May Newsletter


Autumn is well and truly here.  Warm days and crisp evenings make for perfect sewing weather.  Did you get to AQC?  It was lovely to see so many of our customers and students!  Thanks for dropping by our stand to say hello.  It was a massive few days for us, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.


Shop News

New Website!

Our newsletter is slightly later going out this month as we have been very busily preparing to be able to send it from our NEW WEBSITE! The change over to our new site happened on Tuesday this week, and apologies to anyone having any trouble accessing it on that day. But hopefully it's working well now.

So jump on and have a look and let's know what you think! There are undoubtedly a few 'little' (hopefully that's all!!) things that will need final touches, but if you have any trouble accessing anything, or placing a mail order please do let us know. Because if we don't know, we can't fix it!

Now, with May being the month of Mother's Day, we have some fabulous specials later in this newsletter in recognition of us who are lucky enough to still have our mums, and all of those who are mums………so keep reading!


Waverley Patchworks Quilt Show

If you missed seeing us at AQC, come and visit at the Waverly Patchworkers' Quilt Show where we will have a stand.  Details as follows:

When:      Saturday 28 May  9.00am to 5.00pm

               Sunday 29 May  9.00am to 4.00pm


Where:     Mt Waverley Community Centre

               Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley


Entry:      $8.00


What:    Quilt Display, Quilt Shops (that’s us!), Café, Demonstrations, Raffle Quilt


For more information go to


Winter Workshops

In a spin off from our Summer School, we’re now having a weekend of Winter Workshops and bookings are Open from 10am this Friday!  With six workshops to choose from over two days there is something for everyone; two different sewing bags, a workshop with QuiltSmart products, an exploration of English Paper Piecing (EPP), lots to learn about applique and stem techniques simplified, and some playtime with acrylic templates.

When:  Friday 1st July and Saturday 2nd July

Time:   10.00am to 4.00pm

Where: One Community Church, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn, Vic 3130 (opp. Blackburn Primary)

Cost:  $105 for one class, or $190 for two classes – that’s a saving of $20!

Workshops on Friday 1st July

:: Quiltsmart with Carol

:: Felt Embroidered and Embellished Workcase with Glenda

:: Templates by Hand with Meredithe

Workshops on Saturday 2nd July

:: Applique and Stems using EASY Techniques with Carol

:: EPP, including “La Passacaglia” from Millefiori with Glenda

:: Fat Quarter Bag and Accroutrements with Meredithe


Block of the Month

 “Foxley Village” - last call!!

This is probably the LAST CALL for the Foxley Village BOM then it’s not too late – there are only a couple of kits remaining, so jump in quickly. And if you're worried about not having the earlier Homespun Magazines for February and March, we've even managed to source a couple of those for you too!

New Products


Wendy Williams has a great range of patterns produced under the name of Flying Fish, and we have lots of them now in stock. 



Fancy Forest” by Elizabeth Hartman is taking the world by storm!  This gorgeous pattern featuring easy pieced animals is now in stock. 




A quilter can never have too many pairs of scissors, and these little ones are perfect embroidery or applique scissors.  They have a sharp point, measure in at just 4.5” and are available for the sweet price of only $5.50!


Donut Applique Threads

Many of you will have seen, and no doubt use, the 50 weight, 100% cotton threads in the blue donut.  We now have the second donut in this same range of threads, with a set of different shades all set out in a purple donut.  Perfect for applique – a little bobbin of colour that seems to last a long time. 


Product of the Month


We showcased several kits at AQC and they were very well received.  In case you missed out here they are

::  “Oh Christmas Tree” – pattern by Wendy Williams and featured in Quiltmania Simply Moderne. Full kits of fabric and beautiful wool felt are now available.


::  “Rainbow Nest” – from Laundry Basket Quilts, with accompanying story book. The beauty of this is that the APPLIQUE SHAPES are all included AND PRE-CUT for you. All you have to do is peel, stick and stitch. How easy is that!



:: “Chasing Dreams” – a riot of colour, and triangles made with foundation piecing from Jacqueline de Jonge 


Mothers’ Day Super Special
- contact us by phone, email or in store for this special offer!


               Perfect Adjustable Square Set                   $124.50

               Perfect Adjustable 6” Ruler Set                  $  67.50

               Normally                                                  $192.00

But Mothers’ Day Special Price                            $160.00

                                That’s a saving of $32.00!!



               Perfect Adjustable Square Set                    $124.50

               Perfect Adjustable 3” Ruler Set                   $  51.50

               Normally                                                   $176.00

But Mothers’ Day Special Price                             $144.00

That’s a saving of $32.00!!

And we’re feeling so generous that this Special will run through until the end of May.  To place your order, please contact the shop via phone, email or in store. 




::  The May issue of Homespun magazine is due soon.

::  Quiltmania Issue 113  is due next week.  Pre-order yours if you haven’t already.

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

::  We have a very special announcement to make regarding fabrics.  A delivery of Liberty of LondonTana Lawns in due mid-May!!  We’re so excited to be able to bring you these deliciously gorgeous fabrics.

::  “Giggleswick Mill” by Di Ford-Hall is also due mid-May and we will have the full range.  Featuring a large floral, a column floral and smaller co-ordinating prints in Di’s trademark style. 


::  “Centenary” by Yoko Saito.  A beautiful range of textural fabrics.  A few more in this range have arrived and we also have packs of the fabrics. 


::  “Trinkets” by Kathy Hall are the new traditional basics from Andover Fabrics.  These little prints sit beautifully in traditional quilts and are designed to co-ordinate with other reproduction fabrics.  A selection of bolts available. 


::  “Southern Exposure” by Laundry Basket Quilts.  Edita says “Turn yourself towards the sun and discover the warmth of my newest collection.  Batiks, bright and rich in colour, remind you of the rising sun, warming your soul and welcoming a new day filled with bright ideas.  Equally opulent with a traditional feel, the woven prints are perfect for blocks, borders and bindings”.  Full range available.   


::  “Ville Fleurie” by French General.  This range is inspired by the formal competitions in France to choose the best flowered towns.  Filled with shades of Lavender, Aubergine, French Pearl and Rouge, Ville Fleurie is sure to make up into something beautiful.  Full range available. 


::  “Halos” widebacks by Anne Maria Horner.  In neutrals, these two widebacks are a great addition to our growing range. 




:: “Dream Weaver” by Amy Butler reflects Amy being a girl with a serious case of wanderlust!  The prints are inspired by Amy’s recent travels to Morocco where a fusion of design and culture come together in surprising, spirited ways.  Available in Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes. 


:: “Eastham” by Denise Schmidt.  Available in select bolts, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes.  


:: “Morris Earthly Paradise” by Barbara Brackman is named for an epic poem written by the great designer.  He had many talents, among them novelist, publisher and political activist.  The fabrics capture the Morris look with seven prints from old swatch books and catalogues. Graceful florals dating from 1874 to 1910 include some rarely seen prints by the master and his apprentices.  Available in Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes. 


:: “Little Ruby” by Bonnie and Camille.  This mother and daughter team have chosen their most favourite prints from the popular Ruby collection, added in a few from Bliss, and topped it off with some fresh new florals.  And made them all very sweet and petite! 




:: “Jelly Roll Jazz” by Jean Anne Wright.   Jean Ann is back with eight all new projects made with pre-cut jelly roll strips. The easy to follow instructions and detailed diagrams make these quilts a perfect weekend project. Jean Ann creates interesting and unique quilt designs to ensure your quilt won't look like a typical pre-cut quilt! 


:: Crimson Tweed”  by Sue Spargo is back in stock.  Explore woolly bits and embroidery with this not-so-Christmas quilt that can be adapted to suit your own style. 


::  “138 Original Applique Designs” by Yoko Saito.  Famous for her undeniably unique and beautiful colour selections and intricate handwork, Yoko continues to give the world more wonderful designs in this book chock full of patterns and projects.  The designs are a mix of small and large, and appropriate for both children and adults.  There are 20 projects included in the book from bags and pouches to the more unusual eyeglasses case and a trug.  Yoko combines not only applique but patchwork and embroidery in her creations. 


::  “The 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. 


::  “Japanese Taupe Colour Theory” by Yoko Saito.  Yoko opens up and shares how she began to design and create what is now coined as “Japanese Taupes." In this book, she walks you through the "simplicity and complexity" of taupe colours and how to lay the groundwork for designing and creating your own colour collections to achieve the look you want. You will find 20 colour collections shown in traditional or originally-designed blocks as she integrates step-by-step instructions on "taupe colour theory". Additionally, there are 37 different projects, with instructions, from handbags to sewing items and cushions. If you love the concept and impression of Japanese taupes and want to learn from the master herself....this is the book for you. 


The following books are available to pre-order and will be arriving very soon from Quiltmania

:: “Take an Element – Seeing the Possibilities”  by Marg Sampson George.  This colourful and bright book full of inspirations, is Margaret Sampson George’s first book. She is one of Australia’s most famous quilt artists, and she creates or revisits antique appliqué quilts in a modern way, playing with the colours and fabrics to create unique quilts. 


:: “Meanderings of a Quilt Collection” by Jane Lury.  A stunning book featuring some of the quilts collected by Jane from her journeys around the world. 


:: “Scrap Valley” by Yoko Saito is a beautiful traditional homecoming, sumptuously interpreted by one of the most famous Japanese artists. Quilts made with collections of fabrics by Lecien. 


:: “The Crazy Haberdasher’s Inspiring Life” by Brian Haggard.  The inspired life of a crazy embroiderer called Brian Haggard, whose artistic talent goes from mixed media to decoration, passing by embroidery and patchwork. From the baroque style to the shabby chic style, find out his techniques and get inspired by his creations to make your own works of art! 



A Day with Irene Blanck

Just a couple of spots remain for Irene’s workshop THIS SUNDAY.  Be quick if you would like to secure a place.

Class:  A Day with Irene Blanck                    Tutor:  Irene Blanck

When:  Sunday 15th May  

Time: 10.00 to 4.00

Cost:  $85.00


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 awesome team of helpers

“Patchwork Made Possible”


Phone: (03) 9877 1664