December 2018

Newsletter December 2018

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, just a few weeks left of classes and we’re so looking forward to seeing what our students have made during this year when we do our Show and Tell at our Christmas Party!

Need a Kris Kringle present, or even better a gift idea for yourself?!We have SO many gift ideas that we’ve listed for you in this newsletter – read on...………...

Shop News


We will only be closed for a few days over the Christmas/ New Year period for your shopping convenience. Pop in and visit us!

Summer School 2019

We still have a few vacancies in some classes for Summer School. If you’ve not joined us before, why not come along this January. We have a range of classes for students of ALL LEVELS! 

If you're not wanting to make a quilt, what about trying some dressmaking. We have a selection of garments on offer over 3 days with the fabulous Jo, who will ensure your top or dress fits you properly and will show you how to adapt the pattern to make other garments too, and to have the garment fit your own individual body shape! Small class sizes, so lots of help for everyone. Suitable for beginners and up - the only pre-requisite is that you need to know how to use a sewing machine! We have the "Box Top" pictured below on display in our shop.

 Then there’s a beautiful applique class with Fiona designed again for beginners or more advanced students alike. If you’ve always wanted to give applique a go, this is your opportunity. Choose your own colourway and modify the blocks to make them your own under Fiona's expert guidance.


For all the classes in Summer School just click here.



Christmas Party

Bookings are now OPEN and rapidly filling! This is sure to get you into the Christmas Spirit! Phone us or pop into the store to book your spot.


When: Saturday 15 December, 1pm to 3.30pm

Where: One Community Church, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn

Cost: $5.00

What to Bring: A quilt (or other project) you’ve finished or started in one of our classes for Show and Tell. Plus a small plate of Afternoon Tea to share.


Classes 2019

Our Class List for next year will be out shortly and we have some fabulous new classes on the horizon as well as our regular ones. Watch this space!

BOM & Club Update


We are delighted to tell you that, once again, we are hosting the Quiltmania BOM for 2019. “Marshal” is designed by Australia’s own Jen Kingwell and we have a sneak peek to show you here. Registrations are NOW OPEN, so contact the shop if you’re interested in participating.



Come into the shop and see the real, actual quilt! Karen Styles has very kindly loaned us her “Bathwick” quilt, and it’s stunning! A few kits remain if you’re interested in making this beauty.


Fresh Cut

We have now finally bedded down our pricing – Yay! – and registrations are now open! Full details can be found here.



New BOM’s for 2019

Another good reason for coming to the Christmas Party is that our new BOM’s for 2019 will be showcased there! Don’t miss out on being the first to see them!


Ribbon packs in time for Christmas!

Just look at the gorgeous ribbons that have just arrived !! Click here to view them on our website.


We also have some extra packs of ribbons available in store too.



Christmas Gift Ideas/Kris Kringle/Stocking Stuffers

Gift Certificates


Not sure what to buy that certain someone? Then a Sewn and Quilted Gift Certificate is the answer!

Diaries, Planners & Calendars



There are things that need planning and diarising (like Summer School!) and these planners are 2 year ones to help keep you right on track!

Quiltmania Diary 2019 - now in stock!

The ever popular diary from Quiltmania is here and if this is your favourite go-to diary, come in and get yours now!


These have sold quickly, but we still have a few calendars available.


Brimfield Meadows

Many of you will have seen “Brimfield Meadows” on social media and we now have the pattern, plus a kit of enough papers for one block, or a kit of papers for the whole quilt.


Elephant and I

If you’re a Loxodontaphile (elephant lover) then this pattern by Jennifer Sampou is for you!

Allium Spool Sack

Looking to store your Sue Spargo threads? Well Sue has designed a “sack” for them, complete with woolly bits embellishments, and we have the pattern and “innards” for you to make your own.

Tabletop Tannenbaum

From Poor House Quilt Designs, a Tannenbaum made with fat quarters and mouldable batting.

Towering Trees

This reversible tree can be made from one fabric or from lots of scraps and be as tall or short as you wish.

Rachelle Denneny Designs

Rachelle’s patterns have been very popular and Rachelle has just been featured in one of our Australian Magazines - did you see the article? We’ve just had a top up delivery of these two patterns “Cross Roads” (you can see our version in store) and “Modern Movement”

Ornament Patterns

There’s still time to whip up some new ornaments for gifts or for your tree




The Snowman wall-hanging is a sweet reminder of a white Christmas

Oh Christmas Tree

The popular “Oh Christmas Tree” by Wendy Williams is available as pattern or as a kit

Woolly Zip It Bag

So too is the Woolly Zip It bag

Basically Black and White

This great pattern by Patrick Lose has been kitted up and is the perfect His/Her gift. He can give it/She can make it/They can use it!


Snow Folk Kit


Lighted Needle Threader

Super bright LED light helps you see the eye in your needle. Features a zipper pull hook.

Lighted Magnifier

Use as a magnifier or with a push of the button, light the area you’re looking at


Uses a very powerful magnet with a clip that can attach to shirts, bags, jackets and more

Jumping Jack phone and tablet clip

These clip stands enable you to use your smartphone or tablet hands-free as you stream video or video-chat.

  • Open the stands’ arms to attach to sides of your phone or tablet
  • Can be used in both vertical and horizontal modes on your device
  • Especially idea for travel, but also usable at home or in the office
  • Compatible with most phones and many tablets

Flat and Stubby

Two hand screwdrivers, flat and Phillips head, ideal for getting into small spaces (and for your sewing machine!)

Magnetic Eye-Glass Holder

Clip the holder to your shirt, jacket or sewing bag and attach your glasses – you’ll never lose them again!

Hatched and Patched

From Hatched and Patched, these very cute set of 3 mini magnets and also a handy mirror

Needle Minder

Made with Liberty fabrics and by Amy Kallissa, these absolutely gorgeous needle minders are rushing out the door – get yours quick!

Roxanne Glue Baste-It

Now before you skim over this one, this is a revolution in using Glue Baste-It. This little tube has a sponge dispenser on the end so it’s easy to use and ultimately controllable and best of all you can decant your bigger bottle of glue into this tube. Remember to buy a big bottle of the glue so it’s always on hand.


We have all the Christmas Bells and whistles….er, buttons so you can complete your Christmas projects!


Felted Wool

Have you seen our fabulous range of Felted Wool? They come in Quarter, Half or Full Size pieces and the colour range is amazing.


And to embellish your Felted Wool project you’ll need threads……. "Ellana" threads to match your wool felts perfectly, and “Eleganza” threads from Sue Spargo to embellish! Beautiful plain and variegated threads. We have the full range.



Perfect storage cases for all those little bits and pieces. Available in orange, blue or pink

Travel Threads kits

Wendy Williams’ Travel Threads patterns are available as kits – the perfect size for a holiday project or as a Kris Kringle present or stocking stuffer.



All of the latest issues of these magazines are in store

:: Quiltmania Issue 128

:: “Simply Modern” Issue 15

:: “Simply Vintage” Issue 29

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.


:: “Bright Packs” We’ve packaged up 14 x 10” squares to use as a starter pack for a scrappy project, an applique project or just to have!

:: “Jelly Rolls” There are lots of jelly rolls around the shop – perfect as a present or for a quick Summer project.

:: “Christmas Panel” A beautiful old-fashioned Christmas panel just waiting to be quilted and used as a wall hanging or child’s quilt.

:: “Christmas Fabrics” assorted. If you’re after some Christmas fabrics, we have a great range for you to choose from; classic, subtle, fun, modern………the choice is yours!



:: “Button Box Quilts” by Vicki Hodge

How can you free up storage space, save money on batting, and time quilting? It’s easy–just create reversible quilts! Interested in a challenge now that you have found three good reasons to make two-sided quilts? In Vicki Hodge’s NEW book, Button Box Quilts, she has created and paired up 20 of her favourite quilt tops to create 10 reversible quilts. In order to successfully complete her projects, Vicki provides us with valuable guidelines, hints, and most of all a great reason to look on the back of our quilts! 20 projects (10 reversible quilts).


The following two books by Yumiko Higuchi waltzed out the door so we’re very pleased to have them back in stock. If you missed out last time, they’re in store again.

:: “Simply Stitched” by Yumiko Higuchi

Through her unique combination of wool and cotton thread, designer Yumiko Higuchi reinvents traditional embroidery for modern makers. Simply Stitched includes 20 beautiful embroidery motifs, plus project and instructions. Use these stunning designs to create accessories, clothing, and home decor.

Enjoy classic embroidery motifs that are made new with fresh colour combinations and incredibly textured detail. Embellish a child's sweater with colourful candy motifs, create a holiday stocking that's sure to become a family heirloom, or stitch a simple linen tote. With Simply Stitched, you'll be inspired to embroider every available surface!

:: “Simply Stitched with Applique” by Yumiko Higuchi

Embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi offers modern makers a fresh new spin on her beloved designs by combining embroidery stitches with hand appliqué. Learn how to use felt, cotton, and linen to create beautifully layered designs full of texture and contrast, then embellish with just a handful of basic embroidery stitches. With over 30 motifs inspired by nature, you’ll find designs for hydrangeas, sunflowers, lilacs, tulips, poppies, birds, bees, strawberries, and more. Use these motifs to create any of the sophisticated bags, pincushions, coasters, tea towels, and wall art projects included in the book, or be inspired to design your own.

Step-by-step colour photos illustrate Higuchi’s favourite tips and techniques for transferring designs, appliquéing motifs, and embellishing with embroidery stitches. Full-size templates and easy-to-follow instructions are included for each design, so you can get started stitching straight away.

Full of beautiful photos and simple, yet striking designs, Simply Stitched with Appliqué is an endless source of inspiration, making it a must-have for every stitcher, quilter, and modern maker.

:: “Bags I Love to Carry” by Yoko Saito

Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito is known the world over for her exquisite handbags. In this gorgeously photographed book, she shares 26 bag patterns with a focus on beauty, purpose, and comfort. Bags of all shapes and sizes feature motifs inspired by nature and traditional patchwork, most in Ms. Saito's signature taupe colour palettes.

With designs from big, boxy bags to petite pouches with curvy shapes, you'll learn Ms. Saito's methods for flawless piecing and applique--information on essential stitches and tools are included, along with how-to photos of basic techniques. Each pattern includes materials and cutting lists plus illustrated instructions. Whether you're looking for casual bags for everyday use or spectacular bags fit for special occasions, you'll find the perfect handbag to create in this inspiring collection.



Watch this space for our class list for 2019!!


That’s it for now. Thanks for reading our newsletter to the very end! More updates to follow soon.

Until next time - stay safe, stitch abundantly, and our very best wishes for a wonderful Festive Season!


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