Thursday, 4 February 2016

New shirtings and backgrounds plus Southern Vintage

Silver Linings by Laundry Basket Quilts has arrived in store this week  and is a welcome addition to our shelves of shirting style prints.  In soft cream and off white with pink, blue, or beige prints, they are not strictly reproductions, but every bit as gorgeous.  We love the variety of prints in each colourway and can see them working with subtle colours, or bold colours alike.  Click here to see the full range on our website.

#1 Silver Linings $25.50m
#2  Silver Linings $25.50m

#3 Silver Linings $25.50m
#4 Silver Linings $25.50m
Silver Linings ~ 26 fabrics to choose from
Also new to Threadbear this week is Southern Vintage by Washington Street Studio.  What a dreamy, romantic collection of prints and colours, reminiscent of 19thC southern charm and life on the plantations.  The blues are soft and powdery, verging on teal, the pink is just like the colour of old pink underwear, the creamy beige is subtle and the chocolate brown is rich and warm.  This one is definitely going into my collection at home!

Southern Vintage $24.50m

#1 Southern Vintage
#2 Southern Vintage
#3 Southern Vintage
#4  Southern Vintage
We have seen another surge of interest from here and overseas once again for Corliss' beautiful Caswell Quilt.  So for those of you making it  here it is in it's natural habitat - hanging at Threadbear for all to admire. 
 Sammy has a busy schedule this week and has thankfully had his weekly bath so he's smelling not too shabby at all. We hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Bath done - now where's my stylist?

Friday, 29 January 2016

Fabric Beauties!

The arrival of boxes and boxes of fabric last week kept us all busy and now they are looking so so pretty on our shelves.  First up is Coryn with its drop-dead-gorgeous feature floral print and supporting prints in aqua, garnet, plum, and buttermilk.  There are endless possibilities with these fabrics from the most traditional to the most contemporary quilt, with bold and subtle colours and prints.
#1 Coryn $23.50

#2 Coryn $23.50

#3 Coryn

#4 Coryn
Next up is Chamberlain ~ Civil War by Nancy Gere.  These are beautiful prints in the very traditional mix of burgundy/red, beep blue, tan, cream, purple, and teal.  Choose from large and small prints, serpentine stripes and small background prints.  Something for everyone!
#1 Chamberlain ~ Civil War $23.50m

#2 Chamberlain ~ Civil War $23.50m

#3 Chamberlain ~ Civil War $23.50m

 #4 Chamberlain ~ Civil War $23.50m
Sammy has been laying low all week ~ he is not a fan of the humid weather we've been having because it makes his fur frizz.  Yes, Sam, I share your pain.  Best thing to do - wait it out on a cosy couch, bed, or table!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

New Classes with Di Ford-Hall and Katrina Hadjimichael

We're excited to have now locked in some dates with these two very talented designers, so grab a cuppa and take a look at their beautiful quilts on offer at Threadbear this year.  To book, phone us at the shop on 03 54721881 with full payment to secure your place.
Saturday 2 April ~ Allen Manor by Di Ford-Hall ~ 10am-3pm
Here's the perfect chance to use that gorgeous piece of Toile you bought but just can't figure out how to use it! Join Di for a day and learn how to make your own unique centre block using broderie perse applique, then finish it with machine or hand pieced blocks on point.  Fee: $95

Allen Manor by Di Ford-Hall
Saturday 25 June ~  Cloverdale by Di Ford-Hall ~ 10am-3pm
From Di's first fabulous fabric range, Cloverdale House, you can make this gorgeous quilt.  The circular centre is created using broderie perse and hexagons, surrounded by more broderie perse applique, then finished with triangles and a border of the stunning pillar print.  Fee: $95

Cloverdale by Di Ford-Hall
Saturday 23 July ~ Giggleswick Mill Mystery by Di Ford-Hall ~ 10am-3pm
Di's second Fabric collection is soon to be released, and of course she has the quilt for it already planned.  Sure to be another stunner, Di offers you the opportunity to join her for a day to learn it's secrets.  Fee $95
Giggleswick Mill fabric collection - coming soon
Giggleswick Mill fabric collection - coming soon
29 & 30 October Two-Day Class ~ Lambton by Katrina Hadjimichael ~ 10am-3pm
Number 7 in her Jane Austen series, this beautiful medallion quilt offers you a variety of blocks and methods. Join Katrina to learn her techniques for hand applique, hand piecing and paper piecing.This 2-day class will allow time to cover all aspects of this quilt while being entertained by the lovely Katrina!  Fee: $170
Lambton by Katrina Hadjimichael
And as if that wasn't enough to inspire us all to go and pick up a needle and thread, here is Rhonda's fabulous Sutton Grange quilt now finished and ready for binding.  Well done Rhonda!
Rhonda's Sutton Grange by Di Ford-Hall
Our poor beloved Sammy had to visit the doggy dentist this week to have a wee bit of work done to improve his smile (and his breath!).  After a night on the couch with his favourite squishy toy firmly between his gums, he was back in form the next day ready for action.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Take a peep at Celebrating Mary Brown!

After more than 12 months of drafting, drawing, choosing fabrics, cutting and stitching, all at night, after Threadbear's doors were closed, we were thrilled to see Corliss' stunning new quilt, Celebrating Mary Brown .  And what a beauty to behold!
...reason to celebrate ~ available from late February 2016

We are now taking pre-orders for the complete pattern and fabrics to make this very special quilt.  What a great project to start your quilting year with!   Phone or email us to reserve your copy of the complete quilt pattern for Celebrating Mary Brown.  Plus, you can order the 2 background fabrics that Corliss has used and/or the comprehensive Starter Pack and Aurifil Thread Pack.   The finished pattern, background fabrics, and starter pack will be available from late February 2016.  
 New to the shelves this week are just 5 useful prints from Harrington.  The very striking green border print has loads of possibilities and looks fabulous mitred. !
#1 Harrington $23.00m
#2 Harrington $23.00m
#3 Harrington $23.00m
From Bandana Florals we picked this gorgeous blue print...perfect for fussy cutting with our new Hexagon Peepers! These handy tools are perfect for trying out fussy cutting ideas before you cut!  They come in a set of 8 sizes in a durable plastic. But, if you're not sure whether you want to fussy cut your fabric into hexagons or diamonds or triangles,   well we also have these handy little fussy cutting mirrors now in stock . Both tools are ideally sized to drop into your handbag and take shopping with you.
Bandana Florals $23.50m
one of many possibilities using Bandana Floral $23.50m
3/4 inch Peeper - comes in a set of 8 different sizes $15.95

here's a 1/2"hexagon from a section of Cloverdale
Cloverdale $23.50m





and here's Cloverdale again
so many different possibilities
Haversack border print $22.00m
here's Haversack again looking fantastic
 Sam of course has not been taking any interest in the new fabrics or Corliss' new quilt.  Rather, he found a paper shopping bag infinitely more interesting and spent quite some time investigating before finally emerging with the prize ~ Duck Treats YUMM...!  Have a great weekend everyone.
I know there's something good down here - somewhere




Thursday, 7 January 2016

A great start to a bright shiny new year!

Happy New Year Everyone and welcome back!.  After a fabulous couple of weeks break, we opened again on Monday we hit the ground running as we welcomed  lots of happy customers through the doors, including the delivery man with boxes of new fabric. What a perfect start to 2016!
The Sampler 1870-1890 by Windham Fabrics offers us 22 beautiful fabrics which work together brilliantly.  They are all in tiny finely detailed prints in a combination of geometric and dotted squggly bits (yes, that is a technical term) .  You'll find 7 light cream shirtings, 7 medium reds, and 7 medium yellowish greens.  All are equally useful for piecing or applique. 
#1 The Sampler 1870-1890 $23.50m

#2 The Sampler 1870-1890 $23.50m

#3 The Sampler 1870-1890 $23.50m
Also new in our shop window this week is this beauty, meticulously restored and reinvented by Kurt.  This brilliant old ice chest makes an excellent storage cupboard for quilts, fabrics, linen, or just about anything.  Plus, it's a useful surface on top to display all kinds of treasures.  If you'd like to put this charming old ice chest to good use at your place, phone us at Threadbear on 54721881 for details.

Beautiful addition to any sewing room - phone for details
Christmas may have come and gone in a flash, but Sam enjoyed every bit of it.  He can sniff out a Christmas present from 50 metres and made quick work of unwrapping his, and everyone else's gifts on Christmas day.  Today, he is back on duty at the shop and has left his new squeaky duck at home. Have a great weekend everyone!

Cjhristmas is hard work for some!