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Obelisk boxes...

Remember this gorgeous scrap book paper that has been produced under license by a UK company using my designs??...


Well, look what a very clever friend of mine has made using not only the paper but the stickers and braids that coordinate. These brilliant obelisk boxes stand about 5 1/2" high, mum and I were each given one on christmas day....

Taks a close peek and you will see that each dot on the paper has been transformed by adding some irridesant glitter, a brad cleverly holds a loose gift tag and around the base of this box some of the printed ribbon has been stuck....


This box has had a similar treatment but this one has some of the ric rac trim around the base to give a nice border. 


I love how the paper cut outs have been given dimension by adding a fat piece of double side sticky stuff (probably there is a real name for this sellotape stuff??).


Of course the second best thing after admiring the boxes was that the bottom of the box opens and mine was filled with chocolates! Yummy.....


If your feeling that you need to have fun playing with paper then I still have a few bits and pieces left, paper pads, brads, ric rac braid, pom pom braid and sticker sheets. Visit here to do some shopping :)

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Happy Christmas x x

This is what dear Hugo looked like this morning as we were preparing for our morning walk! He was such a good boy as he wore his antlers the whole walk and as you can see he has folded his lead carefully to carry as in our area the signs say 'dogs have to be on a lead at all times'...it doenst say a human has to be holding the lead.

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I am looking forward to today, gathering my family around me. I hope you also have a lovely day x bye for now.

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Mish Mash of news...

Summer is here, its been hot and sticky and these two are driving me crazy with their rough and tumble games!


Vince has been cooking up a storm in his wok, we went to cooking school yesterday and learnt some tricks to sucessful wok cooking.


This delicious chicken with snake bean dish was one of four different stir frys we did.


This morning at about 7.30am I bumped into Lyn and Emma who were ready for action behind their stall at the lovely craft markets at Cotton Tree.



I am working on the projects for 'Stitch It For Spring' which is due for publication sometime in May to coincide with the release of my Spring fabric collection Wildflower Wood.


Looking pretty so far!

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Wedding sampler...

Remember a few months ago I showed you a sneek peek at a magazine project that I was working on? Well this is the magazine that the project is in, Australian Homespun Vol.13 No.12.

LQS homespun vol13 no12

I wanted to stitch a wedding sampler to celebrate my parents wedding anniversary, its hard to believe that they have been married since 1957. I used fabrics from my Hollyhock Cottage collection have had fun adding some inexpensive gold coloured rings that came from a fashion jewellery store. 

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If you look closely you will see that the brides veil is made from tulle and is flying in the wind, I was trying to capture how my mums veil looked on her wedding day.

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Dad however was not wearing a top hat and tails...a bit of artistic license goes a long way!


Following the success of the kit we made for the Reindeer Express tablecloth the girls in the Little Quilt Store have put together a kit using the same fabrics that I did, they have included the tulle, the little piece of wool that you need for the hearts and some Cosmo embroidery threads. If you want just the magazine that the project is in visit here. If its the fabric kit your after then visit here :)

LQS wedding sampler pack

This sweet bundle is an angel delight (sweet sixteenth) of Hollyhock Cottage, I dont know about you but I can never bear to open these sweet bundles they just sit on my shelf looking pretty x

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Enjoy Lynette

Sunday Lunch...with a Thai twist

Spirit House is a wonderful Thai resturant set in beautiful gardens, the tables are set in little private areas around this pond. Mum and Dad took us there for lunch yesterday as our Christmas present...it has to be one of my favourite places to eat. I love the little walk through the gardens that you do before arriving at the resturant.


The painted shrine set amongst the bamboo sets my colour buds tingling, the colours as so nice together..... would this make a nice fabric colour combination?


The fragrance from the frangipani and lily flowers in this bath of water was divine.


We started the meal with a selection of small dishes to share, scallops, prawns on sticks and something which I forgot to photograph which tasted divine wrapped in a betel leaf.


I am not sure I liked looking at this fierce looking gold banded snapper but it was delisious to eat, I did think the fish looked like it needed braces as its teeth were very wonky! We had a couple of other delicious mouthwatering dishes including a watermelon salad and some rice to share....plus a glass of wine!


I love this photo, Vince had fun taking a panorama photo on his new phone. Its clever and as long as everyone sits still its nice but dont move while you are being photographed unless you want a good laugh! 


There were alot of these signs everywhere.


Sorry the picture is blurred....blame it on the wine! This water dragon was not interested in food she was interested in the bottle of wine!


This was the wine gazing water dragons partner, he was a splendid fellow and his only interest besides her was in trying to get some food!


This huge bamboo was growing alongside the path on the way back to the car.


 The field opposite the car park had these very pretty, very shy Alpacas...they are so sweet looking.


I had a great Sunday, hope you did too.

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Fernhill finished...

It hardly seems like yesterday when I was sat drawing the pattern for this years button club, Fernhill. Once the drawings are completed I love choosing the fabrics and then my chief button designer gets working to finalise how the buttons will look to compliment the design.


Once she has done a selection of different colourways everyone in the studio has fun making the final decisions as to what buttons will be used. Of course we all have a different opinion so it can take a few days before we all agree!

Here is all its glory is 'Fernhill', which if you remember is named after the woods and fields where I played as a child in Dorset, England.

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Today we got the first picture of a completed Fernhill, thanks to Anne Marieke Booij. The fabrics Anne Marieke has used are lovely, perhaps we will see it again once the quilting has been completed??? 

Anne Marieke Booij Fernhill

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Christine Barnsley's Fernhill


If you didnt get to join in on the month by month patterns and buttons then we have  x 17 full sets which we have saved just for you xx so why not treat yourself or a friend for Christmas, you can  buy them here.

Fernhill patterns

or earlier in the year when we had 'just the right fabrics' we put together a few fabric, pattern and button kits..... tempted?....visit here to buy the kit with patterns and buttons.

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In case your wondering the cream square in the bottom right hand corner of the above picture is not a post-it note! Its a cream bit of wool for the bunnies tail!

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Love Letters....

Romantic, love letters...I love getting a special card or a handwritten note. All the special letters that I have received over the years are tied with pretty ribbon safe in an old shoe box, do you have yours? I wonder with technology if our children write letters of any sort any more or do they just send text messages on the phone which could at any moment be lost and certianly cant be tied with ribbon.

Ah, enough romantising... I have been busy stitching, working on a new quilt, it still has a lot of work to be done but I thought your would enjoy a peek. 

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I am mixing Hollyhock Cottage fabrics with Follow My heart and adding background creams and some dark dark greens. There are 9 blocks in total each with a different style house, there is even a church. The wool flowers that you can see in the picture above have been applied using blanket stitch.

Close up of house

There are trees, fences, flowers and sweet birds with love letters in their mouths, you can see that I have used the alphabet fabric for the letters (its part of the Follow My Heart fabric collection) the birds are going to have teeny tiny buttons for thier eyes which once the quilting has been completed can be stitched in place.

Love letters close up

Well I hope you have enjoyed the peek at one of the big projects I have been working on ready for next year.

If you want to get organised and ready you will need a fat eighth bundle of both Hollyhock Cottage and Follow My Heart to give the scrappy look that my quilt has + some very very dark greens and some cream for backgrounds.

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My Family

 I realised today that I never officially showed you my new stitchery quilt. I am so happy with the way it has turned out, I have used the fabrics from my next new collection called Follow My Heart which I love. So.....it is with great pleasure that I present my new red work stitchery quilt...ta...da...

Y100 My Family

There are a couple of stores that I know who will be offering 'My Family' as a BOM, maybe your local quilt store is too so please be sure to ask them. Here are the stores I know are already taking bookings...

UK- Antique Angel

NZ- Needle'n Thread (please email Michelle for more info)

NZ- Grandmothers Garden (not on website yet please email for more info)

Australia- The Patchwork Teahouse  (not on website yet please email for info)

NZ- Cushlas Village Fabrics (not on website yet please email for info)

I have had fun drawing and stitching (with Val's help) some of my favourite things for the surrounding squares, some suitable words and of course my most favourite thing, 'My Family'. Inside the pattern I have given you lots of different people both big and small so you can recreate your own family to stitch under your own family tree.

The sweet triangle border was simple to do using English paper pieces, a glue pen and my trusty needle and thread. Once the triangles are all assembled and the papers removed I simple appliqued them to the background to create this very effective border.

I used my gorgeous yarndye fabric for the stitchery background and my favourite red Cosmo thread #245

 If you want to buy the pattern its available now My Family Quilt

Follow My heart

We have a limited amount of pre-release bundles of fabrics available Fat 1/8 bundles

Follow my heart close up bom

Oh, I also forgot that if you want to be sure to get what you want for Christmas why not ask for a gift voucher to use online at Little Quilt Store :) Then you can have fun choosing what you want for Christmas.


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Free Christmas Cards...

Dear everyone,

I hope that you like the new festive blog banner on my blog?? If your not seeing it then you need to refresh your screen :) 

When I was writing my Christmas cards yesterday I thought you might like my cards too so this morning I asked Emma if she woud make them into pdf files for you to download  x x Let me know what you think of them.

Reindeer Card

Snowman Card

Please remember that the copyright of these cards belongs to me (Lynette Anderson) and I do not give permission for you to reproduce these cards for financial gain, they are free for you to send to your family and friends. I apologise for having to write this x

Download LAD Christmas Cards A4

Download LAD Christmas Cards Letter

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Gingerbread man