Archive for May, 2010

Class Report by Tracy Hansen

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

A new column where the pupil gives us a report from the class.

Pupil: Tracy Hansen
Class: Mariners Madness (6 and 7 April)
Tutor: Chris Jurd

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What did you do in the class?
We cut our fabrics, did some sewing and put it all together using the papers. It was totally new for me as it was something I’d never tackled before. I got a lot of cutting and stitching done and completed one and a half of my circles.

How was the tutor?
Chris was wonderful. She was just so patient with everyone and managed to give people one-on-one attention even within the class environment. She made everything seem so simple just by showing us.

marinersmadnessquiltChris Jurd’s Mariner Madness quilt

What was the best part of the day?
There were several best parts. Meeting with the girls from Blueberries was great, as well as seeing all the gorgeous fabrics. I also really enjoyed the social aspect, spending two days stitching with other people instead of sitting at home. Getting out and socialising was a big thing for me. And of course, all the fun and laughing we had.

Did the class meet your expectations?
Absolutely. I suggested that maybe a follow-up class would also be good. The whole experience was wonderful. There was so much room that we weren’t sitting on top of each other. The atmosphere being so great helped the creativity to flow so much better.

Would you encourage others to do the class?
Definitely. Doing a class like this is good for confidence building – Chris just helped to build up my confidence unbelievably. I haven’t stopped using my machine since. It’s also great for what you learn technically, and seeing what’s out there, what’s new.

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Tracy’s Mariner quilt a couple of weeks after finishing the class

Book Review on A Baker’s Dozen by Susan Carr

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

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When was the last time you had a look at the fantastic range of books at Blueberries?

As the tutor at Blueberries I am constantly asked “ do you have any ideas on what I should do with this fabric?” or “can you help me choose a pattern?”. So we look at all the patterns available in the shop and discuss the options, however many quilters rarely consider buying a whole book. Ok books are expensive compared to one pattern, but, you are not getting just one design. Sometimes for the cost of 2 patterns you are getting up to 20 options in a good book. A book like this can be an inspiration for many years and many projects. But the really good thing about a book is that you will have full details on the techniques required for the designs that you won’t get in a paper pattern.

I was so impressed by a couple of books that arrived in the shop that I just felt I had to share my thoughts with you.

A Bakers Dozen, 13 quilts from jelly rolls, layer cakes, and more. By That Patchwork Place.
This is a terrific book. It covers a large range of exciting designs for the uses of layer cakes, jelly rolls, fat quarters, charm squares and more pre-cut fabrics. The advantage of the pre-cuts for me is the great range of fabrics they contain, less cutting, and best of all for me, very few leftovers.

It amazes me how many different designs are now available for using pre-cuts. This book has both traditional and moderns designs. There is a variety of designs that appeal to adults and children, and the options are great using piecing and appliqué. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. There are clear large colour diagrams for each step making the process so easy to follow. Best of all there are cutting instructions for every design if you are using your stash and not a pre-cut fabric. So this is a versatile book that is so useful especially the great technique references.

Next time you are in the shop or looking for that special design for that fabric you just fell in love with, check out Blueberries great range of books. Books are a great investment.

Click here to purchase this book from our online shop.

Blueberries Bus Trip to the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Blueberries has organised a Bus to take you to the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair!

cartoon-bus-webDates: Wednesday 16 June or Sunday 20 June 2010

Departure Times: 7:45am – Location 1, Blueberries, 4C Amy Close Wyong and
8:15am – Location 2, Tourist Information Centre Mt Penang Parklands The Avenue, Kariong

Arrival Time: 9:45am at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Cost: $38, which includes return bus fee and entry into fair. A deposit of $20 (non-refundable) is required for bookings with the balance due no later than 31 May 2010.

The bus will depart Darling Harbour at 4pm and arrive back at Location 2 by 5:30pm and Location 1 by 6pm.

To book online now click here.

For more information regarding the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair click here.

We’re back from the Australasian Quilt Convention!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hi Everyone

We had a great time at the convention and we were thrilled to meet all the people that visited our stand. We hope everyone enjoyed the convention as much as we did. Here are some photos of our stand and some of the featured items.

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Anyone who visited our stand received a $10 voucher redeemable online, don’t forget to use it by the 31 May 2010.

The Little Monster Quilt was very popular as you’ll see below. Click here to see more of the quilt and to purchase the pattern or starter kit.

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Other popular items also on display included:

The Sleepover Bag

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Lil’ Zipper Purse

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Frilly Rose Brooch

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Raspberry Ripple Bag

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Click here to see other quilt kits on display.

And finally here are some fun photos of the packup.

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Central Coast 4th Annual Charity Quilt Show

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Come along next weekend, support a local event and help fundraise for cancer services on the coast.

Central Coast 4th Annual Charity Quilt Show

Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th May 2010, 9:30am to 4:00pm daily
Wyong Race Club 75 Howarth Street Wyong

This show is fundraising for the Central Coast Cancer Services Fund for Wyong and Gosford hospitals.
It’s going to a fun-filled day out for all the family with lots on offer including:

  • Quilt Competition
  • Demonstrations
  • Show and Tell by Monica Poole of Moonshine Designs
  • Patchwork Supplies
  • Sewing Machines
  • Quilt Raffle

Sunday 9th May is Mother’s Day and as a special offer the first 100 mum’s through the door receive a FREE gift.

Sponsors of the Quilt Show include All About Sewing, Husqvarna Viking, Bernina,
Janome, Blueberries, Wyong Race Club and LBH.

For further information about the show please contact Janette Jones on 02 4393 1576 or 0439 387 267.

Blueberries Clearance Sale

To coincide with the Quilt Show, Blueberries will be having a Clearance Sale at the shop. There will be up to:

50% off

selected patchwork fabrics, patterns, books, homewares, giftwares, rugs and more.

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Blueberries will be open
Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th May 2010
9:30am – 3:30pm both days.

Blueberries is a five minute drive from the show, just off the Pacific Highway.
We are located at 4C Amy Close in the Lifestyle Central Complex which is opposite the Wyong Golf Club.

With a Quilt Show and Clearance Sale on the same weekend less
than one hour from Sydney and Newcastle, make plans for a great day out!

We hope to see you next weekend.
The Blueberries Team.

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