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A Winter Project?

We're in the middle of a heatwave here in Victoria, Australia, at present and it's a doosie! As most of you know the work for magazines has to be designed and stitched about six months ahead of getting that magzine in your hands. This means stitching Winter projects in Summer.

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So yesterday found me finishing off some quilting and adding the binding to a Winter project for Homespun magazine! I can tell you there is no way to quilt or bind comfortably without having a quilt laying on your body! LOL. I just kept thinking about those of you over in the USA who are having the opposite of our extreme weather in those freezing conditions, especially in the Ohio area.

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It's so hot here that the power companies have been turning off the power to prevent a huge breakdown of the system. So that means that there's no computer (hence why I'm doing my blog entry very early today in case I'm one of the areas that gets turned off), no sewing machine, and no lights in the studio. Good chance to catch up on that stack of quilting magazines! So as I promised, a little more information on the 'Breast of Friends' quilt in the current issue of Homespun:

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I was pretty thrilled to be asked to participate in this project along with Rosalie Quinlan, Anni Downs, Bronwyn Hayes, Natalie Lymer, Amanda Browning, Lynette Anderson-O'Rourke, Natalie Bird, June Gilchrist, and Belinda Betts.

It's pretty exciting that the original quilt will be auctioned by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, hopefully in Pink Ribbon Month this year. I will keep you updated. Even though the completed quilt can't be revealed yet I am sure you'll love the finished project. Maybe it will become a piece of history in Australia's Quilting story. Each block is signed by the designer that designed and stitched that block/s:

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A few of you have asked about the fabrics used in the quilt. They are 'In the Pink' (the second range) by J. Leutenegger Pty. Ltd. (mixed in with a few fabrics from each designers personal stash). I know there has been a degree of difficulty in getting hold of them but you can try 'Patchwork with Gail B.' as they have been trying very hard to get all the fabrics for this quilt together. They are one of my local shops and can be contacted at or on (03) 9729 3635 and are located at 202 Canterbury Road Bayswater in Victoria.

Anyway back to my quilt washing day! The best thing about a 43 degree day!

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. Have a peek at Missymack's blog (27th January) to see her version of the 'Breast of Friends' quilt in divine blues and creams. It's also appliqued with blanket stitch and looks just lovely - you'll be inspired.

P.P.S. If you need a kit or would like to join a class for the quilt (if you live in Tasmania) have a look at Calico Crossroads, blog and shop. Lots of information there.

Happy Australia Day!!!

Today is of course January 26 our National Holiday, Australia Day. At this time of year many of us are on holiday and go adventuring down to the beach or river. I thought I'd share a few holiday icon snaps on my trip to The Murry River, an icon in its own right. Of course our flag make a great towel too:

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Gum trees and sunshine:

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Thongs (or flip flops as many overseas visitors call them). Here's a tree by the The Murry River where you can nail on an old thong. A true Aussie sculpture:

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Here's a little caravan by the river, wonderful accommodation:

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And the icon no-one goes on holiday without, bug spray!!:

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So I wish everyone here a wonderful day (full of BBQ's, lamingtons and flag waving) and I hope for all my overseas readers I've given you another little happy snapshot of life here in Australia.

Leanne Beasley xxx

Homespun Kind of Entry...

It's all about Homespun magazine right now! I have frantically been working on a Winter project for an upcoming Winter Stitchery special. Of course I'd love to tell you what my project is but you'll have to be happy with a tiny sneak peek for now:

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I could give you a little hint about the fabrics maybe:

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The current issue of Homespun magazine has a wonderful group project titled 'Breast of Friends'. It's a Block of the Month Quilt that Homespun magazine has co-ordinated to support the amazing work done by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). My Block is Block One. There are eight designers who made blocks, one who was brave enough to take on the sashing and borders and finishing off, and a machine quilter. I thought I'd give you a little peek at the magazine and tell you a little bit more about the quilt next blog entry:

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This was my block on the design wall before I shipped it off to join in the wonderful project. The colours here are quite accurate:

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If you don't subscribe to Homespun and need to dash down to the shops to get your copy here's what the cover looks like:

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More about this great quilt next blog entry,

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. Since I posted this entry 24hrs ago I have had a few emails from overseas asking how to get a copy of Homespun. Try

Happy New Year!

I have been naughty, not chatting with you all year! It's not that I haven't been thinking of you, I have, I've just been, well, shall we say "down in the garden". (We say 'down' at my home because we live on quite a steep block so it's always 'down'!).

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Right now the Zinnias are flowering like crazy! (Use this for a screen saver if you like):

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Zinnias are one of my very favourite summer flowers because they always seem to make me feel happy with their 30's/40's feel and bright colours. So while at the local nursery I had to purchase a few pots:

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Love this colour:

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And yes, I have still been designing like a crazy woman but I'm working on few projects that I can't reveal yet (sorry!).

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Hope the New Year finds you Happy and Healthy!

Leanne Beasley xxx