A Give Away!

We just recieved Natalies new patterns today, and she has very generously tucked an extra one into our parcel (I hope on purpose??! )

So we have some little friends to share. Tell me your favourite things to do with your friends, and one lucky person will win these guys:

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And some more from Amy

Here’s a little peak at some of the new range of fabric from Amy Butler, Midwest Modern 2 and Daisy Chain. We have these and more in-store now!
AB23Tan AB24Fuchsia AB23Red AB31Green AB25SageAB29Linen AB24Green AB32Sky Ab_42_grey Ab_38_indigo
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A funny thing happened…..

A couple of BOM ladies have recently had issues with their backgound fabric fading. While it is sitting inside a cupboard. Inside a bag. What the??!! Yep that was my initial reaction. On delving deeper into this problem, apparently this discolouration over time is not uncommon with lighter homespuns. Who knew??

So, as panic was quietly over taking me, we discussed this in depth at our BOM stitching night. Apparently, no cause for alarm. Karin, who knows her stitching, blithely told me it’s easily fixed. Put your finished (yes,stitched, embellished, whatever) blocks into a “delicates bag” (you know, the one you use for your french lace undies. Uhuh.) Wash on a short, gentle cycle in cold water. Sorted. I kid you not, her blocks are all the same colour and look fine. Good as new. All perfect.

So, calm has been restored, and panic has left me. Phew.

Bush Fire Relief

Words will never be adequate to describe the devastation the fires of the last week have wrought. But when I searched for an image to add here, they just all seemed too horrific. And at the same time, all too familiar. So I will keep this simple and to the point. Helen has collated a Bushfire Relief page, so if you woud like to help, please go here.

I also highly recommend reading the article at the end of the page. It will give a new perspective of what these families are facing, not only now, but in the long-term. Whatever small gesture we can make will be gratefully recieved.

Machine Quilting with Julie Nixon

We are lucky to have the very talented Julie teaching for us again this year. Her Machine Quilting class will be held on Sunday  March 22nd and May 31st. You will learn the technique for trapunto and machine quilting, and be amazed at how fast you can pick up these skills. Requirements for this class are listed here. Book early for this class as we have limited places left.

Also, Julie has recently released her new pattern range under “The Patchy Affair”, and has been kind enough to lend us many of her samples to display in the shop. With, of course, the corresponding patterns!  Oh, and she is also a wizz at long-arm quilting, if you have a project that needs that finishing touch.

I don’t know what I do with my time!

Calling all Quilting Chix

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Quilting Chix back tomorrow night at 7pm. Looking forward to seeing old and new friends.

PS Above is a sneak peek of our new BOM,  launching later in the year.

Twill. Yes, twill.

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20mm twill. Excellent for apron ties. And art smocks.  Also for printing with your Xyron Design Runner. And lot’s of other things we haven’t even thought of.