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Winners! (and Heading to Cairns and Townsville!!!)...

Hi everyone! Thanks to each and every one of you who left a comment for the giveaway, I really appreciate all the lovely things that you had to say, and especially hearing how much you have all been enjoying Vignette.

The winners are: Michelle (briarose70), Irene Ekeberg, Shannon (shannonbrown277), Jo Griffiths, Trudy, Sewgirly, Leisa, Doreen B, Asa Holmer, and Darlene Staley. I have emailed each of your personally requesting your snail mail to put your copy of Issue 3 of Vignette in the post box:

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For those of you that have asked about the front cover (yes, there are HUNDREDS of photos and frantic moments over the front cover) I will answer some of your questions here:

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The bird's nest on the cover was found in my garden and it was old and disused and on the ground. It was actually under the hydrangeas and had tiny bits of hydrangeas woven into it. The eggs ARE NOT real. They are wonderful copies and are on sale at Bed Bath and Table (they also come in pale yellow and pink!). The feathers are cockatoo feathers also found in my garden.

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The perfectly lucious red dahlias are from my garden, and are my pride and joy. They are 'Bishop of LLandaff' Dahlias. Somehow I get them to flower from about December to March and I adore them. They have a dark, almost black foliage, and strike a stunning display from my kitchen window.

But, most excitingly, I am about to head to two of my favourite places in my beautiful Australia to come and meet with many of you:

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This coming weekend I am travelling to Cairns, to teach at the retreat at the lovely Novotel Oasis in Cairns, for Kate and Alison from Buttontree Quilts and Colleen from Sewing Essentials. It will be a one day retreat and there are still just a few places left so click on the underlined link for more details if you'd like to join us. I hope that if you are coming along you will have some photo tips for me while visiting beautiful Far North Queensland (as I have a two day photo shoot to do too!!!)

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The two photos above are from Townsville where I was fortunate enough to teach last June (note to self: still reading that book on the deck chair - need to do more reading). I will be returning to Townsville, along with Rosalie Quinlan and Melanie Hurlston during the last weekend in July, so stay tuned for more details.

Off to do some washing (and find that book I was reading....)

Leanne Beasley xxxx

P.S. We still have some places left for our Vietnam trip in late October so if you'd like to join us click on the button top right for a full itinerary. Many of you have asked if you can bring a non sewing friend - yes you can, and a discount applies.

P.P.S. For those of you waiting for details of our Immerse retreat - we haven't been able to secure any of the dates we need for this year so we are looking at different venues and will keep you up to date.


Vignette Giveaway!

It's here! Vignette, Issue 3 has arrived at my Distributors, Creative Abundance, and is now being shipped out to your wonderful local patchwork store as you read. It was very exciting being in the office yesterday seeing them all being picked and packed and heading off to the stores:

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I hope that you really enjoy the projects in this issue, and have as much fun reading and creating as I did putting it all together for you. There's big and small projects to keep you busy (or just enjoy looking at the photos and having a read!) like this little pincushion:

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This issue is 'The Comfort Issue' and that's exactly what I am feeling in need of right now. The weather here at my little house has been freezing and we've already had snow before the Winter has even begun! Usually my models take a trip visiting shops and shows but this one, The Comfort Quilt, is on my bed right now:

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Chicken Soup is on the menu this issue and it couldn't be more perfect timing! Really soothing for the family to come home to the cooking smells of chicken soup simmering on the stovetop on a bleak and cold evening:

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And to inspire you I have 10 copies of Vignette to giveaway. Simply leave a comment below and I will draw out ten lucky people on Monday the 30th of May (just before Winter officially starts!). Entries are open worldwide.

Until then,

Leanne Beasley xxx

Issue 3...

Arriving from the printers this week:

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I am so excited to share Issue three with you and I hope you enjoy it very much.

Back soon,

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. To those of you have have emailed asking, "Where are you? Are you okay?", yes I am. I took a short break away with hubby on a work trip for him, to beautiful Singapore and Indonesia. I will be sure to share some of my photos over the next while with you. Thanks to all of you who missed me!



Issue 3 is not far away! My work is all done now (well, just proof reading to do!). It's the Comfort Issue and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much I have enjoyed putting it all together. Stayed tuned for the 1st of June when it hits your local patchwork store:

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If you are a Patchwork Store Owner there are 'Retailer's Lists' for each of the projects, as well as recommended products. So, please contact my Distributor, Creative Abundance, for a copy of the Retailer's Lists' if you would like to pre-order products for kitting, so they can email the lists to you. If you are a Store Owner and going to kit, please leave a comment below so that interested ladies can contact you:

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And if you are a Retail Store and would like to leave a comment below to let ladies know that you are stocking Vignette, anywhere in the world, please do!

Leanne Beasley xxx