As many of you would already know, Lynette is enjoying teaching aboard the Radiance of the Seas. Unfortunately, she doesn't have adequate access to the internet so we are posting these wonderful photos of her trip to Nundle for Girls Day in the Country on her behalf.
Lynette had a fabulous time with all the ladies who attended the weekend hosted by the lovely Kerry Swain from Cottage on the Hill. The classes were held in the Nundle Memorial Hall.
Lynette is currently aboard the Radiance of the Seas teaching her second day of classes at the Craft Fair at Sea.
Sigrid has sent us some lovely photos of her finished Chateau Hexagon, which was Lynette's fourth Mystery button club project. I love that Sigrid has added one of Lynette's hand painted Felix buttons to the top block....he looks very cute sitting there under the tree.
At 8am on Friday last week I had to present myself to these two lovely hair and make up artitsts, Miriam Van Cooten and her assistant Elissa.
Where was I? and what was I doing there???? Well here is the location....can you guess who else works here??
The lovely Clare Mooney from Quilters Companion magazine here in Australia had invited me to make a special project for the magazine and to come to Sydney to film a mini class on how I do my applique these days.....using the amazing Apliquick Tools of course!
This is before we quiltified the scene ready for our filming.
Starting to look more like home, thanks to John.
On the left you can see my 'Waiting For Santa' quilt, which has recently been remade using fabrics from my 'Starry Night' Christmas 2014 fabric collection by the lovely Kate Webster (thanks Kate) and quilted by the very talented Robyn McHardie of Sunshine Quilts here in Queensland.
A little bit more tweaking of the quilt display by Emma from Universal Magazines. Nice close up of the foundation pieced stars and the lovely quilting.
We are ready...
Looks like we are ready to begin but where am I? Oh, I remember....I was having my shiny face fixed and extra lipstick added as I ate the last bit...yummy...
Did you guess who the studios belong to that we were using???
What a fun if exhausting day we had.
The magazine with the DVD will be Quilters Companion No.68 (QC68) which will be out in July 2014 and will have the gorgeous little project I designed and made and this edition will also contain a pattern for a lovely pieced quilt that uses the Starry Night fabrics, it has been designed by one of my US friends, Wendy Sheppard who has a lovely blog.
We will have a limited number of kits for this quilt available, I will let you know closer to the time so you can pre-order one.
I love this book and I know you are going to as well, its filled with 8 fun pincushions for you to make. The creators of the book and I have known each other for almost 20 years, their buttons are so lovely. The girls in the store also fell in love with the book and have decided to offer this as a pincushion club.
How could I resist making one of the pincushions from the book (someone had to test the instructions). I chose the mushroom as I had most of the items needed to make it. The girls in the store are doing kits, you will need to add some items each month yourself (toy fill etc which is too hard to post).
I used some freezer paper to make cutting out the circles for the mushroom top and the spots more acurate.
I used my Perfect Scissors to cut out....I love these scissors, if you dont own a pair yet you are missing out on the sharpest scissors around (plus the big size has purple handles).
I chose a nice contrast green thread to stitch the spots on, this was a quick bit of stitching.
I had to use two thicknesses of cereal packet glued together as I did not have the type of card the book suggested!! It worked fine.
I wound the wool strips around my card as the book told me ...
It was a bit like making a pom pom which I used to make with my Gran, she used to put them on the top of our knitted bobble hats that we wore as kids in the winter. My brother has one on his hat....wonder if I helped to make that pom pom?? We had such fun that day making the snowman, it was about this time of year (way back in time), we made the snowman for mum's birthday present!
I had fun making my wooden spool (mushroom stalk) look older...I mixed some instant coffee with a very small amount of boiling water so it was strong and used a paintbrush to apply the coffee solution to the wooden spool. Looks pretty good doesnt it.
Here in all its splendour out in the garden for a photo shoot is my finished mushroom pincushion. I am very happy with it and look forward to making the next one, which one will I choose?
If you want to join us on our pincushion adventure over the next few months, then please Download Pincushion Club Form and return it to us completed either by scanning or photographing and be ready for some simple pincushion fun.