Newsletter July 2017

Our first interstate show at the Craft and Quilt Fair in Sydney was fantastic! We had loads of fun and we were delighted to meet so many of our on-line customers and newsletter readers; thank you to all of you who came by and said hi, or who we had the pleasure of meeting for the first time. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much we’ve already booked for 2018!

Shop News

Craft and Quilt Fair, Melbourne

Our next big show is the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair NEXT WEEK, at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. We are at Stand A19 (same as last year) and the show runs Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, 9.00am to 4.30pm. Come by and see our Aurifil thread display – we will have a large selection of 12, 28, 40, 50 AND 80 weight threads!!

We'll also have our beautiful fabric covered sewing boxes for you to drool over, Liberty pre-cuts, the full range of Sue Spargo's Eleganza Thread, a beautiful selection of wool felts, Wendy Williams patterns and kits, Kaffe Fassett Fat Quarters, BeColouful patterns, and oh, so much more! Hope to see you there!

Winter Workshops

We’ve just finished up our Winter Workshops for 2017 and had such a fun time. So many beautiful projects started and some even finished; quilts, bags, boxes and applique projects. If you missed it, look out for next year’s Workshops. It’s a great way to spend cold, Melbourne Winter days!


Summer School

And if you can’t wait until next Winter to participate, mark these dates in your calendar for Summer School:

Week 1: Monday 15th to Friday 19th January 2018

Week 2: Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th January 2018

We are planning two fabulous weeks of learning, sewing and fun. We will, of course, be offering our ever so popular Foundation Paper Piecing classes again, and we are also working hard to finalise having a couple of other amazing teachers to join us. It’s shaping up to be a great two weeks, so keep those dates free and watch our newsletter for more details in the coming months.

BOM Update

All of our BOM’s are underway for the year at last – yay! And all of them are still open for registration, so click here to go to our Block of the Month selection on our website to join in on the BOM fun!

Torrington Place

This is shaping up to be a stunning quilt! We will have the blocks from month 1 thru to month 4 on display at the Melbourne Show, so come by and have a look.  Contact us if you would like to register to join us for this mystery quilt.

Aurifil Thread Club

Aurifil thread is a delight to stitch with and is so very popular both at shows and with our customers. Our Aurifil Thread Clubs have started and you can join us at any time to collect a beautiful array of threads.

The 80 weight thread which was launched at Houston last year has everyone falling in love with it, particularly for applique. Have you tried it yet? We stock EVERY colour of 80 weight and are building our collection of 50 weight thread too. Our goal is to stock every 50 weight thread colour within the next couple of months!

Don’t forget, we are happy to order in any colour of any weight thread for you if we don’t currently have it in stock.



Product of the Month

Covered Boxes

We’re having trouble keeping up with demand for these gorgeous covered box kits!! However we have just had another big delivery, so get in while they last! There are several different styles to choose from and we can kit them for you in your favourite current fabrics from our shelves.   We also have the glue and accessories to finish your box too.


New Products

Stick and Stitch Guide

New from Clover and Nancy Zeiman is the “Stick and Stitch Guide”. This is your go-to notion for perfect straight stitching, stitching on a curve, and topstitching. Containing a two- piece interlocking guide and reusable/repositionable adhesive guide underside, you can do 6 in 1 Stitching; 1 Straight 2 quilt strips 3 outer curves 4 inner curves 5 Topstitch along right side 6 Topstitch along left side.

Creative Grids Rulers

We are now stocking a select range of Creative Grids Rulers. With their trademark grip and accurate markings they are the top ruler manufacturer in the industry.


Quilters Dream Cotton

Winter is quilting time, and with Quilters Dream Cotton wadding, quilting is pure joy. There is no scrim or glue in this product making needles glide smoothly though the wadding for ease of stitching.



:: Quiltmania Issue 120 – just arrived!

:: Quiltmania’s “Childrens 2017” issue – due late August

:: Homespun July Issue – now available.

Don’t miss out on any magazine copies. Join our “regulars” list and have your copy reserved or mailed to you each edition. Simply contact us to arrange for this to happen.

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.


:: “Retro 30’s Child’s Smile” from Lecien. This utterly delightful range does make you smile. Cheery and bright with gorgeous little prints, it’s a must have for 1930’s fans. Selected bolts available.

:: “Signature Patriot” by Sara Morgan. Looking to the Civil War, Sara has designed a range of red, white and blue fabrics and the inspirational piece for this collection dates back to 1840­/1850, and is truly unique since it is also a signature quilt, featuring the name(s) and date(s) of the individual quilt blocks and the women who created them. It is believed to be a collaborative piece from a ladies sewing club out of North Virginia. The signature panel piece which serves as the focal piece of this collection, is a true replica of the original antique quilt. Full range available.


:: “Mas d’Ousvan” This collection takes its inspiration from former designs going back to the period between the 17th to the 19th century – which were carefully conserved in printed textile workshops. A stunning range of cottons and linens encompassing toiles, floral prints, stripes and spots in subtle greys, blues, aubergines, pinks and reds. We started with 30 bolts a couple of weeks ago, but it's proving to be so popular we've had to place another order!! More is on the way, so place your order to ensure you don't miss out.


:: “30’s Playtime” by Chloe’s Closet. If "vintage is the new modern" and "everything old is new", 30's Playtime from Moda Fabrics is the hippest fabric collection in the neighbourhood. A sweet collection of 30’s prints. Selection of 12 bolts available.

:: “Neptune and the Mermaid” by Margo Elena. Vibrant colours and distinct motives of mermaids, swimmers, goldfish and octopi as well as flowers create an eclectic mix for this fascinating range. 9 bolts available.




We have a fantastic range of books available at the moment; lots for you to choose from to create a new quilt, or just to have to browse through in front of the fire. Here’s a selection to whet your quilting appetite……….

:: “Country Cottage Quilting” by Lynette Anderson.  A collection of beautiful quilted designs from top designer Lynette Anderson, focusing on a popular 'country garden' theme. The simple patchwork techniques Lynette uses are a great backdrop for the decorative applique and stitchery designs. This title features a wide range of ideas, from quick-to-stitch projects that make ideal gifts to larger wall hangings and bed-sized quilts. Beautiful fabrics, warm colours and a homely feel is enhanced by a book design that captures Lynette's heart-warming, quirky style.

:: “Modern Roots: Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration” by Bill Volckening.  Discover the antique roots of modern quilting, and take a peek inside Bill Volckening's quilt collection (from the 1840s to 1970s). Patterned for the first time with full instructions, 12 antique and vintage projects invite you to remake them in your own style with modern techniques, rotary cutting tools, and templates. Learn to appreciate the handwork and character of yesterday's quilts from an expert who has collected and studied them for more than 25 years.

:: “Modern Designs for Classic Quilts” by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson.  Give tradition a modern spin! Watch as modern fabrics and inspiration combine to give traditional quilts a fresh new look. Featuring a vibrant collection of quilt patterns and projects with easy-to-follow instructions, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts makes creating quilts with your own personal touch simple and fun.

:: “Geometric Gems” by Cathy Wierzbicki.  Rich with colour and design, every quilt in this book is a treasure! By making clever use of angles, popular author Cathy Wierzbicki presents intriguing projects that look far more complex than they really are. Choose from seven dazzling designs using easy cutting and strip-piecing techniques. Some quilts--such as the beautiful "Pajama Prayer"--feature a free-motion embroidery technique for adding words and sayings.

:: “Simple Friendships” by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton. It's hard to imagine authors Kim Diehl and Jo Morton could get any better--until they joined forces to share their signature looks. Enjoy stitching this creative blend of 14 spectacular quilts, all created from classic blocks.

:: “Fresh Perspectives” by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley.  You’ll love these contemporary interpretations of antique quilts from the International Quilt Study Centre. Bobbi Finley and Carol Gillham Jones pored through the museum’s collection to find inspiration quilts for their latest project designs, ranging from simply functional to delightfully pictorial. These projects show off a remarkable array of styles, settings, and colourways—each adaptation uniquely mirrors the essential qualities of each quilt. Celebrate our rich quilt heritage by making these projects using various techniques like appliqué or improvisational piecing with traditional blocks. Plus you’ll learn how to approach designing an artistic spin on your own antique treasures.

:: “Best of Fons and Porter: Easy Collection” by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter.  For terrific quilts that are simple and quick, check out Easy Collection from the editors of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. Each can be made in a weekend or less. Simplified patchwork, larger blocks, strip sets, and other shortcuts make it all possible without sacrificing beauty.


Look forward to seeing some of you at the Melbourne Show!


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