Friday, 24 February 2017

Great new fabric and Great News too!

This week, we have a new collection to show you, Reflections by Jo Morton for Moda Fabrics.    The warm beige tones, bones, soft pinks, blues, and golden browns blend so well with lots of other collections currently at Threadbear. We especially love the nicely detailed small scale border stripe in slightly faded golden brown or matchbox blue. What a great addition they make to our reproduction shelves.
#1 Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m
#2 Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m

#3Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m
#4 Reflections by Jo Morton $25.50m
It's always hard to go past a good bit of text or script on fabric - they always make interesting backgrounds or great lining for bags and other small projects.  Here's a gorgeous piece from Brenda Ratliff's range One Room School House.  These are old dictionary definitions, set in 4" columns and accompanied by charming etched illustrations.  This one definitely wont last long on the shelf!
#5 One Room School House by Brenda Ratliff $28.05m
We also have three pieces from Hamilton c1770~1790 by Williamsburg for Windham fabrics.  These beautiful reproduction prints from the 1700s in cream, teal and raspberry red are very special indeed!
#6 Hamilton by Williamsburg $25.50m

#7 Hamilton $25.50m
And that brings us to our exciting news - Everyone loves a bargain and a good sale.  So to celebrate Threadbear being in business 25 YEARS come this March, we're holding a store wide BIRTHDAY SALE.  Grab your girlfriends and plan a trip to Castlemaine, or order on line.  Either way, you'll save 25% off everything for 4 days only ~ Thursday 9 March to Sunday 12 March 2017!  We'll be open our regular hours throughout the sale days, so be sure to check here, or on our website for details before you make the trip.
Sammy is pumped and ready to see lots of visitors over the 4 day sale weekend in March and has already begun counting the sleeps. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bally Hall and More!!

Loads of new fabrics arrived last week, but with all the preparations for a bumper crowd coming to our first Castlemaine Applique Group meeting for this year, we didn't get a blog post done to show you. But prepare to be wowed by some utterly gorgeous collections for your stash!
First up is Bally Hall from Di Ford-Hall.  It's here, it's gorgeous, and it's selling fast!  We're filling all our pre-orders, although we are waiting on our second delivery next week to complete them - so if you are waiting on your order, it will be on it's way very soon.  This collection is so pretty in stunning tones of green, teal, pink, gold, brown, and rich cream.  They sit perfectly with Di's Key West coordinates as well as her previous 2 ranges.  Congratulations Di, this really is something special.  You can find the full collection of Bally Hall here on our website.
#1 Bally Hall border print sits beautifully with Key West $24.50m

#2 These stunning birds are on a 6" border!

#3 The allover bird and flower print feature smaller versions of the same birds
#4 Bally Hall $24.50m
Kathy Hall keeps producing such brilliant reproduction collections for us all to use, and once again her colours mix and match across the ranges so well.  Here are our picks from Little House on the Prairie ~ Mansfield  which features a striking border print with so many possibilities! We love the rich colours and detailed designs.
#5  LHOP Mansfield by Kathy Hall, $25.50m

#6  LHOP Mansfield by Kathy Hall, $25.50m

#7  LHOP Mansfield by Kathy Hall, $25.50mand
Sitting right beside Mansfield are these four drop-dead-gorgeous pieces from Kathy's LHOP BeckwithWe chose the delicate paisley border print and coordinating all over paisley design, in teal, lilac, and mustard. These are a fussy cutter's dream- with endless possibilities for small pieced blocks, hexagon flowers, narrow sashings, spacers, and frames through to wide borders.
#8 Beckwith by Kathy Hall $25.50m

#9 Beckwith by Kathy Hall $25.50m
More new fabrics arrived in store today, so stay tuned. Last Saturday 75 lovely ladies came to Castlemaine for Threadbear's first meeting this year of our Applique Group.  We kicked off the Group's TENTH year with the very talented Margaret McDonald as our guest speaker.  Margaret is a prolific award winning quilter and treated us to "just some" of her applique quilts.  We don't have room to show you all of them here, but click this link to go straight to our Instagram page and you'll find loads of photos to inspire you. If you'd like to join Margaret for a class at Threadbear, checkout our class list here and you'll find all the details of the dates and projects available.
It Bit Me, by Margaret McDonald - class available at Threadbear 9 April 2017
 Today, Sammy was pretty excited to see Donna and Jenny, two of his favourite customers, in the classroom today and wasted no time at all in jumping into Jenny's arms to say hello!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 3 February 2017

School's Back and Classes are on!

Recently, we've had lots of enquiries about classes for the first part of this year, and we are hoping to have our new class list out next week.  There will be something for everyone with classes covering needle turn applique, hand piecing, machine piecing, fussy cutting, and broderie perse.   Full Class details will appear on our website, in our newsletter, on Instagram, and here on the blog, so stay tuned.
Come and learn needle turn applique techniques ~ Detail from Corliss' newest quilt Auntie Tess, coming soon
Meanwhile, we have a few new fabrics to show you to keep you inspired.  First up are six gorgeous reproductions from Judie Rothermel's new range Nineteenth Century School Dresses.  While viewing children's dresses in antique dress pattern books. Judie Rothermel was inspired to design a collection around the looks, using fabrics from the mid 1800's.  

#1 Nineteenth Century School Dresses $28.00m
#2 Nineteenth Century School Dresses $28.00m
#3 Nineteenth Century School Dresses $28.00m
 We also received some more pieces from Edyta Sitar's Pumpkin Pie range.  We showed you some of these in recent weeks, but they've been so popular, we just keep adding more!  We love the little background prints, and we also now have the feature floral in golden brown, and black.  Plus, we reordered the stunning stripes in the pink, blue and brown - not to be missed!
 #1 Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
 #2 Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
#3 Pumpkin Pie $25.50m
 This Nineteenth Century School Dresses stripe looks brilliant with the Pumpkin Pie floral
 Most mornings at Threadbear, we start our working day with a few minutes of catchup and planning for the tasks and priorities for the day ahead.  This morning, however, someone couldn't seem to stay awake long enough to hear what needed doing, (and it wasn't Corliss or Megan! ) Clearly Sammy will not be bringing his A-game today!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Little Gatherings in the summer heat

We do love a good background fabric at Threadbear, especially ones with small but interesting prints.  So this week we were happy to see these little beauties arrive in the shop from Moda.  Little Gatherings are always popular with our customers and we know these won't disappoint.  Choose from 5 warm biscuit-creams with delicate chestnut brown print, or an all over chestnut brown to add to your applique stash for stems and branches.
Little Gatherings $25.50m

Little Gatherings $25.50m
 Thank you to Adele who brought her drop-dead-gorgeous quilt in to Threadbear to show us.  We love the classic block and the gorgeous selection of fabrics and colours.  Congratulations Adele.

Also to show you this week is Lyn's great sampler quilt.  She chose reproduction reds and greens for her version of "Westerly Women", a Block of the Month pattern by Barbara Brackman. Thanks for bringing it back to show us Lyn!

Sam's had his summer haircut this week so he's feeling much cooler on these hot summer days. Although,  the heat still makes him sleepy..even when he's inside, sitting on a chair, in the air-conditioning!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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!