Thursday, 19 January 2017

Kicking off the New Year at Threadbear

AUSTRALIA DAY HOLIDAY ~ Thursday 26 January 2017 Opening Hours 11am-2pm

Welcome to this bright shiny new year and our first blog post for 2017.  We're all very excited about what this year will bring for Threadbear, especially with the release of Di Ford-Hall's newest fabric range, Bally Hall, due in March, AND her second book with QuiltMania being launched in April.  We've been taking pre-orders for both for several months now, so if you'd like to place an order, just email or phone us with the details ~ you won't want to miss out!
New this week..... a selection of gorgeous stash builders from Di Ford -Hall's range of blenders Key West.  We love these versatile prints in stunning shades of teal through to an almost green and they all sit so beautifully with  our reproduction fabrics.

#1 Key West $25.50m
#2 Key West $25.50m

#3 Key West $25.50m

#4 Key West $25.50m
Our favourite magazine, QuiltMania arrived last week to kick off the new quilting year.  Issue #117 is packed with great projects and inspiration to get you busy sewing including this year's QuiltMania Block of the Month by the very talented Michelle Yeo.   You'll find Part 1 of Michelle's Torrington Place in this issue ~ definitely not to be missed. We've sent our magazines to all our regular subscribers, but we do have plenty for the shop, so phone us if you'd like to receive a copy.

 Finally, we have some show and tell from some of our lovely customers. Paulette started making
The Caswell Quilt
, but after 6 blocks decided she would add some borders of her own design instead.  Well done Paulette, it's beautiful.
This morning Vera burst through the door excited to show us her latest finished project.  Vera used some favourite chintzy fabrics to design and create her own Dutch inspired quilt.  Thanks for showing us Vera, we love it!
Sam had a great Christmas with his family, including his friend Benny Big Ears.  But his favourite part of the holidays is always opening his presents, although the tidying up part afterwards seems to have passed him by completely (just like my teenagers)!  So while Christmas has been and gone for another year, Sammy has made sure to leave a stash of Christmas treats on the classroom table here at the shop, ready for the next time he might be peckish! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This is our last blog post for 2016 - and what a fabulous year it's been at Threadbear with our second Applique Group Exhibition, classes and workshops with Di Ford and Katrina Hadjimichel, new patterns and fabrics, and of course our monthly Applique Group and Passionate Piecers Group meetings.  We're all looking forward to some down-time over Christmas and New Year and will be back on deck to reopen Thursday 5th January 2017. 

There are now only 10 sleeps till Christmas!  If you still need a gift for someone special, including yourself, you have three shopping days left before we close for Christmas on Sunday 18 December, so don't delay!  And just to tempt you, take a look at these utterly beautiful Yuwa Live fabrics that arrived this morning.  Reminiscent of early 20th century eiderdowns, these delicate paisley prints are soft and romantic in pale pinks or duck-egg blue.

Yuwa Live paisleys $39.00m

 Our Castlemaine Applique Group had its Christmas meeting last Saturday and we all loved seeing the quilts of Wendy Blyth, our guest speaker.  Wendy is a prolific quilter, has been a very active member of Kilmore Quilters and Vic Quilters, and is always a regular at our meetings.  Here's just a smattering of her beautiful quilts.
Pattern ~ Gypsy Jazz by Robyn Falloon

Pattern ~ Sarah Morrell Quilt by Di Ford

pattern ~ Drayton Hall by Di Ford

pattern ~ Poppies by Di Ford

pattern ~ Antique Wedding Sampler by Di Ford

pattern ~ Sarah's Revival

pattern Blessings by Robyn Falloon

pattern ~ Dutch Treat

To see more of Wendy's quilts, go to our Instagram page.  Following Wendy was a great Show and Tell.  Here are some highlights.

We wish all our customers and friends a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  Thanks for tuning in each week and for all the lovely cards and festive greetings.  May we all find some rest and relaxation and sewing time over the holidays.  Merry Christmas Everyone !

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!