Friday 24 February 2017

Great new fabric and Great News too!

This week, we have a new collection to show you, Reflections by Jo Morton for Moda Fabrics.    The warm beige tones, bones, soft pinks, blues, and golden browns blend so well with lots of other collections currently at Threadbear. We especially love the nicely detailed small scale border stripe in slightly faded golden brown or matchbox blue. What a great addition they make to our reproduction shelves.
#1 Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m
#2 Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m

#3Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m
#4 Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m
It's always hard to go past a good bit of text or script on fabric - they always make interesting backgrounds or great lining for bags and other small projects.  Here's a gorgeous piece from Brenda Ratliff's range One Room School House.  These are old dictionary definitions, set in 4" columns and accompanied by charming etched illustrations.  This one definitely wont last long on the shelf!
#5 One Room School House by Brenda Ratliff $28.05m
We also have three pieces from Hamilton c1770~1790 by Williamsburg for Windham fabrics.  These beautiful reproduction prints from the 1700s in cream, teal and raspberry red are very special indeed!
#6 Hamilton by Williamsburg $25.50m

#7 Hamilton $25.50m
And that brings us to our exciting news - Everyone loves a bargain and a good sale.  So to celebrate Threadbear being in business 25 YEARS come this March, we're holding a store wide BIRTHDAY SALE.  Grab your girlfriends and plan a trip to Castlemaine, or order on line.  Either way, you'll save 25% off everything for 4 days only ~ Thursday 9 March to Sunday 12 March 2017!  We'll be open our regular hours throughout the sale days, so be sure to check here, or on our website for details before you make the trip.
Sammy is pumped and ready to see lots of visitors over the 4 day sale weekend in March and has already begun counting the sleeps. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday 16 February 2017

Bally Hall and More!!

Loads of new fabrics arrived last week, but with all the preparations for a bumper crowd coming to our first Castlemaine Applique Group meeting for this year, we didn't get a blog post done to show you. But prepare to be wowed by some utterly gorgeous collections for your stash!
First up is Bally Hall from Di Ford-Hall.  It's here, it's gorgeous, and it's selling fast!  We're filling all our pre-orders, although we are waiting on our second delivery next week to complete them - so if you are waiting on your order, it will be on it's way very soon.  This collection is so pretty in stunning tones of green, teal, pink, gold, brown, and rich cream.  They sit perfectly with Di's Key West coordinates as well as her previous 2 ranges.  Congratulations Di, this really is something special.  You can find the full collection of Bally Hall here on our website.
#1 Bally Hall border print sits beautifully with Key West $24.50m

#2 These stunning birds are on a 6" border!

#3 The allover bird and flower print feature smaller versions of the same birds
#4 Bally Hall $24.50m
Kathy Hall keeps producing such brilliant reproduction collections for us all to use, and once again her colours mix and match across the ranges so well.  Here are our picks from Little House on the Prairie ~ Mansfield  which features a striking border print with so many possibilities! We love the rich colours and detailed designs.
#5  LHOP Mansfield by Kathy Hall, $25.50m

#6  LHOP Mansfield by Kathy Hall, $25.50m

#7  LHOP Mansfield by Kathy Hall, $25.50mand
Sitting right beside Mansfield are these four drop-dead-gorgeous pieces from Kathy's LHOP BeckwithWe chose the delicate paisley border print and coordinating all over paisley design, in teal, lilac, and mustard. These are a fussy cutter's dream- with endless possibilities for small pieced blocks, hexagon flowers, narrow sashings, spacers, and frames through to wide borders.
#8 Beckwith by Kathy Hall $25.50m

#9 Beckwith by Kathy Hall $25.50m
More new fabrics arrived in store today, so stay tuned. Last Saturday 75 lovely ladies came to Castlemaine for Threadbear's first meeting this year of our Applique Group.  We kicked off the Group's TENTH year with the very talented Margaret McDonald as our guest speaker.  Margaret is a prolific award winning quilter and treated us to "just some" of her applique quilts.  We don't have room to show you all of them here, but click this link to go straight to our Instagram page and you'll find loads of photos to inspire you. If you'd like to join Margaret for a class at Threadbear, checkout our class list here and you'll find all the details of the dates and projects available.
It Bit Me, by Margaret McDonald - class available at Threadbear 9 April 2017
 Today, Sammy was pretty excited to see Donna and Jenny, two of his favourite customers, in the classroom today and wasted no time at all in jumping into Jenny's arms to say hello!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday 3 February 2017

School's Back and Classes are on!

Recently, we've had lots of enquiries about classes for the first part of this year, and we are hoping to have our new class list out next week.  There will be something for everyone with classes covering needle turn applique, hand piecing, machine piecing, fussy cutting, and broderie perse.   Full Class details will appear on our website, in our newsletter, on Instagram, and here on the blog, so stay tuned.
Come and learn needle turn applique techniques ~ Detail from Corliss' newest quilt Auntie Tess, coming soon
Meanwhile, we have a few new fabrics to show you to keep you inspired.  First up are six gorgeous reproductions from Judie Rothermel's new range Nineteenth Century School Dresses.  While viewing children's dresses in antique dress pattern books. Judie Rothermel was inspired to design a collection around the looks, using fabrics from the mid 1800's.  

#1 Nineteenth Century School Dresses $28.00m
#2 Nineteenth Century School Dresses $28.00m
#3 Nineteenth Century School Dresses $28.00m
 We also received some more pieces from Edyta Sitar's Pumpkin Pie range.  We showed you some of these in recent weeks, but they've been so popular, we just keep adding more!  We love the little background prints, and we also now have the feature floral in golden brown, and black.  Plus, we reordered the stunning stripes in the pink, blue and brown - not to be missed!
 #1 Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
 #2 Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
#3 Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
 This Nineteenth Century School Dresses stripe looks brilliant with the Pumpkin Pie floral
 Most mornings at Threadbear, we start our working day with a few minutes of catchup and planning for the tasks and priorities for the day ahead.  This morning, however, someone couldn't seem to stay awake long enough to hear what needed doing, (and it wasn't Corliss or Megan! ) Clearly Sammy will not be bringing his A-game today!  Have a great weekend everyone!