March 2019

Busy and exciting times are being planned here at Sewn and Quilted for all of 2019! There’s lots in the pipeline with the start of Show Season looming, and Winter Workshops starting to take shape.

Our focus here this month is all about the preparation we need to do for our first big show for the year - the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) in April. We are busily planning our stand that will have not just our tried and tested products on it, but new products and quilts on it to tempt you! See below for details.

And as always, this newsletter is packed full of interesting patterns, fabrics, books, classes and “essentials” for you to peruse.

Shop News

Each day at the AQC we will be offering two different Make and Take sessions, and two free seminar talks. That should keep us busy and hopefully many of you can join us there! Here are all the details for you to lock dates and times into your diaries and plan for your day at AQC if you are coming along this year:

Australasian Quilt Convention – Sewn and Quilted are at Stand 47

Dates: Thursday 11th April to Sunday 14th April 10.00am to 4.30pm daily

Where: Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Our free seminar talks:
11am Fabric Covered Boxes and Accessories – Seminar Room 1
1.30pm Aurifil Thread – it’s not JUST thread! – Seminar Room 1

Our Make and Takes:
12noon: Fabric Covered Needle Keeper (with Carol Nicholls)
Kit cost $25. Book at Stand 47.
2pm: Add a Touch of Embroidery! (with Veronique Diligent)
Kit cost $25. Book at Stand 47.
Winter Workshops
Our Winter Workshops are scheduled for Monday 8th July to Saturday 13th July. Like Summer School, Winter Workshops will be held at One Community Church in Blackburn. Many more classes are in the planning, but here are a few details to tempt you in the meantime. Expressions of Interest are being taken so contact us if you’re interested:

Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July – Lisa Mattock from Forage / Slow Stitching fame.
Lisa is an amazing textile artist whose philosophy is based around reusing vintage fabrics, using layers of cloth and simple stitching to create amazing artwork.
Full class details and pricing are still being finalized, but in the meantime you can read about Lisa and preview some of her exquisite work on her website and samples of her work on Instagram here

Sit and Sew – Saturday 13th July. 10am – 4pm.
Bring a lunch to share or BYO your own lunch if you prefer. Morning and afternoon tea provided. Cost $20.

BOM & Club Update

The Quiiltmania Mystery BOM for 2019 is now available. Join us to create a fun quilt, designed by Jen Kingwell. Click here for details.
Fresh Cut
Designed by Sue Spargo, we have just a few spots remaining! Classes are available too on 1st Friday of each month with Glenda (see the Classes section of this newsletter). Click here for full details.
Dream Flight
Designed by Jacqueline de Jong (of Be Colourful fame). The fabrics have just arrived so we’re ready to go! A stunning quilt and you can click here for full details. Haven’t done Foundation Paper Piecing before? We’d love to teach you – just ask us!


Cushioned Quilter’s Square ‘n Blocker
Designed by June Taylor, this convenient 18" x 24"sized block has a pressing surface on one side with a printed 14 x 24 grid. It has a thick, bonded cushioned layer to eliminate seam-edge impressions and protects the raised detail of applique and has a carrying handle for portability.
Stash ‘n Store
The ultimate storage system to keep all your quilting needs in one spot ready for use. Comes in mint, aqua, navy, red, ruby and pink.
Roxanne’s Glue Baste-it
This “Dip and Dab” is just perfect for applique; the tiny applicator makes it easy to “dip” into the bottle and “dab” the sponge tip in just the right place. And the bottle is easily refillable too.
Craft Case
This very hand craft case opens to reveal lots of pockets and holders to have all your sewing needs in one place. We’ve seen lots of these covered in a variety of fabric pieces/patterms or felted wool/embroidered designs, although with the cute white on red spots of this one, you may just want to use it as is!
Magnetic Invisible Quilt Hangers
Contains five 1" x 2" magnets with steel brackets. 2" x 1" wall plates. No tools needed! Use removable adhesive strips to attach magnetic brackets to the wall. Holds quilts from mini-to king-sized securely with extremely strong rare-earth magnets. Quilts are easy to level, with no damage to wall or quilt.
Fray Stopper Brush Pen
Simply wipe the brush over the area to stop fabric or ribbon from fraying.
Iron On Transfer Pen
The Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen makes permanent, non-bleeding transfer suitable for fabric painting, art, applique, embroidery, labels, quilts and clothing, tole painting, needlework and punchneedle embroidery. Works best with light or pastel coloured poly-cotton blends. Easily transfer designs onto fabric, canvas, wood, stabilizers, or just about any surface where a hot iron can be used. Make a permanent, non-bleeding transfer. Just trace, draw and then iron. Ink glides on like a marker. Transfer 3-5 times with one application.
Bohin Seam Ripper
This seam ripper folds in half so you can easily hide the sharp point when not in use. Great for removing all stitches and seams easily and cleanly

Product of the Month

Ribbons by Sue Spargo
We are so pleased to add these stunning ribbons by Sue Spargo to our ribbon range. Florals and geometrics, in several widths, are all reflective of Sue’s latest BOM “Fresh Cut”. Perfect to add to bags, quilts, purses or clothing.


“Un Jardin Imaginaire” by Yoko Saito
This stunning applique quilt first appeared in Quiltmania Magazine, but if you missed it, here’s your chance to get the full pattern. Happy appliqueing!
Bloom Creek
We have a lovely range of “Bloom Creek” patterns, both quilts and bags, for you to select from.
:: “Sweet Peas for Two” which includes paper piecing papers
:: “Indigo Stars”
:: “Aunt Grace Circle of Friends” which includes 6 patterns and papers
:: “Aunt Grace’s Garden Party” which includes 5 patterns and papers
:: “Ava on the Go”
:: “Mills Girl Tote”
JayBird Quilts
“Chopsticks” is the name of the fabulous triangle pattern – we have our version in store for you to see.
:: “Le Marais Sewing Box” A beautiful scallop edged chest for your sewing accoutrement
:: “Vintage Thread Caddy” This sweet little caddy is a simple and fun project perfect for storing your most treasured threads. Includes the hard cardboard form. Looks fabulous in Liberty fabric.
Sue Daley Patterns
We have a range of Sue Daley Patterns going out at super special prices!


Texas Star Quilt
Our very own kit for our Texas Star Quilt includes, pattern, templates, background and star centre fabrics.
Team this with packs of our 1930’s fabrics and you’re well on your way to creating a beautiful quilt. Choose from fat 1/8th packs or 25cm x width packs
Wendy Williams – Pre-cut Wool Applique Packs
Wendy had put out a range of pre-cut wool designs ready for you to applique. Each design comes in either 2 or 4 colourways for you to choose from and include instructions.


:: Quiltmania Issue 129 – now available
:: Quiltmania Issue 130 – due late March
:: “Simply Modern” Issue 16 – due early to mid-March
:: “Simply Vintage” Issue 30 – due early to mid-March
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.


:: Liberty Yet more new Liberties are gracing our shelves! Come in and check them out, and if you spot all the new blues, they are courtesy of our Kylie who had the choices this time!
:: “Vive la France” by French General. Vive la France is about French General’s love of France. The simple colour combination of blue, white and red makes up a strong patriotic palette for quilts, homes and even apparel. Most of these prints were found layered underneath old quilts that have unpicked over the years. Selected bolts available.


There are two very special books coming out early March and we suggest you pre-order NOW!!


::Labours of Love by The Secret Sewing Sisters – including our own Di Ford-Hall!



:: Quilts, Somewhat in the Middle by Susan Smith.Susan Smith is an original and talented quilter from Australia who excels in the art of appliqué. Her quilts exude the coziness and freshness of country cottages in the British countryside during Spring.Every one of her 16 quilts is composed of subtle colour palettes and delicate appliqué designs producing quilts that are both simple and refined.


:: Yoko Saito – Through the Years.Experience the magnificent work of one of the world's most esteemed quilt artists in this retrospective of Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito. Ms. Saito's distinguished career unfolds in dozens of spectacular photographs that reveal her astonishing patchwork and applique creations up close like never before--all sewn to perfection. Admirers will revel in this gorgeous hardcover keepsake volume as they read about Ms. Saito's fascinating artistic journey, in her own words. Patterns not included.


::Pin Pals by Carrie Nelson.Pretty. Playful. Pincushions! Best-selling author Carrie Nelson packs 40 adorable pincushions with personality! Pincushions are quick to stitch and so addicting--no quilter can make just one. And why make just one when they're so easy to create? Simply sew, quilt, turn, and stuff! Display them as singles or in pleasing piles. You'll want to sew just for the joy of it.

:: Quilt Romance by Kaffe Fassett. Discover 20 glorious new quilts that will take you on a journey back in time when you flip through Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance. All the romance of a time gone by is captured in exquisite pastels, set against the dramatic Italianate architecture of a tiny Welsh village -- enchanting patterns that will warm up your home and make wonderful gifts.
Based on Kaffe’s signature line of Rowan fabrics, here's the 11th book in his series of best-selling quilt patterns. You'll find pieces designed by the world's finest quilters, including Liza Prior-Lucy, Pauline Smith, Roberta Horton -- and Kim McLean, an Australian quilt designer and teacher. Each pattern includes step-by-step instructions for creating a museum-quality piece -- plus inside tips and techniques that Kaffe has picked up in over 30 years as a textile artist.
:: Fresh Cut by Sue Spargo. Join in this journey of creative embroidery where you create interest in each block by piecing or layering these backgrounds with fabrics and stitchery. Your garden of vases will be filled with flowers, leaves and berries appliquéd in a multitude of mediums, then enhanced with embroidery in a vast array of fibres differing in type and weight. Select vases include optional advanced stitchery to enhance each garden and challenge you creatively. Includes the patterns for two bonus projects, the English Garden Needle Roll and the Fresh Cut Sewing Box!


Our regular classes have been updated on our website for easy reference, but we have some new Friday afternoon classes this year.

Just a reminder

We are bringing you a new selection of classes on Friday afternoons this year. Cost is $30.00 and the classes will run from 1.00pm to 3.30pm. These have been booking fast, but if you’re interested please call the shop and we will see if we can find spaces for you.

1st Friday of each month – Glenda Cust
Join Glenda to explore the world of embroidery/embellishment stitching. Perfect for those starting the “Fresh Cut” BOM, or for those who want to stitch the afternoon away with their embroidery. Suitable for Beginners to Advanced.

2nd Friday of each month – Veronique Diligent
Join Veronique for an afternoon of embroidery. Learn how to look beyond your piece of fabric and embellish to create interest with beautiful stitches. Perfect for those wanting to start or continue Veronique’s patterns “Pele Mele”.

New Classes!
Stash and Dash class with Jenna
Saturday 30th March 10am – 3.30pm (at the shop)
Cost $60. Bookings essential by contacting us on 9877 1664, or pop in to the shop

Michelle Yeo
Join Michelle to stitch away on any of her quilts
Wednesday 29th May 10am – 3.30pm (at the shop)
Cost $60 for full day, or $30 half day. Bookings essential by contacting us on 9877 1664, or pop in to the shop
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