Posted on

Quilt Block Design: All Equal

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequal

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.

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_diyblockdesign

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).

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_markingsquares_allequal

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).

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_flyinggeese1_allequal

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

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_flyinggeese2

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.

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_makingflyinggeese3

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

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_flyinggeese_allequal

Step 2

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

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequallayout

Step 3

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

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequal_equalunits

You now have 8 components of the block completed.

Step 4

Join the Flying geese units to the Equal units.

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_quiltingtutorial

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.

Sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_quiltingtutorials3

You now have 4 completed components.

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_quiltingtutorial2

Step 5

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

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequal2

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 !!

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequalone

OR

sewnbyleanne_quiltblockdesign_allequalquiltdesigntwo

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

Please like & share:
Posted on

It’s started. Yay

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_bonnie_started

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 !!

sewnbyleanne_fqsfarmerswife1930_becky_started

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

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

Machine Binding – why haven’t I tried this before ?!

sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial5

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.

sewnbyleanne_machinebinding_tutorial3

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 🙂

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

The old meets new…

sewnbyleanne_octagonalquiltblock_oldmeetsnew

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 !!

sewnbyleanne_cathedralblock_oldmeetsnew_beginning

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

sewnbyleanne_ellabluebasics_oldmeetsnew

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 !

sewnbyleanne_octagonalquiltblock_oldmeetsnew

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

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

Trying to get organised.

sewnbyleanne_jollymrclaus_organised_christmas

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 !

sewnbyleanne_blocktutorials_sneekpeek

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!

sewnbyleanne_sneakpeak_organised_cottonandsteel

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

 

 

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

An Organised Quilt-a-long for now !

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930s_quiltalong_organisation

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930sewalong_bookandfabric

Organisation – is something I like to be, and something I loved prior to having children.  A Type A personality, I LOVED colour co-ordinated stationary and could spend HOURS colour coding, filing and being prepared.  Some may have called this “procrastination”, instead of doing the study I needed to do.  But I had convinced myself I couldn’t work without things being “pretty” (aka organised 😉 ).

Then children came and I learnt that the first lesson they teach you is – “you are no longer in control, they are”.  I tried after one, then two, maybe a little after number three and certainly not after number four – to maintain my love of colour co-ordinated stationary and the feeling of being organised !  However, kids craft took over !!  Therfore, it has been a while since I bought stationary for myself – the children’s school booklists have been as close as I have come….

Seeing the many blogs and posts of the Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt-a-long of “Quilters Organisation 101” – inspired me to be organised with this Quilt-a-long.  I went to a local Stationary store – Officeworks – “browsed” as much as one can with a very excited 4 year old in tow……  I founds this gorgeous Orange three ring folder – matching the Sewn by Leanne Logo.  Then I ventured to the binding/ printing service to see how much Spiral binding the book would be – $5 – I was sold !!

sewnbyleanne_farmerswife1930s_quiltalong_organisation

Then I encountered printing dilemmas !!  I printed 1-50 – but I only set it to print “Actual Size” on the first block.  OH NO!!  So much paper wasted !!  I had to go into each individual file to adjust the printing size :-(.  After block 5, I decided I would take the disc to Officeworks and ask them to do this time investment !!  They groaned but agreed, and I left clear instructions for each file to be printed at ACTUAL size.  I arrived back the next morning – and alas – there was the pile of 100 blocks beautifully printed BUT ALL at least 1/8th of an inch smaller AHHHHHHHHH!   Thankfully the lady serving behind the counter was also a quilter and understood my dilemma.  So after all that, I asked for a refund and I went home and printed the remaining 95 out individually on my home printer.

Now I have a beautifully organised folder of all 99 blocks, including the rotary cutting instructions.  I printed out a colour copy of the above photo for the front pocket ! I am already to start creating starting the 28th September – it is marked in my diary Gnome Angel !!  How exciting. 

Meanwhile to stop myself starting to create this beautiful Quilt – I’m practising on other paper-piecing challenges……  Using 627 Handworks (aka Julie Hirt) 2″ hexie tiles I have started creating a fun Hexie-Quilt from my Cotton and Steel charms……  together with Charcoal Shot cotton !!

Here is a sneak peek for my next blog post later in the week….

sewnbyleanne_organisation_hexietiles

 

They are small and fiddly – yet stunning !!

See you later in the week.

Leanne 🙂 xx

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

Mothers Day 2015

Mothers Day here always brings mixed emotions.  I love being a Mum, revelling in being woken up with kisses and cuddles.  Showered with homemade and school made gifts, mixed with little trinkets they have bought from the school Mothers Day stall…….  Coffee cups, necklaces, pens and notepads have been among the delights so far, Bless them !  They are so excited as I open the presents…..  hang as they open the presents for me… saying I can help Mum !!

However there is always a part of me, that misses my Mum and the Mothers Days we spent together….. and what it would’ve been like had she met her grandchildren etc..  In my heart I know she is with all four and me, but it is a day that I still battle focusing on the fun, rather than the sadness.  Thank you Mum for everything.

As kids we used to get up early for the traditional toast and cuppa making, so Mum could have it in bed, and then we would go to my grandmothers to celebrate Mothers Day together.  My Mum would get excited to receive the “art” we had made at school, and still had a lot of it when we cleaned out the garage years later !!

It is not exactly how I planned to start this blog post on Mothers Day tutorials but it gives you a little insight of the person I am……..  Here are some great tutorials to make something for your Mum for Mothers Day – it is not too late…….  and HANDMADE IS ALWAYS FROM THE HEART…. <3

1.  Kylie from Little Moo Designs…. has put out a great tissue cover pattern for free !!  Such a gorgeous pattern for a stunning gift !

sewnbyleanne_mothersday_tutorial2

 

2. This one is also from Kylie at Little Moo Designs ……  make a set of Oven Mitts and Hand Towel  “The Kitchen Essentials Pack” ….. Always handy and a VERY quick sew !

sewnbyleanne_mothersday_tutorial1

 

3.  Jane at Want it, Need it, Quilt it has a great pattern for a small bob bag……  This is a great little bag for your little odds and ends !

sewnbyleanne_mothersday_bobcover

4.  The Inspired Home….. a great blog for ideas …….  has a great tutorial for the kids using handprints and footprints on Canvas…. so simple, yet so effective !

sewnbyleanne_mothersday_tutorial4

5.  And have a look at these gorgeous Felt Dahlia Brooches  …… simply stunning !

sewnbyleanne_mothersday_tutorial5

 

I hope these tutorials have given you lots of ideas to spoil your Mum this Mothers Day…..  Remember please to give her a hug and say “I Love you”  …. you never know how long you have with each other … treasure every moment .

Blessings

Leanne

 

 

Please like & share:
Posted on

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 !!

sewnbyleanne_terraaustralisone
Terra Australis One
sewnbyleanne_terraaustralistwo
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”.

Sewnbyleanne_Australian_Sunset

 

And the back is just as striking!

sewnbyleanne_australian_sunset_back

 

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 !!

sewnbyleanne_australian_sunset_quiltlabel

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 🙂

sewnbyleanne_australian_sunset2

 

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 !

Please like & share:
Posted on

A New Home for Sewn by Leanne

Welcome to our new home here at Sewn by Leanne.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, my prior website went down and was not returning with ease……  so here we are rebuilding….  But as always it is much better to look at things with a positive attitude and build a better site and make those changes I’ve been thinking about and not acting upon.

moving-on  So what does 2015 hold for Sewn by Leanne ??   Here are just a few ideas I have jotted down in my notebook during the week

  • Regular Tutorials
  • Participating in the The Bee Hive
  • Inspirational characters
  • Interviews with my favourite bloggers !!
  • Things I have learnt along the way, building Sewn by Leanne.
  • New Products
  • Sewn by Leanne’s favourite creations ???  Can you guess ???

What would you like to see from Sewn by Leanne ???

In-life-its-not-where-you-go--1...

This is one of my favourite cartoons……..  My blog is all about my endeavours to place smiles on the faces of my readers and the clients who receive my creations.  My travelling is with you… as without those who read my blog……. It is  simply filling in a diary online – so please fell free at anytime to comment and write any feedback you have.

That is terribly reflective, but it has been to journey to get my blog up and running again this last week, through a “couple” of tears, hugs from my children and hubby and chaos during the holidays….  it is BACK.  Yay !!  Now there are lots of smiles and laughter here again and I can go back to sewing and quilting, two of my absolute loves !

Creations that are new to Sewn by Leanne this year, are these gorgeous Girls Handbags:

IMG_7669

 

These gorgeous Little Girls handbags are stunning and each one is One Of A Kind.  Each bag has an unique appliqué on one side and beautiful ruffles on the inside.  It is closed with a recessed zipper.  These bags have been made from the stunning Wee Wanderer range of cotton fabric from Sarah Jane.  Combined with a soft Linen, and fully lined, these are great bags that are large enough to hold a purse, notebook and pencils.

Look out for more here, as I create them…….

Please be patient as I re-create the rest of my website…….. until then all my products can be purchased at www.sewnbyleanne.etsy.com.  You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Many Blessings,

Leanne

 

 

 

Please like & share: