Archive for August, 2011

2012 Quilting Tour USA – Paducah Quilt Fair

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Blueberries is very excited to annouce that in April 2012 we will be heading off on a 24 day trip to the United States.

Janet Edmonds from Lifestyle Tours is our travel coordinator along with Karen Cunningham, Jenny Wheeler from Quilt Essentials and our very own Jackie Leybourne will be assisting Janet on this trip.

The tour will incorporate the Paducah Quilt Show which is located in Kentucky.  Then by coach, we will travel to Virginia, Wasington DC, Baltimore, Delaware, Lancaster and finally New York.

Just some of the places of interest we will be visiting are The home of US President Thomas Jefferson, Village of Colonial Williamsburg were people go about their daily activities as if they were in the 18th century and a guided tour of Amish homes and farms.

Museums included are The daughters of the Amercian Revolution, Smithsonian and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

For more information on this facinating tour, please contact Jackie at [email protected] to receive a full itinerary and costing.

Departure Date:  Tuesday, 24 April 2012


Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Orange

The biggest category of Big Thing in Australia is fruit. Of this dominant fiberglass sub-species, the biggest member of all, without a doubt, – is the Big Orange at Berri, in South Australia. This oversized citrus is a whopping 15 metres tall and incorporates a café, souvenir shop, function room and 360 degree hand-painted mural. There’s even an open-air lookout, which offers sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding orchards.

This dominance is especially impressive when you consider that Australia has a total of four Big Oranges all competing with each other, scattered at various locations across four states. As if they’d all dropped out of a giant shopping bag and rolled in different directions, as oranges do, (and usually when everyone’s looking). Very early in our fiberglass tour, we deliberately bypassed the first Big Orange, in Tenterfield, NSW, as it wasn’t up to scratch. The quality of the remaining two Big Oranges, in WA and Queensland respectively, remains to be seen.

The alpha orange is, of course, here in the quaint little town of Berri, in South Australia’s agriculturally fertile Riverland region. This Big Thing was conceived by three local developers in the mid-1970s, and – from go to woe – cost a juicy $145,000 to construct and install. It opened to the public in January 1980, billing itself as “the largest sphere in the southern hemisphere.”

In spite of its impressive vital statistics, for the last third of its life Berri’s Big Orange has struggled to retain either credibility or commercial success. Between 2000 and 2006 it changed hands three times, then for something a bit different, went liquidation in 2008. These were extremely stressful times for the Big Orange, as it went through the emotional juicer several times, and on high speed. At one point, the liquidators even suggested turning it into a Giant Golfball with sponsors’ names written across it.

Fortunately for the Big Orange, this nightmarish scenario never materialized. Late in 2010, the structure was sold privately to a local businessman who intends opening it to the public again as a fully functioning Big Thing.

The moral of the story? Not sure really. Something witty to do with oranges.



Secrets of the Sewing Circle

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Class update by Susan Carr

I am continually amazed at what the sewing circle ladies can achieve. They never cease to amaze me. I want to show you some work by two of the regular ladies.  Linda Tiernan of Thursday group and Lynda Mahoney of Wednesday group have been very busy this past few months.

Linda Tiernan has welcomed two new additions to her family with beautiful baby quilts. Both quilts are very different as she was working to the taste of the new mum. Both quilts are stunning.

Lynda Mahoney has completed her Giant Dahlia from a class she attended at Blueberries with Michelle Yeo. She has quilted it entirely on her own and the result is stunning. Have a look also at her Puzzle balls and her little thread roll, these were in-class projects.

The Sewing circle is a great way to get help for your own projects but even better to get inspiration from those around you. No one will be offended if I say I am surprised so much is sewing achieved with so much talking and laughing going on each week.  I want to say goodbye and good luck to Trish Harrison. Trish has been with us for almost 3 years and I first met her as a true beginner. She is far from that now and we will all miss her, good luck in your new adventure.

Don’t forget to come along to the Spring Fair and be treated to the wonderful work on display from our ladies.

Sewing Circle classes are held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Thursday night. Come along and join in the fun.




Quilt Exhibition and Handcraft Sale

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Presented by Wangi Quilters Club

at the Wangi Workers Club
11 Market Street Wangi
(enter through main door)

Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August
Open from 10am to 4pm each day

Admission $5

  • A spectacular display of our work
  • A huge variety of quality handcrafts for sale
  • Demonstrations
  • Viewers’ choice award
  • Raffle of quilt and other great prizes
  • Net proceeds to Sailability Toronto

More information Phone 0403 761 438 or 0410 425 607


Go-Go Gadget Girl

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

She loves her quilting toys

Sewing & Quilting Magnetic Pick-Up Tool

This week’s gadget name is larger than it is!

It’s the Sewing & Quilting Magnetic Telescoping Pick Up Tool.

  • Pickup T-pins, Basting, Needles, Flower Head Pins and more
  • It’s lightweight
  • Extends to 36″
  • Able to pickup 30 times its own weight

Only $6.50, Buy Now.


Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Lobster

This enormous crustacean is part of the Royal Family of Big Things, battling it out with Goulburn’s Big Merino for the coveted title of King. The Big Lobster can certainly boast some impressive dimensions, especially its 17-metre height. But it only weighs a paltry four tonnes, compared to the slightly shorter but significantly heavier 97 tonne ‘Rambo’.

However, the Big Lobster does have another impressive Ace up its claws – it’s over three times bigger than it was ever supposed to be. And all because of a mistake in maths.

We’re back on the mainland, folks, this time in South Australia. The Big Lobster stands at the side of the busy Princes Highway in the small town of Kingston in the state’s east. Locals have nicknamed the Big Lobster ‘Larry’, which is somehow the perfect name. He looks more and more like a ‘Larry’ the longer you stare at him.

Larry was originally unveiled in 1979 by the South Australian then Premier, David Tonkin, at a gala ceremony that was attended by all three of South Australia’s biggest names. Originally designed to attract attention to a roadside restaurant and information centre, the Big Lobster comprises a fiberglass shell over a steel frame and took six months to be completed. It was commissioned by local lobster fisherman, Ian Backler, who’d recently returned from travels in the US, where he’d been impressed with the Americans’ tendency to supersize everything.

As it turned out, the Big Lobster beat the Americans at their own game when he ended up three times bigger than intended. The engineer employed to build the creature must have been on a bender the night before, because he misread the blueprints and made the crustacean 17 metres high instead of 17 feet. The result was a fiberglass lobster far too enormous to sit decoratively on top of a nearby building resembling a cray pot as planned, but to proudly take up an impressive stance outside the front of the entire complex as a big orange figurehead and a soon-to-be national icon. Larry has been lapping up oceans of street cred (or should that be highway cred?) ever since.

The most important lesson we can all learn from the story of the Big Lobster? Sometimes a bit of self-promotion can go a long way in getting us over the finish line ahead of the rabble.

(A hung over builder doesn’t hurt either).


Kellie’s Wulfsohn Class Last Weekend

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The weekend just gone, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, Kellie Wulfsohn came to Blueberries to share her wealth of knowledge and information to 16 eager students.

Kellie has certain passed on that knowledge and creativity, click here to see all the photos of what everyone created.

Thanks Kellie for coming to Blueberries we hope to see you next year.


Newcastle Craft and Sewing Show This Week

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Come and see us at D32 we will have a wide range of fabric available so be sure to stop by!

When: August 18-21
10am – 4:30pm

Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Showground, Broadmeadow

Click here to find out more information.


New Fabric

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

To purchase some of our fabulous Echino range click here!

Also new instore and online are pieces from Fa La La La La and Weekends.

Click here to view more fabric online.

And don’t forget to join our new fabric clubs.


Big ‘n’ Bizarre – The Big Platypus

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fibreglass monuments

The Big Platypus

You may be surprised to find out where this particular Big Thing lives. The Big Platypus can be found outside the main entrance of the Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame and timberworks. This is a timber and logging-themed function centre in the Tasmanian village of Latrobe, especially popular for engagement parties, weddings and boxing matches.

Of course, the obvious question that springs to mind is, what’s the connection between the world’s largest egg-laying mammal and Australia’s logging industry? The answer is, there isn’t one, but many a successful marriage has existed on less. However, the Axeman’s Hall of Fame does feature a ‘Platypus Interpretation Centre’. This may be intriguingly named, but it does satisfactorily explain our big, billed, fibreglass-coated friend out the front.

The 5m x 3m structure began its life as a papier mache float in a bicentennial parade in Launceston in 1988. If you think this sounds familiar, you’d be right. Readers may remember the Big Chook in the NSW town of Moombi, which started life under very similar circumstances. And just as the Big Chook carved out an impressive career guarding Moombi’s ‘Chook Park’, so the Big Platypus has garnered iconic status in Latrobe as the guardian of the Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame.

However, it wasn’t always the smoothest of journeys for the Big Platypus. In between appearing in the bicentennial parade and its current gig, it had to endure some pretty humiliating experiences, most notably three years hanging in the beer garden of the nearby Lucas Hotel, regularly getting sprayed with foam from the cracking open of beer cans below. It was, to be honest, a low point in the Big Platypus’ life.

Finally, after pain came redemption. The Big Platypus was finally paroled out of the Lucas Hotel beer garden to commence duties when the ‘Platypus Interpretation Centre’ opened at the Axeman’s Hall of Fame. The Big Platypus has been the star of the show ever since, with endless photo ops, enormous local street cred and, most importantly, … top billing.


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