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Stitching Day...

Love love love a day where there's lots of stitching!

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Moved out from my studio (too many other distractions in there!) into the living room. A day on the couch catching up on 'girl t.v.' and working on Block 4 of 'Mrs. Beasley's Sampler'.

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'Mrs. Beasley's Sampler' is the next BOTM quilt in Vignette magazine. Block 1 will be appearing in Vignette Issue 10 due out in March.

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Here's a sneak peek of when I was working on Block 1:

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In the next few days I will post photos of the exact fabrics and threads that I have used right here on the blog incase you need to get purchasing. I have had a lot of fun using 10 different colors of Cosmo stranded embroidery cottons and three divine Cosmo Seasons varigated threads!

Hope you can join the next adventure in Vignette!

Now back to the couch...

Leanne Beasley xxx



There's a little shelf in my studio that gets regularly rearranged; it's my inspiration each week. This week I wanted to not only be inspired but challenged. What colour do I find the most challenging? Orange:

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Don't get me wrong; I love love love orange I just never know how to use it. So this week I had a play:
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I took my direction from Natalie Lymers' divine (about to be released) new range of Fabric - Folk Tale and a few things that always inspire me like threads:

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and fresh flowers.:

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Always taking my direction from the garden I noticed that Mother Nature always adds a hint of green with orange and sometimes a little yellow so I just had to as well:

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Hope you are inspired to be inspired out of your comfort zone!

Leanne Beasley xxx

Mrs. Sausage Dog...

If you have been reading your copy of Issue 9 of Vignette magazine you will have met Mrs. Sausage Dog, a Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac design:

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Mrs. Sausage Dog is a real character and another completely irresistable pattern from Jodie:

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Just like Jodie herself Mrs. Sausage Dog has a charming sense of humor and makes you smile just being around her:

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The instructions to make your very own Mrs. Sausage dog are clear and easy to understand and a breeze to follow with Jodie's great diagrams.

If you have never attempted a 3D project before this could be your first!!

If you would like to meet Jodie at a retreat or take a class with her have a peek at her blog. She will be in Melbourne and Sydney at Urban Stitches this year with Rosalie Quinlan of Rosalie Quinlan Designs, Melly of Melly and Me and Simone Gooding of May Blossom.

Leanne Beasley xxx


Live With a Creative Heart...

Every New Year I am one of those make-a-resolutions-list-type-of-girls. I must admit I am very goal oriented and like to make lists and work through them. I also like to have a quote or a mantra to motivate me through the year.

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I wear so many hats (figuratively speaking) that sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the day to running of the business side of what I do (which I am equally as passionate about) that I can get sidetracked from what I love most so this is my 2013 mantra:

Live with a creative heart.

Lots of you out there are loving my postcards that we send out to the stores with orders and in turn end up in your mailbox or when you visit your local store. The next postcard in the series has my latest mantra on it combined with a section of the Issue 10 cover of Vignette.

It is my wish that you can always live with a creative heart!

Leanne Beasley xxx


Facebook Just Took Me Over...

Hi everyone! I have been absent here for a (long) time. No excuses just that that other wonderful more instant social media known as Facebook took me over! Actually I love blogging as it's kind of like a journal and allows me to add in lots of photos, which of course is my great passion alongside stitching, patchwork, cooking, gardening, writing, etc.

I hope that you have been enjoying Issue 9 of Vignette magazine:

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I am always amazed each time an issue of Vignette comes out and our sales grow. Thanks to all of you out there who have been enjoying the magazine and obviously referring your friends and customers world wide.

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Thanks also to so many of you working very hard on the 'Vignette in Stitches Quilt' and sending me inspiring emails and photos of what you are up to. There is nothing that encourages me more than your comments and emails. It's always a thrill when I hear from you out there!

Until next time (which will not be as long as last time!),

Leanne Beasley xxx