July Newsletter

We hope you’re getting lots of stitching done during this cold, wet Winter. But if you need some help and inspiration, read on………..

Shop News

Winter Workshops

Our inaugural Winter Workshops were held over the first two days of July and from reports, thoroughly enjoyed by all! We’ve even had a finished bag (from Glenda’s workshop) for show and tell at the shop, and feedback from lots of students pleased with new skills learnt. A big thank you to all who attended, and also to our wonderful teachers for passing on their techniques and knowledge.

If you missed out on the fun, don’t forget our Summer School in January. Details will start appearing in the September newsletter.

Up Coming Shows

The Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair is on later this month, 28-31 July, at Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff’s Shed), Melbourne. We will be there at Stand A19 AND we have new quilts and new kits being launched at this show – we’re very excited! See you there.


Block of the Month


Month four postings for “Discovery” will be send mid July! We’re still taking enrolments, so it’s not too late to join this BOM which features exclusive fabrics especially printed for and only available through participating in this project. “Discover” the beauty of this quilt, month by month!

New Products

Rag Quilt Snips

These snips, designed specifically for trimming the edges of rag quilts, can be used either right or left handed with a soft touch grip and spring action handles to reduce hand fatigue. The snips are 8” with long lasting, tempered stainless steel, heavy duty blades. The serrated blades hold the material in place, enabling cuts of 8 layers of cotton and have a security lock for safety.



Bloc-Loc Square Up Ruler Set #1

Back in stock!! Bloc Loc's half square triangle rulers make the tough job of squaring up easy and fast! The groove slides along the seam to trim smaller units and allows quilters to rotate the block without lifting the ruler. The HST ruler can also be used to trim quarter square triangle and shaded nine patch units. Just think of all the projects that can be done with this ruler! 

There is nothing better than having the right size ruler for the job!

Set 1 includes 1.5", 2.5", 3.5", 4.5", 5.5" & 6.5" HST Rulers



Quilting Hoops

Made here in Australia, these quality quilting hoops are ideal for fine hand quilting, with wide sides to cater for the depth of the sandwiched quilt and a long bolt with easily adjustable wingnut. We have 12”, 14” and 16” hoops available. (The size of the hoop relates to your forearm length – place the hoop in the crook of your elbow and the other side of the hoop should sit half way up your fingers.)




Bottom Line Thread

We’ve expanded our range of Bottom Line Thread to include some new colours. Why use Bottom Line thread?  Designed by award-winning quilter Libby Lehman, The Bottom Line makes a fantastic bobbin thread for any type of sewing. Its lightweight, blendable colours are so easily matched with any top thread. Invisible appliqué and binding is a breeze with Bottom Line as it glides through layers of fabric without any extra friction like other polyester threads can. It’s also fantastic for micro stippling due to the fine nature of thread.   Ideal for hand and machine applique, detail quilting, micro stippling, English Paper Piecing, stitch-in-the-ditch, bobbin thread, trapunto, binding, free standing lace, heirloom sewing, and fine garment construction.


Bag handle strapping

Looking for a sturdy product for bag handles? Here it is!



In the “Perfect” range from Karen Kay Buckley, we have Perfect Scissors, Perfect Pins, Perfect Stems and Perfect Circles, all perfectly precise and perfectly easy to use!



Product of the Month

Tulip Needles & Pins

We are very pleased to be carrying the “Tulip” range of needles and pins which come from Hiroshima in Japan. The history of Hiroshima needle production stretches back over 300 years, to when the ruling Asano Clan of Hiroshima Domain spread the practice as piecework for low-ranking samurai to support themselves. Since then, there have been numerous improvements in terms of both product quality and production efficiency and Hiroshima Needle has become widely known as a distinctive local industry.

Hiroshima Needle production developed through shipping of “tatara” iron, which was made using iron sand from Kake, on the Otagawa River to the present-day City of Hiroshima, where it was processed into needles.

As Hiroshima Domain had a monopoly on this iron, the production of “sewing needles” quickly developed into a distinctive local industry. Even today, Hiroshima remains the largest sewing needle production centre in Japan, producing over 90% of the country’s sewing needles and pins.

As expected, these products are of the highest quality, with great detail, experience and expertise put into the production of each needle and pin;

:: Needle Eyes Each needle has a quality eye with no snagging. The head of the needle was made with the quilter in mind. The ideal shape of this needle, along with its beautifully made eye which is large and allows for easy threading, are its main features.

:: Needle Body Smooth, difficult to bend or break and rust resistant, this needle is a product of Tulip’s highly detailed precision processing.

:: Needle Point Smooth piecing and provides for easy sewing/quilting. It is the shape of the needle that, to some degree, determines stitching. Tulip’s needles, which bear the strength and durability of steel, make for an ideal form in a needle.

:: Pins Tulip’s customised pins are created from the compilation of new technologies attained through selecting optimal methods with know-how and processing experiences from over the last 60 years.

Our range includes

:: Patchwork Pins

:: Sashiko Assorted Long

:: Chenille #24

:: Quilt Basting

:: Milliners #10

:: Applique # 9, #10 & #11

:: Piecing #9

:: Embroidery #9


Come in and purchase your favourite needle type, and you’re sure to be converted to Tulip Needles and Pins!



Judy Neimeyer

Judy has three new patterns out in her Petals Placemat series.




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

:: Quiltmania Special Children 2016 is here!


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

:: Emma Louise Solids from Victorian Textiles. This high quality quilter’s muslin comes in a discerning range of colours and is just $13.00pm. We have a select but expanding range which also just happen to go really well with our beautiful Liberty fabrics!


:: “Kaffe Collective” four fabulous new bolts in store that look so good with Kaffe’s dot fabrics.


:: Watch this space for some new KAFFE WIDEBACKS due later this year! Can’t wait for them to arrive.

:: “True Colours” by Tula Pink. We’ve selected 3 bolts from this eclectic range.


:: “Free Fall Widebacks” by Tula Pink. The very popular lipstick colour in this range is back in stock. Rush in to get yours before it all goes again!


:: “Southern Exposure Batiks” by Laundry Basket Quilts. A selection of 4 pretty fabrics from this range by Edyta Sitar.


:: “Wrapped in Joy” by Rachel Thomas Pellman. A fun stripey Christmas fabric!


:: “Sweet Baby Flannels” by Abi Hall. Wrap your baby up with love and bunnies with the new collection from Abi Hall. Soft and oh-so-snuggly, these flannels are perfect for any nursery project. The prints have a modern take on traditional motifs and are coloured in muted pastels to give a timeless feel.




Our stable of pre-cuts is eagerly awaiting you! If you’re after a quick fix quilt, pick up one of our gorgeous pre-cut packs and a book on pre-cuts (see below) and spend a day whipping up a fabulous new quilt. With the fabrics being “pre-cut” half the work is already done!



:: “Baby Bliss” by Kim Diehl and Pat Wys. If there's a baby on the way, you want fast, practical gifts, handmade with love. Be the hit of the baby shower with adorable projects designed by two popular authors and proud grandmothers. Cute, colourful, and grandma approved! Choose from a great selection of clothes, accessories, bibs, quilts, receiving blankets and more, including hints for successful stitching with knit fabrics, ultra-plush fabrics, ribbon, rickrack and more.


::“Farm Girl Vintageby Lori Holt. Instructions, patterns, pictures. This will be a new favourite for all Lori Holt followers. Experience life in the country with Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet! This book gives you the ability to mix and match as you please. Farm Girl Vintage includes bushels of blocks and a bumper crop of projects. From quilts to potholders, give your creativity free range!


:: “Jelly Roll Jambalaya” by Jean Ann Wright. Sewing quilts with jelly roll strips or pre-cuts is fast, fun and easy. Stitch along with author Jean Ann Wright as she creates easy fun projects which use jelly roll pre-cuts. 9 bright, easy-to-complete, colourful quilts plus 2 smaller projects. Complete instructions. Fully-illustrated little lessons as a bonus gift with each quilt including 45 degree seams, hexagon "Y" seams, overlapping seams, speedy strip stitching, Seminole patchwork, tessellations and tipsy log cabin.


:: “Dessert Roll Quilts” by Pam and Nicky Lintott. Create gorgeous quilts from the latest pre-cut fabric rolls. Featuring twelve gorgeous new quilt designs accompanied by step instructions and easy to follow diagrams, making them suitable for quilters of all abilities. Each quilt pattern has been recreated in an alternative colourway for extra inspiration. The dessert theme is echoed in the designs themselves which have been given tempting names such as Afternoon Tea; Sugar 'n' Spice; Pavlova and Marmalade Cake.


:: “Kickin’ Back Quilts” by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter. Whether you are lounging on the sofa or patio, a small quilt is a comforting companion. In Kickin' Back Quilts, the editors of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine have collected a variety of quilts that make wonderful wraps for relaxing. Besides lap quilts, the small sizes also can be used for wall quilts, tablecloths, and small beds; many include options for larger sizes.



Sit and Sew

If you fancy some time to sit and sew in the company of other stitchers, come along at one of the times below for a little “me” time.

Class: Sit and Sew                           Tutor: No tutor

When: Every Friday afternoon - no bookings required - just come along!

Time: 1pm - 3.30pm

Cost: $5.00


Full details on the website, or contact the shop.


For further details on all classes, please visit our website www.sewnandquilted.com.au


Until next time

Carol and the Sewn and Quilted girls

“Patchwork Made Possible”

Website: www.sewnandquilted.com.au

Phone: (03) 9877 1664

Email: carol@sewnandquilted.com.au