Anderson's Farm

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Are you joining me this year and stitching Anderson's Farm? My new mystery button club quilt for 2016.

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I cant tell you much as its a mystery! I can tell you that it has a farm theme, the finished size is approx.  32" x 46" which is slightly larger than previous button club quilts.

I have included an alphabet for you to stitch so that you can re-name your farm.

Anderson's Farm combines appliqué, embroidery and simple piecing....there is a little wool appliqué, I have used some existing buttons and have had fun designing some new ones....

I have used Valdani 6 strand hand dyed cotton threads throughout the project, for which I have put together a pack, if you follow the link you can also see the colour codes and names in case you already have them in your stash.

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I have used fabrics from various collections of mine, its been such fun working with my fabrics for this project. Each of the participating stores has been given a swatch sheet and some have put together fabrics packs or you can buy a fabric bundle direct from us.

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Participating Stores

Australia
Little Quilt Store
Hobbysew Belconnen
Loose Stitches

Canada
From The Heart Quilt Shop

France
L'Atelier du Patchwork

Germany
Quilt Shop Kaleidoscope

Netherlands
Kwibbels

New Zealand
Katipatch
The Country Yard
The Country Yard

Spain
Mi Casita de Patch
The Wool Collection

USA
Sew Graceful Quilting
Village Quilts
Mountain Creek Quilt Shop

UK
Coast and Country
Cowslip Workshops
Cross Patch
Puddleducks
Patchwork Chicks

 We have created a sweet picture for you to use on your blog page if your joining the fun..

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Here is the code for you to link the image to this page:

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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...

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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.....

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 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!!

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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..

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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.

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 :(

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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 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 

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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.

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

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we drove and walked through some rainforest...

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.....

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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... 

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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....

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Prize winning booth and giveaway...

 Time flies, I have been working with RJR fabrics for almost two years now and I have to say they are truly a lovely company to work with. During my time with them we have created 10 fabric collections which could be found worldwide at your local quilt shop and there are many more fabric collections in the pipeline.....

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I felt a huge swell of pride when it was announced that the RJR fabrics booth had won the best booth at Quilt Market in Houston this year.


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1000 folded cranes and a lot of folded hearts surrounded the tag line for RJR #quiltwithlove 

...each handmade crane was made using a fabric print that had been printed onto paper from a selection of RJR fabrics. If you want to learn how to make a paper crane here is a link to 'how to'.

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Rick Cohan was the proud recipient of the best booth award.

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My fabrics only arrived 9 days before we left for Quilt Market, thankfully I had made the decision earlier and started to get the stitchery part of some of the designs done on one of my Bread and Butter cream backgrounds. I did have fun fussy cutting these 2" hexagons and elongated hexagons, now I am home will enjoy stitching them together.

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Quilt Sherpa and I made a small 'Little Stars' quilt which would make a gorgeous baby quilt or throw for the floor. I sewed, Quilt Sherpa cut, trimmed and pressed - good team work.

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I love the feature print in this collection, so many fussy cutting possibilities. Also much in love with my 'Little Love' scissors and my appliqué thread on wooden spools.

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RJR fabrics have generously given me 4 of their gorgeous printed bags and 4 charm packs of my ' not to be released until March 2016' fabric collection called 'My Hearts At Home'.

I will be giving two packs away here on my blog and two packs on my Facebook business page (Lynette Anderson Designs). Be sure to leave me a message in both places for maximum chances to win one of these packs :)

Charm Pack and Bag Giveaway

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 For your chance to win a printed #quitlwithlove bag and a 'My Hearts At Home' charm pack leave me a message and tell me what you might like to make with the charm pack? 

Congratulations to Lynda and Jacquie, please keep a look out in your inbox for my email.

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my recent overseas trip....

 Quilt Sherpa and I arrived safely in Houston and begun the now familiar process of setting up our booth (while both under the influence of jet lag) first for Quilt Market and then with a day of rest in between Quilt Festival which follows. 

As you can see I have a few problems with quilt sherpa, he thinks he is very funny performing his dance routine on the top of a table instead of getting the quilts hung up and looking pretty!

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Quilt Festival follows Quilt Market and is open for everyone to attend, look, shop, socialise etc. We are so lucky as good friends who live in the US came to help us with the set up and sales during open hours at the show. Here is Kay busy making the displays look extra attractive.

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I spy Darlene hands tying the 'Needles and Pins' fat quarter bundles nice and tight and adding some of our sweet wooden tags to each bundle. This display shows some of the projects form my newest release book 'Country Style Quilting'.

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Here we are almost finished getting the displays done, the next job is to stock the stand ready for opening time......

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Little close ups of projects that are from my book 'Rainbow Cottage' which is an early self published book thats filled with seven sweet cottage/rainbow inspired designs. The projects have been made using 'My Hearts At Home' a fabric collection that will not be available until early next year (RJR fabrics spoilt me and let me have a little to sell already). We will have limited quantities of layer cakes and fat quarters of this collection in Australia later this week, if your interested follow my Lynette Anderson Designs Facebook page for updates.

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Emma created and cut some gorgeous wooden floss holders and this one is filled with my favourite Valdani threads.

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Suzanne made us lots of her lovely scissor charms, each one has a lovely glass bead and a sewing themed silver coloured charm hanging on the end.

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  We have Apliquick starter packs 'for the girl who needs everything', if you havent tried these amazing revolutionary appliqué tools yet you should. If your not sure how to use them but are interested I have a great tutorial here on my blog, follow this link to discover more.Blog image8

Oh my, everytime I see these sweet wooden spools with my logo on them I feel happy. I have put three thread colours in pack, mostly I use the taupe colour but occasionally its nice to have a grey/blue or a red.

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The string thing tins - brilliant, they hold an amazing amount of things plus the magnet on the lid keeps your needle in an easy to find location. I use the smaller size to keep my thimble, needle and a superbob spool of thread safe.

The Cat and The Hen, a sweet mini quilt which fits nicely into a 12" table top frame, this versions has been made using fabrics form my Highland collection and we have cut some special raw wood flower buttons.

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Christmas corner..

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Grateful thanks to Kate for making this lovely sample of A Kittens Tale for me, its made using fabrics from 'Needles and Pins' collection which is in stores now. We will have kits finished any day for this quilt in these fabrics.

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More prettiness... 'Stitched By Me' in the background for which we will have kits made up any day and a sweet new stitchery thats called 'Bunny Garden', for which we have created a brand new 'carrot' button.

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We met some lovely quilters for all over the world and had fun helping them choose what goodies they needed to buy :)

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This lovely lady from LA had brought show and tell for me to see, Chateau Hexagon with embellishments...

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I took a few close up photos so you can see how lovely it looks with beading and extra buttons.

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I really wish they would get a more co-ordinated with my look carpet for the aisles - bright red is just a bit much don't you agree?

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I bumped into this pair of English ladies on my way back from the bathroom. It was such a nice surprise to see how they had embellished the calico bags that i printed a couple of years ago  - yes, I should do a new design and get them printed.

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It was Halloween on Saturday....we joined the fun..

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What a great time we had in Houston, catching up with friends old and new. The weather was not kind to us, tornado warnings, heavy rain with flash flooding... we had to almost swim back to our hotel one night but as always we loved seeing everyone and hope to see you all again next year.

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True Neutral

 Today we would like to share with you one of Lynette's new quilt patterns… True Neutral.

True Neutral uses fabrics from Lynette's Bread and Butter Collection, approx. finished size 74" x 88"

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Debbie who kindly made the sample for Lynette has sent us some lovely pictures of the making of the quilt - how organised is she?

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Hugo loved meeting Debbie on one of her visits to Lynette's store :)

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Visit Lynette...

Festival Houston Booth 1043

 For all of you that are going to be visiting the International Quilt Festival…be sure to stop by Lynette's booth (#1043) to have a look at all of her yummy goodies.

International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, USA
October 29 - November 1, 2015

Here are some things that you will be able to find at Lynette's booth...

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Lynette's new book Country Style Quilting

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Lynette Anderson spools with thread

Patty Cake Packs

Lynette will also have Patty Cake packs of  her current fabric collections.

 

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First Love - Baby Quilt.

Many moons ago I was expecting my second baby, having taken up patchwork and quilting after the birth of our first son I was eager to make a stroller quilt for the next addition to the family. I was totally addicted to patchwork, I loved that you could pick it up and put it down in a flash when you needed attend to a baby without the risk of the stitches falling off the needles which is what happened to my knitting! English Paper piecing was a technique I had yet to try so for my stroller quilt I decided to make baby blocks using the English paper piecing technique.

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I was so happy when I found the original little quilt safe in my linen cupboard- so was Felix who as you can see decided that it was the perfect place for a nap! The fabrics in my original little quilt are poly cotton, this was about the only fabrics I could buy easily at the drapery store in the town where I lived. There were only a handful of quilt shops in the UK when I first started quilting and none of them were within a days driving for me and of course we did not have the internet, (gosh saying that makes me feel very old)!!

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My sweet boy now has a one year old boy of his own....its amazing how the time flies.

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Wanting to make a new version of the original baby block quilt that included my style, I added a stitchery border. The stitchery border is at the bottom of the quilt so that it can be seen and admired by all, if you wanted it at the top then it would be very easy to move. I would like to thank my friend Yvonne who kindly stepped in and made this sample for me when my injured finger prevented me from doing any stitching at all - its 5 months since the injury I can now stitch for a short time each day, each day my finger is thankfully getting stronger.

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 Working with two strands of Valdani stranded embroidery floss in #0512 chimney dust gave this subtle effect. I really like the nice soft variation of colour that the hand dyed threads give, one of my other fabrics threads are produced here in Australia are Cottage Garden Threads.

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I chose some neutral fabrics to work with as I wanted to create a timeless baby quilt that was gender neutral although I know that most expectant parents these days know ahead of time whether they are having a boy or a girl and you can select the fabric colours to suit as this sweet quilt will look great in any colour combination. These type of fabrics can always be found in my fabric collections.

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I decided to work with the 'leave in' fusible water soluble appliqué paper for this project but you could easily use the traditional removable papers.

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Emma has created a printable page for you to download for the diamond templates which you can print either on the appliqué paper using an ink jet printer or on a slightly heavier weight paper for traditional removable paper piecing.

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Cut out the diamonds on the line, take your time and be accurate. Wobbly lines as you cut will mean wobbly shapes which may not stitch together nicely. 

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 Place the shiny (fusible) side of the Appliqué paper  on the wrong side of the fabrics and fuse in place with hot iron (I prefer no steam). Remember to leave a 1/2" gap between each shape for the seam allowance.

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Cut each shape out approx. 1/4" beyond the paper, this is your seam allowance. I love working with the Perfect Scissors, they are sharp and cut straight, if you haven't treated yourself to a pair yet what are you waiting for???

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 Using a fabric glue pen, put a small amount of glue close to the edge of the paper shape. If you havent used a glue pen before then don't panic the glue dries clear and is water soluble, when you have used all the glue in the glue pen you can buy refills and as far as I can tell and I have tested a few different ones any brand refill fits any brand glue pen.

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Work on one side of the diamond at a time and turn the seam allowance over to the wrong side, the glue will hold the fabric in place.Continue working each side until the diamond looks like these (see picture below). Please notice you can leave the 'tails' out, don't try to tuck them in its too bulky.

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Place your diamonds together to create the baby blocks, then you are ready to get stitching. 

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Did you see my primitive black little love scissors??? They are so cute and so sharp and come in lots of colours.

Ok, back to work - Take two of the diamonds you have prepared and place them right sides together, using a fine thread and needle stitch across the top edge making sure you only catch a few threads from each diamond. If you stitch too deep into the fabric your stitches will show on the front of your work. This stitch is called a whip stitch.

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I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, if you would like to make a 'First Love Baby Quilt' then we have made the pattern ready for you to download. I would love to see pictures of your quilt if you make one.

Download First Love Baby Quilt Pattern 

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