Monday, 22 October 2007

Quote of the Week:

"A day patched with quilting seldom unravels . . ."
If ever you have dreamt of owning a vintage quilt, here is your chance to do so . . . just feast your eyes on these beautiful vintage quilts that have arrived in the shop. They are all just so gorgeous - we want to take each and every one of them home but we know we can't!!

Four of them have already sold; a Double Wedding Ring which went to live in a good home in New South Wales; a Postage Stamp which was signed and dated, a Butterfly Quilt and a Dresden Plate, both to local ladies.

We are very excited as some of the fabrics that are in the quilts, in particular, a Grandmothers Fan that just arrived, the same reproductions are here in the shop - shows you how spot on the fabric designers are . . .

The lady from NSW who bought the Double Wedding Ring (who apparently has a house full of quilts) said, "I never wanted to own one until I actually saw one; I can't believe how beautiful they are".

. . . .Now ladies, have a little word in your husband's ear and tell him what you'd like for Christmas . . . we'll even throw in the postage to keep him happy (registered too!) . . .

Next February will see us both heading off to Melbourne with the shop in tow, to the Australian Quilting Expo which is held annually. We have been on a long waiting list for a very long time and finally got word that we 'were in'. Very excitied we are . . . it will be nice to have the opportunity to show people what we have and what we are about. This expo is dedicated entirely to quilting and will be held on February 21st - 24th 2008. We hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Leonie & Deirdre
The Quilted Crow

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Quote of the Week:

"I love quilting and have plenty of material witnesses . . ."

It has already been one week since our "Christmas Gathering" which was held in Campania, five minutes out of historical Richmond. It was a huge success with everyone enjoying themselves immensely. This was our second Gathering that we have held in the Campania hall, the first one being our "Autumn Gathering" that was in April. Above is a photo of the hall the morning of the "Gathering" before anyone arrived; goody bags laden with patterns and each bag also containing a beautiful stitchery book by Cathy Penton.

Each person also received a gift box, complete with a delightful charm pendant featuring a traditional Christmas image with the words on the back reading "Joyeux Noel", a large rusty bell with a fabric tie and of course, a bag of sweets!!
People started rolling in at about 9.15am ready for a day of stitching and friendship - not much stitching done, but lots of friendships made!!

Below are some more photos for you to enjoy . . .

1. - Everyone has arrived . . 2. - Part of our shop display . ..3. - More of our shop display

4. . . shop display . . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . shop display . . . . . . . . . . 6. . . samples of some projects

7. . . Phil overseeing the catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8. Aye Aye Captain, whatever you say dear.

9. . . All's OK mum, says Ellen. . . . .. . . . . . .10. Ten year old Jess asleep at the end of a big day. .

"Valentine's Vintage Quilts" - exclusive to The Quilted Crow

As a shop, the focus of which are fabrics from the 1800's and 1930's we have always wanted to have some of the genuine article in here for people to enjoy. We are very excitied to have met up with a lady from "Valentine's Vintage Quilts" who is now buying vintage and antique quilts on our behalf for us to sell in the shop. They have started arriving are just truly beautiful . . . they will range in price from $375 upwards, depending on the quality, the amount of quilting, fabrics used and the era they are from. At the moment we have three made from genuine feed sack fabrics of the 1930's, a Double Wedding Ring with scalloped border, Lady of the Lake and a Star of Texas Quilt. Also, two quilts from the 1800's, one a Double Irish Chain from 1870 and the other, King Davids Crown from 1880; all of them are in excellent condition.
Below are some photos to enjoy . . .

Lone Star - made from vintage feed sacks $375

Lady of the Lake - mint condition - made from feed sacks from the 1930's - $990

When you purchase one of these beautiful quilts, they will come gift wrapped, complete with a vintage valentine card attached and full care instructions.
People will be able to take advantage of our three month layby term if they wish.

We have more arriving next week, so as soon as they come in, we'll post some more pics!!

Until next time,

Leonie & Deirdre
The Quilted Crow