Forest Friends and Woodland Secrets
Shhhh, this week our forest friends have some Woodland Secrets to tell you!
Firstly, Woodland Secrets was a block of the month project and is now available to purchase as a complete set. Finished size is 42" x 42". This stitchery suits beautifully the muted colours of dusty pinks, pale greens and lilacs that can be found in Lynette's Wildflower Wood fabric range.
The sweet stitcheries of bunnies, badgers, birds and foxes make it interesting and will enchant small children as they imagine the stories being told by the animals.
To complement all these stitching ideas, Lynette has also put together the most adorable pack with a selection of buttons, braids, pom poms, ric rac and ribbons along with two of her very special fabrics. Available in a pack or these products can be purchased separately.
Be sure to check out the Wildflower Wood Tin available that is perfect for keeping your pins or notions safe when travelling.
Forest Friends is such a delightful and easy stitchery. We have featured it before but as it has been so popular, we thought it was worth a mention again. For this project there are two options for stitching: a pillow kit or used the pattern for a framed version. Yes, we stock a terrific range of frames that make this project delightful. Complemented with Mr Owl, dragonfly, toadstool or an adorable moon button - this project is so sweet especially for a baby's nursery!
Fernhill wall hanging quilt (Finished size 28" x 28") features again so many of our favourite woodland creatures - cute bunnies, squirrels, hedgehogs, deer, owls and toadstools. Those stitchers who love making yo-yos will delight in adding these to the project as they add dimension to the quilt. Definitely consider adding the Woodland Friends Button pack which is great value as it contains 9 cute raw buttons in all the shapes you need to make it special, or the Fernhill Button pack of beautiful buttons, handprinted here on the Sunshine Coast.
Just a tip: Lynette has used Weeks Dye Works threads. These are hand over dyed and give the project a softer look than DMC plains colours.
Hot News: Just today the order for Lynette's Stitch it for Christmas books arrived. Preorders will be posted out shortly, but I do advise anyone considering this very popular book full of terrific Christmas ideas to get in today as we only received 10 copies and they won't last long here in the store!!
Sea Stitch Sea 2016 and baby news
Following the success of our very first stitching day here on the Sunshine Coast I am very happy to present the date and my guest tutor for next year.
Sarah Fielke and I have know each other for several years and really got to know one another on our cruise to New Zealand back in 2014. Sarah got my mum addicted to hand piecing on that cruise and the resulting quilt which is a project from one of Sarah's books is just lovely.... Hopefully Mum will bring it along for 'show and tell'.
Who: Lynette Anderson and guest Sarah Fielke
What: One day workshop
When: Sunday 18 September 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 $155 includes the workshop (featuring a project by both Lynette and Sarah), pattern and starter kits for the two projects, lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day.
Class numbers are limited so book your place now either by going online (please note the online price does not include tax, this will be added for Australia customers at check out) or by completing the attached booking form (look right at the very... very... very bottom of this newsletter) and returning it to us at email@example.com If you are booking for more than one person, to make our administration easier please can you do a separate form for each participant.
Making friends and hand sewing will be the focus of the day, and both Lynette and Sarah will cover a number of techniques.
Back in June we farewelled Sae who many of you will have been served by either online or in the store, it was a mixture of happy and sad feeling for all of us that day. Happy because Sae was leaving to have her first baby and sad because Sae had been working at Little Quilt Store for the past 3+ years and we were all going to miss her!
The exciting news is that Luella was welcomed into the world on Thursday 17th September weighing 7lbs (3190kg) and mother and baby are doing well.
Karen started her nurse training back in July, another sad day but we wished her well and she is enjoying her course. We welcomed Kay as store manager, Ivanka for general sales and Summer for our online sales. The store is going from strength to strength thanks to a wonderful team and you our customers.
EVEN MORE NEWS....
Emma is my computer graphic artist and my daughter in law, Eddie and Emma are excited to be expecting their first baby mid January :) so in preparation and so that I don't go into meltdown with so many new faces Katja has started with us this week and is 'learning the ropes' from Emma while she can! Gail who has been with us many years ensures the office runs smoothly. Phew.....is that all the news??
Actually no, the other news is that my middle finger (right hand)the one that I had to have surgery done on back at the beginning of July to repair a completely torn ligament is now pain free. The finger is still very bent, stiff and a little swollen, I go twice a week to the occupation therapist and we are slowly getting it to bend further and to be straighter. The great news is that I can draw again and although my stitching is 'rubbish' I can hold the needle for about 10 mins a few times a day do a few stitches so I am smiling again.
It's the 1st of October, so before we know it, it will be Christmas time. Some of us get excited and some of us groan saying 'it is just too early to start thinking'!!! However, when making things you need time to be creative. Lynette is brilliant at planning all her projects ahead of time so when it comes time that they are needed, they are sitting waiting so we can decorate the store!
It is for that reason that a section of this week's newsletter is dedicated to those stitchers who celebrate this event and are keen to get their stitching done so their projects can have their lounges, homes and workplaces looking festive. Get organised and prepared and enjoy a fun and festive season rather than stress and disappointment!
Without doubt the Christmas Fun quilt is a definite winner for cute stitching. Lynette's special angels, snowman and reindeer make this quilt quite special. Embellish with her Christmas Fun Button Pack and there will be loads of admirers.
Lynette has designed three fabulous Christmas fabric ranges that will complement any of your projects beautifully.
Candy Cane Angel is available in Fat Quarter Bundles, Fat 1/8 Packs and cute Angel Delights - this range includes musky pinks, chocolate browns and deep reds.
Starry Night, has been a popular range and sadly we won't be getting new stocks so you must be quick if you don't want to be disappointed. Colours range from primitive blues, rich burgundy reds, deep pinks to creams and pine tree greens.
Each fabric range is so different, yet as with all Lynette's fabrics, coordinate wonderfully together.
For those a little bit nervous about embarking on a large stitching project, Christmas Night is a perfect pattern that you could easily get done in a couple of evenings and have hanging on the wall quickly. There is a perfect oval frame Lynette found to complement this project. Do consider this kit as it is just perfect - it comes with fabric, threads and two buttons from the Jolly Santa Button Pack and perfect reindeer ribbon!
We are presently out of stock of Lynette's Stitch it for Christmas book but expecting it in at any time now, so make sure you order your copy as we anticipate that it will run out quickly! There are loads of brilliant ideas and patterns for creative Christmas stitching.
Cosmo threads come in a super range of delightful colours…we have a great range in shore (feel free to email us if you are after a particular colour thread) and we help make it easy by having Lynette choose the colours to create packs with great colour ranges.
Wonder Clips are just that - wonderful for making stitching bindings so fast and easy by holding your fabrics together.
For those travellers the Clover Thread Cutter Pendant is allowed on airplanes and we have all taken ours on our trips away.
Take a look at all the bag accessories, from magnetic clasps, clips, strap packs and swivel clips.
Lynette suggests trying her Fine Gold Eye Needles which are suitable for Applique & Embroidery. Made in Japan they are of highest quality and each pack contains 5 needles.
Don't forget to keep stock of your stitchery stabiliser!
To view all products in this weeks newsletter please visit this link.
Mini Monday - Fabric Club
Lynette Anderson Designs Fabric Club
"Designing fabrics is a very exciting part of my job. The thrill of seeing my little drawings printed onto fabrics will never cease to bring me joy".
"Starting with my hand drawn images, Emma then scans them onto the computer where they are then coloured and manipulated on screen until they are in just the right position and exactly the right size. Lynette's fabrics have a lot of depth to them which is what makes them so interesting when working with them".
The fabric collections vary in size from 20 to 32 different co-ordinating prints (or whatever takes Lynette's fancy!!)
Fabrics will vary from the images shown
We are delighted to invite you to be among the first to receive a package in the post that contains a piece of each print from the new collection. We are able to offer you a choice of two different sizes – fat quarters or 25cm strips because we know that every quilter likes her fabrics a certain shape!
Be sure not to miss out on this great opportunity, sign up for the fabric club on the attached form and return it to us by scanning and emailing to us here.
Upcoming fabric releases are:
Highland (32 prints) expected delivery mid October 2015
My Hearts at Home (25 prints) expected delivery March 2016
Festive Fun (23 prints) expected delivery May/June 2016
There is a new Bread and Butter Collection (18 cream tonal prints) coming too but we are not sure of the expected delivery date yet!
With each collection you will receive a complimentary, specially designed wooden tag.
Please see the sign up form for more information
Bunnies, Butterflies and Beautiful Baskets
Bunnies, Butterflies and Beautiful Baskets!
These are three of the most popular items we love to add to our projects. Lynette has added some really cute ones to many of her stitcheries, so we thought it would be perfect to share as after a fairly cold winter the Southern Hemisphere is seeing spring weather with butterflies flying about!
How cute is the baby bunny in bed on the Sweet Dreams quilt pattern? The pattern features both a girl and boy version. Lynette designed this quilt for her own grandchildren so it is a really special cot sized quilt.
Lynette's Stitch it for Spring is the perfect book for those who love their bunnies. The oh so Sweet Rabbit Tea Towel pattern is easy to stitch and perfect for the home. The projects included are both practical and decorative, combining patchwork, appliqué and decorative stitching in charming designs.
Mr Rabbit Button is perfect for those wanting to make the Dreaming Tree Journal from the book.
Lynette's Wildflower Wood bundles are available and perfect for these smaller projects.
Wallhangings are so quick and easy and especially look fabulous to put up at the change of seasons. The Cat & the Hen is perfect with a cute butterfly button to get started.
Butterfly Cottage Bag is a super sweet bag with a butterfly on the front door of the cottage and Friends House Bag for poodle and Hugo lovers has the cutest embroidered butterfly and the pom pom fringe makes it such a fun bag.
The Butterfly Sewing Set is a terrific little pattern set as bag, scissors case and needle case are all included in the one pattern. Add a really cute butterfly scissor charm and it totally complements the set beautifully. Starter sewing Packs are also available.
In the Little Quilt Store we have hanging the most gorgeous quilt The Butterfly Collection which is admired by all customers. The colours are so vibrant and the fabric patterns allow for fussy cutting on the butterflies' wings. We have just one last kit available on line and one in the store but sadly this cannot be made into a kit again as we have sold most of the bright fabrics that make it 'oh so special'. This quilt is a great challenge and includes the 2" half square triangle papers you will need for the project.
Feedback for those receiving Lynette's new book has been terrific so we would love to feature the Daisy Chain Cottage Quilt with gorgeous baskets along the bottom. So suitable for the Pocket Full of Daisies fabric range. We have the kits made up and ready to go!
How easy and instant are PDF Patterns? if you like getting a quick start, check out
Be quick if you are a lover of threads we have only 3 places left in the Valdani Floss Club! Only a few days left to be included in the September start so sign up now so you don't miss out on the threads and free spools for month 1.
Mini Monday - New Spool Packs
These sweet wooden spools take you back in time to Grandma's era when all threads came on wooden spools. These Lynette Anderson Design spools stand approx 1 1/2" high and are 1" in diameter.
Each spool contains 300m (328 yards) - 100% polyester - Made in Japan
The thread is #100, a beautiful fine, strong thread which is perfect for appliqué and English paper piecing.
The pack contains one spool each of burgundy, taupe and grey.