My favourite Things..
~ My Favourite Things ~
This wonderful flowering climbing Mandevilla vine covers a wall in my garden and the bench amongst the flowers is my favourite place to sit in the mornings when I am planning my day.
These last few weeks have been a bit crazy!
First Vince and I (Lynette Anderson Designs) were in the US for quilt market and quilt festival and then I had a few days teaching in Ohio at a gorgeous store called Village Quilts, Canfield.
We enjoyed a few days off in New York.
We arrived home from the USA on Tuesday and went to Melbourne on Friday for the Australian Quilt Market.
It's good to be home now for a few weeks.
I am looking forward to working with my trusty pencil and eraser sketching up some of the new designs that are in my head.
Meanwhile, back at the store, the girls have been busy cutting kits.
I was so happy with how the up-cycled steamer basket, which I called 'Make Do sewing Basket', transformed into a brilliant sewing basket.
The fun thing about this project is that you can buy more baskets and make your sewing basket as tall as you like or, like me, just work with a couple of baskets.
This pattern is available on its own...
You will need to add the basket, threads and if you plan on making the scissor holder you will need some cereal packet card.
Just leave me a note on your order form and I will be happy to oblige!
The hexi bird quilt that's on the front cover of the book is so pretty and there are a few ladies that are already working on theirs.
We have cut more packs of the scrappy two and a half strips - these packs contain 50 x 2 1/2" WOF strips,
all different prints for various of my collections going right back to the first collection that I did for Lecien to get you started on this project.
We also have packs of 1/2m cream on cream backgrounds which include a couple of the gorgeous textured yarn dye fabrics.
The bulk of the fabrics won't be here until End Feb/March 2016.
Over that time we have enjoyed working and creating things together and she will be missed.
Stitch The Day Away
'Sew.Stitch.Sea' our inaugural stitching day that we had back in September was a huge success, so much so that we only have a handful places left for September 2016. If you were planning on joining Lynette and guest Sarah Fielke it might be a good idea to get your place booked soon. For those of you not familiar with Sarah's work, Sarah is the author of several books, her quilts are fun often handpieced and almost always hand quilted.
"Having worked with Sarah on a quilting cruise we did together last year I know you will love her teaching style". Lynette
There were many ladies who told us September was not a good time for them so we have managed to secure a date in March, Lynette has invited a different guest to join her for the day. We have even had fun choosing a different name for our March stitching day, hope you like it!
Lynette has invited Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork, they are both going to design something special for you to work on by hand during the day. Planning between the two has already begun and both designers are going to design something to fit onto the brand new mini craft case that Lynette brought back from Japan earlier this year. Both designers will also give instructions for the design to be made into something else.... we can't tell you what yet!!
Who: Lynette Anderson with guest Karen Styles
What: One day workshop
When: Sunday 13 March 2016, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Where: Surf Air Beach Hotel, 923 David Low Way, Marcoola Qld 4564
(just across the road from Little Quilt Store and 10 minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport)
Cost includes the workshop (featuring a project created by both Lynette and Karen), pattern from both designers, one mini craft case and a starter kit for the two projects, lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day.
Class numbers are limited so book your place now by completing the Booking Form. If you are booking for more than one person, a separate form is required for each participant.
Hand sewing will be the focus on the day, and both Lynette and Karen will cover a number of techniques including traditional hand piecing, needleturn appliqué using the revolutionary Apliquick tools, English Paper Piecing and more.
(you will find this form right at the very bottom of this page).
Highland Fling Day!
Woohoo, jump for joy and dance a highland fling!
We are so excited here at the Little Quilt Store as finally stocks of Patty Cakes and Charm packs of Lynette's gorgeous new Highland fabric range have arrived.
Just to let you know we are still awaiting bolts of this fabric range but they are due to arrive any day now.
It will not be long and we will be kept busy cutting kits so if you are interested check each week's newsletter.
Decorating product of the week!
Perfect for decorating your sewing room!
Lynette has managed to source some really cute spools wound with string.
These timber spools have a old fashioned rustic look and we have been thrilled with the effect they have as a display in the store.
However, they are also very practical as we always need some string to tie up a parcel!
A Dog's Life Quilt Kits are really fun as Lynette has featured blocks which include Hugo the Labrador, and Jet and Rosie the poodle who are good friends who love to get together in the park.
A playful flower power puppy block also makes a perfect cushion.
And can you see Fatcat, Felix and Scruffy all being pulled along by Hugo in a trolley?
All blocks are whimsical and fun for dog and cat lovers alike, and the quilt looks fabulous made in Lynette's Time with Friends fabric range,
or Lynette has chosen a very different colour range of fabrics featuring a lovely earthy textured yarn dye for the main background.
Approx Finished Quilt Size is: 42" x 46"
Or for kitten lovers - newly arrived A Kitten's Tale Quilt kits in the Needles and Pins fabric range.
Consists of 9 blocks all with fun kittens.
Less than 5 weeks until Christmas,
so just a few stitching ideas which are quick and easy!
An Angel's Wish Book contains a collection of angel projects just for you!
New strawberry pincushions are super cute!
Lynette picked just a few up at the recent Quilt Show in Houston. They are made of a lovely soft velvet, and are filled with emery filings which keep your needles and pins sharp!
Mini Monday - Craft Tote
Lynette is just back from the Australian Quilt Market trade show in Melbourne and look what she found.....
These cute quilted tote bags are perfect for taking to class or keeping your current project neat and tidy. Measuring 400mm x 610mm it's not too big to weigh you down when full, and the owls and flowers will certainly brighten up your day.
Normally these sell for over $25.00 but we managed to snap these up at a special price and we have them on our website now for just $19.00 (plus GST for Australian customers).
They would make a great gift for a sewing friend - or just for yourself.
Crazy Chooks in Boots!
Crazy Chooks in Boots
This is the name of the quirkiest whimsical quilt pattern that we wanted to show you.
Lynette designed it many years ago, but it remains extremely popular.
Here in The Little Quilt Store we have customers constantly intrigued by this bright and fun pattern made up in bright colours.
Perfect for making you smile as soon as you see it!
Plus - it is the perfect pattern for using up your scraps!
Cock a Doodle Doo
Little Quilt Store has a special chicken deal!
We have just a few packs left of the mending fences Fat 1/4 packs, so are including Lynette's Stitch it for Autumn Book free with the packs.
Be quick so you won't be disappointed.
These fabrics are suitable range for the the projects we have featured today.
Staying on our chicken theme,
as you can tell Lynette is a great lover of all chickens and has created some gorgeous stitching patterns:
Mrs Hen Needlecase is a very practical pattern which we have kits ready to go which include the cutest buzzing bee buttons.
Hens in the Yard wallhanging we have available in kits so you can start sewing right away.
Finished size is 29.5" or 74.5cm square.
How fun is Eggs for Breakfast Quilt!
Welcome Home Pillow has the sweetest of farm scenes.
For lovers of punch needle check out Chicken Coop!
Design size is just 12.5cm or 5" square, so a super little project to try your punch needle skills.
Yes, we have all the punch needle set available which comes with 3 needles and full instruction book.
As always we have complimentary buttons and charms for your chicken stitcheries!
There is only two kits left of Country Stars kits in Lynette's mending fences range so this is a perfect heirloom quilt,
designed by Wendy Sheppard and measuring 81" x 91" so a large quilt.
Using this fabric this one will last and be able to be passed down many generations.
We have it hanging on the wall here and looks oh so special that men want to buy it and act disappointed when we tell them they have to make it!
How many people struggle to purchase you a gift for christmas or birthdays that you truly love!
Ever thought of a Little Quilt Store Gift Certificate?
Print the online gift voucher and pop on the fridge as your Wish List item!
Family members will thank you as they know you will be excited with the prospect of things arriving you will just adore!
Or better still provide them with the list of what you love and we can get them shipped in time for christmas specially wrapped so they can go straight under the tree.
Just ask them to make a note in the comments for gift wrapping and we will organise!
We must apologise to those customers trying to link to last week's Sweet Little Bird and missed out so here it is again.
To view all the products in this weeks newsletter please visit this link.
Mini Monday - Sewing Themed Kits
This week's mini Monday newsletter features two gorgeous kits for you - both with sewing themes, and both just the right size to make in time to give to a special friend for Christmas (or treat yourself).
A great size to take along to a class, or for quickly popping out to the store. Features English Paper Piecing, embroidery and appliqué, and the kit comes complete with three cute wooden buttons.