Thursday, 27 August 2015

Plenty to show you today

What a fortnight it's been at the shop! With two deliveries of the scrumptious Cloverdale House by Di Ford-Hall, we were so busy filing all the pre-orders, we ran out of time last week to do a blog post. So this week we have plenty to show you. 

Cloverdale House ~ Fat eighth packs also available
Twenty girls from Victoria, NSW and WA enjoyed a great day last Saturday with Di to make a start on their own Pendle Hill quilt. Di is always so generous with her ideas, and was happy to share with the class her latest ideas using the cream pillar print from her Cloverdale House range. 

Di cut motifs from the large pillar print to create this stunning centre
Back in stock is the Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Adjustable Square.  This ingenious tool allows you connect the pieces like a jigsaw to create a square ruler in varying sizes from 4" to 241/2". When you're done, just pack them all away in the sturdy and attractive storage case.  This has been popular with a number of Quilting Groups.  Consider asking your local group to include one of these handy tools in their library.

This week we received a few gorgeous fabrics from the Country French collection by Maywood Studios.  In soft aged colours of moss green, rusty red, mottled beige and slate blue, this border fabric will make a perfect finishing frame to a reproduction style quilt. Mix it with the overall floral which would also suite broiderie perse applique, and the gorgeous rusty red & moss green checks, or with the European Taupe self stripe in the mottled tan.

Country French border print and floral $24.50m

Country French red check and green check $24.50m   European Taupe X111 self stripe with tiny flowers $26.50m
 More Template sets also arrived in the shop this week.  New to Thread bear are the Small Circles ~ 9 pieces 1" to5" plus the Lozenges ~ 9 pieces 11/4" to71/4" . Plus new "ispy" templates in a variety of shapes and sizes ~ perfect for fussy cutting.
Lozenges $21.790, Small Circles $21.90
Small Hexagons $21.90, Mini Hexagon set $17.50

With so many enquiries for pieces from the Millworks fabric range lately from ladies doing the current Mystery Quilt in Quiltmania Magazine, we thought it worth mentioning that we still have one fat eighth pack of the whole collection left, plus a few pieces still on the bolt.  So if you are hunting these fabrics, give us a call, or order through our website.

Millworks fabrics still available

As always, Sam has been working flat chat at the today he is home putting his feet up.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Gerry's in the house (Cloverdale House that is...!)

How excited we were to see the deliveryman through the door on Tuesday with our first shipment of Cloverdale House ~ Di Ford Hall's first fabric range with Andover.  It was all hands on deck for 2 days solid filing all the pre-orders.  We still have plenty left for our shelves too, so check out the complete range here.

Last Saturday we had a great day with the Threadbear's Applique Group.  There was a brilliant vibe in the room with ladies from far and wide including people who have been coming for 8 years, and others for whom this was their very first meeting!  Everyone really enjoyed our guest speaker, Katrina Hadjmichael.  Katrina was here to meet the girls and show us her fabulous quilts, and then to teach a class for Threadbear on Sunday.  She was a very entertaining and inspiring speaker and we were so thrilled to have her at Threadbear. 
Katrina Hadjmichael's Pemberley

... and Lambton
As always there was lots of show and tell from the girls... here's just a smattering.
Dianne's Oh Dear Mrs Thompkins - but she can't find one of the borders that she knows she's made.  "I've put it down somewhere"!

Glenys' Morrell Quilt - we especially love the camel and the elephant!

Da Da !  Jenni brought along Ann's Legacy

Jo's stunning design won her first place at the recent Vic Quilters Showcase

Kim's gorgeous quilt for her very first applique group meeting.  
Thanks again to these girls and all the others who shared their work with the Group. So as another busy week at the shop draws to a close we are all looking forward to some time to sew at home. Have a great weekend everyone!
I know....pretty cute aren't I ?

Friday, 7 August 2015

Cloverdale House is HERE ~ nearly!

I know we've been saying it for ages ~ but Di Ford-Hall's first fabric collection ~ Cloverdale House is really, truly in the truck on it's way!  We expect it to come through our front door on about Tuesday next week.  Earlier than expected.  YAY!!  If you've already placed your order we will be getting it in the post to you by the end of next week.  How exciting ~ we are absolutely thrilled for Di and congratulate her on a very beautiful collection.  Better yet, she is currently working on her second range ~ sure too be a stunner as well.

Don't you just love a bit of tea dyeing?  Looking at these two fabrics on the shelf they looked just a little too bright for our collection.  Sure enough ~ a few dips in the tea did the trick!  What do you think?

We always love seeing finished quilts come through the door.  Kirsty brought her gorgeous version of Di's 'Oh Dear Mrs.Tompkins' {aka The Burnt Quilt} in to select some binding.  Lucky us.
Stunning, Kirsty.  Thanks for sharing.

Sometimes Sam just has to wait too long to be let in . . . .  Wishing you all a great weekend, staying cozy as you stitch.
Promise I'll be really good if you let me in!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Fabrics, magazines, quilts, and pyjamas

Sam has been going the extra yard this week here at the shop filing our back-orders for Petra and Nel's Indian Rhapsody Dutch Heritage Border.  If you missed out earlier in the year, the good news is we still have some on our shelves.  You can order through the website or by phone.

Dutch Heritage border $25.00m
 This week we received the July/August Quiltmania magazine Issue #108. As always there is lots to read and look at so phone us if you would like a copy sent to you.  There are still copies available in the shop.

New fabric this week is Sophie circa 1820 - 1840 by Mary Koval.  There are 19 in all in a mix of bright teal, cream/off white, brown, red and yellow.
Sophie c1820-1840 $23.00m

Sophie c1820-1840 $23.00m

Sophie c1820-1840 $23.00m
We always enjoy meeting customers from interstate and putting a face to a name.  This week, Vicki from Adelaide came to visit and brought us her stunning miniature hexagon quilt (among others) to show us. From memory, these are all half inch hexagons.  The pattern came from an earlier Quiltmania magazine.  Congratulations Vicki - it's a stunner.
Then this morning Lesley brought in her finished Bartlet quilt (pattern available from Threadbear) which she made from the Shenandoah Valley range.  We LOVE the colours and especially the border Lesley!
And this week we have a sneak peek at some of Corliss' how and tell.  She is still powering away on applique blocks for her new quilt. And as always, her fabric choices and attention to detail are just beautiful.  I think this is probably the loveliest applique bird I've seen and the BEST use of what was a bit of a  shocker of a fabric. We can't wait to see this quilt finished!

While spring is only a month away and the first of Kurt's daffodils is flowering here in the courtyard at Threadbear, the winter winds are still blowing.  And we all know that winter nights are perfect for hand sewing by the fire, curling up with a good book, sipping a warm chocolaty drink OR....snuggling up in your NEW JAMMIES!!  Here is Sam sporting a very fetching ensemble of pumpkin and navy blue stripes, ready for bed.  He looks pretty darn happy with himself too! Have a great weekend everyone!.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

It's been a busy week at Threadbear

Grab your cup of tea or coffee and settle in - we have lots to show you today.  New on the shelves is Catherine by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.  There are 27 in the range in a tempting mix of matchbox blue, sage green, pumpkin, mustard, chestnut and faded brick-red.  The prints are gorgeous and the 5 background fabrics are walking out the door.   A fat eighth packs of the entire collection is available at $84.00.
Catherine by Jo Morton - $23.50 a metre
Now we know lots and lots of us use the Karisma pencil with a green, pink, white or yellow lead for marking around our templates.  And we also know that many of us have several pencils so we can swap between coloured leads.  So it makes sense that the Karisma people now have the 3 in 1 pencil with three coloured leads in one handy pencil.  It comes standard with grey, white and pink leads. But you can  refill with any three Karisma colours you use most.
From the Threadbear Vault - well, really that means from under the table in the shed - we found a bolt of  brown Victorian Rose feature floral and look how well it sits with the collection of Penelope fabrics.
Victorian Rose by Mary Koval  $24.00 metre ~ far left.
Words and script are always a popular choice for background prints and we have another new Quiltgate fabric for you to consider for a new project - or just to add to your stash.  In soft latte and coffee brown on ivory, this is a useful classic. 
Penny Rose Classics also arrived this week, 6 in all, and $23.00m.  The 3 "ticking" prints in green, red, and blue team beautifully with our shelves of spots and dots.

More Penny Rose Classics
And with so much happening at Threadbear since our last blog post, and so many visitors to the shop to meet and greet, poor Sammy has been run off his feet.  He has been spotted much of the time leaning against the back door trying to keep his eyes open and just waiting for knock off time to get home for well earned sleep. Have a great week everyone.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Winter Warmth = friends and fabric!

There's been frost on top of the frost here in Castlemaine this week with cold blustery days and chilly nights, but Threadbear has stayed warm and cosy with good heating and great company.  Despite the freezing conditions, we've had lots of visits this week from so many lovely girls all braving the cold in search of that perfect piece of fabric and inspiration.  Threadbear's Passionate Piecers group came town to last Saturday for another great day. We were thrilled to welcome Debra Dorwood as our guest speaker. Debra has been a prolific quilter over the years and a long time friend of Threadbear so it was great to catch up and have her share her gorgeous quilts with the group.

Debra's enthusiasm and energy left everyone inspired

Great colours and a mix of applique and piecing

One of Debra's many designs that appeared in Quilter's Companion

It's always a great time to catch up with friends
Then of course there was a terrific selection of show and tell from the Group. Here's just a taste of the wonderful quilts in the room .
 Marie's hexagons - wow!
Michelle's amazing quilt is all her own design
New in the shop is to tempt us all is "Penelope" ~ soft romantic roses and wallpaper stripes inspired by 19th century french fabrics.  These are so, so pretty in musky soft pink, pale blue, gentle brown and buttery cream. 
Penelope by Erin Turner for Penny Rose fabrics $23.50 metre
Also newly arrived are the Mourning Grays and Purples - although we selected just the purples.  And they are all stash worthy!
Mourning Purples $25.50 metre
So with plenty happening in the shop, we had lots to put in our latest newsletter which is available on our website here.  Sammy was, as always, supervising production and keeping us all in order in between greeting customers in his own special way!  Have a great and cosy weekend everyone!