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Sewing, Sewing, Sewing....

My (Betty) Bernina has had a right old workout these last few weeks! She has helped me with this project, a notice board, all part of a  MUCH bigger project:

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And sewing 'Shoo Fly' blocks into the little wee hours of the morning:

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Then turning them into a really BIG project:

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More about all this later...back to Betty Bernina...

Leanne Beasley xxx


In The Studio...

Working on part of my next HUGE project (so much fun!). And as I cannot keep a secret I know that some of you out there already know what I am up to! So those of you that have been following me on my new Facebook page (thankyou Cheryl!) will know that I have been up at all hours making LOTS of Shoo-Fly blocks:

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From the above you can see that I have used a fat quarter bundle of my favourite essential fabrics: Lecien Basics:

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And a fat quarter bundle of Rosalie Quinlan's new range from Lecien, 'Sweet Broderie':

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Sorry that I have to be so secretive but I shall be back with more shortly!

Leanne Beasley xxx

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Sunday at Immerse...

After a staying the night at Immerse in a beautiful room we were up and ready for another exciting day:

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There is nothing like seeing women stitching together and laughing together and enjoying a day like this:

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Show and Tell was inspirational! I was thrilled to see Helen's completed 'Journey Of A Quilter'. Her colours are so warm and comforting:

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Lots of time to stitch by the afternoon sunshine and enjoy a latte:

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Time to relax:

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Here are the projects that we had at Immerse. Each one came fully kitted and I hope that some of you enjoyed using some new products for the first time. So many of you fell in love with the Cosmo threads and Parlan it was very exciting that we gave you an opportunity to try them out.

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My project is now available as a pattern for those of you who didn't make it to Immerse this year (yes, we will probably do it again next year!) so pop over to your favourite patchwork store and get your copy of my pattern, 'Stitcher's Keeper' if you like.

So now I have my 'big project' to complete and I will be back shortly to tell you about that!

Leanne Beasley xxx

Saturday at Immerse...

Rosie, Melly, Erica, and I were really excited that so many ladies that came travelled so far to be with us at Immerse! We had ladies from Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, South Australia, New South Wales, and even from Western Australia! It was really fantastic to have Janelle (I'm sure many of you follow her in blogland) all the way from Perth in Western Australia:
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She even came with one of her divine handbags that matched her outfit! (If you go to Janelle's site you can order your own - I am now the very proud owner of this handbag shown!):

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Of course, Show and Tell is alway one the highlights of any retreat and I have to share some more with you. This was a really beautiful version of 'Down In The Garden' using Rosie's first range of fabric and 30's fabrics:

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Vicki made this amazing quilt with all her Mum's grandchildren's drawings on it. Each grandchild made a drawing and Vicki embroidered over the drawing to make it permanent. There were lots of 'ohhhs and ahhhs' when this came out for Show and Tell'. The centre of the quilt has all their names on a Dresden Plate block:

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Julie came with her beautiful version of Rosie's 'Bo-Peep' quilt:

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Wendy's version of my 'Journey Of A Quilter' was so soft and pastel and inspiring:

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So after a pleasant morning of stitching and chatting and morning tea and enjoying Show and Tell there was time for a glass of wine and some lunch:

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Baby mushroom stuffed with brie and spring onions...mmmmm:

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After lunch (and more yummy food at afternoon tea - how great was the panacotta!?!) there was time for chatting and stitching:

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And even wandering through the Spring gardens at Immerse:

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I hope that those of you that joined us REALLY enjoyed our time together. I cannot think of anything better than spending a day with like minded women sitting and stitching...

Leanne Beasley xxx




Friday was the day that Rosie, Melly, and I set up for 'Immerse Yourself In Stitching', along with Erica from 'Under The Mulberry Tree':

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When we arrived at 'Immerse' it looked like this:

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So we turned it into this:

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It's always fun setting up our displays of our work and seeing it all together:

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I really enjoyed creating a project for the retreat, with simply spending a day sitting and stitching, in mind:

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So I created a 'Stitcher's Keeper'. Somewhere to pop in your hoop and scissors , needles and threads while you work on a project:

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I will be back to tell you more tomorrow. If you can't wait until then, pop over to Rosie's Blog and Melly's Blog to see more photos. If you are one of the ladies that came on the weekend and have photos on your blog, please leave a link so we can all see each other photos!

Leanne Beasley xxx



What An Exciting Day!...

Today has been very exciting! There's been more than 200 gift bags to put together:

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My favourite part of the day was packing the Cosmo threads! They look like little bags of rainbows:

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Melinda, of Around The Block Quilting, came and helped us pack:

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As well as Gail Pan, From Gail Pan Designs:

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What great friends we have!

Of course the photo of the day for me is my Papparazzi shot of Melly getting out of her car the day her new fabric arrived in the warehouse! Whoo Hoo how exciting:

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I am in so much trouble when she sees I've blogged this photo!

Until next time,

Leanne Beasley xxx


It's almost time for 'Immerse Yourself In Stitching', a retreat that Rosie, Melly, and I will be hosting this weekend. There are lots of little finishing touches we are working on this week (okay - lots of big ones too! Melly was heard to refer to this coming week as "Immerse Yourself In Panic"!), including name tags. I am having great fun making these and I love trying to pick a fabric to match the personality of the ladies names I recognise: 

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Almost ready to pack the Stitcher's Gift Bags (that's what we'll be doing tomorrow!). All the treats have arrived for the gift bags and our patterns are ready to pop in too:

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And I have almost finished my project for the Bagalicious Club:

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Now should you be one of the ladies coming for a wonderful time this weekend PLEASE do not forget to pack your 'Show and Tell'! I have heard that there are quite a few of you out there frantically quilting and binding (Melinda G!) and basically hurridly finishing a project to share with everyone. It doesn't have to be a quilt, bring a bag, a framed picture, a scrapbook, anything you'd like to 'Show and Tell' and allow others to enjoy seeing. (Megan C - I would love to see that 'Olivia quilt' if you can fit it in carry-on!).

Yes, you can see I am very excited and cannot wait for the weekend!

Leanne Beasley xxx

Playing with Colour and Light...

Today I played with the sunshine and some green...

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And some blue...

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And some pink...

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Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. Before you ask, all background fabrics (except the small blue gingham) are from the new Rosalie Quinlan range by Lecien, 'Sweet Broderie' available soon! (If you would like to win some in her giveaway head over to her blog right now!)The small blue gingham is also from Lecien. The stitchery in the blue picture is part of my project for Bagalicious, a bag club by Quilt Fabric Delights(more photos on that soon!)...


I'm In Lockdown...

"Lockdown" is an affectionate term that Rosie, Melly, and I have when we are so busy we need to be cut off from whatever is happening in the outside world or we simply shall not meet our deadlines! This means nothing is done except what we are working on, unless it is vital to staying alive, ie: eating, showering, taking the kids to the bus stop to go to school, etc.

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It is, of course, also a wonderful reason not to waste any time on ironing, complex cooking, or any other household task that can possibly be avoided! So today, I thought I'd better catch up with you and just share a few photos of what's happening in "lockdown"! I am so excited about Rosie's new fabric range that I just cannot stop working in it!:

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There's also the new 'Flowersugar' Floral Collection (also printed by Lecien) that I am completely in love with. If you are keen to get your hands on some of these fabrics contact your local patchwork shop and let them know so they can get in early with their orders before these fabrics are released soon: 

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I have a HUGE surprise coming up on why I am in "lockdown". Don't ask me, I cannot tell you why just yet! I don't mean to tease you but I do so want you to be pleasantly surprised when I tell you what I am up to. It is something that I have been working on for some time. Keep tuned! These projects are all involved!

Until next time,

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. I have something else to tell you soon, here's a clue:

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