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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Closed over Christmas...

Thank you to all our customers...

I've tried to add a huge red message to our web page, but the login site is down, and I can't change a thing. Please accept our apologies.

We will close on 22nd December and will reopen at 9:30am 1st February (resuming our usual hours from this date)...

We will be open on:

Wednesday 18th January 10am-2pm
Wednesday 25th January 10am-2pm

Saturday 22nd January 10am-2pm
Saturday 29th January 10am-2pm

Please remember our HUGE 3rd birthday sale starts on Sunday 5th February 9:30am-4pm.... door prizes, loads of specials, and author Margaret A. Rowe will be in store signing copies of her quilting novels!!

I'll try to post details on the website when I can.

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas show and tell...

We love your show and tell... This is a small selection of pieces from the sit and sew sessions held in store each Wednesday (from 1pm - only $2 to come along...)

This is Jean's wallhanging.. She quilted it on her domestic machine - you should see the feathered borders! We've enjoyed watching Jean doing the blanket stitching by hand on Wednesdays (sometimes I think Jean comes up with projects especially to bring to sit and sew!!)
This is Larraine with a cushion she made from the Art To Heart book "Jingle All The Way"...

Elsa with her snowman wallhanging. Elsa says she really doesn't need to make any more Christmas projects - they are all over the house! But, stitching is so good for the soul!!

Dorothy learnt to foundation piece with Lorraine during Friday morning UFO sessions- look at those perfect points!

We love your show and tell, please bring in your projects to show us. It's inspiring to see projects that are in progress, even if they are not yet finished!

Thank you girls...

Friday, December 9, 2011

A little skirt...

And here is Sylvia's little skirt... hee hee...Well, it's actually a Christmas Tree skirt... Ta-da!

Sylvia has been attending Friday morning UFO sessions with Lorraine (only $15 per class - get help with your current project!!)... she learnt machine quilting, quilt-as-you-go, and this was her most recent project.

We love it!! Thanks for coming along Sylvia, and for sharing your show and tell. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

G Point Quilt In

Thank you so much for your invitation to attend the inaugural G-Point quilt-in at Ballarat today.... We took a yummy selection of goodies... We were lucky to catch up with so many friendly faces!! And here was Bernie with her Ballarat Beauties quilt (just adding on the binding)... with lots of fabrics purchased from our store!!

And here she is again!! I love this fabric Bernie... what was it called? Oh yeah! Lincoln Bicentennial!!

Thanks for your show and tell.. We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 G Point Quilt-In.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Preparing for Christmas

Oh yes! It's nearly half way through November, so we are all madly sewing our Christmas projects in preparation for December 1st... our traditional day to start displaying our projects... or in my case... it's traditional to stay up late Christmas Eve finishing decorations and gifts at the last minute!!Wow... this is Antje's Christmas tree skirt. Antje chose the pattern from the book French Braid Obsession, then used a Christmas panel as her feature fabric. Antje attended UFO classes with Carol obtaining assistance as she needed it. It was then quilted by Wilma at Deep Creek Quilting.
This is Jaqi's 14 fat quarter quilt!! She chose fabric from Nancy Halvorsen of Art To Heart's latest range Jingle All The Way.

Jaqi quilted it herself... taking only a few days to put it together, quilt it and bind it.

Wow! Thanks for your inspiring show and tell girls....

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sharyn's piece de resistance

Well, Sharyn will remember this moment forever!! It's the GIANT purple quilt for her bed... that hangs to the floor.
She collected fabrics for years, and combined with new pieces purchased especially for this quilt.

Here it is in its dazzling glory. Sharyn's most favourite quilt yet. Congratulations Sharyn. (She is the clever lady hiding behind her huge quilt).....

Thanks for sharing your show and tell with us.

Quilted by Deep Creek Quilting. Did you know we have an in-store drop off and pick up for Wilma to quilt for you?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lotus fabrics in store

You'll want to sew this fabric from the Lotus range as soon as you take it home!!
This is the Lotus panel.

These co-ordinates are also available.
The fabrics feature striking colours, and convey depth and dimension.
So, what could you make? This is a sample whipped up overnight by Lorraine - featuring the Lotus panel surrounded by green borders, blossom borders and large peonies. A green binding will follow.

Please let us know if you would like a kit.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Shelly made these pillowcases using quilter's muslin and Kashmir V fabric selections.

Shelly found an online video tutorial for making the pillowcases with french seams, a variety of trims - or even piping.

Click here to view the video by

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sharyn's blog

Is this Sharyn's blog? Or the Quilter's Bazaar blog? *grin*

We are pleased to present more show and tell by Sharyn.
This is a quilt she made using a "swag" - that's a roll of fabrics cut at 5.5 in wide.

This simple arrangement showcases the fabrics. Delightful.

And, her is another Fat Quarter quilt by Sharyn - it's a quick baby quilt for a little girl (as if you couldn't tell).

Ooh, we love show and tell. What are you going to make next?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stef is 21

What a lucky, lucky, young woman... This is only one of Stef's 21st birthday presents.

Made by Sharyn. Yes, this is her THIRD fat quarter quilt, and they all look very different!! These blocks are alternately bordered in black and pink to increase the size of the quilt to fit a Queen bed.

Thanks for sharing with us Sharyn and Stef.

Would you like to make a quilt like this? This is "Lorna's 12 Fat Quarter Quilt". Click the label on the sidebar to see more show and tell like these....

You can join us next term for a one day class to make this quilt. The new class list will go up soon.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Set to accessorise...

Check out this for sewing accessories!!

This chic ruler and cutting mat bag was made during Sunday morning UFO sessions with Carol.

Just perfect!! And beautifully modelled....

Making this bag, Gayle learnt so much!! Machine quilting, french braids, binding, borders and more...

Thanks for the show and tell... Won't you bring in yours to show???

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Liza's quilts

Liza had been working on this sweet birdies quilt for a little while now... She comes along to our Sunday morning UFO sessions (only $15 per session from 10am-12:30pm every Sunday with Carol Lewis. Receive help with the project you are working on, or start a beginner's course... see the class list on the side bar for more information)....

But wait, here is another finished quilt!!

Liza finished these just in time for the recent Lancefield quilt exhibition.

Thanks for the show and tell Liza.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Advent Calendars

Heather made this Advent Calendar wallhanging using a simple panel.

The panel is even printed with instructions!! Simply make the pockets, stitch them on, and quilt the little wallhanging.

Heather hand-quilted around the pockets and snowman on the gold print.

Click here to purchase your own panel for A$14.50.

A perfect project for Christmas in July.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Daring Dragons

Fiona wanted to make a quilt for her son. Where are all the boy quilt patterns??

Lorraine recommended this pattern set by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse: Daring Dragons.

The pattern contains a quilt pattern, runner for the end of the bed, and pillow instructions.

Lorraine suggested a runner might be a bit impractical for a boy - how about appliqueing the dragons over the pieced blocks?

And this is the end result.

Even with quilting right through the applique, it looks smashing!! Robbie loves it...

Thanks for sharing your show and tell, we love it!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Judy's quilting

Judy loves to hand-quilt, but she doesn't like to be in photos. *grin*

This is an enormous Dresden Plate quilt she just finished. It is quite heavy - two people found it difficult to hold up properly for a photo.
Check out the Dresden Plate design quilted on the blank squares.

Update: Judy has been learning free-motion machine quilting in our UFO (UnFinished Objects) sessions.. (see the class list on the side bar for more information). Get out of her way! She is quilting up a STORM!!!
Go Judy!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sharyn's other FQ quilt

This was Sharyn's first fat quarter quilt - made in class with Andrea. It's "Lorna's 12 fat quarter quilt".

Made from... drum roll please... *hahaha* 12 Fat Quarters!!!

Sharyn has already shown us another 12 fat quarter quilt - the purple one was started first, but this one was finished first.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Kellee's first quilt

Yes, Kellee came to us to learn beginner's machine piecing with Carol (see our class list on the side bar).... and

Yes, she has been making sampler blocks....

But, this is her first absolutely finished quilt. Made from a bali pop (same amount of fabric as in a jelly roll, but with batik prints).

Congratulations Kellee, we look forward to seeing you finish many more!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rosemary's plane quilt

Rosemary worked on this quilt during our Friday morning UFO classes. (That's UnFinished Objects for the uninitiated)... Quilted by Wilma at Deep Creek Quilting - the clouds around the planes are perfect. Quilting really does make the quilt special.

Join us for fun times and social interactions during UFO sessions - and of course - an experienced tutor will help you with your latest project!!

Thanks for sharing your quilt with us Rosemary.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ballerina Monkey

I wonder what the equivalent feminine name is for Magoo?

Annie, we love your Mageena (or whatever her name is)...

The aboriginal fabric print adds texture and variation in her "fur".

She is soooo pretty!!! Thank you for sharing your show and tell.

Please, pretty please, bring in your show and tell too...

Monday, June 6, 2011

New books in store

Direct from the USA every month - we receive brand new release books, and sell them at excellent prices.

Fresh Fabric Treats by Moda Bakeshop Designers.

7 quilts, accessories, bags etc - 16 projects in total. Use your favourite Moda bakeshop cuts (jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes etc).
French Braid Transformation by Jane Hardy Miller - the stunning 3rd installment in the french braid frenzy.

Fat Quarter Winners by Monique Dillard. Okay, so you collect fat quarters... or you bought a pack of irresistible fat quarters - now what do you do with them?? You cut them up without wasting a skerrick, by following Monique's instructions. 11 quilt patterns for under $2.50 per pattern - can you beat that value?

New from Piece'O'Cake designs - Fresh Picked Posies. These patterns are so liberating... perfect for beginning to applique (because who can tell if you there is a mistake in these free-form designs???)

Create an "almost-Amish" look with Kim Schaeffer's Quilts From Textured Solids. 20 projects combining tone on tones and textured solid prints in modern tones - piecing and applique projects.

Laura Lee-Fritz adds another book to her machine quilting repertoire: 250 New Continuous-Line Quilting Designs.

Domestic machine quilters (and mid-arm and long-arm quilters) will love these designs - add interest and focus to your quilt - quilting really does make the quilt. The designs flow in a continuous way to prevent the need for thread cutting and ending off.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Miniatures 1860-1890

Warm reds, browns, pinks and creams combine in miniature-sized prints to complement all the "special" prints in your 1800s fabric stash that you couldn't resist buying, but you don't know what goes with them!!

(What a long sentence that was!!)

Presenting Miniatures 1860- 1890. Essential co-ordinates in small scale prints.

Also available in fat quarter and fat eighth packs.

I've made a few quilts in this colour range - Courthouse Steps, Tumbling Blocks and Log Cabin.

I think it might be time to try another one.... or maybe I'll just collect these prints - add them to my stash??

All on special at only $19 per metre, while stocks last.