Saturday, January 30, 2010

Family Holiday Celebrations (again)

It has been a Contos event for over 30 years - the annual family holiday to the beautiful town of Yamba. This time last year, our family was at Yamba celebrating Cassie's wedding, which was a beautiful day by the sea.

We are up again this year enjoying the sand, the water and too much good food while Judy has been beavering away at the shop.

Last night Kristy and Jake announced their engagement. Kristy may have helped you at the shows if you visit us their and she makes the most stunning quilts.
Congratulations to you both!

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Iron Duke Giveaway

When Sue and I saw the Metro goes au Naturel fabrics at the June Trade show last year, we knew there was a great quilt for the making. This border fabric cried out for fussy cutting.
Coming from a family with four brothers and having two sons myself I know that there may be millions of patterns for girls but not that many for guys. I think Sue has done a stunning job in redressing the balance with this quilt.

The checkerboard border and the needleturn fleurs-de-lis give a tutor feel to the quilt. It has a subtle pallete of creams, greys and blacks, with a hint of maroon and purple.

The stars are English paper pieced from the border print above to give the striking pattern centre.

Sue has named it Wellington - following on from her Waterloo quilt made from the first fabrics release of French General.

I think this quilt would make a beautiful wedding or birthday present. We have it available as a pattern and a kit.

And Sue has sent down a pattern for one lucky person. Tell us who you would make it for and we will send the pattern out for the most inspiring comment.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The furture's so bright

at least if you add these fabrics to your stash!

Just arrived are the Oz pre-cuts from Sanae. We have Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes in these vibrant packs. Take a fresh look at the Wizard with these modern florals strips and checks.

I just love the palette - reminds me of a gelato bar! What do you think?

There's a Commotion in the Ocean with this range. Six underwater themed prints of tropical fish, shellfish, seaweed and bubbles. How cute are they?

Perfect for a kids quilt or a diving friend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We have been kept busy the last few weeks with our sale. I hope you have all grabbed a great bargain! For those of you who like to touch and feel we are having a clearance sale 11-13th February. See the Diary Dates on the side for more information.So many lovely fabrics have arrived and we have been busy getting them loaded up. Some lovely pre-cuts from Moda.

There are two cute-as-cute can be ranges. The first is Love U by Deb Strain. With little owls, snail and cupcakes in a soft palette of yellows, oranges, greens and pinks.

The second is animal antics by Cheri Strole. A bright palette full of fun dots, strips and cute animals. This is a great range for children's and babies' quilts.

If you like the modern feminine ranges we have three lovely ones just in. The first is Eden - a pretty collection of soft yellows, purples greens and pinks.

Botany is the second range - a celebration of nature. The stunning fabric range created mother and daughter duoLauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics reveal different intricacies and delicacies found in the natural world.

Hip...Mod...Ethereal...Comfortable...Boutique, our third floral range touches many bases with its nouveau florals, butterflies, and elements. The prints appear to move as the florals are layered, or the tendrils overlap, or the elements float against a ground of mottled texture.

Modern and fashionable, Boutique offers avant guard style. Sky, amber, rose, and grass comprise the comfortably botanical colour palette.

Available as yardage, Jelly Rolls and charm packs and Layer Cakes.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Patterns, yardage and Jelly Rolls all on sale!

Our huge summer sale continues - we have marked down over 100 patterns from Melly and Me, Monica Poole (Moonshine Designs), Cinderberry Stitches, plus there are about 600 fabrics on sale, many for under $10.

Grab a bargain before it finishes next Wednesday.

If you like to touch a feel the fabric before buying it - we will be having a clearance sale in-store only on Thursday 11th February - Saturday 13th February. Mark the date in your diary and come and grab a bargain!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a loText Colorvely night to welcome in the New Year. We had a lovely one with my parents. I think I went out (again) with more UFO's than I started with. I was hoping to get them down this year just past. I guess there are just too many new things to get into!

What is the project you most want to finish this year? Post a comment to inspire us (and others) - we have a lovely little fat quarter bundle for the winner.