Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Summer School View

Hi Everyone

Everyone is starting to get excited about Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably's visit to Sydney.  They are now in New Zealand.  

We are slowly turning the shop into a cocoon of beautiful Westminster fabrics and quilts.  Come and  see.


We have had a quite a few boxes of Kaffe Fasset fabrics, replacing ones we had sold out of.  So if you have been waiting for a particular Kaffe fabric, check out the web-site your fabric maybe in stock.

New Parson Grey.  Yum. Already wondering where I can use this.

This literally has just arrived, opened the box to take the photo.  Great ditsy prints, shirtings, classic Pennsylvania Dutch colours.  Just what haven't been in good supply recently for reproduction fabric lovers.


Here are more photos of classroom activities.

Regular classes start on Saturday. So the Christmas  break is over, kids are back to school, and its time to think on what your next quilting project is.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Hi Everyone

I'm very excited to share with you a rare opportunity that has just cropped up.  We are very happy to present 

Marie-Christine Flocard

Lecture on

French Toiles de Jouy  
 The History and Printing Process in the 18th Century.

Marie-Christine has quilted since 1980 when she started quilting in Berkeley, California with Roberta Horton.  She teaches throughout Europe.  She is the author of three  books Published by Martingale and C&T, "Le Rouvray ", Quilt Basics" and "Provence Quilts and Cuisine".

This Fall one of her quilts, a "Proven├žal Boutis" won an Honourable mention at IQA.

For 20 years Marie-Christine has worked for all the quilts shows organised by the International Quilts Festival, as their European liaison in charge of the floor plans for special exhibits.

Marie-Christine has an interest in French Toile du Jouy, and has extensively researched these fabrics.  Her lecture” French Toiles de Jouy - The History and Printing Process in the 18th Century”, has been presented in Europe and the US.  This is the only Lecture being given in Australia.

I understand Marie-Christine has quite a few toile fabrics in her suitcase to show us.

If you have any interesting French Toile de Jouy fabrics please bring them along.  I always love a show and tell.  Afternoon tea will be provided.

Lecture in the Shop

Sunday 2nd February 2.00 - 4.00

Cost $30.00 per person. (non-refundable)

Booking essential, please phone the shop on 02 9550 4947.

I realise that this is short notice, but you have to grab an opportunity when it presents itself.  Please tell all your friends about the Lecture.

Toile is a fabric, from the French word meaning "linen cloth" or "canvas", particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. The word "toile" can refer to the fabric itself, a test garment (generally) sewn from the same material, or a type of repeated surface decoration (traditionally) printed on the same fabric. The term entered the English language around the 12th century.

Look forward to seeing you .


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Heat Wave- January is here!!!

Hi Everyone

Wow last week was hot, and Sydney was by no means the hottest spot around the country. My heart goes out to everyone with heat related trauma.  Then I look at the US and Europe, and my heart goes out to the frozen ones.  I am never sure what is worst.


Cute Iron-on embroidery transfers from Heather Bailey.

Some new Jo Morton.


Too cute Pam Kitty Morning.


The second week of Summer School is underway.  

We have still have vacancies in

Anne Sommerlad's - Jacobean Vase Class

Wednesday 22 & 29 January

Sue Ross's - Painting with Fabric

Saturday 25 January

Catherine Butterworth's - Kaleidoscope Workshop

Tuesday 28 January

Liz Pinczewshi - Jubilation

Friday 31 January

Please call the shop if you would like to join these classes.

Photos from Sue Ross's String Piecing class and Lynne Alchin's Tequila Sunrise class.


Monday, January 13, 2014


Hi Everyone

We are back, the shop opens tomorrow, Tuesday 14, I'm in here today dealing with the vacuum cleaner, so I thought I do a short post.

Hope you all had a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.


Those you know me, know that the Christmas break is when I inhabit the classroom here, and make mess.

I mentioned in my last post I was joining in Bonny Hunter's annual mystery quilt.  Yes it filled up the break nicely, and I have reconnected with my sewing machine.  

Go to  The quilt is called Celtic Solstice. See the hundreds of versions of the quilt that have been made.

Here are some pictures of my Bonnie Hunter experience.





Then yesterday a few fellow mystery quilt makers came and we had show and tell.

Then we put them together, and mine is different!!!!

What have I done? Mine has stars, their's have squares!  It was a mystery quilt and it looked OK to me.  

I needed to read the instructions a bit more carefully.  I have reversed one section of one block and look at the difference it has made.  Can you see what I did?  

I now know that many participants have done this as well, and this is being referred to as the "alternate layout".  Trust me.  But I love it.

There were some players who wanted to see what the quilt looked like before starting, so they are now selecting colours and cutting madly.

I enjoyed the process and love the result, although there are another three borders to go.

It also meant that absolutely nothing I planned to do, other quilts, housework, whatever were done.  Oh well that's quilting.

Hope your holiday projects went well.

I hope to see everyone, in the shop soon.


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