September 2019

Welcome to Spring!  All the sunny days and blue skies make you smile, don’t they?!  We’ve already started Spring cleaning and our $10.00 per metre End of Winter Sale stock clearance continues with even more fabrics just added!  Don’t miss out – check out the SALE section on our website here.

Shop News


Leukaemia Foundation Fundraising Event

Have you bought a ticket to our Fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation yet?  Ticket sales have been very strong but it’s not too late to book.  Click here for more information or click here to book your ticket. But don't delay as there really are just a few tickets left!  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!!
~ Fabric packs at amazing prices
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) 

Raffle tickets are now available and we’d love some help selling them.  Just $2.00 a ticket. First prize is a quilt made and donated by none other than Di Ford-Hall – such a valued and valuable prize! Second prize is a quilt storage cabinet and third prize is a basket of Dutch Heritage fabric, templates, threads and books. Tickets are available in store, or call us and purchase over the phone, or at the event on the 5th of October.

Please note our shop will be closed on Saturday 5th October

Where We’ll be in Sept/Oct

:: “A Celebration of Quilts” brought to you by the Patchworkers and Quilters Guild of Victoria, showcasing beautiful traditional, modern, art quilts and textiles, including work by recent Australasian Quilt Convention national award winners.  There will be technique demonstrations, pop-up shops (including us!), gift boutiques and more, including two raffle quilts to be won.
When:  21st and 22nd September                 Time: 10am – 4pm
Where:  Eley Park community Centre, 87 Eley Road, Blackburn South
Tickets:  $8.00 entry fee
:: Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair
When:  16th  – 20th October           Time:  9am – 4pm

Where:  Brisbane Exhibition Centre, Southbank
We will have a large range of Aurifil threads with us, but if you’d like specific threads, please contact us and we can have them there ready for you to collect at our Stand (D25)


Christmas Party
- Saturday December 14th, 1pm to 3:30pm. $5 entry at One Community Church, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn.

Summer School - Monday 13th of January to Friday 25th January 2020
Full details will be released in the coming weeks!
Just to whet your appetite, our guest teachers this year include
               ~ Rachel Daisy
               ~ Rachelle Denneny
               ~ Lisa Mattock
               ~ Kate Marra


Product of the Month

That essential item that makes a quilt, a quilt!  We have a HUGE range of battings in store – you might not see them as they live in the second room, but they’re there!!  So we thought we’d give you a bit of a run down on what we have and why we stock them.  Here goes……..

From Matilda’s own
All Matilda’s own battings are sourced from Australian products and are proudly manufactured in Australia.  They are needle punched for strength and to create a soft drape, so there are no glues, resins, sprays or adhesives used in these battings.  Matilda’s own battings are all machine washable, have low to medium lofts and use the very best of fibres.  We have the following battings on the roll and they are 2.4m wide – big enough for Queen size quilts, but if you do have a King size quilt we can order in a pre-cut King of those waddings marked with an *

Wool/Poly – 60% wool/40% poly *
Soft and easy to handle by hand or machine.  Great for those with allergies.  Made from a unique blend of fibres to increase loft and produce a soft feel.  Pre-washed and pre-shrunk.

Wool/poly also comes in a pre-pack (2.7m x 2.4m) of charcoal – great for enriching the fabrics of dark coloured quilts – which we can order in for you.

Wool/Cotton – 40% wool/60% cotton
Wool/cotton offers the best of both worlds – warm for Winter and cool for Summer.  It has a medium loft, soft feel and is all natural.

100% Cotton *
Made from 100% Australian cotton, it is cotton-seed free and sourced from the best fibres.  For a traditional low-loft result, cotton is a favourite.  It’s very soft to the touch and easy to needle by machine or by hand.

100% cotton also comes in a pre-pack (2.7m x 2.4m) of bleached cotton – perfect for white based quilts – which we can order in for you.

Cotton/Poly – 80% cotton/20% poly
Made from a unique blend of Australian cotton and poly fibres to produce a soft wadding that is especially nice to hand quilt with, but also good on the machine.
From Quilters’Dream
Quilters Dream Battings are premium quality quilt battings that will provide warmth, drape, volume, definition and support to your quilt through generations and is made in the USA.  The blended fibres are specially carded, cross-lapped, and needle-punched for strength, consistency, and a beautiful soft drape. There are no scrims, glues, or other binders to resist the needle, so this fine batting can be hand or machine quilted with ease.
We carry pre-cut batts from crib to Queen size and can order King size on request.
Whichever batting you use will come down to personal choice; different battings appeal to different quilters for reasons of cost, drape, handle and look.  We hope we’ve given you an insight into what we stock to help make your choice easier!


Circle of Friends” by Dottie Days
This delightful large holdall is surrounded by 6 friends holding hands around the bag.  Sure to please girls, both young and old!
Blessed are the Children” by Dottie Days
Whimsical hexagonal pieces either embroidered or pieced and appliqued. Can be made into a long wall hanging or individual hexagons
The Roly-Poly’s” by Dottie Days
Some “roly-poly” snowmen to add to your Christmas fun!



The following magazines are all due in September – order yours now so you can be assured of a copy
::  Quiltmania Issue 133 - just arrived!
:: “Simply Modern” Issue 18
:: “Simply Vintage” Issue 32
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 gorgeous Liberty’s have arrived!
:: “County Clare” by Karen Styles.  We have the beautiful “County Clare” panel created by Karen Styles.  A stunning piece which Karen has designed to be used for broderie perse and featuring beautiful bird and flower motifs typical of broderie perse, mirror-imaged to create movement.
::  “Moire” by Di Ford-Hall.  Moiré is taken from the French word “to water”.  Moiré was considered the benchmark for sophisticated fabric used for high fashion and home furnishings with its watered, rippled appearance and polished sheen.  Full range available.


Some books from our shelves that you may not have seen before…….

::  Recycled Hexie Quilts” by Mary Kerr.  Using vintage hexagons in today’s quilts.  More than 140 colour images, with both traditional and contemporary designs, show how vintage hexagon textile fragments can be repurposed and fashioned into new, beautiful quilts. Over the last century, hundreds of hexagon (fondly termed “hexie”) patterns were published and thousands of quilts were started―yet many of these textiles were never finished. Other quilts were damaged from overuse and neglect. This book shows fifty-two new quilts inspired by these neglected hexagon textiles. See how this basic shape can be employed in a wide variety of combinations and patterns, both traditional and modern. Packed with ideas and tips, this practical yet art-filled guide will inspire quilters to try new designs by drawing on the power of hexies from the past.

:: “Imagine Quilts” by Dana Bolyard.  With this terrific collection of quilt patterns, popular blogger Dana Bolyard invites quilters of all ages and skill levels to innovate and create.
  • Fascinating designs range in size from small wall hangings to bed-sized quilts
  • Unique projects are organized into four groups: combining colors based on your stash, using traditional blocks in new ways, finding inspiration in unexpected places, and breaking the rules
  • Step-by-step instructions ensure success, teach skills, and spark ideas for future projects
:: “Quirky Little Quilts” by Sheryl Johnson of Temecular Quilt Company.  Mismatched blocks, make-do colours, planned mistakes, and happy surprises…'s all good at Temecula Quilt Company! Inspired by quilts of the nineteenth century, 15 petite patchwork quilts invite you to play with reproduction fabrics in quirky ways.  Try wonky layouts, unexpected block pairings, and blends of colour where anything goes. The results are instantly endearing, just like the quilts of yesteryear.

With Sheryl Johnson's "make-do" philosophy, you can use a scrappy fabric assortment to create charming, stress-free quilts that celebrate one-of-a-kind choices. Patterns are small, cute, and quick to stitch, each with a perfectly imperfect personality all its own. What a liberating way to quilt!
:: “Homestyle Quilts” by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker.  Best-selling author Kim Diehl and talented designer Laurie Baker have lots of ideas for fitting creativity into your busy life. Now you can choose a terrific quilt pattern, quickly stir up a tasty supper, and go sew!
  • Select from 13 beautiful patchwork quilts for the bed, wall, lap, and table; several include lovely applique
  • Enjoy that famous Kim Diehl charm in simple, accessible projects
  • Try recipes for soups, a casserole, chicken pot pie, and other delectable dishes that require little of your precious time


Christmas Workshop with Lisa Mattock

In this fun class (suitable for all levels) Lisa teaches how to create a lovely set of 3D slow-stitched Christmas decorations; including a dove, a pear, Christmas baubles and a cute stocking motif. No previous stitching experience is necessary, but is of course welcome.

'Starter Kit' included, but you will need to bring some toy/cushion fill (available to purchase at the shop) to pad out your decorations.

When : Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December, 10am to 3:30pm
Where : In the shop, 92 Whitehorse Rd, Blackburn
Cost : $135 per day.
Morning and afternoon tea provided, BYO lunch
Places are limited and booking are essential. Payment is required at time of booking.
We have space available in some of our upcoming classes :

ByAnnie Class
Join Jenna on Friday 20th September from 1pm to 3:30pm to make any of the By-Annie Products. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Payment is required at time of booking. $30 per class

Glenda Cust
Join Glenda on Wednesday 2nd October from 10 am to 12:30 pm or Friday 4th October from 1pm to 3:30pm for all your embroidery or felt embellishment needs. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Payment is required at time of booking. $30 per class

Veronique DiIligent
Join Veronique on Wednesday October 16th from 10am to 12:30pm. Work on any of Veronique's Patterns or get some help with embroidery or applique. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Payment is required at time of booking. $30 per class
That's it for now! We hope to see you at one of the many gatherings we'll be attending over the next couple of months.

More updates soon.

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