Cottage Garden Threads Club – June Project


This is a picture of my project that was in the June mailout for the Cottage Garden Thread Collectors Club.

I really enjoyed stitching this design. I placed it in a frame, however it would look lovely on a cushion or in the centre of a small quilt.


I hope that you like my little design. I love stitching with the Cottage Garden Threads, the colours are so lovely and I love the way the colours blend together. So pretty – I can’t decide which is my favourite!!!!

Happy stitching,



Can you guess?

I have finally ventured into the world of Facebook and now get totally sidetracked from doing the things that need to be done.

I posted this morning a sneak peek of my new pattern that will be released this weekend at Heavenly Patchwork’s Retreat and if you can guess from the picture what it may be then you could be in the running to win a copy of this pattern. The winner will be randomly chosen from the correct answers. You have until midnight Friday (23 May) to get your entry in and the winner will be drawn on Monday 26th May after my return. So put your thinking caps on and have a guess – nothing to lose on this one!!!


I’m looking forward to catching up with the ladies again this year as it’s always a wonderful time had by all.

Will be back Monday with the winner and the photo of the new pattern!!!!! Hope you all have a lovely weekend wherever you may be!!!!


Here’s to trying new things ……..

Well I have ventured into the unknown world of Facebook ………… So far so good, “updated my status” tonight with some pictures and it all worked yippee!!!!!! Thank you to all those who have liked my page. I have just added a link on my sidebar if you would like to go across and visit. Hope it works ok as when I click on it I’m taken to my admin page & such so hopefully you will just get my page. I think it will take me a while to get used to it – thank goodness my daughter seems to know what she’s doing – Thanks!!!!!

Speaking of new things, today I went to the Patchwork Tea House in Warburton for a visit, lunch and to drop off my new sample wall hanging called “Reindeer Wishes”. If you happen to be travelling in the area pop in an say Hi to Marilyn, Cindy & Gary and Co. And you also have to try the scones (the best around!!!!!!!)


Oh, you can see the samples too while you are there and also lots of other beautiful fabrics, threads & patterns by other talented designers.

Reindeer Wishes

This pattern co ordinates with “Stars in the Woods” table runner and uses the new fabric by Lynette Anderson called Starry Night. I also used my favourite threads – Cottage Garden Threads. The colours I used in this was Farmer’s Market and Canna Lily. Farmer’s Market is just perfect for Christmas projects in traditional Christmas colours.

Patterns are available from The Patchwork Tea House and also Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop.

While in the hills I also popped in to visit Karen at Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop. I just love her cute little shop. Here are a couple of pictures. I will be there on Saturday from 9.30am till 1pm so if you are in the area why not pop in!!!!


Now it’s time for a snooze – it’s been a long day!!


AQC 2014

Well the AQC 2014 is over for another year. This year was it’s 10th Celebration!! There are going to be lots of pictures on this post.

Every year they have a Quilt Challenge and this year’s theme was “Ten”. The winner was Alison Withers from Victoria with her quilt “10 together equals teamwork”.


Here are some of my favourites.

DSCF6748 This one was equal 2nd by Jill Hessing entitled “10 in my Tank”.
DSCF6746 This is so iconic to Melbourne and is entitled “Tram Route No 10” by Sue de Vanny.

These are some of the Best in Australia winning quilts that I liked.
AQC2014 1
AQC2014 2
AQC2014 3
It is lovely to see these quilts on display all at the one time. Such skill!!

This is the Rajah Quilt re-created by Leesa Siegele.

If you would like to read up on the history of The Rajah Quilt click on the link. The original is amazing and only goes on show once a year due to its fragility, size & the fact that it is light sensitive.

Then there was the Living Colour! Celebrating Life across the Spectrum Textile Art Exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith. This display was beautiful. I only took a few photo’s but if you click on the link you will be able to view the exhibition and see where it will be touring around the country.

This last one was my favourite.

It is over for another year. I purchased a few things including some Liberty Fat Quarters & some Tilda fabric – yummy!!!! Now the fun begins – designing something new.

Hope you have enjoyed this long post, especially if you were unable to get to the show. Time to soak the feet ……


Stars in the Woods

Stars in the Woods Email
This is my new pattern that I have just released at the AQC in Melbourne today. It is a table runner that features simple stitchery & English Paper Piecing which is then appliqued on. It is on display on The Patchwork Tea House stand. The fabric is called Starry Night and is Lynette Anderson’s latest Christmas range that has just been released. I love the fabric!!

So if you are at the show, pop by Marilyn’s stand to have a look and while you’re at the show come by and say Hi to me on Blue Willow Cottage’s stand where you can see some of my other designs.

I will pop back later with some pictures of some of the quilts that are on display at the show – they are always amazing!!! Such talent we have here. Note to self – “Don’t forget the camera!”


Autumn Stitching Soiree

What a busy time it has been leading up to the Stitching Soiree.



Here are some pictures of the room before the ladies arrived. Didn’t have time to take any more as it was so busy. I had a lovely day meeting lots of gorgeous ladies and a lot of fun was had by all. Yummy food and lots of stitching – what more could a girl ask for!!!

I can now show you my projects for the day. There was a Journal called “Dainty Daisies”, a writing compendium called “Just a Little Note” and my new small quilt “Bohemian Rose”. These patterns can be ordered from Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop and will be available soon on my website.

Dainty Daisies Blog

Just A Little Note Blog

Bohemian Rose Email

I met lots of new ladies and finally met some ladies whose blogs I have read and love!!! Shez has some pictures on her blog of the day, so pop by and have a little look.

Now it’s full steam ahead for the AQC in Melbourne this week. Hope to catch up with you there!!!!!


“Flowers for Viv”

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I have released a new pattern in memory of Vivian Robinson to raise funds for cancer research. The quilting community lost a very talented and special designer in November last year after a battle with cancer.

As in the title of this post the pattern is called “Flowers for Viv”. All profits from the sale of this pattern will be donated to cancer research.

Vivian’s individual style was loved by many and her designs will live on in many a home. She loved using the raw edge applique technique and so this quilt is made in this style, in memory of Viv’s creativity and contribution to the quilting community, in the hope that funds raised towards cancer research may assist future generations overcome this devastating disease.

Flowers for Vivblog

Designers often use symbols to communicate something about their design. Sometimes these are obvious or even subtle, so here is the meaning behind my design.

The vase represents Vivian’s creativity.
The heart represents her love of quilting & design and also our love for her.
The dove is a symbol of hope and affection.
The cranberry symbolises thanksgiving. We thank Vivian for her friendship and the love of her craft.
The vine is continuous and represents her memory and her designs that will go on forever.
The daffodil represents new life as it bursts into flower and symbolises hope for a cancer free future.

The pattern is only available through Mrs Martins Quilt Shop and Petals & Patches (will be on my website later this week). Ring Karen on (03)5968 3360 if you would like a pattern. The cost of the pattern is $7.00.

May we all remember Vivian with love & affection,


MQS Update

Thought I should pop back with an update on the Monbulk Quilt Show. What an amazing day! Caught up with lots of acquaintances & friends and made some new friends along the way.

Karen of Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop and her band of merry helpers do an AMAZING job!!!!! The organisation of such an event isn’t an easy task so hat’s off to all those involved. Looks like they have managed to raise over $5,000 for the Monbulk CFA and they are still counting. Fantastic effort!

The first 100 through the door to the show get a free showbag full of goodies. For several years I have given Karen something for the bags – this year was a pattern to make “Luna” my new little owl pincushion/softie/wheatbag. Pictured below.


Thank you Karen for inviting me along – I was inspired by the level of talent of the quilt entries.

As usual I forgot to take my camera, it was on the floor where I left it when I came home!!!!!!! Say no more …..

So my lovely neighbours, Lisa & Louise of Max & Louise Pattern Co, took some pictures for me. Thanks girls!

Monbulk Quilt Show
Monbulk Quilt Show 1
We had a great day and they were lots of fun. Inspired me to go home and look at my favourite pattern of theirs – now I just need to find some fabric. I have borrowed a photo of their stand to show you some of their work!!!!

Monbulk Quilt Show 2

I also had a chance to chat with Barb Smith of Theodora Cleave and couldn’t resist another of her beautiful buttons and her new book, “Travels with Millie”, who reminds me so much of our cat, Jet. Barb’s stand was displayed with her usual flair. Wish I could have taken the whole stand home with me!!!! Barb has some pictures of the quilt show on her blog so click on her link above to view.

I also caught up with Jo of Sewjo Designs and fell in love with her new bear pre-printed stitcheries. So cute!

Gayle, if you happen to read this post, my mother-in-law loved her card and also your business name “In a Pleasance”. Gayle makes the loveliest cards that describing just doesn’t do justice. Karen at Mrs Martin’s has some in stock, so have a look at them if you happen to go for a visit. All the cards designs are different, I had trouble choosing one.

There was also a special display of quilts of Vivian Robinson’s. At the show I released a pattern in memory of Viv to raise funds for cancer research. I will have a special post for this tomorrow.

All in all it was a great day, lovely weather, lovely ladies and some great laughs!!

Back soon, Leanne

Monbulk Community Quilt Show

Where did February go ……………… I know I’ve been very busy and it is a short month but ……..

Anyway have been working on quite a few new projects for upcoming events. So I can’t show anything just yet.

The Monbulk Community Quilt Show is on this coming weekend in Monbulk on the 15th March. I will be having a display at the show so come by and say hello if you are in the area. It is a great show and the first 100 people in the door get a free showbag filled with lots of goodies. This is very popular. The show raises funds for the Monbulk CFA and admission is $5. The CWA holds a cake stall, there are usually Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle and the local footy team run a plant stall, so it ends up being a lovely day out in the hills and who doesn’t love a shop!!!

I have also been preparing for the Stitching Soiree held by Lisa from Fig n Berry in April so have been busy stitching. After this is the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, so it’s shaping up to be another busy month.

The garden has been neglected this month but it still has been busy producing a nice little crop. This is what I collected from the garden this morning – it is amazing how much you can find when you go looking. From inside the house I wouldn’t have realised how much was out there. Now what’s for dinner tonight – frittata maybe????

I do have one I can show. This is vintage Rose and is a workshop that will be offered in the watercolour technique at The Quilter’s Patch on the 7th June from 10-30 to 12.30pm. I recently ran this in Rosebud at Sew in Love with Fabric & Thread and the ladies loved it and did a terrific job. In class you learn how to work with watercolour pencils on fabric and start your embroidery. the pattern is of a Patchwork Block Folder and pincushion with scissor holder.


Looking forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events, meanwhile back to stitching …….


Fresh is best ….

There is nothing like going out into the garden in the morning, foraging around and coming inside with this ……..


Love my curly baby carrots. The strawberries have loved our heatwave last week and have sprung back to life. Now to just keep the bugs from eating them as they ripen!!!!! The girls have started laying again after taking some time off over Christmas (they are very human sometimes) Ha Ha! Bean plants are very giving and with our family of 3 I have a regular supply to keep us going. My garden is small but I feel like it is my little patch of country in the city. Yummmm!!!! Off to decide what to make for dinner this evening.