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My Quilty Box...

I was so happy when I was in the USA for Spring Market back in May to meet these two who are the team behind 'Quilty Box', a wonderful idea where you get a package in the mail every month.

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My Quilty Box was a 'limited edition' box filled with Festive things. Festive Fun is my Christmas fabric collection for this year and there are lots of lovely fussy cutting opportunities. Oh.. look whats inside.... :)

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The sweet little angel delight bundle (as we call them) contains one 10" square of each print in the collection and has a lovely wooden tag tied to the top which we cut here in Australia in the studio on Lizzie Laser!

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Once my design was drawn and ready I visited the lovely team at Valdani Threads to audition a thread colour to use in my project - I loved both the green and the red floss colours shown here but decided my favourite was the red.

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One pattern, three different ideas for you and I am sure you could come up with lots of other ideas. These cute stockings finish at approx. 9 1/2" long, an idea size.

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As you know we cut and hand paint many of our buttons here in the studio - this jolly Santa is one of the most popular buttons.

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 For this limited edition of Quilty Box we enlarged him and made him into pin (brooch). I want one, dont you?

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I hope that if you signed up and were lucky enough to get my limited edition Quilty Box that you are enjoying the contents x

Keeping with the Christmas theme, I would like too share few of my 'free to use' things you can download 

Christmas stitchery design

Download Free Christmas Stitchery Design

 

Xmas to do lists

Download Christmas to do lists A4   

Download Christmas to do lists LETTER

Christmas card

Download Lynette's Christmas Cards A4

Download Lynette's Christmas Cards LETTER

I hope you enjoyed all this Quilty fun and if your tempted to join in everything Quilty Box, please follow this link to find out how it works and to join the fun book in to receive your Quilty Box each month.


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Fiji a place to rejuvenate...

What a lovely holiday in Fiji we have just had - a three hour flight from Brisbane to Nadi, pretty easy- then onto a tiny island hopper plane for an hour and a half flight (Quilt Sherpa is leading the way) - with spectacular views of the land and sea as we flew over with a birds eye view.

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Into a little bus (for 4 guests), bumping down a dirt road and then a quick boat ride to across from Taveuni Island to Qamea Island

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These perfect foot sized shells were set in concrete at the foot of the steps of our bure - a lovely way to rinse our feet after a lovely stroll along the deserted beach.

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Here is our sweet Bure - so pretty inside and out and the hammock on the deck was such fun to relax and read in.

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I love the wonderful packaging, not sure the coffee inside was that great but it was fun to try it (as you know I am really a tea drinker!)

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The first couple of days we did very little, read books, daydreamed, slept a lot and ate some wonderful food. This is something we had for lunch one day, a piece of fish was wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked in coconut milk - it was delicious, something I want to try cooking at home.  

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This fun face on a tree stump was on the path towards the spa, a place which we visited often!

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By day three we were ready for action and chose to do the accompanied hike to visit the Tavoro waterfalls in  Bouma Heritage Park, for this we first had to return to Taveuni on the boat.

The first waterfall was an easy relatively flat 20 min walk. Very pretty and a lovely place for a swim.

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The second waterfall was a steep hike which took us about 45 mins, the views along the way as we stopped to catch our breath were amazing.

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we had to rock hop across a river - Quilt Sherpa loved it I was a bit wobbly on the slippery rocks but managed OK.

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We met a purple crab with yellow claws on the track, he was only about 4" big but very determined to defend his home!

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Another day we visited one of the local villages - one of the nice things about Qamea (pronounced Gamea) is that there are no cars and no roads so everywhere you want to go you either have to hike or go by boat.

We arrived at the village by boat having come through a hidden entrance through the mangrove swamps. I imagine in the summer there would have been allot of mosquitoes but we didn't see any or get bitten by any!! I kept thinking there might be crocodiles but apparently not - thank goodness.

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On arrival we had to wade through squelchy mud to get on land - as you know dirt and mud are not really my thing!

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We were each given the prettiest flower necklace to wear (took my mind off the mud stuck between my toes!) - I hesitate to call it a lei as they are called in Hawaii as I am not sure they are called that in Fiji. I only heard them referred to as flower necklaces and mine was wonderful as you can see.

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The village people were very welcoming, they sang to us, they showed us around their village which had sustained a lot of cyclone damage and there is still a lot of rebuilding to do. I fell in love with the children who were running free, enjoying a simple life without mobile phones and televisions!

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The two little rascals hiding under the building were playing with the drub/bell that calls everyone to church! The funny looking stuff drying on the corrugated tin is what they make Kava the national drink from!

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Mama Hen with her chicks.... reminds me of 'Anderson's Farm' which I got my original quilt back from the quilters just before we left for this trip, I am looking forward to binding it and stitching all the buttons in place.

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Piglets of every size running around...more Anderson's Farm inspiration

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Sweet little houses, some were plain tin and others were painted wonderful colours.

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I loved this bowl of nails waiting for the builders to come and do a bit more work on rebuilding the church.

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Just 7 days after we arrived we left our idyllic island holiday relaxed and rejuvenated to the lovely sound of Baba playing and singing the traditional farewell Fijian song - wishing we could have stayed longer and dreaming of visiting again.

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Thanks for enjoying my peek back at our holiday which now over a week later feels like it was lifetime ago!

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Summer Blog Hop....

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Visit Stacy of Buttermilk Basin to find out more about this fun block hop and to collect all the free patterns on offer. Here is the line up of designers you will want to visit.

Quilts By Cheri
Calico Moon
Gail Pan Designs
Heartspun Quilts
Crabapple Hill
Notforgotten Farm
Wooden Spool Designs
Plum Cute Designs
Lynette Anderson Designs
Kathy Schmitz 
The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
 Leonie Bateman 
Ali Strebel Designs
Buttermilk Basin
 
This blog hop for many of you is being held during Summer, for me it's winter and it's been lovely scrolling through my photos to find some summer pictures to share with you. The skies here in summer are this amazing shade of blue...
 
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This family of Kangaroos live in the meadows at the end of our street, it's so nice to see them everyday - sometimes there are 20 or more of them.
 
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We are not great gardeners but we do enjoy the odd splash of low maintenance colour - these flowers are peeking their heads over the fence and are looked after by our neighbours so they are very low maintenance for us!
 
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We walk through this little wooded area most mornings on our way to the river, the shades of green change everyday, reflecting the time of day and the sky above.
 
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In the heat of Summer an early morning swim keeps our beloved Hugo cool all day.
 
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During the heat of summer salads are a favourite and this chicken dish courtesy of our local supermarket Coles with its fruity additions is perfect.
 
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I have designed this sweet Flower Mat for you to enjoy making, I wonder what colours you will use. The soft colours I have chosen perfectly suit our guest room with its calming restful shades of dusky mauves, sludgy pinks and soft greys - designed to make our guests feel relaxed the moment they arrive.
 
 
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thanks for visiting, come back soon x
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Splenderette get together...

 

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Im a bit jealous as my guest had this wonderful number plate on her car.

 

 

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A couple of weeks ago we hosted a very special morning in the store ... we had a Splenderette get together with guest Jane Davidson (@quiltjane) co-creator alongside Pat Sloane of The Splendid Sampler. If you not sure what The Splendid Sampler is then check out their offical website here and perhaps you will want to join the fun :)

Here I am with Jane who is wearing a gorgeous blouse made from her first Moda fabric line 'Manderlay'- under the label Franny and Jane.

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Jane started the morning off by showing us her blocks and we got a sneek peek
at some yet to be released blocks which was very exciting.

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We handed out the block that wasn't due for release until the next day, as Jane said this sweet crayon block would make a great border.

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We all introduced ourselves and said where we had come from - there were splenderettes who were in the area on holiday, local ladies, some from the Brisbane area and some who had driven for 10 hours to come and join us for the morning. 

Ladies brought their blocks pinned to sheets which was a clever idea.

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Some brought their blocks in gorgeous tins

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We laid out blocks on the tables...so we could all admire them 

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We laid out blocks on chairs...

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We ate sandwiches and cakes whilst swapping Splendid stories....

My Splendid Sampler is being made with the help of one of my sewing fairies with as many different blue and cream prints from my fabric collections as I can find. We have started to add sashing to two sides of each block and I really love the simplicity of this look.

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Donna (one of my sewing fairies) is working with all the pinks, greys and burgundy's from various collections of mine and we are amazed at how many prints fit into this category, there are even some prints from my Christmas collections which are work really well into this quilt.

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I didn't get photos of everyones blocks which was a shame as there was a lovely Tilda one which Nikki Tervo is making. Hopefully Nikki will show some pictures of her Splendid Sampler on her blog, meanwhile her blog is always a lovely read.

I hope you have enjoyed sharing our Splendid Sampler morning, stay tuned for November 2016 dates for the next Splenderette get together.

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Anderson's Farm Half Way

I cant thank you all enough for your enthusiasm for my designs, without you I could not have raised my family.

 The months are flying past so fast, in the studio we no sooner finish printing, folding, glueing the button in place, packaging and posting and its time to start the process again for next months Anderson's Farm. 

This month the Swamp bird is perched on the sheep's back.... but who are the sheep talking too?

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Oh, look its my sweet Hugo...

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 For those of you who are making Anderson's Farm, this is where the pieces fit. For those of you who wish you were making Anderson's Farm we are offering a limited number of places for an August start - follow this link to read more and to book your place.

So Far month 5 


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 I wonder how is your farm looking? I have been getting lots of lovely photos from around the world showing me the progress and fun additions your making. Eider from Pamplona in Spain sent me pictures of her blocks, She is doing wonderful embroidery and having fun fussy cutting some fabrics and even adding some fun 'extra's' to make her quilt unique.

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 Bye for noe

Lynette with Heart


Free Bag Pattern

 Charming Hexie Bag

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Download Charming Hexie Bag

I used some of our laser cut 1" hexagons for this project and as luck would have it we managed to get some cut for you from Stonehouse Garden my new fabric collection which is not due to be in stores until August/Sept.

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They look so pretty stitched together, this bag only uses a few from the pack which contains x 100 laser cut 1" hexies, leaving you plenty for another project.

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Download more patterns here

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