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Summer holidays

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Life has been busy, chaotic and loads of fun so far these Summer Holidays.  With 4 beautiful children life is NEVER dull, and NEVER predictable !!  sewnbyleanne_summerholidays_children

These 4 kids are having a BLAST, and we have done a lot of firsts these holidays as our youngest is now 4 1/2.  We have gone for bush walks and seen small waterfalls and been to the beach without Daddy.  I have always been reluctant to do either of these things by myself with the kids “just in case”, but the older two are older and are stronger swimmers.  They are also the cautious ones (thankfully!).  Also, the youngest is now capable of walking further and less likely to run into the ocean with NO fear !

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The Beach was so much fun – however I took the cautious approach and went to a Bay beach – very small waves – even ripples some would call them !!  I thought this way the kids would build up there confidence with the sand, shells and I could keep track of the 4.  They built sandcastles, jumped waves, had ice-cream and just generally had a BALL !!

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Quilting tends to take a backseat over January.  I sneak it in at night or when the kids have settled to watch a movie occasionally.  However I have managed to start/ finish some projects along the way.  Somewhere in the world this week or the next, a lovely lady in the US will receive a parcel from me !!  This photo just gives you a sneak peek at the colours contained.  I love Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australia range and when it come to internationally swaps I love to send a little with them – as a little piece of Australia too !

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I have almost completed my first commissioned Quilt for the 2016.  This gorgeous Quilt top and the Anne Krelle Fun Robots as the backing will look stunning in little boys nursery <3.

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And of course January here, brings with it another birthday and being spoilt by my family xx

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Thank you everyone for your constant support and I am so looking forward to the blessings that 2016 will bring xx

Leanne 🙂

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Quilt Blocks and more……..

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Signing up to the Quilt Block Boot camp and The Bee Hive Swap  has been sensational.  I cannot thank Sew Delicious, Blossom Heart Quilts and Gnome Angel enough for organising them <3 <3  .  Please excuse the number of photos in this post compared to words, But I’m just having so much fun extending my skills, I have to show you.

Economy Quilt Blocks

These are just gorgeous.  They are simple but so effective !  I plan to create a couple of “I spy” Quilts with these Quilt blocks.  I love to fussy cut, so I have been enjoying these !  Which block do you like the most ???  The Sneetches holding hands is my favourite !!

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Quilt Block Boot Camp

The rest week last week has allowed me to catch up:  Yes as you scroll through the photos you will recognise similar fabrics, and my aim is to build a Quilt with all of these Quilt Blocks or maybe even more than ONE !!

The SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP QUILT BLOCKS are first – I just love how the positive and negative images work together !!

Fabric :  Cotton and Steel Tanagrams in Indigo and Petit Street by Dashwood studios.

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The CROSS-STITCH BLOCK by PileO’Fabric is gorgeous too.  I’m undecided whether this Quilt Block is actually suited to 2 fabrics that are patterned.  It may be a bit too busy.  What do you think ??

Fabric:  Creative Thursday Fabric on White and Aneela Hoey Little Apples Red.

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From the same fabric I made the simple little HEART QUILT BLOCK by Cluck Cluck Sew.

When I first saw this photo I thought I’d forgotten to sew the left top corner piece to finish the heart, however I have I assure you – I just didn’t make sure it just has too much of the red heart in the small piece.  Something to always watch out for, especially when you are cutting 1″ blocks !!  It does’t take much for the cutting to go wrong !!

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Today, I enjoyed sewing the CHURN DASH QUILT BLOCK by Cluck Cluck Sew (another one of my favourite Bloggers).  I love the fussy cut middle Square.  Mixing Cotton and Steel fabrics with the more traditional pattern of Tilda is not something I would ordinarily think of.  But I think the pink highlights the pink tanagrams.

Fabric:  Cotton and Steel Tanagrams in Indigo, Tilda Damask Ruby Pink, Riley Blake’s Country Girl.

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The Bee Hive Swap

These Blocks are more challenging, but the end results are stunning.

Firstly the block I made for the month of March was the WANTA FANTA by The Better Off Thread.  The requirements were any scrappy bright fabrics for the corners and fan, but the background was to be Chartreuse (green).

This is the result, the Quilt Block is currently in the snail mail to the Queen Bee, so hopefully she will like it !!

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Fabrics:  Again I have used Cotton and Steel Tanagrams, 2 Creative Thursday Fabrics, and The light blue fabric is by Sue Penn for Studio B fabrics.

As well as creating my monthly swap Quilt Block, I am making the additional blocks, which will go into my Quilt eventually !!  This MINERAL QUILT BLOCK by Jane at QUILT JANE is gorgeous and great for those little scraps.

Again I have used my favourite Cotton and Steel Fabric, but included a great low volume black and White text Print called Vineyard from Riley Blake fabrics.  This is new to my stash and bought it from the Cotton Factory in the last couple of weeks.  Make sure you follow Alison on Instagram @Cotton Factory Destash as she has great deals on unusual stunning fabrics like this one !

I was very chuffed when @QuiltJane on Instagram shared this block over the weekend.  Thank you 🙂

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This is the last block I’m sharing today !!  It is called the X PLUS QUILT BLOCK.  I love the bright scrappy feel of it, and can’t wait to see this Quilt put together !!  A tutorial can be found on the Badskirt blog.

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Using a bright fabric for the PLUS and then extending with a dark certainly works for this block.  Again I have used the Vineyard Low Volume Fabric .  I love the red centre of this block !!

As you can see hopefully these Blocks will come together in an awesome Quilt !!  Some are easy and others are challenging, but I think sometimes the easier ones are just as  stunning.  Let me know what you think of the blocks, and if you feel so inclined try one of out (or all of them !)  Just click on the links !

If you do try one of them, please share with me !!  Here in the comments or on Instagram @sewnbyleanne

Happy Quilting

Leanne 🙂

 

 

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Quilt Blocks Galore

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So this year instead of fabric swapping I have decided to participate in Quilt Block Swaps.  Firstly as it seems like a lot of fun seeing how others choose their blocks and then their fabrics and also to extend my skills as a Quilter.

So this year I’m participating in

  1. Quilt Block Boot Camp run over at www.sewdelicious.com.au (Ros has the most gorgeous blog – check it out!!)
  2. Quilt Club Australia Bee  – this is run on Facebook.
  3. The Bee Hive Swap run over at www.blossomheartquilts.com and www.gnomeangel.com

The Quilt Block Boot Camp

There will be a new block to create each week.  This week it was the gorgeous Raspberry Kiss Quilt Block.  The Wooden Spoon Quilting has a great tutorial to follow. Here is my version.  I love the block as it is simple yet with fabric variations it can look completely different !!

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Quilt Club Australia Bee

Here a group of 12 enthusiastic quilters get to choose their own block and fabric colours for a month and everyone else has the challenge to create it !!  I can’t wait for August until it is my turn.  My plan was to have this created this weekend, but this block has shown me that there is a HOLE in my stash of fabric – Oh No !!  I am short of chocolate brown fabrics :-(.  This is the example of our Queen for the month of February has provided – next Sunday I shall show you what I have made her !

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This photo was taken by my February Queen Bee.  I can’t wait to make it for her once I find a gorgeous chocolate brown fabric !!

The Bee Hive Swap

I am so excited about this swap!!  2 gorgeous Quilt blocks each month to practice, and the opportunity to network with gorgeous quilters.  Ever since I started quilting I have followed Blossom Heart Quilts blog and the Gnome Angel blog.  They both have an amazing eye for fabric combinations, and their sewing skills I truly admire and enjoy reading their blogs each week.

This month:  the two Quilt Blocks included “Star Plus” by Quiet Play (yet another gorgeous blog!) and “Tic Tac Toe” by Blossom Heart Quilts.

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As you can see all of these blocks are very different and are absolutely stunning.  I love Cotton and Steel fabrics – so you will see a lot of these in my Blocks that I show you this year.  These are my interpretations of the blocks, and I love that you can have the same person create the same block, but by changing the fabrics they will look completely different !!  This is what I love about Quilting.

Feel free to follow along !!

Leanne 🙂

 

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