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Dutch Treat

March 11th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Thank You so much for reading my Blog!

As a reward for taking the time – You get to see my Dutch Sewing Tote first.

 Dutch Sewing Tote

AND you get the first look at my Culture Club’s Dutch Cottage Collection!

Go to www.chandlerscottage.com and type Dutch into the Search window and enjoy the pre-order specials now.

I really hope you like the range.

Dutch Cottage will feature in next week’s Newsletter, along with the next Culture Club Cruise, Projects and Inspirations.

Now where did I put my Clogs???

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Show and Tell

March 10th, 2012

Just wanted to share the fantastic day that was had at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, Victoria yesterday!


Beautiful weather, the gardens are looking sensational, and I had a lovely day catching up with many lovely Chandlers Cottage friends and then meeting so many new quilters.

It was also super to introduce quilting and Australian prints to many garden enthusiasts that stumbled upon our exhibition while exploring the gardens.

I’m looking forward to heading back down there tomorrow and then next Thursday to do it all again - and get some more sewing done at my make shift sewing table!!

Happy Quilting/Gardening, Leesa

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Need Sleep!

March 5th, 2012

OK, that was a really stupid idea.  “Let’s make Chris a Good Luck quilt in a day so he can have it for his launch”.   Argh!  Anyway, I am very happy with the result.

When you get a chance to have a look at the beautiful Tilda fabrics and products, the gorgeous books etc, you will see a real classy shabby chic look where you can combine lots of different prints and products to get a beautiful eclectic style.

I wanted to capture this in a scrappy quilt, using all the fabrics in the range Chris had sent me. This is what I came up with!

 Tilda Quilt

It’s scrappy, good fun with its 3D prairie points and very pretty due to the beautiful little prints in the range.

The quilt measures 36” x 48”, so it makes a great throw quilt.  You could easily make it bigger by putting a 6” border of one of the larger beautiful florals around the outside.  I just didn’t have enough fabric in my precious samples!

I did however manage to make a little journal cover from my Culture Club traveller’s journal cover, and a little quilt with “Tilda” on it ready for AQC (Shhhh!)

Anyway, the pattern is drafted and off to Miss Emma for editing and we will have it on our www.chandlerscottage.com website in a week!  Oh, I forgot to mention Rob grabbed the fabrics before I cut them up and scanned them, so you can see them on the website as well, with a pre-order special as I am told by a very reliable Giraffe they will be here by April!

Sleep now……zzzzzzz

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What’s New at the Zoo.

March 3rd, 2012

For most of my life, I haven’t been very good at keeping secrets!  I love having them, but when they are really exciting, I never liked keeping them to myself, they were always too good to share!

Over the last couple of years, I’ve become much better at it, thanks to some “secret designing business”, but then everyone knew what the secret was, just not what it looked like!

So to cut a long story short, for three days this week it was MURDER!!!!  And now finally I can blab, on a worldly, internet grand scale.

On Wednesday, my very good friend Chris Roche rang to tell me life was about to change big time, for me as well as him.  Chris was the CEO of Leutenegger, the distributor of my Robert Kaufman fabrics until the middle of last year, when he was sadly dismissed.  It was a terrible shock and I have missed working with him very much.

On Thursday, Chris started his very own business called Two Green Zebras and his first gorgeous product range is Tilda.  I did confess to him I didn’t know much about this collection but he then said that wasn’t a problem and that if I went to my Post Office Box on Friday, there would be samples waiting!

So here is Tilda.  How gorgeous is this stuff?  It is actually designed in Norway, the cloth quality is brilliant. Stay tuned for more Tilda, as there are also beautiful trims, brads, stationary and books full of inspiration.

 Tilda Fabric

I know it’s a step sideways from what you see at Chandlers Cottage but it’s going to sit very nicely next to my Dutch Cottage range and many other things on the drawing board!

Now you will have to excuse me, as I only get to keep these precious samples if I turn them into a quilt - fast!

If you want to know more about Chris’ new business, go to www.twogreenzebras.com

Now where’s that rotary cutter…….?

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Wycheproof and Back

February 20th, 2012

Just had to tell you about the big Wycheproof weekend!  Had a fantastic time again this year with “The Girls”.  It’s such a humbling experience, as so many of them travel for over an hour to get there and I’m not talking about from one side of the city to the other in peak hour traffic, I’m talking well over 100km (65miles).

It took Emma and I four hours each way to get there too, and there was lots of brain storming, sewing and laughing all the way there and back!

Anyway, I’m expecting to see 24 sensational Aussie Sewing Tote photos very soon!  We also took up a “virtual website” which consisted of one of everything in habby we stock, plus the sample headers of my fabrics and then as many bolts as we could fit in the car.

I’m looking forward to getting into the shop tomorrow and packing up the girls’ orders to send with all the things they decided they had to have!

Such a beautiful group of quilters to work with, and an enviable community spirit that in the last decade has survived severe drought and floods in an incredible and vast landscape of cereal and sheep farming.


So while there is a huge year ahead, full of new challenges, overseas trips and craft fairs, it’s so nice to know that no matter how the year ends up, I’ll be back to Wycheproof same time next year to do it all again!

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