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A Quilt for Edith

These days I don’t often make machine pieced quilts, the love and enjoyment I get from English Paper Piecing has kind of taken over my sewing time. However, when I learnt that a new and very dear creative friend was expecting her second baby, a little girl, I knew I wanted to make her a special quilt.

I decided for this little bub to make a play mat quilt rather than a cot quilt. I find the size of this quilt very versatile, its’ perfect to throw down on the floor for babies to play on, is a good size to use in the pram or car, and as bub grows into toddlerhood it can be a little snuggle blanket for them.

My friend, also a maker of sweet children’s clothes and accessories (Ecolier Kids), had posted a photo on Instagram of some pieces she had collected for her little girl. I took inspiration from this image and the items when pulling fabrics from my stash to create the colour scheme of the quilt. My friend loves vintage style, so I made sure that none of the fabric prints were to bold or modern and instead picked prints that had a soft, nostalgic feel.

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My friends stack of handmade items
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I had all of these squares in my ‘left-overs’ stash from other quilts I had made.

I enjoy making simple patchwork quilts, so I settled on a design of 4” squares, all placed in ordered randomness. After piecing the squares together I felt the quilt was a little on the small side so I decided to add a plain ivory white border. I used the same plain fabric for the binding and chose a lovely wattle print fabric by Jocelyn Proust for the backing. For the quilting I just used white thread in the ditch, following along the vertical and horizontal seams.

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I was very pleased with the finished quilt. I think the colours are perfectly vintage, and I love that it’s sweet but not overly girly, something that I know my friend also loves being none to ‘Girly’ herself.

It was an absolute pleasure to gift this quilt to baby Edith. I hope that she will treasure it and maybe one day pass it down to her own children. That is the lovely thing about making quilts. They don’t belong to anyone person, but rather many people. The sewer who creates it, the mother who cares for it, the child who plays and grows with it, the teddies who enjoy tea parties on it, and future generations who hold on to the memories contained within the fabric and stitches of the quilt.

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I have posted  Vlog on my YouTube channel which follows along the process of making this quilt. You can watch it Here.

Miss Leela x

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Tilly’s Library Bag

All through my life I have loved books and reading. Growing up I had quite a vivid imagination (and still do) and I enjoyed getting lost in the fictional stories I read. Throughout High school, I would often escape to our public Library where I would browse through non-fiction books about art, history, and the natural environment. I also discovered a love for poetry and begun collecting my favourite poems and quotes in notebooks, which I still have today.

I like reading a variety of genres from romance and drama to historical fiction. I have recently started enjoying fictional stories set in the outback, or on ranches…give me a cowboy love story with horses in it and I’m happy! I have read a few biographies, I enjoy reading about other people’s life journeys be it about art, craft, making, baking and gardening. I haven’t delved too deep into classics, but do enjoy Jane Austen. I admit I was late to the party when it came to Harry Potter, but I’m a massive fan now. Likewise, I didn’t discover a love for The Lord of the Rings until my twenties, admittedly after I had seen the movies. I’m not too much into fantasy and sci-fi, I tend to enjoy human lead stories, but a little bit of fantasy is ok.

I knew when I had my daughter Matilda I wanted to encourage in her a passion and love for the written word. I started reading to her at night whilst I was pregnant and continued to read to her nearly every day after she was born. She is now three and we both look forward to the half hour before bedtime when we read some story books together. I admit I get a little bit bored at reading the same book over and over again, as like with most young children I’m sure, Matilda has her favourites that she is happy to read every night while it is the flavour of the month!

 

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Now that she is getting older I thought it would be nice to introduce her to our local Library. I signed her up and she now has her very own Library card. Of course, a trip to the library means you need to have a Library bag, and so I decided to make one.

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Side two

I searched on Pinterest and found this great free tutorial for the Library Tote Bag by Amanda Niederhauser of Jedi Craft. The two main fabrics I bought on our Victoria Roadtrip last year and paired them with fabric from my stash. I decided to hand embroider with some variegated pearl thread the initial ‘M’ and of course the bag wouldn’t be complete without some signature mini EPP, so I made two 3/8” hexie flowers which I appliqued on.

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I’m really pleased with how the bag finished. It was pretty quick and easy to whip up and Tilly loves it. I’m planning our first trip to the Library soon. A morning out with some books, reading and maybe a hot chocolate and some cake…what could be better than that?!

Happy Stitching,

Miss Leela x

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Flower Garden Ramble

To echo the words of Claude Monet “I must have flowers, always, and always.” Having fresh flowers in our home brings me so much joy. They instantly lift a room with their sweet scent and colourful petals. They nod happily at me every morning, greeting me with their showy smiles.

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Monet was an avid garden enthusiast and his garden and home in Giverny is on my bucket list of places to visit. I too love gardening, although I am still trying to find my way and un-earth my own garden. I love watching gardening shows, especially anything by Monty Don who just happens to be my gardening idol. This year I would like to visit more gardens. I want to take leisurely strolls through the plants and flowers, marvelling at the wonders of nature.

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Garden Path at Giverny – Claude Monet. I can picture myself strolling down this path, taking in the sweet scents and colour parade.

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Madame Monet and Child – Claude Monet. Yes, I can think of nothing more pleasant than sitting amongst the flowers and doing some stitching!

Just as I love and must always have real flowers, I also cannot be without the English Paper Piecing kind of flower, the always iconic, hexagon flower. When I received a bundle of Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres for their Monthly Liberty Club last year, the package was full of so many pretty florals I knew instantly that I had to create something with hexagon flowers.

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I wanted to create a miniature quilt inspired by strolling through a flower garden. I used nine of the liberty floral prints to make the flower petals and three different solid liberty fabrics for the flower centres. I played around a lot with the placement of the flowers before finally settling on the final design.

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I decided I wanted to connect the flowers a bit differently. I wanted the flowers to stand out as individual blooms and not to have their petals touching each other. I used diamonds and hexagons in soft green cotton fabric to separate the flowers. These green shapes both represent the leaves of the flowers, but also the crisscrossing pathway through them.

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I decided to hand quilt, using coloured embroidery floss that picked out a colour from the flower fabrics. I hand quilted around each flower petal, as well as the cross seams of the hexagon diamond motifs between each flower. Lastly, I had quilted around the entire outer edge of the pieced quilt section.

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I used a soft buttery yellow fabric for the border and binding to represent the sunshine that twinkles through the leaves and trees down to the garden below.

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I really love my finished hexie flower garden. It feels happy and calm, and whilst it’s no Monet painting, for me it brings the beauty of flowers and gardens into my craft studio where it hangs.

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Quilt Stats

Paper Pieces Used – ¾” Hexagons, ¾” 60 degree diamonds, ¾” half hexagons, ¾” triangle (diamond cut in half)

Total number of pieces = 123

Paper Pieced finished size = 11.25” x 11.5 “

Border Size = 1”

Finished Quilt Size = 14” x 14.25”

Hours to prep & piece shapes = 18

Hours for hand pieced borders = 6.5

Hours to Quilt = 13

Hours for binding = 1.5

Total hours = 39

Here are some detail photos:

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Hand quilting.

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Border and binding.

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Binding and back.

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Hanging sleeve and ribbon hangers.

Happy stitching lovely makers!

Miss Leela x

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2018 Year in Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season. It all passes by so quickly doesn’t it? It reminds me of a wedding, so much preparation and money spent on one single day of enjoyment. It is joyous though. We had a lovely time spent with our family at home and down the road at my in-laws. Tilly actually started to understand what Christmas was, that Santa visited and gave her presents. It was fun seeing her start to get excited. For days after I took our Christmas tree down, she would come into the lounge room in the morning and ask with saddened surprise “where has the Chrissy tree gone?”

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I am currently still on holidays as the company I work for shuts down for four weeks. As usual, I have written myself a mammoth to-do list which I have no hope of actually achieving…but then that’s just the way I seem to operate. Give myself heaps of tasks and goals to do even though I know it’s not actually possible to get them all done… except in a world where I did not need to sleep! Still, I like having it all written down and working towards ticking things off my list, which is very satisfying.

This post is all about 2018 in review. My general thoughts on 2018 were that it was a pretty great year. There were definitely some low and sad points, Tim lost his Uncle and I had some up and down moments emotionally. My Mumsie quit her job which has been fantastic for her, though I’m kind of jealous has now she has even more time to craft!

It has been really fun watching Tilly grow and develop this past year…or though I could have done without the tantrums and poor eating habits. She is such a little chatterbox now, and it’s fun seeing her imagination develop in play.

 

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Tilly modelling my For Keeps Shawl

 

We witnessed two great friends get married and had a little road trip adventure through parts of Victoria. We also enjoyed another great Easter camping trip with our friends.

A few wonderful things happened in the World of Miss Leela too. I was featured in Florence Knapp’s book Flossie Teacake’s Guide to English Paper Piecing (I still get a buzz every time I see this book!). I also had an article I wrote about my studio and business published in US magazine In Her Studio by Stampington Publications.

I spent a lot of time last year really figuring out what it is that I wanted my business to be and where I wanted to take it. I decided that my true passion above all my other crafty pursuits is English Paper Piecing. From that The Maker’s Stash was born, my new brand for EPP supplies and my own Pattern designs. This is still a work in progress but I’m hoping to officially get it launched over the next month or so. I also decided what I wanted to focus my product making time on for Miss Leela Handmade. I have some exciting new items that are still in idea phase and I’m hoping to start getting these out and in my shop soon.

 

I got  a lot of making done in 2018 (at least I feel like I did for someone that works full time and is a mother, wife, house cleaner etc.!):

Crochet and Knitting – Finished

Scrap Yarn Magic Ball Drawstring bag – to store my stuffing in

Braelyn Head Warmer by The Velvet Acorn for Tilly

Amigurumi Lamb by Anatillea for Tilly

Knitted scarf from Jazzy Makes Hand Dyed yarn for Tilly

Soul Soothing Mits by Sandra Cherry Heart for me.

Crochet blanket, crochet bunny and pear rattle for my Best Friends baby boy Seamus

 

Crochet and Knitting – Started

For Keeps Shawl by The Velvet Acorn – for me

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Quilts – Finished

Quilt for Lachlan

Quilt for Ivy

Quilt for Archer

Quilts started/worked on

Flowers Floor Quilt – for Tilly

Scrappy 1” hexagon quilt

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Mini Quilts – Finished

Liberty Mosaic One MQ

Liberty Mosaic Two MQ

Half Hexagon MQ

Flower Power MQ

Mini Quilts started/worked on/nearly finished

Garden of Patience Issue Three

Garden of Patience Issue Four

Hexagon Flowers MQ

Playing with Shapes Mini EPP

Liberty Mosaic Three MQ

Items made for my Shop and Markets

9 Small Hexie Hearts ¼” hexies, Hoop Wall Hangings

22 Hexagon Flower Pincushions

21 Liberty Flower Fabric Tags

9 Hexagon Flower Heart Decorations

Custom Orders

Dolls Quilt and Pillow

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Other Gifts

Hexie Heart Hoop Wall Hanging for lovely Madeline

5 Crochet soap pouches for the girls at work

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Other Items

Mini Pin Pennant

Hexie Flower Pincushion Prototype

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2018 was a great year for meeting and connecting with this wonderful Maker Community. My followers on Instagram grew from approximately 700 to the 2,606 I have today. I find this astounding and I am humbled by everyone that chooses to have me pop up in their feed. I have so many lovely Insta friends and look forward to making so many more.

I discovered the wonderful world of Knitting, Crochet and Sewing podcasts and decided to join in with my own podcast. I launched this Web-Blog and found myself keener to write and put up posts and content. I started going to my local Blue Mountains Brown Owls meet-ups with my Mum. I love being a part of this group and look forward to every meeting. I have met and made lovely new friends here also.

Many crafty adventures were had including Mumsie’s and my annual pilgrimage to the Sydney Quilt and Craft fair. We also attended the Orange Fibre Muster and went on our first (but definitely not last) visit to Skein Sisters.

I experimented with yarn dying, something I really enjoy but have set aside any dreams of adding this to my business (for now :winks: ). My Mumsie also started teaching me to knit (for the second time). I also held my first Make-Along the #sundayscrapalong2018 which was loads of fun and I look forward to holding it again this year.

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I attended three local Handmade Markets, two of which I was involved in organising with the community group I belong to The Blue Mountains Makers. We had a great year in 2018. I set up a new web-blog for the group which I’ll be managing and writing for in 2019. We welcomed new members to the committee and I enjoyed getting to know our local makers/team members.

As a team leader for The Blue Mountains Maker’s I was very fortunate to have a trip down to Melbourne courtesy of Etsy for the Etsy Captain’s Summit. This was a great weekend meeting the other team captains and learning a tone of info about Etsy and business tools from some great speakers. My highlight was meeting the wonderful Maryanne Moodie. I had a total fan-girl moment and got her signature and photo with her. She was so gracious and chatted with me for a bit and was interested in seeing what I make. I found her talk very enlightening and inspiring.

My word for 2018 was ‘Discovery’ and I also wanted to achieve a more Mindful Life. On the whole, I feel pretty happy that I lived up to my word and goals pretty well. Some things I definitely achieved, some I am still working on. I feel I have definitely grown as a person this past year and I am feeling excited and optimistic for the year ahead.

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My word for 2019 is ‘Balance’. I picked this word back in November. Even then I was starting to formulate in my mind what I wanted to work on and achieve this year. This word is definitely going to be a challenge as balancing all of my commitments, along with looking after myself and being present as a wife, mum and friend is definitely something I have struggled with the past two years.

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I hope you all had a wonderful 2018 and I hope that this year brings you all of the best things…happiness, love, tea and crafty time.

Miss Leela xx

Podcast Show Notes

Show Notes – Podcast Ep 9

Hello! Please find bellow show notes for Episode 9 of the Miss Leela Podcast. You can watch the latest episode here.

Finished Items!

¼” Hexie Hexagon Flower Mini Quilt

You can read all about and see lots of photos of my Flower Power Mini Quilt in my blog post.

Makes in Progress

Tilly’s Scarf – Hand dyed yarn from Jazzy Makes. Cast on 30 sitches, size 4.5 needles

100% Superwash Merino, Worsted 4ply, 100g, 200m

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/jazzymakes?ref=ss_profile

For Keeps Shawl – Pattern by the Velvet Acorn, Yarn by Wren and Ollie

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/605756454/crochet-pattern-for-keeps-shawl-small?ref=shop_home_active_9

https://www.wrenandollie.com/

Liberty Mosaic Mini Quilt 3 – Liberty fabric from Westwood Acres Liberty Monthly Club. Hex and diamond size ¾”

https://www.westwoodacresfabric.com/

Stash & Crafty Adventures

Yarn from Skein Sisters  https://www.skeinsisters.com.au/

Wren and Ollie – Spin DK 100% Superwash Merino, 115g, 230m, Colours Parfait and Smitten Kitten

https://www.wrenandollie.com/

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles, 100% Merino Wool, 100g, 366m, Colour Beach Bunny

https://shop.hedgehogfibres.com/

Primrose Yarn Co – Adelaide Single Ply Fingering Yarn, 100% Superwash Merino, 115g, 435yd, Colours Soda Pop and Sassy

https://primroseyarnco.com/

Fabric from Hunter’s Hill Quilt Show

https://www.huntershillquilters.org/

https://www.facebook.com/huntershillquiltersnsw/

Material Obsession – https://www.materialobsession.com.au/

In Other News

In her Studio article

https://stampington.com/in-her-studio-volume-1

Great British Quilter Instagram Challenge

Run by @sarahashfordstudio  and  @verykerryberry

https://www.instagram.com/sarahashfordstudio/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/verykerryberry/?hl=en

#greatbritishquilter

Sunday Scrap-along

You can read all of the details and the guidelines for the Sunday Scrap Along here.

Shout Outs – Podcasts

Sandy by the Lakeside – thank you for sharing me!

https://www.instagram.com/sandybythelakeside/?hl=en

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf02Pxr-ClYXI9xQwV4nNzw

https://bythelakeside.com/

Love to Sew – Caroline and Helen

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrM2rUcNsc12RK3XbWrjH0w/videos

https://www.instagram.com/carolinelovetosew/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/florahoneypot/?hl=en

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LovetoSewUK

https://lovetosewbyc.co.uk/

Sweet Sparrow Knits – Julie

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3psQSaomOUZEDBh9e1NHA

https://www.instagram.com/sweetsparrowknits/?hl=en

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSparrowYarns

Chit Chat

The importance of finding crafty friends: My lovely new Creative Soul Sister Madeline of  Ecolier Kids, shop her gorgeous children’s clothes at:

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/EcolierKids?ref=ss_profile

 

Thank you for watching xx