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Trying to catching up….

 Wow, that a trip we have had...not the best trip....it started with the journey taking longer to get from LA to Pittsburgh than it did from Brisbane to LA due to a problem in one of the major airports in the US. Anyhow we finally arrived in our hotel in Pittsburgh, hooray..first job setting up the booth for Quilt Market.

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An empty booth is a bit daunting when you first look at it, I always have a plan in my head where I want to put everything but its often not until you get started and can see whats happening around you that you can get a real feel for the way things should be.

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My Quilt Sherpa is always on hand to help me set up. Emma organised this brilliant t-shirt for Vince which he loves and due to many requests we will be getting some to sell in the store anyday.

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My Quilt Sherpa has a special survival instinct, he knows when to walk away and leave me to my mumblings....and just because the display looked like this when he walked away does not mean it will look like this when he gets back!

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 I have had so much fun designing for Christmas, my new fabric collection called 'Starry Night' is due in stores around the world any day now.....we have re-stitched 'Christmas Fun' using it and I have designed 12 little patterns, 'sweet christmas ornaments' which are done in redwork are perfect for that special christmas tree we like to decorate for the month of December. More info here.

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 Here I am standing in front of the 'free to use' Christmas quilt pattern, Wendy Sheppard designed the piecing and I did the applique but my dear my friend Kay Harmon who is standing with me kindly made the quilt and Darlene Szabo from Sew Graceful Quilting did the lovely quilting.

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 Wendy Sheppard, me and Kay Harmon (the dynamic trio)

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 Spring market is where we all show the new fabric collections and the new patterns we have designed to go with the fabrics. My new collection for August is called 'Pocketful of Daisies', alot of the drawings that I used for the Chateau Hexagon quilt are on some of the prints so you will see little gardening gloves, wheelbarrows, flowers and more. You can pre-order a fat quarter bundle of these fabrics here.

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 My booth would not look right without my now famous white picket fence and watering can (thanks Terri from Whimsicals who was ditching these props several years ago, I love them).

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While I was finishing setting up my booth I got to meet the crazy/fun Rob Appell who was doing interviews for The Quilt Show.

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This is the view from upstairs of half the booths at Quilt Market.

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Here we are set up and ready for 'sample spree', the crazy two hour sale  which is from 8pm to 10pm where we all rush around trying to get our hands on something new!

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 If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram you will know that Vince was rushed to the emercency department of Mercy hospital on Sunday night (thought it was the food we had eaten) but it turned out to be a kidney stone! I would like to thank the hotel security guard for checking it was safe to let the ambulance crew into our hotel room (no, I had not stabbed my husband), the 5 very large police officers who filled our hotel room and scared the heck out of me while they checked us out (felt like a scene from CSI) the ambulance crew who were very caring and the wonderful staff at the hospital who looked after Vince who was in a great deal of pain and me (I was in total panic mode).

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We ended up staying in Pittsburgh for a couple of extra nights, thankfully by tuesday night Vince felt alot better although very tired (me too) we headed slowly towards Amish country where we stayed with friends.

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Fun Purses and Sewing Case

Lynette has created some very sweet purse designs...

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 Using a sewing theme and a very cute cottage theme, Lynette has combined applique and stitchery to cover these practical pre-made ladies' wallets. Kits and patterns are available here as well as the wallets.

As you can see, the wallets have plenty of slots for all your cards and money :)

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Lynette has also designed a delightful new cover for the very handy craft/sewing case... 


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Inside the case there is plenty of room for all your sewing needs which keeps everything neat and tidy and close at hand :)

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Kits and craft cases are available here.

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I'm on the radio today with Pat Sloan...

One of the things I love about going to the trade shows, Quilt Market in the US  is catching up with all the quilty friends I have made over the last 17+ years that I have been making this twice yearly epic journey.

One of the constant friendly faces since the early years of my visits has been Pat Sloan and so when Pat invited me to be a part of her fabulous radio show this month I immediately said 'yes please'.

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Pat and I got to talk via Skpe (what would we do wothout that briliant pice of technology! Hope you can find the time to listen to us chattering away, although I fear that poor Pat could hardly get a word in! 
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Follow this link to look at Pat's blog where you can see the times the show is airing and follow the links to listen now or listen later :)

You need to scroll down Pat's page a bit as first on air is Ellen Murphy, followed by Amy Smart....then its my turn!

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market and beyond…..

 I know its been a bit quiet around here...I have been catching up on sleep after my wonderful teaching cruise to New Zealand followed 6 days later by a trip to Russia. Now the packing has begun in earnest as we prepare for Spring market in Pittsburg, PA. 
 
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As you can see from my name badge we have booth #1844 at Spring Market, if you are a store owner I do hope you will visit me to see my new goodies, admire my 'coming soon' new fabric collection which is called Pocketful of Daisies and all the gorgeous new projects that I have made using this 'coming soon' and current fabric collections.
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After market we are heading to Warren, PA where Melanie Barett from Quiltessentials, 212 Main St. Pittsfield, PA  16340 the guild coordinator for the area has invited us to do a trunk show at 6.30pm on Monday 19th May.
I am sure they still have room for a few more people, I will have my suitcases full of samples to show you.
 
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and a one day workshop on tuesday 20th May
 
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There are still a couple of places left in the workshop so be quick if you want to join in. We will be working on my new sewing case, the case itself comes ready made and we will just have fun stitching the cover for it.
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I did this workshop with the ladies in Russia for the first time and it was a fun workshop with a couple of the speedy stitchers finishing theirs by the end of the day.
Here is one of the Russian sewing cases complete with Russian words for 'I Love Sewing'...
 
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If your interested in coming to either of these events please contact Melanie Barrett for further information regarding the trunk show and the workshop.
 
Next stop.....Bedford, PA. We are visiting our friends Joe and Mary Koval where we are setting up a display and little shop on Friday 23rd May and Saturday 24th in the afternoons.
 
 
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Its going to be alot of fun as some other Australian designers will also be there.  Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork
 
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and Leonie and Deirdre from The Quilted Crow
 
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  It would be fantatic if you live in the area and could drop in a say hello as we would love to meet you. I cant wait to see Mary's Quilt Shop which is located in this gorgeous historical building. Here is the address and contact details if you need more info.
 
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 Somewhere in between Warren and Bedford, Vince and I are venturing to Lancaster which is Amish country, its been about 10 years since I was there and Vince has never visited that area. If anyone has any suggestions of where to go and what to see we would love to hear them. Please email me privately at lynette@lynetteandersondesigns.com.au
bye for now
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