Newsletter - December 2015

Welcome to our December newsletter and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to more stitching fun with you in 2016.  But, before you all start on the merriment of the season, we have a jam-packed newsletter for you to read……so read on!

Shop News

On-Line Sale

Our on-line sale is currently in full swing.  Hundreds of fabrics have been heavily reduced, some as low as $12.00 per metre and some even less!  Our minimum cut is 50cm.  If you wish to purchase in store or over the phone, please have the SKU/product code handy for the item/s you wish to purchase.

Christmas Party!

Don’t forget to come along to our Christmas party!  There’s one for the Friday Sit and Sew group and one for all of our students.    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, or indeed what you are still creating – works in progress are most welcome!!

Sit and Sew Group:

When: Friday 18 December                          Time: 1.00pm                    Cost:  Free!!


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

Gift Certificates

For those people in your life who struggle with gift ideas, leave this on the kitchen bench and circle the section below in red!

Gift Certificates for our shop are available in store, on line or over the phone – so easy!  And need we spell it out?…….the perfect Christmas gift.

Summer Shop Hours

Please make a note of our shop hours over the Christmas/January period:

Last day of business:        Wednesday 23 December (normal hours 10.00-4.00)

Closed:                           Thursday 24 December to Monday 28 December

Open:                             Tuesday 29 December and Wednesday 20 December 10.00-2.00

Closed:                           Thursday 31 December to Monday 4 January

Normal Trading:                Tuesday 5 January, 2016, just in time for you to get all your supplies, fabrics and notions, for Summer School!  Normal hours resume 10.00 to 4.00.

Summer School

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

Classes in 2016

And speaking of classes, we have some very exciting new classes coming in 2016…… this space!

Exciting Announcement – Quiltmania Mystery BOM 2016

And speaking of exciting, we are so proud to announce that we are once again the Australian distributor for Quiltmania’s Mystery Block of the Month in 2016.  As the name suggests, this is a mystery quilt and we have only had a sneak peek ourselves, but we can tell you it is promising to be absolutely gorgeous.  What we can also tell you is that it’s shaping up to be a medallion quilt, designed by Petra Prins and features her Dutch Heritage fabrics.

Interested?  Expressions of interest are being taken by phone or email.  The price is still being determined as we are very busy finalising everything for you from our end!  We can’t wait!

New Products



  • OLFA Advantage Frosted Rulers – New from OLFA Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage Acrylic Rulers are not your ordinary rulers! OLFA’s rulers are non-slip for stable and safe cutting and frosted with black grid lines for clarity on light- and dark-material. The large bold black numbers are easy to read. The rulers have black grid lines at every inch; dotted black lines mark the half-inch and black tick marks along the solid line mark the quarters and eights. The frosted back grips in place for safe, stable cutting but allows the ruler to be repositioned for small adjustments.  We have three sizes available:  6½” x 6½”   9½” x 9½” and 6” x 24”

                                                      Olfa frosted rulers


  • Cotton Pickers – Now back in stock.  This mitt easily removed stray threads from clothing and quilts; as the logo says “no strings attached”

                                                      cotton picker


  • Wooden Buttons – just in time for decorating your Christmas makes is a range of very cute wooden buttons in a variety of Christmas themes, as well as some other general ones like the sweet owls.

                                                      wooden buttons - Christmas


  • Circle Donuts – new from Victorian Textiles, these “pop-out” donut style circles templates come in 14 sizes ranging from 3/8” to 2”and include a generous 3/8” seam allowance.  Easy tracing, easy making circles.

                                                      circle donut


  • Fusible Foam – comes in single sided and double sided, perfect for giving extra body to bags.  It holds the shape, is lightweight, soft and formable, and very easy to sew.

                                                      fusible foam


  • Steam-a-Seam – double stick fusible web.  This product is heat activated pressure sensitive fusible web which makes the web sticky and repositionable for easy placement of your appliqué giving you the ability to play with your design before permanently ironing.

                                                     steam a seam


  • Heat n Bond – we are now carrying this popular product in two weights; the lightweight for dressmaking and the ultrahold for craft projects.

                                                        heat n bond


  • Iron-on Piping – make your own piping easily with Iron-On Piping and match your cushions or bags with piping made from your own fabrics.

                                                     iron on piping

  • Bobbin Keepers

Finally, two fabulous ways to keep your bobbins under control.  First Bobbini, the universal bobbin holder made with quality rubber which adjusts to different spool shapes, which proved so popular we sold out before we’d blinked.  They have been re-ordered and should be back in stock within a week.  This little gadget sits inside the spool, then the bobbin sits on top.

                     bobbini 1  bobbini 2  bobbini 3

Then there’s the Stack n Store Bobbin Tower which neatly stores 30 bobbins in one tower.  The Tower consists of six flexible rubberised plastic rings.  Each ring holds five bobbins.

                                                    stack n store bobbin tower

Coming in 2016

  • As well as the Quiltmania BOM there could be one or two other Blocks of the Month………….keep watching!
  • And there just might be a new feature on a monthly basis with our notions………….

We like to keep you guessing!


  • From Homespun, the November Special 150th issue and the December issue are currently available.

                                                   homespun dec 2015

And from Quiltmania the following magazines are now in stock -

  • Quiltmania’s  third edition of “Simply Modern”. Kits for the featured "Oh Christmas Tree" pattern using similar fabrics and wool felt are currently being put together for your convenience. Contact us to reserve yours!

                                                      Simply moderne 3

  • “Quiltmania” Issue 110

                                                       quiltmania 110

  • “Simply Vintage” Issue 17

                                                       simply vintage 17

  • 2015 Special for Children is back in stock

                                                        quiltmania children 2015

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

  • Pre-cuts abound!  Fresh from the Australian Quilt Market we have Jelly Rolls in

               Just a Speck – Jen Kingwell

               Flow – Zen Chic

               Southern Exposure – Laundry Basket Quilts

               Canyon – Kate Spain

               Mon Ami – Basic Grey

               Colour Daze – Laundry Basket Quilts

               Ville Fleurie – French General

                                         jelly rolls dec 15     jelly rolls 2 dec15


And in Layer Cakes          

               Le Marais – French General

               Colour Daze – Laundry Basket Quilts

               Ville Fleurie – French General

                                               layer cakes dec15

New on the bolt fabrics include:


  • “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 bolts   mon ami feature 1   mon ami feature 2


  • “Colour Daze” by Edyta Sitar.  In teals, rich pinks, pretty florals and small geometrics, this range also has a cheater cloth and a stunning large floral each in varying colour ways.  Full range in stock.

  colour daze 1   colour daze2   colour daze 3   colour daze 4


  • “Le Marais” by French General .  This collection includes some of French General’s old document textiles found in Paris, including a beautiful toile from the early 19th century.  Full range in stock.

         le marais 1  le marais 2  le marais 3

  • “Katie Jump Rope” by Denyse Schmidt.  For all DS fans, we have the full range of this re-run of the hugely popular Katie Jump Rope.  Katie's patterns take their cue from the vintage charm of Denyse's tag sale scores, with a distinctly modern appeal. Three fresh and vibrant colour ranges (Geranium, Fairway, Allure) draw on the palette of an adorable vintage jump rope, filtered through the lens of Denyse's jump-roping days of the early 70's. The Katie Jump Rope legacy reprint features 18 best-selling fabrics.

                                               katie jump rope 


  • “Cloverdale House” by Di Ford-Hall.  Many of the designs in this popular range are now back in stock for those who missed out, or those who need more!

                                               cloverdale house

  • “Windermere” by Brenda Riddle  Inspired by the beauty of the English countryside, Windermere is named after the largest lake in the Lake District.  The colours reflect the hues that fill your eyes on the walks along the paths and shoreline around the lake.  Select bolts available.
  • “Naptime” by Darlene Zimmerman.  Another sweet range of 1930’s prints, especially for children featuring cats, bunnies and elephants, all in small prints, along with some geometrics.



  • "Antique Cotton” by Pam Buda.  Pam's latest inspiration draws from some of her favourite eighteenth and nineteenth century quilts, made by women who "lived a very frugal life, and for whom no scrap was wasted."  Select bolts available.

                                                  antique cotton


  • “Acorn Forest” by Wendy Kendall.  Another very sweet range for children featuring forests of trees and the little creatures who live in them. 

                                                  acorn forest


  • “Hints of Prints” widebacks and floral widebacks.  Super way to get backings for quilts – and no joins (depending on the size of the quilt).

                                 hints of prints   floral widebacks


  • Spots – our selection of “Spot” fabrics is ever growing; large and small spots and in a variety of colours and colour combinations.



  • “Miniature Gatherings” by Primitive Gatherings.  Little quilts are irresistible and these tiny prints are just what quilters need to create them.  Select bolts available. 

                                                     minature gatherings



  • “Sew a Little Fabric” by Paula Storm.  This book is all about becoming the best quilter you can be, while still really enjoying the process.  With projects for everyone from the beginner to the more advanced quilter.  Learn tips and techniques like inserting a zip, to how-to on binding.

                                                      sew a little fabric


  • “Quilt Lovely” by Jen Kingwell.  This book is now back in stock.  Jen Kingwell brings you fifteen amazing new quilt designs in "Quilt Lovely." With nine gorgeous quilt projects that use a variety of techniques, including applique, hand sewing and hand quilting, and six fun pillow projects that can be expanded easily into quilts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

                                                        quilt lovely

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

                                                              vintage quilt revival


  • “Red and White Quilts – Infinite Variety” by Elizabeth Warren and Maggi Gordon, presented by The American Folk Art Museum.  Featuring over 650 quilts from the past three centuries, this book is filled with the gorgeous and imaginative designs of feathered stars, diamonds, animals, oak leaves, baskets, lettering, and snowflakes, as well as fascinating examples of careful embroidery and appliqué. With inspiring handiwork, designs, and visual histories, this book exemplifies the sheer magnitude and poetry of red and white quilts and is a staple compendium of this beloved art form. 

                                                          red and white

  • “Modern Vintage Gifts” by Helen Philipps.  A bright contemporary collection of over 20 patchwork and sewn projects, designed to make readers smile and have fun with fabric from Helen Philipps - a popular craft designer whose highly desirable style is a cross between Cath Kidston and Tilda.

    The projects are all simple enough for beginners yet desirable enough for more experienced sewers, exploring different techniques including patchwork, quilting, paper piecing, appliqué, colour play, embroidery and embellishment.

                                                          modern vintage gifts


  • “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.

                                                          little world of jacqueline morel


  • “Gorgeous Wool Applique” by Deborah Gale Tirico.  Sewing with luxurious felted wool, discover the secrets to dimensional appliqué that will add depth and drama to your home decor. Take your embroidery skills to the next level with 8 colourful projects from crisp penny rugs to pincushions and pillows. Easy-to-learn techniques such as thread-matching, needle-slanting, and fabric-layering will help you achieve clean and sharp lines every time! This clear, visual guide includes full-size patterns with placement and embroidery guides.

                                                         gorgeous wool applique


  • “The Farmer’s Wife” by Laurie Arron Hird.  It’s back in stock!  If you missed out, here’s your chance to grab a copy.

                                                         the farmers wife


Summer School

There are just a few vacancies left for you:

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

Class:  Foundation Piecing with Carol (one spot only!)


Summer School – Week 2 (3 days)              When: 27 January to 29 January 2016
Class:  Foundation Piecing with Carol (couple of spots)

Waiting list only for Anita Ellis's machine quilting class and Irene Blanck's Applique class – put your name down if interested as you never know your luck!

2016 Classes

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

Wednesday Morning with Glenda

If you’ve been participating in the Quiltmania Block of the Month "Colmar" during 2015 come and join this class in 2016 to get all the hints and tips to complete your blocks.  Or, if you’d like to explore the world of felted wool or wool felt (or want to know the difference!) and embellishing and embroidery stitches, Glenda will help you on your Woolly Bits journey.

Class:  Woolly Bits                           Tutor:  Glenda Cust

When:  First Wednesday of the month – first class 3rd February, 2016

Time: 10.00 to 12.30

Cost:  $30.00

Thursday Morning with Glenda

Let Glenda take you through the techniques of mastering English Paper Piecing (EPP), from simple hexagons like Grandmothers Flower Garden to the more intricate Millefiori or an EPP of your choice.  Learn different methods and refine your skills with EPP.  Perfect for beginners, or for the more advanced set yourself a challenge!

Class:  EPP                          Tutor:  Glenda Cust

When:  First Thursday morning of the month – first class 4th February, 2016

Time: 10.00 to 12.30

Cost:  $30.00



Thursday Afternoon with Glenda

Need help with a woolly bits or EPP project?  Glenda can lend a helping hand.

Class:  Tutored Sit and Sew                          Tutor:  Glenda Cust

When:  First Thursday afternoon of the month – first class 4th February, 2016

Time: 1.00 to 3.30

Cost:  $30.00



Full details on the website, or contact the shop.


For further details on all classes, please visit our website


Until next time

Carol and her team of helpers!

“Patchwork Made Possible”


Phone: (03) 9877 1664