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The Summer Gypsy Quilt...

You know that quilt that you stitch that you love as much when you finish as when you started? Well, this is it for me - The Summer Gypsy Quilt:

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It goes from pink to red to green to blue:

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There's only three triangles of stitchery to complete in the pattern, in Vignette Issue 11, but you could add more if you like or even only do one triangle of stitchery...

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I used my favourite Cosmo embroidery threads including a delicious varigated green - 8022:

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It's quite a big quilt (perfect to snuggle under on a cool summer's night) at 70" x 80". I used a combination of three fabric ranges:

1. Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury printed by Moda

2. Flower Sugar printed by Lecien


3. Candy Bloom by Rosalie Quinlan printed by Ella Blue:

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Candy Bloom would be perfect to do your entire quilt in, and you might like to add a little Flower sugar too:

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The pattern in Vignette Issue 11 also has step by step photos of all the stitchery stitches used:

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So you can follow along how I like to Back Stitch, Satin Stitch, French Knot, etc...

Come on Vignette 11 - we are waiting!!

Leanne Beasley xxx






Vignette 11 Is Coming Soon...

Oh I know - where is it??? It's coming - I promise!!! As soon as I have it here in my hot little hands I will let everyone know - at once! Here are a few little sneak peeks from one of my favourite issues yet. There's Block Two of Mrs. Beasley's Sampler Quilt:

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Block Two would look great just framed on it's own. I am completely addicted to butterflies (as you know) but am even more inspired by them after recent events both in my own garden and also after visiting Queen Lili'ukolani's quilt at the Iolani Palace in Hawaii. That quilt has inspired me beyond belief, but more about that soon:

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There's plenty to keep you busy in this block:

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There's a bit of applique for you once again:

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Maybe you'd like to try a different quilt too? Next blog post I'll tell you about The Summer Gypsy Quilt...

Until then,

Leanne Beasley xxx


Experience China 2014 - SOLD OUT!!

Just a quick note to let you know we are completely SOLD OUT now!

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Annette Dal Sasso from Hawthorn Travel and Cruise and I are just so thrilled at the response that we have had to this very exciting textile trip into the Mysterious East!!

Now, before any more of you ask, we are working on 2015! Some of you out there have asked what's next because Experience China 2014 is full.

Stay tuned...

Leanne Beasley xxx

Stitch Zakka by C&T Publishing...

Have you been looking for the Stitch Zakka book? If you'd like to see the front cover or order one, you can get one at your local patchwork store or from Amazon:

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I was so thrilled to be asked to be a part of this book and contribute one of the (more than 20) projects:

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Naturally, I can never just make one small stitching project so I included three pincushions for you. They could also be used as coasters, mug rugs, or a doily:

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Even though there was a professional photographer on the case I couldn't help myself and had to do my own little photoshoot! I thought this photo below might help you if you are still a little unsure of how to add RicRac to a project. It gives you some details of exactly where I like to place mine:

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Another fun project for me to share with all of you. There are lots of great Designers in the book including many of your Australian favourites!

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Live with a creative heart,

Leanne Beasley xxx