The Circle Game - Gary's Journey - Part 1

Wednesday, January 10
Happy New Year, everybody!
The first post for 2018 and I have to admit, I am really pleased to be sharing this one with you!

I mentioned in a previous post that we aim to utilise this blog more often to share news about Amitie, but also about our community (the broader craft community and also our local community in Torquay). I also made note that we would be including content from guest contributors... and here we are!

I'll admit - a male quilter is rare in our patchwork but that isn't why Gary stood out to us. It was his work and passion for quilting that really caught our eye.

Hi Gary!
He participated in the Delilah (Template Only) program and by the powers of Instagram, Jen and I followed his process and often found ourselves discussing his work with Fussy Cutting.

Let's just say... his fussy cutting is UNREAL!
I mean, just look at it!

When Gary contacted me about doing The Pretty Circle Game (Our latest Template of the Month Program) it was clear he might not want the soft and pretty fabrics we were shipping every month. As beautiful as those fabrics are, they aren't his normal colour palette!

That's when the idea struck to have Gary as a guest contributor to this blog!
I was thrilled when he said yes and I am so thankful to Gary for being open to this as I know his aesthetic will be greatly appreciated by you, our loyal customers!

So, without further ado... here is Part 1 of Gary's Circle Game Journey!

Happy Reading!

How did you get interested in quilting?

I started quilting about 5 years ago, before that I had always knitted and sewn. I mainly knitted jumpers, beanies scarves and waistcoats. In the UK we lived in Sheffield, where a good jumper and beanies were essential. I had always knitted with lots of colours and as well as designing some of my own patterns. I knitted lots of Kaffe patterns, amazed as always at the use of colour.

Christmas Hours 2018

Saturday, December 23
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Introducing: Golden Days

Tuesday, December 19
Well, it's that time again.
I know you're all thinking "yeah, it's Christmas" but I am actually referring to another monumental date on the calendar...
Jen is releasing another block of the month program!

We are so excited to announce our next fantastic Template of the Month program...

Cover Girls

Thursday, December 14
Over the last little while we have been introducing our new neighbours to Amitie's fantastic new space and part of this means local advertising!

Working with the Surf Coast Times has been great. This smaller, local publication has been very hands on with understanding our needs and desires in regards to spreading the word!
We were thrilled when asked if we wanted to be featured in their Celebrating Seniors lift out.

Jen and I graced the cover and I love this photo. Neither of us are super comfortable in front of the lens but it worked out just fine, I think!
Both in our white linens, both smiling... for me, it's just a snap shot of another day in paradise doing what we love and love sharing.

Amitie Update

Wednesday, December 6

We have some images from around store we thought you might like to see!

For those who haven't seen - the image above is part of our new space. Photos can't really capture the size, but this one does as an alright job! I get a bit gushy about it all, but I am seriously proud of this store. Jen's vision really came together and it feels unique. It definitely was a risky move, but those often pay off with hard work.
Seriously - we have no regrets. It's been an amazing adventure so far!

This is just the fabric side of things. We also have an amazing class space to the right of here.
A space that can sit 20... quite comfortably. We really thought size mattered in the "creating space" to allow us an in house experience when we invite teachers from around the world. A luxury we have really missed the last little while!

But this is also an big bonus in our smaller (more regular) workshops - you have space to spread out and let loose a little.

Quilt Market - The Wrap Up - Part 2

Thursday, November 30
Hello again!

I hope you all enjoyed the latest post about Quilt Market. 
As promised, I am back again with another post but this time I will be focusing on the quilt show that was displayed at Market.
I umm'ed and ahh'ed about what this post should be because there are so many GORGEOUS booths at Market... but I came to the conclusion that they have been featured a lot via numerous social media channels and blogs.

Also, my mind is stuck on the quilt show... one exhibition in particular.
Between Me and the World: Identity and Activism in Quilts.

This part of the exhibition was sponsored by EverSewn and, in my opinion, it featured some of the best work because of the emotional response one got from viewing the quilts.

QUILT MARKET - The Wrap Up - Part 1

Saturday, November 25

Thought I better let you all know how Market was for our crew. We did a a bit of sharing on our Instagram stories (seriously - we love Stories! Best way to show you some behind the scenes stuff which will be a big focus of ours in 2018) but here's a more formal approach!

There's been one major hold up on this post. I wanted to get this blog looking sexy...
And, I think I achieved it! 

A place we plan on using more often in 2018 to share news and ideas about our business and also the surrounding community.

Now, I know what you're all thinking? More blog posts.. we have heard it all before! But, we are serious. I think this blog is under-utilised. It's not just a place to share things about Amitie, but a more general creative hub where YES we will talk all things Amitie but lots of other stuff as well!
I, Lucy, will be the main contributor but I also hope to feature lots of new content from other guest contributors too. I hope you continue to come back and enjoy what you find!

So here we are.
Quilt Market Houston 2017 - the wrap up - PART 1!
Better late than never!