Thursday, 23 April 2015

Oh, Ophelia!!

Well we haven't had any rain at all, but at least the fabric drought broke today when the delivery man brought us 6 boxes of beautiful fabrics.  Ophelia by Nancy Gere is our favourite range here at Threadbear for a very long time. The colours are sensational, and the prints are authentic and delicate, large and small, floral and geometric.  We snapped just a few to show you here and wet your appetite.  Go to our website to see the complete range. 






Thanks go to Elizabeth for bring her cross-stitched Dear Jane to show us all.  This exquisite stitching is on a very fine irish linen in a single strand of embroidery thread!  She has promised to bring it in again so we can all see her progress. 
And where is Sam this week?  Well my guess is he is stretched out somewhere cosy in the sun snoozing away the Autumn afternoons....cos we haven't seen him at all today.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Changing times . . .

ANZAC DAY ~ Saturday April 25th ~ CLOSED

Did you miss us last Tuesday?  And now here we are on Thursday!  We are loving Instagram so much and getting such good feedback from it that we have decided to publish this blog once weekly.  So from now on, you will see a new posting each Thursday but can check us out on Instagram as well.   https://instagram.com/threadbearpatchworkandquilting/

Now for some gorgeous new fabric!  Sticks & Stones by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda ~ what a fabulous collection.  This range arrived last Friday and already, some prints are gone.  There are yummy teals, pinks and browns in terrific dots, stripes and more . . . better be quick.
 
Sticks & Stones ~ $22.50 per metre
More Sticks & Stones . . .

Fat 1/8th pack ~ 23 pcs $70.00
We love our CAG days when girls from all over the state arrive to sit and stitch and chat and show off their beautiful applique projects.  Last Saturday was no exception and here are just a few of the stunning quilts shown . . .
 
Sandra's William Morris quilt
Beverley's 'Sarah's Wreath'
Meghan's giving this stunning quilt to a friend.

Vera lives here in Castlemaine and is newish to patchwork and quilting.  She is always setting challenges for herself and here is her newest.  Vera is making the same quilt in two different colourways just so she can play with fabrics and colour.  Look how cleverly she has used this green serpentine print as the background.

Vera's colour challenge.
Such very clever use of the green serpentine.
What do you mean I can't learn how to rotary cut?!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Great Fabric.

Just a few new fabrics today...it may only be a few new deliveries but they are really great fabrics.

We have one fantastic small, all over print in a great gold from "Tanner Crossing" and three wonderful browns from "Treenware and Berries". 


These three are great small prints in lovely warm browns....and very tempting for fussy cutting.

If you have already joined us on Instagram you will have seen yesterday's update from Corliss on the latest blocks for the new quilt she is working on.....they are gorgeous...can you imagine how stunning her new quilt is going to be.

If you want to see lots of lovely pics and get all the Threadbear news as it happens....well join us now and follow us on Instagram.

Tomorrow we look forward to welcoming all the ladies from the Castlemaine Appliqué Group...it is always a fun day from beginning to end and hopefully we will have some great show and tell for you next week. As you know it is always one of Sammy's favorite days because it means pats and cuddles...and plenty of them.

So Sammy just has to get through today's busy schedule....we are starting the day with some folding, do you think he looks impressed about that?
We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend...you will either be enjoying wonderful Spring or Autumn days, and either way that means lovely sunny days that make us feel happy to be sewing....

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Back in Stock!

Our first shipment of the new Quilt Mania book:  Millefiori 2 ~ just flew out the door!  But our trusty delivery man has just arrived with more -- lots more.  You'll find it HERE on our website if you'd like to order.

Also back in stock are our favourite pins ~ in a bottle.  Unbelievably, there are 160 pins in this gorgeous little bottle.  These pins are fine and sharp with a glass head and are $15.50 per bottle.


Another terrific book to add to our shelves is:  Mariner's Compass Quilts ~ Setting a New Course $35.95.  This is a new one by the guru of Mariner's Compass blocks ~ Judy Mathieson.  Not to be missed if this is your sort of patchwork.


Always busy around here ~ Sam keeps us on track as our Reproduction Fabric Club is prepared for posting.


And they wonder why I am SO tired when I get home



Thursday, 2 April 2015

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE.

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter....there are many reasons to celebrate over Easter but we hope you all make time over the Easter break to celebrate some of the big ticket items, you know the ones....chocolate and extra sewing time.

We hope lots of you can pop in for a visit over the holiday...we are open on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday from 11.00 to 2.00.....we are closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
We have lots and lots of lovely treats that would sit very well in an Easter basket alongside a few chocolate eggs...and there is nothing wrong with a few extra metres to start a new Easter project.


Fabric is the perfect Easter treat....it has less calories than chocolate and lasts a lot longer, so come in and say Hi.

We have been looking everywhere for Sammy. We felt sure he would want to wish you all a very Happy Easter...we are not quite sure what he is up to, he is either waiting for the Easter Bunny or he is preparing a nice big nest...just right for the Easter Bunny to leave lots and lots of Easter doggy treats.


SEW...SEW...SEW everyone and from all of us here at Threadbear we wish you a safe and Happy Easter.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Books Galore . . .

Last week we showed you the newest gorgeous books from Quilt Mania ~ this week we've chosen more books for you.  The first is "Simple Appeal" by Kim Diehl.  Both books and fabrics by this designer are always beautiful, and this one is no exception.
Simple Appeal ~ $49.00

Another author, Debbie Roberts tempts us with "Baskets, Birds and Boughs ~ Quilts Year 'Round" featuring quilts inspired by nature's beauty.  Another great mix of piecing and applique.
For all of you devotees ~ we have "Jane Austen Quits ~ Inspired by Her Novels" by Karen Gloeggler.  This author designed a quilt inspired by the only one made by Jane Austen and then six more representing each of Jane's six books.
Jane Austen ~ $44.

Lastly we have a great reference book for you:  "Quilter's Academy Vol. 4 ~ A Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking" by Harriet & Carrie Hargrave.  This is a book full of piecing techniques for complex blocks with excellent photos and diagrams.

Sue Martin visited this week and showed us her stunning 'Dear Jane'.  She completed it using the quilt-as-you-go method.  What a great idea for this very popular quilt.
And this is the Back!

 Sam says:  "I'm not sure you all appreciate just how exhausting our work at Threadbear is at times?"  Have a great week everyone. And just a reminder, our EASTER HOURS: 
 Closed Easter Friday & Sunday   ~  Open Saturday & Monday:  11~2

They just keep expecting More of me!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Millefiori Mania.

We have all gone Millefiori mad.  If you loved Willyne Hammerstein's first book, "Millefiori Quilts" and you love some fussy cutting fun, well you will go completely nuts for "Millefiori Quilts 2".
Quiltmania has done it again with another beautiful book.

"Millefiori Quilts 2" gives us 17  more stunning, amazing projects from Willyne, all of them gorgeous and all of them tempting us to fussy cut to our hearts content.  "Millefiori Quilts 2 " is $72.00 and it is selling fast so call us at the shop if you would like a copy.


And as if that gorgeous book is not enough for one day we have another wonderful Quiltmania publication, " Of Cloth and Thread, pieces of the Past" by Kaye England.

This is such a pretty book, there are photos of some of Kaye's stunning quilts in and around her house and she treats us to amazing photos of some of the antique quits from her incredible collection...and then, 12 great projects for us to drool over.  This book is also $72.00 and you can call us at the shop if you would like a copy of this gorgeous book.

We had a lovely day last Friday with a fun group of girls, Sue, Carol, Sharon and Sharon, all the way from Nowra in NSW.  They spent the day in our classroom, sewing chatting and having fun....it was great to have them visit for the day and we loved meeting them all.

This group of friends are all sewing Megan's gorgeous quilt "The Mary Stubbs Quilt" and Megan is pictured with Sue, a very special member of the group.  Worthy of a photo with Megan for sure, as Sue's full name is Mrs Stubbs.

Sammy is very pleased with himself and you can see his wagging tail....he is helping in the shop and he has located a fabric just perfect for fussy cutting and broderie perse....it surely is Sammy's recommendation of the week.

Have a great weekend everyone, and remember, the weekend is all about sewing time...no dishes and no housework.