Archive for July, 2011

Clever Chicks – Singleton Quilters Inc. 2011 Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Singleton Quilters Inc. will be holding a Quilt Exhibition at the Mechanics Institute, 74 George St Singleton on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2011 from 10am to 4pm.

Numerous quilts both large and small, challenge competition items and projects created by the Singleton Quilters during the past two years will be in display. The proceeds of our raffle quilt are going to the UnitingCare Singleton Disability Respite Services. An entry fee of $5 is requested and we welcome all to view our exhibition and enjoy the time spent in our lovely town of Singleton.

Bright Owl Fabric

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

“Hoot Hoot!” said the Owl

The Bright Owl fabric, by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures Fabrics is now available instore and online!

Click here to purchase now.


Terrigal Quilt Show

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Saturday 13 August 2011 10am to 4pm

Terrigal Presbyterian Church 2 Willoughby Road Terrigal

  • Stunning Quilts
  • Vibrant Arts
  • Cafe
  • Craft Stall
  • FOR SALE: Plants, Art and Quilts

Donations: $5 Children Free (All funds supporting Allowah Children’s Home)

Enquiries: 02 4384 2597 or 02 4365 4393


Learn Hand Quilting with Jenny Rofe

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Due to popular demand, Jenny Rofe is returning to Blueberries to teach hand quilting and embroidery work to create a beautiful cushion called ‘Two Dozen Roses’.

Lynda Mahoney who previously took the class says ‘I really did thoroughly enjoy the class. Jenny is so knowledgeable but in saying that, didn’t make things at all complicated. She gve a lot of enjoyable, interesting background information on things I had never even considered, such as thread choices. Jenny is such a great teacher I would happily spend hours and hours just listening and learning from her!’

Book for Jenny Rofe’s Two Dozen Roses class now! map

Staff Profile

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The stories behind the faces behind the counter

Name: Karli

How long have you been working at Blueberries?

I’ve been working there for almost three months now. I work two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What do you do at Blueberries?

A bit of lots of things, really. I do some of the frontline counter work, a lot of the online work like uploading fabrics, a bit of cleaning, stuff like that. I like the variety.

What do you enjoy most about working at Blueberries?

I like all the ladies who come in, I love chatting with them and giving them advice when they ask for it. Everyone always seems so delighted just to be there. It’s such a great atmosphere. I like all of the staff as well, they’re a fun bunch to work with.

How long have you been a sewer?

Actually, I’m not a sewer. Yet. I’ve always enjoyed working with fabrics. It’s more glamorous than working with food, for example. When I was little, Grandma made a gorgeous quilt for me, which I’ve always looked after. It’s one of my most cherished possessions. I really like the idea of making my own.

What’s the next step in that journey?

Maybe making cushions first, as a stepping stone to bigger things like quilts. That was Susan Carr’s suggestion and I think it’s a great idea.


Big ‘n’ Bizarre.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Koala

At last! A true Australian icon immortalized in fiberglass as a Big Thing! The humble koala is one of our cutest, cuddliest most famous furry residents. Bit of a shame then, that this one looks completely psychotic. The kind that’d happily chew the hands off small children. Okay, maybe that’s a bit unfair – let’s just say he looks badly constipated and be done with it.

We’re in the little town of Dadswells Bridge in western Victoria, about halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide. The town, which bills itself as the gateway to the northern Grampains, is named after an engineer called Dadswell who, well… once built a bridge there. It’s most famous resident, however, is named after someone far more famous to 21st century Australians. Someone who brought lumps to our throats and tears to our eyes. But more on that later.

Technically the Big Koala is known as the Giant Koala. They’re not kidding. At 14m, he’s three storeys high and contains a cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop and koala information centre. There’s a Norman Bates style motel next door, which makes the Giant Koala seem uncannily like the big creepy house in the movie, dominating the horizon. This kinda adds to the general psychotic air surrounding this particular Big Thing.

It was back in 1988 when Koala Motor Inn and roadhouse owner, Beryl Cowling, commissioned internationally acclaimed sculptor, Ban van Zetten to build the Giant Koala to attract passers-by. It was made from 12 tonnes of cold cast bronze over a steel frame with a fiberglass paste used on the exterior to give him a hairy look (and maybe a bit overdone inside the ears?). He was officially unveiled in mid-1989 and has been drawing large, curious crowds ever since. Some people have been known to enter the Giant Koala and never come out again.

Twenty years after his inauguration, he was bestowed with a national honour when he was officially named ‘Sam’ at a moving dedication ceremony in September 2009, which was ‘Save the Koala Month’. You may remember that Sam was the name the media gave to the badly-burned but heroic koala who was photographed drinking water from the hands of a CFA volunteer during the Victorian bushfires. The pic went global and Sam became a symbol of hope after the tragedy. When he died of complications six months later, even the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, described his death as “tragic”.

So ever since then, the Giant Koala has been proudly bearing the name of this much-loved and honoured creature. This hasn’t stopped him from looking psychotic and constipated, however, no matter how long or hard you stare at him.


Strip-Smart Quilts Book

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

by Kathy Brown

Discover 16 stunning quilts that are easy enough for anyone to make.

Soft Cover
80 Pages


Click here to buy now!


Blueberries Spring Fair 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Two Days in September

When jasmine meets appliqué

Hang on, it’s still only the middle of July! Why are we even thinking about spring? Because it’s the Blueberries 2011 Spring Fair, that’s why. And this event deserves to be marked in your calendars early, so there’s absolutely no chance of you missing out.

This year we decided we couldn’t wait till the middle of October for the Spring Fair, so we’re having it just about as close to the official beginning of spring as possible. Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September are the dates for this hotly anticipated event, so mark your calendars now. Use a big, fat red permanent marker.

Like previous years, there’ll be all kinds of demonstrations, displays and classes, not to mention important gossip-swapping opportunities. And, of course, all of this washed down with fabulous catering. Picture all of this taking place under the fresh, clear skies of early spring. Mmmm, smell that jasmine.

Watch this space for more juicy teasers as September approaches.


Chris Timmins Workshop

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Click here to book into Chris Timmins workshops now!

Just a quick note on the upcoming Chris Timmins workshops that are being held on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 August. Chris is a veteran teacher with over 25 years experience and is versatile enough to teach both beginners and experienced quilters. She specialises in the Bargello style of quilt that is always popular.

Chris holds her workshops twice a year at Blueberries, the first one in February and the second in August, and with August rapidly approaching, it’s a case of striking while the iron’s hot. In the class you can make any of the gorgeous quilts featured on Chris’ website at so check them out and decide which you’d like to try your hand at.  We also have some of Chris’ quilts on display at Blueberries here are a few samples.




Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Miner

This stoic bloke is the second fiberglass human we’ve met so far, the first being Bathurst’s Big Gold Panner, eternally bent on one knee trying his luck outside the Gold Panner Motor Inn. The Big Miner, however, stands upright, an impressive eight metres tall, and lives in the historic Victorian city of Ballarat, greeting all visitors who arrive from the east.

As Ballarat boasts the greatest concentration of public statues of any Australian city, it was always inevitable that it’d end up with a Big Thing as well. Some of the statues date back to the heady gold rush days of the 19th century, but the Big Miner is a relative newcomer. He was officially unveiled in December 2006, on the anniversary of 1854’s infamous Eureka Stockade civil uprising.

In fact, the Big Miner was so mired in controversy he almost caused a civil uprising of his own. In 2004, businessman Wayne Johnson announced his plans to install a 12 metre high statue as the centrepiece of his mini golf and entertainment complex. The idea was instantly met with a passionate wave of local opposition. The hastily-formed Ballarat Citizens For Thoughtful Development described the proposal as a “throwback to a long discarded fad”, and that it belonged on the Gold Coast rather than in a “gracious Victorian city”. There were also grave concerns at the image a 12 metre high concrete and fiberglass miner would send when Ballarat hosted the coveted League of Historical Cities Conference in 2006. Oddly though, no-one ever thought to ask what gold mining actually had to do with mini golf.

As it turned out, the hullabaloo was in vain. The Big Miner was approved by Council in July 2004, in spite of five public submissions, a petition signed by hundreds of residents, and lots of column space in the local letters pages. However, the locals did have two small, but significant, victories.

The first was the Big Miner’s reduction in height from 12 metres to six (but with a two metre high concrete box to stand on). The second was the delay caused by the campaign, which meant the project wouldn’t be completed in time for the historic 150th anniversary of Eureka later that year.

The Big Miner was therefore officially unveiled two years later in December 2006, on the more boring 152nd anniversary of Eureka. And, as is so often the case with hysterical and misguided public scare campaigns, the controversy fell silent and was forgotten a very short time later. Life in Ballarat went gloriously back to normal.

As a prologue to the story, the Big Miner received a $3,000 change of image three years later when he was given a sandstone finish over his copper-coloured fiberglass body. According to owner Wayne Johnson, this would make him fit in with the other statues dotted throughout Ballarat so that he’d finally “look more like an icon of the region”. You could even say this was a third, but subtle, win for the people.


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