Newsletter - March 2016

It’s Autumn…….supposedly, but the Summer heat continues!  The trees are starting to turn though, and as the days get shorter and cooler our thoughts are turning to more time spent with needle and thread.  Here’s some reading and ideas to spur your thoughts that way too! 

Shop News

AQC (Australian Quilt Convention)

Coming up in April is the first of the quilt shows for 2016.  Starting on 14 April and running through to 17 April at the glorious Old Exhibition Buildings in Carlton.  See us there at Stand 47 with lots of show specials, fabric packs and………. you’ll just have to visit to see!

When:  April 14 - 17         Where:  Old Exhibition Buildings, Carlton      Find Us At:  Stand 47

Block of the Month

The following is an update on all of our Blocks of the Month.  There are some vacancies in all of them, so you can still sign up!


We are still taking registrations for Quiltmania’s Mystery BOM for 2016, so it’s not too late to start yours!  Part 2 will be ready for distribution by mid-March.

$65.00 per month x 6 months


Designed by Katrina Hadjimichael, this BOM features English Paper Piecing and Applique techniques.  First month is now available, and we'd still love to have you join us.

$99.50 for the first month, then months 2 - 8 are just $69.50


This BOM features Wool Applique and is designed by Australia’s own Deirdre Bond-Abel. Deirdre’s inspiration for this quilts design came from many places; folk art on buildings, tiles and iron work, and old quilts. 

$63.50 per month x 10 months

“Foxley Village”

HOW POPULAR IS THIS! We have a few kits left so it's not too late! “Homespun” magazine are running a mystery BOM for 2016, designed by Australia’s Natalie Bird and featuring stitchery and applique and using the Tilda range of fabrics (which we know many of you love).  Kits are available for $289.50 which includes fabrics for the quilt top, BACKING(!!) and binding.  This BOM will run for 10 months with patterns in each issue of “Homespun” from February to November, inclusive.  Don’t miss out on your copy – you can order one through us to ensure you get each instalment!

For further information on any of the above BOM’s please see the website or contact us by phone or email.

“Little Quilt-aholics Club”

This Club is for those who love making little quilts.  Join in the fun to make 8 quilts in total spread over 12 months.  Again, for more information contact the shop or go to the website.

$49.50 per month x 8 packs (includes patterns and kits)

New Products

Magnet Tins

We have a range of these sweet little (and slightly larger) tins which contain magnets with pretty tops.  Something lovely to hold those bits and bobs on your fridge.


Ruler Buddy Finger Guards

Ruler Buddy guards fingers from the rotary cutter and allows you to grab and move the acrylic ruler with ease while keeping a simple low profile on the ruler.  It is translucent and allows you to see the guide marks of the ruler through the device.  

Ruler Buddy sticks to acrylic rulers with reusable adhesive and can be moved for different placement on the ruler.  

Karen Kay Buckley Rulers

This ingenious ruler is four rulers in one package.  The five piece ruler easily snaps together to form a 6", 12" 18" or 24" length.  It has clear and accurate markings along with 30, 45 and 60 degree angle markings.    You'll love it at home or on the go and it will be the perfect travel companion.  All the pieces pack nicely in the felt bag enclosed in the package.   Comes in 3" and 6" wide versions.



Apliquick Rods

Designed for use with the glue stick, turned-edge applique method to quickly create perfect shapes for appliqué, use the tools like cutlery or surgical tools to assist your fingers to manipulate and sculpt appliqué pieces, including challenging teeny weeny shapes.


Valdani Wool Thread Packs

A bliss of softness for your hands, easy and beautiful to work with, these wool threads are made of 100% Australian Virgin Wool of the highest quality.  We have put together packs of skeins in beautiful colours for you to use for applique or embroidery.  Hand dyed, colourfast, size 8 and each skein is 9.1m lengths.


Frosted Donut of Threads

From Superior Threads, these donuts hold 35 Masterpiece Bobbins in #50 100% extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton, excellent for hand and machine applique.  There are two sets (70 colours in all) with all the colours you need, and are easy to transport for all your sewing projects.

Each bobbin contains approximately 80 yards. They seem to last forever!


Product of the Month

Dome Needle Case

Neatly store and carry up to 10 threaded needles, perfect for hand piecing and hand quilting projects.  Simply thread the needle and wind it into the Needle Case……..10 times!  Threaded needles are waiting to go.



Patterns & Kits

There has been a flurry of new patterns that have arrived to tempt you………

:: From “Everyday Quilts” by Sandra Boyle, two gorgeous new quilts: “Brocante” and “Square Dance”


:: From “Be Colourful” by Jacqueline de Jong, six new foundation pieced patterns:  “Magic Forest”, “Something Blue”, “Indian Summer”, “Chasing Dreams”, “Carousel”, “Better Together”.


:: From Material Obsession, four fabulous patterns.  Three quilt patterns:  “Kismet Revisited”, "Welcome To My Parlour”, “Mini Mandela” and the “Triangle Cushion” pattern for our Triangle Cushion inserts.


In kits, this stunning collection is for the “Oh Christmas Tree” quilt from “Simply Modern” magazine issue 3.  Now available!



:: The March issue of Homespun magazine is now available.


::  Quiltmania “Simply Modern” Issue 4 is now available. 


The previous issues of this extremely popular magazine are rapidly becoming “collector” items!  If you’ve missed out, issues 1, 2 and 3 are now back in stock for you to collect too.

::  Quiltmania Issue 111 is now available.


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

::  “Ethereal” by Camelot Design Studio.  This gentle collection of sweet prints comes in periwinkle, teal, white, grey, midnight and orchid featuring a tiny print of scalloped flowers, windflowers, floral diamonds and a floral damask style print – ethereal indeed!  Available on the bolt and in packs.


::  “Vintage Picnic” by Bonnie and Camille.  What’s more wonderful than a picnic on a sunny day?  This fresh line of reproduction prints in cheery red, aqua, pink and green with just a hint of navy is filled with large florals, checks, dots and the sweetest little flowers.  So pull out the picnic basket and a sewing machine.  It’s going to be a beautiful day! Available on the bolt and in pre-cuts.


The range is completed with a set of check wide backs.


::  “Chipper” by Tula Pink.  Tula says “Chipper is about the warm sun on my face, hair gently blowing in the wind and the scent of fresh cut grass. Chipper is carefree and relaxed. It’s a midday summer nap.”  She designed Chipper to be both refreshing and vibrant with tonnes of detail and a fantasy colour palette of mints, oranges, pinks and plums with undertones of cool greys and lime greens.    Available on the bolt and in packs.


And in pre-cuts we have

:: “Larkspur” by 3 Sisters.  These designers are known for their stylishly distinctive mix of vintage French prints featuring opulent florals and paisleys.  The soft light of a Spring morning inspired the fresh and inviting colour palette of their latest collection.


:: “Strawberry Fields Revisited” by Fig Tree Quilts. This collection incorporates several favourite prints from the original “Strawberry Fields” range and updates the collection with a few new vintage flavoured additions.  Based on the popular retro palette of light ivory, tomato red, soft aqua, grass green, butter yellow and warm grey with accents of coral and pint, this new collection adds in a pop of charcoal to make the entire palette truly shine.


:: “Regent Street” by Sentimental Studios. Classic meets couture style and sophistication with Regent Street Lawns.  These delicate cotton florals will make you feel as though you’ve stepped right off a London Street!  Available in pre-cuts of Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and 5”charm squares.



We have masses of new books for you!

:: “Feathering the Nest II” by Brigitte Giblin.  More “Vintage Inspired Quilts to Feather the Nest”.  This second book by Brigitte Giblin contains 16 new quilts with full colour instructions, is published by Quiltmania and is now in stock!


:: Ratsburg Road Quilts” by Linda Koenig.  Every quilt that is made tells a story.
Here you will find some of Linda Koenig's quilts and the story told by each.  There are 16 reproduction projects to make in this book.


::  “Treasures From the Barn” by Linda Collins.  This book is the culmination of Linda Collins' life as a quilter, a collector and a designer.  In this amazing book, you will discover some of the favourites in her collection; 18 lovely antique quilts to reproduce and admire.


:: “Quilt-opedia”by Laura Jane Taylor.  Covering a wide range of techniques for both hand and machine quilting, this gentle guide uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk the novice quilter from the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric, through to intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying their work. Useful troubleshooting tips are peppered throughout to help avoid common pitfalls. A directory of quilt blocks contains loads of ideas for variations, joining methods, and embellishments.


:: “Growing Up Modern” by Allison Harris.  Allison shows how beginner and expert sewists alike can make a child’s quilt that will be cherished for years to come.   The book has 16 quilt projects for babies & children with 7 of the patterns adapting to make crib- and twin-sized quilts. There’s a comprehensive overview on quiltmaking basics, step-by-step instructions, and vibrant photographs to help you from start to finish. For those who believe that quilting is impossible when you have kids, the author (and mother of 3) includes helpful hints on finding the time and keeping it fun.


:: “Quilters’ Pre-Cut Companion” by Missouri Star Quilt Co.  Are you crazy for precuts? With over 30 precut friendly blocks and all the reference information you could need at your fingertips you are going to love this tool. From 3 easy ways to make half-square triangles to time saving tips and tricks, you can sew up your Jelly Rolls, Turnovers or Charm packs right now.


:: “Moda All Stars in a Row” by That Patchwork Place.  Discover the mix-and-match possibilities for fabulous quilts with row patterns by your favourite Moda designers, including Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters, Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, Sandy Gervais of Pieces from My Heart, and many more.


:: “Jo’s Little Favourites:  Timeless Quilts from Scraps and Fat Quarters” by Jo Morton.  Easy to start, even easier to complete! Top-selling designer of reproduction fabric Jo Morton makes creating small quilts almost effortless with expert techniques for accurate piecing and helpful tips on choosing and using fabric. Discover how to display small quilts in your home with Jo's advice for incorporating quilts into your personal decorating scheme.


:: “Stripology – Book 1 and Book 2” by GE Designs.  These two books feature top selling strip patterns made in varying sizes and using the Stripology Ruler or conventional rotary cutting.  Use your scraps, strips, and fat quarters to make any of the books’ patterns, each one offered in 3 different sizes: Mini quilt, Table Runner, or Crib size.  Make your cutting efficient and 3 times quicker when you use the Stripology ruler.  Simple piecing makes the projects suitable for beginner to intermediate skill level.


:: “Fat Quarter Baby Book” by M’Liss Rae Hawley.  M’Liss has designed six fun and easy fat quarter friendly quilts plus some super simple and speedy small projects all designed for babies and children or gifts like doll quilts.  The book offers something for quilters on every level, from beginners to the more experienced.


:: “Crimson Tweed” by Sue Spargo.  Sue has created a Christmas style quilt with her trademark wools and embellishments and includes patterns for a pomegranate table rug, holiday birds and two variations of a snowflake pillow.  A wonderful book for those interested in learning to work with wool.  Not sure?  Book into Glenda’s 1st Wednesday of the month class for some help and inspiration.  (See below)


:: “Sewing Room Sampler Quilt” by Yoko Saito.  Combines two of Yoko Saito’s favourites:  blocks featuring traditional quilting motifs, such as stars and houses, plus one-of-a-kind sewing-themed appliqué designs. You can use the block and appliqué designs individually, or combine to create this quilting masterpiece. This quilt makes the perfect decoration for a sewing room or home of a fellow quilter.





Wednesday Morning with Glenda

Are you tickled by the current hexagon/EPP craze?   Does working with felted wool intrigue you?  Have you always wanted to learn embroidery?  If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, Glenda is the teacher for you!  If you’ve been into the shop lately you will have seen the examples of Glenda’s Millefiori quilt and Glenda can guide you to making your own version.  Below you will see the photo of a wool/embroidered covered bag; let your imagination fly and Glenda can help you create your own version, or something else entirely, using patterns, threads, fabrics, wools and felts that we have in store.

Class: 1st  Wednesday Morning of the Month with Glenda                Tutor:  Glenda Cust

When:  Wednesday 6th April, 2016 - BE QUICK, CLASS IS FILLING FAST!

Time: 10.00 to 12.30

Cost:  $30.00


Kindred Spirits with Meredithe

Need help with a project?  Want to start something new?  Not sure where to start on any of the BOM’s?  Meredithe can help!  We currently have a just a few vacancies in the afternoon class on Thursdays where Meredithe can guide and assist with quilts, techniques and problems.

Class:  Kindred Spirits                      Tutor:  Meredithe Clark

When:  Thursdays  - BE QUICK, JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

Time: 10am - 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.30pm

Cost:  $25.00 (or buy multiple classes and save)

General Classes - including casual spots

We currently have some casual vacancies in our General Classes, especially over the school holidays and with a few of our regulars away on holidays.  Please contact the shop for more details.

Beginners Classes

Term 2 is rapidly approaching and there will be new Beginners Classes starting.   Please contact the shop for more details.

Beyond Beginners Classes!!

If you’ve done Carol’s Beginners Class and would like to expand your repertoire of techniques, Carol will be running a “Beyond Beginners” class starting in Term 2 where you will make a Sampler Quilt.  
Please contact the shop for more details.

For further details on all classes, please visit our website


Finally, if there is anything listed above that you can't find on our website, please feel free to contact us either by phone, email, or of course pop in to visit us.


Until next time

Carol and her extraordinary team of helpers!!

“Patchwork Made Possible”


Phone: (03) 9877 1664