Friday, 22 June 2012


I'm feeing very excited. Laura Kemshall from Design Matters in the UK emailed me this morning to say that I should have the fabric within the next two weeks! I emailed some photos of my Boston Ivy and have decided to get the images printed onto fabric. I'm not sure what to expect, though I'm hoping to get exactly what you see in the photos.
We had a lot of shipments of fabrics today, although one box contained some great treasures from PK Fabrics for Berry Quilting Retreat, September 8 & 9. We have received some amazing contributions for prizes so it should be lots of fun. Of course I want to keep them all!
There are still places available in all classes, but don't leave your decision too much longer.
Chateau Rouge
Windsor Lane
Our boxes were overflowing with great new Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls & Promo Packs. The new Moda French General, "Chateau Rouge" (above left) is gorgeous in the flesh! What I thought were yellows in the range are more milky, more smokey - I can't wait to receive the full range on bolts!
Zen Chic
Along with Chateau Rouge, we received smaller Layer Cakes, Promo Packs & smaller Jelly Rolls of "Windsor Lane" by Bunny Hill Designs. Layer Cakes "Juggling Summer" by Zen Chic & "Dancing In The Rain" by Laundry Basket Quilts.
I have a reputation for not being a Christmas gal, but I think I'm mellowing after receiving Moda's
"Joy" from PK Fabrics. The best way to describe this fabric is "fun". Have a look at the detail above.
Cuddle Time Cot P
Chintz Medallion
Then came the box from XLN! The "Cuddle Time" Cot Panel is cute and would be fun to quilt. Finally the "Chintz Medallion" Panel arrived - I know that there are so many of you who have phoned me so many times to see when this was coming into stock.

I've received three entries this week for "One Red Thread" - I'm astounded how creative everyone has been, it's a fascinating process watching it happen and being the recipient of the creativity. I'd love to enter a piece myself but I'm not allowed, so I've decided to join the AMQ challenge Funds raised from the AMQ Challenge will be donated to Alzheimer's Australia for much needed research.
Carolyn's Term 2 ends on Monday and we will have a few weeks break until school resumes. If you would like to join this group, you need to book in. It's a great group - they explore many techniques without having to invest in huge pieces and then if you find a technique you love, you can take it further with or without assistance. Last Monday I took lots of photos of Carolyn's samples and Anne's Trapunto. Carolyn's Term 3 will start on Monday 16 July.
Anne's Trapunto work
Angela Zimmerman will be back with us on Friday 29th June for another day of dressmaking. Please remember to book in; the class runs from 10am to 2pm & costs $45. This is a great opportunity to learn how to adjust a commercial pattern to suit your shape and style. I've often purchased a pattern but could never work out how to adjust it all to suit my curves!

Even if I say so myself, I have a great range of flannels for winter. There are florals, stripes, darks, lights, checks, plains & pretties. With so much to choose from why not come along and create a
Flannel Quilt As You Go with Carolyn Collins - Monday 2 July, 10am to 3pm $50 - this great quilt uses 4 different fabrics which create the front and the back. Carolyn's clever design and use of machine embroidery stitches, create an unusual way of piecing and quilting this quilt in one go. Carolyn has embellished the quilt one step further with some large and small Suffolk Puffs (Yo-Yo's). It's absolutely gorgeous and so soft and cuddly.

Children's Classes - School Holiday fun:
During the school holidays we will be offering classes on 5th & 6th July.
On Thursday 5th we will make a Suffolk Puff Cushion and Friday 6th a Purse. Each class will run from 11am to 3pm and cost $70 for the day with fabrics included.

Lynne Wilson will be back with us in July to play with more of her designs and also her new backing cards. Wouldn't it be great to use some of your stash to build quilt tops or backings?

After nearly 13 years of trading 7 days each week, I've decided to cut back a little. I still run children's classes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday afternoons and one adults evening group each week. As a result I've decided to change the SHOP HOURS.
New Shop Hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - we are open from 10am to 4pm.
*Sunday from 11am and *Tuesdays from 3pm.

This weekend I plan to finish off my AMQ Challenge and trim the roses - my garden is like Day of The Triffids!!!
Enjoy your days ;-)

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