Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Off to a steady start........

Happy New Year even though we are slightly over 10% through January!
Remember I am married to an ex-engineer so when I decided to make January alcohol free (for me) he told me yesterday that I am already 10% through my New Year's Resolution!!! Funny man.

My apologies to everyone who called by the shop only to find us closed, especially after I announced opening times during the recent holidays. Unfortunately a dear friend passed away on 27th December and we dropped everything to drive to Laurieton (near Port Macquarie). I know that some of you mentioned your disappointment that the shop was closed to other shop keepers around Berry. A sad end to 2011 for us.

Friday 6 January - Jeans Bag with Angela Zimmerman. We originally offered this class for the children but I've received complaints from some of you that just isn't fair & why couldn't I offer it to adults as well! If you would like to come along & share the day, class starts at 10am until 3pm. There is a requirements list and you need to book in, so if you are interested in coming to the class this Friday, please email me: - it's not too late if you want to join in the fun.

Wednesdays start back officially on 11th January with Carolyn and before too long Sharon Thomson will be home from her travels and taking back the helm. Carolyn moves to Mondays and has a wonderful and exciting agenda organized for Term 1 starting Monday 30 January and tells me she is working on the Term 2 agenda!!!

Tuesday 17 January - Carolyn will be running a workshop on her three delightful cushions - exploring interesting and creative techniques, this workshop is a great beginner's class or for more creative souls.
You will explore working and quilting with silk organza, reverse applique, fabric painting and creative stitching by hand and machine - there are lots of ideas to explore. Class cost is $50 - 10am to 3pm. Remember you need to book!

Thursday 19 January - learn Sashiko with Jennifer Corkish and make a Sashiko Bag (right) or Kindle/Ipad cover. Jennifer offers a lot of fun and an opportunity to learn new techniques and explore new concepts in her workshops. Class cost is $50 - 10am to 3pm & remember you need to book.

Friday 20 January - come along and spend a day making a Tiered Skirt with Angela Zimmermann (left). Not your usual tiered skirt, Angela will teach you to make a simple skirt to suit your style and shape.


Christmas always makes me feel like sewing late into the wee small hours and I couldn't resist stitching Julie Lovell's new pattern "Best Friends". It's very cute and irresistable. I admit I couldn't stick to the original thread colours and decided the cats had to be ginger moggies and the bunnies had to have pink noses. The designs would also transfer beautifully into applique which would be really fun, in fact Sue has started an applique version.

I finally managed to get the Berry Quilt Show First Prize hung this week and tickets are on sale at the shop. I couldn't resist making this quilt in the French General reds and taupes & the quilting is by Pamela Rouse of La Maison Quilting. Tickets are available from store for $2 each or 3 for $5; please support this wonderful event. Flyers for the quilt show are available at Berry Patchwork. Remember we would love your assistance and your quilts for the May show - plenty of time to finish those quilts!

And finally for now, I couldn't resist including this photo of Miss Millie who has found a long lost toy Hamster or "Hamie" as we call him. I vaguely remember buying Hamie for the kittens but Miss Millie fell in love with him. When you pull the little cord and he shakes and rattles - it's amazing to watch both Miss Millie and Max sit with Hamie between their paws and pull the cord through their teeth!

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