August 2019

With a busy but exciting couple of months behind us, we can put a big TICK next to our Winter Workshop program, the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, and the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK.  Somehow we’ve made it through, with huge thanks to our staff, Sue, Jenna, Marg and Kylie, for all their fabulous support and hard work to help make it all happen.  And there’s lots more happening in the lead up to the end of the year (did I just say that??).  Keep an eye out……..

Shop News

Leukaemia Foundation Fundraising Event
So now our full focus comes back to our Fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation.  Ticket sales have been very strong but it’s not too late to book your ticket.  Click here for more information or click here to book your ticket.  It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

~ Jen Kingwell as Guest Speaker
~ Di Ford-Hall (health permitting)
~ Fabulous Silent Auction prizes
~ Raffle Prizes we ALL want to win!!
When: Saturday 5th October 2019             
Time:  Doors open 11.15am, finishes 4.30pm
Where:                One Community Church, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn
Tickets:                $42.00 per ticket.  Pre-booking essential and ONLY AVAILABLE through (booking fee applicable)  NO bookings will be taken in store or on the day

Speaking of which, RAFFLE TICKETS are now available and we’d love some help selling them.  Just $2.00 a ticket and first prize is a quilt made and donated by none other than Di Ford-Hall – such a valued and valuable prize! If you can't get to the shop to buy some tickets, just give us a call and we can arrange it over the phone for you. Please note - if you are the lucky winner, you will need to arrange to collect your prize from us if you're not in attendance on the day of the function.

1st Prize - "Wills Quilt" valued at $2650, made and donated bby Di Ford-Hall
2nd Prize - Quilt Storage Cabinet valued at $750, made and donated by Andrew Hayes
3rd Prize - Basket of Dutch Heritage Fabrics, templates, threads and books valued at $550, donated by Petra Prins Patchwork


BOM & Club Update

Posies Puzzles
We are still able to take more registrations for this delightful BOM which will expand your repertoire of quilt blocks and increase your skill levels as you go. 
Skill level : Fabulous for confident beginners and beyond.
Cost:  $30.00 per month for 12 months
We’re starting a new Aurifil Club, this time with Aurifloss; so beautiful to use for embroidery and cross stitch.  Just working out the last of the details – watch this space! Expressions of interest being taken now.


Mini Stash n Store
You will have seen the big version in previous newsletters and in store, now there’s a little version, perfect for holding those essential items for your current project, and small enough to go into a sewing bag to take to class or sewing group.
Clover Roll and Press
This little gadget is the handy version of an iron, but so much better.  Just roll it along to press a seam or make a fold; straight, curved, paper pieced or applique. Best product of this type we've found!
Olfa Magnetic Touch-Knife
Pocket-sized, multi-purpose knife featuring a stainless steel blade, magnetic back, easy-slide lock and hanging hole to easily slide on to your keychain.   Can be used for a number of purposes and easily fits in your pocket, purse, desk or glove compartment.  Ideal for use in arts, graphics, crafts and hobbies.
Flatter Scentless Smoothing Spray
Flatter makes ironing easier. This starch-free smoothing spray relaxes wrinkles and freshens fabrics. It’s flat out fabulous! Flatter leaves fabric sleek, soft, and static-free.  Plus, the mild formulation is easy on sensitive skin, and won’t harm the environment.
Available in both 50ml and 250ml

Clover Iron Shine Cleaning Pen
Until now cleaning our irons has been pure drudgery. It becomes an event in and of itself requiring time and effort with questionable results. The Iron Shine Cleaning Pen has changed all of that.  Resembling a large felt tip pen, the Iron Shine can go everywhere with you, even sewing classes or quilting retreats. When you have the need to clean your iron just pull the Iron Shine out of your bag, remove the cap and you’re good to go!  When you’ve cleaned the area in question, or even the entire iron, just wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Put the cap back on the pen and you’re done. No mess no fuss.
Adjustable Leather Thimble
One Size - Fits All Adjustable Leather Thimble. Wraps around finger with hook & loop tab.  The hook and loop is stitched perfectly into place - thimble has a velcro tab and a metal reinforcement.
Clover Embroidery Threader
The Clover Embroidery Threader has a 'flat tip' that gives you smooth threading when used with thick threads. Works with any type of threads, yarns and embroidery needles.
Clover Pencil Sharpener
Designed to work with Clover's Quilt Pencils, Water Soluble Pencils and other pencils that require a sharp point. 
Gutermann Seed Beads
Seed beads are particularly suitable for threading techniques of all kinds, but also for bead weaving, embroidery and crochet.  Enhance your latest creation with some seed beads or start a jewellery trend in your household!

Product of the Month

Liberty, Liberty, Liberty
Liberty is everywhere!  Not only do we have our ever expanding fabric range adding 12 new bolts just this week, we now have these sumptuous packs of 12 Liberty pieces, cut at 6” x 10”
Our Liberty pre-cuts have grown too; added to our circles are squares and hexagons in 1" finished and 2" finished.  The perfect variety for that perfect quilt, without all the cutting!


“Bah Humbug”
These Christmas Star guys made us laugh!  Complete with shoes to make them stand firm, and gorgeous facial expressions, they’re a perfect Christmas gift.
“Scattered Flowers Cushion” by Wendy Williams
Beautiful wool felt and embroidered flowers flourish on a dark background showing up the vibrant colours and threads.
“Thread Book – Flower Garden” by Wendy Williams
Made with wool and featuring wool applique and embroidery, the thread book is great to store all of your threads or sewing tools. It would work well for a make-up bag as well.  The embroidery is made using a combination of threads including silk and perle 5 cotton.  The bag is made with bag foam, mesh and zippers and we have the accompanying silk threads too.
“Thread Book – Ducks in my Garden” by Wendy Williams
Made with wool and featuring wool applique and embroidery, the thread book with a duck theme is great to store all of your threads or sewing tools.  It would work well for a make-up bag as well.  The embroidery is made using a combination of threads including wool/acrylic, silk and perle 8, and 5 cotton.  The bag is made with bag foam, mesh and zippers and we have the accompanying silk threads too.


“Twilight Cushion”  by Wendy Williams
A gorgeous pieced cushion cover is overlaid with wool applique and embroidery.


::  Quiltmania Issue 132 – now available
:: “Simply Modern” Issue 17 – now available
:: “Simply Vintage” Issue 31 – 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.


::  “Kaffe”  A selection of the latest from the Kaffe Fassett Collective Spring 2019 Collection – simply devine!


Crochet seems to be taking over the world!  To help you get started or enhance your crochet knowledge we have the following books currently in store…..


::  Crochet Stitch Guide” by Jean Leinhauser and Mary Ann.  Why settle for plain crochet, when it's so easy to reach for this handy pocket-sized book packed with 86 beautiful stitch patterns - from classic ripples to innovative cables!  Each pattern can be repeated as many times as you need for any project, using any type or weight of yarn.


.:: “200 Crochet Stitches” by Tracey Todhunter.  Discover an inspiring collection of new and classic crochet stitches! The Step-by-Step Guide to 200 Crochet Stitches is the perfect guide for both new and experienced crocheters.


.:: “Little Traveller” by Simone Gooding.  The promise of adventure! The rolling hills, a walk by the sea, or rambling through the woods… who knows what we might see, who we might meet along the way, and where we will end up? This enchanting book contains step-by-step instructions and diagrams for a delightful collection of animals and dolls made from 100% wool hand dyed felt, complete with felt, linen, and knitted accessories. You will find a Hedgehog and his Sleigh; a Snail who lives in a Mailbox; a Girl and her Bear; two Little Sisters and their holiday Tent; a Fox who is all set ready for his next adventure, and many more. These designs are suitable for most toy makers, each brought to life on the page by one of Simone Gooding’s wonderfully whimsical illustrations.


.:: “The Modern Medallion Workbook” by Janice Zeller Ryan and Beth Vassalo.  Medallion quilts, known for detailed borders built around a central focal point, have seen a resurgence in the modern quilting movement. Savour the intricate piecing and sophisticated appliqué behind 11 all-new modern medallion quilts, designed by popular quilting bloggers. Projects range from basic to complex, with each quilt as unique as its maker. Stitch a ring of Flying Geese, learn how to resize borders, and master useful techniques, such as sewing inset curves and paper piecing. Mix and match borders, using the provided line drawings as colouring pages, to plan your design and create your own unique modern masterpiece!


.:: “Boutis:  The Nobility of White” by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts .  Kumiko is a Japanese artist, French by adoption, who is utterly passionate about Boutis, which she discovered over twenty years ago.  Carrying on an ancestral tradition, she imparts all its nobility and beauty to this art of white in this book where some fifteen projects are described.



By-Annie Products Class with Jenna
Join Jenna on the 3rd Friday of each month to make selected projects using the By-Annie Products (to see some of the projects click here)
When:  3rd Friday each month 1.00pm to 3.30pm
Cost:  $30.00
Flatlocking Class with Kate Marra.

This is an extension course to the Learning to Love Your Overlocker course and covers flatlocking in depth. The additional workbook pages cover wide and narrow flatlocking and various decorative applications, including ribbon work, decorative thread, beading and creating a blind hem stitch. The second part of the course is constructing a notebook cover using some of the techniques covered in the course.

When : Saturday 31st August, 10am to 3:30pm
Cost : $100 plus $30 payable directly to Kate to cover the workbook and fabrics provided.
To book : Call the shop between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Payment must be made at the time of booking.
That’s it for now.  Thanks for reading our newsletter to the very end!  More updates to follow soon.

Until next time

“Patchwork Made Possible”
Phone: (03) 9877 1664