Newsletter for March 2018

Newsletter for March 2018

Goodbye Summer and a huge welcome to Autumn! Most of us are glad the worst of the heat is over as we settle into some more comfortable sewing weather…….

Shop News

Australian Quilt Convention (AQC)

AQC is less than two weeks away now and we are in full-on preparation mode for this major show, our first big one for 2018.


When: Thursday 5th April thru Sunday 8th April

Where: Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton

Stand:   47


** Come to our free talk! 11.30am each day Seminar Room 3.

We’ll be talking you through all of the basics for making Fabric Covered Sewing Boxes.


** Join us for our Make and Take Class! 3.00pm each day, cost $38.00

Fee includes everything you need to make a Fabric Covered Notebook.


** Featured on our Stand ......................


  • Some new Blocks of the Month and quilts
  • A HUGE range of Aurifil threads including every colour available in 80wt and 50wt small reels. Contact us if there is a specific colour in any Aurifil thread weight you need and collect it from us at the show! But let us know as soon as possible!!
  • A gorgeous display of our Fabric Covered Boxes
  • A beautiful new design from Veronique Diligent of Wattlebird Designs - and come meet Veronique on our stand!
  • "Tea Party" by Wendy Williams will be on display and available to purchase as a pattern or to register for as a BOM
  • Patterns and quilts will be featured from the very talented Rachelle Denneny!
  • AND HEAPS MORE! Our stand will be packed full of goodies for your shopping pleasure!!



BOM Update


“Bathwick” is the Quiltmania Mystery BOM for 2018. Part 2 is just about ready for distribution and it’s still not too late to join this BOM! Contact us if you’re interested and click here for full details.




We have just ONE spot left for this very popular BOM. After that it will be pattern only. So if this is one you’ve been considering, now is the time to act!



Product of the Month

OLFA Cutter & Blades

Ergonomic Rotary Cutter:

These cutters have been around for a long while now, but if you don’t have one and are looking for an upgrade on the older style, this cutter has a contoured handle for comfortable cutting, a lockable blade cover for additional safety and easy blade change feature.

Endurance Blade:

Fairly new to the market, these Endurance Blades retain their edge two times longer than the standard blade and are made from high quality tungsten tool steel. They will fit any OLFA 45mm rotary cutter

Scallop & Peak Blade:

This 45mm blade is made from high quality stainless steel and with its “scallop” edge make the perfect blade for cutting felt or fabric to get a “ric-rac” look for trims or flowers stems.



Pink Sands Beach Designs

New from Pink Sands Beach Designs are these fab, easy to make bags that come as patterns or ready to sew kits. We currently have “Hanalei Handbag”, “St Tropez Tote” and “Tuscany Tote” all as patterns only or kits.


“Cottontail Cottage”

From Moda and designed by Bunny Hill Designs, with inspiration from the Cotswolds, “Cottontail Cottage” brings you English country gardens, running bunnies, roaming sheep and sweet little cats mixed in with a few thatched roof houses. The fabric colours are light and airy giving the quilt a "happy" look. Quilt size: 58”x 66” Kit cost: $295.00



Super Specials

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Adjustable Squares

Beautifully packaged, this solid storage box contains 4 corner units, 4 one inch, 4 two inch, 4 four inch and four eight inch pieces.  20 pieces in all.  These pieces snap together similar to a puzzle piece.  It will allow you to build a square from 4", the inside of the square is in whole numbers, and up to a 24 1/2" square, the outside is in 1/2" increments.  You can easily use your rotary cutter along the outside of these acrylic pieces. WAS $124.50 NOW $85.00


“Fandango” Kit

To celebrate her 20th collection, Tula Pink designed “Fangando” in a limited edition kit which features 25 printed Tula Pink fabrics and one solid fabric (11yds including binding but NOT backing) and complete instructions with templates. WAS $319.50 NOW $259.00

Anna Maria Horner Threads

10 small spools of 50wt Aurifil thread in a limited edition wooden box compliment any Anna Maria Horner fabric range. Two different boxes available. This is the perfect weight for machine sewing garments, accessories and patchwork and also for hand piecing. WAS $96.80 EACH NOW $64.50 EACH


“Campania” Kit

The rich look of wool applique on a solid cotton background is beyond compare.  There is just one full kit left containing Deirdre Bond-Abel's hand-applique directions along with photos, design sheets and fabrics, including wool, to make the quilt. (Quilt size 74" x 74") WAS $635.00 NOW $475.00


:: Quiltmania Issue 124 – NOW AVAILABLE

:: Simply Modern Issue 12 – 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.


:: “Storybook Sleepytime” by Whistler Studios. Nod off to dreamland with these 1930’s inspired prints. Sweet kittens, darling puppy dogs, and a peppy jack in the box round out this childhood adventure through dreamland. Be sure to count your sheep while dreaming of this collection! Full range available.

:: “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram.   Anita Jeram grew up in Portsmouth, England, where she recalls being a shy child who felt at ease with animals and simply could not stop drawing on any scrap of paper available. Soon after she completed art school, she began a relationship with Walker Press/Candlewick resulting in a number of books and series. She is best known for the children’s book Guess How Much I Love You. With her humorous and touching depiction of Sam McBratney’s Big and Little Nut Brown Hare, the book has become a childhood classic. And now there is a fabric range of her delightful creatures printed in flannel for extra snuggle. Full range available.


:: “New Hope” by Jo Morton. A beautiful selection of more colours to add to your fabric collection of 19th Century prints. We’ve chose a selection of reds and creams. 7 bolts available.

:: “Lilac Ridge” by Jan Patek Quilts. Lilacs in bloom are a sure sign that Spring has truly arrived. While Lilac Ridge can’t capture the heavy fragrance of lilacs, these prints showcase the shades of lilac and lavender, enriched by the lush greens, earth browns and soft creams of the new season.

:: “Chalk and Timber” by Timeworn Toolbox Designs.   Known for her gorgeous muted palettes, Dolores Smith explains, "The classic colour combo of pink and brown has always appealed to me. Chalk & Timber gives quilters lots of shirting options and a range of values. Whether recreating a classic 1800s quilt or interpreting an antique project in a modern style, they'll find that these prints will fit today's homes. The name of the line is in reference with the name of my design entity, Timeworn Toolbox Designs. I like to name my fabric lines with reference to construction and building materials."  Full range available.


:: “Essex Yarn Dyed Linen - Pickle” These stunning linens from Robert Karufman are a 55%/45% linen/cotton mix and this colour, Pickle, is fabulous!


There aren’t any new books in this month, so we thought we’d showcase some older ones – you might have missed seeing them!!

:: “Farmgirl Vintage” by Lori Holt.  Experience life on the farm with Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. With the ability to mix and match blocks – the quilt possibilities are endless. Farm Girl Vintage includes complete instructions for 45 sampler blocks in two sizes (6" and 12"), three farm blocks and a bumper crop of projects.

:: “Stripology” by GE Design. Stripology includes 6 top selling strip patterns now made with 1½” strips. Each pattern is offered in 3 different sizes, a mini quilt, table runner and a crib size quilt.

:: “Rainy Day Teatime” by Edyta Sitar.  Rainy Day Teatime brings 12 quick and easy projects featuring two of Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts, most popular stencils Dancing Umbrella and Simple Shapes. These quick, fun, and easy homey projects include place mats, curtains, pillows, table topper, apron, a beautiful throw quilt. Full-size templates are included in the book as well as Edyta s raw edge appliqué and binding techniques. Full colour throughout, step-by-step technique photographs.

:: “Sew a Little Fabric” by Paula Storm. It's not often that you find a book that caters to everyone from the absolute beginner to the advanced sewer. Sew a Little Fabric techniques and projects for modern quilters is one of those books. The absolute beginner will appreciate the step by step photos, while the more experienced quilter will find quicker and easier ways of achieving those tedious tasks. You'll learn tips and techniques to improve your patchwork and quilting along with basics like how to put a zipper in a cushion, or how to bind a quilt, the almost maths freeway. You'll even learn how to baste a large quilt on a small table. Of course then there's the projects! There's an assortment of projects from the incredibly popular 'Summer Rain' quilt to the Modernised Morning Star quilt. There's a baby quilt, table runner and placemats and half a dozen different cushion techniques... so much to learn. This book is all about helping you become the best quilter you can be, while still really enjoying the process.

:: “Old Quilts New Life” by Sarah Fielke.  Old Quilts, New Life features 18 stunning quilts designed by passionate quilter, author, and designer, Sarah Fielke. Sarah has selected 9 beautiful quilts from The American Folk Art Museum in New York and created two designs inspired by each quilt—the first, a sympathetic interpretation of the original piece and the second, a more contemporary creation. Old Quilts, New Life showcases these stunning quilts—each one accompanied by step-by-step instructions so you can create them at home. The book takes you through the history of the quilting tradition and explores the techniques and styles employed by quilters over the centuries. From the beautiful simplicity of an Amish quilt to a pretty pinwheel design, there is a quilt here to suit all skill levels and styles.



New Classes

:: Veronique Diligent – Of “Wattle Bird Design” fame. COME MEET VERONIQUE ON OUR STAND AT AQC! Visit Veronique's blog to see her wonderful selection of designs -

There are just a few spots remaining for Veronique’s class. They are being held on the third Wednesday morning of each month. Choose from any of Veronique’s gorgeous designs.

Here is the link to her class on our website

Next Class: 18th April 10.00am – 12.30pm                       Cost: $30.00 per class



Fancy some evening sewing classes? Michelle will be teaching for us on Wednesday evenings, commencing 18th April, and class times are 7pm - 9.30pm.

Projects: Michelle would love to teach you any of her quilt designs, including "Torrington Place" and "Dahlia". However, she has many more stunning designs to choose from. Visit her website -  for her full range of designs and patterns. Patterns and templates can be ordered through our shop. Both hand and machine piecing available.

Level of Difficulty: These classes will be offered as 'work at your own pace' and projects will be offered for students of all levels. From those who have never hand pieced before through to more complex projects for confident students.                    

Cost: $195 for the set of 6 classes. These classes are sold as a set of classes, and cannot be swapped for other classes.

Dates for the 6 classes have been chosen to fit around Michelle's travel commitments: 18/4, 2/5, 9/5, 30/5, 6/6, 27/6

Here is the link to her class

Contact us ASAP to reserve your spot as numbers are limited!


Until next time


“Patchwork Made Possible”


Phone: (03) 9877 1664