Tuesday 27 January 2015

Look at these blocks...

We hope that everyone had a fantastic Australia Day and hope that the public holiday meant a day in the sewing room for many of you.....Threadbear had a day off too...so of course that meant a day in the sewing room for all us as well....
No fabric to show today because we were closed for deliveries yesterday but just look at what we do have to show you today.....more very tempting little peaks at Threadbear's new Block of the Month.

This fantastic quilt is designed by Megan Carroll using Mary Koval's stunning Tree of Life Palampore.  There are still a few places available if you would like to join us for this wonderful project...it is due to start in May and over 15 months you will have fun with Broderie Perse, appliqué and hand piecing.

So often we flick through our books of antique quilts and wish we had those beautiful vintage fabrics to work with. What makes this project so special is the wonderful blocks Megan has created using Mary Koval's Palampore.  It is an exact reproduction of a 1755 Palampore from Mary Koval's own collection, the colours a rich and authentic and now we have this wonderful opportunity to make our very own piece of history.
All the details are in our newsletter of you can call us at the shop if you have any questions.

Thank you once again to Karin for another fantastic show and tell...we are so glad Karin brings her quits to share for show and tell.....this quilt is for another gift for one of Karin's Granddaughters.....and she will be thrilled to receive this beautiful quilt.
 This quilt was inspired by Di Ford's wonderful "Jane's Garden" and Di's beautiful applique centre was replaced by this great panel.  We will have Di's pattern for "Jane's Garden" available soon.

Karin was thrilled with the beautiful quilting done by Susan Campbell of Rowdy Flat Quilting....great quilting and it finishes this quilt off perfectly.

Sometimes it is so hard to come back to work after a public holiday....Sammy is easing himself back into the work week.

Friday 23 January 2015

Even More Frenchy.

Good grief, will you just look at these absolutely gorgeous weaves from French General..."Petite Wovens" are six beautiful soft weaves, in the most beautiful french reds....oh so Frenchy.  They are weaves but they are a nice tight weaves and they are beautiful quality......one look at these stunners and we are imagining all sorts uses....pops of gorgeous french reds in lots of our projects and with the leftover, maybe even some big floppy red cushions....they are $24.50 mt.

You may have seen these photos on Facebook last night....wow......they are just a little peak at the new quilt that Corliss is working on...and these photos sure make us look forward to seeing the finished quilt...we can already tell that is going to be amazing and we know already that it is going to go straight to the top of all our "to do" lists.

Well this weekend is the Australia Day weekend and Threadbear will be closed on Monday 26th January....we hope that everyone has a wonderful Australia Day Weekend....that means one whole extra days sewing....now that really is the best way to celebrate the day.

We asked Sammy for his very best smile for Australia Day but this is all we got...think he is already looking forward to a sausage on the barbie.

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Very Petite....Very French.

We have new French General fabrics in the shop this week and they are very pretty...."Petite Prints" is a collection of 30 tiny prints in soft pretty browns and taupes, dusty light reds and stunning deep Moda reds. This range ticks all the boxes, we know French General prints are always fantastic, the colours are great and because it is a collection of tiny prints it will be oh so handy.

These fabrics are $21.00....Can you imagine how useful this collection of small print will be and the 1/8 packs will give you a tiny bit of all 30 prints for $90.00

Today we get to feast our eyes on Karen's fantastic new quilt...and as always seeing someone's gorgeous finished quilt makes us all want to go straight to the sewing room and stay there.  Thank you Karen for sharing another one of your wonderful quilts with us.

 Karen has made this quilt for a  Granddaughter who only wanted soft pale creams and ivories...quite a challenge and Karen has well and truly succeeded with this quilt...it is so pretty and is sure to be a treasured gift.

Just a reminder that we will be closed next Monday, 26th  January for the Australia Day Holiday and we do hope that a public holiday means that everyone gets an extra day in the sewing room.

If you are one of our regular blog friends well you may be fluent in Sammy speak by now....so you would know that this face is saying "Do you plan to eat all that morning tea by yourselves or might you be planning to share?"

Friday 16 January 2015

Hot off the Press......

More classes to tell you about today.  The talented international award winning Margaret McDonald will be at Threadbear to teach Emergence on Sunday 26 April. Phone us to book your place if you think you'd like to spend a day with Margaret learning her techniques for using colour.
Plus, we are excited to welcome Katrina Hadjmichel to Threadbear later this year to teach her beautiful quilt Longbourne.  Consider joining us for a day with Katrina on Sunday August 9th.  You can phone us at the shop to book your place.

Hot off the press is the newest Quiltmania Magazine, issue #105.  We've already sent it out to our subscribers this morning but we still have plenty of copies for sale in the shop.  It's a great issue with plenty to interest everyone.
You'll meet Barbara Brackman,, wander through the 40th Houston International Quilt Festival, stop by the 20th European Patchwork Meeting, and visit the home of Dawn Heese.  Then you can settle down to make a quilt or two from the choice of seven new projects! Filled with beautiful photos of hundreds of exceptional quilts, Quiltmania issues always sell out quickly.  If you'd like a copy, phone us at the shop and we can pop one in the post to you today.

Sammy has finished pawing though the pages of his copy and is ready for a dog biscuit and a slurp of water before settling down to another busy day in the shop.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday 13 January 2015

And Now....Here is the News......

It is time to get your 2015 diaries out.....we have dates that you will definitely want to put in your diary.
Di Ford Hall is coming to Threadbear , and you know what that means....fantastic classes with a heap of inspiration, beautiful quilts and wonderful days spent with Di as she shares all her skills and tips to make our quilt journey even more rewarding.
All the classes will be held on Saturdays from 10.00 to 4.00.  The full cost of each class is $95.00 and this includes a wonderful day spent with Di Ford, with morning, afternoon tea and lunch provided.
We are taking bookings for these classes now.

*Saturday 28th February..."Sutton Grange"

*Saturday 4th April..........."Jane's Garden"

*Saturday 4th July.............this day will be a real treat, a brand new quilt from Di, "Allendale".  We don't even have a photo of this quilt to show you yet but we know it will be another stunning Di Ford Hall quilt that will go straight to the top of our must do lists.

If you are tempted by any of these classes you can book your place now....full payment will be required on booking.....just call us at the shop and we will book your place and keep you up to date with details by email as the class times get near.

And for more exciting news keep your eye on the blog and the web site as we will have classes with Margaret McDonald coming up.  As soon as our dates are finalised we will give you all the details.

And now...even more good quilty news....just take a look at this amazing sneak peak.  Wow.....This is our first look at Threadbear's new Block of the Month.

This is just a tiny glimpse of what to expect from Megan Carroll's simply stunning new quilt.
Megan's quilt is a wonderful combination of piecing and Broderie Perse applique....using a range of rich, beautiful fabrics, and featuring Mary Koval's beautiful new Palampore.
This Block of the Month is due to start mid 2015 and we are now filling places for those of you that would like to join.  Places are strictly limited so if you love the idea of making Megan's new quilt please email us for all the details.

Sammy only has one thing to tell you today....call or email us at the shop and join us in making all these beautiful quilts...and if you come to the classes you get a pat from Sammy as well as a great day out.

Friday 9 January 2015

New Year....New Fabric.

More great new fabric arrived this week.  We always love the addition of some lovely Kim Diehl fabric to our shelves...this new range is "Heritage Hollow".

There are 28 great prints in this range and as always, with Kim Diehl she gives us some great neutral backgrounds and colours that are rich and intense and are just perfect for adding a real colour hit to a project.  Just look at the 1/8 packs, they are a temptation simply because they are such a treat to look at.  . "Heritage Hollow" is $ 23.50 mt and the 1/8 packs are $ 84.00.

Joy came to visit us on Thursday and she brought us another one of her stunning quilts for show and tell....as always Joy, we are so grateful that you make the drive from Ballarat to show us your work...it inspires us to see your gorgeous scrappy quilts, so full of colour and heaps and heaps of fabrics we love.....

The quilt that Joy showed us yesterday is huge....really really huge....Joy says it is so large because she was having such fun making it that she forgot to stop....we are glad you didn't stop Joy...your quilt is a feast for the eyes.

Well, the weekend is here already and we hope you all enjoy a relaxing weekend with lots of sewing time
This is Threadbear's first weekend in the shop after returning from our holidays....and Sammy is ready and waiting to greet you...you can tell by the look on his face that he is happy to be back at work so you are sure to get a grand welcome if you visit us this weekend.

Tuesday 6 January 2015


It is so good to be back at Threadbear and ready for another fantastic year of gorgeous fabric and sewing fun.  It was lovely to have a break but there is only so long you can go without a fabric hit and we are all thrilled to be back in the shop ready to talk to everyone about their latest projects...hope everyone got some sewing time over the Christmas, New Year holidays.

We wish you all a very Happy New Hear and we hope that it is a year full of happiness and lots and lots of sewing time.

What better way to start the New Year than with the arrival of stunning new fabric range.....and this range is a major temptation.

"Emilie Rose" from Jo Morton gives us 17 fantastic prints....gorgeous prints in gorgeous colours....with soft pretty browns, lovely reproduction pinks and the prettiest light blues..and just a pop of gold as well...Jo Morton has even given us a couple of really lovely paisleys in the range so it is even harder to resist.  "Emilie Rose" is $23.00 mt. and the 1/8 packs are $51.00.

More exciting news for the New Year is the return to stock of the wonderful Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein......this book has been so popular that we had to wait for Quiltmania to reprint copies....if you haven't seen the amazing quilts in this book and you love fussy cutting and hand piecing well have a look at just a few of the fantastic patterns in this book

"Millefiori Quilts" is $65.00 and we now have plenty of copies in stock.

Thank you so much to Lorraine and her daughter Linda for our first show and tell of 2015...Lorraine made the quilt and her daughter Linda quilted it with her new long arm machine...and it is gorgeous...Lorraine quickly made this quilt so her daughter could try out her new quilting machine and they have both done a wonderful job..it is a beautiful quilt.

Sammy wants to thank you all for all the visits and pats and emails he received in 2014 and looks forward to another great year of pats and cuddles this year...so from Sammy....Happy New Year Everyone. 

We are all here ready and waiting to greet everyone for a great year of sewing and good times.