Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Pumpkin Pie in a cosy Log Cabin

By now I'm sure everyone's  Christmas preparations are in full swing.  Mine, ... not so much.  Although I have bought some exceptionally nice wrapping paper!  With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and cooking, and socialising, here's an opportunity to pause and take a  few moments for yourself.  Grab a cuppa and take a look at a few of the newest fabrics to arrive at Threadbear this week.

First up we have 5 stunners from Pumpkin Pie by Laundry Basket Quilts.  The Jacobean style feature florals are fantastically detailed and boldly coloured.  We also love the tiny delicate floral/vine stripes in blue and pinky-red. Plus the small medallion print is a fussy-cutter's dream!
Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
Pumpkin Pie sitting pretty with Elizabeth's Dowry!
Next we have 2 great basics to show you from Silver Linings, also by Laundry Basket Quilts.  The first is a handy mid green with teeny tiny yellow crosses.  The second, and a personal favourite, is the ircky mustardy greenish gold with a fine black cross hatch.  It would be perfect for appliqued flower centres, pineapples, & sunflowers.  And it sits beautifully with the Pumpkin Pie florals too!
Silver Linings $25.50

 A few months ago we introduced our mini Bow Tie rolls which proved to be so popular that we have only 1 left.  This time we have our new Mini Log Cabin Rolls on offer, inspired by this gorgeous log cabin quilt created by Lynn Jenkins.  Each Roll has 50 fabrics ~ 25 light & 25 dark ~ each 6" x 14" with a FREE block pattern for this 6" Log Cabin block for foundation piecing .  Choose from 4 different fabric combinations.  
Log Cabin Rolls $60.00 ~ inspired by a quilt made by Lynn Jenkins
We hope your Christmas shopping is under control and that someone has you at the top of their Christmas List too! Don't forget we offer gift vouchers from $50 to $250 on our website so you could always send them this link as a not so subtle hint! In the meantime, perhaps we should all take a leaf out of Sammy's book and just grab our best buddy (in Sam's case his best teddy) and play in the sunshine for a while!  Have a great weekend everyone!  

Friday, 2 December 2016

Savannah Classics, Elizabeth's Dowry, and Bronte's Garden!

Savannah Classics by Sara Morgan for Washington Street Studio arrived in store this week to tempt us all.  With lots of delicate pretty prints in rich melted chocolate brown, musk pink, bone and watery green, this collection would be brilliant together or blended with your stash.  There are 21 in all and plenty to take your fancy.
Savannah Classics $26.50

Savannah Classics $26.50m

Savannah Classics $26.50m
Here are 5 of our favourite picks from Elizabeth's Dowry by Karen Styles and the Quilter's Guild of the British Isles for Marcus Fabrics.   We absolutely love the check and plaid, and they sit so beautifully with the florals.
Elizabeth's Dowry $28.00m

Elizabeth's Dowry $28.00m

Elizabeth's Dowry $28.00m
Bronte's Garden by Robyn Falloon continues to be a favourite of many quilters around the world and it was lovely to kit up the whole quilt for Melanie this week.  The rich tans, reds, blacks and greens are still a fantastic combination!

Bronte's Garden - available on request.  Pattern by Robyn Falloon.
 This week sees the start of our summer and the hot Australian sun will soon be fading the roses in our gardens, so we're enjoying the end of the spring blooms from the garden today here in the shop.
 And with lots of people travelling to see family and friends before Christmas, we've had loads of visitors to Threadbear this week, and all have been greeted by the Head of the official welcoming committee... that would be Sam!  He had an especially fun visit with Christine's grand daughter Isabella with extra cuddles and pats. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sale fabric, Gift Vouchers, Show & Tell, and letters to Santa

Christmas Hours ~ close Sunday 18 December 2016
                            Re-open Thursday 5 January 2017

Are you like many of our customers - busily finishing off quilts as gifts or  to make way for new projects in the new year?  Well have we got a treat for you.  Our extra-wide backing fabrics are now all on sale with 20% off the regular price.  They are now all on our website so check them out here. We currently have 6 different prints to choose from in red, deep green, light tan, cream, bone.

20% off all extra-wide backing fabrics
With Christmas shopping now in full swing, we've made our ever popular Threadbear Gift Vouchers available to buy on-line.  You'll find a choice of Threadbear vouchers now on our website here.
Gift vouchers are now available on our website
 What a treat it was last Saturday for our Passionate Piecers group to see all these beautiful quilts from our guest speaker, Jude Leibman. Jude is also a regular at our Castlemaine Applique group so we were treated to a mix of pieced and applique treasures! Thankyou again Jude for filling your car boot with of all your lovely quilts for us to see.

With Santa's Letterbox now open for business in our local Post Office, children and Spoodles everywhere are busy preparing their Christmas lists and writing that all important letter to Santa.  Sam might just need a little help holding the pen!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Star of Bethlehem ~ Christmas must be coming!

Christmas Hours ~ Closing Sunday 18 December 2016
                               Reopening  Thursday 5 January 2017

These six new fabrics arrived last week and are so aptly named as Christmas gets alarmingly closer by the day!  Star of Bethlehem ~ 1860-1880, by Washington Street Studios, are not Christmas fabrics, but are reproduced by the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum from a traditional Star of Bethlehem quilt in its collection.  We added just six from the range to our shelves.  The serpentine print is gorgeous in mid pink or cornflower blue.  Each would benefit from a dip in some tea if you want a more muted antique look.  These are perfect for fussy cutting, setting triangles, or borders.  The small prints will also lend themselves very well to appliqued flowers and other shapes. They all sit beautifully in front of Corliss' Caswell Quilt!
#1  Star of Bethlehem ~ $24.50m

#2  Star of Bethlehem ~ $24.50m

#3  Star of Bethlehem ~ $24.50m

#4  Star of Bethlehem ~ $24.50m
 Speaking of Christmas ~ here are some great ideas for "Kris Kringle" gifts, or little stocking fillers for your sewing friends.  These little "Bits & Pieces" are just that, but all are at least a 10" square or equivalent and are just $1 a piece!!!  At Threadbear, we always have lots of Fat Eighths on hand at $3 each, or Fat Quarters at $6 each.  Phone us with your selection and we'll post them to you that day.

Bits & Pieces ~ $1.00 each. 

PERFECT stocking fillers or Kris Kringle gifts

Bits & Pieces 

We've also restocked our favorite Little House Patchwork Pins in the teeny tiny glass bottle.  They're sharp, they're fine, and at $15.50 each, they make a great gift.  And what quilter do you know doesn't always need some extra pins? 
Little House patchwork pins in a bottle
While the whole idea of Christmas preparations might seem a little daunting to many of us, Sammy remains cool calm and collected and is preparing for the coming festive season in his usual taking a nap.....often!  Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Hope's Journey circa 1830 ~ 1860

We love this latest offering from the very talented Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics, Hope's Journey. Betsy drew her inspiration from a Wild Goose Chase quilt in her collection with fabrics dating from the early 1800s.  She has included poison greens, cheddar/orange, deep and vivid reds, cream, vibrant dark blue, and a soft light blue.  The prints are varied with a fantastic plaid, wispy branches and flowers, geometrics,  and a shaded or ombre tone on tone print.  This is a great collection and it is sitting very nicely against Sarah Morgan's Farmhouse collection on our shelves.  Click here to see Hope's Journey in greater detail on our website.

#1 Hope's Journey $25.50m

#2 Hope's Journey $25.50m

#3   Hope's Journey $25.50m

#4   Hope's Journey $25.50m

#5 Hope's Journey $25.50m

 Sam has been on a mini-break this week to Erica's but will be very happy to get back into his own bed tonight we're sure.  We're hoping to find some time for stitching with friends this weekend and we hope you are too.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Di Ford-Hall's beautiful Bally Hall ~ now taking orders

CLOSED Melbourne Cup Day ~ 1st November

She's done it again!  Di has come up with yet another drop-dead-gorgeous range of fabrics that are just too good to resist.  Take a good long look at these swatches from Andover Fabrics' website and be ready to drool folks.  Bally Hall is inspired by chintz prints from the 1800s in Di's choice of antique pink, brown, teal, green, primrose yellow, and cream. We are loving the birds and the border print, .. and the all over floral with birds, ...and the plaid, ...and the wavy serpentine, ...and, and, and..well all of them really!  With 28 fabrics in all, here is just a sample of what's on the way!
#8521-G Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8521-E  Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8522-E  Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8522-G  Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8523-G   Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#6 Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8524-EN Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8525-GY Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8525-EL  Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8527-E  Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8527-GT   Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8526-GL  Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8526-G   Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

#8528-G   Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery
#8530-EN   Bally Hall by Di Ford Hall - pre-order now for March 2017 delivery

To see all 28 fabrics in the collection, click here . The great news is, this range will be coming to Threadbear and we are taking pre-orders NOW.  The bad news is, we all have to wait until March 2017 before it's available in shops.  But, just think how much time that gives us all to finish a project before this luscious new fabric arrives .  AND, just in time for the release of Di's second book for QuiltMania being released in April 2017 which we have already started taking orders for.  Just phone or email us to reserve your copy now!

Sam is busy today helping us prepare everything for our workshop with Katrina Hadjimichael this weekend. There's equipment to organise, chocolates to bag, goody bags to put together, chocolates to bag, fabrics to package, did I mention chocolates to bag?  OK Sam, you can stop helping now ....please!  Have a great weekend everyone.  We certainly will!

Step away from the Malteasers!!
 SAM OUTTAKES -- the photos Sammy DIDN'T want you to see!
Well, you wouldn't let me have the chocolates so....

Don't even look at me!