I have been a bit lazy here on my blog... Facebook and Instagram are so much quicker and so much fin to do.
To keep up with all that I do ...
See you soon.....
I have been a bit lazy here on my blog... Facebook and Instagram are so much quicker and so much fin to do.
To keep up with all that I do ...
See you soon.....
Today I would like to share with you how I make my Yoyos or Suffolk Puffs. I use Yoyos in many of my designs and they are easy to make once you know how :)
1) Using a suitable fabric marking pen on wrong side of fabric trace around template.
2) Cut out on the line.
3) Prepare required amount of circles.
4) Turn a small amount of the edge over to the wrong side and do a row of running stitch.
5) Do the running stitch around entire circle, turning the edge over as you go.
6) Place your thumb into the centre of the circle on the wrong side and gently begin to pull the running stitch.
7) Continue to gather the thread until you have a nice neat gathered centre to your yoyo. You many need
to wriggle it to get a nice circular shape.
8) Take the thread through to the wrong side of the yoyo.
9) Tie off the thread to secure.
10) Position the yoyo
11) Stitch in place by just catching the edge of the yoyo
12) & 13) Continue stitching the yoyo in place on the background fabric
Download Yoyo Tutorial and print off for easy reference :)
Here are some of my projects that use Yoyos...
Sweet Home Pillows
Highfield House Bag
Today I would like to share with you two lovely free downloadable quilt patterns...
Towne Square and Apple Jacks
Finished size 77" x 77"
Finished size 58" x 64"
Both of these quilts would look lovely made up in either my "Stonehouse Garden" or "My Hearts at Home" fabric collections.
I am by nature a virtual gardener, preferring to stitch my garden with fabric and thread rather than working in the soil. For Stonehouse Garden I wanted to evoke in the mind of the quiltmaker a sense peace and harmony, the imagined aromas and sounds of a country garden.
The colours and patterns that I have gathered for this collection are firmly rooted in the ground, the flora that grows from it and the things that make our gardens have personalities of their own. Each print has been carefully designed so that when combined they remind us of gentle days in the garden with the sun on our backs, the laughter of children playing, bees buzzing and sense of joyfulness.
My Heart's at Home
This collection uses sweet soft shades that I have named dust storm pink, celadon green, dark vanilla and iceberg blue.
A tree strong and true, a symbol of something grounded in the earth that will stand the test of time. Scattered around the trees are images of a home, a beloved dog and cat all of which are sprinkled with hexagons, look closely and you will see that even the background spot is not really a spot it's a hexagon!
I have named this collection ‘My Hearts at Home’ which for many of us is a true statement, no matter where I am in the world my heart’s at home with my family.
Beachtime Fun Quilt
Take this fun beach themed quilt on a summer picnic or throw it over the back of your sofa. Piecing combined with fun applique motifs give this quilt a lot of appeal. Made using fabrics from ‘Summer Holiday’ by Lynette Anderson for RJR Fabrics.
Summer Blossom Quilt
Large blossom like flowers cover this pretty bed sized quilt which has been made using fabrics from Lynette’s ‘Summer Holiday’ by RJR Fabrics.
Finished Size: 72” x 87½”
Block size: 13½” square
Konnichiwa Sewing Basket
A sweet applique design that incorporates embroidery and English paper piecing for the lid with the baskets lined in coordinating fabrics. This wonderful upcycled sewing basket has been made using an Asian stacking steamer basket.
Double steamer basket with lid, (Lynette's was 8” the baskets were approx. 2” deep from an Asian supply store).
Approx. size 26" x 37"
Wonky Logs as been made using the Summer Holiday fabrics and the quilt design uses the very cute feature print for the block centres.
Quilt size approx. 38" x 49"
My new Christmas fabric collection 'Frosty Friends' is in stores now.
We often don't want to think about Christmas now in October but if we want to make something
special for Christmas its time to start stitching.
'Frosty Friends' - the collection ...
Cherry Pie... Finished Quilt size: 66½”x 82”
"I love a nine-patch quilt and this design is both simple and clever at the same time.
The corner stones give the feel of an Irish Chain. I have carefully selected the red and
grey prints from my collection ‘Frosty Friends’ but you could have fun making this quilt using scraps."
Frosty the Postman Pillow
Frosty is out and about today on his sleigh delivering the post.
He has his little helper on board who is enjoying helping deliver the letters.
Applique, english paper piecing and embroidery come together to make this cute pillow.
Finished size approx. 14 1/2" square.
Paper Pattern | PDF Pattern | Kit
Let's Build a Snowman Quilt
Let's Build a Snowman Tablerunner
This fun fast to make snowman tablerunner will make your table or sideboard look very festive. I have machine pieced and machine appliquéd my snowmen in place and hand embroidered the details.
Finished size approx. 17” x 35”
The 'Seaside Town' mystery has begun and all over the world there are
completed blocks from month one appearing :)
If you haven't seen any blocks yet then perhaps you would
like to join my new Facebook group 'In Stitches With Lynette Anderson'.
Not only will you find some of these blocks stitched by members but there are lots of other designs on display.
The inspiration for month 1's design came from walking the dog in our neighbourhood
where many of the houses have gorgeous wooden wind c
chimes hanging in the trees that are made form drift wood some with
sea glass incorporated. I love what these wind chimes look like in the trees and so I have included one hanging in this tree. The little 16 patch blocks
which you need to make 4 of this month will be used elsewhere in the quilt :)
I know you all like to have a bit of an idea of layout, so here is a rough 'mud map' of the layout.
If your not signed up to join us in stitching my 2017 mystery
button club quilt 'Seaside Town' but wish you were there are still a few places available at the stores listed below. I have added links to each stores email address so you can contact them directly
to find out more and to secure your place.
Little Quilt Store - Australia - 4 places available
Homespun Designs - Canada - 5 places available
Sew Graceful - USA - 3 places available
Cowslip Workshops - UK - 3 places available
The Wool Collection - Spain - 2 places available
L'Atelier du Patchwork - France - 1 place available
Coast and Country - UK - 5 places available
The Quirky Stitch - Australia - 3 places available
Mi Casita du Patch - Spain - places available
Village Quilts - USA - 5 places available
I hope that your having a lovely weekend and
that you are going to be able to fit some stitching in.
I am catching up on the laundry before
stitching some binding on a quilt.
After 4 flights totalling 26 hours flying time plus time on the ground at airports we arrived
a little weary at L'Atelier du Patchwork which is on a farm just 1.5hours drive South of Paris
in a town called Villeroy.
We were welcomed by the lovely Anne-Carol and her husband.
Spring is such a lovely time of the year, this old well with the blue sky and
glorious yellow crop of Colzar in the field behind caught my imagination.
The excitement began in the classroom as everyone arrived - peeking into their bags!
There was lots of lovely show and tell, this is 'Fernhill'.
This is 'Anderson's Farm', I love the colour of the barn.
The pieced blocks have been swapped for hexagon flowers making pretty change to my original.
This is 'My Garden' which is in my book Country Cottage Quilting.
So effective in these very pretty fabrics.
The ladies worked hard all day and as you can see they made great progress,
meanwhile the boys relaxed in the garden enjoying the sunshine!!
we fell in love with Miss Rosie the miniature pig :)
Safe for the night....
we had fun inspecting the newly planted fields...
we climbed into the very large high tractor!!
one found lots of my favourite wild flowers in the orchard - cowslips
We felt very honoured when the town mayor came to present the certificates
to the participants at the end of the first day.
I had two lovely days with these two groups of ladies, thank you
There were two of these gorgeous Beauceron dogs living here on the farm (a mother and daughter)
I seem to only have this one photo but really magnificent and very loveable.
We had a wonderful time and hope to see you all again one day soon x
I have been busy drawing, stitching and creating projects to go with the three fabric collections that are being released this year and having fun planning and making projects for workshops.
Talking of workshops many of you have been emailing me asking where and when I am teaching this coming year...
as you know I love travelling and meeting people so hopefully we will get to meet this year somewhere in the world :)
This time next week I need to be packed and ready for my trip to Europe.
Its going to be a busy year.
Seaside Town is name of my mystery button club quilt for 2017 which is due to start in April (hurry up Lynette and finish writing the patterns!).
The quilt finished size is approx. 34' x 44"
and features some delightful little cottages some of which are foundation pieced
and others are appliqués, there are fishing boats and some underwater creatures amongst other things!
Requirements for the Whole Quilt
10” x wof each of 6 cream tonal prints, backgrounds
10” x wof dark brown floral
10” x wof mid brown print
10” x wof light tan print
10” x wof dark green tonal print
10” x wof mid green tonal print
10” x wof green leaf tonal print
10” x wof soft green tonal print
10” x wof red stripe
10” x wof red checked print
10” x wof dusky red/pink starry print
10” x wof grey floral print
10” x wof blue tonal print
10” x wof blue leaf tonal print
10” x wof light blue floral
10” x wof soft blue/green print
Stranded Embroidery Floss, I used Valdani #P3 aged white, #812 brick, #P12 brown, #JP12 seaside, #0126 old cottage grey, # H202 withered green, #0512 chimney dust, #P2 olive green, #M81 backyard honeycomb, #0542 vintage lavender, #0537 sea deep, #0561 shimmering denim, #H204 nostalgic rose and #0548 blackened khaki
Stitchery stabilizer, optional
100 x 2" clamshell papers
¼” bias maker + fusible tape, optional
Apliquick rods, optional
Appliqué paper, optional
Fabric glue pen, optional
Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It, optional
Light box, optional
Fine tipped fabric marking pen for dark and light fabric
General sewing supplies
I spotted this lovely mosaic seahorse this last week when we were travelling
in Western Australia.
Had I not have already drawn and stitched my seahorse then this fellow
would have been perfect inspiration.
Maybe one of these lighthouses inspired me??
How does this program work you ask?
Each month for 12 months you will receive one of my colour patterns
and one beautiful hand painted or for the budget conscious a etched raw wood button.
We can only paint a limited quantity of buttons each month so places are
limited for the handpainted buttons but unlimited for the etched raw wood ones.
You can sign up to participate in Seaside Town by contacting one of the registered stores listed below.
* Please note: each store will be offering different optional extras such as
fabric packs, threads and notions. Lynette Anderson Designs has no control over
the fabrics and threads that each individual store may have selected to use for this project.
|Coast and Country - UK|
|Cowslip Workshops - UK|
|Cross Patch - UK|
|From the Heart Quilt Shop - Canada|
|Katipatch - New Zealand|
|Kwibbels - Netherlands|
|L'Atelier du Patchwork - France|
|Little Quilt Store - Australia|
|Mi Casita de Patch - Spain|
|Puddleducks - UK|
|Quiltefryd - Norway|
|Quilteshop Kaleidoskop - Germany|
|Sew Graceful Quilting - USA|
|The Wool Collection - Spain|
|Village Quilts - USA|
|Cotton & Color - Switzerland|
|The Quirky Stitch - Australia|
|Homespun Designs - Canada|
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Last year I was invited by the other designers at RJR Fabrics to make a block for a collaborative quilt. We were asked to create a window scene for a city skyscraper - being a country girl it was hard for me to imagine what it might be like to live in an apartment in the city.....my furry friends shared their thoughts with me about how city life might be from their view on life ..... they told me they would spend their days 'dreaming of the park' and so my block had its name/theme and the drawing began!
The finished block was sent to RJR Fabrics, where it was joined with other designers 'window' scenes and made into this city quilt. I thought it was interesting that a number of us chose to make pet related window blocks :)
A second block was made and has been made into a pillow which looks perfect on the chair in my hallway, near where the dogs lead is kept. Its a constant reminder to me that my furry friends love to be outside - I don't think they are capable of flying a kite but I bet they would love to try!
If your wondering what fabrics I used for my block, I predominately used fabrics from 'High Meadow Farm' my new collection which is due in a quilt store near you soon....
I love how the selvage for High Meadow Farm turned out 'oink oink'....
If you would like to make your own 'dreaming of the park' block then please follow this link to Download Dreaming of The Park templates.
The expression of Hugo my Labrador says it all....
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What a wonderful journey we have been on with The Splendid Sampler - a huge thank you to Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson for not only coming up with the idea but for also co-ordinating the designers and the participants.
I am so happy with my finished quilt (binding still to be done). I love that after procrastinating for ages I finally decided to go with a simple palette. The blue fabrics are from so many different collections that I have produced over the years, I found 43 different blues to work with, who would have thought I have designed that many different blue prints!! Guess I mist love blue.
To celebrate today, the 14th February which was when for some of us the journey began there are lots of giveaways scheduled. The main prizes are over at The Splendid Sampler main website so be sure to go and enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes. You will also find a list of other designers who are also hosting giveaways.
My sweet giveaway is : 1 pack of 1" hexagons that have been laser cut, and 2 x charm packs from 'My Hearts At Home' fabric collection. I will select three winners, one on Facebook, one on Instagram and one here on my blog who will each receive one of these items.
Congratulations to Lynda Lukas, Edna and Janette Worts…be watching your inboxes for my email.
Thank you to everyone that left me a comment, there were so many beautiful comments :)
So, please leave me a message about why Valentines day is special to you?
Yippee....its finally time for me to reveal my Splendid block, its called 'Grans Button Jar'.
I know I am not alone in my memories of playing with my gran's buttons and so when
Jane and Pat asked me to do a block for The Splendid Sampler what better theme for me to choose for my block.
Jane sent me some fabrics to work with... the colours were a bit out of my comfort zone but I
enjoyed working with them none the less.
I still have a lot of my grans buttons and many other buttons that over the years I have collected!! One of my
favourite treasures is this wonderful old tin with 'Mother' written on it which I imagine originally
came with chocolates inside in which I keep my 'special, never to be used' old buttons.
For my block I have combined some tiny appliqué (dont panic its easier to do than you think),
a little embroidery and some narrow log cabin strips for the border.
Where shall we begin? First you need to gather your fabrics, black design mat, threads, fabric glue pen
perfect scissors and tools. I am going to show you
how simple it is to use the Apliquick tools to do these tiny pieces as appliqué.
Print the pattern sheet out, you will notice that the templates have not been reversed. Thats fine, there is an easy way to do this.
Working with a soft lead pencil (I like a 2B) place the appliqué paper shiny (fusible) side up,
trace the appliqué shapes. By working on the shiny side of the paper you are automatically reversing the designs :)
Cut the shapes out on the drawn line, make sure as you cut you cut nice smooth shapes - this Appliqué paper is going to be staying in - its water soluble and does not have to be removed.
Fuse each appliqué shape (shiny side down) to the wrong side of your chosen fabrics.
Then cut each shape out, a scant 1/4" out from the paper shape, this is your seam allowance. Its easy to think by cutting a smaller seam allowance it will be easier but trust me its not!
As with all appliqué if there is a curve that goes in you need to clip it. Clip to the paper.
To see what to do next using the Apliquck rods check out my YouTube tutorial
Working with either the light from a window or a lightbox trace the stitchery lines onto the right side of your background fabric, on my pattern the black line represents the stitchery lines that need to be traced. I like to work with a fine tipped Pigma pen, these lovely fine lines which are permanent are easily covered with your embroidery stitches.
If your using stitchery stabiliser now is the time to fuse it to the wrong side of your background piece.
Stitchery stabilizer is generally a single side fusible lightweight fabric which when fused to the
wrong side of your background fabric helps stop the shadowing from carrying the embroidery
threads across the back of your work. Once you start using it you will never want to stop!
Now you are ready to position and glue in place the appliqué shapes, I use Roxanne's Glue Baste It to
hold the appliqué pieces in place which I discovered many many years ago when my boys were still young.
It saves fiddling about and getting your thread tangles in pins!
Next step: stitch the appliqué pieces in place using a fine thread - I love to use either my own
brand which comes on old fashioned wooden spools in a taupe shade or if your not sure what
colour you like to work with then the Bottom Line super bob packs are a great alternative.
Now I suggest you find a good movie, sit back and enjoy the embroidery. I
love working with the 6 ply Valdani hand dyed threads, I generally use 2 strands to embroidery with.
Valdani threads have a subtle change of colour within each skein which
perfectly matches my fabrics. I have put together a pack of my most used 20 shades,
here is the link to see the colours I have chosen.
P.S If you like the wooden thread holders I am using you can order them here.
A big thank you to Hugo who takes great pride in checking my work and personally
road/sleep tests each and every quilt that I make.
To shop everything Apliquick follow this link.
I hope that you enjoy stitching my Splendid Sampler block as much as I enjoyed being part
of the design team.
Its always fun to be part of a blog hop and Stacy at Buttermilk Basin always runs a great one at this time of the year.
I have to confess that I made this sweet much admired winter coin purse a while ago but never did the drawings properly or wrote the pattern... so, I have been busy this weekend...
I decided I should make a new purse to remind myself firstly how to make one and so I could use fresher updated fabrics. I ended up using batting for my appliquéd snowman as I could find (must be under a large pile) my cream/white wool. The batting is a bit fluffy looking which actually makes it perfect for the snowman. As you can see I blanket stitched the snowman in place using 2 strands of matching embroidery floss.
Once all the appliqué pieces have been stitched in place you can draw the surface embroidery on either free hand or using a light source. I like to use a fine tipped pen for my stitchery lines and prefer a brown Pigma pen. Its almost impossible to draw on the cotton batting so I 'winged' it with the snowman scarf, face etc.
I generally use 2 strand floss when I am embroidering except for the tiny details on the snowman where one strand is sufficient. I used Cosmo embroidery floss for this project, there is a great range of colours available in the Cosmo stranded floss, here is a link to the shade chart, we have all the colours in stock.
Its beginning to look good....
Next step choose the fabric for the back and lining of your coin purse, join the completed stitchery (purse front) and the fabric for the back of the purse.
Layer the lining, fusible lightweight backing and top ready for some simple quilting, I have used some masking tape and quilted either side of it, moving the masking tape across the piece as I go.
Once your have completed the quilted in one direction change directions to give a nice cross hatch look
Work on a flat surface and using the template, I made my template(S) from template plastic so I can easily see through it in order to centre the design. Draw around the template, seam allowance has been included.
Cut out on the line.
Make some bias binding.
Bind around the entire oval, take care not to pull the bias, rather let it fall in place. If you pull or ease the bias the entire oval will curl up which you dont want to happen!
Hand stitch the binding down.
Work out the placement for the zipper, put a pin in each side where the zip will start and finish.
Stitch the side seams closed to where the zip will start and finish. I work from the outside and do a ladder stitch.
Turn the coin purse inside out, flatten out the seam and machine stitch to create a flat bottom for your coin purse
Position and hand stitch the zip in place, I do a backstitch here just catch the binding and the zip together
I also slip stitch the loose side of the zip in place to keep the inside of the coin purse neat.
I hope the pictures have been helpful, there are more instructions in the pattern where you will also find the templates and stitchery/appliqué design if you Download Winter Coin Purse Pattern
These gorgeous gingerbread people were featured in my book 'Stitch It For Christmas' - Emma kindly made them for the photo shoot, we did taste test them once had finished and they were delicious! So, I have managed to twist Emma's arm and she has kindly given me her recipe :)
Want to join the fun?
Want get lots of cookie recipes, including Emma's gingerbread people?
Want some fun, free patterns?
Of course you do, so visit Buttermilk Basin for the recipes and the links to everyone's blog and enjoy the fun.
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A big thank you to Emma for reminding me that it's so long since I had a giveaway!
One lucky person has the chance to win this gorgeous kit to make 'The Songbird's Garden',one of my newest designs.
I will tell you how you have a chance to win at the bottom of this post but if all else fails and you are not the lucky winner
then here is a link to buy the pattern or kit to make this sweet project.
We had lots of fun fussy cutting hexagons for this little project.
For your chance to win this kit:
1) Follow me on Facebook (if you do already, thank you)
2) Leave me a message on the 'win this kit' post on Facebook
3) Follow me on Instagram (if you do already, thank you)
4) Leave me a message on the 'win this kit' post on Instagram
Announcing the winners of my little Giveaway from last week:-
Facebook Winner (kit) : Judith Harmon -
Instagram Winner (pattern and button) : @deecmlbb
Blog Winner (pattern and button): Anita
Please can you all contact me with your postal addresses firstname.lastname@example.org
Quilt Sherpa and I arrived in Denver last week to this lovely welcome at the F&W studios where we were going to film my online class in 'Hand Embroidery Stitching and Appliqué' for Craft University. I am so excited about this opportunity, so many of you have expressed an interest in joining me in a class, sadly I cant get everywhere on the planet this year so here is your chance!
The project that we will be working on is called "Forest Floor Table Runner' ( sneek peek in the picture below). Its made using fabrics from my 'Stonehouse Garden' fabric collection with a Bread and Butter cream tonal for the background and is so sweet I know your going to love it.
During the course I will show you how to transfer the stitchery design, prepare the hexagons, prepare the little shapes for appliqué using the revolutionary Apliquick tools, there will be lots of little tips and tricks along the way. We will work our way through some embroidery stitches together and you will feel as if I am right in the room with you.
Here we are getting the 'stage' set ready for filming. The big cameras and lights were a bit scary but everyone was so friendly it turned out to be lots of fun.
Craft University will have fabric kits available for you and the other supplies needed for the project will be listed with links to where you can buy them. I have amongst other things put together a special Valdani embroidery floss pack for this project.
Quilt Sherpa (Vince) was allowed as long as he promised to be quiet to sit inside the control room so he could see how the magic happens.
We did have one mini 'almost disaster' when we realised we have put two of my quilts into a bucket of water.....good job it was a lovely sunny day and we were able to dry them outside. The positive thing about thes is that I now know for sure is that the Valdani Floss is colourfast.
A big thank you to the fantastic team at Golden in Colorado that I worked with last week, they were so professional and kind to me. See how big our smiles are once we had finished the filming!! I am so looking forward to you joining me in the workshop next year.
One of the best things about this class is that you can ask questions along the way and have fun posting pictures in the gallery so we can all see each others progress.
So, if your interested head to Craft University where you can read more about my class and if you wish to pre-register, for a limited time you can get 20% off the class if you pre-register by using the code PREREG20
bye for now
Arriving at the front of Horwood House, a rather lovely amor house which is now a
conference hotel which has been artfully tucked behind the original house.
We checked into our rooms and were shown the Columbus room
which was to be our classroom for the next couple of days.
It took Teresa and I almost all of Saturday (I was in jet lag mode) to set up
the room and here we are waiting to greet the guests for the workshop :)
Part of getting the room ready included packing the kits and special treats that I
had shipped from home into the 'goodie' bags. I couldn't resist putting these
sweet koalas onto the top of each bag.
The white hearts on the front of the bags I had painted at home one evening in
between cooking dinner and I really like how they looked! The water bottles on
everyone tables were such a fabulous shape I couldn't resit showing them to you.
I have had special Lanyards printed, they turned out so nicely thanks to Emma
who created the graphics and organised getting them printed.
We all enjoyed wearing them.
I'm sorry there are no sound effects for you but as the participants opened
their goodie bags, there were a lot of ooh's and ahh's!
We decided it was a bit like being a child and opening your
Many of us had fun making a needle case for the 'swap', we all started
off with the same stitchery design and then how we made
the needlecase was up to us. Here are just some of them, as you
can see they were all wonderful.
Here I am discussing the how's, why's and benefits of using the
There was lots of lovely 'show and tell' which I was so busy enjoying
looking at that I mostly forgot to take photos :(
Here Valerie and Sarah are showing their very nice Anderson's Farm blocks.
The quilt in the background is called 'Garden Maze'.
The sweet bunny journal from my book 'Stitch It For Spring' has
been made by Maureen using fabrics from my 'Hollyhock Cottage' collection.
The hill the tree is on is made using tiny 1/4" hexagons and the bunny button is
one of my hand pained ones. The quilt in the background in called 'Love Letter's'
There was show and tell of the nail art variety!
We did some nice displays around the classroom, here you can see 'Stitched By Me'
which has been kindly loaned to me by Nicola Forman while I ma here in the UK,
Nicola made this quilt from one of my kits. Also is 'Green Thumb' my
new stitchery block of the month (the kits have just been cut and packed in time for my trip)
I loved this door that I found in the garden of the main house.
Thank you to everyone who joined me for this event,
I had a wonderful time and I hope you did too.
Day 1 - Stitch The Day Away - UK
Day 2 - Stitch The Day Away - UK
Dates have been booked for Stitch The Day Away -UK 2017
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With my favourite brew on hand I am sat in the window seat soaking up the winter sunshine writing to you about my Splendid Sampler journey.
I have been lucky enough to have known both Jane and Pat (the co-creators of this brilliant event) for several years, we always catch up at quilt market. Pat as you know lives in the US and jane as luck would have it lives about an hour down the road from me!
I love that we are celebrating reaching the 50th block - half way - does it seem possible that we have been on this wonderful journey together for 6 months??
Pat has created a special block to celebrate, its called 'Top of the Mountain'. Follow this link to download the block.
When I first saw and heard the blocks name it made me think of a fun nursery rhyme that I am sure my Mum sang to me and that I sang to my children. The lyrics sum up where we all are in the progress of our Splendid Sampler blocks!
Oh, The grand old Duke of York (aka Pat and Jane),
He had ten thousand men (this is us, the Splenderettes);
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up (where we are now),
They were neither up nor down.
Like many of you I started out with good intentions and sped ahead with my blocks, I find the foundation pieced blocks challenging as my brain does not seem to work upside down....I do of course love the appliquéd and embroidered blocks.
I started to plan what might look nice as sashing....I liked this cream tonal print ....
I liked this soft blue look.....
and then I really liked this stronger blue sashing with light corner posts, so this the print that I will be joining my Splendid Sampler together with.
I mentioned before that Jane (@quiltjane) lives close to me and so it was with great excitement that we held our first 'Splenderette Gathering' in the store....we had ladies from far and wide join us to show their blocks and to tell their stories.
I have a sweet little bundle of my new fabric line Festive Fun to give away - please leave me a note and tell me how many Splendid Sampler blocks you have made so far?
Here I am with some of the other Splendid Sampler block designers at market, we all looked very serious in this picture but I can promise you two moments later we were playing up!
There are a few Splendid Sampler designers who are doing special blog posts this week, telling their stories, giving some hints and tips and that may have giveaways.
Don't forget to leave me a message for the chance to win the little bundle of fabrics. I look forward to reading your messages x good luck
Congratulations to Anita Jackson, you have won the Festive Fun bundle giveaway. Be watching your inbox for my email.
Thank you to everyone that left me a message.
I was so happy when I was in the USA for Spring Market back in May to meet these two who are the team behind 'Quilty Box', a wonderful idea where you get a package in the mail every month.
My Quilty Box was a 'limited edition' box filled with Festive things. Festive Fun is my Christmas fabric collection for this year and there are lots of lovely fussy cutting opportunities. Oh.. look whats inside.... :)
The sweet little angel delight bundle (as we call them) contains one 10" square of each print in the collection and has a lovely wooden tag tied to the top which we cut here in Australia in the studio on Lizzie Laser!
Once my design was drawn and ready I visited the lovely team at Valdani Threads to audition a thread colour to use in my project - I loved both the green and the red floss colours shown here but decided my favourite was the red.
One pattern, three different ideas for you and I am sure you could come up with lots of other ideas. These cute stockings finish at approx. 9 1/2" long, an idea size.
As you know we cut and hand paint many of our buttons here in the studio - this jolly Santa is one of the most popular buttons.
For this limited edition of Quilty Box we enlarged him and made him into pin (brooch). I want one, dont you?
I hope that if you signed up and were lucky enough to get my limited edition Quilty Box that you are enjoying the contents x
Keeping with the Christmas theme, I would like too share few of my 'free to use' things you can download
I hope you enjoyed all this Quilty fun and if your tempted to join in everything Quilty Box, please follow this link to find out how it works and to join the fun book in to receive your Quilty Box each month.
What a lovely holiday in Fiji we have just had - a three hour flight from Brisbane to Nadi, pretty easy- then onto a tiny island hopper plane for an hour and a half flight (Quilt Sherpa is leading the way) - with spectacular views of the land and sea as we flew over with a birds eye view.
Into a little bus (for 4 guests), bumping down a dirt road and then a quick boat ride to across from Taveuni Island to Qamea Island
These perfect foot sized shells were set in concrete at the foot of the steps of our bure - a lovely way to rinse our feet after a lovely stroll along the deserted beach.
Here is our sweet Bure - so pretty inside and out and the hammock on the deck was such fun to relax and read in.
I love the wonderful packaging, not sure the coffee inside was that great but it was fun to try it (as you know I am really a tea drinker!)
The first couple of days we did very little, read books, daydreamed, slept a lot and ate some wonderful food. This is something we had for lunch one day, a piece of fish was wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked in coconut milk - it was delicious, something I want to try cooking at home.
This fun face on a tree stump was on the path towards the spa, a place which we visited often!
By day three we were ready for action and chose to do the accompanied hike to visit the Tavoro waterfalls in Bouma Heritage Park, for this we first had to return to Taveuni on the boat.
The first waterfall was an easy relatively flat 20 min walk. Very pretty and a lovely place for a swim.
The second waterfall was a steep hike which took us about 45 mins, the views along the way as we stopped to catch our breath were amazing.
we had to rock hop across a river - Quilt Sherpa loved it I was a bit wobbly on the slippery rocks but managed OK.
We met a purple crab with yellow claws on the track, he was only about 4" big but very determined to defend his home!
Another day we visited one of the local villages - one of the nice things about Qamea (pronounced Gamea) is that there are no cars and no roads so everywhere you want to go you either have to hike or go by boat.
We arrived at the village by boat having come through a hidden entrance through the mangrove swamps. I imagine in the summer there would have been allot of mosquitoes but we didn't see any or get bitten by any!! I kept thinking there might be crocodiles but apparently not - thank goodness.
On arrival we had to wade through squelchy mud to get on land - as you know dirt and mud are not really my thing!
We were each given the prettiest flower necklace to wear (took my mind off the mud stuck between my toes!) - I hesitate to call it a lei as they are called in Hawaii as I am not sure they are called that in Fiji. I only heard them referred to as flower necklaces and mine was wonderful as you can see.
The village people were very welcoming, they sang to us, they showed us around their village which had sustained a lot of cyclone damage and there is still a lot of rebuilding to do. I fell in love with the children who were running free, enjoying a simple life without mobile phones and televisions!
The two little rascals hiding under the building were playing with the drub/bell that calls everyone to church! The funny looking stuff drying on the corrugated tin is what they make Kava the national drink from!
Mama Hen with her chicks.... reminds me of 'Anderson's Farm' which I got my original quilt back from the quilters just before we left for this trip, I am looking forward to binding it and stitching all the buttons in place.
Piglets of every size running around...more Anderson's Farm inspiration
Sweet little houses, some were plain tin and others were painted wonderful colours.
I loved this bowl of nails waiting for the builders to come and do a bit more work on rebuilding the church.
Just 7 days after we arrived we left our idyllic island holiday relaxed and rejuvenated to the lovely sound of Baba playing and singing the traditional farewell Fijian song - wishing we could have stayed longer and dreaming of visiting again.
Thanks for enjoying my peek back at our holiday which now over a week later feels like it was lifetime ago!
Visit Stacy of Buttermilk Basin to find out more about this fun block hop and to collect all the free patterns on offer. Here is the line up of designers you will want to visit.