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Arriving at the Chateau...

 This lovely long leafy driveway with its magnificent towering old trees gave us our first glimpse of the Chateau where we are going to be living for the next week.


There two gorgeous dogs (Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer) came racing down the driveway to meet us, they are the proud parents of 10 puppies who were born in May. I think its amazing that they managed to feed all 10 puppies all but two have gone to thier new homes.


 Here is my Chateau that was the model for my quilt 'Chateau Hexagon' and it is here in a wonderul marquee in the gardens that I am having my workshops on thursday, friday and saturday this week. The chateau is amazing, its simple elegance inside is a delight.

I am so excited to finally he here at 'Chateau de Bessey' (aka Chateau hexagon)


 Françoise and Phillippe Aubert who live here, opened their home to visitors wanting a historical place to stay almost 12 years ago. They have 6 rooms that are Chambre D'hote (bed and breakfast). After almost 48 hours of travel time, it was nice to be welcomed into this beautiful family home.


 Having a celebratory 'we survived the journey' drink  in the dining room with Phillippe and Françoise.


 I love this acorn tassle, thats on the key of the dresser door.


The dogs have a chair each side of the fireplace, the chairs are quite small and I am amazed to see how small the dogs can curl themselves up to fit.


This amazing tiled floor is at the top of the wonderful main staircase.


The view from our bedroom window is so peaceful and of course I love the iron work on our balcony.


 We enjoyed a couple of hours looking at my friend Emmanuelle's quilts and her new fabric designs. Emmanuelle (Alice and Co) did a fabric collection for Lecien about the same time that I started working with them. She is now working with a new company, yet to be revelaed and I am working now with RJR Fabrics as you know.


 Whilst I set up my little shop out in the tent, mum and Emmaunuelle prepared the 'goodie bags' for the students.


 Look how cute the bags look, mum kindly bought the sweet koalas for the goody bags.


 coffee came in these gorgeous cups....


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Are you stitching Sweet Christmas?

Ornaments on Tree

"Using just the red prints from my Starry Night fabric line, there are 12 different designs for you to stitch in this collection of Sweet Christmas Ornaments, you can choose to make them as individual ornaments for your tree or join them together and add some borders to make this wall hanging." Lynette

Sweet Christmas Ornaments

Each pattern comes with its own raw wood button, separate button packs are now available so you can make as many sets of ornaments as you like....they would make great gifts :)

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Collect all 12 patterns to make this wallhanging with the pattern for the wallhanging assembly  available here


Here is a list of stores stocking this sweet pattern

A Patchwork Quilt, AU

Arbordale Lavender Shop, NZ

Care2Create, AU

Coast & Country Crafts, UK

Cotton & Color, Switzerland

Cross Patch, UK

Fobbles, UK

Fortunes and Fairies, AU

Little Quilt Store, AU

Magic Patch Quilting, AU

Patchwork Chicks, UK

Puddleducks, UK

Quilt Essentials, AU

Sew Patch N Quilt, AU

Teacup Quilts & Niceties, AU

The Christmas Shoppe, USA


Initials pattern - new...

 I love a pincushion, well actually I love all my pincushions and I have quite a collection, do you? Many of the ones I have made and have collected have been for or from a 'pincushion' swap within our stitching group and I must admit as I look at them I remember who they came from......etc etc... I am feeling a bit nostalgic today!


I am loving all the red prints that in my Starry Night fabric collection and the ones that are coming soon in my 'Hearts and Flowers' collection which is just a little collection of 10 prints (reds and greys). Yummy.... so a hexagon pincushion (or two, or three, thanks Yvonne for your stitching help) was started and what nicer thing to stitch on the side of a pincushion is some tape measure ribbon.


 Then right in the middle of pincushion craziness I found these gorgeous mini embroidery hoops...so, it was decided to applique a hexie on a nice red print background and then embroider an initial on it....looks nice doesnt it. Framing your initial in one these gorgeous mini hoops is really easy and such fun, Emma and I cant wait to wear ours. We have the mini embrodiery hoops with necklace included and the tape measure ribbon available separately to the pattern.


 Of course it goes without saying that these would look done in any colour combination, I just wanted to work with red....

Enjoy Lynette

Quilters Companion No.68, its out now...

 This eagerly awaited issue of Quilters Companion magazine is in selected quilt stores and newsagents now. The magazine is filled with wonderful prjects and accompanied by a DVD where I show you the how to of lots of different techniques that I use in my work.


Do you remember back in March when I flew to the Wiggles studio in Sydney to film the DVD that comes with this magazine. These were the lovely ladies who did my makeup.


We tweaked the set, so it looked just right.



Then we started doing the sound tests, I think at this point I had gobe to get my lipstick touched up as I had eaten most of it.


Clare Mooney and I each took a deep breath to calm our nerves, someone cracked a silly joke (thanks Mr Camerman) to make us laugh and then we began recording.


 I designed and made a sweet tablet cover, which has lots of techniques combined resulting in this eye catching, stylish cover. I take my iPad almost everywhere I go these days and like to know its got a bit of padding for protecting, I hope you like it. The pattern is in the magazine and the DVD is a tutorial for some of the techniques I have used.

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 One of the other projects in the magazine is this gorgeous star quilt that was designed by my friend Wendy Sheppard. Its made using fabrics from my Starry Night fabric collection which is in stores now.

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If you would like to order a copy of the magazine with the DVD follow this link.

We have kits for the 'Stars Aligned' quilt top and starter kits for the Garden Friends tablet cover.

Let me know if you have any questions :)

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What a Fun Idea...

Imagine the amazement on discovering these little Suffolk puff/yoyo flowers adorning the native plants and trees in Noosa National Park. 


We are not really sure how they came to be, but someone had spent considerable time "decorating" one of the popular trails along the coastline in the park ... perhaps it was for a wedding or some other kind of celebration.


Someone was obviously very dedicated to the task as there must have been over 50 of them dotted about.



What a fun idea!