Saturday, August 30, 2008

In a spin

On Wednesday I did a class with Robyn making a pinwheel quilt. These pinwheels are like prarie points. I have adapted the pattern so it is singled bed sized for Thomas. He loves the clothing labels so I hope he will like the 3D feel. I am using the recess fabric from American Jane.

I have spent a lot of time re-arranging the shop. With all the new stock that has come in, I have had to find space to put it all! In all the re-arranging I decided the Japanses panel fabric would be fantastic for adding to my tumbling blocks quilt which is slowly coming together. I have also managed a little time in the evenings to work on my Coffee Quilt.

I received an e-mail from Margaret who designed the wonderful afternoon Tea quilt below. It came third in the show - congratulations.
Here is another fabulous quilt created by Magali in France.

Cameron is helping me write this blog (well he is asleep on my chest). He is very happy there and cries every time I put him down. They are only little for such a short time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yummy Fabrics, Yummy Dinner

I spent the morning tidying the store and getting the new fabrics organised. Just above everything in the photo above has arrived in the last week. I am thrilled to have them in but it is a bit of a challenge making the space for them all.

I spent the afternoon getting the orders out and cutting up more blocks for the Willowberry Winter Block of the month. More Jelly Roll patterns and books arrived. These have been hot! I also ordered more Jelly Rolls as they have been selling fast.

I headed up for the 6 o'clock mail and grabbed some last minute supplies from the shops. Mum, Dad and my sister in law, Tanya, came over. We had a lovely lamb casserole and Steve made his yummy strawberry pancakes. Here is Dad with Cameron.

On Sunday I had some time to work on assembling the remaining coffee cups for my Coffee Quilt and since then I have had time to start sewing them. I am keen for the rest of the fabric to arrive so I can finish it!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Disappearing in Fabric

There is so much fabric in the shop at the moment. We have just go the wonderful Judie Rothermal Sturbridge Village Green in. I fell in love when I saw them and had to order the scarlet as well. This is on top of the Robyn Pandolf that will be in shortly plus the civil war dressing gown range! The only difference between doing patchwork as a hobby and running a store is the size of ones stash! Then there are all the wonderful books and patterns we have been buying - but more on that later...

Judy Hansen and I went out to the Stitches and Craft show on Wednesday. It was a lot of fun seeing it from the customer's side. I haven't done that for years. It was lovely to have the time to browse the stands, normally we are in such a rush when we are working.

Thomas has discovered my crochet cotton and just loves playing with it. I'm sure I will regret it, but it is lovely to see him enjoy the texture of the cotton. It's pretty good value fun!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Visiting Dayview

Cameron and I went out to Dayview textiles today to see the latest range of stuff and have a browse through the warehouse. Here he is with Roy, giving an opion on the upcoming ranges. There is some lovely stuff coming out from RJR fabrics next year including a lovely redwork series and a cute applique panel. Coming out sooner is the new Robyn Pandolf range and a lovely Baltimore Cheater series. I can't wait until they come in.

I can home with a car full of fabric - what fun. Plenty of flannels, a pile of cotton supreme and some lovely kids brights. Plenty of work ahead now to get them all loaded up.
I spent yesterday getting up to date on my orders with suppliers. There will be some lovely patterns coming in for Jelly Rolls and charm packs.
Tomorrow Judy and I (and Cameron) are going off to the stitches and Craft show. This is the first time I haven't exhibited since I started the shop. It will be fun to just wander around and enjoy it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Afternoon Tea

Here is a copy of the photo of my projects in the latest edition of Handmade. They are madefrom the Afternoon Tea range by RJR fabrics. I loved them as soon as I saw them and when they arrived I had to drop everything and start sewing. The projects have just been published in Handmade called "Best China".

I have also recently been sent a photo that one of my customers (above) made using these fabrics. Isn't this just amazing!

Chris and I went to T2 at Hornsby on Friday for their delicious teas. Here we are having a Morrocan Mint Tea and Ultimate Chai.

Judy also dropped around for a cuppa and to see Cameron

I have had a bit to time this week to get some sewing done. I have appliqu├ęd two of the coffee cups plus broken open on of the American Primer Jelly Rolls to start on a quilt. I'll post pictures soon.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lovely Lunch

Mum and I took the morning off and went to see the Bienale at the Art Gallery. I certainly enjoyed looking at the artworks. We had a lovely walk through the Botanical Gardens and a delicious lunch to celebrate Cameron's birth at Cafe Sydney. The weather was perfect - Sydney is a wonderful place to live. It is hard to believe it is winter!

On the patchwork front, I managed to finish scanning all the new fabrics. I had a call about my latest project in Handmade. They are lovely placemats made with the Afternoon Tea range. Hopefully my magazine will turn up tomorrow.

I have managed to draft up the pattern for the Christmas lights project. I forgot to take a picture of it before I sent it off. It will be published in the Quick Christmas edition of Handmade.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Yummy fabric & coffee applique

Here are some photos of the fabric that has come in . I have been loading them up over the weekend. The tops ones are from Max New while the lower ones are mainly Moda fabrics. There are still five more to scan and fifteen still to load up.

Here is a picture of the coffee cup that I mentioned last post. I have two of them assembled. Now I need to get back to the ironing board to get the rest assembled.

I did manage some time on my paper piecing diamonds last night & I have started to put the hexagons together. I also have another ieda for a Jelly roll quilt - I just need the time to sew!

I have spent the morning having a look at patterns. We will be getting some more Lynette Anderson patterns in as well as Leanne Beasley's patterns.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Fabric, patterns and coffee

It's been a busy week and I have been a bit slack about posting. We have received five really cute new patterns in from Melly & Me. They are delightful animal toys, perfect for kids (or adults). Gift by Rosalie Quinlan has also come in. It is delightful with beautiful gift ideas.

About 20 fabric have come in and I have been busy loading them up (with plenty more to go). There will be more bundles from these as well.

I have started assembling the coffee cups for the coffee quilt for Country Threads. I'm looking forward to getting into the applique.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

More pretty fabrics on the way

Shane, the rep for PK fabrics (Moda) and GH textiles came by on Thursday. She had some beautiful fabricsfrom GH textiles. Wonderful reproductions and subtle floral prints. Here is just some I ordered. Won't they be wonderful fussy cut for english paper piecing. They are due in September.

I also ordered some lovely kids flannels from Moda. Cute butterflies for the girls and dinasours for the boys (with funky spots for everyone). There is also a

I'm still losing time each day gazing at our wonderful new arrival. Here is a gratuitous shot of him snoozing in his bouncenette.

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