Tuesday 29 October 2013


Very exciting news..it is official, the flyers are printed and ready to hand out to all...so please everyone, save the date.  Castlemaine Appliqué group are planning their first ever exhibition of quilts for March 15th and 16th  2014...and it promises to be visual feast for all.  You won't want to miss this wonderful exhibition of stunning appliqué quilts, so make sure you mark the dates in your diary, and just to be sure you had better put a big red cross on the wall calender as well.  Then start planning a day, or a whole weekend of fun, fun, fun.

We have another great Quiltmania book.  There are no limits to the cute projects to be found in  "Garden Party" by Reiko Kato. 

There is something in this book for every one that loves to take on small projects every now and then.

There are all sorts of projects, from cute little bags to tiny little creatures...and lots of great ideas if you like to make your own Christmas gifts.

As always we had great fun with all our weekend visitors.  It was great to have Di Ford with us teaching a class for the beautiful Maggie Grace quilt.  A fun time was had by all, and even Gerry Gee was welcomed into the class room.

It is a relief to know that when Gerry Gee joined in the classroom fun he did come with his own chair...Sammy is happy to share the lime light with Gerry Gee but when there is fun in the class room Sammy likes to be in prime position.

Friday 25 October 2013

Got to be Quick

Well, our Pheasants flew in......and flew straight back out again.  We sold out of this totally stunning print in a snap, but we did manage to get our hands on a tiny bit more.

"Pheasant Run" by Little Quilts for Henry Glass Fabrics will be back on our website as soon as we receive our delivery.  If you would like some for your stash be quick because we don't think it will last very long.

We are looking forward to a great weekend in the shop.  Friday night is our six till midnight "Sit and Sew", and on Sunday we are all looking forward to Di Ford's class, "Maggie Grace".

The pattern for this absolutely gorgeous quilt can be found in Di Ford's book, "Primarily Quilts" and we now have fabric kits in the shop with all the fabric you will need to complete the applique and hexagons, just add a border of your choice and you will be well on the way to your very own "Maggie Grace".

"Maggie Grace" kits are $95.00 plus postage and if you would like one just call us at the shop.

Now....here a Threadbear we love all of our blog friends, so the last thing we would want to do is annoy everyone with just one interesting fact...but today is October 25th and that means it is exactly two months till the "BigDay".....We have been having great fun in the shop this week putting together some gift hampers, so if you have sewing friends to buy for you can let us take the stress out of shopping and we will put together a gift hamper for you containing all manner of goodies. If you have friends interstate or overseas, we will include postage...they do look pretty good, if you buy one you may want to keep it for yourself.

Sammy's eyelids are getting heavy and he is ready for his regular Friday afternoon nap.  

Before he dozes off  he would like to wish you all a very happy weekend, with lots and lots of sewing time.

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Pheasants Have Just Flown In.

Look at our new fabric...isn't it beautiful.  This is the signature print from a new range by Little Quilts for Henry Glass Fabrics,  "Pheasant Run".
And as if the stunning signature print was not enough to get us excited, this range also comes with lots and lots of gorgeous prints and blenders.

It is quite a big range and every single piece in the range is great, so have your Karen Kay Buckley scissors  at the ready, (The absolute best scissors for fussy cutting), because this range is just crying out for a fussy cutting frenzy.

If you have already read our October newsletter you will have heard the exciting news that an extra date has been offered for Threadbear's Appliqué School with Di Ford and Margaret McDonald. The three original dates we planned booked out in a flash. We were so excited when we were able to add this extra date because there were so many of you that wanted to join us. The extra date is Saturday, April 5th 2014.   Just like the other dates this one is filling fast, so if you would like to join us for a fantastic day of sewing with Di and Margaret and lots & lots of fun just call us at the shop or email us for details or to book your place.

We caught Sammy doing a little happy dance at our front door.  Sammy had a great weekend in the shop, he got to catch up with lots of his friends, he got alot of attention and lots of pats, so now he is ready and waiting for more visitors.

Friday 18 October 2013

Pretty comes to Castlemaine.

We have had an absolute out break of prettiness at Threadbear.

 If you love pretty florals, or just love gorgeous fabrics, then this weeks delivery is for you.

All these beautiful fabrics are from Yuwa, Japanese fabrics well known for their stunning floral prints and beautiful quality fabrics.
And as if this feast of florals was not enough they arrived with this tempting collection of polka dots.

Sometimes when Kurt brings a new piece of his wonderful custom made furniture into his shop we love it so much we just have to show everyone, and we really love his new table.

We are sure Kurt doesn't make all his furniture with our sewing needs in mind but it would make a great side table for some hand sewing.  And while we were taking a quick photo of this great new table we had a celebrity sighting....We spotted Gerry Gee sitting up in one of Kurt's high chairs. Then things started to get way out of control....

Gerry Gee has been popping up all over the shop.  Seems he is making a take over bid, so if you are coming to the shop this weekend you may even be served by him.

Sammy was paying no attention to all the fun at Threadbear this week, he just found himself a nice spot in front of the heater for a lovely long snooze...seems like a pretty good idea.

Wishing every one a very happy weekend with lots of relaxing sewing time.

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Esprit de Corps Baltimore Quilt.

Wow, everyone, would you love to win this stunning quilt...This is the "Friends of Baltimore" quilt, from a pattern by Sue Garman.

 Rose Piper and Robyn Falloon are the amazing force behind this beautiful raffle quilt.  They gathered together 20 of Victoria's most skilled quilters to help her with this huge project and the result is now finished and will be won by one incredibly lucky person.

Tickets are $20.00 each and all proceeds go to the Caroline Chisholm Society, providing pregnancy counselling and family housing support in Melbourne and Country Victoria.
Tickets are available from Rose Piper at Rpiper@live.com.au or you can buy a ticket any time you visit us at Threadbear.  The raffle will be drawn on June 5th 2014....can you imagine the joy of winning this quilt and having this work of art in your own home.

Would you like to spend a lovely day at Threadbear, in a class with Michelle Yeo, learning to make your very own " Ballaarat Beauties" quilt.

 Michelle is teaching a class with us on Saturday November 16th and there are still a few places available.  Can you think of a nicer way to spend a day.  Good company,  a yummy shared lunch, a great teacher, and the beginnings of this stunning quilt.  If you would like to join us just call us at the shop for all the details.

We all have plenty of work to do but Sammy is a big distraction in the classroom today.
We cant help ourselves, we have to keep stopping to pat him and tell him how handsome he is looking....Sammy has had his spring haircut and he looks adorable.

Friday 11 October 2013

All you need is Love.....

We love love love this new Collections for a Cause ~ Love  range from Howard Marcus for Moda Fabrics.  With 40 in all there is something for everyone but the chintzy style prints are the show stoppers.  This collection proved very popular with the girls in the Castlemaine Applique Group last Saturday, but happily we've been able to restock the shelves so we can still bring you 33 from this range.  Love is available on the website here

Tonight the 5-10pm girls will be here sewing in the classroom - what a great start to the weekend.  And Sammy?  Well he's been here helping Kurt in the garden at Threadbear on this fine spring day, and sends a special cheerio to our very own to Annabelle who is having some well deserved R&R .

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.