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2013 Class Schedule

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It’s here…

The 2013 Class Schedule.

Our expert team of tutors from 2012 are all joining us again in 2013 and we even have some new tutors joining our team.

Over the coming weeks we will feature some of the different classes available, until then following the links below to view our class schedule for the months of January to April 2013.

Click here to view the class schedule online.


For a printable version, click here.

We are moving……

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

After 5 years at our current location, Blueberries will be closing its doors on Friday, 21 December 2012 packing up and moving. Where too, we hear you ask? Not far, just the next street in fact.

So from Tuesday, 15 January 2013 you are all welcome to visit us in our new location. Which is…..

Unit 5A
4 Dulmison Avenue

So from our current location you will turn left at the set of traffic lights at the top of Amy Close. Take your first left into Lucca Road and then your first left again into Dulmison Avenue.

Our email and website address will remain unchanged and at this stage our phone and fax numbers will also remain unchanged. We will let you know later if these are to change.



One day workshops with Monica Poole

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Quilt as you go sampler

In this one day workshop with Monica Poole, this class will be loaded with useful information on 5 different quilt as you go techniques. It will also explain sketchy applique and directions for a modern machine sewn binding. If you haven’t tried this technique before, this is a great class for you to start with.

Cost: $50.00 plus requirements (each student will need to purchase a copy of the Quilt as you go Sampler pattern, click here to purchase)

Date: Friday, 26 October

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Note: A small amount of pre-cutting will need to be done at home prior to the class.

To enrol in the Quilt as you go Sampler class, click here.

Perfect your Machine Applique

Learn about the latest techniques and products whilst making this fun flower cushion.  Six different techniques will be covered including fusible and various turned edge methods in Monica’s new “perfect your machine appliqué workshop”

Cost: $50.00 plus requirements

Date: Saturday, 27 October

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Note: A small amount of preparation work will need to be done at home prior to the class.

To enrol in the Perfect your Machine Applique class, click here.

Savings of the week

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Don’t Look Now Patterns – 50% off

All patterns on our website by Kellie Wulfsohn of Don’t Look Now are 50% off.  Kellie has some fantastic patterns available, so be quick so you don’t miss out.  The discount applies to the patterns shown on our website only.  Click here to view the patterns.

Aboriginal and Japanese Fabric – 50% off

All Aboriginal and Japanese fabric is now also 50% off.

To view the Aboriginal fabrics we have available, click here and for the Japanese fabrics click here.

Threads, buttons, ribbons and more – 25% off

For those of you that read our email sent out on Sunday, you will know we also have 25% off the following:

Metler, Madiera and Sulky Threads
DMC Stranded Threads
All Buttons, Ribbons,
Lace and Cords
Wonder Cut Rulers
All Bag Handles

Reward members can take an extra 5% off, so that is a saving of 30% on all of the above.

Blueberries Retreat

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Invitation to the first ever Blueberries Retreat

The Blueberries 2012 retreat is to be held at the picturesque Rafferty’s Resort at Lake Macquarie.

When: Friday to Sunday, 7 to 9 September 2012

Three different workshops will be available to choose from:
Rachael Porter – Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of Crosses


Linden Airey – Vortex Quilt


Jackie Leybourne – Lancaster Quilt


Photos of the projects can be found on our blog.

Various packages are available, ranging from a completed weekend package with accommodation to a one day workshop package with no accommodation.

If you are interested in attending, click here to view more information on each of the packages.

Central Coast Shop Hop 2012

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Shop Hop 2012
September 17th-22nd.
Participating in this event will be…

4c Amy Close Wyong NSW 2259
phone; 02 43 554400

Cherry Pie Designs…
37 Howes Rd Somersby NSW 2250
phone; 04 0042 0074

Pieces to Treasure…
‘Cottage Hill Creek’
701 The Scenic Rd McMasters Beach NSW
phone; 02 43 812337

Carol, Jenelle and myself are inviting everyone to join in our
first and  exclusive “Shop Hop” on the Central Coast of NSW.

There will be prizes, exclusive kit projects and great refreshments for this event.
You will be able to start your “hop” from any direction you choose.

First thing to do will be to obtain your passport…this is much needed when you travel….make a purchase, and recieve your stamp from each location so that your coupon will go into the prize draw.

Click here to download your passport

To register your interest in this event send me an email to [email protected]
with your details along with the number of people you think may be in your party.

New Class!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Vortex by Linden Airey


Linden’s inspiration behind the making of this quilt was a stunning exhibition last year held at The American Folk Art Museum in New York which she happened upon whilst blog browsing.  (Click here to view).

She recalls “I want that quilt!” So.. rather than traipsing to America to steal it, Linden decided to make it… less bother really and to her surprise it wasn’t all that difficult.

So if you’d like to make this quilt come and join Linden at Blueberries for a three day class.

If weekends are best for you the Sunday dates are:

27th May, 24th June and 29th July.

Or if weekdays are more your thing, the Tuesday dates are:

3rd July, 4th September and 2nd October.

Class cost $130.00 plus requirements. Click here to book now.

Master your Bernina 440 with Deborah Louie

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Due to popular demand we will be holding another class on Mastering your Bernina 440.bernina-440-title200

We will address all of the features of this great 440 Bernina sewing machine that a quilter will need. Looking at the walking foot, BSR free motion foot, threading tensions, care of machine, appliqué and decorative stitching.

This class will be held on Friday 18 May.

Click here for more details or to book a spot now.

Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

A road trip of Australia’s fibreglass monuments

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It seems a bit of an anticlimax to finish our epic road tour of concrete and fibreglass with a Big Thing we’ve already seen several different versions of – but there you have it… life’s messy. Introducing our very last Big Thing: the Big Apple in the southern Queensland town of Thulimbah. We’ve virtually come full circle. We’re now only a three-hour drive to Byron Bay in NSW, where our journey first began many moons ago with the Big Avocado.

As well as being one of several Big Apples in Australia, this particular Big Apple has had several different lives, been painted in different colours and lived in different towns. It’s also constantly being confused with that other “Big Apple” on the other side of the world – the City That Never Sleeps. If there was ever a Big Thing that was a prime candidate for an identity crisis, this was it.

First constructed in 1978, the Big Apple is made of steel and fibreglass and is 4m tall with a 4.5m diameter. It was originally a bright shiny green Granny Smith, and lived outside the local servo in the town of Stanthorpe, about 20 minutes down the road from Thulimbah. When the site was developed in 2003, the Apple took a redundancy package and a temporary retirement, reappearing not long afterwards as a dark red Royal Gala, in Thulimbah. This move also pushed up the Apple’s socio-economic rating as its new position was promoting a business called Vincenzo’s – an upmarket deli/wine/gift shop showcasing the region’s produce. A far cry from being outside a BP servo.

Meanwhile, it seems that the town of Stanthorpe has never quite gotten over the loss of its very own Big Thing. Ever since the Big Apple relocated, Stanthorpe’s local Chamber of Commerce has been talking about installing a Big Thermometer, to celebrate the fact that the town is officially Queensland’s coldest place. In June 2011, Southern Downs Regional Council invited local artists to submit designs for its “iconic Climatic Art Piece”.

It seems that there’s almost no place in our wide brown land that can resist the prospect of having its very own resident Big Thing. And there’s almost no limit to the lengths (or logic) to which they’ll go to realise their fibreglass dreams.

Flowers in my Garden with Jenny Rofe

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012


This is an adaptation of a 1950’s cot quilt (by Eve Felstead). The large simple shapes make this a great project to learn basic needleturn, hand applique techniques or would be a fun project for those already with experience. The collection of odd sized blocks adds interest to the finish project, and you will learn how to assemble the blocks into a quilt top in four lessons. There will be some homework between classes to have the blocks ready for assembly in lesson four.

Click here to find out more and to register for this class.

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