Newsletter - November 2015

Welcome to our November newsletter.  Summer is rapidly approaching and we have lots of lovely new fabrics, books and notions to tempt you…..and some breaking news for next year too!  Be sure to read right to the end……..

Shop News


A big “Thank You” to everyone who came to our Cup Weekend Sale.  Boy, did you keep us busy!  There were some great bargains to be had, and we’re glad you could take advantage of them.


And following on from the sale, we are currently preparing to update our online "sale section" too for all our online customers.

Christmas Party!

We’re getting in early so you can earmark the date in your diary.  If you’ve attended any of our classes during 2015, please come and join in the fun of our annual Christmas Party.  If you’d like to, feel free to bring a plate of something to share (not compulsory), but what is compulsory is to bring your show and tell of what you’ve made this year!

When: Saturday 19 December                     Time: 1.00pm                    Cost:  Free!!

(Watch out for Linley’s “Silly Hat”!!)

Summer Shop Hours

Getting in early too with our shop hours over the Christmas/January period:

Last day of business pre-Xmas:        Wednesday 23 December, 2015

Between Xmas & New Year:               Shortened trading - Tues 29th and Wed 30th, 10am - 2pm only

Normal Trading Resumes:                Tuesday 5 January, 2016 at 10am 

.......just in time for you to get all your supplies, fabrics and notions for Summer School!  

We will trading in our normal hours of 10.00 to 4.00 from 5th January onwards.

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.)

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sample Quilt

Have you caught The Farmer’s Wife bug yet?  It’s not too late to join in, and we’re here to help you; we have….

  • The book – contact the shop to reserve your copy
  • The fabrics – a great range of 1930’s prints
  • The pre-cuts – we currently have three different packs of 1930’s prints just perfect for this project (see the New Fabrics section of this newsletter)

Don’t forget about the Quilt Along with Angie which you can find and join in at

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 too – 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. 

New Products


  • Cone Holders for threads -  if you like to use the larger cones, this gadget holds the thread securely and helps feed it into your machine

                                                      Cone Holder

  • Quilters’ Roll Clips – oh so handy for holding your quilt, rolled up and in place when machine quilting.

                                                  quilters roll clips

  • Bloc-Loc is a revolutionary new channel technology to allow you to accurately "square-up" a half square triangle block while eliminating slipping and ruler rock completely.

                                               bloc loc

  • Bohin Machine Needle Threaders – at last!  An easy to use needle threader for your sewing machine.  See a demo here


  • "Tessellating Windmill" template from Marti Michell.  Take the thinking out of making this block!  Complete with instructions for cutting and stitching.


Christmas Kit

  • From French General, a delightful pattern of decorations to embroider and make.  The pattern is $18.00 and we have kits for an additional $19.50.

                                             FG dec set


  • From Quiltmania, a beautiful Agenda for 2016, displaying quilts from their magazines, perfect for marking in those important dates for next year.

                                              Quiltmania Agenda 2016


  • Quiltmania’s  second edition of “Simply Modern” has been hugely popular, so much so that we’ve placed an order for more copies which should be here mid-late November.  If you haven’t done so already, contact the shop to reserve your copy.
  • “Quiltmania” Issue 110 is also due mid-late November.

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

  • “Canyon” by Kate Spain.  Inspired by the high mesa, Canyon is ablaze with lush colours, hand-drawn and painted patterns of desert blooms, succulents, pulsing flocks of starlings, and Native American basket motifs. This glowing collection includes colours of sunset rose, soothing aloe, vivid cactus-hued greens, as well as amethyst purple, agave silver blue, and sandstone greys.  Pre-cuts only.

                                               Canyon KS

  • “Mon Ami” by BasicGrey.  As colourful as a French Countryside, Mon Ami is a scenic journey of rich hues combined with beautiful tones of blues, reds, greens, yellows and greys, featuring cute cityscapes, florals, circles, bicycles, raindrops, and grunges that are sure to please!

                                               mon ami BG

  • “Rosewell Mill”by Little Quilts.  Slate blues, creams, reds and butter yellows are the tones for beautiful florals, paisleys and pretty accompanying prints.

                                       Rosewell Mill Rosewell Mill Floral

  • “Eliza’s Indigo” by Betsy Chutchian.  Indigo, Ocean Blue, Chocolate and Honeysuckle are some of the names given to the shades used in this reproduction range inspired by this story:  In 1739, at age 16, Eliza Lucas moved from her home in Antigua to South Carolina, where she would care for her family and manage three plantations inherited by her father. Relying on her study of botany in England, Eliza experimented with a variety of seeds, but it was with the indigo seeds sent from her father in Antigua, that Eliza found success. Widowed at age 32, Eliza continued to manage the plantations and raise her family until she died in 1793, an educated, independent business woman of colonial America.

                                                        Elizas Indigo

  • “Violette” by Amy Butler.  This popular range is still available on the bolt and in pre-cuts.

                                                   Violette AB

  • “Dream Blossom” by Lauren Wan.  Pretty garden scenes in pastel hues, with light metallic gold highlights and an oriental influence.  Find a free pattern available here

                               Dream Blossom   Dream Blossom Floral

  • "Studio Stash" Yarn Dyes by Jennifer Sampou.  Gorgeous Japanese yarn dyes in beiges and blues - very textural.

                                                   Japanese Yarn Dyes JS

  • We now have three 1930’s starter packs featuring 25 fat 1/8th’s for $75, perfect for the “Farmer’s Wife” book/QAL (See Shop News above), plus lots of 1930's bolts.

    1930s pack 1      1930s pack 3

                                              1930s bolts

  • 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.  Plus we have packs from previous ranges too. 


Marg has made this gorgeous quilt using some of the Tilda Starter Packs.  Ask in store for more details.



  • “Little Big Stuff” by Michelle Jensen.  Discover a collection of fun-to-stitch, role-playing projects that any child is sure to adore.  20 cute and clever projects with lots of kid appeal – for boys and girls alike.


  • “Vintage Quilt Revival” by Katie Clark Blakesley, Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich is back in stock – 22 modern designs from classic blocks.


  • “Red and White Quilts – Infinite Variety” by Elizabeth Warren and Maggi Gordon, presented by The American Folk Art Museum.  Quilts from that stunning show by the same name.  Forward orders being taken now – contact the shop to have your name put on the list.

  • “Tributes and Treasures” by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison.  12 bed size quilt patterns perfect for showcasing reproduction fabrics.  Each nostalgic design in this charming collection is inspired by quilts from the 1800s.  From the team who create the top-selling traditional patterns at Red Crinoline Quilts.


  • “The Little World of Jacqueline Morel” .  Jacqueline was one of French magazine Marie-Claire Idées’s lucky designers.  For years, readers have loved her small characters wandering about in the countryside or in the snow, her cheerful embroidered or appliqué tablecloths and her lovely, unique ‘French touch’ which brings the sun out of each of her creations.  Forward orders being taken now – contact the shop to have your name put on the list.
  • “The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts” by That Patchwork Place.  Sitting on a pile of scraps? Put your fabric bits and pieces to spectacular use with this well-curated collection of quilts.  Cut from your stash or play with precut strips and squares, fat quarters, and fat eighths as you enjoy a tremendous variety of patterns from well-known designers.  Packed with 77 delightful projects, including Civil War, 1930s, modern, traditional, and country designs.


  • “Little Quilts” by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger.  Packed with techniques, patterns, and inspiration for small-scale quilts.


  • "Heritage Quilts" by Kaffe Fassett.  Inspired by his collaboration with the British Quilt Museum, Kaffe Fassett's newest book in his successful patchwork and quilting series is a peek into the mind of a master designer, and the finished results are stunning.



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 – Sit and Sew

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.  Last Colmar class for this year.

Class:  Colmar Sit and Sew                            Tutor:  Glenda Cust

When:  Wednesday 2 December

Time: 10.00 to 12.30

Cost:  $50.00

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                                          Tutor:  Carol

When:  3rd Wednesday of each month (next gathering 18 November)

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.

Sit and Sew Class

The last Sit and Sew gathering for 2015 for Sit and Sew is Friday 18 December and will be our Christmas Break-Up.  Please bring a plate of something to share on the day.

2016 Classes

General classes for 2016 will recommence on Tuesday 2 February 2016.  Expressions of interest are being taken for new students.  Please contact the shop for more details.         

Full details on the website, or contact the shop.

For further details on all classes, please visit our website


Until next time


“Patchwork Made Possible”


Phone: (03) 9877 1664