Archive for June, 2010

New Patterns Online

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Don’t Look Now!

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New Fabric instore…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

From the Bakehouse

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Happy
Jelly Roll – $52.50 (pictured above)
5″ Charm Squares – $17.50
Layer Cake – $52.50
Honey Bun – $39.50

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Hope
Jelly Roll – $52.50
Layer Cake – $52.50
Fat Quarter Pack – $176.00 (pictured above)
5″ Charm Squares – $17.50

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Lily & Will
5″ Charm Squares – $17.50 (pictured above)
Jelly Roll Blue – $52.50
Jelly Roll Green – $52.50
Jelly Roll Purple – $52.50

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Good Tidings of Great Joy
$23 per metre

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Itsy
$22 per metre

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Rosery Rose Collection
$24 per metre

Tutor Profile on Rachael Porter

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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How long have you been quilting and what got you started?
I’ve been quilting for over 15 years now. It was a colleague at work who first got me started. She taught beginner’s classes herself and she persuaded me to go along to one of those. I’d only ever done a bit of needlework at that stage and didn’t even have a sewing machine so it was really intuitive of her.

How long have you been teaching and what do you specialise in?
I’ve been teaching at Blueberries for just over a year now. Prior to that I was in the NSW Public Service so it was a complete change for me. My husband and I moved up to the Central Coast with his work so it was a great bonus for me to discover Blueberries. I tend to specialise in English Paper Piecing and appliqué.

What and where do you draw your creativity from?
Mostly the fabrics themselves, especially the different colours and textures. But I also get a lot of inspiration from anything around me, books, movies, people, etc. The Quilt and Craft Fair at Darling Harbour is displaying a quilt that I wrote the pattern for and it’s been on the Blueberries website as well.

Do you have any favourite colours or designs?
I like more of the old English style and also antique designs for quilts. And reproduction prints. The colours are dustier and have softer tones.

What have you learned from your students as a tutor?
I’ve learned that anybody can be creative if they put their mind to it. For some people it just takes a bit longer. I get a lot of pleasure from students’ reaction when they make a breakthrough, or even when they just do something they didn’t think they could do. And they get a real buzz about being able to do something, no matter how small.

Rachael’s Block of the Month classes are at Blueberries on the fourth Tuesday of the month, the next three being 22 June, 27 July and 24 August. Click here for more details.

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair: Blueberries stand I15A

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

We have returned from the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair a little tired but excited from the buzz it brings! We would like to say thanks to everyone that visit our stand and we hope you enjoyed what we had on offer. We would also like to thank everyone for there lovely comments and photos. If you have any photos that you would like to share send them to [email protected] or post them on our Blueberries facebook site. Here are a few of the comments and some photos.

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Blueberries Sunday Bus Group

Comments:

“Although it was an early start, everyone seemed excited about going to the fair.  Not even 10 minutes into the journey a voice came from the back of the bus ‘are we there yet’. We took a quick photo before we all went in to spend our money.  The show was great ‘a feast for the eyes’ lots of new things to see and buy (shh don’t tell our husbands).  At the end of the day we returned to the bus a little weary and purses a little lighter but a good day was had by all.  To top the day off we were serenaded by Jackie Gardner and a few others on the drive home. Thank you to all who came and made it a great day and we hope to see you all again next year. A big thankyou to Sue Turl from CoastalLiner for all your assistance and a safe journey.” – Rachael Porter

“On Wednesday I spent a lovely day at the Sydney Quilt and Craft Fair at Darling Harbour. I travelled on the bus from Blueberries and found it such a pleasant experience – door to door, no fuss and dropped off literally at the entry to the exhibition. Coming home was equally fuss free. No need to carry bags etc long distances, just sink into my seat and chat to the lady beside me; husband waiting and dinner on the table! Altogether an enjoyable day, my birthday treat to me. Thank you for arranging it, please keep me a seat on next year’s bus.” – Barbara

“I saw your display at the Craft show on Friday. I love the quilt with the white background, flowers on it, pictured in your display…” – Denise

“I visited your stand, on Friday at the Craft show, and wish to congratulate U for the service, information and all the goodies inside the bag, I found when I arrived Home. Berry Bag pattern will come in handy. Thank U very much. Soon will be placing an order. Congratulations once again” – Susana

“Hi there I visited your stand at the Sydney show and just wanted to pass on what a lovely experience I had.  I received wonderful help and friendliness from the ladies and love my purchases.  I was thrilled when I unpacked my bag to see I had received some lovely freebies.  Thanks – I look forward to coming to your store soon – hopefully in the holidays!!  Thanks so much…” – Caroline

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Best of Show

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Jackie demonstrating the fabric pen

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Lovebirds by Don’t Look Now!

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Janelle Wind Canvas Wall Art

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More of Janelle Wind’s creations

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Sleepover Bag – Kit and Pattern available online

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View more pictures on the Blueberries facebook site.

Congratulations on your first book!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Congratulations to Janelle Wind and Natalie Ross for the release of their respective books, a first for both!

Janelle Wind’s first book is entitled “Pieces of Me”.

“As the title states this book is about ‘Pieces of Me’. The book is divided into sections and each section relates to something that I love. So the fabric buckets that you see on the cover are found in the ‘stitching’ section. Each section has 2 or 3 projects in each section, I have given lots of additional ideas PLUS two bonus projects.” says Janelle.

Come and see Janelle’s samples at the Blueberries stand (i12) during the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour, Sydney next Wednesday 16 June to Sunday 20 June.

This book is available from the Blueberries online shop and instore, click here to find out more.

You can read more about this special release by visiting Janelle’s blog.

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Natalie Ross’ first book is entitled “Get red red ready for Christmas”.

“I am lovin myself sick with how the whole book has turned out and Anthea has worked her magic with her graphic design skills to get the book to be very ME! There are 12 projects with a bonus project as well. Lots of different quirky projects to make for family, friends, home, for every part of Christmas!” says Natalie

This book is available from the Blueberries online shop and instore, click here to find out more.

You can read more about this special release by visiting Natalie’s blog.

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Mini Foundation Pieced Sampler by Anne Sommerlad

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

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(Finished size – 15 ½ x 18 inches)

This tiny wall hanging is made up of 20 traditional blocks. The catch is… they are each only 2 inches in size! The centre of the mini-quilt is surrounded by a 1 inch Flying Geese border.

Even though making such tiny blocks may appear daunting, (one Pineapple block contains 61 pieces of fabric!!), everyone who has attempted the project has been amazed at how easy it really is – thanks to the use of the Foundation Piecing technique.

Because of the size of the blocks, it is a great economy project, as it uses very little fabric, so  just dive into your scrap-basket!

This is an excellent project to use to learn Foundation piecing and the final result certainly has the “WOW” factor!!

It really is… Easy!!!

Click here to register for Anne’s sampler class on Friday 2nd July.

Class Report by Lisa Egan

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Pupil: Lisa Egan
Class: Irish Circles, 2nd Thursday of the month at Blueberries
Tutor: Karen Cunningham

What do you do in the class?
This year I’m working on a quilt called Irish Circles, but Karen’s classes tend to be pretty varied. She only teaches the quilts that she’s designed. She has a bit of a cult following.

How was the tutor?
Karen generally tends to work with more experienced quilters but is also very patient with less experienced people so she’s pretty versatile. She’s such a good communicator and has a great eye for lovely fabrics and styles. She has the X factor.

What’s the best part of the class?
I can’t really generalise because it’s such a fun day. It’s great seeing the new quilts and she’ll also bring out the older quilts she’s made. You feel so inspired. Also, it’s such a lovely group of ladies to work with. The days are very social. We muck around a lot.

Does the class meet your expectations?
I’ve known Karen for nearly ten years so I knew what to expect the first time I went. I was really excited to be in a class of hers.

Would you encourage others to do the class?
Well actually I’ve already done that. A group of ladies that I sew with on a social basis booked into the class this year because I spoke so highly of it. Do you think I should get a commission?

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Lisa at Blueberries

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Lisa’s Irish Circles so far

Irish Circles is Karen Cunninghams adaptation of a quilt made by Jane Piza from Ireland around 1850-60.
The original quilt can be found at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Gloucester England.

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Lisa’s quilt made in Karen’s class last year

Machine Quilting with Deborah Louie

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Have you viewed the DVD with the latest Quilters Companion magazine?

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If so you will be pleased to know that Deborah Louie, who presents An Introduction to Domestic Machine Quilting in this DVD, will be teaching at Blueberries this month.
So why not brush up on your machine quilting techniques with Deborah. The class is for two days and will be run on Thursday 24 June to Friday 25 June.

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

Your new and improved Blueberries shop…

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Have you been to Blueberries lately?

We have been busy bees moving, building, sawing, screwing, cleaning and more to bring you a new and improved shop.

We have introduced a new counter and other displays so we can squeeze in more fabric for you to choose from. We have also changed the classroom layout to give you more room and a better classroom area.

Next time you’re in the neighbourhood stop by the shop to take a look.

Here are some photos from our busy weekend. Enjoy!

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10 Good Reasons to buy Fabric

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

1. It insulates the cupboard where it is kept.
2. It keeps the “economy” moving, it is my duty to support cotton farmers, textile mills and fabric shops.
3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.
4. It’s a contest – the one who dies with the most fabric wins.
5. It keeps without refrigeration, you don’t have to cook it to enjoy it, you’ll never have to feed it, change it, wipe it’s nose or walk it.
6. Like dust, it’s good for “protecting” previously empty spaces in the house, like the ironing board, laundry basket, the dining room table etc.
7. It’s not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul and makes me feel good.
8. Because it’s on “SALE.”
9. Because I’m worth it.
10. And buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions.

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