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Leonie & Deirdre

Monday, 9 February 2009

Today is an enormously sad day for our Nation. Fires rage out of control across the state of Victoria. Many lives have been lost. Whole townships have been all but wiped out.
We pray for all those affected by these horrific fires. Our thoughts are with you all.
Leonie & Deirdre
The Quilted Crow

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Quote of the Week:

I will honour Christmas in my heart and keep it there all year long . . .

Only days away now until we celebrate Christmas with family and loved ones. It is such a wonderful time of year and a chance to reflect back over the past twelve months and prepare for the coming year.

Thank you so much for your continued support over this past year. YOU are the very reason we enjoy what we do so much . . your constant words of encouragement, your loyalty and offers of support are all so much appreciated. We both wish you all a very happy Christmas, wherever in the world you may be . . .

Finally, congratulations to 'Anonymous' whose comment wins the giveaway of Deirdre's pattern titled "Yuletide WIshes". Please email us your postal address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year . . .

Until next time.

Leonie & Deirdre - The Quilted Crow

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Quote of the Week:
You can't have rainbows without rain . . .

Another week has flown by and we are all madly counting down the days to Christmas. Neither Deirdre or myself have done ANY Christmas shopping yet . . . so if you see two "on a mission, mad-eyed" women racing around Hobart, that will be us two on Christmas Eve!

I got a lovely surprise through the week when an old friend called in unexpectantly from interstate to say hi whilst on a conference here in Hobart - I apoligise to Pam (a customer I was serving at the time) for the possible burst ear drum that she left with after I let out one loud scream of excitement when Colin walked through the door!! Deirdre came running out from the back expecting to see a fabric delivery as that is our usual response when the delivery man arrives (sorry Col !!) and even though it wasn't fabric, she was still happy to see him too!

Speaking of fabric, there are lots of yummy things on the way - I don't think they will be here before Christmas (which is mighty sad) but they should start arriving early in the new year. "Ave Rose" is a really pretty range for all of you who like big florals in blue greys, pinks and soft greens - there are also some smaller prints in the range too.

In the reproduction line we have "Quaker Quilts" and "Sturbridge Village IV", both by Judie Rothermel on the way, so will let you know when they get here - although you WILL hear the screams then . . .

Now to our giveaway last post - we asked you to share a funny Christmas story with us and we have chosen three people who will each receive a copy of our pattern "Tiny Treasure Cones", just in time to make up for Christmas. They are Marita, Jan and Carrie P. Please email us your mailing address and we will pop them in the post to you - thanks for sharing with us and congratulations !!!

Now we also have another giveaway - Deirdre's pattern called "Yuletide Wishes" which is pictured at the top of the page - one lucky person will have the chance to win it but you must leave a comment by Monday 15th about what you like most about the quilt and we will announce the winners that same day.

Time to go and watch my darling girl at her end of year concert . . . they grow up far too quickly. . .

Until next time,
Leonie & Deirdre - The Quilted Crow

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Quote of the Week:

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room !!

Oh my gosh, is it Tuesday already? Where are the days going lately? Everyone is madly preparing for the festive season which is only weeks away now - the elbows are coming out in the supermarket aisles and the 'push and shove' is getting a little heavier on the footpaths as people go about their Christmas shopping.

I must confess right here and now, that I haven't even thought about where to start - my girls put up our Christmas tree last night, a tradition in our house on the 1st December every year.
It's lots of fun watching them pull out all of their creations that they have made over the years from kindergarten to now - how many nativity sets made out of shoe boxes and empty toilet rolls can one family possibly have? Then there are the reindeer tree decorations made from pegs complete with boggly eyes and pipe cleaners for their antlers - not to mention the angels made from paper doilies . . . how many of you out there can relate to this?? I haven't the heart to throw any of it out - there's nothing better than hearing them say 'remember when I was four . . . . and I made this at Kinder' . .

Deirdre spent all of her Sunday decorating her place for Christmas - she is being very minimilstic this year - down from ten trees to only four. FOUR!!!! But it does always look beautiful. I wonder how many shoe box nativity sets she still has?

Now because Christmas is a time for giving, we would like to have a giveaway, so if you have a funny Christmas story that you would like to share with us, leave a comment and we will announce the winners next Monday. The three lucky recipients will each receive a copy of my pattern "Tiny Treasure Cones", that you can see at the top of the page.
Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments through the week - it is so nice to read them all. I'm off to start on my Christmas list . . . have a great week.
Until next time,
Leonie & Deirdre - The Quilted Crow

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Quote of the Week:

Ask not what your fabric can do for you, but what you can do for your fabric . . .

My goodness, has it really been two weeks since our last posting? Where has the time gone? Now I do know that I sent one thousand apologies to you all last time I had a little lapse, so I am sending two thousand this time to make up for it . . .

But in all fairness . . . we have just recently returned from the Australasian Quilt Market which is held twice a year here in Australia, Sydney in June and Melbourne in Novmeber, which is the one that we were part of.

It was our very first time there as 'designers' under the banner "Pattern Press" which is our distributors name, who happens to be Helen Stubbings of Hugs n Kisses . She has encouraged and supported us over the last couple of months and we are most grateful to her for this support.
It was lots of fun at Market and a good chance to catch up with other shop owners who share the same love, and even better because they liked what we were doing with the felted wool!! We had a great response, given that we are trying to introduce something new to shop owners with the felted wool - hopefully their customers will like what we are doing & have a dabble in it themselves!

The photo at the top is a close up of part of one of the new designs that we took along called "From My Garden" and below is another of the whole piece.

Here's another design called "Love Apple" which is a penny rug table topper. Both designs would look equally as good in cotton, but we do loooove working with the felted wool . . . .

It was also really nice to meet Jhoanna for the first time from One Red Robin who also goes under the "Pattern Press" banner with her fantastic range of softies which proved to be extremely popular! She is a beautiful person with an enormous amount of talent and it was great to share the booth with her, listening to people oohing and aahing over her designs! Be sure to pop over to her blog and say hi - she was sensible and took a camera (something that we left behind!) so if you want to see some photos of the booth, this is the place to see them!

So here we are again, back at our gorgeous shop (well, we think it is !!) working on our next 'crisis' - making up all of our samples to take the Australasian Quilt Convention which is to be held from the 26th February to 1st March, 2009 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. This is different to Quilt Market (which is a wholesalers market). Here we take our 'shop' and sell to the general public - they get to have a taste of what we do here at The Quilted Crow by seeing all of our goodies on the booth - Stand Number 180 by the way for all of those people wanting to visit us! So I guess you're thinking that we get to do lots of "schmoozing" - well yes - we do - but there is still lots of work to be done before the "schmoozing" starts!!

Having said that, I'd better be off & get to work on the 'said' samples. I've got Deirdre out back on Big Mal, as usual, quilting up a storm. . . .

Until next time.
Leonie & Deirdre
The Quilted Crow

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Quote of the Week:

"Quilters make great comforters . . ."

"Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat"

It was all about Halloween last week and Deirdre being the Halloween Queen, had her house decorated out at Campania.

She lives in 'woop woop' and nobody goes trick or treating out there (much to her dismay!) so we have decided that next year she will bring it all to my place where there are loads of people dressed in fun costumes roaming the streets, knocking on doors and having lots of fun!

Here are some photos to share with you all of Deirdre's house . . .

We are still madly preparing for Quilt Market next week - there is still so much to do - and time is quickly passing us by - patterns still to write - a project still to finish - quilts to be quilted - any wonder we are going through the chocolate . . . one can never have enough . .

Until next time

Leonie & Deirdre - The Quilted Crow