January Newsletter 2022


Well – I will say it – here is hoping to a much better 2022??
I guess the 'Covid thing' will still be around for sometime..?

Fantastic rainbow over our garden
(still haven't found the pot of gold - darn it)
after a torrential downpour 28th December.
We are sure it is under the plum tree at the end
of the orchard….ha ha – if only…


 On Selected Fabrics & other items!

$13 per metre
Buy the whole Bolt

only $10 per metre!

Various other kits & goodies

are also in the sale


We will be at the Mid-Summer Quilts Exhibition -
As a Merchant – 20th, 21st & 22nd January
@ the Tasman Bible Church, Aporo Road - 
near Jesters Cafe 

Our Sashiko Block of the Month will be
launched at the Exhibition!

Using one of Susan Briscoe’s Kamon Panels
on Indigo Navy Tsumugi fabric,

plus various patchwork blocks.
Suitable for confident beginners and upwards.

The Sashiko Block of the Month will cost $29.90 per Block –
to keep postage costs down we will be
sending out 2 Blocks at a time. 
We are also offering the option of purchasing the
full kit at $269.10 plus postage.
 Or available for purchase at the show…limited numbers.  
Those who live locally are more than welcome to pick up their Block packs
 from the shop by prior arrangement
the Block packages will NOT be left in the shop –
they are kept in my studio for safety. 
Full terms and conditions will be available at the show.

New Quilting, Embroidery & 
Boro Inspired / Sashiko Class Dates
have now been organized.

Phone bookings can be made - 03 544 7832,
by email -
plus on the website

but a $20 deposit is required to secure your place. 
Deposit is non-refundable if you cancel or are a no show
& we are unable to fill your place but refundable
in full if we have to cancel totally. 
Please Note -  We will  reschedule classes –
 a lot of preparation beforehand goes into running a class,
(the prototype / the instructions / making up the kits - to name a few)
 and it is such a shame if all that effort was to no avail. 
Tea & Coffee is available – but please bring your lunch.

‘Quilt As You Go’ Beginners Quilting Classes –
proving to be very popular!

New Dates 2022!

Dates of Classes:
12th March - Flying Geese Block ( top lefthand corner)
26th March - Log Cabin Block (middle lefthand side)
30th April - Sawtooth Star Block (bottom lefthand side)

the other 3 Block class dates will be notified in due course

 6 x 12"  Patchwork Blocks made over 6 classes using the
'Quilt As You Go' technique to make a cosy lap quilt or
quilted table cloth if you do all 6.  If you wish - you can do
just 1 or 2...they could be cushion fronts / placemats /
tote bag fronts...  
The 6 different blocks will cover a range of
patchwork & quilting techniques -
including an applique session.


Tutor - Trudy Jones
10am prompt start - 4pm approx finish 

Maximum of 5 students per session
Kit included in the cost of each class - $60. 
Please note - the fabrics pictured are the ones
you will be using for each block. 

Bring a basic sewing kit with you - needles / pins / scissors -
along with your sewing machine in good working order. 

Sewing machine available to borrow for the class -
no charge - but needs to be booked in advance! 
Tea & Coffee available but please bring your lunch. 

 Boro Inspired Purse (with a touch of Sashiko) Class
29th January 2022 

10am start - prompt – 4pm approx. finish.
Tutor - Christine Hart
Maximum of 8 students
Kit included in the cost of the workshop –
Cost $55 per person inclusive. 

Bring a basic sewing kit with you
(thread for tacking / needles / pins / scissors).
All fabrics, Sashiko thread, and 2 Sashiko needles
will be included in your kit to stitch a small purse.
  Along with a sample piece of preprinted Sashiko fabric -
which could be included in your Boro Purse!
Final construction will have to be completed later
due to time constraints.
(Zip will be inserted - ready for your Boro Stitching).
Students will be given a brief history of Sashiko & Boro Stitching,
before learning how to deal with the skeins of Sashiko Threads
(especially useful for the 100mt skeins!) 
How to stitch Sashiko economically, so as not to
waste too much thread, plus lots of other
tips and tricks to stitch your work.
Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.


Beginners Embroidery Class
Saturday 9th April

10am start - prompt – 4pm approx. finish.
Tutor - Christine Hart
Maximum of 8 students
Kit included in the cost of the workshop –
Cost $60 per person inclusive. 
Using a piece of black & white Designer Fabric –
‘Illustrations’ by Alli K – students will learn a number of
embroidery stitches
to transform the fabric to colour! 
A practice piece will be stitched first to learn the
embroidery stitches used, before delving into the printed fabric. 
All threads, fabrics, needles and a bound embroidery hoop
will be provided in the kit. 
The finished result could be mounted permanently
in the hoop
(I painted the hoop with red acrylic paint after the embroidery
was finished) or mounted on a canvas block…
used as the front of a cushion…
even as part of a garment!
Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.


‘Drop In Sessions’ are still on the go
Mondays & Thursdays – 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm –
cost $20 per session – tea & coffee available.
Trudy is on hand if you need help with your projects,
but will still have to serve customers.
If you just want some 'time out' from every day things to have
a chat & cuppa & work on a project -
you are also more than welcome.

A lovely range of Lavender themed fabrics which arrived
just before Christmas…reminds of the song
“Lavender & Lace & a pretty face, & a pony tail, hanging down”…
(I think they were the words anyway...)

 New Year
We will be closed 1st January –
Open as normal the rest of the time
Happy New Year and lots of Best Wishes to you all for a safe & happy 2022 –
 fingers crossed!
From Steve, Christine & Trudy. 
Thank you ever so much for your support throughout the past year –
 we really do appreciate it.
“Use It – Or Lose It”