Friday, 22 August 2014

Spring Fabrics.....Because it is Nearly Spring.

As you know, we always dive into the cardboard boxes that arrive with our new fabrics...well, the sun is out and the days are warmer and as we opened up our deliveries yesterday we found fabrics just perfect for our spring mood.
"Secrets and Shadows" by Nancy Gere was first out of the box. This range is full of rich colour...it is a beautiful range, featuring one stunning signiture print and 19 small floral prints...with some leafy vines and paisleys as well...great colours and some rich creams.....if you would like to celebrate the arrival of better weather you can have an 1/8 pack with all 20 prints for $60.00.






And now, just feast your eyes on this absolutely stunning collection.  "Melodies" is the latest collection from Jo Morton and, oh my goodness, it is simply beautiful...there are 18 small prints in this range and they are gorgeous....if you can't decide on which prints you like the most we have pretty pretty 1/8 packs of all 18 for $54.00 .  Click here to order what you need  from our website.





As this photo proves, it is not all sitting around on chairs looking cute for Sammy.


This morning Sammy has been playing outside and just look at those dirty paws.....Megan is explaining to Sammy why he can't come into the classroom with paws in that state, and you can tell by the look on Sammy's face that he is not happy with the decision.
Have a great weekend everyone, hope we all get lots and lots of stitching time.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Cup of Tea and. New Magazine

Yes, two new editions of Japan's famous  "Patchwork Tsushin" arrived yesterday.  There is always lots to enjoy in these magazines.  We received issues no 180 and no. 181.  They are both full of their popular combination of amazing quilts and lots of really lovely bags and small projects.  Issue no.180 has quilts using pretty florals, and some quirky toys and bags to make.

 No.181 if full of projects using solid colours and modern colours....with some really pretty little bags and purses thrown in too.

The magazines are $35.00 each and you can phone or email if you would like one.


If you are searching for the perfect blender for a project, well then have a look at this very very handy range from Molly B Basics....we received 26 of these great blenders in a range of fantastic colours...sometimes it is so hard to find just the right blender but these will definitely help in the search. They are $23.50 mt. and you can order them on our website here.

It is a beautiful sunny day in Castlemaine today...just a tiny taste of spring and enough to get us excited about the good weather just around the corner...if you are thinking of celebrating all things Spring, don't forget to join us for our Spring Fling, twelve wonderful hours of sewing, snacking, chatting and laughing...planned for October the 25th...we still have places left so come along and join the fun. Call us at the shop if you would like to book a place.

We have decided to treat ourselves to something lovely from the cake shop for morning tea...Sammy has taken up his position by the door so he will know exactly when those cakes arrive...he has to be ready in case any crumbs should fall.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sunshine,flowers and feathers..

Our lovely Annabelle is not here today to bring you the blog so I'm afraid you are in my hands. Let me apologize in advance for any slip in AB's usual high blogging standards .  The sun is streaming in Threadbear's windows this morning and our spirits are high.  Spring is in the air ...almost... so we thought we'd show you a range that arrived recently ... Cynthia by Mary Koval.  This is a gorgeous collection of reproduction fabrics in musk pink, peppermint green, forest green, cream, butter yellow and a hint of brown.
The flamboyant feature print comes in two colourways of  cream or green.
 The tone on tone stripes are really lovely and would make such beautiful backgrounds or bindings.  And the tone on tone feathery prints are so special...perfect backgrounds!
It was a perfect morning to welcome some of the girls from Essendon  for their retreat and we were thrilled to see Joy's "Miss Matty's Parlour" in progress.  Thankyou Joy for bringing this to show us.

Corliss has been burning the midnight oil and busily finishing her Beamish Scrapbag quilt ---with Sammy's help or course.
 But as we all know, after a long day at work and an evening of sewing, we all get tired and need a snooze. So on behalf of snoozing Sammy, a big hello to Annabelle (we miss you) , and to Joy's grandchildren who love to see what Sammy has been up to,  and we hope you all enjoy some sunshine today.  Have a great weekend everyone... Happy stitching



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Good Things Galore.

Not long now and spring will be in the air, and we are hoping that you will all join us at Threadbear for our fantastic Spring Fling....our Spring Fling is planned for October 25th and will be from 10am to 10pm.  Please come along and join us for 12 hours of non stop fun...you can book just for yourself or get a group of friends together for a great day out...there will be lots of stitching time, yummy food, a goodie bag and lots of door prizes.  Because some of our over achieving guests set the bar so high at our last Sit and Sew with their beautifully decorated table, we will be encouraging more fun with prizes for the best decorated table on the day.
 The cost for the day will be $80.00 and you can just call us at the shop if you would like to book or you can check out our newsletter for all the info you will need.

We have some great classes coming up as well, so why not come along to our Spring Fling and then follow up the fun with some of these fantastic classes.


Drayton Hall with Di Ford is planned for November 22nd.  You probably already know this stunning quilt of Di's so imagine spending the day with Di as you learn all of Dis tips for making this gorgeous quilt.  The class fee for the day is $95.00 and includes morning tea, afternoon tea lunch and a goodie bag.  You will need your own copy of Di's book "Primarily Quilts" for the class.

Now, you all know "Mountmellick"... Di Ford's wonderful Mystery Block of the Month...this quilt is gorgeous and we all wait in anticipation for each new copy of Quiltmania to see the next part of the quilt unfold.


Well, can you imagine spending the day with Di Ford and seeing her finished "Mountmellick" quilt as well as having her on hand to help you with your own version of her quilt...we have two dates planned for this wonderful class with Di Ford, September 27th and 31 January 2015.  The class fee is $95.00 and that includes tuition, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a goodie bag.  You can find all the details of these great classes in our newsletter.

Now, fussy cutters get ready.....just feast your eyes on this absolutely sensational fabric...Megan was the first to take a piece of this fabric home and her fabric already looks like Swiss cheese....so we can look forward to seeing some amazing fussy cutting from Megan soon.

 As well as these two fabrics, this range, "Wharton" has two stunning plaids, some great colour rich florals and three smaller all over prints, also great for fussy cutting.


It is $22.00 mt and will be on out web site soon...we have 1/8 packs with all 15 from the range for $45.00.

Sammy is excited about our plans and his message today is come and join in the fun at Threadbear's Spring Fling...fun for all, and pats for Sammy.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Prepare To Swoon.

Oh my, just look at this beautiful fabric..."Mary Rose" from Quilt Gate is $24.00 mt. And it is so so lovely.
 
The stunning all over floral, comes in a beautiful crisp ivory and a soft gorgeous pink and it is just screaming out to all Broderie Perse lovers.  It is accompanied by this wonderful border print in both colourways.

There are also lovely tone on tone prints....... one print comes in soft pink or blue with a gorgeous rose cameo print, great for fussy cutting, and the other is a sweet romantic print with old lacy postcards and the words "Too much of a good thing is wonderful"....is there a quilter alive that doesn't relate to that.


We are loving all things Kim Diehl this week, we are totally in love with her new fabric range, "Vintage Farmhouse" that we showed you last week and now we have 3 of her great books back in stock.  Kim's quilts are always full of rich beautiful colour, with lots of great appliqué and are perfect for using up all of our much loved scraps.  There is lots of inspiration in these books.


If you are in Melbourne this Saturday, don't forget to go along and say hello to Corliss at the Victorian Quilters Winter Gathering, being held this at the Box Hill Town Hall.  Corliss will be a guest speaker and will also have the shop with her, so that means lots of lovely Threadbear goodies.


With Corliss in Melbourne on Saturday that means Kurt and Sammy are in charge at the shop...you all know the rules by now...come along and enjoy all the beautiful fabric, but don't leave without patting Sammy.
We hope everyone has a great weekend, and as always we hope you all get lots of lovely stitching time.