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Almost Done...

This morning has found me putting the finishing photo shoot touches on Issue Three of Vignette:

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I fell in love with this little 'Easter Bird' at 'Bed, Bath & Table' (they still have a few left at Knox City, Wantirna store if you want one). He originally had pink spot fabric for his wings but I just had to take those off and replace them with my favourite fabric scrap from the 'Vignette In Stitches Quilt'.

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Can't wait to show you more, it seems I get more excited with each issue and more inspired as I see what you are all creating from the magazine. Which reminds me, you must go over and peek at the blog that's been started up for The Hexagon Quilt (Issue 2 and 3)- that will inspire you!

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Hope you find some time to squeeze in some holiday stitching this long weekend...

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. For those of you that might be thinking of booking into the Vietnam retreat (see button on the above right hand side) and want to come with a friend who's not a sewer but might like to learn, that's fine. We have ladies booked in that are beginners. This is a perfect time for them to try some handsewing with us with plenty of time to sit and learn in a really relaxing environment.


A Successful Photoshoot...

I did get up last Saturday and catch the early morning sunshine for a glorious country photo shoot at Enacasa in Talbot, Country Victoria:

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Of course, there was plenty of coffee involved:

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I would love to show you all that I did but you will have to wait until Issue Three of Vignette arrives on the 1st of June. So, a sneak peek or two for you now. Enacasa (meaning 'Ena's house') has a beautiful story related to it and you can read all about it in Issue Three:

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Always inspired by my surroundings, it was magical to be at Enacasa. Can't give away all my surprises (to keep you wishing for Issue Three to arrive) but I do have plenty to keep you busy in Vignette Issue Three:

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You know, I am so bad at surprises and secrets!!!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter Time,

Leanne Beasley xxx



Sunshine In The Early Morning...

Packing up everything to head off into the countryside overnight for the final photoshoot for Issue 3 of Vignette. Still, I couldn't resist a few shots of the sunshine streaming through my kitchen window from the forest this morning:

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Living in the forest you really appreciate a sunny Autumn morning (rather than the misty foggy type that usually abound). Of course the props and projects for Issue 3 were nearby so I let them take in some sunshine too:

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Little bird:

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And nest:

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Tomorrow morning I will be up before the sunrises in country Victoria to try and capture the first light there. There is nothing as good for photography as first light. I also think it stirs up a certain photographic artist inside you, to attempt to even try and capture it.

Fingers crossed for clear skies...

Leanne Beasley xxx


It's Been Too Long....

But here I am now! Life is as hectic (just how I like it) and really non-stop as usual! Thought I better keep you updated with what's been going on. The Hexagon Quilt is about to be photographed for Issue 3 of Vignette:

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The Comfort Quilt is right in the middle of binding, getting ready to be photographed for Issue 3 of Vignette (this is a BIG quilt that's perfect for a queen size bed):

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And I am frantic with trying to complete the other projects in Issue 3 by my photoshoot deadline on Friday/Saturday of THIS WEEK!!! (Lots of late nights). Love to show you more photos but you will have to wait!

Rosie, Melly, and I have been so excited that lots of you have booked in to come and visit Vietnam with us. We will be doing some stitching here during our trip, yes, RIGHT here!!!!!:

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I cannot tell you how excited I am that I am heading back to Vietnam and taking some of you out there along with me. This is a trip that I have done before and it's going to be wonderful to have lots of stitchers joining me and Melly and Rosie as we host this trip, along with Annette from Port Travel.

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Vietnam is an incredible land of colour, fragrance, amazing landscapes, smiling faces and friendly welcomes, but best of all a land full of rich stitching history and intriguing textile stories that we will get to be a part of, and I can assure you, will be become a part of you:

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We have so many great things on the itinerary (you can check this out by clicking on the button on the left hand side - Imagine....Vietnam 2011) that I am bursting at the seams to enjoy with you fellow stitchers. As you can see we will even get a chance to do some stitching (of all kinds!) with the local women (yes, this is me):

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A few of you have emailed me asking if you can still book in while Annette from Port Travel is on a trip and the answer is yes. The only thing is if you wish to add on to the trip we are doing, Annette would ask that you send in your registration form asap, and then she will contact you on her return for your further personal arrangements.

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I would LOVE to tell you what the projects I am doing on the retreat are (you KNOW how bad I am at keeping secrets) but Rosie and Melly have made me swear to keep my projects a surprise! (maybe I could let out a little photo or two of sneak peeks soon?).

Also, Rosie and I had the MOST AMAZING time in Tasmania with The Quilted Crow Girls (and got all inspired by their wonderful collection of fabrics). I want to show you all my photos from our two retreats there but I am so mean you will have to wait for Issue 3 of Vignette. I will give you a sneak peek though:

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If you want to see the beautiful patterns and projects that The Quilted Crows have on offer you can catch up with them at AQC in Melbourne from April 14-17. Or, my choice would be to go and have a weekend in Tasi and visit them there!:

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As you can see I am just as happy and excited as usual and will be back soon with more for you! Can't wait to give you a few photos from my upcoming photoshoot for Issue 3 of Vignette!

Until then,

Leanne Beasley xxx