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#apqquiltalong 2016

How could I resist joining in the third annual American Patchwork and Quilting quilt-along. I really enjoyed last years nine patch quilt-long. Mine just needs the backing fabric to be organised and then its time to head to the long arm quilter.


The theme this year is the 'plus sign', this quilt-along is called 'It All Adds Up'.


There are two plus sign projects in APQ magazine and one in Quilts and More magazine and a gorgeous plus sign pillow pattern which is available online here.

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If like me you don't live in the US and cant easily buy a hard copy of the magazine then just follow this link and buy yourself a digital copy. The bonus with digital copies is that you can get sewing straight away!

I am making the 'Easy Addition' quilt by Brenda M Ratcliff thats in the Quilts and More magazine which calls for 25 fat quarters plus background fabrics. I have pulled these fat quarters from my stash, choosing fabrics from an assortment of my RJR fabric collections - Highland, Winter Village, Time With Friends, Needles and Pins and Spiced Pumpkin, I love how they all work together to create such a nice palette.


I am going to use three different grey prints for my backgrounds as I prefer a more subtle contrast. Why am I using three different prints? Well for one I don't have enough of any one print to make the whole quilt and secondly I like a scrappy look to my quilts. The greys are all from different collections, 'Hearts and Flowers', Time With Friends and Bread and Butter.


I have been busy cutting and have little stacks of chopped up happiness ready to be stitched - roll on 5pm when I give myself permission to do my hobby sewing!


Follow this link to the APQ website to see who else is joining in the fun and to discover which project they are working on. 

Remember to use the hashtag #apqquiltalong on Facebook and Instagram if you decide to join in the fun so we can all see your progress.

.....be back later to show you some more.

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A Pink Elephant Quilt...


Some Sundays Vince and I pick up our granddaughter Elsie and we go out for breakfast together. One particular Sunday Elsie brought her favourite teddy bear, the barista at the cafe put these brilliant teddy face on Grandad Vince's coffee.....


 I love sewing and its also my hobby as well as my job so in preparation for moving to a bigger bedroom I wanted to make a new quilt for Elsie - can you guess her favourite colour!!


I chose a gorgeous pattern called 'Little Elephant Quilt' by Red Brolly and had fun going shopping for these outrageous bright pink and blue fabrics.... my first few blocks went together very nicely...then we had Christmas and New Year and my sewing had to be put aside..


My treat at 5pm everyday is that I am allowed to work on my hobby project and so as each day passed another elephant and bird block was made... until there was enough. I had decided to make 12 blocks rather than the 9 the pattern suggested so that it would be bed size. Luckily the border design still fitted with my larger quilt size.


I was so excited when the package arrived back from the KoolKat Quilting - I asked for the all over heart and swirl pattern in pink thread and its perfect. The batting I choose to have is Matilda's Own a wool/poly blend which gives you the warmth of wool with the lightness of poly plus the finished quilt has a lovely soft handle. 


I was very organised for this project and had cut the binding and put it safely aside to await the return of my quilt.


I love the heavy feel of a quilt on your lap as you stitch the binding on a bit by bit all the raw edges disappear. My trusty Bernina and a titanium needle stitched through this quilt like butter. 


I hope that this weekend when we take Miss Elsie out for breakfast I will be able to surprise her with the Little Elephant Quilt.

This sentiment fits exactly how I feel about quilting, its the new hashtag for RJR Fabrics whom as you know I work with to create my fabric collections.


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Wow, I'm in McCalls Quilting...

Its such a thrill when you get a project published in a magazine...my 'Welcome Spring' wall quilt
is in the March/April issue of McCalls Quilting..

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This magazine is packed with a wonderful variety of quilting projects, there is something for everyone inside.


I had just started planning and sketching the design for McCalls Quilting when I injured my finger and as you know I was out of action for a few months. Donna one of our store tutors  kindly came to my rescue and made the sample for me. I selected the fabrics from an assortment of my RJR fabric collections, the background is pieced cream tonal prints which gives a lovely scrappy feel to the quilt.

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Donna and I played with the final layout of the shapes on the background.... we quite liked the bunnies at the top...

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but settled in the end for the layout from my original sketch.
Donna chose to do fusible machine blanket stitch and she worked with Aurifil threads. 


This magazine is currently on its way to subscribers and will be on news stands in the USA by 2nd Feb. If you would like to order a magazine or get a digital issue follow this link

Welcome Spring

To read more about the design follow this link.

To see a little video showcasing some of the other projects in the magazine follow this link to McCalls Quilting Facebook page

Here is a link to Download Swatches for Welcome Spring that I used in my sample, we have most of these fabrics available in my online store, or we could put together a bundle for you.

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Welcome 2016

 Please start by making yourself a cuppa and a biscuit, this post is a short but long summary of some of the things I got up to in 2015.....we farewell what had been a very busy 2015 and welcomed 2016,  Vince and I would like to wish you all a very happy new year.


A quick recap on 2015 has made me realise how many things we packed into the year!

In January I went to Japan to see the Tokyo Quilt Show, which is due to open for 2016 any day now. Its an amazing quilt show and if you ever get the opportunity to go - do, you will be amazed at the quilts and the wonderful displays.


I met up with the lovely Masako Wakayama and her daughter Emi. Masako designs fabrics for Lecien and has her own patterns line, she and Emi run a quilt shop called Crib Quilt.


Masako and Emi were my hostesses for two one day workshops that were held in Tokyo, Emi translated each day for me which was exhausting for her but wonderful for me and the students! Here are the students from the first day.


After the workshops we went by bullet train to Kyoto where we enjoyed two amazing days of sight seeing.




February I joined in the #apquiltalong and am about to join this years. Last year the theme was four patch, I did a very scrappy quilt using only fabrics from my collections and threw in some cream yarn dyes for texture. Hugo was my assistant on the project and hopefully he will help again this year! I have two more rows to stitch together before it can get quilted :(


If you want to join in this years quilt along too then follow this link and read how to join in the fun here. I will be showing my fabric choices and which project I am going to be working on later this week.

In March I flew to Hobart and had a fabulous day with Helen Stubbings teaching a group of gorgeous ladies.


I went to Nundle for my second year in a row.....I am sad not to be going this year and meeting all the lovely ladies there. Here are some of the ladies showing their finished projects from the 2014 'Girls Day In The Country'. A big 'thank you' to Kerry Swain from Cottage on the Hill for hosting this amazing yearly weekend event.


We farewelled Lyn who has run my office for several years, it was a sad day but we wished her luck in her new adventure.


In April for the first time 'Little Quilt Store' attended the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. The booth looked great, Gail, Vince and I got to meet lots of customers and have booked the same location for this year where we hope to see you again.


In May, Vince and I headed to the USA for Spring Market, which was in Pittsburg. We go to this event every year to launch the new fabric collection, patterns and buttons - oh, yes and to catch up with friends!


We showed my fabric collection 'Time With Friends' 

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and  'Winter Village' 

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and all the new patterns to go with these two collections.

I felt very honoured to receive an invitation to attend the '2015 creative circle of excellence' an exclusive event hosted by American Patchwork and Quilting - a retreat for designers which was held immediately after Spring Market.


Here I am with all the attendees, it was amazing to spend two days getting to know these designers better and playing with fabrics, threads, tools and more. The photos shows us are proudly displaying a few of the pillowcases that we made for the
one million pillowcase challenge to find out more about making pillowcases and for the pattern follow this link.


photo courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting

After the designers retreat I went to teach at Happiness Is....Quilting, McKinney TX, here I am with my lovely hostess Laura Kay. If you missed my class or trunk show in 2015 I am visiting again in May 2016 and would love to meet you.


We then flew up to NY state where I taught a couple of classes and did a trunk show at Material Rewards in Dansville, NY.


We were so close the Niagara Falls how could we not go and see them....a truly amazing sight.



On returning home to Australia, we had some lovely house guests in June. First came Bonnie and her friend Jerry with whom we had so much fun! Bonnie designs a lot with wool, her designs are gorgeous, take a peek at her website


 We farewelled from the store Sae, who has been working with me for almost 4 years and who was starting her new adventure of being a mum... here she is with her mum x 


Our second guest for the year came in July, Emi from Crib Quilt who came to practise her English... we went whale watching from our local harbour..and saw lots of whales close to the boat.


We went 4x4 driving on the beach.....


we drove and walked through some rainforest...


we visited Australia Zoo...we packed a lot into a few days and had a great time - we hope Emi comes back another day.


We farewelled Karen who has decided to follow a career in nursing, Karen is the one on the top right above Sae and next to Emma.


We welcomed mew staff members Kay and Ivanka (and Summer not in the photo) to the store.


I ended up having to have surgery on my finger (right hand) to repair the ligament that I had completely torn back in April as it was unable to heal itself.


I was going to show you pictures of my finger without the bandages but decided not too as they are a bit gory! This little purple splint became my friend for the next few months.

 Thank you to you all for asking how my finger is - its slowly getting better and without some amazing ladies who have stitched tirelessly for me during the last few months I would not have been able to release any new patterns. The good thing is that my finger is now strong enough to hold a pencil steady and I can draw - stitching is still a bit challenging as my finger does not bend the way it used to.

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs, USA were here in Australia doing a teaching tour and on their day off we got together and after a quick tour of the shop we enjoyed lunch together. I usually only get to catch up with these ladies when I am in the US so it was a very special treat to have them visit me.


August was a sad sort of a month, following the surgery on my finger I was told 'no travelling' and so I had to cancel my trip to France and the UK. However the amazing 'A' Team in the UK who work with me on my stand at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham came to the rescue and ran my stand without me.


the hashtag #hellolynette was created and we ran a competition for people who had their photos taken with my photo which was fun and made me feel a part of the show that was happening in the UK without me.....


I spent 5 days in hospital with what turned out to be an MRSA infection....so it was very lucky that I hadn't travelled overseas!

I was so excited when my new book 'Country Style Quilting' was released in October, it has got some really gorgeous projects inside.


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Thanks to Fujix another highlight for me was getting my appliqué thread put onto these gorgeous wooden spools (we sell the taupe colour on its own or you can get all three thread colours in a pack)


Time to head to the USA again for Fall Market in Houston, TX where we showed my new fabric collection 'My Hearts At Home' and all the lovely new patterns that use it. These fabrics will be in stores early 2016


RJR the company I work with for my fabrics won the 'best multi booth' which was so exciting. The paper cranes on this wall were divine and I love our hashtag #quiltwithlove it seems so right for the industry we are in.


We stayed after market and had a booth at festival which would've been great except the weather was awful - tornado warnings, flash flooding....all sorts of scary things! My friends Kay Harmon and Darlene from Sew Graceful Quilting, AR kindly came and helped us look after the booth at Festival. We are very grateful for all their help with so many things through the year. They are offering my new mystery button club quilt 'Anderson's Farm', here is a link to their website if you want more info.


Between Houston and my next teaching assignment we had a few days off and New York has long been on our list so......off to the big apple we went.


Workshops and a trunk show at Village Quilts, Canfield, OH was next on the agenda and what a lovely part of the world this store is in.


I had so much fun with these ladies....this store is also offering my 2016 mystery button club 'Anderson's Farm'. Here is the link to sign up if your interested.


In September we held our first 'Sew.Stich.Sea here on the Sunshine Coast with Helen Stubbings as my guest designer. The room was buzzing all day with 60 very excited ladies chatting and stitching, our second Sew.Stitch.Sea event is almost full, my guest for 2016 is Sarah Fielke. Here is a link to the website where you can read all about it and book a place.


My fabric collection 'Highland' arrived in stores around the world, I wanted to add some stronger colours into my palette and these shades work so well with exciting fabrics...I am really enjoying working with them.


November found us at the Australian Quilt Market, a two day event where stores can come and see what we have thats new, place their orders etc.


We farewelled Emma at the end of November and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Emma and Eddies first baby, who is due any day... 


December came and went....we had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends, we laughed, we ate good food and we relaxed.

Somewhere in my year I also enjoyed designing many projects, walking the dog, playing with the cat, working in the garden, going to the supermarket and yes, I need to go clothes shopping....

Hugs to you all and I look forward to 2016....

Lynette bird on jar