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!