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First stop - Loris Country Cottage

For our first night in Canada, we decided to be daring (for us) and not book accomodation but rather to choose somewhere that looked nice...well can you imagine my excitement when we rounded a corner in Banff and spotted this huge castle looking hotel.....


We were so lucky as they had a room available and this was the view from our window...WOW...


There were gophers at the edge of the playground! Cute little creatures but probably not much liked if you enjoy gardening!


We took a stroll along the river bank down to the town from our hotel, the scenery was gorgeous.


I loved that the trunk of this tree looked like...not sure what had caused it to look like this (probably a disease of some sort).


Not many Spring flowers out yet but these daisies and dandelions were everywhere along the walkway.


First stop for my workshops was Lori's Country Cottage in Edmonton, Canada. I have a wonderful day with these ladies, we stitched and chatted while working on the 'Blossom Tree'.


Lori's store is filled with wonderful displays, fabrics, threads and her staff are so friendly and helpful. Just look at this great display of my fabrics......all the collections mixed together makes you realise that they would all look great in a quilt. I feel a scrappy quilt coming on!


The ladies did lots of fabric shopping and the store looked like a whirlwind had gone through it.... I loved what this pile of  'Wildflower Wood' fabrics looked like after 'shopping' had been done!


Lori and her team had made kits for 'Love Letters', my new BOM that include the pattern set.


They had also made kits for my 'free to use' quilt pattern 'Wish Upon A Star'.


If you are interested in either of these kits please contact Lori at Lori's Country Cottage.

bye for now

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I'm alive...catching up on where I have been

The 'free to use' quilt pattern for 'Wildflower Wood' on display on the Lecien booth at market.


Our little table at sample spree, which is an evening preview event (this was before they let the crowds in!)


book signing on the F&W Media booth


We went to some really nice resturants in Portland, this was Gracies


delicious food.....


Love these ladies...


Here I am with my fabric distributors, Nutex in New Zealand.


next stop...Canada...

New Christmas Designs...

Candy Cane Angel Title

Lynette has made two lovely projects using her new Candy Cane Angel fabrics...which will be in stores soon :)

Angels are stars web

Angels are Stars quilt from Lynette's book An Angels Wish has been remade in Lynette's new Christmas fabric. Each book contains a colour photo of the new version along with an updated requirements list.

Where to buy:

Coast and Country Crafts, UK

Cross Patch, UK

Kitz n Things, NZ

The Patched Pumpkin, UK

Little Quilt Store, AU

Small Angel

Lynette has chosen to put cute little wooden buttons on her Angels, each button has Sticthed with love etched on the top. These buttons are available in packs of 12 :)

Candy Cane Angel Centre Piece Web

"Make your table look great for Christmas with this lovely table centrepiece. I have combined needleturn applique with some sweet stitchery to create this table center piece. The angels with their candy cane wings are sure to be the talking point at dinner. I hope that you enjoy making this as much as I did." Lynette x

Where to buy:

Cross Patch, UK

LIttle Quilt Store, AU



Have you joined the club?

Month 1 of Lynette's new button club 'Chateau Hexagon' is on it's way around the world to all the stores running this years club....our office has been a sea of buttons and patterns.

Chateau hexagon pic
If you haven't signed up with a store and would like to participate in this exclusive club then the list of stores below still have some places left :)


Esmes -  TAS

Hobbysew Belconnen - ACT

Little Quilt Store -  QLD

Patchworks Plus -  TAS

The Stitching Post -  NSW

Calico Crossroads - TAS




The Country Yard 



Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe 

Creative Patches and Sewing

Daisy Cottage Quilting

Red Rooster Quilts

The Christmas Shoppe

The Rabbit's Lair



Traditional Pastimes



Coast and Country Crafts 

Cross Patch 


Quilter's Haven 

The Patched Pumpkin



Atelier Patchwork et Point Compte




La Petite Echelle



De Lapjesgaard






Cotton & Color 





You better hurry... you don't want to miss out!

To see the full list of stores click here



Im stitching chateau hexagon




Free Quilt Patterns

Lynette has been busy in the US showing off her two new fabric collections at Spring Market in Portland, Candy Cane Angels and Wildflower Wood. Today we would like to show you the free patterns which have been created using these new collections.

Candy Cane Angel Title

Candy Cane Angels Fabric small

Candy Cane Angel fabric collection

Wish Upon A Star Brown small

Download Wish Upon A Star Free Pattern

Wildflower wood logo

Wildflower wood scans small

Wildflower Wood fabric collection

Forest floor small

Download Forest Floor Download Pattern

You can download more of Lynette free patterns here :)


New buttons...

Dreaming Tree Journal

Lynette has had two new button packs designed to complement two projects from her new book 'Stitch it for Spring'.

Dreaming Tree Journal Rabbit Button

This cute rabbit button is the star of the Dreaming Journal project :) Don't you just love his big cotton tail!

Birdhouse Blossom group shot

Lynette's birdhouse collection is pretty cute!

Birdhouse Blossom buttons

Birdhouse Blossoms has a gorgeous blue bird and sweet pink heart, which add that little bit extra to the project. Lynette also has the dragonfly ribbon, ric rac and frames used in the projects available from her online store.



Its here.....new book...

Did you hear our loud cheer of excitement yesterday when the postman brought our boxes of 'Stitch It For Spring' books?

Stitch it for spring cover

A big thank you for all the book pre-orders we had for a signed copy....it kept me very quiet this morning!

Lynette signing books

It was fun signing the books and the girls kept me supplied with tea and biscuits x

Lynette and Stitch it for Spring

Facebook fans will remember the huge delivery of boxes that I showed a few days ago?? Just in case you didnt see the huge pile, here is Tom my youngest with Gran helping in the background. They were both kind enough to come and help unpack all the goodies as it was a bit overwhelming.


So, I bet your wondering what was inside all the boxes???? Goodies, yummy goodies......want to see? Printed ribbons, ric racs, sweet butterfly and flower buttons in tubs, dyed buttons that match my fabrics.


There is the cutest printed tin, it holds the Cosmo multi work spools perfectly but of course there are a million things a quilter can store in a tin! The design on the top is from the very popular Fernhill quilt.

Tin with Threads

Emma has designed all the packaging for this product collection and I hope you will agree is so sweet.

The printed ribbons have been used on a project in the book and on my new 'Forest Friends' design. I wonder what you will use them for? I am thinking of stitching the ribbons together to make one piece and then I could make a pencil case from them.

Ribbon and braid

Did you notice that I used the pom pom braid to decorate the edge of the lampshade thats on the front cover of the book?

Pom Pom braid

I am thinking of making a button necklace like the ones I used to make and wear years ago...do you remmber me wearing one? I have  found my old favourite brown button necklace out which I wore 15 years ago and have decided its time to wear it again.


I want to make a new button necklace using these pretty buttons from the Wildflower Wood collection, (I think I may need two tubs of buttons to make a long necklace like the brown one).


Plastic buttons

The little butterfly button was used on the bunny tea towel in the book...but I can see lots more uses for them.

Wooden Buttons

Well, its been a pretty exciting week and tomorrow I head off to the US for Spring Market in Portland where I will catch up with all my international store owners and hope to sell them some goodies to bring home to show you. 

Go shopping


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Come Cruising with me in 2014....

How exciting I am teaching on board this fabulous cruise ship next March alongside Michelle Marvig, Sarah Fielke and Gillian Lester (scrapbooking guru).

To read more about the cruise and whats on offer look here. Mum is coming with me for this trip and you are going to love her, I think she can talk even more than I can! 

Craft fair

We have added a link to Download Craft Fair Booking Form

I hope you can join us on this wonderful trip to New Zealand which leaves from Sydney on March 19th 2014.

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Quilting Queen/Sewing Queen stickers..

The store is looking pretty at the moment and we are getting ready to move things around so I can take some of the new things we have had on display with me to the US next week for Spring Market.


There was lot of interest in the stickers that i got for a give away, I have managed to get a very limited number to sell. There are two designs available...Quilting Queen

Quilting queen sticker

or Sewing Queen

Sewing Queen sticker

You can buy them here, look in the sewing accessories section, they are on page 4.

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