Congratulations to the Houston Quilt Show celebrating it's 40th year. This was part of the fireworks show tonight over the convention center.
Meet Lynette Anderson, the creator of our fabulous 2015 TQS Block of the Month quilt, "My Country House." Lynette Anderson was never destined to have a normal office job.
From her rural upbringing exploring the woods of Dorset, England, to her first job spinning dog hair for doting owners, she has always looked at things a little differently, and has been just a little obsessed with the way things look and feel.
Add to that the textiles, arts and crafts skills she learned from a very early age under the instruction of her mother, Ruth, and both of her grandmothers, and it is no surprise that Lynette has been so successful. From her maternal grandmother, Lynette learned to knit, and from her paternal grandmother she learnt embroidery, drawing and painting. Lynette and her brother were kept busy as children outdoors and in, with a wide range of craft projects.
Later she did a short course in patchwork, as a way of finding a new hobby while her four boys were small, and her interest soon grew into a thriving teaching and pattern-designing business, which she continued after migrating with her family to Australia in 1990.
Since 1995 Lynette has published nine books, with two more on the way, as well as creating countless patterns, including quilts, pillows, bags and sewing accessories.
Working with Lecien Fabrics, Lynette created ten very popular fabric collections, with names such as "Scandinavian Christmas," "Hollyhock Cottage," "Follow My Heart" and "Wildflower Wood'." Lynette now designs for RJR Fabrics.
Her sophisticated yet naïve design style is distinctive, and combines simple stitchery with applique and piecing, making it attractive to embroiderers and quilters worldwide.
From a memory or a chance encounter, Lynette first draws out her ideas, often without an end product in mind. She says that sometimes a quilt will start with an idea for just one block, and other times she will just start drawing and get an idea of what product the design is best suited as she goes along.
With inspiration for her patterns coming from her childhood adventures, evening walks with her husband, Vince, and dog, Hugo, along the beach near their current home, as well as everyday life, Lynette’s designs are as vast as her imagination and always incorporate a little touch of whimsy.
Photo by Gregory Case Photography
Join us on a TQS exclusive 12-month journey into the land of childhood memory with a charming quilt designed especially for TQS by internationally-known Australian designer Lynette Anderson. Lynette combines simple, unpretentious folk art style appliqué motifs with patchwork blocks for a quilt that will be a joy to make. Each month we will provide photos, detailed directions for a portion of the quilt, and full-size patterns. We will once again be offering monthly companion teaching videos as well. It all makes for a year of fun and learning!
The My Country House (64" x 84") program will begin with the first pattern installment on January 1, 2015. In the meantime, to help you get ready, be sure to download the Introduction Packet, which includes everything you will need to begin working on the "My Country House" BOM quilt. From fabric requiremens and color selections to appliqué and embroidery tutorials, we have thought of everything to make this an enjoyable and rewarding project for you to cherish.
Pssst! Make life easier for that Santa in your life by letting him or her know that you REALLY want to make the 2015 BOM, and that kits are available in the Shoppe!
The award ceremony in Houston has come to an end and the Best of Show winner is On This Winter Day by Nancy Prince and Linda French.
Nancy is no stranger to TQS as she was featured in Episode 1004: "Painting with Thread."
Here are the lucky winners of The City Quilter's City Bundles™ Fat Quarter Packs (each consists of six fat quarters of their NY-themed fabrics). We will be contacting each of you shortly for your shipping information.
Congratulations and thank you so much to Dale and The City Quilter!
Visit The City Quilter at www.cityquilter.com.
Tired of sewing the same old blocks? Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: a bonanza of 75 modern quilt blocks from best-selling modern designer Elizabeth Hartman.
You’ll love these fresh angular designs inspired by city life, and the mix-and-match possibilities are endless! Elizabeth gets you started with 6 complete sampler quilts to sew. Each block is shown in 3 different fabric palettes. The book includes easy-to-follow cutting charts and instructions for every block. Some have full-size freezer-paper templates. Change up blocks, sizes, or fabrics to embark on a limitless exploration of modern style.
Hot off the presses and sure to be a huge hit, TQS has FIVE copies of this great new book and you could win a copy of your own!!!
A truly heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who contributed to Libby Lehman's Medical Fund and who were also entered to win Pinatina I created by Libby herself. We were overwhelmed with thousands of entries. But the final winner is....
Debbie Goldshot from Beaver Creek, Ohio