Playing with Texture

If you’ve been to our little shop in the last few weeks, no doubt you’ve spotted these pretties:

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They’ve been a great conversation starter, and the question on everyone’s lips is “What would you use them for?”. So we’ve made some samples to share with you.

First up, this beauty:

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It’s made using just the white fabrics, quilted in the ditch, and backed with the most beautiful soft and satin-y voile. Satin-y is a word, right? You know what we mean! It’s bound with the backing fabric.

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This quilt is just SO cuddly.

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Secondly, we have a more playful pink variation:

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This quilt is super sweet, and is hand tied for the quilting – which works so well and keeps it nice and drapey. It’s bound using a machine binding technique which is starting to become a bit of a hit around here…

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So there you have it! Some insipiration to break out of your comfort zone and play with some texture! If you haven’t already, come by the shop and have a sticky-beak at these two quilts.

-Nic

A Bunch of News

Class Updates

We’ve had a few little changes to the class schedule.

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If you weren’t sure if the Holiday Patchwork Forest (pattern by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter) was for you, check out Marcelle’s new variation below:

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This version is much more playful, and makes a great I-spy quilt to use with kids. We still have some of this fabric to make a kit if this is more your style, but get in quickly – fabric is limited and the class is October 14th. Click here for the flyer -> Holiday Patchwork Forest

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The Pow Wow quilt class (pattern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew) will now run on November 4th. Cost is $130 – click this link for the flyer -> Powwow Quilt.

As a consequence of this change of date, there will no longer be a “Baby Bits and Bobs” class in November.We apologise for any incovenience with re-scheduling.

UFO DAY!

Next UFO day will be November 25th, 9am-4pm. Bring along any unfinished projects (either something from a previous class, or just something that’s been sitting incomplete by your sewing machine for far too long!) and we will try to achieve a few finishes together. Cost is $25 for the day – includes morning and afternoon tea. Click here for the flyer -> November UFO

New Fabric

We’ve had some pretty awesome fabric arrive in the shop these last few weeks (if we do say so ourselves).

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We have some fantastic canvases and linens, and these new ones are a mix of Andover designers. I’m making a handbag out of one of these – I just couldn’t resist!

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This cute range is called Big Sky, and is the debut line by Annie Brady for Moda Fabrics. We have jelly rolls and coordinating yardage. Those little bears and forest animals are just divine!

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Sunday Supper is the new line by Sweetwater for Moda. I don’t know about you, but these colours are right up my alley – I’m having trouble not taking them all home with me! We have jelly rolls, layer cakes, yardage AND backing fabric for this beautiful bunch.

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And as always, new Kaffe Fassett is a treat!

Foundation Piecing Class

On Saturday, September 23rd, we held a skill-building class focused on Foundation Piecing. We had a LOT of fun, and everyone chose to make different blocks. Thanks to all the fantastic ladies who attended and made it so much fun! Keep sharing your foundation-pieced goodies with us as you keep practicing those skills!

 

Well, that’s it for now. I’m off to make the most of sewing in the sunshine! I hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather too.

-Nic

Patchworker Profile: Pat Johnson

We talk a lot about what we’ve been making and creating, but we thought it would be fun to have a look at what YOU – our loyal customers – are creating! So we’re introducing the patchworker profile, where we have a little peak at what one of our crafters is up to.

So this week we’re introducing you to Pat Johnson. Pat is a regular attendee of our Thursday class, and she is a prolific creator – always trying her hand at new techniques!

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Check out some pictures of her creations below, and trust when we say that these are just a very small sample of what we could have photographed!

Pat tells us that she grew up with sewing all around her, and that her mum always made lovely creations for her family, but that Pat only decided that patchwork was for her in the last five years.

Her favourite creation to date is the Celtic quilt pictured below.

Pat has been awarded multiple first and second place certificates in the last few years at the Parkes Annual Show, and did very well again this year.

Another epic effort of Pat’s was the creation of her Splendid Sampler, which she entered into the Sydney Quilt Show. Pat did the maths on all the tiny peices in this quilt, and reports that there’s over 3000 pieces. This quilt is seriously beautiful.

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Thank you to Pat for letting us share some of quilts. They’re just so beautiful.

Well done to all the ladies and gents who entered in the Parkes Annual Show 🙂

Upcoming Classes for 2017

So, we’ve been promising to lock in a few more classes for you, and so now we have an update!

September

2nd – UFO day

What’s a UFO? It’s short for Un-Finished Object. On our UFO days we invite you to bring a project that you haven’t had the chance to finish yet – perhaps from a previous class, or something that’s been hiding in a cupboard for years. Set aside this time with like-minded crafters, and let us help motivate you to get the project done!

Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $20
Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea
BYO:  Project, and lunch!

23rd – Foundation Paper Pieced Bag

Remember this adorable dress block from the Splendid Sampler?

This block is foundation paper-pieced. If that’s a technique that you’d like to try, we’re incorporating it into an adorable bag.

Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $75
Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea, materials
BYO:  Lunch

October

14th – Holiday Patchwork Forest

Have you ever tried improv (improvisational) piecing?

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This fun and easy pattern is a great introduction to improv. We’ll be using the free tutorial from Diary of a Quilter to re-create this lovely pattern, which is intended as a Christmas quilt, but would also make a sweet children’s quilt.

Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: TBA
Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea, materials for the quilt top
BYO:  Lunch

28th – Powwow Quilt

This one was a long time coming! We made a sample that we talked about a few months ago – click here to see the original post.

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The pattern is by Cluck Cluck Sew, and we’ll be making the quilt top together using a layer cake.

Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: TBA
Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea, materials for the quilt top, and the pattern
BYO:  Lunch

November

TBA – UFO day

Just the same as our UFO day in September!

TBA – Baby Bits and Bobs

We all know someone who has recently welcomed a precious little one into their lives! So we’re having a day dedicated to making all those useful bits and pieces for new families, like bibs, burp cloths, and swaddle blankets. The day will be a little choose-your-own-adventure, but we hope by the end of the day that you will have a happy little package of goodies to give away.

December

TBA – Christmas Table Runner

A quick and fun Christmas craft that’s achievable in the day. Don’t forget that this is a great opportunity to make some time for yourself as the busy season approaches! 😉

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Did you have anything to you were hoping to finish in time for Christmas? This is the perfect time to get it done!

School Holidays Classes for High Schoolers

The dates will be September 26th and October 3rd (Tuesdays). Further details on what we’re making and exact times will follow.

If you would prefer a print-out version of this class list, please click here – Semester 2 2017 schedule.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or drop in to the shop.

-Nic

The Best Kind of Chaos

It’s been far too long since we’ve updated this page, and there’s really no good excuse for it! All we can say is that we’re in the middle of the best kind of chaos – keeping busy doing what we love.

Just like our last post, there are lots of little updates to share!

Renovations

The roof tiles are nearly all gone, and replaced with beautiful new Colourbond! We look forward to listening to the next rain 🙂

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Don’t let the scaffolding put you off, though – it’s still business as usual! Feel free to swing by, say hi, and have a stickybeak!

Splendid Sampler Book

Remember these stunning quilts?

Well now you can purchase the book to make your own version!

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The book is just $60, and includes all 100 block designs and instructions, tips and tricks, as well as suggested layouts. Of course, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of that wonderful information, just ask us – we’d be happy to help with choosing fabrics and making a plan.

If you’d like to see other people’s spin on this beautiful sampler, we highly recommend checking out the dedicated Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSplendidSampler/

Positively Perfect Nap Quilt Class

We held our first quilty class for the year, and it was a hit! Thanks again to the ladies who came along and made it so much fun. We had a blast!

The goal is to run a specific class one saturday each month from here on in, and we’d like to hear from you! What kind of classes would you like to see? Baby quilts, throw quilts, cushions, bags, modern patterns, traditional techniques, skills like applique, foundation paper piecing, english paper piecing, improvisational piecing? The list goes on and on!

Class suggestions

Why don’t you make suggestions in the comments? Or on our facebook page?

Rope Bag Class

Speaking of future classes, would you like to come make a Rope Bag with us?

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We’re running a class on 19th August 2017! Places are limited, and filling fast! You can click here for more details -> Rope Bag Class

 

Well, that’s all the news for now! Hope you’re having a good week and that the recent rain has been good for you 🙂
– Nic

A Lot to Report

I’m one of those people who frequently answers the question “How are you?” with “Busy!”. At the moment, though, I think it’s especially true for our little shop! There’s plenty happening that we can update you on.

Sewing for Highschoolers

We had our first sewing class for high schoolers last week. Thanks to the girls for being such good sports! If you think you know someone who might be keen, there’s still places left in our class this Tuesday. We’ll be making a tote bag. More details in the previous blog post.

Thread Adventures

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We’ve started stocking Gutermann thread again! We have the 100% cotton in 250m or 800m spools. We’re still in the process of fully kitting up, so we apologise for any delay in re-filling your favourite colour – feel free to let us know which ones you use most so we can include it in our next order.

A New Night Class

NightClasses!

We’re starting night classes. It’s BYO project, and we’ll provide tea and coffee, and a group of like-minded crafters to share with. Perfect for people who work full time, and the shop is open to those who attend (i.e. if you run out of something while you’re hanging out with us, it’s right there in the shop for you to purchase and keep going – how good is that!). We start Tuesday, 6.30pm, cost is $15. Hope to see you there!

Quilts for Sale

We LOVE making quilts. I know – it’s probably not a surprise. What it means, though, is that our families are sick of receiving quilts as gifts, and so we have quilts to sell! We’ve added an extra page to this website, where we will list the quilts we have available in the shop. How about you go have a little browse! If you’d like to purchase one, drop in to the shop, give us a call, or use the “Contact” page and let us know. Or if there’s one you want someone to purchase for you, now you have a way of showing them without dragging them into the shop 😉

 

As always, there’s plenty more in the works, but you’re probably already suffering from information overload, so we’ll leave it there for now!

See you soon!
– Nic

Quilt Show Wrap-up and Classes

The Quilt Show

Marcelle and I have had the pleasure of attending the quilt show in Sydney this weekend. There were so many inspiring quilts and clever (and time-consuming!) designs. There was no end to the eye-candy! Below are some of my favourites:

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Butterfly by Lisa Peterson

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Blue Baskets by Lois Cook

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City Sampler by Jane Frankham

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Empire Place by Susan Miller

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Geese in the Garden by Ann Murray

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Reflections in Blue by Robyn Cuthbertson

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Intersectionality by Jennifer Davis

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Liberty Belle by Judith Thomson

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Always One Galah by Debbie Guihot

Marcelle entered two quilts:

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Birdsong by Marcelle Armstrong

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Mon Ami Splendid Sampler by Marcelle Armstrong

And our very own Pat also entered! Congratulations to Pat for being selected as an exhibitor!

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Splendid Sampler – Pat’s Version by Pat Johnson

Classes

Don’t think we’ve forgotten!

We promised to host a class on how to make this Positively Perfect Nap Time quilt!

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Well the details are all here! It will run 9am-4pm on Saturday, 29th July 2017.

Click on this link for the poster with full details: Positively Perfect Nap Quilt

The most important thing to know, though, is that the class costs $125 for the day (including your jelly rolls of fabric and morning & afternoon tea), and if you pay before the day, we will pre-cut your fabric for you! Yup! You heard right! You can just rock-up, sit down, and sew!

Please note: There was an error in the original poster for this class. It has been updated since 6pm, 27/06/17. If you have an earlier copy, please download the new one.

But wait! There’s more!

This school holidays we are also doing something a little different – offering some basic sewing classes for high schoolers. Places are limited though! We’ll be making notebook covers and a basic tote bag.

 

Notebook Covers – $25 Tote Bag – $40
1.00-3.00pm, Tuesday 4th July 2017

BYO Notebook (preferably A5) or buy one from us (additional $5).

12.30-4.00pm, Tuesday 11th July 2017

 

The teacher for these classes will be Nicole Williams and the cost includes fabric (variety of colours and patterns available) and afternoon tea. This class is suitable for beginners, but places are limited.

Follow this link for more details: Holiday Sewing for High Schoolers

For all classes:

–           BYO sewing machine: There are a few spare sewing machines for those without, but it’s first in – best dressed. It’s good if you know the basics of how to use your machine (i.e. how to thread it, refill a bobbin, and sew a straight line). If you need help learning to use your machine, please talk to us beforehand so we can be sure you’re ready to go on the day.

–          BYO basic notions (i.e. thread, scissors, pins, etc.). If you’re short on any notions, we can help kit you out!

We really hope you can join us in the coming weeks! We’re excited!

-Nic