Friday, 24 October 2014

Today's Blog is Brought To You by The Letter H.

Yes....Hexagons, hexagons hexagons....we have all gone mad for hexagons.  We are all looking forward to a fabulous day tomorrow as we all gather together for our Spring Fling.  We already know that it will be a  huge day full of all sorts of fun, and hopefully some great photos for you next week of some of the fun.

In the goody bag everyone will receive on arrival tomorrow, will be three new patterns and starter packs for some small projects...and yes, you guessed it....they are all using hexagons...well of course.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree Notebook Cover by Corliss Searcey.

From Corliss we have this simply beautiful notebook cover, lots of great Hexagon sewing and a beautiful stichery for us to do as well...when this project is finished it will fit an A4 notebook....a very stylish way to keep all your design ideas and sewing notes in one place.

The Victorian Hexagon Bag by Virginia Enright.
From Virginia Enright we have the prettiest zip purse you will ever see....more gorgeous hexagons to piece using all your favorite colours... This bag is the perfect size for all our favorite sewing tools..and lots more besides...but be warned , if your friends know you have made this bag they will want you to make one for them too.

Annabelle's Handy Bag.
Annabelle's bag is designed to carry a medium sized plastic has carry handles so it will be great for just picking up your latest project and sewing where ever you find yourself....we all love a good container for our hexagons and at the moment we have a fantastic container in the shop...perfect divisions to separate colours and store lots of  hexagons ready for sewing and room for lots of sewing tools as well....and yes, this container does fit very nicely in Annabelles handy bag.

We have definitely saved the best for last...not only are we looking forward to our spring fling for hours of guaranteed fun but the big news of the day is the launch of Megan's newest quilt and pattern..."The Mary Stubbs Quilt".

The Mary Stubbs Quilt by Megan Carroll
Wow...this photo says it all...we can't wait to get our hands on this pattern.  Megan's quilt is named after Mrs Mary Stubbs of Harcourt, a local identity of the Harcourt Valley in Victoria, where Megan lives.  This quilt combines 19 th century design influences with beautiful  reproduction fabrics resulting in an antique style quilt befitting the great Mrs Mary Stubbs herself.

Megan's latest pattern is $35.00 and the starter packs with 60 fat 1/6 s of fabric, chosen by Megan in the colours used in her quilt is $95.00...
Megan has worked well into the night many times to have this quilt ready for us to enjoy...Congratulations Megan, your quilt is stunning.
All of our new patterns are available for sale and will be on our web site on next week.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend and we hope you all get lots of sewing time....maybe even sewing some hexagons. You can see that Sammy is in a hexagon mood along with the rest of us...but he thinks Corliss's hexagon notebook will be just perfect for his favorite doggy treat recipes.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

More Fussy Cutting Fun.

Well good grief, more totally tempting, gorgeous fabrics today....with extra temptation for lovers of fussy cutting....just look at this wonderful new range from Jo Morton.  "Caswell County" is full of wonderful rich colours, great small prints, some beautiful stipe prints...paisleys and two stunning paisley border always, if you can't decide on which prints you would like we have 1/8 packs of all 19 prints for $57.00.

We always know that some great fabric is on the way when there is a new Jo Morton range available and this range is no exception.

This is another sneak peak at one of the small projects on offer at next a weeks Spring Fling...our 12 hours of sewing fun next Saturday 25th October.  The Victorian Hexagon Bag by Virgina Enright is an absolutely gorgeous little bag and is one of the free patterns and kits that you will receive on the day....still a few places left if you would like to join promises to be a fun day.

A big thank you today to Sharon for this sensational show and tell...this is Sharon's version of Corliss's English Basket Quilt.  Sharon has chosen this stunning hexagon border for her quilt and it makes the whole quilt sing...congratulations Sharon, your quilt is beautiful, we love it.

Can you tell by the look on Sammy's face that we have something really yummy for morning tea today.
It is hard to refuse those big brown eyes.

Friday, 17 October 2014

A Really Lovely Visit.

We always love it when our friend Chris Colivizza visits us at the shop and she brought a special surprise with her when she called into Threadbear on Thursday morning...Chris brought her friend Patty Harrant into the shop to check out all the fabric and fun at Threadbear and we were all very excited to meet her.
We know that Patty has been very busy on her trip to Australia so we were thrilled that she was able to come in and say was lovely to meet you Patty.

A big thank you today to Sue for some great show and tell...Sue made this fantastic quilt using Threadbear's wonderful scrap bags....scrap bags are great fun and a great way of getting small quantities of lots of different fabrics....if you have ever treated yourself to one of our great scrap bags you will know the thrill of opening up the bag and seeing the treasure inside...what a wonderful scrappy quilt you have made Sue.

Oh good make a cup of tea and sit down to look at this gorgeous is beautiful.  My goodness, fussy cutters get ready, can you imagine what  you can do with this collection of tempting fabrics.  "Rue Indienne" is from French General, it is $23.00 mt.  There are also two blenders not pictured, and we have 1/8 packs of all 11 for $, it is pretty nice isn't it.

We would like to say a big welcome to all the ladies from Essendon Quilters who are in town for their annual retreat...we all know what fun a sewing weekend away with friends can be....we hope you all have a wonderful weekend ladies.

We have had a busy week in the shop this week...and Sammy has been there to help us with all of our chores...although he does have a bit of a Friday look on his face today....and he needs to rest up and get ready for another big weekend in the shop.

If you are coming to Castlemaine this weekend for the Goldfield Quilters Show at St Mary's Hall, make sure you come into the shop and say hello, we would love to see you...and Sammy will be here to greet you.
Have a great weekend everyone....happy sewing to all.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Thank You Lisa and Louise.

We would like to say a huge thank you to every one that joined us on Saturday for an absolutely wonderful  meeting of the Castlemaine Appliqué Group....and a huge thank you also to our guest speakers Lisa and Louise of the Max and Louise Pattern Company for such an enjoyable and inspirational talk...Lisa and Louise talked to us about their love of quilting and had lots of their great quilts, big and small to show us.

We were totally spoiled on Saturday because as well as getting to see Lisa and Louise's collection of amazing quilts we also had some stunning show and, what beautiful quilts.

Michelle's Norfolk Island
Erica's Miss Matty's Parlour
Wendy's original design
Now....Just look at our latest 1/8 good is this, we now have two 1/8 packs to go with the fantastic new Tree of Life Panel by Di Ford with Petra Prins and Nel Kooiman.  How good do these packs look.  We have just added the light pack to go with last weeks dark 1/8 pack... The light pack has 15 fat 1/8 s for $45.00, and combined with the panel and the dark 1/8 pack will give you the perfect selection of colours to make something spectacular.  We can't wait to see some show and tell when everyone starts creating with these great fabrics.

If you haven't kicked up your heels yet to celebrate spring well what better way than to join us for our Spring Fling on Saturday October 25th.  We still have a few spots left and we would love you to join us.

What's on offer?  We have gone hexagon mad with patterns and fabric packs for three small projects. Hours of stitching fun with friends, competition with great prizes for the best dressed table, have a neck & shoulder massage or your fortune told, trivia quizzes with more prizes, quilt launch of another stunning original design by Megan ~ great company, good food, plenty of time to sew.  

Now, can you imagine more fun.....just email or call us at the shop if you would like to join goes without saying we would love to see you.

We all had a great day on Saturday but no one had more fun than Sammy....he was at his tail wagging best and was greeting friends all day but by the end of the day...boy was he tuckered out.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Lots of Pats for Sammy This Weekend.

Today we have some shirtings new to the shop, and they are so pretty you will want to feast your eyes on them.  We all love shirtings and this range is a great combination of small patterns and great colours...

And just look at has to be the stand out pattern in the gorgeous are these sweet, pretty little pears.

We would like to send a huge thank you today to Sherie Boston for letting share her wonderful quilt Sherie, everyone that looks at this wonderful quilt top is going to love it as much we did...Sherie has used all reproduction fabrics for this stunner and it is absolutely beautiful...Sherie, you will send us all to our sewing rooms on the weekend full of inspiration.

This Saturday is meeting time for the Castlemaine Appliqué we may have some show and tell for our blog next is always a fun day for everyone...chatting, sewing and lovely cups of tea...what could be better than that.

Sammy is already in his chair with an eye on the door...waiting patiently for all his CAG friends to arrive....he knows he will be getting lots of pats.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone...enjoy the beautiful spring...or, and as always we hope that your weekend is full of lots of sewing time.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Perfect Timing.

Last week we were so excited to receive the fabulous Tree of Life panel by Di Ford, with Petra Prins and Nel Kooiman.  This great new Tree of Life Panel is taken from an appliqué centre done by Di for a quilt featured in Petra's book, " Promenade dans un Jardin Hollandais".

It really was perfect timing to receive new stock of Petra's wonderful book, full of gorgeous quilt patterns, including the pattern for the Tree of Life quilt.

If you haven't already got a copy of this book and you love collecting beautiful Quiltmania publications...well this is one of the best and you won't be disappointed with its pages full of inspiration.

What a fabulous and very special day we had on Sunday when we were lucky enough to be invited to join Di Ford Hall for lunch and show and tell with the Secret Sisters and Di's Friday girls.

Good grief, it was a show and tell like no other, piles and piles of the most astounding quilts...way too many to show in one blog, but we had to give you just a little taste of some of the quilts we saw.  All the quilts shown have been made by The Secret Sisters, Di's Friday Girls and of course, those made by Di herself.

Poppies..pattern by Di Ford Hall
Route 66...pattern by Di Ford Hall

Civil War Bride...pattern by Corliss Searcey
Homage to Sallie Ann...pattern by Di Ford Hall
The Morrell Quilt...pattern by Di Ford Hall
Rotherfield Greys....pattern by Di Ford Hall
The Grove Documentation Quilt....pattern by Di Ford Hall
Quilt by Virginia Enright
Pattern by Blackbird Designs
Pattern by Blackbird Designs
Drayton Hall...pattern by Di Ford Hall
And as if that wasn't enough for a brilliant Sunday afternoon we were thrilled to be able to share it with Brenda Papadakis....phew, thank goodness there was at least one Dear Jane quilt in the show and tell....Thank You Di for such a wonderful day.

Dear Jane...pattern by Brenda Papadakis
What is a poor dog to do after a show and tell like that...the only way Sammy could compete for the perfect photo after all those amazing quilts was to look up and show us his beautiful big brown puppy eyes.