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whats happening in the studio...

 Its hot and humid here, thanks goodness I am lucky enought to have air con in my studio otherwise I dont think I could get very much work done! As it is I am having lots of fun playing with some new designs and ideas.... for those of you who 'like' me on Facebook  and saw a cropped version of this picture.... its not one of doctor who's daleks and for those of you who dont like me on Facebook yet please visit me here so you dont miss out on anything!

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 Look, my best friend, Hugo has made it onto a new design, this is my latest stitching project  x

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 Oh.... and you know how I love houses, well just wait until you see what I have done with this little row of cottages. I think the design will be called Heart Cottage....

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 Are you like me and counting the days until Christmas? On Christmas evening I will be spoilt by having all my famly in the house at once...we will of course be having a traditional Christmas dinner (turkey, roast potatos, cranberry sauce etc). Hopefully there will be a bit of a breeze so we will be able to eat outside on our lovely timber deck x

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the Chateau Hexagon story so far...

 Well, I cant belive that Chateau Hexagon, this years mystery button club is on month 7 already!! Where do the months go? Here is my quilt....did I surprise you by putting the driveway and lily pond through the centre? Now you can see whay it was imperative that you had your applique and stitchery 'off centre'. 

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I added a little Ric Rac around the pond to give it some definition and a watery feel and I think its very sucessful. There is some cotton lace...yes, I used some lace that you will need for the last month and of course you will want the backing fabric. If you need these 'extra' things we have them available  here and can easily post them to you. 

These are the buttons we have used so far...I cant decide which is my favourite, can you?

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Leeanne, one of the button club members in New Zealand who has a lovely blog, runs a long arm quilting business and works at a store in NZ who stock my patterns (The Country Yard) emailed me earlier this week with a little probelem. Leeanne uses the back basting method for her needleturn applique and unless you remember to reverse everything....there can be a few problems...so Leeanne and I quickly came up with a change of placement for the blocks plan. Tah dah.....how nice is her Chateau Hexagon starting to look.

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 The other issue we had with reloacting the blocks was that we ran the risk of covering something up...in this case it was the tree roots and I think you can see what the solution was. Tree roots seem to get everywhere so why not onto the old driveway that leads us to Chateau Hexagon. I love how it looks Leeanne, well done.

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 Since we are talking about Chateau Hexagon, thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in coming to my first ever Quilt Camp which is to be held in France next year, the response has been overwhelming.

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I am still waiting for the owners of the Chateau to get back to me with final prices for the hire of the tent etc....please if you live close by tell them to hurry up! If you havent sent me  your completed form because you are waiting for a price then please fill the form and send it to me otherwise you may find you are not on the email list for the 'real bookings' and may miss out completely.

Here is the link to Download My Expressions of Interest Form

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Christmas is coming....

 Christmas buttons glore, I'm working with some of the early designs which I love (Mr Snowman and the patchwork hearts) and loving the new candy cane. Not sure what I will design but I am having fun with my pencil, paper and eraser.

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 I have had fun putting all my Norweigian style decorations on this little feather tree.

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 I bought this gorgeous wooden house several years ago when I visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, its fun as it has a light inside which shines through the windows, its so pretty at night. 

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The little house lamp was the inspiration for one of the blocks in Scandinavian Christmas.

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In case your wondering what I am up to at the moment?? Well, I may be starting to play with my Christmas 2014 fabric collection....bet you recognise those sweet reindeer of mine...I love them.

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For all things Christmas that you can get now visit here.

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Preparing for Tokyo 2014

We are busy packing for my trip to Tokyo for the Internationsl Great Quilt Festival. This will be my fourth trip to Tokyo, I am looking forward to catching up with my friends, meeting lots of quilters (most of whom I can't talk to as I dont speak Japanese) but quilter sign language is a wonderful thing so we will manage! 

If your coming to the show please visit me on booth #B-32.

This is the beautiful quilt that has been made by Yoko Saito that advertises this years quilt show. Take a close look the detail its amazing and if you are familiar with the Moomin stories then you can find many of them here in this quilt. I cant wait to see the quilt in real life.

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Moomins were created by Tove Jansson, who born in 1914 in Finland. The gorgeous illustrated novels of "Moomin" were written from 1945 to 1970. Amazingly the books have been translated into 44 languages to date. They were first animated in Japan in 1969, the Moomin stories are still loved by many people around the world

Here is a list of Moomin books in case you havent ever read one :)

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 Moomins are very sweet looking (hippo like) characters, I am told there will be approx. 50 quilts on display in Tokyo Dome that reflect stories about the Moomins. I promise I will take photos for you.

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To read more about the display in Tokyo please visit here

Tokyo Internation Great Quilt Festival 2014

January 23 Thursday, - January 29 Wednesday, 2014 (7 days)
Opens at 9:30 am closes at 6:00 pm
(Opens at 11:00 am on first day and closes at 5:30 pm)

The other exhibition worth a visit will be 'The Soul of Russia' a quilt exhibition from the 24th January at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. I dont have any more info at the moment on this display but I do hope to visit it.

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Christmas To Do Lists

We have been busy little elves here at Lynette Anderson Designs (Santa would be proud). If your like me by now you have run out of time, too busy planning the food and the gifts to stitch anything but the moment Christmas is over the stitching can begin and a kit makes life so easy.

The button painting girls have been busy with thier paintbrushes and the girls in the store have been busy making some more of these sweet kits.

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 The lovely white wood oval frame is available separately.

The Candy Cane Angel centre piece is one of my favourites for this year, the kits contain the pattern, fabrics, buttons and thread you will need to add the batting and some time! Sorry, we dont have any time for sale :)

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 Of course if your a speedy gonzalez and can manage an overnight piecing stint why not download this gorgeous pattern 'Wish Upon A Star' which is 'free to use' and make a lovely quilt to snuggle under on the sofa. We have used my Christmas 2013 fabric collection Candy Cane Angels to make our sample. We have the fabrics on the bolt (please ask) or as pre-cut fat quarter bundles.

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Thanks to my friend Kay who made the sample for me, I love it and so does Hugo (who shares it with me in the evenings on the sofa) and before you ask the lovely quilting was done by Darlene at Sew Graceful Quilting in the US. 

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 So if you want the pattern for this quilt you can Download Wish Upon A Star Free Pattern here.

We thought you may need some help in the list writing arena so, Emma who is exceptionally talented with her computer has created using some of my drawings some gorgeous 'to do lists' for you to print out and use. 

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 The three designs have been prepared for either A4 paper size or Amercian Letter in the hope that they will print out prefectly for you no matter where you live.

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Download Christmas to do lists A4

Download Christmas to do lists LETTER

 Hope you enjoy the 'to do lists', thank you's should be sent to Emma here

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a gingerbread man sort of a day...

These jolly appliqued gingerbread men are on the quilt Santa's Blessings which is currently hanging up in my sitting room at home. I only just noticed as I took this photo that the poor gingerbread man closest doesnt have a mouth....

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We had wonderful homemade (thank you Gail) gingerbread men cookies at our morning tea break today, which is what inspired todays blog post.

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they were 'yummy' says Emma

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 This is a fun easy to do quilt called.....yes, you guessed it Gingerbread Man Quilt

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What a big pile of our handpainted in Australia gingerbread men buttons, I love what the buttons look like when they are in a big messy pile before we card them up ready to ship out. 

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 Here is one of the gorgeous buttons sitting with two stitchery friend cookies on one of the blocks from Christmas Fun

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This is one of my favourite photos from the book 'Stitch It For Christmas'. The little wall quilt uses a button pack called 'Twas The Night' which features none other than MrGingerbread man.Twas the night

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In case you havent seen the whole  Santa's Blessings quilt, here it is. 

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Of course no collection would be complete without some ribbon with scattered dancing gingerbread men on it! 

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I hope your inspired to make something gingrebready.... 

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