March Newsletter 2022


March ....the start of Autumn...our trees are turning colour already.

 NEW !

Quilt As You Go Demonstration & Sew-A-Long

for experienced quilters - Tuesday 3rd May - 9am - 12pm
This is for any quilter who wishes to join already
quilted blocks together using the sashing method. 
You will need 4 - 6 or more patchwork blocks that
have been 'sandwiched' & prequilted &
enough fabric for sashing to join the blocks together.
(Or this can be purchased in store.) 
If you have not tried this method before -
please come & give it a try.  Limited to 5 people only. 
Call in or phone 03 544 7832 to book - $20 per person.


Our Sashiko Block of the Month is now 'Live'!

The finished quilt is now hanging up in the shop.

Using one of Susan Briscoes' 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 $54 per mail out –
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 $270.00 - if you can't wait for the mail outs each month. 
That way you can choose which Block to do and even change
things round to suit your own layout preference.
Purchase from the shop or online 

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 are on the web site.
 Please do read the Terms & Conditions before signing up
for the Sashiko Block of the Month series. 
You need to be able to commit to the full package
as we cannot sell ‘parts’ of the Block.

Lovely new range of fabrics - Fire & Ice -
in store & on website


This range is selling fast - Bramble Patch
in store & on website 
I just love the look on the Foxs' face.

Beautiful new Flannels just arrived -
'Woolies Flannels' by Bonnie Sullivan
on the website

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!
Which again, are filling up as fast as we organize them!

Dates of Classes:
12th March - Flying Geese Block - 1 space now available due to cancellation!
26th March - Log Cabin Block (middle lefthand side)
30th April - Sawtooth Star Block (bottom lefthand side)
28th May - (top righthand side)


 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. 

Trudy is working on a novel new bag class -
full details in next newsletter -
I have seen the prototype and must have a go at it myself!


 Boro Inspired Purse (with a touch of Sashiko) Class

Saturday 19th March 2022 - still a couple of spaces available.
2 different kits available - please make your choice
at the time of booking as the kits are
made up in advance!

   Darks Kit (A)
   Lights Kit (B)

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.

Beautiful new Embroidery Book just in...
had to treat myself to a copy...
my first project was the 'Irises'.

We are taking deposits for the next delivery of this
beautiful book - due April - $30 to secure your copy. 
I am already onto my next embroidery from the book! 
And I am 'cooking' up a new embroidery class idea as well...

Beginners Embroidery Class
14th May - it has proved to be very popular! 

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 artists 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.

Still some SALE fabrics available -
cuts off the bolt are $13 per metre -
or if you take the lot (bolt lengths vary -
most are less than 2 full metres)
only $10 per metre - very good value for money!

From Steve, Christine & Trudy. 
Thank you ever so much for your support throughout the past year –
 and we look forward to seeing you this year.