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


Imagine.... Vietnam.

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We are so unbelievably excited to finally release the details of our first "Imagine..." retreat which is being launched in Vietnam from 22nd - 29th October this year!!

In the right side bar you will see the "Imagine... Vietnam" button.  Please click on this to download the complete itinerary and registration information.  

This is a really exciting opportunity for any of you (from any corner of the globe) to join Rosalie Quinlan, Melanie Hurlston and Myself in a week of complete indulgence! Imagine 7 night in an amazing 5 star resort stitching, touring, dining and spending time with other like minded women, while soaking up some of the amazing Vietnamese culture. We hope you will join us!!

We are also very excited to have an amazing Travel Agent Escort, Annette Dal Sasso, coming along with us. All bookings and queries can be directed to her as per the details on the registration form. 

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Bunny Tales...

Look who I found on my quilt top (it was lying out on the studio floor) last night!:

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Of course the bunnies are not meant to come in the house but little Miss Nine year old thought Flopsy co-ordinated really nicely with the quilt:

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Guess he does. Lucky no accidents were had on the quilt!

Now I must hop off and keep packing to come down to see all you lovely ladies in Tasmania this weekend at The Quilted Crow! Two days of fun!!! Can't wait.

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. Thanks for the feedback on the new bags - all comments will be considered. Really appreciate you all taking the time to let us know what you think.

 


Fresh And Shiny And New!

This is how you have been used to seeing your patterns arrive:

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As we (when I say 'we' I mean my Distrbutor, Creative Abundance, and us the Designers) are always looking to improve how we do things, especially in the eco-friendly times that we now live in, we have a new way to present our patterns to you that we think is a HUGE improvement. No longer will we be using old fashioned heavy plastic bags but modern and shiny and new FULLY RECYCLABLE much lighter (VERY important for shipping) bags!

So now we are shiny and new! Your patterns will now arrive like this (nice and clear to see the pattern through too):

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Of course, these new bags will filter out over time but many of you may have already seen them. Some stores also like to hang their patterns and so we have these to offer:

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They simply stick on the back of the pattern and are quite strong.Easy.

Hope you enjoy being part of our new and fresh eco-friendly world!

Leanne Beasley xxx

To see all the Creative Abundance Designers, who are also eco considerate, have a look at the Creative Abundance website!


Hexagon Happiness...

I am so thrilled that so many of you out there are enjoying stitching up 'The Hexagon Quilt'! Now some of you are getting very eager to know more (Part 2 is in the next Issue of Vignette - Issue 3) and keep asking for more information. Well...

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Here's an idea; replace one of the floral hexagons with a signature block and the year that you started the quilt:

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My hint for 'getting a look like mine' is simply to be completely random and have fun with your scrap bag. By using your scraps you know that they are all fabrics that you've used in other projects and should probably love:

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Now this is in the next issue, BUT, so many of you are asking what thread colours to use for the stitchery. Well, I am using all my leftovers, end of skeins, bits of my Cosmo threads (I do have a list of the exact thread numbers - not sure if you will need it - what do you think). Each stitchery hexagon is different. As I went along I simply picked three colours of thread that went with the surrounding hexagons:

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It was really fun and kept my 'stitching interest' as the quilt progressed. For more information you'll just have to wait until Issue 3!

Leanne Beasley xxx


The Quilted Crow...

I am very excited to be headed back down to beautiful Tasmania to visit with Leonie and Deirdre at The Quilted Crow and see their new home, 'The Old Church', in Hobart. For those of you coming to the 'Gatherings' (one on Saturday the 26th and one on Sunday the 27th March) here's a sneak peak at my project for the day:

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I have quite a few techniques that I will be working with you on including stitchery, paper piecing, and applique! Of course, I have used my favourite colours of the moment but kept in mind those of you that love 30's fabric and also reproduction fabric. The Quilted Crow stock an amazing collection of these fabrics (and threads to match) so anything goes colour wise and will suit the project I have for you:

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There are still (just a few) places left so if you would like to join us please contact The Quilted Crow on (03) 6228 3319:

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I can't wait to get down there and see you all. Rosalie Quinlan will be adventuring down there also, so I am sure that there will be lots of laughter and stories to be had!

Leanne Beasley xxx


Threads...

It's a public holiday today, but of course, I am still stitching! Next to my sewing chair I have a bowl to put my scraps of threads. When I went to empty it I thought it looked so pretty I had to photograph it to show you:

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Seriously, how can this be rubbish?

Back soon,

Leanne Beasley xxx

 


Japan...

Thoughts and prayers with everyone in Japan.

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Hoping that all of you at Lecien (manufacturers of Cosmo threads and beautiful fabrics for all of us sewers) are safe, and that your loved ones are safe. Frank and Yumi I am hoping this especially for you.

Blessings,

Leanne Beasley xxx


The Things You Do...

Every morning my 'working day' starts with going through the emails in my inbox. I get real joy when I receive an email from those of you out there who have taken the time to phototgraph the projects that you have been working on and email me. Like:

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Solveig and her beautiful version of 'Down in the Garden'. It was inspired by her childhood and visiting her Grandmother (who recently passed away at 98!) in the country, and of happy times. Have a look at her blog (click on the link by clicking on her name above) and see lots of her beautiful close up photos of the quilt:

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Another 'Down In The Garden' (still a work in progress) is being done by Karen of Patchwork Chicks in the UK. This is a great combination of fabrics:

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Then there's Sarah who made the 'Remember' noticeboard in Issue 1 of 'Vignette' out of these divine fabrics:

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It was so exciting when she emailed soon after to let me know that she'd won second prize with it at the local show!:

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Another great idea, from Maree, is this block that I created for Homespun magazine, which she turned into a cushion:

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I was so excited to see Anthea's fantastic version of the 'Leanne's House Block of the Month Quilt'. Anthea is in Yorkshire, England!:

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Yesterday, while I was teaching at Foothills Fabric and Threads, Willy came along with her version of the 'Remember' noticeboard in blues:

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She has used Rosalie Quinlan's 'Sweet Broderie' fabric range in beautiful blues (Willy's most favourite colour!). For those of you who been emailing me looking for more 'Sweet Broderie', more has now landed in Australia and the USA, so contact your local patchwork store to purchase. We had a great day yesterday with our quarterly 'Vignette Gathering'. There were hexagons galore! Christine came up with this one (she's a bit of a hexagon expert!) using 'Sweet Broderie':

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Thanks to those of you who came along, and for sharing such a great day (I was so tired after all our fun I tucked myself into bed at 8pm!)

Keep letting me know what you've been up to,

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. Please be patient with me as I update my blog (it's a HUGE process). For those of you who have been waiting, the 'Join Me in 2011' is new and lets you know where you can come along and share some great times with me.

 

 


I'm So Happy That You're So Happy!

Huge "Thank you" for all the lovely comments and emails from each and everyone of you that is enjoying this:

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It seems that you are loving the cover as much as anything else! I'm really thrilled about this because there are sleepless nights over the cover for me. Of course, there is always more than one shot and it's huge fun amongst the stress doing a 'cover shoot':

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One of the things that I love doing is shooting/photographing the cover of each issue first. To me, the cover should capture the 'feel' of the entire issue as well as make you reeeaaaally want to open that cover to see what's inside. This issue the words on my inspiration board were "Bright and Happy!" (I hope that you get this feeling when you are enjoying your copy):

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All the flowers and herbs in the vase (actually a flower pot - available at IKEA) are from my garden. I love the look that homegrown flowers have, especially the roses, I don't think you can buy flowers that give you such a cottage homey feel. So yes, when I plant flowers I do have photography in mind!

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I am a real 'details' girl and am on the hunt for props all the time. The colours have to be perfect and it's great fun hunting for all the bits and pieces in the 'right' colours! These candles were really the perfect colour and it was difficult to choose between the blue:

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...and the green. The blue won, but I did love the green:

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Now I just know that you'd love to see the cover for next issue but I have to keep it a secret so you can fully enjoy this issue. I will tell you though that the word on my inspiration board for issue three is "Comfort". I am SO BAD at keeping secrets!

Enjoy Issue Two,

Leanne Beasley xxx