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Driftwood Cottages....

This lovely driftwood row of cottages was made by a very talented lady in the UK, Kirsty Elson

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I was very excited when the postman brought a package for me today, I could hardly wait to open it. The contents are made from wood, so it had to be checked by Australian Customs and Quarentine before being allowed to come into the country. The contents exceeded my expectations...

To give you an idea of the size the sweet row of houses is just 11" long and 3 1/2" high and made from driftwood and recycled nails. I love it...and am so happy that I finally decided to buy myself one of these wonderful works of art from Kirsty.

The days are flying past in a blurr and my list of jobs seems to be getting longer not shorter in the build up to Quilt Market which is now only a few weeks away....I hope you are all keeping busy and stitching like crazy too, soon I will have some 'show and tell' but for now its all 'hush hush'

Lynette beehive


Congratulations...

Congratulations to Susan Adams. Susan has won my Christmas Fun pack...be watching your inbox for my email.

As promised we have loaded all the new exciting products into the online store, in fact as I write post this one customer has already found them and bought loads!! Thank you :)

Here are pictures of all the new goodies and just in case you cant decide what you want I have put together a pack that contains one of everything..... want more.... OK...I have given a discount code for you to use if you want to buy the pack. 

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For the Christmas Fun Pack use the discount code CFPACK to receive  a 10% discount (not to be used with any other discount code)

Enjoy Lynette
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Its here..

I was so excited Friday afternoon when a large truck arrived outside the studio which I knew contained a lot of boxes for me! Yes, my licensed products for papercraft and sewing are here...

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This first collection co-ordinates with my fabric collection 'Christmas Fun', the products available are:

1x paper pad containing 21 double sided sheets plus 3 design motif sheets of the most gorgeous quality paper thats acid and lignin free, 1 x pack of make them yourself cracker/bon bon kits (you need to personally select the gifts to go inside), 2 x sticker sheets, 1 each red and green mini pom pom braid, 1 card with 2m each of five gorgeous printed ribbons (including ribbon with my famous reindeer on :) see picture below....its gorgeous isnt it!

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1 x lace/ric rac combo which I love as the ric rac looks handdyed and looks just like you did it yourself....cant wait to use some, gift tags which I am going to be so proud to use on my parcels this year there are 8 in a pack with 4 different designs and some wonderful giant brads which I want to wear as earrings but I cant as they post things are too big...

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There was nothing else in my mind other than wanting to play with these things 'right now', so it was decided we would have take away for dinner and play I did. I havent done alot of papercrafting and decided to approach it from a stitchers view and combined some stitching (through the paper, need to improve that technique as I ended up with holes where I didnt want them) I glued ribbons, braids and glittery gems, it was fun.....I still have a lot to learn but I am happy with what I have done so far..more pictures later :)

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We will be listig these products in the online store early next week, meanwhile why not try your luck to win a pack that contains one of everything.... tell me what you want to use these products for 

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Advent Train...

Once of the best things about being a fabric designer is getting to see what the fabrics inspire others to make and this gorgeous advent train is no exception.

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Each carriage is made up of small fabric covered boxes that each has a sweet cross stitch design on the top of the lid, it has what look like yoyo's for wheels! To see more pictures visit Maries blog my French is almost non existent but I think if you want to buy the pdf pattern/instructions you need to email Marie as I cant see a BUY NOW button!

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If you would like the fabric kit to make this gorgeous train then please visit Annie shop it looks like the kit has the fabrics and includes the nice wooden letters that go on the lid of each little box.

I am ordering the pattern/instructions (luckily I have plenty of the fabrics in the online store) as I know one day I will want to make this advent train as its a really delightful family heirloom.

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Gifts, thank you :)

I have to say that I am very spoilt, there is not a day that goes by when I dont get alots of lovely emails from many of you. I dont manage to answer them all but I really do love getting them and try to answer as many as I can. Just occasionaly I get also get a special package in the mail....today I thought I would like to show you a few of the lovely things I have beensent this year.

This lovely fabric cover hides a spiral folder, the design on the front is from a pattern in my book 'Its Quilting Cats and Dogs'. The spiral folder itself is filled with plastic wallets where you can store paper patterns. I love the idea of keeping your patterns together in a safe place, so why not make a folder for each of your favourite designers patterns and then you will be able to find them easily :)

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When I was recently in Melbourne I admired one of the students gorgoeus beaded scissor fobs and the sweet lady has sent me my very own purple set (I have to say that purple has been my favourite colour since I was about 14, just ask my mum about the colour carpet I had to have in my bedroom.....yes purple!)

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This deliciously wrapped parcel arrived this week all the way from America...

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Inside is a beautifully stitched LAPC logo (about the size of a mug rug) which includes my best friend Hugo rather than the rescally cat, I love how hugo's tongue has been embroidered hanging out of his mouth....its such a Hugo look!

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This beautiful handmade lace bookmark came all the way from the UK, I have tucked it into my grandmothers prayer book as its a good place to keep special things. The prayer book was given to my grandmother in 1927 by my grandfather, it has some very special things inside it besides the prayers...

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One of the treasures tucked inside the prayer book is the 1933 newspaper clipping of my dads birth announcement. There is a lock of hair from his first haircut and the sweetest drawing that he did on the front of a homemade card for is mums (my grans) birthday.

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Grans prayer book is filled with many speciall memories like this and I am lucky to be the guardian of this book.

Enjoy Lynette


I'm a grandma :)

Our first eagerly awaited gradchild has arrived safe and sound....

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These cakes not only looked delicious but they tasted great too, we had them a few weeks ago at the baby shower.

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Here I am with Elsie a few hours after her arrival...I think my happy smile is almost as big as my very proud sons!

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Enjoy Lynette


Follow My Heart...

The days seem to be flying past at the moment and I am busy stitching, using fabrics from my next collection "Follow My Heart'. I have been busy drawing and stitching some yummy new things that will be launched in October at Quilt Market which is in Houston, USA.

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A big pile of paper pieced triangles.....they look like mini bunting. I like what the fabrics are looking like together, you can always get a feel for the fabrics once they are small pieces, however I need to prepare lots more of these before I have enough to get started.

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This is what they look like when they are joined together, very nice.

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Redwork stitchery for a new 6 part block of the month quilt which uses Cosmo #245 a lovely red and I have used miles of it...well OK yards and yards!

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For a closer look at all the prints in the 'Follow My Heart' collection you can visit Leciens website. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Enjoy Lynette

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Downloadable Christmas Patterns

A big thank you to those of you who have bought my new book 'Stitch It For Christmas'. Many of you have asked about the raggy quilt and slippers featured in the book, well the samples were made for purley photography purposes but by popular request are now available as downloadable patterns.

I love this photo but it was one that didnt make it into the book!

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This is what the raggy quilt looks like when its laid out flat. The more its been washed (Hugo thinks its his!) the softer and fluffier its getting.

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Download the Raggy Quilt pattern here for FREE

The strip pieced slippers are available to buy as a download pdf pattern.
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Download the Christmas Slippers here

We still have a few bundles of the Christmas Fun fabrics available or if you are after yardage please send an email and I will look to see if I have what tour after.

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In my little online store I have my Stitch it for Christmas book and 3 different size bundles of my Christmas Fun fabrics.

Enjoy Lynette

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Mistress Bunny from Fernhill....

If you have been wondering which cute little forest friends were going to be making an appearance in my Fernhill button club quilt then let me introduce you to Mistress Bunny.

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Emma has done this clever mud map for me so you can see how the mystery quilt is going together.


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This month particiapnts will be getting this gorgeous dragonfly button.

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For those of you making Fernhill, please note do not stitch Mistress Bunnies bottom down as you will need to continue the bias trail from under there next month!  A big thank you to Kate for spotting that and reminding me to tell you all, its much appreciated as its so hard to remember everything when writing a pattern.

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Enjoy Lynette


More workshop finishes...

Those girls in NZ sure do know how to stitch fast...look a couple more finished projects from my workshops a few weeks ago. I love this bright happy bali print 'Badger Cottage' journal cover

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with its matching pencil case that Kim made. We have got some lovely bali prints in the Little Quilt Store as Emma adores them and has had lots of fun choosing some for us to sell, you can see them here we have cut  fat quarter packs, fat eight packs and my favourite size = angel delights (10" squares).

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Beth sent me the pictures of her completed 'Shepherds Cottage' bag, I like the subtle prints mixed with denim. The denim will make the bag long lasting and of course it goes with everything, dont you love the little embrodiered flowers in the hexagon centers.....I may have to recycle that idea! Beth has also added some snap fasteners to the top of the bag so it closes securely and an inner pocket for her phone.
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Enjoy Lynette