Archive for December, 2011

Blueberries Classes 2012

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

We have some fantastic classes planned for 2012.

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Along with our regular classes we have new classes available like:

- Arty Postcards with Kay
- Anything Goes with Jackie
- Mini Moonshine with Monica
- Floral Garden Baltimore
- Victorian Urn Quilt with Jenny
- Master your Bernina 440

plus many more new classes.

For 2012 the Blueberries Calendar will be online only, unfortunately we will not be producing a hardcopy paper version of the calendar. To view the online Blueberries Calendar click here, it is easy to use and we will regularly update and add more classes throughout the year, so be sure to save this page to your favourites and visit frequently to be in the know.

We hope you enjoy the classes we have on offer for 2012, to view and enrol into a class click here.

Happy browsing and learning!

Blueberries Reward Programme

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Reward yourself when shopping at Blueberries!

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For every dollar you spend at Blueberries you will earn one point, these points can then be redeemed against future purchases at Blueberries. By joining the Blueberries Reward Programme you will be rewarded for doing the things you love and we will also have special offers where bonus points can be earned. So join today and start earning points.

Click here to download an application form.

Luncheon and Sewathon News

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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Last Friday Blueberries hosted an End of Year Luncheon followed by a 12-hour sewathon the next day.

Over 120 eager quilters arrived at Blueberries on Friday for a sneak peek of projects and classes on offer for 2012, which includes new quilts, block of months and more. After seeing what the tutors had on offer it was time for “Show and Tell” of projects completed over the last 12 months and amidst all this excitement a light lunch and sweets were enjoyed cumulating in a pleasant afternoon for all.

On Saturday Blueberries hosted a 12-hour Sewathon (what else is there to do after being inspired and excited at the Luncheon). At 11:30am ladies started to arrive – keen and eager to find a spot, setup and ready to hit the sewing pedal at midday. Over 50 marathon sewers packed the Wyong Function Centre and by mid-afternoon everyone was well and truly into their sewing – the atmosphere was humming! After some afternoon snacks and a glass of champagne to celebrate the year the sewing continued. About 7pm dinner was served to satisfy an well earned appetite. After dinner the 50 or so sewers were back into it ready for the home stretch to midnight and ended a fantastic fun-filled day.

Enjoy some of the photos we took on Friday and Saturday by visiting our Facebook page.

Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Captain Cook

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This week we’re in Cairns, paying homage to a 14m concrete statue of the man credited with “discovering” Australia in 1770.

This tropical tourist city boasts more Cook-themed businesses than any other part of Australia, from Captain Cook Cruises right down to the Captain Cook Laundromat. However, the famous British explorer never actually set foot here. His first landing on Queensland soil was 300kms further north, at the site of the present-day Cooktown. After that, as we all know, he hurried back to England where he declared the newly discovered continent “terra nullius” without first checking with the local indigenous population to gauge their views on the matter.

Possibly to compensate for this almost-brush-with-fame, Cairns has been playing catch up ever since. And the Big Captain Cook is the city’s proudest testament to this.

The gigantic concrete and wire structure was first unveiled in 1972 as a promotion for the adjacent Endeavour Inn. Its design is based on a famous 1902 painting of Cook stepping ashore on Botany Bay and motioning to his sailors not to shoot at the locals. At 14m high however, Cook’s outstretched hand seems to be making quite a different gesture. It looks more like he’s trying to hold something back – perhaps the advancement of noisy, overweight tourists, especially ones wearing long white socks with sandals.

As the Endeavour Inn became a popular haunt for backpackers, it was later transformed into the Captain Cook Backpacker Hostel. Its high-spirited patrons were probably the ones responsible for the many practical jokes played on the Big Captain Cook over the years, like the dangling of a yoyo from his outstretched hand, and the stealing of his sextant. The hostel was closed down and demolished in the mid-1990s but the Big Captain Cook remained defiantly standing, looking more and more conspicuous as the site was gradually cleared around him.

Then in March 2010, owner Graham Johnson announced his plans to repaint the Big Captain Cook to resemble America’s first President, George Washington, complete with striped socks and a star-spangled banner waistcoat. The controversy this unleashed amongst locals was almost as furious as the destructive winds of Cyclone Yasi, that were to follow 11 months later. Almost immediately a Facebook page appeared, dedicated to keeping the statue as Captain Cook. Mayor, Val Shier, stated publicly that the Americanizing of the statue “would be un-Cairns like”. Mr Johnson responded by telling his critics to “get a sense of humour” and “just chill out”, adding that his middle name was “no surrender”.

The controversy dragged on for months, and then in December 2010 came another threat to the Big Captain Cook. The road he towered over was earmarked for widening, which meant he’d have to be removed, running the risk of crumbling due to “concrete cancer”. Ironically this was just after The Australian newspaper had officially ranked the Big Captain Cook as the country’s No. 1 Big Thing in an online poll.
By November 2011, the future of this stoic Big Thing was still in doubt. While his flesh and blood counterpart was finished off by annoyed Hawaiian natives with sharp spears, it remains unclear exactly what Fate has in store for the Big Captain Cook. In the mean time, he remains standing, stately and alone, in what has now become a fenced-off vacant lot – finally his own personal “terra nullius”.

New Fabric

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Papillon Layer Cake

Papillon Charm Pack

Morris & Company

Name That Quilt

Friendship Jelly Roll

Friendship Charm Pack

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Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Pink Buffalo

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These days, the colour pink is firmly associated with breast cancer research, and even cricket teams will happily don pink outfits to help raise awareness for this very worthy cause.

But pink hasn’t always generated such widespread public kudos, and no-one knows this better than the Big Pink Buffalo. Over the years this stoic Big Thing, which lives in the Darwin suburb of Winnellie, has endured scorn, derision, controversy and even homelessness – and all because of his colour.

Like several other Big Things we’ve already met in our travels, the Big Pink Buffalo began his life as a papier mache float in a local parade. It was 1978 when he made his very first public appearance at Darwin’s Bougainvillea Festival, although he wasn’t originally pink, but grey. After the Festival, the owners of the nearby Buffalo Shed tourist shop thought the 7.5m long, 5m high structure would make a great mascot for their business, so they adopted the Buffalo, concreted him and even gave him wheels. He was also given a name – ‘Lefty’ – which is rumoured to have come from the fact that his left testicle was larger than his right.

In 1984, new owners of the business decided to paint Lefty pink, so that he wouldn’t blend in with the grey shed that stood behind him. For some reason however, this change of colour quickly proved to be highly controversial, with many locals expressing their outrage on talkback radio (and as everyone knows, callers to talkback radio are always right). Maybe it was the combination of Lefty’s name and colour that so raised the ire of these staunchly conservative souls. Suddenly he seemed to be making a suspiciously political statement – Equal Rights For Gay Buffaloes, or something just as threatening. While the controversy raged, someone even painted Lefty grey again in the middle of the night.

By the time the Buffalo Shed closed its doors for good in 1996, Lefty was proudly and defiantly pink again, but the demise of the business also meant he was now homeless. The outgoing owner, Bob Davies, had no idea how to dispose of a 7 tonne concrete buffalo, and at one stage even considered explosives. Fortunately for Lefty, this nightmarish scenario never materialised and instead he was auctioned for $2,500 to a used car dealership, which some people might argue was an even worse fate than being blown up.

Lefty has since become a much-loved Darwin icon, having gradually won over his critics with his patience, tenacity and refusal to be anything less than the Big Pink Buffalo that he so proudly is. Quite appropriate for Darwin actually, as it really has been a case of survival of the fittest (or rather, the pinkest).

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