May 2021

The nights are closing in, the leaves are falling from the trees…..yes, Winter is definitely coming!  And with more indoor time, that means more sewing time (as if we need an excuse!).  Lots to tempt you here so read on……

Shop News

Refresher/Beginners Course
Begins this Friday. Don't miss out - contact us ASAP to secure yourself one of the last couple of spots!
Are you having trouble cutting accurately? Do your points not match or your borders not sit flat? Or maybe you're starting your patchwork skills from the beginning. Then this is the class for you!
Further details can be found here on our website.

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair
We have our fingers crossed that this Show will go ahead as planned; it will be our first big show in 16 months!  Hope to see you there.
When:  Wednesday 30th  June to Sunday 4th July 2021
Where:  The Dome, Sydney Showground, Homebush
We are at:  Stand F19

BOM Update

Ronda Dechardo
Designed by our own Meredithe Clark, this new BOM incorporates thesix new templates Meredithe released in 2019 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!
Month 1 for this lovely sampler BOM is now available.

Product of the Month

Magic Pins
The perfect pin for every purpose!  We now have a large range of Magic Pins in stock; Silk, Applique, Quilting, Patchwork and Extra Long.  All tailored for their specific purpose, each style of pin has a long easily grippable end.  Some of our staff have been using them and are very pleased with the results.
Magic Clips
We also have 2 sizes in the Magic Clips, Mini and Extra Small.  With a long flat grip area and large ends for opening and closing, these clips are perfect for EPP, bag making, and clipping sets of cut fabrics together.

New Products

By Annie
We’ve just had a big delivery of By Annie Hardware, so plenty of stock available for all your bag making needs.
Felted Wool Pressing Mat
In stock now, 5 sizes in these Pressing Mats by The Gypsy Quilter.  So handy to keep by your machine for those quick, in between seam pressings, or to take to class.  Made from 100% wool, they are thick and sturdy.  Available in 17", 13½”, 8½” and 4” square and also 17" x 24" rectangular.
Duckbill Scissors
Also from The Gypsy Quilter, Duckbill Scissors which are a must have for applique enthusiasts;  the “duckbill” part keeps underneath fabrics away from the piece you’re trimming.
Sue Spargo Gadgets
Loop Easy is the latest Creative Stitching tool from Sue Spargo, designed to make perfect loops every time! 
  • Each set contains three templates
  • Each template is composed of steps that differ in height (increments: 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4")
  • Steps differ in length to accommodate various sizes of thread
  • White 1/8" guides assist in marking and stitch placement
  • Perfect for the raised leaf stitch (instructions can be found in Creative Stitching Second Edition pg 175), grass, and blossoms, or any stitch that requires loops! Loop Easy can also be used as a measuring tool for fine details, as the guides are 1/8" apart.
Spoke Easy  is designed for accurate spoke placement of Woven and Whipped Woven Circles (Creative Stitching page 117 -121).
  • Each set contains six templates; connected by a ball-chain and clasp so that they can easily be separated and used freely. 
  • Each template has a different number of spokes, ranging from five and ten
  • With 1/8" guides, you can make a whipped or woven circle ranging in size 1/4" to 1-1/2" in circumference
  • The possibilities are endless! Use for Picot's + Eyelet Wheels!
Wisteria Garden Needle Nanny never lose your needle again with Sue Spargo’s gorgeous house shaped needle nanny.  Its strong (and pretty!) magnetic surface acts as a needle minder to keep your needle secure and in place.
Floss Flower
Keep your floss stay neat and tidy on these sweet Floss Flowers.  Wind individual skeins on a flower, then record the thread colour on a label and stick it on. Keep them locked together with a binder ring or key chain. Package includes six assorted thread bobbins with 12 sticker labels.

Patterns & Kits

Forage by Lisa Mattock
We now have in stock kits for three of Lisa’s patterns:
Granny Smith
Cockerel and the Honeybee
(you can buy this as a full kit or a BOM)
The Whittingham Quilt
From Christopher Wilson-Tate, a pattern from another of the wonderful antique quilts in his collection.  The coverlet originated from Northumberland, England in a very lovely ancient village going back 900 years called Whittingham.
Christopher purchased it from Elizabeth Fraser; she was in her 70’s when he met her and her daughter in Whittingham. Elizabeth was given the quilt by her grandmother many years before.  It dates to around mid Victorian times 1840’s/1850’s. This English rare and quite unique design coverlet had literally just been passed down through the family!
By Annie
Totally Trendy Totes II is the latest bag design from By Annie, with 3 sizes, optional zipper and handle length and a bonus see-through project bag for each tote.
Sue Spargo
In Sue’s inimitable style, this gorgeous “Blooming Bunglow” pincushion is adorned with flowering window boxes
Hatched and Patched
We’ve had a pattern delivery from Hatched and Patched with bags, pouches, pencil cases and pin cushions all bedecked in Annie’s applique/embroidery style.


“Quiltfolk” is a new kind of magazine, made for people who love quilts.  Printed quarterly this magazine contains no advertising and explores a different US state with each issue, meeting and interviewing incredible members of the quilting community: shop owners and designers; collectors and superstars; quilt scholars, curators, and everyday quilters. Every issue is a new adventure.  There are no patterns, just pages and pages showcasing more of the beautiful quilts uncovered by the team of writers and photojournalists during their travels. Whether you’re looking for traditional, modern, antique, or art quilts – Quiltfolk‘s got you covered. 
Issue 18 is now available and we have a limited number of Issue 17 too.  If you’re interested in getting regular issues, we invite you to pre-order them by contacting us at the shop to have your copy reserved.


Liberty Cottons Liberty Organics are in the store!  More stunning lusciousness from Liberty!
Garden Life  by Tilda.  Bring the gardens of Summer into your home with the oversized florals and soft, fresh colours of Garden Life.  Inspired by vintage botanicals in modern hues, this range is perfect for flowery summery quilts!  Pre-order now for mid May release.
Farm Days”  by Dashwood Studio.   A delightful range of 6 bolts of farmyard sweetness.  Perfect for the littlies in your life!



Tiny Treasures  by Kathy Schmitz   This book contains 72 miniature embroidery designs. At only 1.5” wide they are perfect for 1” hexies! A pattern for a 16in x 20in framed piece, using 65 of the designs, is also included in the book. Full colour thread and stitch guide.  Back in stock so if you missed out first time, now’s your chance to get your copy.
Kaffe Fassett in the Studio”  by Kaffe Fassett.  World-renowned artist and textile designer Kaffe Fassett provides a window into his creative process, offering readers new patterns, new ideas, and new inspiration

With successes like Bold Blooms and Dreaming in Colour, the latest book from Kaffe Fassett brings together all the best elements of his work and life. Kaffe Fassett in the Studio will offer an in-depth look at his work and where he finds inspiration, paying particular attention to his colour work. He’ll also showcase some of his greatest designs in the areas of needlework, patchwork, and knitting, as well as provide three to four new patterns in each of these areas. Lastly, Fassett will speak to his fabric design and painting processes. Fassett’s brilliant use of colour sets his work apart from other artists, and any collection of his work is a must have among fans and beyond.
Embroidered Wild Flowers”  by Kazuko Aoki.  Inspired by the wonder and beauty of the natural world, the embroidery motifs offered here evoke wildflower meadows and woodland walks. With lifelike yet whimsical plants and flowers, as well as mushrooms, leaves, trees, and birds, the flora and fauna presented here offer a delightful and beautiful range of motifs drawn from nature. 

Featuring beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, this book will be an inspiring guide for those new to embroidery and a fresh and unique offering for those experienced with needle and thread.

Windermere  by Di Ford Hall.  A tribute booklet and "Windermere" pattern released in honour of Di Ford-Hall's memory.

A beautiful full colour 32-page booklet including a very detailed pattern for "Windermere", her last quilt pattern, as well as a written tribute about Di with some photos. A small donation from each booklet sold will go to The Leukaemia Foundation.

Throughout her treatment in 2019, Di was working on this quilt, named after the beautiful fabric range she had just released with Andover. Although it was coming together a little slower than she would have liked, it was a real joy for her on the days that she was up to sewing.

Unfortunately Di passed away before she could complete "Windermere", so her friends from The Secret Sewing Sisters put it together and finished it and then Helen Hayes quilted it. Lenora Jenkins from Elm Grove Patchwork is assisting with completion of the pattern.


Thursdays with Meredithe

A couple of spots have become available in these popular classes.  Contact the shop if you’re interested in getting assistance with a technique, or some help in starting or finishing a project.

That’s it for now – thanks for reading to the end! 
Until next time
“Patchwork Made Possible”
Phone: (03) 9877 1664