bound ready to be gifted before Christmas.

Got a question? Please email Ros from Sew Delicious! roslynruss@gmail.com  or message @Jackiegilles

This is such a worthwhile cause !!

Above are the blocks that I have created, and I’m sending them off today !!  I can’t wait to see the finished Quilts, and the SMILES that they create !

Have a great weekend.

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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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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The old meets new…

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The old meets the new, has been the theme for this week !!

My #QuiltBlockBootCamp has been given the challenge of creating this traditional Cathedral Block.

I have used 5″ squares, as in the Missouri Quilt Company Tutorial which I think made the block a little easier.
sewnbyleanne_cathedralblock_oldmeetsnewI do love the effect the solid kona cotton colours make together as the background.  I used my 5″ charm squares of gilded Japanese fabric for the centres – and the colours are just popping out at you !  This Cathedral block has been on my to do list for a while and I’m so glad Alison gave it to us, as our fortnightly challenge – as now I can say I’ve completed it.  I’m not exactly sure what this WIP will become yet – a cushion cover perhaps or even a centre piece – although it is very bright !!

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This is how the blocks looks like together, before you start to topstitch !!  It is a fun block, but can’r say that it will be my favourite.

The following block is where the old meets new – octagonal blocks have been around for many years.  Traditionally they are foundation paper pieced, and were great way to use your scraps.  With todays quilt design programs, octagonal blocks are beaming more and more complex.  This month I have signed up for a work octagonal block swap – and the first block we create our own to show others our desired colour scheme.  So I spent the weekend thinking of what I would use my finished Quilt for – and decided I wanted it to be for my daughter !!  Her favourite colours are pink and red !!  Yay !!  Then I thought of the Ella Blue Basics range – yummy <3

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Here is the Octagonal block I have created to show my colour scheme.  I have nominated the grey as my backing fabric !  This Quilt could be red or pink or a combination – it will be fun to open the box at the end of the 12 months to see everyone’s contribution !

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The pattern cannot be shared as my work colleague designed it – but is it not BEAUTIFUL <3 <3  It is a stunning block of Ella Basics surrounded by some Tilda love (which we of course all need!).

This will be a long waited WIP !!

Have great week and on the weekend I will show you the beautiful fabrics I have stashed for my Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt – oh exciting – the 28th is getting closer !!

Leanne  xx

 

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