Tuesday, 29 July 2014

More Fun....More Thanks.

We had yet another wonderful weekend at Threadbear and we did have a heap of fun...Thank you so much to all of the ladies that joined us on Saturday for Di Fords Fussy Cutting class, we hope that you all had as much fun as we did.....and of course, a huge thank you to Di for another wonderful class...thanks Di for the long drive it takes for you to be with us, thanks for the chance to see many of your beautiful quilts, and thank you for all your wonderful inspiration. Thank you also to Megan who was on had to help out, as 25 ladies spent Saturday working on the centre medellion of this stunning quilt and learning all Di's tips and secrets for making fussy cutting such fun.

The three patterns we prepared for our Midday to Midnight Sit and Sew are now available in the shop along with starter packs for each of the projects...you can buy the patterns alone or with the starter packs, that are $25.00 each, and you can ring us at the shop or email us if you would like any of them...

Winter Blooms from Corliss...so so pretty...$25.00
Sweetest ever sewing cushion from Megan...$15.00
Handy bag for your sewing projects from Annabelle...$23.00
We are always thrilled when any of you bring your quilts in for show and tell, and this week we were treated to some real inspiration...thank you Debbie so much for bring in your quilt to share...Debbie was on her way to a quilting weekend, and we all know what fun they are...just look at this gorgeous scrappy quilt...all hand pieced to perfection...you should see Debbie's perfect points....it is such a beautiful quilt.

Now..feast your eyes on this....Karin has made this absolute stunner using Megan's pattern for the Arden Quilt.  Karin has replaced Megan's centre appliqué panel with a Dutch Chintz Tree of Life Panel to make this quilt...thanks Karin for showing us and letting us share....your quilt took our breath away, it is absolutely beautiful....

 Show and tell just makes us all want to drop what we are doing and run home to our sewing.

More cold weather in Castlemaine today...nothing for a dog to do but rug up and find the warmest spot in the classroom.

Friday, 25 July 2014

More Weekend Fun.

Yes, more weekend fun for all of us...last weekend we had our 12 hours of sewing fun and now we are getting ready for another fantastic day on Saturday, when we will be joined by 25 ladies, all set for a great day with Di Ford.
Di will be taking a fussy cutting class for us here at Threadbear, so it goes without saying that we are in for a great day...and we will all be going home with our heads full of new techniques and tips for cutting holes all over our favourite fabrics....hopefully we will have some photos for you next week.

We received some really great new fabric this week...."Cumberland Prints" from Andover are a little different from our regular cotton prints....these three fabrics are a very nice slubby chambray and they have the loveliest pre aged, soft antique look and feel to them.

We have one rusty antique coloured toile print and two soft cream prints....all with a soft cotton slub and an open chambray weave.  They are $22.00 mt. and you can call or email us at the shop if you would like some.

Wouldn't it be a dream come true to have one, (or more) of Kurt's amazing quilt stands at home to display all those finished quilts we all have piled up....

We have some of these great quilt stands in the shop at the moment and Kurt also makes them to order...Kurt is in the shop every weekend if you ever need to talk to him about his beautiful furniture.

Have a great weekend everyone....we hope you all get some warm cosy sewing time this weekend...
It is a busy Friday here today....packing goodies for our class tomorrow and getting ready to welcome everyone for a fun day....Sammy is feeling the pressure...it is a hectic schedule for him...his work never ends.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A HUGE Thank You.

We are sending a BIG, BIG thank you to all the ladies that joined us on Saturday for our Midwinter, Midday to Midnight sit and sew.....we can only hope that you all had as much fun as we did....because we had such a wonderful time and we want to thank each and every one of you for making it such a great day...
Special thanks go out to Rose, Barb (AKA...the Bad Fairy) and Zanny for all their help on Saturday....we could not have done it without you.

If you missed out this time, well kept a very keen eye out for our next date because you will not want to miss out on all that fun...it was a truly wonderful gathering of happy ladies, all set on having a great time.

We had lots of special treats throughout the day...heavenly massage from Phil and Sherrie and a special appearance from the fabulous Jo Morton...on hand to give us all the prettiest painted nails..

We also had several visits from Barb, The Bad Fairy with her wonderful trivia questions and really great prizes....

And as for the table decorations...well...one table in particular really blitzed it with all their very posh china, floral centre piece and delicious pastries...

The show and tell was stunning and we thank all the talented, generous ladies that were happy to show their quilts and spread inspiration throughout the room....

A stunning prize winner from Anthea Bradley
Sonja's beautiful bag

and wow...more from Sonja, hand quilted & so beautiful
Another prize winner from Anthea.
A truly stunning, sensational Mrs. Billings made by Joan.
A Tribute to Mrs. Williams...pattern by Corliss Searcey.....made by Robyn in striking colours.
Joan showing her stunning "Pas De Deux" pattern by Robyn Falloon
Everyone loved "Show and Tell"

You can see from the photos what a great time was had by all.

Sunday morning was set aside for tea, coffee and muffins at Threadbear....and Sammy was on hand to help out....he was ready for lots of pats and cuddles....and he was also trying to tell us all that he was allowed to have all the muffins he could eat.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Welcome Return.

If you had have been with us in the shop this week you would have heard the little squeals of delight when we opened up a box and saw these gorgeous little treats.....do you remember "Birdsong"....what can you say about this fabric...other than ooohhhhh.

It sold out in a snap last time we had this stunner and now we have one bolt of pink and one bolt of latte.....it is $22.00 mt and you can ring or email us at the shop if you give into temptation....but we don't think they will last very long.
And then ..out of the same box came this rich delicious red paisley, another one that disappeared in a snap last time...if you are a paisley addict this is one of the best...

A big thank you to Jacqui King for bringing along her quilt to share with us all...wow, Jacqui, your quilt really is fantastic....what a fabulous job you have done making this quilt.  Jacqui did a class with Di Ford here at Threadbear making "Miss Porter's Quilt" featured in Di's book "Primarily Quilts" and we think that Jacqui has made a beautiful quilt.

We were all very excited to see some news from the Netherlands about 2 of Megan's beautiful quilts. "Worthing Downs"and "Miss Mattie's Parlour".

We are so lucky here at Threadbear because we see these beautiful quilts every day, but what a thrill it is to know that quilters just like us, in the Netherlands are enjoying Megan's quilts as much as we do.
Quilters at the Dutch shop "De Frottende Freule" are being offered two of Megan's patterns, and both quilts were featured on De Frottende Freule's stand at this years Quilt Festival in the Netherlands...Congratulations Megan...your beautiful quilts inspire us all.

Sammy is congratulating Megan with lots of tail wags....in front of the heater of course.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone...hope everyone gets lots of sewing time..at Threadbear we are welcoming 70 ladies for a fantastic Midwinter sit and sew.....from Midday to Midnight on Saturday there will be stitching, laughter,and a whole heap of fun...so we should have some great photos to share next week....

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pretty Winter Fabric For A Winters Day.

Well here in Central Victoria right now we are in the depths of dark, rainy midwinter days...so the delivery of Laundry Basket Quilt's wonderful new range "Snowbird" seems just perfect....it is full of beautiful soft, snowy winter colours...if you are a fan of Laundry Basket Quilts you will know they always have stunning prints and these are no exception...look how pretty they are...absolutely beautiful all over prints and pretty soft blenders and polka dots.  They are $22.00 mt and will be on the website soon.

Now while we are talking about gorgeous fabric, just take a look at this fantastic 1/8 pack...how good does it look....

We have shown you this range..."Paula's Companions" by Paula Barnes before, but now that we have made these 1/8 packs we have renewed enthusiasm....we just love this 1/8 pack...look at those colours, how handy would one of these packs be in the sewing room...there are 28 fat 1/8s in this pack for $84.00.

Thank you so very much to Robyn Fagan this week for bringing her wonderful quilt "Smithsonian Stars" to share with us...

If you have already seen this stunner of a quilt that is because Robyn won 1st prize with this quilt...in the catagory Mainly Appliqué, two person, amateur and professional....at this years Showcase. Congratulations Robyn, it is easy to see why you are a prize winner and we thank you for bringing your quilt  in to share with us.

It is a cold grey day here today...we have the heater turned way up high and Sammy still has his overcoat on....as for going outside, well you can see by the look on his face that he has no interest at all in that suggestion.