Christmas in July Week 4
Dear Stitching friends,
This is our very last 'Getting organised for Christmas Ideas'
We hope it has been helpful in getting you organised for christmas.
Always remember: stitch more, stress less!
Gifts and gift wrapping ideas for those special people in your life!
Cook: Why not whip up an apron and then wrap their gift in it and use the apron ties doubled around and tied in a bow. Who wouldn't like to receive this to put on to prepare christmas lunch.Or in Lynette's Stitch it for Spring Book there is a pattern for a tea towel (bottom right) that is just gorgeous. I promise that they won't want to use it for the dishes, but instead will go out on display!To complement this gift, write out your favourite recipe onto a recipe card and use as the gift tag and note Christmas 2015. Slip under the ribbon -they will be thrilled to have the recipe and cherish it being in your handwriting as a keepsake for years to come. A great way to share your best recipes with family and friends.What grandmother wouldn't be thrilled to receive this traditional quilt (Country Stars using Lynette's Mending Fences Fabric) for their bed, specially made by you. Only one full kit is still available so be quick to the website to make it yours. Great for quilters who love a big challenge. Your grandmother will be thrilled and if she is in a retirement estate or nursing home facility will just love to show it off to all the staff and other residents.Some ladies just love butterflies, so we have put together a kit which includes Lynette's pattern for The Butterfly Collection and includes a wonderful variety of reproduction fabrics which have lovely earthy neutrals and backgrounds tones and then pops of orange, cheddar yellows and coral pink fabrics that really make the butterflies stand out.This design was inspired by the butterfly collections which were a popular hobby in the 1800's.To top the quilt gift off, make it very special as well bringing back lots of fond memories and scan print/photocopy photos from her youth and use as wrapping paper. This wrapping could also be used for the Grandpa in your life but he might be more keen to remember his old cars, pets and holiday memories. Try to find pictures you know they haven't seen in a long time. Just don't be offended if they are more interested in viewing the wrapping paper than your gift!Start with a simple pattern and get your confidence up, we have something for all skill levels. Just check out the website for ideas.Car enthusiast, traveller, taxi or truck driver wrap their gift in an old road map - in the modern world of GPS, they will become collectibles in the future.For push bike and motor bike enthusiast, attach a coffee voucher as their gift card on their gift for a destination you know they would love to ride to.Accountant, financier or banker: photocopy or print off some monopoly money and use as wrapping especially pick out different currencies makes it much more interesting.For the tea lover, a novel idea if you have a small gift is to pop it into a vintage or pretty tea pot and dress up with a bright tea cozy. Tie gift tag using pretty ribbon to the handle. Lynette has a great range of ribbons that would make it look special.Let your imagination run wild!The more personal you can make it the more they will love it! Hand sewn cushion covers make a great wrapping for gifts. Put gift inside and zip it closed. There are so many to choose from on the website. Attach one of the toggles or scissor charms for fun. Toggles are so cute and great for going onto any zips! Purses, handbags and sweat shirt zippers. The grandkids will find these ones so cute.make a simple pincushionDo some cute stitching and cover a ready made pursegorgeous handmade journals and our own little notebooksyummy ready made socksWe have left the best to last. As a final hooray to our 'Christmas in July' theme being organised for Christmas, look at this super cushion one of Lynette's lovely sample stitchers has just finished for us. This cushion is a really terrific idea for the college student who would love a new cushion or throw quilt for couch or bed. They are always curling up hugging them and will feel connected to you as made with love.Many of you know that we were totally out of stock of Stitch it for Christmas, so great news for those who have been waiting as they are now back in stock! As Christmas celebrations come every year, it is the essential book for getting stitching ideas.Final gift idea, for yourself or stitching friends, why not preorder Lynette's new book ready for release in October. It's something they won't have seen before so will be a terrific surprise! See the website for preordering of the book so you don't miss out!
We will be back next week with more fresh stitching ideas.
Week 3 - Christmas in July
Continuing this month's theme of Christmas in July, we have some more super ideas to share!
Little Quilt Store's Hottest Gift News Flash: Fun socks have just come back into stock after being sold out. Perfect stocking filler or gift suitable for all members of your family. Oh so useful - they are thick, warm and all in super bright colours. Particularly great for those hard to buy teenagers. Make sure you order quickly as we could only get limited stock, so then you won't miss out!
This week's Christmas gift wrapping ideas:
Gardener: try wrapping in handmade paper which includes rose petals and leaves - it looks so earthy and lovely and often smells great. Tie with twine and attach a nice pair of bright coloured gardening gloves. If you want to go all out for that special person a small gardening hand tool like a spade or bulb planter would look fun, effective and practical, and ticks all the boxes!
Kids and Teenagers Ideas: Wrap their gift in Comic book pages and even include a comic book (suitable for their age group) in their gift. They will love to slip off after lunch for a quiet read. Spider Man is one of the most popular.
For the surfer, wrap their gift in a beach towel, usually colourful and oh so handy.
Man in your life: what guy doesn't just love getting another toolbox to add to their garage collection? Buy them a toolbox and put their gift inside then padlock and then place under tree. Allow him to rattle but the padlock will stop him from peeking and just imagine his face when you show him you hold the key until Christmas morning!
Lynette has a very special download to share this week
Follow this link to download your To Do Lists...
If you are wanting to add the feel of Christmas to your home and impress your family and friends with that special Christmas quilt for the couch or table runner for the Christmas table you need to start stitching soon.
This week's suggested stitching:
Candy Cane Angel Round table runner , we also have a kit available
Flying Santa for the longer rectangular table
Waiting for Santa quilt, fabric pack also available
Snowman scissor charm - a great small gift for your quilting friends.
We have lots of different designs to choose from...
These projects will look especially good if made in the Winter Village or Starry Night ranges of fabric.
Winter Village Fabric Range
Starry Night Fabric Range
Store News: The store was a hive of activity las week as we rearranged our Christmas corner. Here is a picture so you can all see how great it looks, but for those locals to the Sunshine Coast we would love to have you drop by to have a look and say hello.
Look out for next week's gift wrapping tips which will be for the Teacher, Chef, Grandma who we all love but is always super hard to buy for. There will also be more 'make it yourself' gifts suitable for all the family.
Week 2 Christmas in July!
Remaining with our newsletter theme 'Christmas in July' we also have some ideas for gift wrapping your specially made gifts to really impress!
1. For the music lover, find some old music sheets at an charity shop, or print some off.
2. For the reader, print off a page from their favourite book. Children's classics are perfect as we all love them.
3. For those that you know like a crisp modern look, get a roll of white gloss paper and tie with bright red ribbon or twine!
4. For kids and teens try wrapping in fun colourful comic book paper. Girls love to have a cute ribbon which later they can use for their hair!
5. Finally for that special friend of us all, the sewer. Try wrapping their gift in a fat quarter of fabric, Lynette Anderson's Winter village range is a perfect choice.
Compliment with these unique gift tags:
Look out for the gift wrapping ideas next weeks newsletter, we will be covering the gardener, teenager and construction guy and lots more terrific ideas!
Here is this weeks Lynette's winner tip - so cheap, yet so special!
1. Because we all love to get something different in the mail than those store bought cards, take advantage of Lynette's free card download use your artist skills with colour choice and do a different one for all your friends.
2. Print on card stock paper
3. Using a kids watercolour set with a fine brush and dry in sun or if you want the colours to really 'pop' felt tip pens will do the trick beautifully. Remember to dry both in sun so you don't get smudging.
4. For folding your cards use a card folding tool or if you don't have one of those, a ruler will keep your folds straight and sharp.
5. Last but not least, try using a calligraphy pen when writing your cards will give that wonderful old world feel and impress.
Remember loads of practice, makes it perfect!
More gifts ideas from Lynette's Christmas range
Christmas Buttons will embellish your Christmas stitching that will enchant the kids!
Zipper Toggles attached to your projects zips just give them that special and novelty finish!
Lynette wants to share that she just loves the quilt pattern in Quilters Companion (No.73) a collaboration with her good friend Wendy Sheppard called Over the Fence.
Wendy has used fabrics from Lynette's Hearts and Flowers range, we have Fat 1/4 packs available in this lovely collection. We also suggest that the Lynette's Bread and Butter range would be perfect for the background fabrics.
We have copies of the magazine available so you can order it all together, the magazine also includes a DVD featuring "Katrina Hadjimichael works with 2.5" strips".
Whilst this month we are talking about Christmas we haven't forgotten those having birthdays.
Don't our relatives all struggle to find you that perfect gift, so why not help them and suggest a Little Quilt Store Gift Voucher which you can either use on-line or come into the Little Quilt Store to select your special gifts!
For those following Lynette's finger surgery update, she is recovery well and back at work in a extremely limited capacity but surgeon has told her - no stitching, drawing or use of any type for at least 6 - 8 more weeks as she is highly at risk of damaging it further.
As you can imagine she is feeling a little frustrated, so asks if you could make sure you enjoy your stitching for her until next week! Don't forget to follow her blog for her finger updates and post your Lynette Anderson projects as that always brings a smile to her face!
Lookout for next weeks newsletter for more great tips.
Christmas in July
Welcome to Little Quilt Store Christmas in July Newsletter
This week's newsletter is to give ideas so you can be prepared for Christmas!
Don't we all love to see the look on our friends' and family members' faces when they realise we have made that special item - just for them! So, as July has now arrived, for those stitchers who like to be organised, it is definitely time to start planning and preparing.
If you don't already prepare this way, why not give it a try this year, as we promise you will wonder why you didn't do it years ago - less stress, so more happiness at the festive time.
Hot tips for getting organised:
1. Make a list of who you need gifts for
2. Decide what items, lifestyle and colours they like and may be useful
3. Decide on a budget and a plan as then you can pace it, so monthly you can work to a plan and generate a couple more gifts
4. Get your orders in early, so you won't be disappointed
Below we have listed a few ideas to get you thinking that will suit all budgets.
Lynette's 'Stitch it for Christmas Book' has lots of small project patterns.
Tip: We suggest you wrap gifts in brown paper and use either twine or raffia to tie and add one of Lynette's Christmas wooden gift tags - looks fabulous and very cost effective for the budget.
Some more fun ideas for colleagues, kids' school teachers and other stitching friends. They are so quick to sew, yet so lovely to receive:
Searching for that special little gift for your stitching friend - why not try giving the popular timber embroidery thread spools, so practical for keeping threads tidy and yet look so good in their sewing kit.
News Flash: Popular Black non-slip mats are now back in stock
For those that follow Lynette's blog our latest update - she has had surgery on her finger just this week and is recovering well. We are hoping it won't be long before she can include stitching as part of her rehabilitation.
Many thanks for all the wonderful messages and cards she has really appreciated your support.
Till next time
A little bit of bling
Who doesn't love a bit of bling in their lives? We have just the answer for you, with these cute necklaces which come with a beautiful foundation pieced pendant and six bits of bling. Numbers are limited, so be quick to treat yourself this week.
Also available are small foundation pieced charms (you will be amazed at the detail in these) which can be added to your own cord or chain necklace, bracelet or used as a scissor charm. Again numbers are limited.
You all know that Lynette loves Superior Threads' super bobs. We have some new packs in stock which contain 12 different colours and are the perfect choice for needle turn appliqué and English Paper Piecing. The threads are so fine and when used with fine Milliners' needles, they disappear into the fabric - especially important with EPP.
We have been lucky to get a new delivery of Lynette's Mending Fences fabric range and so we have some special deals this week.
Buy a fat quarter pack of this fabric and receive a free copy of Lynette's book Stitch it for Autumn which includes a variety of projects designed especially for this fabric range.
This pack would also be perfect as a starter kit for the Farmyard Fun Quilt - which would delight any child, and can be made in either a blue or pink colour way.
For a bit of fun, have you seen the chicken Tea Cosy from Stitch it for Autumn? We have starter kits available to make this quick and easy project.
We have just one kit left for the Apple Jacks quilt and unfortunately we are not able to get more of these. A 10% discount also applies to this pack.
Finally, one of the most popular quilts on display in store at the moment is Country Stars. This is a traditional pieced quilt with just one block design, and would suit a beginner. It is perfect for taking on a retreat or to a sewing group. Just a couple of kits left, these are now priced at just A$200 plus gst.
And don't forget, if you are part of a sewing group or guild and would like to visit Little Quilt Store, please give us a call to arrange a time. We love meeting groups and showcasing all of Lynette's products.
Till next time.
Hope you have all had a great week of stitching.
I don't know about you, but we love new knick knacks here at Little Quilt Store.
On Lynette's last trip to the USA she came across these cute tins called The String Thing. They have a hole in the top for feeding your thread through and keeping it tidy, and they are the perfect size for keeping your Super Bobs in. There is even room for a thimble.
And as an added bonus the top of the tin is magnetic - perfect for holding your cute little magnetic needle holders in place - on the top when you are sewing, and inside between projects.
If you need to stock up on needles then Lynette's Milliners needles are perfect for needle turn applique and hand piecing.
The are long and fine, and come in a neat little plastic tube with attached lid. We also have a range of Clover embroidery and curved needles, as well as some cute pin packs.
Run your threads through Thread Heaven for a fine coating of wax and be amazed at how strong the thread becomes and how easily it moves through the fabric.
Also back in stock are the cute little zipper toggles.
These are always popular and can be added to so many small project.
If you attend classes or sewing groups, they are a great way to help identify your sewing case.
We are busy packing boxes of stock ahead of Lynette's trip to Quilt Camp in France and the Birmingham Festival of Quilts. If you are planning a trip to the Festival between Thursday 6 and Sunday 9th August, call in to see Lynette at Stand No. H36.
Till next time.