Lynette Anderson on her ‘Stonehouse Garden’ fabric range.

In Quilters Companion #85, Wendy Sheppard has created a stunning quilt (pictured above) called Woodland Mosaic. In her quilt, Wendy used a new Lynette Anderson fabric range called Stonehouse Garden. We thought we’d ask Lynette to share a bit more info with us about this fabric range so you can learn about more about the fabric that made the quilt.

Q. How did you design the Stonehouse Garden range for RJR Fabrics?

A. The majority of drawings for this particular collection have been taken and manipulated from a stitchery quilt that I had previously designed called ‘In Full Bloom’. I loved the drawings that I did for this quilt and it seemed wasteful not to use them for another purpose and so the fabric collection was brought to life using the imagery from ‘In Full Bloom’. When I am designing a collection I like to have one feature print that is full of my hand drawn imagery and very much identifies the collection as a Lynette Anderson. The majority of the other prints within the collection are ‘itty bitty’ prints, the focus is often on the colour more than the drawings. Most of my quilts tend to be pictorial and so the ‘itty bitty’ prints really come into their own for me when I am designing a quilt.

Q. The colour palette is very gentle. Do you always work in these colours?

A. I do love the soft calming colours in my regular palette, they are colours that are easy to live with. Most years I am very lucky and get to release one collection which has stronger colours, I work hard tonsure that the stronger colours nicely compliment and work well with the softer colours thus giving me and others a larger palette to work with.

Q. What is your favourite colour?

A. I love mauves and soft blues, these days I don’t think there is a really a colour I don’t like. If you had asked me 10 years ago what colour I didn’t like I would have said ‘pink’ but it seems that now I have granddaughters that pink is very appealing to me 🙂

Q. Are you working on a new range?

A. There is never a dull moment here and yes I am working on a new range or two!! I work almost one year ahead and am very excited about the next collection due in stores any day called ’Summer Holiday’ which is slightly brighter colouring but still my favourite blues, mauves, soft greens and shell pinks. ‘Peacock Manor’ will be showing at Fall Market in the US and then for a bit of variety I have been busy designing a Halloween collection which has been a lot of fun to work on.

Wendy and Lynette at Fall Quilt Market

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Have you heard about Cosy Project?

Universal Magazines has launched an incredible new website packed with patterns and instructional videos that are delivered straight to your inbox. Cosy Project is guaranteed to be your favourite destination to find whatever sort of pattern you are looking for from Australian and international designers

 

The Cosy Project website has more than 300 patterns and instructional videos available for purchase. All you need to do is make your selection, follow the steps to make payment, and then the product is sent straight to your email inbox.

So what sorts of projects and techniques will you find? Cosy Project has quilts including cot quilts, full-size bed quilts, wall hangings and table runners, as well as a variety of sewing projects including bags, cushions, softies, dolls, pincushions, book covers and aprons to name a few. In addition you’ll find a range of crochet, knitting and embroidery projects. They are designed by many of Australia’s and the world’s most well-known and loved craft designers. Techniques include appliqué and machine-pieced projects, improvisational piecing, curved piecing, hand piecing and English paper-piecing, assorted quilting techniques such as quilt-as-you-go, embroidery, cross stitch, crochet and knitting. Some projects combine several techniques to test your skills or introduce you to something you haven’t tried before.

There is a huge range of instructional videos to choose from which cover everything from machine appliqué and domestic machine quilting to foundation piecing and quilt-as-you-go.

With 300-plus projects there’s a lot to see, so be sure to take advantage of the search function on the site. It provides a range of options to filter down your search. You’ll be able to search for specific things, but you can filter according to skill, project type, technique, person it might be made for (kids, babies etc), general style of the project (traditional, modern, Japanese etc) and seasonal projects like Christmas- and Easter-themed projects. You can also peruse the selection of quick and easy projects that, depending on your skill level, could be done in a weekend. Or have a look at the selection of gift projects that would be ideal for you to create for others, whether it’s a cot quilt for a new baby or a beautiful embroidery for Mother’s Day.

Once you purchase a pattern it will be sent to you as a PDF that you can print at home on A4 paper. All patterns and templates are provided at full size so you won’t need to scale or enlarge them on a photocopier. Patterns start at just $9, so what are you waiting for?

Handi Quilter Academy 2015

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Proudly presented by Blessington, is the Handi Quilter Academy 2015!

If you own a Sweet Sixteen, ProStitcher or a Longarm Machine and Frame, or if you dream of owning one of all of them, this event is for you! There are exciting international tutors attending just to show you all sorts of hints and tips about your Handi Quilter machine.

AccuQuilt is also coming to the academy, with wonderful classes to choose from and you can try out the new GO! Big Electric Cutter and make some fabulous projects to take home.

Just click here to find out more.

WHEN: 1.15PM Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April

WHERE: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW

EARLY BIRD BOOKING:  a reduced price is available until 5pm, 10th February, where you can save $300!

Quilters Companion #71 DVD preview now available!

A new year and a new issue of Quilters Companion is about to hit shelves! Issue #71 is full of fantastic projects and our DVD features the one and only Deborah Louie who will show you a really clever and easy way to do trapunto. We have a preview for the DVD up on YouTube. We know you can’t wait to get your hands on this issue, and we don’t blame you! Quilters Companion #71 will be available in newsagents and patchwork shops nationally on January 22.

Brother Australia is turning pink for Christmas!

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Brother Australia has recently launched their Christmas campaign in celebration of their partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This exciting campaign is all about your crafty creativity and of course, turning Christmas pink!

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Brother Australia is giving you the chance to win more than $7000 in prizes, all part of the 12 Days of Pink Christmas where you can create one of the many Pink Christmas projects from the Brother Australia website, to be part of their 12 giveaways for Christmas.

Find your favourite “Pink Christmas” project at www.brother.com.au/craft and recreate it within the four week timeframe, with entries closing by December 8, 2014. Of course, your project will need to be pink, but a personal touch to the project is encouraged. The projects will be judged by a selected panel, with the 12 best creations winning the prizes and winner announcements are rolled out from December 14, 2014. Prizes include Brother sewing machines, Scan N Cuts and Eftpos cards.

To view the competition Terms & Conditions, go to https://www.facebook.com/BrotherAustralia?v=app_448952861833126&rest=1
To find Brother Australia’s social channels, go to https://www.facebook.com/BrotherAustralia or http://instagram.com/brotheraustralia

Good luck!
 

Brother is also offering an exciting $100 cash back or donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when purchasing selected Brother sewing and craft machines.
To find out more, go to brother.com.au/pinkchristmas/

*Terms and conditions apply

Beautiful new book: Inspired by Vintage Quilts

This special publication is a selection of 15 stunning quilt projects from the pages of Quilters Companion magazine. The quilts fall into three categories; pieced, appliqué and medallion. The large format and thick glossy pages makes this a stunning quilting book you will happily have adorn your coffee table – that is, when you are not making all the beautiful quilts found inside! Quilt makers include Chris Jurd, Robyn Falloon, Lynne Alchin, Anne Sommerlad and Michelle Yeo.

Vintage Quilts Cover

The projects offer a variety of techniques such as foundation piecing, templates and rotary-cut pieces that can be stitched together by hand or machine. Some designs also feature appliqué.  But the quilts all have one thing in common – they are all inspired by vintage quilts. A pattern sheet is included with all designs at 100%, so no scaling and photocopying required.

Vintage Quilts_CIVIL WAR COT QUILT

Civil War Cot Quilt by Susan Smith

Vintage Quilts_HEXAGON SAMPLER

Hexagon Sampler by Chris Jurd

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Deauville by Chris Jurd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired By Vintage Quilts is on sale from 2 November at newsagents nationally. If you have trouble finding it, you can purchase a copy by calling 1300 303 414 (international call +61 2 9887 0317), emailing mailorder@universalmagazines.com.au or visiting http://www.universalshop.com.au

This special publication would make a beautiful gift for any quilting enthusiast.