Archive for February, 2012

Issue 6 Vignette Magazine

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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This new issue includes some great projects and articles on linen. Linen is easy to mix in with patchwork fabric, it is a timeless classic adding a certain warmth and charm to our homes.

A quilt top that you can literally make in just a few hours for the fabric that you ‘just can’t cut into because it is simply too beautiful’.

Vignette magazine introduces Rosalie Quinlan, as the first Guest Designer in their magazine.

Available from our store or click here to purchase online.

New to Blueberries

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Vintage Inspired

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Classic Vintage Fabrics from the early 19th century through to mid 20th century. These exquisite Eurpean and postwar vintage fabrics are sure to inspire and complement your next project beautifully.

The majority of these fabrics are printed on an upholstery weight fabric making them perfect for cushions, medallion quilt centres and the most gorgeous borders, not to mention the stunning quilt backs they would make.

All fabrics are made from 100% cotton and are generally 54″ wide.

Be quick as these fabrics are sure to sell out fast…

Visit our store to view or click here to browse online.

Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

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The Big Rum Bottle

We haven’t had a boozy Big Thing for months, so this week’s stopover in the city of Bundaberg is probably well timed, and long overdue. So far, all of our previous alcoholic Big Things have been wine-related, but this time we’re ditching all refinement and subtlety and going straight for the hard stuff.

Or should that be the rough stuff? Over the last 15 years, rum has been quietly cultivating a reputation as the drink of choice for Australia’s young male bogan population. Many of the rumbles, fights and glassings that take place in bars and pubs across the nation every weekend are fuelled by rum. And not just any old rum – Bundy rum.

In 2005, The Age reported on the number of bars in Brisbane alone that had stopped serving rum because of its association with aggression and violence. One café owner described rum drinkers as “a lot louder and more disruptive than other patrons and they just get aggressive”, while another was more to the point with the description; “yobbos”.

Bundaberg Rum also made it onto the coveted ‘Things Bogans Like’ list for 2011, although it scored fairly low at #232 out of a total of 250. Still, being on the list at all is no mean feat. It seems that on the socio-economic ladder of alcoholic beverages, Bundy rum really is way down there in the primordial soup, with alcopops, wine cooler and spumante.

However, the Big Rum Bottle isn’t afraid to stand up and be counted. The 7m high, 1m wide structure has quite an arresting effect outside the Visitor Information Centre at the famous Bundaberg Distilling Company. Not only is it an exact replica of a regular 700ml bottle of Bundy, but it also has a surprisingly proud past.

It was originally constructed in 1988 for the World Expo in Brisbane, where it made many friends standing at the Bundaberg Distilling Company’s pavilion. This salubrious event just happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Bundaberg distillery, so as you can imagine there was a lot of song and dance and merriment. Ever since this high profile introduction, the Big Rum Bottle has been meet and greeting the thousands of visitors to the distillery every year.

Unfortunately this triumphant beginning is somewhat overshadowed by the less-than-triumphant invention of rum in the first place. The only reason the spirit exists at all is because it was as a way for sugar millers to get rid of all that leftover molasses from the refining process.

Given this embarrassing little fact, Bundy rum really did need some serious salvation in the form of a Big Thing, to give it some cred, although this is possibly a double-edged sword in itself. After all, Big Things themselves also made it onto the 2011 list of Things Bogans Like, but they’re ranked a lot higher than Bundaberg rum, at #79. Oops.

Lite Steam-A-Seam 2

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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Lie steam-a-seam 2 is unlike any other fusible web. A pressure-sensitive coating on both sides of the web allows it to temporarily stick to the applique material, then adheres the applique piece to the background. The entire applique stays in place without shifting and is repostitionable until pressed with an iron. It  is even possible to try on a garment and reposition the appliques before fusing to ensure exact placement. When completly satisfied with the design, fuse all the materials in one final step.

  • Fuses fabric, paper, cardboard and wood.
  • Washable and dry cleanable.
  • Secures unfinished edges, they will not fray or lift.
  • Will not gum machine needle after fused.
  • 18′ wide.

As used by Kellie Wulfsohn in her many patterns.

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Two Dozen Roses

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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“Two Dozen Roses” is a hand quilting and embroidered cushion workshop. You will learn all aspects of hand quilting, including how to mark and assemble your work. The quilted wreath is then embellished with 24 bullion roses.

This class will run on Saturday 17 March from 10am to 3:30pm, the cost is $55.00 plus requirements.

Click here to register.

Half Moon Modern

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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Make a statement with contemporary basics in a striking spectrum of stylish new colors.

Big, bold and graphic polkas dots and zig zags alongside whimsical scissors, butterfly and botanical silhouettes are trendy and modern for a chic designer look. With a variety of themes and scales from mod to traditional with a twist, Moda’s new Half Moon Modern has something for everyone!

Blueberries has a great selection of Half Moon Modern fabrics. Visit our store to view or Click here to browse online

Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Monday, February 20th, 2012

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

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A road trip of Australia’s fibreglass monuments

The Big Dugong

This week we’re back on the coast, in the sultry city of Rockhampton, pondering the strange and unlikely creature that is the dugong.

This odd-looking marine animal is a mass of contradictions, which only adds to its enigmatic quality. It vaguely resembles a walrus, minus the tusks and whiskers, and has a whale-like fluked tail and front flippers, which it uses to swim. However, its closest relative is actually the elephant! And just to really add to the confusion, it’s also sometimes known as the “sea cow” due to its completely herbivorous diet. Dugongs have been known to grow up to three metres in length and weigh as much as 400kgs, so you can only imagine how big they’d be if they ate a lot of junk food as well.

The Big Dugong is an impressive 22m long, 5m high and 12m wide and is made of fibreglass and concrete over a steel frame. It was first opened in March 1992 and by royalty, no less. Queen Elizabeth II couldn’t make it, so she sent her cousin, the Duchess of Kent, to do the honours on her behalf. Large crowds of excited locals turned out and watched, enthralled, as the Duchess cut the ribbon, smashed a bottle of cheap bubbly over the Big Dugong’s head and made a short, moving speech about the plight of Kenyan refugees, prompting some people to think she might have been at the wrong ceremony.

The Big Dugong houses Rockhampton’s Dreamtime Cultural Centre, a civic museum of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and artefacts. This isn’t quite as random as it sounds, as the humble dugong holds a special place in indigenous culture. For thousands of years before white settlement, many of the coastal tribes endowed the dugong with very high economic and social value as it provided a rare and nutritious source of meat.

In fact, the dugong has long been the subject of popular seafaring mythology, with many early sailors somehow associating it with mermaids. This connection is a bit more difficult to fathom, however, as mermaids generally have long flowing hair and are pretty – while the dugong is bald and has a face that only a mother could love. However, after many months at sea and lots of rum, obviously even a dugong can start to look attractive. The people of Rockhampton would certainly agree.

Micro Basting Gun

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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Say goodbye to pins, glue, and large tacks.

You can now use MicroStitch for basting quilts, quick hems and clothing repairs, home decorating and craft projects. For quilters, MicroStitch makes the basting process much faster and easier than traditional techniques.

This starter kits includes the MicroStitch tool with needles, 1000 black and white micro fasteners and easy-to-follow instructions.

Buy Now for only $57.50

A Class with Brigitte Giblin

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Old Quilts, Contemporary Fabrics 2012 with Brigitte Giblin

You can complete anyone of Brigitte’s quilts in the class, just choose from her large collection.

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Brigitte has been making quilts in the naïve, antique and traditional styles for over thirty years and brings a unique sense of style and an unconventional approach to quilts.

Class will run on Mondays on 5 March, 14 May, 6 August and 15 October.

Click here to register for the class and click here to see Brigitte’s quilts.

Brigitte has a new book being publishing by Quiltmania

It is to be launched at the “Pour l’Amour du Fil” textile show in Nantes, France in April 2012, with Australian shipments of the book due to arrive early May.

To pre order a copy of Brigitte’s new book, please email jackie@blueberries.net.au and we will contact you when the book arrives and tell you the price.

Deal of the week

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Panier de Fleurs

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With the latest fabric range “Rounneries Deux” by French General  due to arrive next week, this week we are clearing out the last few bolts left from the “Panier de Fleurs” range.

So we are doing 30% off Panier de Fleurs for one week!

The remaining “Panier de Fleurs” fabrics will work beautifully with the new range, so be sure restock your stash and grab a bargain at the same time.

Click here to browse and buy now!

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