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A Winner and A Design Wall...

The lucky winner of the 'Butterfly Garden Sewing Tin' is:

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I was pretty excited when I drew Kathy out of the hat (well, little green bucket actually) because in her comment she mentioned that she just uses an old plastic box for her sewing tin. Hope you enjoy the pretty new one Kathy! Kathy, can you please email me your snail mail address so I can ship your tin straight off to you.

This post would have been on the screen much earlier today but I was having so much fun working on this project I just couldn't stop:

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It's an apron pattern that I'm working on for an upcoming teaching event in New South Wales. Here on my design wall you can see the prototype apron in yummy 'Prints Charming' fabric (this one I'll keep for myself I think!). Rosie and Melly got me started on this fabric and I am loving working with it because it is the softest yummiest fabric. The apron took a bit of perfecting (and getting all my friends of all shapes and sizes to model it to make sure one size does fit all!):

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There will be three apron versions in the pattern and I'll show you more as I stitch my little fingers to the bone. The pattern will include a full alphabet so it can be personalised:

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I can't wait to get to have it ready for the ladies coming to the 'Jukejema Quilting Barn' retreat in August in Nowra. If you think you'd like to join us at 'Waterslea', which overlooks the river, there are still just a few spots left for the weekend in August. It will be a really wonderful weekend and I'll be there with Rosalie Quinlan, Gail Pan, and Viv Robinson too.

If you need more details you can contact Kim Goatcher at 'Jukejema Quilting Barn' on (02) 4421 2577.

More soon,

Leanne Beasley xxx


A Catch Up and a Giveaway (Because I Just Couldn't Resist)...

A few days since my last post, I know! I have been very busy finishing off projects and articles for magazines, finalising my 2009 teaching appointments, working on my project for Jukejema Quilting Barn's retreat in New south Wales that I'll be teaching at in August (can't wait to show you that), local teaching at Foothills Fabric and Threads, and of course celebrating with my friend Rosalie:

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Yes, Rosalie's brand new book is out! I snapped this photo of her with the very first book off the press when she dropped in to give a sneak peak at a class I was teaching on Tuesday night. The ladies were VERY excited to be the first to see the book! It is truely divine. For the thousands of Rosalie Quinlan fans you will be in love with this book!

When Rosalie dropped in I was teaching a 'Butterfly Garden' Block of the month class. Some of my favourite pieces of the quilt are right in the centre:

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I particularly like the little double pink butterflies so much that I have had a few samples of tins made with this part of the quilt.

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I love good quality. Sadly, this means that the tins I have selected turned out to be too expensive to wholesale really. Bad in general (don't worry, I'm shopping around still) but good for the one tin I have left for a giveaway:

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This is the tin that I personally use for my sewing tin now, and one of you out there will win one for your sewing tin. It's a 7" diameter so it's a lovely size for your pincushion, needles, scissors, and threads.

To enter the draw, simply leave a comment before Thursday the 26th. It can be about anything: your current sewing tin, what's in your sewing tin, how you're going with 'Butterfly Garden' or any of my other patterns, books or DVD, anything that takes your fancy!

On Thursday I'll show you my new Christmas stocking pattern that looks a bit like this:

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Until then,

Leanne Beasley xxx


A Sneak Peek and Some Show and Tell...

You know I can never resist a sneak peek! Here's what I've been working on:

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I thought I'd also give you a peek at some of the wonderful 'Butterfly Garden' quilts that came to class today. I think it's fun to see what other people do, especially when it comes to colour.

Here's Debbie's version with beautiful little blue butterflies, and have a look at how she's used the floral fabric:

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Debbie also loves beading so she's done this little basket of flowers with half French Knots and half little beads. (And yes, she can crochet too! That's how she did the bucket handle!):

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More beads:

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Elaine loves beads too and she's added them into her floral fabrics:

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Pam's quilt is really amazing because it's entirely hand pieced!!!

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Ramona is a blue girl:

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See!:

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I haven't included all the quilts from today, I have to keep you wanting to see more!

Leanne Beasley xxx


Tracey's Butterfly Garden...

More photos from the 'Butterfly Garden' classes that I'm teaching at Foothills Fabric and Threads. Here's a weekday class where we have a lot of fun! One of the things we all love is 'Show and Tell'. It's great to see where everyone's up to and what individual changes they've made to the patterns:

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I mentioned that I'd show you Tracey's quilt and here it is. (Tracey is second from the left in the above photo):

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Tracey is an art teacher so she always adds extra special flair to all of the classes she's done with me. I just love her own little butterflies like the one above!

Another nice touch is using a varigated thread for the 'patchwork stitchery blocks':

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Here's one of Tracey's butterflies she's designed:

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Also added in is a beautiful DMC metallic thread which adds a special bling!

I hope you've enjoyed being part of our class 'Show and Tell'!

Leanne Beasley

P.S. Please bear with me as I try to work through this new Typepad. I still can't get the clarity on my photos, or the sizing right. I will work it out though (I hope)!


Show and Tell...

One of my favourite things that I get to do is teaching. I have been enjoying my regular Block of the Month classes for 'Butterfly Garden' at Foothills Fabric and Threads. I've had a few emails asking for more photos of "the black and white quilt" (with a splash of orange) that Phena is making:

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Here's Block One and Two of Phena's quilt:

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A close-up:

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And the beautiful basket that she's done:

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Tommorow I'll give you a peek at Tracey's version that she's working on!

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. I am really struggling with the new Typepad. Can anyone give me a hint as to how to load my photos the same way I used to be able to?