Newsletter - October 2015

Welcome to our October newsletter.  Spring is well underway, in fact, it’s been a bit like Summer already, hasn’t it?  Need some inspiration on these warmer days?  Read on!

Shop News


Over Cup Day weekend we’re having a Big Sale.  Stay tuned for more details!

(There could be some massively discounted fabrics………just sayin’!)

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sample Quilt

This fabulous book has taken the quilting world by storm!  Featuring real-life letters from The Farmer's Wife magazine, Laurie Aaron Hird's new book commemorates the strength and hope of the farm women of the Great Depression. The 99-block queen-size sampler quilt inspired by these letters uses reproduction 1930s fabrics. For each block, instructions are provided for template piecing, and--where applicable--rotary cutting, so readers can piece the blocks based on their preferred technique. 

Along with the book, there’s a Quilt Along by Angie which you can find and join in at and here at Sewn and Quilted we have….

  • The book – contact the shop to reserve your copy
  • The fabrics – a great range of 1930’s prints
  • The pre-cuts – pack of 1930’s prints just perfect for this project (see the New Fabrics section of this newsletter)
                                                  Farmers Wife 1930


We have in our hands the new Block of the Month for 2016.  It’s from the lovely Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts.  Tempted?  **Contact us to reserve your spot ** More details coming soon!
                                                  Hat Creek BOM 2016

Little Quilt-aholics Club

Mail out number 2, “Cottage Fair” is now available for all Little Quilt-aholics Club members.  Not a member?  For $49.50 per month (plus $3.50 postage if applicable) receive a pattern – and sometimes a bonus pattern, and the fabrics for the top and binding of a little quilt.  There will be 8 mail outs over 12 months.  Contact the shop for further details.  (See the Classes section in this newsletter for a new class.)

Summer School

If you haven’t booked into Summer School yet, the classes are filling fast, so you need to act now.  Currently there are waiting lists for both the Irene Blanck and Anita Ellis classes, but there are still some places in both of Carol’s Foundation Piecing Classes.  Please contact the shop for more details.  (See the Classes section in this newsletter.)


New Products

Christmas Panels

It’s coming up to that time of year again and we have two Christmas panels

  • A lovely traditional panel from Timeless Treasures

                                                 TT Christmas Panel

  • and from Hoffman, the Yuki panel, which also has some accompanying fabrics. 

                                                 Yuki Christmas Panel

Christmas Patterns

  • And still in the spirit of the end of the year, Aunties Two have a new pattern out featuring their fabulous technique in the style of a Christmas tree, or two.  Easy to make triangular trees which can be embellished with buttons, beads or even tiny fairy lights.  Large 16”high by 7”wide, small 8½”high by 5”wide.  We also have the rainbow packs of fabrics to make them.

                                                  Aunties Two Christmas Tree


From Quiltmania, a beautiful Agenda for 2016, displaying quilts from their magazines, just to distract you from the hustle and bustle of the year!
                                                  Quiltmania Agenda 2016


Lori Smith of “From My Heart To Your Hands” fame has some gorgeous new 1930’s patterns.

                                                 Lori Smith 1930 patterns


  • A sweet little Nativity Scene Kit to make just in time for Christmas, complete with specialty buttons. 

                                                Nativity Scene Kit

  • From Anthology Fabrics, the stunning “Potpourri” kit (size 73” x 83”)

                                                Anthology Kit

Both these kits have been made up by us and can be seen in store.


  • Quiltmania’s  second edition of “Simply Modern” is now available featuring lots of Aussie quilters.  There are still some copies of Issue 1 available too. 

                                                Simply Moderne 2

  • The “2015 Special Children’s Issue” is currently available, full of delightful projects for the little people in your life.
  • “Simply Vintage” Issue 16 is now out

                                               Simply Vintage 16

  • as is “Quiltmania” Issue 109

Did you know we can get in any Quiltmania magazine or book that is currently in print?  If you’ve seen a book you’d like or are missing an issue of a magazine, let us know the title details and we’ll order it in especially.  We can also set aside any of the above magazines on a regular basis for you – just call the shop with your details.

New Fabrics

  • “Gracie’s Schoolhouse Classics” by Judie Rothermel.  Adding to our ever growing 1930’s selection, this beautiful range is perfect for the “Farmer’s Wife” book/QAL (see Shop News above).

                                               Gracies Schoolhouse Classics

  • And from Darlene Zimmerman, her 1930’s “Pretty Posies” available in packs and also comes with a feature panel in typical 1930’s hues, or as redwork.

                               Pretty Posies Panel hues      Pretty Posies Panel redwork

  • We are also now stocking 1930’s starter packs featuring 25 fat 1/8th’s for $75.00  which are also just right for the “Farmer’s Wife” book/QAL (See Shop News above).


  • “Flying Geese” by Evonne Cook.  Subtle tonal gradations of the golds, tans, browns and reds paired with the stripes, geometrics and florals beautifully compliment each other to recreate your favourite Civil War Designs.


  • From the master of colour, more fabulous prints from Kaffe Fassett to add to our growing collection.


  • We know many of you loved the “Violette” pre-cuts from Amy Butler.  They are now available on the bolt as well as in the pre-cuts.


  • Tula Pink has designed some wide backs called “Free Fall”,  just the thing for quilt backings.


  • Also by Judie Rothermel, from her Civil War range, “Georgetown”.  A selection of fabrics featuring airy florals of slate blue and tan, sparked with reds and neutral brown tones.


  • From Penny Rose Studios, a range called "Cheddar and Indigo" featuring those often hard to source fabrics of the same name.


  • A gorgeous print from the new Paula Barnes range of “Border Companions”, beautifully designed border stripe gives you a wealth of creative options, from fussy cutting techniques, English paper piecing…and of course, dramatic quilt borders!


  • Tilda have produced another two gorgeous ranges, “Autumn Tree” and “Sweetheart”.  As always, these fabrics are available on the bolt and in starter packs.  There are fabulous spots as well as pretty florals.



  • Alison Glass Applique: The Essential Guide to Modern Applique” is for the advanced beginner interested in heirloom and slow sewing. It's the perfect way to learn about incorporating inventive textile treatments and embellishments to achieve one-of-a-kind, modern designs -  Heirloom style with a fresh twist.


  • “Recycled Hexie Quilts” by Mary W Kerr – using vintage hexagons in today’s quilts.


  • “Rainbow Nest” by Edyta Sitar.  We know we’ve mentioned this delightful book before, but it now comes with laser cut fusible shapes to help you make the sweet projects.


  • “2001 Patchwork Blocks” by Chuck Nohara features a fascinating array of blocks and some incredible quilts made with them.  A valuable reference book and full of tempting blocks to stitch.


  • “Candy Store and More – 1930’s Quilts Made New” .  Designers Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine present 10 fresh quilts that take their cues from 1930s classics. Inspired by antique quilts and patterns discovered in old newspapers, these projects are brimming with old-fashioned charm.


  • “The Farmer’s Wife, 1930’s Sampler” by Laurie Aaron Hird.  This new book commemorates the strength and hope of the farm women of the Great Depression. The 99-block queen-size sampler quilt inspired by these letters uses reproduction 1930s fabrics. For each block, instructions are provided for template piecing, and--where applicable--rotary cutting, so readers can piece the blocks based on their preferred technique.


  • “Small Treasures from Scraps” by Tara Lynn Darr.  Sweet mini quilts made with lots of scraps and left overs, with clear instructions for easy quilts, and some to get you thinking too.



Summer School

There are some vacancies left for:

Summer School – Week 1 (5 days)              When: 18 January to 22 January 2016 

Class:  Foundation Piecing with Carol


Summer School – Week 2 (3 days)              When: 27 January to 29 January 2016 

Waiting list only for classes with Irene Blanck and Anita Ellis – put your name down if interested as you never know your luck!

Colmar – Class

If you’re participating in the Quiltmania Block of the Month, come and join this class to get all the hints and tips to complete your blocks.

Class:  Colmar                                                      Tutor:  Glenda Cust

When:  Wednesday 4 November

Time: 10.00 to 12.30

Cost:  $30.00

Little Quilts Club Group

This is a new class for those who have joined our Little Quilts Club, OR for anyone stitching anything little.  Come to class and enjoy sewing in the company of other little quilt stitchers.

Class:  Little Quilts and other small things!                Tutor:  Carol

When:  3rd Wednesday of each month (next gathering 21 October)

Time:  10.00am  – 12.30pm

Cost: $25.00 for a casual class OR

 book a block of 5 Classes for $110.00 OR

 a block of 10 classes for $200.00.


Full details on the website, or contact the shop.


For further details on all classes, please visit our website


Thanks so much for reading our newsletter, and until next time


“Patchwork Made Possible”


Phone: (03) 9877 1664