Thursday, 16 June 2016

Some Cheddars, Shirtings, Orchids, Applique, and very dirty dog!

The last 2 weeks have come and gone in a flash and we have lots to show you today.  New to our shelves is The Sampler II  1870-1890 by Julie Hendrickson for Windham Fabrics.  This second part to Julie's beautiful reproduction collection is all Cheddar and Black, but we chose just the handy Cheddars and the gorgeous shirtings from the range this time.  The prints are all small and finely depicted in black or off-white and are all perfect stash builders. 

#1 The Sampler II $23.50m

#2 The Sampler II $23.50m

#3 The Sampler II $23.50m
Wild Orchid is the newest offering from The Blackbird Designs girls.  It's a big range of 34 fabrics with 7 prints in a mix of orchid pink, lilac, coffee, buttercup, clotted cream, and black.   These are so gorgeous and we love the different combination of colours.

#4 Wild Orchid ~  Fat Eighth pack

#5 Wild Orchid $25.50m

#6 Wild Orchid $25.50m

#7  Wild Orchid $25.50m

#8  Wild Orchid $25.50m

#9  Wild Orchid $25.50m
Our Applique Group met again last month marking it's ninth year anniversary! The girls travelled from far and wide in the cold weather for another great day and to hear one of our members, Fran Batrouney, talk about her collection of Indian textiles. It was such a treat to hear her stories and see these amazing textiles up close.  Of course, we enjoyed another terrific show and tell too.

Kerry's Tribute to Mrs Williams ~ hand quilted and ready for the bed~

Rose's round robin quilt from years ago quilted and full of memories

Jacqui's fabulous challenge quilt made for AQC

Jude's gorgeous work inspired by the Fredericka Williams quilt

Winter has brought plenty of rain to Castlemaine this year and with rain comes the mud, and with the mud comes muddy fur!!  When Sam appeared at the back door last week after an afternoon in the garden he was adamant he was NOT trying to dig under the fence to get to the neighbour's guinea pig, no, definitely not trying to get the pesky guinea pig! Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you are doing!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

What a great week it's been at Threadbear with so many ladies coming to see us and wanting help choosing fabrics for their gorgeous new projects. Plus, new fabrics arrived which is always the highlight of any day!  We received some real showstoppers from the Yuwa Live Collection.  The quality of Yuwa fabrics is always superb and the colouring and print is second to none.  We chose this stunning Toile print in two colours depicting traditional french pastoral scenes.  The creamy beige/ecru colouring is soft enough to make a gorgeous background.  The faded french red/ecru colouring is very special ~ perfect for a centre medallion, feature block, backing, border, bags....anything you like!
#1 Yuwa Live Collection Toile $34.50m

#2 Yuwa Live Collection Toile $34.50m

#3 Yuwa Live Collection Toile $34.50m

#4 Yuwa Live Collection Toile $34.50m

#5 Yuwa Live Collection Toile $34.50m
Also catching our customers' eye in the shop is this traditional French wallpaper print featuring a delicate floral spray bordered by a pale brown and rosebud chain on a warm ecru ground. 
#6 Yuwa Live Collection Toile $34.50m

#7 Yuwa Live Collection $34.50m
For projects that need a touch of old fashioned musky pink, this next Yuwa fabric features tiny delicate cranberry and mousey grey-brown paisley motifs.  The colours are soft and romantic ~ a great addition to your stash.
#8 Yuwa Live Collection pink paisley $37.50m
Last week we showed you Jane Lury's new book Meanderings of a Quilt Collector, published by Quiltmania.  As we expected, we sold out in the first few days.  But we do have more on order due to arrive in a couple of weeks. To reserve your copy from our second shipment, phone or email us ~  don't delay !
Meanderings of a Quilt Collector $90.00 ~ more arriving soon
 With so much happening, we've been running low on some of our pre-cut fabrics so it was time to do a pick and choose around the shop to create some new muffins, Dear Jane Bundles, and Shirting Rolls. Not a bad way to spend a wintery day!
Shirting Rolls - $24.00

Fabric Muffins ~yum

Dear Jane bundles ~ great for any scrappy quilt project
Speaking of wintery days.... Threadbear's new Winter Trading Hours mean we will close at 4.00pm on weekdays.  Sam is all for it.  He loves getting home early in winter to watch the footy with Kurt and cheer on the Kangaroos - or chase them as the case may be!  Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Happy Quilters..but Sam, not so much!

We just received copies of this VERY special new book from Quiltmania, Meanderings of a Quilt Collector, by Jane Lury.  It is absolutely breathtaking and full of exquisite color photos of her collection of antique quilts.  Jane shares her passion for collecting and lots of information and social history about the quilts.   If you love antique quilts & fabrics, and quilt history then this book is a must have addition to your library.
Meanderings of a Quilt Collector by Jane Lury $90.00

Also new to our shelves this week is a selection from Bed of RosesWe have 12 of the pretty florals in soft buttercup yellow, cornflower blue, ivory, and faded red. And they sit perfectly on the shelf alongside Esprit Maison by Robyn Pandolph ~ plenty of mix and match ideas there!
#1 Bed of Roses $27.50m

#2 Bed of Roses $27.50m

#3 Bed of Roses $27.50m
#4 Bed of Roses $27.50m

Bed of Roses and Esprit Maison sit beautifully together
The car is packed to the brim and Corliss is on her way to the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show this weekend with the shop.  It's always a terrific show with beautiful quilts, cafe and shops ~ Saturday & Sunday at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, Miller Crescent,  Mount Waverley.  Click here for all the details.
One Threadbear staff member is definitely less than impressed that his mum will be at the Waverley Quilt Show for the whole weekend.  Sam is always very unhappy when he sees the car being packed up and has been known to sit in the back of the car hoping to stow away amongst the fabrics...sorry not this weekend Sammy! Have a great weekend everyone! ......(and cheer up Sam)

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Giggleswick Mill ~ cute name , Gorgeous fabric!

Di Ford-Hall's much anticipated second fabric collection with Andover Fabrics arrived at Threadbear on Tuesday afternoon.  We were so looking forward to seeing Di's beautiful designs and colours, and they are certainly every bit as stunning as we expected. The complete collection is on our website for you to look at ~ click here ~ with 26 different pieces in all.  The feature floral is an authentic reproduction of a 19thC Chintz.
#1 Giggleswick Mill $24.00m
It lends itself perfectly to borders, piecing, as well as broderie perse applique.  However you use it, this fabric is a jaw-dropper. The flowers are soft washed tones of pink, gold, teal and green, and vary according to the background colour - ircky brown, light teal, or faded french red. The beautiful border print, again in three colourways, can be used as it is, or fussy cut in so many different ways. And the 20 supporting prints are all fantastic additions to any quilt or your stash.  We've already started sending out orders for Giggleswick Mill and they are coming in thick and fast so if you think you'd like some for your next project, you can order through our website, or phone us at the shop.
#2 Giggleswick Mill $24.00m

#3 Giggleswick Mill $24.00m
#4 Giggleswick Mill $24.00m
We always love helping our customers choose fabrics for a new project.  So when Katrina from Orange NSW came in on Tuesday afternoon to find fabrics to make Letters from Belton Grange, we had a great time helping her find bits and pieces to blend with the Giggleswick Mill border she chose - straight out of the box!
Sam has been super busy at home this week helping Kurt in the shed, so when he did come into the shop for a visit, he headed straight for his favourite chair and somewhere to lay his weary head!  We hope you can find some time to do whatever you love best and enjoy some stitching.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

So much inspiration!

What a fabulous day we last Saturday with our Passionate Piecers Group.  Lesley Bowe was our guest speaker and she very kindly brought along "a few" quilts to share with the Group ~ 28 to be precise!  She has made lots more, but she's given them all away!!  Thanks again Lesley for your time and generosity - and for packing up all those wonderful quilts to inspire us.   Later in the day we all enjoyed show and tell as always.   Here's a sample of what we saw.  Some were "in progress", some newly finished, some were from the vault - but all were gorgeous and left us all feeling motivated to pick up a needle!

Newly arrived today is Quiltmania #113 May/June.  This issue is packed with 6 new projects, the third part of Petra Prins' Mystery Quilt, reports from the American Quilt Study Group seminar, and the 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition (Japan), plus lots more!  We'll be posting it out to all our subscribers tomorrow, but there are still some copies left for the shop.  Phone us if you'd like us to send you one.

Winter is almost upon us and everyone knows the best way to stay warm is with a cozy spot inside under a quilt ...or in Sam's case,...on top of a quilt!  We hope you enjoy some time sewing in your coziest spot too as the nights get longer.  Have a great weekend everyone!