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March 2020

Our time at the Australasian Embroidery Convention (AEC) in Brisbane was simply fabulous!  It’s always so good to meet some of our on-line customers when we do interstate shows, and regular customers from other Brisbane shows we’ve done.  Plus some of our Melbourne locals travelled to Brisbane especially for the AEC!  It was such a resounding success the Event Organiser will be running it again next year.  And we’ll be returning there too!

BOM Update

We have several new Block of the Month Quilts and Clubs for you for 2020.  If you’re interested in any (or all!) of them, please contact the shop for further details.
 
The Secret Garden
This stunning quilt features a striking center mandala surrounded by a garden of folk fantasy, and overflowing with secret, hidden delights! Featuring artisan dyed wool felt applique and woven textured fabrics, also available in month 1 is a thread pack containing 13 Valdani threads and 1 Holoshimmer Thread.
Ronda Dechado
Designed by our own Meredithe Clark, this new BOM incorporates the six new templates Meredithe released last year into one stunning quilt.  Each month you’ll receive a new template set including instructions on how to make the required block/s, and in the last month, how to put the whole quilt together.  And the name?  It was conceived in Ronda, Spain and Dechado means “sampler” in Spanish! Contact us for details.
 

Product of the Month

Embroidery Kits
Following on from our success in Brisbane, we have some delightful new embroidery kits for you from the French company, Un Chat dans l’aiguille.  Christel has designed beautiful embroidery kits which allow you to discover the pleasure of embroidering while making useful and decorative objects. Precise technical sheets, printed fabrics, detailed diagrams for each embroidery stitch as well as very simple sewing assembly help complete your work.
 
The first is a series of bags, one for each season.  We have samples in store and some of the kits, with more due soon.
 
The second, two gorgeous work bags, again as kits in either pink or blue.
 

New Products

Magical Thread Easy
Thread all of your needles the simple way with the Magical Thread Easy. With its magnifier and LED light, threading your needle will be so easy it will feel like magic. 
  • Hold the Magical Thread Easy with your hand or set it on a table top for hands-free threading
  • Fits all popular needle sizes
  • Features a magnifier and light to easily guide your thread 
  • Includes a traditional needle threader and one AAA battery
Double Sided Basting Tape
Quickly and easily adheres to fabric, paper, plastic or wood. The Basting Tape is covered with fusible web and can be used with light-medium weight fabrics.  Great for bag making. 
 
Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It
Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It is 100% water soluble, dries in minutes. Hold in place firmly but can be easily pulled away.  The two way applicator tips allow for controlled placement of glue.  Does not feel stiff when dry and contains no dyes, waxes or harmful chemicals.
 
Diagonal Seam Tape
Diagonal Seam Tape is simply washi tape that is placed on the front plate of your sewing machine to act as a guide while you are sewing diagonal seams.
The tape is strong, thin, sticks well to almost any surface, and comes off easily.  Each roll has 10 yards of tape so it should last a really long time.  
The red line in the centre is aligned with the needle of your machine, and the black lines on either side are 1/4″ to each side from the centre of the lines, to represent a 1/4″ seam allowance.  The black lines won’t replace a piecing foot with a perfect 1/4″, but act as an extra guide.  
The tape removes cleanly, but it is recommended that you remove or replace the tape often or after each project to avoid any residue on your machine.   This tape is not meant to be a permanent fixture on the machine, and long term use without replacement may result in some residue to clean off.
 
Crochet Hooks!
Yes, we now stock crochet hooks in a variety of sizes.  The perfect accompaniment to our crochet patterns!
 

Patterns & Kits

Dottie Days
Three new patterns from Dottie Days featuring some of our best loved Australian fauna; koalas, cockatoos and possums!
 

Magazines

The following magazines are all currently available or due soon  – order yours now so you can be assured of a copy
 
Quiltmania Issue 136 – coming soon - preorder online
Simply Modern Issue 20 – coming soon - preorder online
Simply Vintage Issue 34 – coming soon - preorder online
 
Homespun Feb/Mar 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.
 

Fabrics

::  Good Times  by American Jane.  Sandy Klop has revamped some of her much loved fabrics and re-issued them for our enjoyment!  12 bolts selected
 
::  “Kaffe Fassett” .  Seven stunning new bolts from Kaffe – need we say more??
 
::  Wildings”  by Dear Stella.   A sweet new range with beautiful drawings of hedgehogs and a feature fabric with deer, hedgehogs, foxes and boar in navy and grey with accompanying plaids and geometrics and florals.  Selected  fabrics.
 
:: Full Circlestyled by Sarah J and inspired by Judie Rothermel.  Sarah Maxwell considers a fresh approach to reproduction quilt fabrics with “Full Circle”, inspired in part by her own stash of treasured Judie Rothermel prints, in part by input from other reproduction stashers wanting new ideas and inspiration to create exciting new masterpiece quilts, and in part by feedback from younger quilters wanting to use repro designs in their projects, but wanting a “vibrant”, more contemporary palette for home décor and heirloom projects. The result is some of the very best prints from Judie’s archives, subtly re-coloured to appeal to a wider range of quilters.  Full range available.
 
:: “Richmond C 1862”  by Nancy Gere features rich florals in shades of navy, aubergine, ivory and charcoal. This reproduction collection is both delicate and dramatic. Wallpaper florals, a sweet ditzy flower, a vine stripe and geometric blenders round out the collection.  10 selected fabrics.
 
:: Chatham Row by Paula Barnes  The “Chatham Row” stripe is back in stock so get in quick as this one walked out for the shop! 
 
:: County Clare Panel”  by Karen Styles.  This is another fabric that was extremely popular and you’ll need to grab it quickly now that it’s back in stock. 
 

Books

This month we’re featuring Australian authors in our “Books” section.  If you don’t own a copy of any of the following, get them now as our Aussie quilters have made their mark world-wide with these wonderful books.
 

::  Hat Creek Quilts  by Deirdre Bond-Abel.  Deirdre Bond-Abel's book gives prominence to wool appliques in gleaming colours matched to pieced blocks in highly original creations.  Motifs from the past, in a new style and in a palette of magnificent colours and materials are explored in 17 quilt projects. 

::  Whizz Bang!  by Rachel Daisy.  Rachaeldaisy designs colourful and whimsical circles made of Prairie Points using all types of fabrics – from silk, taffeta, silk organza, recycled shirts, hankies, and linen – and then embellishes them with doilies, yo-yo’s, rickrack, buttons …. you name it!  The result is an explosion of trendy and Bohemian quilts never seen before.  Rachael’s first book, a complete guide to her adventures, full of in-depth tips and step by steps illustrated with 15 sumptuous quilts that will make your head spin!

::  Quilts for Life Made with Love  by Judy Newman.  Judy Newman presents her quilting story with advice on choosing colours, fabrics and her favourite products.  The 18 projects, both large and small, feature detailed diagrams and templates. The photography and overall design of the book are stunning.

::  Seams Like Yesterday  by Karen Styles has 15 projects with English paper piecing, stars and medallions as well as a magnificent sampler quilt. Stars are a strong feature in Karen's designs – she loves the precise piecing of stars, especially eight-pointed stars!
 
That’s it for now – thanks for reading to the end! 
Until next time
Carol
“Patchwork Made Possible”
Website:  www.sewnandquilted.com.au
Phone: (03) 9877 1664
Email: carol@sewnandquilted.com.au
 
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