Monday, 18 July 2016

Quiltmania, Cheddars, and Madders

The latest issue of Quiltmania arrived last week and after sending it to all our subscribers, we still have plenty for the shop.  We're always one issue ahead of the newsagents so you can stay up to date with news, views, and quilting projects from around the world.  Issue 114 includes an 18 page special on this year's a Pour l'Amour du Fil exhibition in Nantes, France with so many beautiful quilts to look at you'll need a cuppa and a sit down!  You'll also find Petra Prins' Mystery Quilt - Part 4, plus 6 other fabulous projects to inspire you. Order your copy now ~ just phone us on 54721881.


Our shipment of Kona Eggshell fabric for Corliss' Celebrating Mary Brown quilt has finally arrived! We are now filling orders for this background fabric used in the centre blocks ~ just phone us to order yours
Centre blocks of Celebrating Mary Brown by Corliss Searcey ~ pattern, fabrics available.

We've had a little bit of a re-shuffle of some of our reproduction shelves recently.  Here's the shelf of Madders and Cheddars ~ both were popular colours for fabrics and clothing in the second half of the 19th Century  These colours tend to come and go from our shelves, but we have a nice selection at the moment ~ well worth a look.

It seems this week Sam has decided that Corliss' old Dresden Plate quilt is every bit as comfortable to snooze on as her grandmother's 1930's butterfly quilt!  In my next life - I'm definitely coming back as a Spoodle!  Have a great week everyone.

Monday, 4 July 2016

What can you do with an old flat iron?

Not ironing, if we can possibly help it!  Today Kurt brought this beautiful table lamp into Threadbear which he just finished making.  Featuring an old nickel plated flat iron base, it looks fabulous in Kurt's part of the shop, but we had to borrow it to show you all before some lucky person decides to buy it and take it home to their place.  If you think it might need to go to your house, just phone us at the shop for details. 

This week American Patch  arrived ~ a fantastic reproduction range from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum collection. You'll find 7 shirtings as well as a mix of medium and dark prints in red, pink, medium blue, navy, caramel and chocolate.   The prints are small and include tiny stars, florals,  spots, and geometrics. These are perfect stash builders!  As always, we have fat eighth packs available for those of you who need just a little of the whole range.  Click here to see the complete range on our website.

#1 American Patch $27.50m
#2 American Patch $27.50m

#3 American Patch $27.50m

#4 American Patch $27.50m

#5 American Patch $27.50m
Di Ford Hall joins us for a new class date to teach her Giggleswick Mill Mystery quilt.  The class in July is full.  But we are now taking bookings for a new date Saturday 27 August.  Here's a sneak preview of parts of the quilt which is still a work in progress.

The class will be held here in Castlemaine, 10am-3pm $95.00 payable on booking which will cover your class fee, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. If you'd like to join us, just phone the shop to book your place.  But don't delay as places are filling fast.
Sam's had a busy week in the workshop this week with Kurt. Here he is supervising and making sure no birds come within a 10 metre radius of the shed door!  Have a great week everyone.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary

Wow, is all we can say to this collection of Judie Rothermel Sturbridge Village classics - re-imagined in a new pallet of colours.  Take a look at the stunning border print in green ombre alternating with a finely detailed medallion print which could be used in so many different ways.  We can see this fabric framing a centre medallion, fussy cut hexagons and stars, appliqued urns and vases, wide outer borders, or even in a strippy quilt.
#1 Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary $26.50m
The iconic vase and flowers print is back but this time in shades of soft greeny teal, deep rose pink and caramel brown on an ecru background ~ perfect for broderie perse or fussy cutting.  Plus, an old favourite spaced floral and paisley print makes a welcome return to the shelves, this time in a teal, rose pink, gold, and brown on creamy beige background.  The supporting prints are all perfect to mix and match with the feature fabrics in gentle butter yellow, apple green, lilac, bone, rose pink, burgundy red, caramel, and blue. 

#2 Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary $26.50m
#3 Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary $26.50m
#4 Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary $26.50m
#5  Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary $26.50m
#6 Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary $26.50m

When the winter winds are blowing, where else would any self respecting Spoodle be but inside somewhere warm and cozy with a quilt.  We had a number of photos to show you from Sam's week; however, as he is asleep in ALL of them, we picked just one!  Whatever part of the world you are in, we hope you are as happy and cozy as Sammy.  Have a great week everyone! 
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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!