Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Quote of the Week:

Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of love . . .

Well what a week it was last week - "full on" to say the least. Pictured left are our ladies from New South Wales who spent the week with us here in the shop.

They arrived about 10.30am on Monday morning, all very excited and ready for a week of sewing.

They spent time looking about the shop to work out what they wanted to work on and then they were in to it. There was no stopping them! They all achieved quite alot the first two days so they decided that they had earnt themselves some time off and went to do some sight seeing! Thursday saw them back here ready to get back into it and by Friday afternoon they had each achieved a great deal. They were a great bunch and we look forward to this becoming a regular event every two years.

This week sees us madly getting our Block of the Month, Pincushion Club and Fabric Club organised and into the post. No rest for the wicked!!

For those reproduction fabric lovers, there are three gorgeous ranges due next week. They are Dressing Gowns II, Sturbridge Village Calicoes and Vicksburg. Our web guy is currently loading them onto our website so you should be able to view them later this week. They are all very scrummy.

Also just arrived is a retro range called RECESS by American Jane. This too can be viewed on our website later in the week. Be sure to check it out.

That just about does it for today - lots to do.

Until next time,


Leonie & Deirdre - The Quilted Crow

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Quote of the Week:

Every quilter has a masterpiece within . . .

For all of you who have been eagerly awaiting news of how our Christmas Gathering went on the weekend - I've finally made it to the keyboard!!

What a fantastic day!! Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and couldn't say enough about Natalie Bird and Anni Downs -

both girls do the most amazing work and their projects that they made especially for the day were a hit with everyone.
Here are some photos to share with you all . .
Remember all of the little pressies we told you we were making for everyone (80 in total!!)but we had to keep it a surprise - well this is what they were - little messenger birds (a gorgeous pattern by Rosalie Quinlan) with an old fashioned charm tied around their neck of a traditional Christmas image. Each person received one of these beautiful little birdies sitting in their own little nest . . . .

The table display . . .

Part of the shop display on the stage area . . .

. . . And for those of you who are wondering what "Nellie's Sewing Box" looked like when it was finished, here it is . . .

Now that we have shared some of the photos of our Gathering with you, we can also share some other exciting news that we mentioned briefly a few posts back.

Helen Stubbings from Hugs n Kisses has taken on both Deirdre and myself as new designers under her pattern distribution name 'Pattern Press'. This hopefully will open up many doors for us and we can't begin to tell you how excited we both are.

All of the projects that we designed for our Christmas Gathering will be available by the end of September in our shop or if you have your own shop and would like to buy wholesale, you can contact Helen on (03) 6278 7507.

We are madly working on typing up our patterns for other projects we have designed also, so it is keeping us rather busy. Now if I was clever enough, I would be able to 'link' you to Helen's new website, but I'm not . . . so here is the website address !! www.patternpress.com.au . You will also find on this website all of Helen's patterns that she has available too.

Well, this isn't getting all the work done that needs doing, so I must be off. Thank you to everyone who came to our Gathering and supported us. Hope to see you at our next one in April/May.

Until next time,

Leonie & Deirdre

The Quilted Crow

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Quote of the Week:

A quilt is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere . . .

Oops, we didn't get time yesterday to post - busy busy busy . . .

The photo to the left here are of some of the projects that will be on offer to make at our Christmas Gathering on Saturday 20th September.

We have made up for our tardiness yesterdayand here are the gorgeous projects that Anni Downs and Natalie Bird have both designed for our Gathering . .

"Petunia's Garden Bag" by Anni

"Christmas Berry Baubles" by Anni

"Sunflower Wool Bag & Pincushion" by Natalie

"Christmas Trio Wallhanging" by Natalie

I have one other project that I decided to make at the last minute . . . you know how it is!! It is called "Nellie's Sewing Box" and it is a rectangle box covered with felted wool with an applique on the lid and on the sides. Inside is a punchneedle scissor keep, a pincushion and if I have time . . . an appliqued measuring tape cover thingy !

For those of you who aren't attending the Gathering and would like patterns for the projects, all patterns will be available for sale at the end of September!

That just about ties it up for today . . . must go and get some more chores done !!

Have a great week

Until next time,

Leonie & Deirdre