Time With Friends Has Arrived
This year is certainly shaping up to be an exciting one, with many new things on the horizon. As you will have seen, Lynette is already a busy bee and has the year's adventures almost mapped out.
Following on from our "New Beginnings" newsletter, we are happy to share the latest fabric range from Lynette Anderson Designs called "Time With Friends".
This lovely new range is a most welcome addition to the Lynette Anderson fabric family. In Lynette's unique style, each one of the new fabrics blend seamlessly with any fabric from Lynette's other beautiful fabric collections.
The tones, values and contrast in colour are all there ready for you to create the perfect project. All fabric is available by the metre and we also have Angel Delight packs, fat 1/8 packs and fat 1/4 packs.
Along with our new fabric we have some new patterns and the first is the gorgeous Scattered Hearts (63" x 81"). This quilt is one of our larger projects, showcasing the Time with Friends fabric, highlighting the red accents and the cool blues making the hearts an absolute feature.
Another of Lynette's new patterns is Sweet Dreams. This 37" x 40" finished size quilt can be made using "Time With Friends" in either the boy's colour way or the girl's colour way to make the perfect cot quilt for that treasured little person.
Simple piecing combined with your choice of either fusible applique or needleturn can be used to create this design and could become an heirloom; a project to be kept in the family and passed down for generations.
The Sewing Book
One of our favourite projects, The Sewing Book, has been re-made and given a beautiful fresh look. Now made using "Time With Friends", this very popular needlecase pattern looks like new and is available in both pattern, PDF pattern form and kits.
Raw Button Packs
We also have some great kitty and puppy themed button packs by Lynette Anderson Designs which would go perfectly with the gorgeous feature print from the new "Time with Friends" fabric collection. All of Lynette's buttons are made in Lynette's studio in Queensland, Australia.
We do hope you are having an amazing beginning to your year as we all are here. We look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things you have been up to so keep the emails coming. Don't forget to keep up with what Lynette is up to by following her on Facebook and visiting her Blog. Have a wonderful week!
Workshops in France 2015
Bonjour Stitchers……does this give you a clue to what I am about to tell you???
As you know we had a wonderful time at Chateau de Bessey in the Burgundy region of France last year. Phillip and Francoise were wonderful hosts, the setting was lovely, the food was wonderful and yes, we did enjoy some lovely wine!
Mum and I enjoyed meeting the many ladies who joined us for the inaugural ‘Chateau Hexagon Workshops’ which were situated in the wonderful classroom tent in the grounds of the chateau.
We are returning in 2015. I have spoken with many of you over the last year who expressed an eagerness to attend this year having not quite been organized enough for 2014!! I offered first, as promised, the available places to the ladies who attended the very first Chateau Hexagon in 2014, many of the available places have now been filled.
You will notice that this year I have included the kit in the price of the workshops as almost everyone ordered them in 2014. The kits were wonderful and it did make things easier on the day :-) Each student also received a complimentary thread holder.
We are once again offering three one day workshops in this beautiful location. Each day there will be a different brand new for 2015 project that I have designed for you to work on. During the workshops you will work on the hand stitching and there will be homework!
The workshops are on the following dates:
Workshop 1: Thursday, July 30th 2015
Workshop 2: Friday, July 31st 2015
Workshop 3: Saturday, August 1st 2015 (almost full)
Please find attached an information and booking form, it gives information on places to stay that are close to the workshop location as the Chateau itself has a very small number of rooms available. Once you have decided to join us please complete the booking form and scan or photograph it and return to me by email.
or visit the website here to book your place.
50% payment is payable on booking and the balance at the end of April, we will email you when the balance is due.
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and to making some new ones. Join me for one, two or three days of fun stitching with like minded ladies from around the world. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Valdani Floss Club
Valdani Floss Club
The floss club filled in record time!! Thank you to the 'quick to join' and, for those of you who are 'sad to find' we were full, here is your second chance; we are offering a new club start date of mid-March. You will collect 10 different floss/thread colours each month for a year, ending up with 120 floss/thread colours in total, ranging from the subtle muddy colours that I love and including some of the brighter colours that Emma and Karen love to use.
As you all know, I love the Cosmo floss/threads and we have a great pack that contains my 10 favourite most used colours. The packs are available in 6 strand skein pack or the sweet Multiwork spools which are already only 2 strands. If there is a colour you are looking for in particular email us as we have the whole range of stranded skeins in stock.
Cosmo flosses are wonderful to work with and, like all Japanese things, of a very high standard. However, for some of my projects I like the subtle soft variegated look that the Valdani hand dyed floss/thread gives and for this reason we have decided to offer a monthly pack which is a lovely way to slowly build your collection.
As a bonus for the first month only, each person will receive 10 of these sweet spools personalised with their first name. After month one, personalised spools will be available in packs of 10 for Valdani Floss Club members only at an extra cost of $9.00 (+GST for Australian residents).
In the picture below you can see our laser machine cutting the spools for the January start Valdani Floss Club ladies.....pretty exciting stuff......
Here you can see how subtle and pretty the Valdani threads are when they are used. Papa Bunny is reading a bedtime story to baby bunny - this is a close up of one of the blocks from my new 'Comforts of Home' block of the month quilt.
We (as in Emma) have attached a sign up form (its at the bottom of this page), join with us and have the fun of collecting your Valdani floss each month *PLUS get the bonus 10 'free' personalised spools with your first month's package.
2014- What We Did
2014 was a wonderful busy year not just due to all the travelling I did but in terms of what was created during the year. I joined RJR Fabrics at the end of 2013, it was with great anticipation that my first collection with RJR fabrics 'Quilter's Garden' arrived in store in March 2015. Having re-ordered this collection before it sells out in the warehouse, we still have all these gorgeous fabrics on our shelves.
This quilt Gardener's Delight (63" x 63") came out really nicely, I love how the scallops on the border look.
2014 - my busy year....
Its Lynette here...my turn this week to attempt a newsletter, its a summary of y year and its got long so maybe you should make yourself a nice cup of tea of coffee grab some biscuit and settle back to enjoy. Emma and Karen, usually produce the newsletter together but Emma is still away on holiday (we miss you Emma) until next week so I thought I would try my hand at writing to you. If there any silly spellings or wrongly placed photos I apologise in advance!
2014 was a busy year...
In January I went to Japan for the International Tokyo Quilt Festival where I had a booth to sell my fabrics and patterns to all the lovely Japanese ladies who come to visit me. I had fun with friends, ate interesting food and sold lots of my fabrics, patterns, books and buttons. The show is one of the most amazing quilt shows in the world.
In March I went to Sydney to record my DVD for Quilters Companion Magazine, which we have just managed to get hold of some more copies (which include the DVD, apparently if you buy the magazines overseas they don't come with the DVD).
There are lots of really great projects in the magazine!! The one I designed and made is cute tablet cover called 'Garden Friends' for which we have cut some kits.
Another project in the same magazine is the star quilt designed by my friend Wendy Sheppard which uses my fabrics 'Starry Night' fabric collection, we have two 'Stars Aligned' fabric kits for this quilt left (remember you need the magazine to go with these kits as thats where the patterns are!).
Later in March Mum and I had a fabulous time on the Craft Fair at Sea cruise to New Zealand with two other tutors (Sarah Fielke and Michele Marvig) and 80 fabulously fun ladies...
April found me heading to Russia, where I was treated like a princess and had the most amazing experience as a tourist with my hostess. My students were eager to learn and were brilliant at trying to teach me Russian words. I was invited to present the prizes at the quilt exhibition in Moscow which was a great honour and I hope to go again one day as I had a wonderful time.
I saw some lovely Russian folk quilts
I met an amazing babushka (Russian for grandma) who made wonderful rag rugs, I watched a lady with a kitten on her lap paint a Matryoshka doll, plus I was lucky enough to be taken to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to see a ballet.
May - Let me think where did I go in May?....well @quiltsherpa (Vince's IG name) and I went to the USA for Spring market which is where everyone shows their 'coming soon' fabric collections, patterns etc... Here is Quilt Sherpa with our table set up and ready for sample spree.
We launched my fabric collection 'Pocketful of Daisies' which is in the store now.
There are lots of projects in this fabric collection, I will show you a few but just look at the website for more inspiration. We re-made (thanks Kate) Pond House a 10 part block of the month, Daisy Chain Cottage Quilt which is available as a kit with pattern only at the moment, we have not yet decided if we will release the pattern on its own and my favourite Goose Cottage Accessories case.
This is Gardeners Delight, a really pretty quilt.
While we were at Spring Market our first grandson arrived (he was on schedule to arrive before we left but as we know babies do tend to have their own agenda!) please meet...Fletcher Wayne Anderson and his father Mike.
The night after Spring Market finished we ended up in the emergency room in Pittsburg where it they diagnosed Vince as having a kidney stone....this put us out of action for two days while he rested up in our hotel room. We got back on track and we enjoyed visiting 'Falling Waters' a Frank Lloyd Wright house on the way to stay with Mary and Joe Koval in Pennsylvania, where we saw covered bridges and visited the coverlet museum
We had some wonderful meals with friends, we visited the Amish and admired Mary Koval's antique quilts.
June....I enjoyed being home....
and while I was home I worked on the 'top secret' design concept for The Quilt Show 2015 BOM quilt...which has just been launched this month (January 2015)
Emma and I worked on lots of fabric collections for the coming year.....phew...
July... we went to a friends wedding...her button shoes were brilliant.
I was so excited and nervous as this was the month Mum and I went to France to my friends Chateau. Her home was the inspiration for my button club quilt 'Chateau Hexagon. Here is Chateau de Bessey and my cute classroom in a tent, the tent looks so small when seen in comparison to the house!! I wonder if you are joining me this year in France? Follow this link for more information on 'Chateau Hexagon 2015'
Our classroom was wonderful, the food was amazing, we had a lot of fun. Take a look at my blog posts from Chateau Hexagon Quilt Camp 2014, here and here to see more lovely pictures of our location and the workshops.
August found me in the UK where I taught at Patchwork Chicks, had a stand at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham where the 'A' team helped on my stand, met up with friends. and then went on to teaching at Cowslip Workshops, Cornwall. I am teaching at both these locations in 2015 and would love you to join me. I am also having at stand at Festival of Quilts again and will look forward to seeing many of you there.
I had a great evening with some of the other very talented F+W authors.
I went home from festival of Quilts with Jo from Cowslip Workshops, Cornwall where I was had two one day workshops with some wonderfully mischievious like minded ladies.
Back home in Australia I had a lovely dinner out with the girls, Lyn and Emma from the office and Sae and Karen from the store.
I took a trip to the photographers to get some of the bigger quilts professionally photographed. The quilt on the floor in this picture is 'Waiting For Santa' which has been made using background creams from my 'Bread and Butter' collection and 'Starry Night' fabric collection (we do have a fabric pack to make this quilt, you can buy the fabric pack here) .
September...next stop...Norway....where I had been invited to teach along with some other amazing international tutors at the inaugural Norwegian Quilt Festival. This trip Vince came with me which was lovely, its so nice to have someone to travel with when your doing such a long flight and I think Norway is about as far from Australia as you can get!
from Norway we went to Barcelona where I taught two one day workshops at Oyambre a gorgeous store right in the heart of Barcelona and the Quilt Sherpa (Vince) went cycling.
We took the train to Madrid one night and I taught two more one day workshops to some very excited students at La Tertulia del Patch.
October - time for me to head to the US for the second time this year. This trip is for Quilt Market/Festival then a quick two day visit to my brother before going to Mexico City for some teaching.
My booth at Spring Market looked pretty, I was showing a fabric collection called 'Time With Friends'. I met with friends and made plans with mask of Crib Quilts for teaching in 2015....in Japan...very exciting.
We showed 'Time With Friends' which is a fabric line coming in March this year. Using these fabrics I have made (with the help of Yvonne and Kay) a sweet baby cot sized quilt called 'Sweet Dreams' shown here in the boy and the girl colour way. Baby bunny is tucked up in bed under a dimensional hexagon quilt :) while Ma and Pa Bunny read a bedtime story.
This sweet nine part block of the month stitchery quilt is also new and is made using the 'Time With Friends' fabric collection, the quilt is called 'Comforts of Home', we will be taking sign ups for this block of the month quilt soon.
Between Quilt market and Quilt Festival I had a couple of days off and a friend (thanks Tay) took us on a red trip to visit the Texas Quilt Museum where I was so lucky to meet Michael James.
I spent two fabulous days with my brother and his family who live in the Bahamas...
then with great excitement I headed to Mexico City where I was teaching for Brenda and Lulu who own the store in the city called Quilting Dreams.
After 4 days of happy students Brenda and Lulu took me out as a tourist before putting me on the plane to Denver in the US...my last stop before heading home!
I was in Denver to film my show for The Quilt Show
with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms....it was very exciting and the show was aired on January 5th.
I was there to launch the exclusive to 'The Quilt Show' BOM quilt that I had designed earlier in the year. Its called My Country Home and with a years Star Membership you get the patterns for the quilt monthly along with lots of wonderful shows to watch and learn from.
Phew, time to be back at home and enjoy Christmas with my family.
Thank you for sharing my journey with me this year... please remember if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, we will do our best to answer.
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We hope you are well rested and have had a wonderful holiday season full of fun, family, fresh ideas and inspiration for the year ahead. If you have been following Lynette's Facebook page and her blog, you will have seen what fun Lynette and the quiltsherpa have been up to. Lynette has also been busy with the airing of The Quilt Show, demonstrating her appliqué technique and sharing stories with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms.
As featured on The Quilt Show, in Lynette's own tutorials and in the Quilters Companion Magazine No. 68, we have the Appliqué Packs. This pack contains a non slip black mat, a packet of appliqué paper, a large pair of Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Scissors, a glue stick, the small pair of Apliquick scissors and the Apliquick rods. Everything you need to get you started on your appliqué journey.
Lynette's own size 10 Milliners needle
Another essential for your appliqué is a great needle and we only recommend a few, one of which is Lynette's own size 10 Milliners needle. Sharp, precise and flexible where you need it to be, it is the perfect addition to your appliqué pack.
To keep everything safe and secure and also featured on the Quilt Show is our craft case. This case is the perfect place to keep all your essentials safe and in one place. Ready to pick up and travel anywhere with you.
Lynette has designed the sweetest covers for the craft cases and one is featured in the Counrty Cottage Quilting Book, The Walnut Tree. This design is gorgeous and gives that individual touch to your craft case making it your own work of art. The book Country Cottage Quilting has many other patterns making the book great value as well as inspirational.
New Pendents have just arrived!
These gorgeous handmade pendants which measure just one and a half inches are one of the fun things that Lynette has discovered when visiting the US. Julie, a very talented quilter, stitches these amazing miniatures and her sweet husband does the glass and the stained glass style edging.
More Fun Socks!
We have just had a new shipment of Solmate socks come in….new colours and also fun ankle socks :)
Life is too short for matching socks, especially when you can wear these fun and beautiful socks!
Multi-patterned and colorful mismatched socks…a little something fun for your feet.
Whether you wear them all day at work, save them for snuggling up on the couch at the end of the day or use them to help keep feet warm at night, a pair of Solmate Socks is a unique gift that's sure to bring a cheerful smile to the wearer.
Great gifts for men and women of all ages.
We have many new exciting things on the horizon in the year to come and hopefully you will all be there to share the excitement with us. We will have a few new monthly projects coming up so keep an eye on the newsletters for release dates and sign up sheets. We do hope you have cleared your schedule and made plenty of time for stitching.