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Vignette at Foothills Fabric and Threads...

Each time a new issue of Vignette comes out we have a gathering at 'Foothills Fabric and Threads'. It's a great chance for the ladies to visit the shop, pick up the latest issue, see what's new in store, enjoy some stitching stories and show and tell, and to enjoy each other's company for the day:

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Christine is the hexagon queen (her hubby is the hexagon king for fussy cutting). She spent lots of time whipping up some amazing hexagon flowers for her version of 'The Hexagon Quilt' (issue 2 & 3 of Vignette). We all oooohhheed and aaaahhhhed over her magoos:

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There were some amazing versions of the 'Vignette in Stitches' quilt that are being made. I adore this colourway by Dee:

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And this one by Di. You may notice that Di has altered the border, replacing the Shoo Fly blocks in my version with strips of delicious fabrics instead. This is such a bright and happy version with inspiring fabrics and embroidery threads too:

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There was an 'eat and keep stitching break' for lunch! Sandra (one of the store owners) made the Chicken Soup from the issue and it was delicious!:

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We also got to have a peek at Sandra's version of my 'Down In The Garden' Block of the Month quilt:

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Sandra decided not to put in the words that I had in the centre of the quilt, but to hand quilt instead, cross hatching. I love it:

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There was lots of show and tell, including Karen's - 'Precious Things', one of my patterns:

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We just had a great day together but, as usual, it seemed to go too quickly:

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Can't wait for next time!

Leanne Beasley xxx



Urban Stitches Melbourne...

I am so excited to be able to announce something new and exciting from Leanne's House, Rosalie Quinlan Designs, and Melly and Me, and Under The Mulberry Tree: Urban Stitches Melbourne!!!!!:

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Urban Stitches Melbourne will be held on Saturday the 17th of Septmeber 2011 and on Sunday the 18th of September, at The Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley. Each day is an individual retreat in itself, or for those of you travelling (or simply wanting to spoil yourself) you may like to come for two days:

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The Novotel have put together some fantastic accommodation packages. You can choose from a one night package OR a two night package, at a very special price, if you require accommodation (or if you require some girly indulgence!):

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We have carefully selected this venue (after months of looking!!!!) for a number of reasons, including the possiblities for you. It is easily accessible from the airport if you wish to fly in, it is located right amongst one of best shopping and entertainment areas, and it is also in walking distance from the train station. So you could stay for the weekend and have a day of stitching and indulgence as well as enjoying the cinemas, restaurants, and great shopping, all in walking distance!

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We have also been able to keep our pricing at last year's prices for you. To attend one day will be $180.00 over 3 installents, or $170.00 if you pay in full on booking. This price is for the retreat only (including all our usual goodies: fully kitted projects, tea and coffee on arrival, morning and afternoon teas, a delicious gourmet lunch in the restaurant which will be closed to the public, and all tution) and we will be notifying you of accommodation packages available when you register:

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Bookings will open on the 1st of July 2011 at 9am through 'Under The Mulberry Tree'. The reason we are doing it this way is so that everyone is given a fair opportunity with bookings. If you are not on the mailing list (or not sure if you are) please register your details by emailing . Simply give your name, email address, and snail mail address. We are attempting to contact most of you via email, as this is so instant, and means less of a chance of missing out on a spot. If your only way of being contacted is via snail mail please state so.

Erica, Rosie, Melly and I, are just so excited about this event and hope to see you there.

Leanne Beasley xxx


Would You Like Pepper With Your Sushi Roll?...

Firstly, THANKYOU!!! Thimbleanna for letting me in on the 'kittens EAT thread' tip. Read it and at once went and removed the BIG needle with perle cotton from the arm of my couch where I have been hand quilting! Thanks to all of you for your good wishes for our little cat, 'Pepper':

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I am so thrilled that so many of you out there are taking part in the 'Hexagon Quilt' in Vignette (issues 2 and 3). To those of you asking about using Rosie's 'Sweet Broderie' range of fabric I have a really nice solution, the sushi roll:

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There are only a very limited number of these available and you can get yours from your local patchwork store if they have them in stock, or at . Allow a few days delivery as extra rolls have just become available (because so many of you wanted them!):

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With a 7cm (almost 3") wide cut they are super useful, but particularly good for hexagons!

Back soon,

Leanne Beasley

P.S. I have so much to blog but am struggling to keep up at the moment, so PLEASE bear with me!! (You will be pleased when you see Issue 4 of Vignette that I have been working so hard)!


A New Family Member...

Okay. I admit it. I'm weak. I buckled. Perhaps you know the pressure, it goes something like, "Pllleeeassse Mummy. I'll look after it. Look how cute she is." :

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Well I too was smitten until this:

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Things are going to have to change around here. I forgot just how active (and curious) a kitten is. Lucky this was the end of my project and I'd finished with these threads!

Leanne Beasley xxx