Archive for October, 2011

Book Worm

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

By Karli Galvin

This week I invite you to feast your eyes on this wonderful book by Robert Shaw called ‘American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007’. This beautifully photographed book presents a historical perspective of a quintessentially American medium and provides a spectacular archive of quilt masterpieces. It is a fascinating chronicle of the growth and evolution of an art form with a rich heritage, and have I mentioned..such pretty quilts!

Whilst having fun flipping through and gazing at all the beautiful quilts, you also now have a reference for some really unique and original designs – 355 pages of these references to be exact!

This book is a must have for loves of quilt history, so click here to buy one today!


Back In Stock!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

LED Mini Clip-On Light

Back in stock we have this great little gadget, perfect for hand stitching and hand quilting at home and also whilst travelling. Could also be used on your sewing machine.

With it’s small size and low weight, it is very portable and with it’s flexible neck and tilt functionality, it will suit any of your sewing conditions!

The LED Mini Clip-On Light has 6 ultra bright LEDs, a dimmer function and the diffusion lens provides greater lighting comfort to reduce eyestrain.

You can purchase the LED Mini Clip-On Light here.


Quilt as you go Sampler Quilt with Monica Poole

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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: $45.00 + requirements (each student will need to purchase a copy of the Quilt as you go Sampler Quilt, purchase here.)

Date: Wednesday, 30th November

Time: 10AM – 4PM

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

To book in, click here. We hope to see you then!


Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Ram

As we all know by now, sibling rivalry between Big Things is fierce. And if you’re not  entirely convinced of this, then consider the case of the Big Ram.

We’re in a little town called Wagin, approximately 230kms south east of Perth in the middle of Western Australia’s sheep-farming district. The Big Ram guards the town’s main entrance, earning it the impressive nickname of ‘the sentinel of Wagin’. It’s 9m high, 13m long, weighs in at 4 tonnes and is adored by every single one of the town’s 1,293 residents. But in spite of the rosy picture this paints, the Big Ram still has a giant chip on its fiberglass shoulder – it’s constantly being mistaken for Goulburn’s Big Merino.

Not by those adoring residents, mind you. They have no doubt that the Big Ram is vastly superior. But in popular culture, it’s the Big Merino that gets all the publicity and associated kudos. And even though the two alpha sheep are in different time zones and separated by an entire continent, tensions remain.

Ironically, they were both unveiled in the same month of the same year – September 1985. In fact, the Big Ram was actually unveiled a week before the Big Merino, a fact which only adds to the Ram’s frustration.

One thing the Big Ram has over its eastern cousin is that it has a much nicer home, standing proudly on a little hillock, surrounded by picnic tables and beds of wildflowers. The Big Merino, on the other hand, lives in the concrete grounds of a service centre. Even the Ram’s nickname of Ba-a-a-rt (we’re not kidding) has legendary origins. According to popular folklore, while the Big Ram was being constructed, a passing truckload of ewes all ba-a-a-a-ed in the Ram’s direction at exactly the same time.

And why wouldn’t you? All up, the Big Ram deserves the highest admiration, scoring lots of points and ticking all the right boxes. No visit to Wagin is complete without a pilgrimage to Giant Ram Park to pay homage to this most impressive Big Thing, and one of the very best in the west. Just don’t mention the Big Merino.


Fabric Clubs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

All those that have signed up for the Reproduction fabric club, you will be recieving your next mail order on the 15th of October!

And if you haven’t yet joined up for our Reproduction fabric club, or any of our fabric clubs for that matter, click here to check them out!


Go Go Gadget Girl – Ratchet Rotary Compass Cutter

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

She loves her quilting toys

Ratchet Rotary Compass Cutter

Do you hate cutting circles with scissors?

Do your circles end up looking like octagons?

If so then the Olfa Ratchet Rotary Cutter is the perfect gadget for you.

It cuts circles from 4cm – 22cm and is perfect for all those circle projects like yo-yo’s, self covered buttons etc.

To purchase your own Ratchet Rotary Cutter, click here!


Quilt Valuations

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

You love the quilts you have made, right? And I bet you think they are priceless. But if you wanted to know exactly how much your quilts are worth, here is your chance to get your quilts valuated by Kaye Haerland, a member of the Quilter’s Guild of NSW.

Valuation will take place on the 11th of November at Kay Hearland’s home.

The cost of getting your quilt valuated is:

$22.00 for Members of the Quilter’s Guild of NSW Inc.

$33.00 for Non-Members.

To get your quilt critiqued (optional):


For any enquiries contact:

Kay Haerland on 02-4367-2937


Maree Gebhardt on 02-9449-5189


Flower Basket Medallion Quilt

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This beautiful quilt pattern that has been apart of the Block of the Month program is now available as a complete kit, including the pattern, fabric for quilt top and binding.

This is such a beautiful and dazzling floral quilt and now you can have the complete kit! Click here to purchase.


Creating Realistic Landscapes with Kaye Haerland – New Dates

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunatley we have had to cancel our ‘Creating Realistic Landscapes’ class with Kaye Haerland this week. But it isn’t all bad news! We are offering the class on the 7th and 8th of this month and for those who were unable to book in last time, you’re in luck as we have added another two classes for the 1st and 2nd of November!

To check out more details for this fun, unique workshop, click here for the November class and here for the October class!



Blueberries Kitchen- Zucchini and Corn Saute with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

We have two quick and easy side dishes

Zucchini and Corn Saute:


1 small red capsicum
30g butter
3 large zucchini (grated)
440g can corn kernels (drained)
2 teaspoons honey
chopped parsley

Cut red capsicum into thin strips place in frypan with butter,cook till tender
add zucchini and corn cook until tender then stir in the honey and parsley.

Serve hot or cold

Slow Roasted Tomatoes:


6 tomatoes cut in half
balsamic vineger
olive oil

Place tomatoes in low dish (use a dish that the tomatoes will fit close together).
Chop basil put on top of tomatoes then sprinkle the balsamic vineger, olive oil, sugar, salt/pepper.
Put in oven on 150 degrees celsius cook until tender.

Recipe by Carmel Leybourne



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