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.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

These are absolute Treasures!

Feast your eyes on these stunning border stripes in the "Dargate Treasury" collection by Margo Krager!  Accompanying them are some lovely blenders.  Why didn't we order more ~ these are small bolts ~ don't miss out.
Yummy Dargate Treasury @ $22.50 per metre
1/8th Pack of the Blenders ~ $33.00
 NEW BOOKS!!  This year's crop of absolutely fabulous books by Quilt Mania are arriving now.  The first to arrive is:  "New York Beauty ~ Quilts from the Volckening Collection".  This is an amazing collection of quilts across the years and all in the New York Beauty pattern.




Just a reminder that this gorgeous "Arabesque" print from the Dutch Heritage is the fabric that Di Ford Hall has used in her beautiful 'Pendle Hill' quilt.  We are soon placing another order for this fabric so pre-order yours now for this quilt or your own Broderie Perse project.

If you are new to applique, here's a great way to make a start. Or a simple project for that special person in your life for a lovely prezzie.   'My Whimsical Quilt Garden" is a pattern pack from the Piece o' Cake girls ~ very cute.
The joke around the shop is that Sam hops into every chair as it is vacated ~ here you can see he even has luxury seating when at home with Dad.  {really those chairs were just being moved from A to B ~ they don't live outside just for Sam!}


Friday, 20 March 2015

More books.

Yes, that's right, lots and lots of books have arrived for our shelves.
Books are always a treat and they can be a guilt free purchase because of their educational value....hhhhmmmm.


"American Quilts" by Robert Shaw is a wonderful book full to the brim with amazing photos of historic quilts... and not only quilts, gorgeous historic photos of quilters from days gone by.....it is a great read and a great source of inspiration.


We are very happy to have "Millefiori Quilts " by Willyne Hammerstein back in stock.


If you haven't seen this book before it is full of fussy cutting inspiration and will have you totally addicted the second you open the front cover.....hours and hours of fussy cutting inspiration and fun.

We also had 3 copies of "Patchwork Tsushin" arrive this week and as usual they are full of great projects.
Issue #184 has some more gorgeous bag patterns for us to make including some very cute animal bags.



Issue # 185 is all about Baltimores, great photos and some handy sewing hints...so well photographed that the pictures tell the story and we don't need to speak Japanese to benefit

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Issue # 183 features basket quits with some great projects, some more bag patterns and some very cute Christmas projects that you will love to make later in the year.


We were thrilled to welcome a very special visitor to the shop this week...Helen had come all the way from Gympie in Queensland to visit us...Helen, it was lovely to meet you and your sister
Robyn...thank you for your visit and the lovely gifts you brought us.

Helen also brought some show and tell to share, a beautiful Annie Downs sampler quilt and the cutest quilt top with some of Helen's beautiful stitchery...thanks for sharing Helen.

By now everyone should have received their Quiltmania Magazines in the mail....and Sammy would like you all to know the he did all the work on mail out day...he even went to the post office with his Dad Kurt when they were all parceled up and ready to go.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and as always we hope your weekend brings hours and hours of sewing room time.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Good Time Had by All . . .

Our newest sewing group, Passionate Piecers, made a flying start on Saturday with a full house of happy girls.  Margaret McDonald was our guest speaker and treated us to a selection of her stunning quilts as well as designing a special block just for us.  We all went home with the pattern for a unique hexagon block ~ lucky us!





Here are a few pics of yummy quilts shared during Show & Tell ~ 
Carmen's beautiful hexagons.
Ronda is hand quilting her Montmellick!
Wendy's 'Just Plain Nuts'.
Helen's Mountmellick in her fabric choices.
A 1930s quilt Corliss has in her collection.

"The Settlement Collection" by Jeanne Horton is a group of very useful blending fabrics ~ all of which have made their way onto my shelf!


This red is much like the one below - just doesn't show in the pic.

 A few new books have arrived into stock to tempt us with more on the way . . .



Sam is doing a lot of 'supervising' in his mum's newly renovated sewing room most nights!
Hope you are finding plenty of time to stitch as our days gradually get shorter.