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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Classes for term one, 2010

Did you notice the sidebar has a link to our class list for term one 2010???

It's still there... or you can click here to read about loads of fab classes that will keep you motivated... and having fun! Not to mention, making new friends...

See you next year!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Civil War Homefront by Barbara Brackman

Oh, thank you Barbara Brackman for designing this collection: Civil War Homefront.

This is the softest, prettiest collection of 1800s fabrics that I have seen in a long time.. I just had to buy them all..

With depth and interest in the prints I know you will fall in love with them too.

I can imagine a frock straight out of "Little Women" in each and every one of these prints.

Available by the metre or in fat quarter and fat eighth packs.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

More fabric added to our website..

Tanyard Creek is a stunning reproduction range with fabrics in rich colours and shirtings.

If you are just starting your 1800s reproduction fabric stash, you will want a piece of every fabric in this range.

Fabric packs are available in fat 1/8s and fat 1/4s.

Friday, December 25, 2009

If quilts could talk...

If quilts could talk, this one would say "When I grow up I want to be a biiiig quilt".

And it will be, when Sally has finished it.

Sally joined us this year in the "Welcome To The North Pole" class which took place in 4 sessions over 5 months.

Each participant has their own copy of the book, and made the quilt in strips that could quilted and joined in the quilt-as-you-go style.

We can't wait to see more of the participants' finished quilts. Thank you Sally.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Holidays and Trading Hours

Christmas Holidays and Trading Hours

We will close on Christmas Eve at 2pm.

CLOSED 25th December 2009 - 13th January 2010.

Thursday 14th January 10am-3pm OPEN

Friday 15th January 10am - 3pm OPEN

January 18th January -normal trading hours resume 7 days a week (except public holidays).

Web orders made during our time of closing will not be posted until January 18th 2010.

Thank you. Merry Christmas...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Memory quilt

Lesley made this quilt for her son's birthday.

Lesley used the Surf City fabric to make a quilt incorporating her son's love of surfing and fishing.

She printed fabrics onto the Inkjet fabric that goes through your printer, and is then soft and washable -perfect to incorporate into quilts.

What a fantastic quilt...
I especially love the label which says "If you don't like your present, can I have it?". LOL!!
I don't think you will be getting the quilt back Lesley!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

I have been very good this year. Would you please bring me a little bit of each of these?

It's over 100 bolts of new fabric at Quilter's Bazaar!!

Thank you.... and Happy Christmas...


Flowers From Linda's Garden

As soon as Linda saw the Flowers From My Garden quilt in Quilter's Bazaar, she knew it was going to be her next project. Linda has been coming along to UFO sessions on alternate Friday mornings (with me - Lorraine) to learn how to applique using the freezer-paper needleturn technique.

It was intuition alright. Linda has really found her zone in applique... (I imagine that she chose applique for the same reason some people HAVE to try waterskiing, and it turns out they are naturally good at it, just like Linda and applique). The first few blocks were quite tame.. now Linda is doing a LOT of fussy-cutting to place the flowers and leaves on printed fabrics from her stash.

Can you see how she has placed the leaf veins and flower centres?

It all started with this block - I suggested fussy-cut placement of the urn...

And the rest is history...

We are all waiting with baited breath to see how it finishes up Linda.

Monday, December 21, 2009

UFO classes

Trish came along to our UFO (Unfinished Objects) class as she needed tutor assistance to make this bag she bought in a kit.

Next thing you know, it's made in only 2 days... (she got most of it made in class, it was easy to make, but hard to understand the instructions if you are a beginner)...

Trish used the new bag batting currently in stock. It's flexible, but holds it shape beautifully. Look at it sit up. It's also in the handles.

We now run 5 UFO sessions per week... Carol or Lorraine will assist you to finish the projects you need help with, or just want to be motivated to finish.
Our new class list will be on the side bar before Christmas.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fiona's softies

Fiona brought in this favourite collection of softies she has made...

This cute one is a dragon..
These mice has squirly whirly tails...

And these rabbits were inspired by this book - Fiona made them to represent her dear, departed Dad and herself...
Thanks for sharing these treasures with us Fiona. They are so special.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Squeaker's Quilt

Wilma and Helen made this quilt in a hurry for a Christmas gift for Wilma's daughter's friend.

(Aren't Mum's always doing that? "Mum can you please make a baby quilt for my friend xxx")

This one's a winner. It's made from the Things That Move panel - we've only got one of those panels left...

Thanks for the show and tell girls..

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cheryl's Countdown

This is Cheryl's Countdown To Christmas...

The colours are minty fresh! - so striking.. the black stitches really stand out on the fresh almost-white numbers.
The pattern is in the Art To Heart book "12 Days Of Christmas". The quilt stand is also available at $16.50 plus postage.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Days Of Christmas Block Of The Month

Yes, Christmas is coming for this year... and soon we will want to start getting ready for 2010.

I love Christmas because my family gets together... my house looks its decorated best, and I catch up with a lot of friends... You can look forward to Christmas throughout the year in 2010 by joining this new Block Of The Month (BOM) starting next year.
I have finished 2 blocks - Four Calling Birds (top) and Partridge in a Pear Tree (above).
The applique can be applied by machine, hand or using needle-turn.
I will post more pictures as they are finished...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The moment Jean bought the latest Australian "Homespun" magazine (The Kids Issue) with this Humpty Dumpty pattern in it, her brain started working overtime...

Her fingers had to keep up.. and would you believe it? Here he is...

Humpty is waiting for shoes and a hat.. He's so cute.

Thank you for inspiring us Jean. I've got my magazine put away for a later time...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Star workshop

Here are some of the table centrepieces made in Andrea's Christmas table-centre class.

Dee made her centrepiece using the Wintergraphix II range of fabrics.

She learnt fussy-cutting techniques to place the poinsettias and the pine cones. What a stunning table-centre this will be.

Rosemary made hers using fabric from her stash.... but this was a week ago.. and she has already made another one for a present!!

Marion used Sherry Berry Holiday fabrics... Her fussy cutting is beautifully executed (i.e. nice and fussy). I couldn't resist photographing her fingers in this pose... aren't they cute?

There are only a few fabrics left on the bolt in this range... and some fat quarter packs in store. Everybody wanted a fresh, fruity Christmas this year!!

We hope everything is shaping up for you as Christmas approaches...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Metro Goes "Au Naturel"

We added these fabrics from the range: "Metro Goes Au Naturel" to our website.

It's a great blend that suits heritage home decor or modern surrounds.

Check out the Free project with this range!! Click on the link to download free instructions in PDF format.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Midge, Maisy and Fergus

Midge made this little baby quilt using the "What Are You Doing Maisy?" book panel.

This panel sold so fast, it was barely hung on the wall!! Good on you Midge for getting in fast!

I love the special section on the quilt top where Fergus' name has been inserted...

Thanks for sharing with us Midge.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The latest by Sandi Henderson

Fresh for Summer - the latest fabric by Sandi Henderson has arrived in store.

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson.

You will recognise her as the designer of the "Portobello Pixie" clothing patterns, and the creator of the "Farmer's Market" fabric range.

Sandi's fabrics are also favoured by the Australian designer of the Make It Perfect clothing patterns. They would be gorgeous to make bags, quilts and of course softies such as the Melly and Me patterns.

I especially like this last one pictured here - it reminds me of the pattern on a daggy lunchbox, but it would make a great skirt!