Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Airing of the Quilts Part II !!

We had our second Airing of the Quilts on Sunday with some more beautiful antique quilts brought in by our friends for a show and tell and casual discussion about their provenance and thoughts as to when they were made.

There were some absolute beauties.  Here are a few.

I immediately wanted to go home and start cutting out scraps and making this beautiful honeycomb block scrap quilt.

A really pretty pink and green one block applique coverlet.

An exquisite example of 1870s Victorian crazy patchwork which was dug out of a mother-in-law's cupboard.  There was no explanation as to why it hadn't been handed on previously, but thank goodness it was!  The blue edging and backing was added later to preserve the patchwork.

A simple but beautiful nine patch on point topper...the photo does not do the colours justice.  They were well preserved.

More soon.


Friday, May 27, 2011

What's Happening as the Weather Closes In

We felt the first chill of winter this week in Sydney.  The plane tree leaves are blowing in the shop, our own signal of seasonal change.  Everyone is betting on a cold winter this year.  I have to say I'm not concerned at all, I might get some of my many (way too many) hand quilting projects underway.

This week in the shop has seen an influx of new stunning fabrics, so I thought I would give you a peek.

For the Reproduction Print lovers....

Winterthur Cadet Pasley from Andover Fabrics has caused a few pulses to beat faster.

We added to our Jo Morton Collection of  fabulous Civil War prints (the dark blues are actually black, the camera was not being friendly).

For Westminster fans......

One of my all time favourite designs from Kaffe Fassett has been re-released.  Yay. Why was it ever discontinued?

New Martha Negley prints are just dripping with pure saturated colour.  You just want to touch them.

Jane Sassaman's Garden Diva's is wild.

Just to keep up with my compulsion to buy spots and stripes...

Annie's Farm Stand (don't get the name) from Lake House is just great pure, clear colour, it will make quilts zing.

We are now stocking the Japanese Quilt magazine "Quilt Tsushin".  These have been hard to find in Australia, I just love seeing how the Japanese interpret the world of quilting.  They ar5e lying on some of the new Japanese Traditional "Indigo" fabrics, recently arrived.

For Oliver + S fans....

Their new book "Little Things to Sew"  is a treasure.

Because it happens so rarely I had to share this photo with you.  The Fat Quarter table looking tidy.  (lasted about 30 minutes.)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jamberoo Valley - Our Weekend Retreat

Our annual weekend retreat in the beautiful Jamberoo Valley has come and gone for another year.  This year we had 35 ladies and one gentleman along with a huge array of exceptional craftmanship and show and tell.  The food was aplenty and very very good, thanks to the friendly and warm staff at Jamberoo Valley Lodge. 

We sewed through the day and into the night.

Sandra was constructing hexagons and stars.

Our regular retreaters were hard at work. 

The shop was not far away for a browse or those forgotten items.  Although two ladies would have won the quilters shopper award if there had been one!

Dawn and Gayle looked like sisters in their matching outfits, oh that's right they are sisters!

Discussions were had.

Afghans were finished.

Exercise was done (by some)!

And wonderful quilts came out on show. 



Thanks to everyone who came and made it a wonderful, friendly, happy and (sort of) productive weekend.  See you all again next year.


Friday, May 6, 2011


After the huge success of our first Airing of the Quilts last September it’s time to do it again. 

For those of you who missed it last time, for some years now I have wanted to have a “show & tell” of customer’s antique and vintage quilts.  I know a number of us buy old quilts, love them to death but end up putting them away safely in a cupboard.  I know I do that myself. 

So if you have some quilts you would like to share with other quilt collectors, bring them along.  If you just love old quilts but don’t own any, come along too, you may catch the bug.

Bookings are essential for the Airing of the Quilts, as we only have so many chairs, so please ring to book your place, and let us know if you are bringing quilts with you.

Details – Sunday 29 May, 2pm for a 2.30 start

Cost $10.00

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Limited numbers so ring to book your place now on

02 9550 4947.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop at 75 Nelson Street, Annandale.

All the photos above were taken at our inaugural Airing of the Quilts last year.

What's happened in the shop this week.

We had the first part of Catherine Butterworth's two day Hexagon Stars Workshop.  Here is the gang.

They were very busy and the blocks being put together made me want to do the Workshop.

We will be running another two day workshop later in the year so if you are interested  please ring the shop as we already have a number of customers who have put their names down.

Today we had Val Moore's monthly class.   They are doing a bit of beautiful hand Broderie Perse. 

 This is Robyn's masterpiece under construction.

Val's quilt is beautiful and it is that most wonderful of all things finished.

Olwyn has created this wonderful Morris vase of flowers.

This is a sneak peek at Shirley's border on her applique quilt.  Look at all the perfect berries!!!!

If you would like to master applique, either hand or machine, then Val's class is for you.  Her class is on the first Friday of the month.  We currently have a few vacancies.  These are the first vacancies we have had for Val's class in over three years so if you are interested please ring the shop.

Civil War blocks update.

Here are Kate's blocks so far, up on the design wall.  She wants to ditch the gold fabric, I say it's great just add some more.

Here are the last two of my blocks to come off the production line.


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