Thursday, April 3, 2014

Anne Sommerlad's Triple Treat Retreat

Hi Everyone


New French General fabrics, 40 of them.  Michelle Yeo, teacher and author from Melbourne likes them.  She is visiting the shop today, as tomorrow Michelle and I are off the Norfolk Island for 10 days.  Michelle is the tutor at this year's Quilt Norfolk.  I'm going to help carry the fabrics!!!

Michelle is coming to Quiltsmith for three days of classes at the end of July.  All details will be revealed when I'm back from Norfolk.  Ring the shop (02 9550 4947) if you would like to go on the Expression of Interest list for Michelle's classes (25 - 27 July).


I went down to Jamberoo, last Monday, as promised.  Things are happening.  Here is a photo of how the rooms will look, and the bathrooms.  (Remember it is still a construction site, but I liked what I saw.)

The brown is gone.


Last weekend I was up at Blackheath, in a wonderful shroud of mist and drizzel, so nice after all the humidity in Sydney, that just carries on and on this year.

Anne Sommerlad invited me to be one of the trade tables at her inaugural Retreat.  I want to congratulate Anne on one of the best run events I have been to.  About 70 lucky ladies (next year your challenge is to get the men sewing) were treated to three days of intensive skill learning workshops.

Here are some photos.  I will apologize now, the light in the hall made all my photos go a strange green.  It wasn't like that in the hall.

Anne take a bow.  Anne teaches regularly at Quiltsmith.

This is Anne with Rachel and Petal, who also taught, with the Rotary team who kept everybody feed and watered in great style.

A daily raffle raised a significant amount for Interplast (who I must admit I  have not heard of before).  This is a Rotary supported not-for-profit organisation, which sends Australian and New Zealand medical teams into various locations in the Asia Pacific, to perform life changing surgery on people with disabilities as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip.  The power of quilters is incredible, well over $1000 was raised.


Next blog will have all my Norfolk Island play stay.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quiltsmith Retreat Update and Camille Roskelley Workshop

Hi Everyone

Sorry it's been awhile, but I just can't seem to get time at the computer at the moment.  Anyway, this is just a short post.  


I mentioned that I went to the Gift Fair last month.  Another delivery has arrived, they are sort of fabric related, but soooo cute.

Great retro stripes.


Quite a number of you have been asking what's happening with this year's Retreat.

We have a booking back at Jamberoo!!!


A little history.  Our retreat has always been at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge, up until last year, when we were forced to find a new location, when the Lodge was sold.

Everybody just loves the location, it is so peaceful and the room so good for sewing.  The new owners are re-furbishing.  I'm not sure what that involves, but I'm going down to have a look next week, and make sure that all our quilting and culinary needs are taken care of.  At this date I have not received a final costing from the Lodge, so cannot give you a final price for the weekend, but it is in line with my expectations.

We already have a list of regulars who have booked.  So please feel free to ring and book a room.  We will confirm with you once the final price is sorted.



Camille is a fabric designer for Moda.   She is half of the Bonnie and Camille design team.

Come and find out about the "Modern Quilt Movement", see it in action..  

She is an author and quilt designer.


She will be teaching her quilt "Round &Round".

Image of round&round pattern 156 PAPER pattern

The date is Saturday 14 June.  We have no further details as yet.

You can see more about Camille on her Simplify blog at

We are taking "Expression of Interest" names and contacts, and places in the Workshop will be offered from that list, so if you are interested please ring the shop on 02 9550 4947 and get yourself on that list.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dutch Chintz and the Avalon Quilt show.

Hi Everybody

I'm very busy so this one is almost all pictures.


This beautiful Collection of Peta Prins Dutch Chintz has arrived.  For those of you following the Di Ford  Mystery Quilt in Quilt Mania, this is the fabric.

New 30's

New Barbara Brackman Collection

Don't forget our in-store Value Fabric Clearance at $9.00 per meter.


Last Saturday I had the pleasure of escaping the shop and visiting the Avalon Quilt Show.  This is one of my favorite group Quilt Shows.  As always, it was inspirational to walk around all the quilts.  Avalon Quilters support The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, a very worth while cause.

Here are some pictures.  Thank you to the Avalon girls.




Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's March Already Value Fabric Clearance

Hi Everybody

I think we have recovered from Kaffe and Brandon's visit now, so its back to running the shop.  That means we are looking for floor space for all the new fabric.  So.......


For the whole of March all our Value Fabrics, on the bolt, will be $9.00 per meter, down from $13.50.  This is an in-store clearance and is not available on-line.  The minimum purchase is half a meter.   

So get in fast as these will sell quickly.


We have Dragons.  Not sure if we are celebrating Chinese New Year (a bit late), or the release of Series 3 of The Game of Thrones.  But these are some of the best dragons I've seen in years.

Neon/Fluro spots.  Something a bit fun.

Soft Spots, we also had a delivery of great hail spot fabrics, which have been a bit hard to find.

New Funky's 

Chintz fabric lovers, click on this picture and have a really good look.


Some quilts from Karen Cunningham's class.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Our Workshop with Kaffe and Brandon

Hi Everyone

I thought I would share with you some of the fantastic insights into colour and design we witnessed in the shop when Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably wove their colour magic in the shop.

We had 15 lucky ladies who played around with Kaffe's Overlapping Tiles quilt from his book Shots and Stripes.

The Overlapping Tiles quilt is really just squares sewn together, but wow just look at the results.  Here are some random photos from the day.  

Here is the quilt built to match the clothes (I do it all the time).

I think I could run one of those competitions where you add the captions!  For the two photos above, what would you say!  These two guys are just pure fun and so inspirational, their understanding of colour and design is amazing; and they share that  knowledge freely.

I would like to say thanks to Kaffe and Brandon, to XLN (the fabric wholesaler) for organizing the tour.  To all my staff who worked very hard to set up the classroom and during the workshop.

A day well spent.  I suppose I'll have to make the quilt now... yet another quilt!!!!


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