Archive for April, 2010

Little Monster Quilt

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This fun kids quilt is currently on display at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair, Darling Harbour at the Blueberries stand i15, scroll down to see the pictures of the quilt and you will understand why it is so popular!

Pattern is available for $20, click here to purchase.

Little Monster Starter Kit is available for $80, click here to purchase, scroll down to see the fabrics included in the starter kit.

Little Monster Quilt by Kellie Wulfsohn from Don’t Look Now!

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A close shot of the quilt.

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There are also two bonus cushion designs included in the pattern!

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Here below are four photos taken from four different angles
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A Southern Visitor

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

On the weekend of 17 and 18 April, a handful of Blueberries quilters had the privilege of meeting in the flesh accomplished quilting aficionado Kellie Wulfsohn for a two-day workshop at Blueberries.

Kellie is well known in the quilting blogosphere but, being Melbourne-based, this was her first time at Blueberries. Jackie Leybourne had previously stumbled across Kellie’s blog and was so impressed with it, she cyber introduced herself to Kellie and invited her up to New South Wales to run a two day workshop. The fact that the two women hadn’t actually met each other in person gave rise to an interesting situation at the airport in Sydney.

“I’d just collected my luggage when this woman I’d never seen before came up to me and hugged me and said how wonderful it was to see me,” says Kellie with a wry smile. “I just assumed it was Jackie and went along with it until the woman realised that she had the wrong person altogether. It was one of those crazy, bizarre moments that life sometimes throws at you.”

Eventually Jackie and Kellie did make contact, of course, and the following day Kellie was sharing her knowledge, skills and experience with an eager group of Blueberries regulars.

“I taught raw-edged appliqué and free-motion quilting,” says Kellie. “The workshop went for two days and then we had a four-hour class, which was really just an intro of what you’d learn in a full class.”

Kellie especially enjoyed her pupils’ enthusiasm in tackling techniques that aren’t run-of-the-mill but are considerably more specialised. “They were great, they all really gave it a go and took it on board,” she says. “They were very enthusiastic to learn. They were a wonderful class.”

Kellie also enjoyed the fabrics at Blueberries, which she described as exactly the kind of fabrics she’d buy herself. “It’s a beautiful shop,” she says. “Such a great atmosphere. I felt so comfortable around the fabrics. It was like being at home.”

Check out Kellie’s blog at www.dontlooknow.typepad.com

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Tutor Profile on Kellie Wulfsohn

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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How long have you been quilting and what got you started?
I’ve been quilting for about six or seven years. I got started basically because I’m stingy. It was after the birth of my fourth child. I checked out some quilts in shops and thought it might have been cheaper to make my own. It isn’t, of course, but it’s certainly a lot more fun. And now I have my own business.

How long have you been teaching and what do you specialise in?
I’ve been teaching for 12 months. I predominately specialise in raw-edged appliqué and free-motion quilting.

What inspires your creative ideas and projects?
I’m like Seinfeld, it’s all about everything and nothing with me. My kids inspire me, a book might inspire me, sometimes it’s the colour of a particular fabric. Once when I was waiting in a laundromat watching people walking past outside, I saw this pigeon trotting along as if it was a person. It seemed so funny at the time it inspired me to make a quilt with these little birds walking all over it.

Do you have a particular colour or design style?
Well, maybe because I have such a young family I tend to go for child-oriented designs. I like bright fresh girly kind of colours.

What have you learnt from your students as a tutor?
I’ve learnt how important communication is and that there are lots of different ways of communicating the same information, rather than just one or two.

Giftwares for Mother’s Day

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We have a great selection of Giftwares for Mother’s Day available instore. If you don’t live locally we accept telephone orders or send us an email at [email protected] to find out more.

We also offer Gift Vouchers that are available online, click here to purchase.

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Red Tokyo Platters

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Candles

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Homewares

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Lamps

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Cushions

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The New Blueberries Pin

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Blueberries is pleased to announce the introduction of the Blueberries Pin. You can purchase online or visit the store to pick up your very own Blueberries Pin for $5. Wear it to a class, at your quilting group, when your out and about or pin it to a bag that you’ve made at Blueberries.

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Members of the Blueberries Cake Club and/or the Elm Creek Quilt and Book Club can pick up their pins next time in store, as pictured here below.

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Hunky Dory Fabric

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Hunky Dory fabric has arrived…

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There are 13 fabrics to choose from as well as Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls. Click here to view the range.

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Visit Blueberries at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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Blueberries will be attending the Australasian Quilt Convention & Expo in Melbourne!
Thursday 29 April to Sunday 2 May 2010, 10am to 4:30pm daily
Royal Exhitibion Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton Gardens.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the Expo, come and see us at Stand 21.

Show and Tell with Trish Harrison

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Show us the item and tell us the story

Trish Harrison’s Kaleidoscope Quilt

What was your inspiration for this quilt?
I thought it was a very interesting pattern and I loved the colours, all purples and golds and blues. Also, it was a style I hadn’t done before.

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How long did it take you to make it?
It took me about six months to complete. I did a lot of the work in the Sit and Sew classes at Blueberries. Susan Carr was wonderful, she encouraged me to explore my own abilities while I was making it. I’d be there at Blueberries every day of the week if I could, it’s got such a lovely atmosphere.

Have you made many other quilts before?
Yes, this is actually my fourth quilt. The other three I made for my grandchildren. That’s why I got started quilting in the first place, just to make a quilt for each of my grandkids. But somewhere along the way it turned into a passion in its own right.

Where has this quilt ended up?
It’s currently at home, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to end up with my daughter. She has her eye on it and has said how much she likes it, so it’s only a matter of time. I know resistance is futile.

If you have an item you’d like profiled in ‘Show and Tell’, send your contact details and a photo of your creation to [email protected].

A Happy Customer

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It is always nice to hear when a customer is happy with the service we provide. This week we received this lovely email from one of our customers…

Thank you so much for your prompt and extremely well presented delivery of French Hat Box fabrics.  I just received today the 3m of the large rose print which was the remaining component.  It really was very quickly delivered and I am extremely happy with it.  I’m very much looking forward to making the quilt. It is for my 5 yr old daughter, and she and I were so excited when we received the parcel and looked at all the beautiful fabrics within the tin. I can’t wait to show the ladies in my craft group how beautifully you presented the fabrics.  It was extremely professional and a credit to your business. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend blueberries to anyone I know.”

Vivian Dowd

Life is a Celebration is the kit that Vivian purchased, click here to find out more and purchase.

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Pictured below is the French Hat Box Fat Quarter packs also available, click here to purchase.

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Maisy Quilt Book

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

We would like to introduce the popular cartoon character Maisy, the colourful, lovable mouse with a nose for adventure. She has ears, tail and whiskers, as well as hands and feet, not paws! Maisy has animal friends and toys who share her world, including Cyril the squirrel, Tallulah the chick, Charley the crocodile, Eddie the elephant, and her favourite Panda toy.

Maisy´s adventures with her friends are funny and fantastic moments like making friends, riding tricycles, going swimming, playing in the garden, and “reading” books.

The kids will love this Maisy Quilt Book…

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Visit the shop to see the quilt in person.

Kits are available for $140, which includes all fabric for quilt top and binding, click here to purchase.

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