Cute Little Cottages
This week is an especially exciting newsletter for lovers of cute little cottages with some terrific stitching ideas!
These would have to be some of the cutest cottage quilts Lynette designs!
This gorgeous 9 part block of the month quilt measures approx. 60" square when completed. Each of the nine blocks is 15" square and features a unique appliquéd house.
To achieve a controlled scrappy looking quilt like this you need to use plenty of co-ordinating fabrics. Lynette has combined to great effect appliqué, traditional English paper piecing and some embroidery. Lynette has used felted wool for the trees and flowers which helps add dimension and interest to the quilt.
Did you notice that each block has at least one dove who is holding a 'Love Letter' in it's beak?
"This sweet quilt has been made from my "Hollyhock Cottage" fabric line and features a cottage and a lovely Hollyhock garden filled with blue birds". Lynette
Approx. size 49.5" x 40.5"
For those of us with children and grandchildren the little schoolhouse cottage is a terrific keepsake pillow that is just adorable and would be treasured by any child. Add a set of the School Mascot Button Pack to make it really special.
"Make this wonderful pillow to celebrate your child’s year at school. The pattern comes ready to trace without any of names in place, simply add the appropriate children’s names and begin stitching. Combining some simple appliqué and piecing with rework embroidery, then add the school mascot dog button and flag and your ‘My School’ pillow is complete". Lynette
Design size: Approx. 43cm square (17”square)
Heart and Home Pillow Kit which includes all the fabrics you need and the cutest of cat buttons
Many of us call our cottages Home Sweet Home, so here we have the prefect wall hanging!
Valdani 'Aged Wine' Thread would look just perfect for this stitching and the pattern comes with the cute cottage button.
Raw Timber Buttons
Our range of gorgeous hand painted buttons really add that special touch!
Just new in stock is the larger size The String Thing tins!
Dimensions: 2" W x 1.5" H. The Original. This tin fits either a 5g or 10g ball of Perle cotton. Also fits YLI, silk thread, Clark spools, etc. or several bobbins.
Sew Stitch Sea - it's almost time!
We can't believe how quickly time has gone and it is only just over a week until our
Sew Stitch Sea workshop.
Just a few last minute housekeeping items....
- Little Quilt Store will be open on Saturday September 12 from 9.30am to 4.00pm for those of you who need some retail therapy. Call in to see Lynette's full range of fabrics and patterns and her new book, Country style Quilting, which has just arrived.
- Both Lynette and Helen will have mini stores open from 9.00am at the venue (Spinnaker Room, Surf Air Beach Hotel) for pre-workshop shopping, and will remain open throughout the day.
- On Sunday morning September 13, the Sunshine Coast Iron Man is being held and there are a number of road closures in the area. The one to affect us most will be the Sunshine Motor Way which will be closed until around 11.30am. So please make alternative arrangements if you planned to come along that route. Click here for a map of the closures.
For Helen's project you will need
- Cottage Garden Threads #1007 (variegated red). Either stranded or Perle #12.
- Bag batting (single sided fusible)
If you would like Helen to bring these to the workshop, it would be helpful if you could pre-order them direct with her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen has suggested Roxanne's glue (optional) as well as the usual general sewing requirements.
How are your stocking's coming along? If you would like to be part of this swap project, the pattern is attached again to this newsletter. Just bring the finished stocking along on the day, with a note inside showing your name and email address. Don't forget - you will only get a stocking if you have made one yourself! All stockings will be on display throughout the day for all to see. Lynette has been busily making hers and it looks fabulous.
And finally, if you have any questions regarding the workshop, please let us know by email to: email@example.com
Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday September 13.
Mini Monday - Spring Bunny Table Topper
This cute table topper is perfect for decorating your table and if like me you like to change how your home is looking by simply swapping some of your accessories then this would be a perfect addition to your collection.
Featuring sweet little bunny stitcheries and fun paper pieced hexagons with an approx. finished size of 17½” (at widest point).
This limited edition kits includes the pattern, original fabrics that Lynette used in the sample shown, Cosmo embroidery threads, binding and the traditional paper hexagons that are needed for the English paper piecing to make the top.
If you choose to buy a kit you will need to add: Batting and Backing fabric to complete this project.
'On The Farm' is one of our all time favourite quilts. Have fun making one for the farmer in your life. Lynette made her original quilt using lots of browns and red prints and a variety of cream prints for the background. Her Bread and Butter range of fabrics would be ideal for the backgrounds and are available as yardage or in fat 1/4's, a great way to get you started on this quilt.
Lynette has organised a friend to hand paint the faces and stencilled the Siamese cat onto calico for this 'On The Farm' quilt. There is even a homemade carrot button for the scarecrow's nose in the pack.
Don't we all love our chickens, or chooks as we call them here in Australia!
Mrs Hen's Needlecase is a lovely design that combines hand appliqué with some stitchery. The addition of some of our handpainted busy bee buttons finishes the project off nicely. We have just made some more kits for this project so you can get stitching faster as the fabric choices have already been made.
Or you could have fun making Goose Cottage . Our sample has been made using Lynette's gorgeous fabric collection 'Pocketful of Daisies'. Goose Cottage is big enough to hold a mini iPad if you don't want to use it for your stitching bits and pieces.
Keeping with our farm theme, these fun pillows really capture your eye. Choose from Nora's Hens Pillow Pattern or Nora's Horse Pattern. Of course you don't have to make them into pillows - either of them would look great as a pocket on a bag or framed for a special gift.
If you want something that you could start this weekend, take a look at the lovely selection of pdf patterns you can download that we have available. The Hen's Nest Tablerunner is a sweet combination of applique, wool appliqué and some beautiful handpainted butterfly buttons.
There is no need to scratch around to find any of the products shown in this newsletter. Link directly to our website by clicking on the name of the project!
We could not have a farm theme newsletter where we did not show you 'Cows and Daisies' - a fun wall quilt that's sure to bring a smile to everyone's face. Lynette made her dasies from raffia on a daisy wheel that she found at a goodwill shop. Daisy wheels are not so easy to find so how about doing the flowers in wool?
'Hens In The Yard' - pattern and kits available.
This fun wall quilt with its clucking hens has been made using the blanket stitch/fusible web method of appliqué making it a fairly fast quilt to make. You can choose to order just the pattern or we have put together some fabric kits to make life easier.
Of course we have some farmyard themed button packs to show you too.
How sharp are your rotary cutting blades? Rotary blades, like machine needles, should be replaced regularly - sometimes it is not until you put a new one in that you realise how bad the old one was. Living on the Sunshine Coast near the ocean the salt air and humidity tends to make the blades rust quickly. A good tip is to keep your rotary cutter in an airtight container along with a silica sachet which will absorb some of the moisture and help prevent rusting. Treat yourself today and order a some new blades otherwise you can damage not only your fabric but also your cutting mat.
We have just received a new batch of handmade Scissors Charms. There are lots of different ones to choose from: chickens, farmyard cats and owls and more. These gorgeous glass beads have lovely silver (coloured) quilt themed charms hanging from the ends. Bet you can't choose just one!
Our very popular 2 strand Cosmo Multi-Work Threads are made in Japan and so the quality is superb. They come on these cute spools so you can have 88m of uninterrupted stitching fun with them. Lynette has put together a pack of her favourite 10 colours.
How can anyone live without owning some 'Wonder Clips'? They are so useful to help with binding...
they help hold things in tricky places....
(Above picture courtesy Nicola Forman, who has recently finished making this sweet Lynette Anderson covered purse.)
August Week 3 - Secret Gardens
So many people tell us that Lynette's designs are the best kept secrets, so this week we are sharing just some of her best secret garden stitching ideas!
Lynette's Country Cottage Quilting Book
has the most gorgeous throw quilt pattern called
Garden Scenes with soft smudgy colours that set off the garden themed blocks nicely in this delightful quilt. You can even make it more special - we stock the hand painted and raw buttons that give it the finishing touch.
This week's special download is Gardening Angel
Many gardeners like to stitch – many stitchers like to garden, so this lovely design of a garden angel is the perfect project for any gardener come stitcher.
Design size: 24cm x 30cm (9½” x 12”).
"The gentle buzz from some busy bees and a pretty garden filled with Spring flowers makes me smile. Daisies are one of my favourite flowers and I have had fun making this daisy garden ladies' purse. Pretty applique adorns the front of this wallet and traditional hexagons cover the back". Lynette
Finished size approx. 4” x 7¾”
Garden Themed Buttons and Needle Threader!
Magnetic Micro Threader, butterfly measures 1/2" wide by 5/8th inches tall. The Needle Threader hook extends approximately 1/2 inch.
FITS: Tapestry 28 and larger, Chenille 28 and larger, Darning 5 and larger, Embroidery 7 and larger, Basting 7 and larger.
This week's free download is the cute little Garden Stitchery
Don't we all want this gorgeous journal for our secret thoughts?
The Potting Shed Journal Cover and Pencil Case - A fabric-covered journal decorated with some sweet stitchery is perfect to use as a journal or diary to record your thoughts and memories. If like Lynette you love to sketch ideas or scribble recipe ideas, make sure you have the little pencil case nearby too. Wool flowers bring a three-dimensional touch to the embroidery and appliqué. Add one of her beautiful Erin's Bird hand painted wooden buttons to the journal to complete the look.
Lynette's range of fabrics will complement any project
Available in a range of different size bundles...
Don't forget we are still taking preorders of Lynette's new book Country Style Quilting due for release in October
They can come with a special message from Lynette just to you!
All the products from this weeks newsletter can be viewed here
August Week 2 - Birds of a feather!
For bird lovers, whether beautiful love birds, doves or a red robin
we have some very cute stitching ideas for you this week
Fun with Robins (approx. size of 40cm x 15cm), is a great little download pattern and Irish Birds - with its simple bowl of stitched flowers and birds repeated in the centres of a traditional Irish Chain block, combined with the limited colour palette - is a must have quilt.
Irish Birds finished size 162cm x 215cm (66" x 86").
Birdbath and Birdhouse kits are cute little projects and each kit contains the pattern, background fabric, stitchery stabiliser, and 7 x 1m embroidery threads in colours to suit.
Frames are available separately.
This week's free download:
Summer Garden, please find the free pattern attached to your email.
We have some lovely bird themed buttons available….Blue Bird Buttons, Birdhouse Buttons and Little Birdhouses Button Pack.
Sewing Friends: Four little windows in this design give you a peek into the sewing room. Who is sitting where and what are they working on? Jars of buttons, spools of threads and the ever watchful helpful quilter's cat. This design features one of Lynette's hand painted button packs, "The Sewing Bird". Finished pillow size approx. 15” (38cm) square
Love Bird Pillow: this sweet pillow has been made from Lynette's Hollyhock Cottage fabrics and is approx. 12" x 20".
Toggles & Pins
Beautiful hand painted brooches, Owl USBs and Owl scissor charms all make great gifts.
For those awaiting our curved scissors they are now back in stock
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