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One block to go...

Can you belive that there is only one more block to go on my mystery button club quilt 'Chateau Hexagon'. Susan Grey has sent me these pictures of her quilt, I am so happy to see so many of my fabrics being used in this project.

Chateau month 1 to 6

Susan is doing some very lovely embroidery and is using some differnt stitches to the simple ones I tend to use.

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Here is a close up of the snail, he has bullion stitches  for his shell which are very effective.

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The roses are also bullions, I love how Susan has either used a shaded thread or varied her thread colours to create the petals on these roses.

the picture so far...here is my original quilt...

Chateau so far 1 to 8

  

Flowers and poodle 

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want to see my samples at a show in the US...

 Well, heres how....When I was in Houston last October I had dinner with my friend Mary Jane and we caught up on all the news, plus we plotted and schemed for 2014. 

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Mary Jane lives in the US and has a booth at many of the patchwork and quilting retail shows around the US, she borrows many of my samples and sells my patterns, books, buttons and fabrics from her booth.

The show

 So if you want to see one of my samples close up it may be worth visiting Mary Jane at one of the shows she will be attending this year.

Lynettes booth

This is where you will find her...

January 23 to 26, 2014 Road To California, Ontario. CA  Booth #1609
February 27 to March 2, 2014  Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, Hampton, VA 
March 12 to 15, 2014 AQS Lancaster, PA
April 10 - 12, 2014 MQX, Manchester, NH  
May 30 to June 1, 2014  Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Chantilly, VA
June 27 - 29, 2014 Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Juntion, VT
July 24 - 27, 2014 Quilt Odyssey, Hershey, PA
July 31 - August 2, 2014 Bayberry Quilt Guild, Harwich, MA
August 20 - 23, 2014 AQS Grand Rapids, MI
Sept. 18 - 21, 2014 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganze XXI, Oaks, PA
Oct. 16 - 19, 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
Nov. 6 - 9, 2014 The Gathering, Manchester, NH
 
Be sure to take some photos of Mary Jane and her booth for me as I would love to imagine I had visited her x

Enjoy Lynette 


How to make a basket from a palm frond...

 While in Fiji we learnt how to make a palm frond basket which you can use to carry things in or put a chicken in to cook in the fire. To get started we got a palm frond, make sure you have an even number of leaves on both sides of the centre stalk bit.

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 working on one side of the frond start we started weaving the leaves

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keep the leaves fairly tight together otherwise your basket will have big holes in it!

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Then weave the other side of the palm frond leaves to match the first side (well as best you can!), do I see a few holes in yours Vince??

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We had to plait the long frond leaves to make the bag handle.

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 We put a knot at the end of the plait so it doesnt come undone.

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 Ta dah,  the fronds have been woven to form the two sides of the bag and the handles have been plaited and tied togethr...whats next... as my bag does not have an opening??? 

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 Sorry, I was so excited that I had made my bag that I forgot to take the photo of the instructor cutting (with a very sharp knife) the centre of the palm frond and as it split open it gave the basket its top edge. Anyhow here is thk finished basket, it tool about 2 days in the sun to dry. We couldnt bring it home due to quarantine regulations.

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I will wait for a palm frond to drop here at home and have another go at making a basket, it was fun and relatively quick once you got the hang of what to do.

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Fruit walk...

 Three times a day we walked along the lovely pathways from our holiday cabin to the resturant. I enjoyed the walk and seeing all the edible fruits that we passed. This is a papaya or pawpaw tree, it was heavy with blossom and the native bees were very busy.

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These lady finger bananas were jso sweet, the biggest of these was still only about 2" long so they have a bit ore growing to do.

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 more baby bananas, these ones still have the flowers attached just like on a marrow or courgette

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 Bread Fruit

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 Is this a Fijoa??? I'm not sure so any suggestions would be welcome, they were on a tree and the gardener said they were edible.

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 and there were coconuts..lots of coconuts...

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tomorrow I wil show you what we did with a palm frond.

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Happy New Year...

 I wish you all a very Happy New Year. I have been trying to blog for the last 10 days but had very limited internet on the island we visited for our holiday....so lots of relaxing has been done, 5 books have been read and I have a bit of a tan which for me is rare!

We arrived in Fiji and had one nights stay on the mainland before heading to our final destination the next morning. These men are building a fire in the ground ready for some traditional cooking, I love the sweet palm frond roof....

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In a few moments the shelter was built and the fire was roaring away ready to cook...

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 We supervised from the bar whilst testing the local brew!

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 The next morning we took the ferry to our final destination....

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 Look how pretty the flowers and leaves were arranged on our bed when we arrived.

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back with more soon...

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