Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fussy Cut Friday 18 (Saturday whoops)

Hi Everyone

Sorry I didn't blog yesterday, but the Christmas rush is starting and Summer School bookings are flooding in.  So I'm pretending its Friday.


Tripping Around the World is fun.  Join us in the shop today (Saturday) at  2 to watch Marj demonstrate just how easy it is to make at this block.  Marj will be demonstrating between 2 and 3.  Come and join the fun and you will be able to whip up a beautiful quilt over Christmas.  This is a scrap friendly quilt, a get stash tamer.


We had a great afternoon last Sunday.  Thank you Janet for sharing your wonderful Red and Green quilt collection.  Here are some photos of the beautiful quilts that we were privileged enough to see.

Who is Foo???


Beauty in Black and White in Lynne Alchin's Friday class.


This beautiful quilt visited the shop this week.



Joel Dewberry Heirloom $12.00 per metre, 0.5 metre minimum.  In-store only, This will not last long.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Fussy Cut Friday 17

Hi Everyone

I'm back from the US with a some new things spinning around in my head.  It is always good to see new things.  The quilt exhibition at Houston was magnificent.  I only saw about 12 quilts I just need to make ...before I die.  Maybe, if I get the time.

A lot has happened in the last week or so finalizing our Summer School Workshops for January next year.  The full Summer School list is in the previous post so just scroll down and see what tempts you.  Warning some classes are already full.


Sunday Afternoon Alert.

We are Airing the Quilts this Sunday afternoon.  What could be better on a horridly hot day (if the weather forecast is right, they appear to have today right it was 35 c outside) than sitting with lovely ladies looking at everyone's antique quilt treasures, in the chill of the air conditioner. We still have some seats available.

Airing of the Quilts starts at 1.30 for a 2.00 o'clock start.   Please ring the shop so we can cater correctly.  Cost $15.00 and bring any quilts you would like to get out of the cupboard.


Here is this week's selection.  Janet has just announced that she has made enough stars for her project,   So we may start to see how she is going to put them all together.  I'm still making my stars.

See you at Summer School if not beforehand.


Thursday, November 20, 2014


Hi Everyone

At last here is our 2015 Summer School list, I think you will agree it is worth waiting for.

Ring and book in as soon as you decide which wonderful Workshop or Workshops you would like to do, numbers are limited.
02 9550 4947


All Summer School Workshops run between 10am and 3pm unless stated otherwise.
Please bring your own lunch.   
Samples of the Workshop projects are on display in the shop.

LYNNE ALCHIN                                                Wednesday 14 January          One Day           $65.00
TROMPE LOEIL                                                        Machine piecing and applique
For Summer School this year, Lynne has made a beautiful bright and scrappy quilt.  This ‘trick of the eye’ quilt is very simple to make using quick machine piecing and easy covered paper piecing techniques to create a look of multiple rows of elongated hexagons.  Lynne has used her collection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics but it would look stunning in Japanese indigos or lovely soft and romantic florals as well. 

SUE ROSS                                                           Thursday 15 January              One Day         $65.00
TILE QUILT                                                            Hand piecing              

This is a new take on a vintage quilt.  Perfect for a child’s quilt or for the young at heart!  Make four or six blocks to make a cot or throw; or as many as you like.  The individual blocks are all done by hand and have a motif in the centre.  These are then surrounded by “mosaic’ or “tile” style applique.  Lovers of folk art style quilts and scrap quilts will love this quilt.

CHRIS JURD                                                       Friday 16 January                   One day          $65.00
SCRAPPY WINDMILLS                                          Machine or hand piecing       
We welcome Chris back to our Summer School line-up.  Make this beautiful windmill block with Chris, using traditional or contemporary fabrics.  Make a table centre, runner or make a beautiful quilt.  You can use your preferred method of piecing this block or Chris will show you English paper piecing, machine piecing, foundation piecing or American piecing – the choice is yours!

SUE ROSS                                             Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 January      Two Days        $130.00
NEW + OLD                                               Machine piecing                     

Using large scale prints and machine piecing techniques, learn how to build a quilt using New (latest release) & Old (stash favourite) fabrics.  Mix them together, play with your fabric.  Bring in those orphan blocks from quilts that were never completed.  Breathe new life into them.  Learn how to design with layers of different blocks. You may be surprised with what you create.

ANNE SOMMERLAD                                     Monday 19 January                One Day         $65.00
MACHINE APPLIQUE                                            Machine applique
Come and learn Anne’s no pins, no tack machine applique method and make a beautiful Asian inspired wall hanging featuring traditional Japanese crests.  This is a turned-edge machine applique method using a fast and successful fusible techniqueImprove your machine applique skills.

LINDY APPS                                                       Tuesday 20 January               One day          $65.00
WHIMSY & FOLK EMBROIDERY                         Hand embroidery       
Join staff member Lindy as she shares her love of embroidery.  Are you a beginner or just need a refresher class on the most commonly used embroidery stitches?  Do you want to embellish your quilts with simple stitching using beautiful threads?  Lindy’s class will help refresh your memory and you can stitch a sweet and simple design.

MARG SAMPSON GEORGE                     Thursday 22 January              One Day         $65.00
JUST SQUARES                                                       Machine or hand piecing

Join Marg to discover the many possibilities of designing with squares.  Stripy, nine patch, squares on point, squares surrounding a beautiful piece of fabric or orphan block.  Use up your stash on this one!  Be inspired by one of Australia’s best designers.

 This is a new design class, you will be creating the quilts that we can then photograph.

CATHERINE BUTTERWORTH             Friday 23 January                   One Day         $65.00
FUSSY CUTTING WITH LARGE PRINTS            Machine piecing                                                         

Half the fun of fussy cutting is playing with your fabrics and discovering the amazing array of different effects that can be produced from just one piece of fabric.  Catherine will demonstrate handy tips for accurate cutting and walk you through her ‘tried and true’ construction method for when six or more points meet in the centre of a block.

JUDY NEWMAN                             Saturday 24 and/or Sunday 25 January     One day          $65.00
DILLY BAG and/or EMMA MARY QUILT            Hand piecing           
This is Judy’s first Summer School.  Come and join Judy Newman from Melbourne and make her sweet and popular ‘Dilly Bag’ and/or her lovely new Emma Mary quilt.  You can do either a one day class or both days and do either project on either day!  How simple is that!

JANE DAVIDSON                                            Wednesday 28 January          One day          $65.00
NESTED CHURN DASH                                          Machine piecing         
Jane is also a new Summer School teacher, she is a Brisbane based teacher, so grab onto her classes while she is in Sydney.  Create a timeless and fun quilt using simple piecing techniques including the quick method for making half square triangles and chain piecing.  Fresh and modern and a heap of fun.

JANE DAVIDSON                                            Thursday 29 January              One day          $65.00
JUNGLE AVE BLOOM                                            Hand/Machine piecing           
This is Jane’s “new” quilt, still under construction at the time of the photo.  This quilt will be appearing in a US Quilting publication.  Be one of the first on-board.  This class is perfect for the beginner quilter and for experienced quilter alike. 

LORENA URIARTE                                         Friday 30 January                   One day          $65.00

Another new teacher for Summer School is Lorena who is very involved in the “Modern Quilt Movement” in Australia.  With Lorena you will create Carolyn Friedlander’s social media sensation, the fabulous and functional Social Tote.  

AMANDA DALY                                                Saturday 31 January              One day            $65.00
FLANNEL FLOWERS QUILT                                  Machine Applique      
We also welcome Amanda to our Summer School line-up.  Amanda is an internationally recognised teacher. Join Amanda and make this quick, easy and fun project.  Learn machine raw edge and reverse applique techniques. It is easier than it looks!  Amanda has perfected a technique that makes the applique look really smooth and finished.

SUZY MILLER                                                   Sunday 1 February                 One day          $65.00
FUSSY CUTTING HEXAGONS                                Hand piecing  
Suzy is back with her ever popular fussy cutting hexagons workshop.  Let Suzy open your eyes to fussy cutting heaven!  You will be surprised what type and style of fabric you can use, ones you may have never even considered and create some extraordinary designs.

Please note. Some Workshops may have additional materials or pattern charges.  Please phone the shop for details.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Fussy Cut Friday 16

Hi Everyone

Welcome back to Melinda who's returned with some great stories from her visit to Houston and other quilty places in the US.


Our latest Fabric Collection, is Community by Howard Marcus for Moda.  It's part of the "Collection for a Cause" series that has been incredibly successful over the years, and besides that, it's just gorgeous.


How's this for a reaction!!! You too can feel this good when your quilt top is finished by one of our two long-arm machine quilters!

Another reason Jen is so happy could be that her quilt is "Kew Gardens", one of our Block of the Month quilts. It's a delight to have the fabrics and instructions just come through the post each month. 

 We have several different BOM quilts running -  you can see them all on our web-site.  

Just call, join on-line or come in to the shop and we can sign you up to start straight away.  Melinda has some new BOM's up her sleeve, so be ready to be inspired.


We've been having a lot of interest in our January 2015 Summer School.

  We will post the classes next week so stay tuned...................


I know that you know that I just love these little things already, but these stars are just getting better and better.  Each one delights and produces oohs and aahs!  Such fun.

(Sue Ross has started putting in her 'fillers' - is that a technical term? - to make her stars into hexagons. I've seen them on a design board - delicious!)

See you next week.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Hi Everyone


Even though we've been having the "While the Boss is Away" sale, there has been little playing going on by the mice.  We've been wonderfully busy and there are gaps in the shelves.  But don't worry, they're being filled again as we speak.


We've had the wonderful trio of Marg Sampson-George, Karen Cunningham and Val Moore teaching in the shop this week with Anne Sommerlad coming tomorrow.  How's that for the stars aligning with amazing talent?!  We have vacancies in some of our classes so call us to find out more on 9550 4947.

Here are some photos this intrepid reporter managed to snap during sale-time cutting and folding....

And so you know, there are over 700 little 'grape' circles in this beautiful broderie perse quilt!


One of our wonderful customers wandered in today with this magnificent work-in-progress. I just had to share it here as stars are definitely one of our passions.

And here are a few of our own from our ever-growing collection.



I know you're either right into getting yourself organised or, like me this year, denying that December will ever arrive. The questions will soon start to come, and the comment will be heard - 'You're so hard to buy for!"  No, no, easily fixed with a gift voucher from Quiltsmith! Just hint gently.  It works.  I know!!!  (Tell your loved ones to give us a call on (02) 9550 4947).


Sale finishes at close of business tomorrow - that's 4.00pm on Saturday 8 November 2014.

See you next week.

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