Thursday, 8 October 2015

More Mary Brown . . . and new fabrics abound

This week Spring has morphed into Summer literally overnight with high temperatures, big winds and scary bush fires.  Here's hoping Spring returns so we relax again and return to our stitching with everyone safe.   

To keep our spirits up we have a new collection called 'Kindred Spirits' by Jill Shaulis of Yellow Creek Designs.  Here we have twenty five fabrics in rich colours with interesting prints of stripes, herringbone, stars and more . . .
Kindred Spirits . .  $23.50 per metre
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits

To lighten things up we also have a yummy new shirting range from Jo Morton called 'Mill Run Shirtings'.  You can never have enough shirtings for your reproduction stash so have a look at these . . .
Mill Run Shirtings by Jo Morton . . . $22.00 per metre

And yet another block from 'Celebrating Mary Brown' ~ the fifth in this series of favourite blocks.  If you can't wait for the complete pattern release early next year this one may tempt you ~ it's the 'Squirrel Block' with more gorgeous birds and berries.
'Celebrating Mary Brown' . . . Squirrel block

It looks like Sam was a little worried by the threatening weather earlier this week as he collected his favourite toys and stashed them near his food bowl.  All his treasures in one place ~ just what we need to do in preparation for the fire season.  
Let's see . . . my bowl, my bunny, my bone, my frisbee ~ where's my chook?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

New fabric, spring sunshine, & a long weekend !

The shop is bursting at the seams with new fabrics at the moment with lots of new ranges arriving in store over the last week.  With lots of moving bolts and rearranging shelves, we have managed to find a home for 8 new ranges!  Here are just a couple to tempt you.   Friendship Ring is a collection of wonderful soft reds, overdyed pink, aubergine and chocolate with a smattering of cheddar accents. The prints are all small scale and so pretty in geometrics , spots and flowers. 
Friendship Ring $23.50 metre.

Friendship Ring $23.50 metre.
Have a look at THESE! New from Judie Rothermel and in a great mix of colours comes Georgetown shades of slate blue and tan, sparked with reds and neutral brown tones, mid green, pink and golden yellow.  There are some great prints in this range and lots of fussy cutting and applique potential!
Georgetown $26.50m

Georgetown $26.50m

Flying Geese  $23.50
It's Thursday today ~ so time for Corliss' next block pattern from "Celebrating Mary Brown", her current work in progress.  This is pattern number 4 ~ Flowerpot Block.  As we've explained before, Corliss is releasing just 10 of her favourite blocks from the quilt over 10 weeks while she stitches late into the night to complete this rather big and very beautiful applique quilt.  The complete pattern will be available early 2016 and will include patterns for all 80 or so blocks. But in the meantime, if you just want a head start or want to use a few blocks in a small project, you might consider individual block patterns.
Celebrating Mary Brown ~ Flowerpot block $9.50
It's the Australian Football Grand Final weekend and in their wisdom, the State Government has declared Friday 2 October a public holiday giving everyone here a lovely long weekend.  Threadbear will be open over the long weekend as follows ~ Friday 11am-2pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, & Sunday 11am - 2pm.  
 With the mellow spring sunshine here in Castlemaine this week, Sam has been out in the garden with Kurt end enjoying a game with his favourite bunny.  Have a GREAT weekend everyone.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mary Brown, Isabella, and Flower Press

Corliss has released the third block pattern from her current work in progress "Celebrating Mary Brown".  The Lovebird Block features 2 gorgeous little birds in a branch of leaves and flowers all on a 10" block.  The complete quilt pattern will be released early 2016, but in the meantime if you are looking for a small project, or you want a head start on the full quilt, consider one or more of the 10 blocks that Corliss will release over coming weeks. 
Celebrating Mary Brown ~ Lovebirds, by Corliss Searcey $9.50
Our 4 Starter Packs for the Mary Brown patterns have been so popular, we've had to recut a few times already.  Our latest offering has some different fabrics and prints, but all the same colour combinations. All are perfect for making a start on this very special applique quilt. 
If you are planning to make the entire quilt once the full pattern is available, and you would like to use Corliss' choice of background fabric, we have plenty arriving in November/December.  Just phone us at the shop or email us to reserve yours.
New on our shelves this week is Isabella by Jo Morton.  This collection of 11 delectable prints come in musk pink through to a faded rose, warm honey beige and caramel, and clotted cream.  There is a wonderful zig-zag geometric stripe, perfect for fussy cutting, and a beautiful feature floral, supported by a balanced mix of prints and flowers.  We love the faded hues of this range and expect it won't last long.
Isabella  $23.50m

Isabella  $23.50m

  Isabella  $23.50m
From Renee Nanneman comes Flowerpress; a collection of very pretty and very useful "backrounds" all with delicate coloured designs.  There are tiny flowers and leaves,an intricate paisley style floral and itsy bitsy geometrics in a mix of aqua, green, gold, light red and tangerine. These would work equally well with fresh modern colours and prints, or with soft pretty florals, spots, and stripes.  Or a quick dip in some black tea and they would sit with reproduction shirtings.
Flowerpress $23.50m

Flowerpress $23.50m
With lots of blocks still to make, Corliss has been busy stitching every night after work.  So that means no room on mum's lap after a busy day in the shop and Sam definitely looks less than impressed!  Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

So much to show you . . .

There is heaps of stitching happening around here and to show you just a little ~ Here is our next in the 'Celebrating Mary Brown' series ~  Windblown Flowers.  Click on the link for all the details of the pattern and fabric packs.  
2nd in the Series ~ Celebrating Mary Brown
If you missed out the first time around ~ check out  these gorgeous fabrics available ~ AGAIN.  First we have the stunning Arabesque by our friends, Petra & Nel in Holland.  Di Ford Hall used them for her fabulous Pendle Hill quilt centre.  Next we have this interesting background fabric that Di plans to use further on in her Pendle Hill quilt:  Mill Book Series 1892 ~ strangely enough, it sold out at Di's last class ~ wonder why?  

Mill Book Series 1892
Our motto is never pass up a great toile!  Here from the Bon Voyage by French General is the classic beige version

Bon Voyage

  And last but not least, two beautiful floral fabrics from the Heart's Content collection ~ red & cream 
Heart's Content
Hot off the press is the latest Quilt Mania magazine ~ issue #109.  Again featuring some of our terrific Australian designers and their quilts.

What a great day we had at Threadbear's Passionate Piecers last Saturday.   If you missed out, check out our Sewing Groups on our website, then email us and we'll add you to our mailing list so you never miss out again!   It was wonderful to see so many stunning quilts by our guest speaker, Michelle Yeo.  

And of course, terrific Show & Tell by the girls there on the day.
Patty's quilt for grandson, Connor.
Rachel's Big 0 quilt made by mum, Patty!
Thanks, Carmen, for the hilarious story that went with your quilt!
 Can you believe the difference a day makes?  Skinny Sam says, "Have a great weekend everyone!"


Friday, 11 September 2015

It never rains (really) but it pours!!

We've had 15 boxes of fabric delivered in the last few days-and very welcome it has been indeed.  But before we show you the lovely new fabrics, have a look at this.  Corliss has been designing and making a new applique quilt,"Celebrating Mary Brown", and we've shown some of her blocks here and at our regular monthly sewing groups.  Lots of  ladies asked Corliss if she would consider releasing a few of the blocks ahead of the complete pattern so that they could make a start.
We're so pleased to now offer the first in a series of Corliss' favourite 10" blocks from what is still a "work in progress" inspired by the quilts of Mary Brown from the 1840s. Starting today,  a different block pattern will be released every week for 10 weeks.  Then in early 2016, the complete quilt pattern will be available. We also have little applique starter packs which Corliss has put together for anyone wanting to use the same colours and types of prints found in her blocks. To order phone or email us at the shop, or order online here.
Celebrating Mary Brown ~ Parrot Block pattern $9.50
Starter packs $25.00 - Leaves, Flowers,or Birds & Fussy Cutting
Moda's latest Collection for a Cause ~ Nurture arrived yesterday - all 40 bolts of it!  Reproduced from an 1810-1850 Medallion quilt the flowers, birds, and border print in this are sumptuous and the supporting prints are gorgeous - in Rose, soft aqua, brown, light tan, and cream.

Also on the shelves is Storytellers from Nancy Gere.  This collection of 25 reproduction prints comes in a good balanced mix of chocolate brown, mid green, prussian blue, pink, burgundy, and cream.

From Fabriquilt comes a great collection called Scrap Happy.  The clue is definitely in the name!  The prints are small and the colours varied - perfect to add to any scrapy quilt.
Scrap Happy pic #1

Scrap Happy pic #2
Scrap Happy pic #3
And speaking of gobsmackingly beautiful scrappy quilts -Merilyn brought us her "Ohmigosh" quilt made from a pattern by Sue Garman.  Congratulations Merilyn, what an achievement and what a fantastic result! 
"Ohmigosh" ~ pattern by Sue Garman
Yes it's been a big week of unpacking boxes, cutting and folding with all hands on deck to get the shelves stocked and the shop ready for Threadbear's Passionate Piecers Group who are meeting here tomorrow to hear Michelle Yeo speak about her quiltmaking. Notice I said all hands on deck - no paws.  SOMEONE was too busy sleeping on the only chair he could find empty! Have a great spring weekend everbody!