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Cushions Galore….

Have you been following the Modern Makers #MMRCUSHIONPALOOZA on Instagram ?  It is so much fun !  There is some real eye candy !

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Cushions are a great way to show off the “Orphan block”  or to show off a new technique or paper-pieced pattern.  Anyway – one can NEVER have too many cushions – even if it is only for the kids to have a pillow fight with.

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This is a delicious 20″ cushion from a variety of gorgeous Art Gallery prints !  Ranging from Playground and Pandalicious.  I have used a combination of Half-square triangles to form an illusion of a flower in the gorgeous very “in vogue” colours of grey and mint with a splash of colour from the stunning print from the playground collection “Chopsticks Iris”.

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I am quite partial to stripes for binding, so this print “Chopsticks Iris”was perfect !  The low volume grey and white panda print with perfect also for the background.

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The cute little panda faces popping over the arches gives it a great effect !

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I must admit when the points come together like this – my heart flutters a little !

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The Sandbox Frozen print from Playground is a gorgeous backing for this cushion !  I like my cushions to have a zipper closure and this worked perfectly !

Be sure to go and have a look at the other cushions and be inspired to join in !  They are over at @modernmakersretreat on Instagram.  The competition is open internationally and anyone can enter.  You can find out more information over at the www.modernmakersretreat.com about the prizes and entry requirements.  There are up to $2000 worth of prizes up for grabs !!  So give it a go.

Here’s another two cushions I made last week to match a very special quilt that is on its way.

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This little boy is going to love the number of tractors that are on this quilt an cushion set !!

 

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Quilt Blocks to Heal Violence

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Back in September @jackiegillies put out the call in the Quilting Community for Tic-tac-toe Quilt Blocks on Instagram  !!  These quilt blocks were to be created and donated to surround members of the community touched by domestic violence with love and compassion, in the form of Quilts !!

What a fabulous idea !

Jackie was overwhelmed by the response !!  These are just a few of the blocks she received and now these blocks have become a Quilt to be donated !!

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Can you see your Quilt block ??

To have a look at the other Quilt Blocks to Heal Violence – use the #quiltblockstohealviolence to see all the fabulous quilt blocks and the quilts that have been created from them !!

Now these are a Stunning Quilt !!

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I am honoured to be part of this Quilting Community.  Just imagine the emotional impact that this Quilt and the others that have been made with donated blocks, batting and binding will have on the recipients.

My wish is that this quilt comforts in the healing process of the survivors of domestic violence !!  may they be surrounded and comforted with warmth and love !

Here are some more photos ……

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I have used Variegated Aurifil Thread 4658 (Yellow)  which has really made the Low volume fabrics shine !!

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The binding is Scrappy and in the same hues as the Crosses !!  (Sorry I can’t remember the fabric name – they were the last 2.5″ strips of a jelly roll I used long ago !)

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The backing fabric is a Micheal Miller Print that has also been donated – thank you !!  The Aztec design matches the Tic-Tac-Toe feel perfectly 🙂

I read this quote on Pinterest recently….  these are only a few words – but hold A LOT of meaning xx

Knowing when to walk away is WISDOM

Being able to is COURAGE

Walking away with your head held high is DIGNITY    

(www.berkareahomes.com)

Thank you @jackiegilles for the amazing opportunity to be a part of this campaign, and for helping to make a small difference xx

Leanne <3

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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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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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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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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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Trying to get organised.

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Organisation……

This week has demanded my attention to be ORGANISED.  When I am Organised, if the kids get sick or something doesn’t go to plan – I am able cope – but this week showed me, when I am juggling many things by the skin of my pants and then one of the kids are sick, then another and why don’t the other two join the boat too – everything heads down hill.  To the point I had to write a very embarrassing email to a lady – in which I had lost the names of her grandchildren she wanted appliqués to their Art Smocks :-(.  Thankfully this the last time it will happen as I have been organising my paperwork meticulously this weekend – partly to find the piece of paper I wrote my customer details on and secondly – so this NEVER happens again.  Ahhh !  It has been one of THOSE weeks.

Apart from this, in between I have met the deadlines of a couple of projects. Thankfully and just !!

Firstly,

Kylie from Little Moo Designs has created yet another stunning bag !!

sewnbyleanne_baybohobag_littlemoodesignsSince I made this bag I have LOVED it.  It fits everything, is COMFY, totally PRACTICAL  and I love the fact that it sits across the body.  This leaves my hands free to run after and grab my four year old when he is trying to escape !!  Thank you Kylie for another Great Bag !!  I saw this Aztec Denim Print in Spotlight as Kylie let me know the style of her new pattern – and instantly thought they would make a great match.  I decided on an Orange zip as I LOVE it as that special detail (plus my favourite colour is orange).

I have alos commenced my Block designs using Blossom Heart Quilts –  DIY Block Design Book.  It has been great.  I now have about 6 pages of Block designs I will share with you.  I am currently creating the tutorials and will announce the tutorial series next month !!  This will be my first – so it is rather exciting……. here is a sneak peek !

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While I have been patiently awaiting the start of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-long – I have also completed my Christmas project for the year – Jolly Mr Claus.

sewnbyleanne_jollymrclaus_organised_christmasJolly Mr Claus is a pattern from Melly and Me – and He is Adorable.  He met our Elf on the shelf last night 😉  And I am hoping he will keep the Elf in line this year !!  I will be taking PRE-ORDERS for Mr Claus from the 13th September – so watch this space !!

Ms Midge has also announced the Cotton and Steel #aussiecharmalong this week, so I have finally finished the Quilt top.  Here is a sneak peak !!  I won’t show you the entire Mini Quilt 34″x36″ until later in the month!

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As you can imagine with all of this – life has been busy – I am still trying to keep up with the Blog-tember too!  Although I am a few days behind  🙁

Have a great week and Enjoy life !

Leanne

 

 

 

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Spring is here !!

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Spring is one of those seasons that just make you smile !!  And today it was just beautiful to see the Sun come through the clouds and feel its warmth.  As we drive around the suburbs now, the flowers are blooming and colours are returning.  it has been a COLD and chilly Winter here in Melbourne this year so it is nice to be finally defrosting !
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To celebrate the start of Spring, I am joining the Blog-tember Challenge by the Brave Love Blog.  I have made this decision for two reasons:

  1. To stop myself making those gorgeous Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks for the Quilt Along, I have taken the pledge not to start before the 28th September………..
  2. To get myself into a routine of blogging more regularly – wish me luck !!

The prompt for September 1st (aka TODAY) is – Introduce yourself however you like !

So on this beautiful first day of Spring here, I’m taking the plunge.  I can’t guarantee I’ll post each day – but I will give it a go, and try and give each post a “Little Quilting Tweeking”.

sewnbyleanne_behindthescenes_leannephotoThis is me – aka – Leanne behind Sewn by Leanne.

I love to:    create, spend time with our family and friends,  listen and sing to favourite music (to the embarrassment of our children) and am completely passionate about Quilting.  I have recently rekindled my love for Paper Piecing !!

I enjoy:  being happy and living life to the maximum.  I am conservative by nature, so there is nothing rebellious or adventurous in my endeavours, but I do love to give most things a go – on one condition there is NO danger involved !

I am obsessed by:  Quilting, Sewing and most things crafty; being punctual; being kind to everyone – my Mum had a saying – “if someone hurts you – return them with overwhelming kindness, and the hurt will go ” .  This has generally stood me in good stead so far…..

I am passionate about:  our 4 gorgeous children – guiding them and steering them through life with a strong sense of self, faith and love for humanity.  I wish them to be independent, and happy individuals that love life, and a drive to be the best that they can be !!  (I’m a very proud Mum, aren’t I??)

 

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When thinking of a Collage to put together my passions- this is the result – what is important to us.

  • our 4 children
  • our marriage (no photos of Mr B – he doesn’t enjoy social media)
  • our extended family and friends
  • Sewn by Leanne

Sewn by Leanne was created from my love of craft.  Having four children, life gets busy and Creating allows me to have an outlet, and yet still be the full-time Mum I enjoy being for them !!

If one asks me what my style is –  I always find it hard to answer !!  It depends on the project I have at hand – but with a broad generalisation – I would say – traditional with a modern twist.  Sounds like I’m naming a cocktail  😉 .

I often use traditional quilting blocks and give them a modern twist with vibrant modern fabrics !!

The road Sewn by Leanne has travelled so far, has been so exciting and stimulating – I tend to become completely absorbed by it !!  Blogging is a relatively new process, but one I’m SLOWLY getting the hang of…..  One of my sons said the other day “Mum you should be good at blogging – you just write what you talk about – and YOU talk ALOT”  Bless Him !!!

I hope you enjoy finding out more about Sewn by Leanne on this Blog-tember Challenge this Spring !!  Join me in my challenge……… and let me know if there are aspects to Sewn by Leanne that you would love to know about!

Until the 2nd !!

Leanne 🙂 xx

 

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