Tuesday 30 July 2013

Back home, and stuff everywhere.

Well it is always the same after a party isn't it, first you have all the fun and then it is time to clean up...so we are back from the show and it is time to unload the van and pack away all the goodies. Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at the show, it is your visits, continued support and smiling faces that make the show so much fun for us.
Sammy helped us with every single load we carried from the van, he walked backwards and forwards so many times  he was completely puffed out and ready for a big drink of water. The supervisor always has the hardest job.

And then there were more boxes....while we were busy carrying boxes in through the back door we had a delivery man bringing boxes and boxes of beautiful Quiltmania books in through our front door so we will have some new books for show and tell soon.

We also have some extra copies of Quiltmania magazine...no.95 and the newest edition, straight from France, no. 96.
Issue no.95
Issue no. 96..Feathered Mariners Compass by Michelle Yeo
As with all editions of this wonderful magazine, these issues are both full of beautiful projects to tempt, and articles of interest including some great photos of Di Fords House at Pour L'Amour du Fil in France, earlier this year.
The magazines are $15.95 and have not made it to our web site yet,but just phone us at the shop or send us an email if you would like a copy.

And now, Look Look Look, what we have..

Beautiful gorgeous "Phebe" carry bags, featuring the centre applique panel from Di Ford's "Phebe" Quilt, these bags are also from Quiltmania, so they are beautifully printed.
These bags are $10.00 each and if you didn't get one of these gorgeous bags from the Quiltmania stand at last weeks show, well, once again, just ring us at the shop or send us an email and we can arrange to send you one...We all have ours already, and really, can you imagine carrying your work to your next sewing day in anything but this seasons "must have" accessory.

You never know who is likely to turn up at the shop for a chat and a play but today's visitor took us all by surprise...
Meet lamby, in town with his dad to do some repairs on the shop next to Threadbear..cute, but those curls just don't compare to Sammy's.

Friday 26 July 2013

All the Fun of the Fair.

Greetings to all from the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair.  We have already had the chance to catch up with many of you and are looking forward to more time to catch up and chat over the next few days.
Kurt and Corliss achieved wonders on Wednesday, turning empty walls and a pile of very heavy boxes into Threadbear's completed stand full of tempting goodies.

Looks like hard work
And still hard at work.

The stand looks great....and.....a fanfare for Corliss, Megan and Margaret please...don't the new quilts look fantastic.

"Antique Applique Sampler" by Corliss Searcey

Can you imagine all the work and effort that has gone into having these four quilts finished in time for the show.
"Heartfelt" by Margaret McDonald
We would also like to say three huge cheers and a mighty thank you to Susan Campbell, of Rowdy Flat Quilting for the amazing quilting on all four of our new quilts. Susan's quilting is absolutely beautiful and we would like to thank her for all the creativity, care and attention to detail that goes into her work.
"Worthing Downs" by Megan Carroll
It is so good to finally show you some photos of the new quilts, we hope you will get to see them all at stand D18 over the weekend, but if you miss out on the show or live too far away to travel, all the pattern details are now on our website and the quilts will be back, hanging in the shop when the show closes.
"Miss Matty's Parlour" by Megan Carroll

If you missed out on this fabulous Mary Koval print from the "Gabrielle" range we have just received more of the bird print in both colour ways.

Our first delivery of this print sold out so quickly, but we were lucky enough to get more...birds are always handy in the stash because you never know when you will need a bird print, and that is always the very time there are none available.

Sammy is a little miffed, and could not believe that he was not permitted entry to the show.

Lots of visitors to to the stand sent back a special hello to Sammy, and in return Sammy would like to send a big hello and best wishes to all of you, with a special cheerio to Colin.

Well we are in for a busy weekend at stand D18..if you come to the show we hope you have a great time and if your are not going to the show this weekend well we hope that means you are at home sewing...have a great weekend everyone.

Tuesday 23 July 2013

Lost treasure revealed

There has been lots of lifting, carrying, & moving things around this week at Threadbear as we pack for our trip to the Melbourne show, and....low and behold...look what has revealed itself amongst the mound of boxes.  Do you remember this fabulous John Hewson panel...no longer available, so this is a very rare find indeed...and we found nearly a full bolt that we didn't know we had.  It won't be on our web site but if you would like some just ring or email us at the shop to reserve a panel..a panel consists of two prints. 60cms in length and it is $10.80 per panel.

Kurt and Sammy have been working so hard all morning to get everything packed and we are now ready to head off to the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair...we have cut and packed loads and loads of fabrics and we have four new quilts that we can't wait to show you so we hope that you will all come and say hello to us at stand D18 from Thursday 25th through to Sunday 28th July.
Catching up with so many of you makes this such a fun event for us....so see you all there.

Are we there yet..are we there yet???

And if you can't make it to the show, well don't worry because Threadbear will still be open all weekend and we will make sure that we take lots of photos of the show to share with you, so no one misses out on the fun.

Friday 19 July 2013

Birds Birds Birds

Oooohhh we love birds...and more arrived today, so here we go again..beautiful, gorgeous, stunning.

Try as we might to come up with another way to describe these fabrics we just keep coming back to the same old words, because really.......they are beautiful...gorgeous...stunning.

This new range is called "Gabrielle" and it is a fabulous range. 

If you are not in the mood for gorgeous pretty birds well there is still plenty in this range to please, with some great blenders in a collection of really useful colours, small to medium size prints and some great all over leafy designs.

If you are not already a fan of "Karen Kay Buckley"s Perfect Scissors", well grab a pair soon and you will be converted in an instant.  These are such great scissors and are now available in a new medium size..the perfect size for the sewing bag.
These scissors are so light and easy on the hands with soft comfortable large handles.  They have great sharp points for tiny little snips, and their micro serrated blade means that fabric doesn't slip away from you when you are trying to cut around delicate flowers and leaves for Broderie Perse and appliqué pieces. We will have plenty of all three sizes with us at stand D18, next week at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair so make sure you check them out when you come to say hello to us.
If you can't make it to the show we also have Karen Kay Buckley's Scissors on our web site and in the shop.

Wow oh wow...Sorry to use the word stunning yet again but just look at this amazing quilt we have for show and tell today. We always have great fun in the shop when Lorraine from Colac comes to visit us and yesterday she brought this amazing quilt made for her by her Daughter...boy she would have to be the favorite Daughter of the family after a gift like this.

And as if this huge quilt isn't enough to get us excited, just check out the machine quilting...can you believe Lorraine's Daughter quilted this whole quilt herself on a domestic machine...what an amazing achievement.

Sammy has only one thing to say to you all today....have a great weekend everybody.

Tuesday 16 July 2013

BIG BIG Range.

We could almost have a "No Words Wednesday" blog post today...except it is only Tuesday.
We really only need lots and lots of photos to show you this huge range, "History Repeated" from Windham fabrics.

We have 61 different prints from this range and they are in light and dark browns, soft navy ivory and the most beautiful smokey teals.
 The colours work so beautifully together, but each and everyone of these prints are all gorgeous and all of them are just begging to be used...pale backgrounds, great stripes so tempting for fussy cutting and small borders, and great all over florals and geometrics.
You can see swatches of the whole range on our website, all, or just one or two of these prints will be such a handy addition to the stash...but really.. you will just want them all.

We have been so lucky in the past few weeks because we have had some really inspirational show and tell..and it is always great to have a good old sticky beak at what other people have been up to.
Thanks for today go to Jenny and Sheila.

Jenny made this quilt as a wedding gift for her daughter...that is such a special gift and we bet her daughter will just love it.

And wow....Sheila has finished her "Civil War Bride".  Sheila came into Threadbear for wadding and backing.  Sheila thought we may want to wait till her top was all quilted and bound before we took a photo, but we couldn't wait...we will just take another photo when it is quilted, because it is so beautiful.

Now..if you have not yet decided to make the trip to the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, well let us tell you...you have to come and join us there.  Today at Threadbear there have been so many beautiful fabrics packed into boxes, ready to take to the show.
We have been having such a great time selecting all the fabric you will see at the show,
and we also have four new quilts for you to enjoy...you won't want to miss out on all that fun. 
Kurt has to help Sammy with his fabric selections because he is only little and he cant reach the top shelves.

Friday 12 July 2013

Sammys "To Do" list.

There are many items on Sammy's "To Do" list for today..in fact he is in his chair and ready to supervise...
We have to print a new newsletter, cut and parcel our latest fabric club, keep folding fabrics for the July show, and most important of all, and not to be forgotten, regular pats, cuddles and treats for Sammy...all in a days work for this busy dog.

New fabric is still arriving each day at the shop, and another exciting addition to our shelves is "Civil War Jubilee".
This is another gorgeous collection of stunning jewel coloured prints from Barbara Brackman for Moda.
Great border prints, florals and blenders make up this range....they are all very rich,some dark and broody and some full of colour.

And if you like purples, well feast your eyes on these lovelies...
"Mourning Grays" is all purples, deep greys and black prints...and any of the prints from this range would make a very handy addition to the stash...Threadbear says you can never have too many purples in your stash.

The best way we can think of to head into the week end is to show you this amazing piece of inspiration.
Tanya came to Threadbear today to find a backing for her quilt and we are so glad she let us take a photo to share with you all, because her quilt is beautiful.
Thank you Tanya for sharing and thank you to Layla for helping hold up your Mum's quilt up for us all to see.  Tanya, your quilt is so pretty and your choice of colours are wonderful..seeing this fantastic quilt finished and ready to be quilted makes us want to spend the whole weekend sewing.

Wishing you all a happy weekend, and lots of sewing time as well.