Friday, December 30


So we survived Christmas (more to come on this - forgot my camera cable so you'll have to wait another day or 2!) and after a lovely 4 day break it's back to the shop. We are open except for the public holidays so come in and see us if you need anything.

Jo came in to see us with her finished quilt. This one is subtle in colour and so spectacular.

And the back is almost as beautiful as the front.

Another gorgeous quilt walked in the door recently (to somebody who shall remain nameless as it's a gift and we cannot give it away). Very different to the last - bright and cheerful with big piecing. Incredibly beautiful!

This quilt presented an interesting question - how many quilters does it take to pick a binding?

In the end it came down to two choices, and finally it was decided that the grey would do the job.
Now... what colour Perle?

It hasn't only been beautiful quilts walking in the door - we've been getting a lot of fabric deliveries with a lot more to come over the coming weeks. These few have really caught my eye. So fun in the greatest colour combos. Lucy will have them on the web soon, or feel free to call the store if you'd like some ($34.50 per meter, linen cotton blend).

And as for me - I have been busy preparing for my departure. I will be off to the Middle East soon with Richard, my husband. There's a lot to do before I take off. Gypsy wife, my next BOM is on the sewing machine getting finished so keep an eye out for that one! 
I am also planning some hand piecing for when I am away. This has been interesting for me as usually I choose fabric as I go, auditioning this with that, and taking things as I need them. Of course I can't do this as I will be on the other side of the world!
What's on the agenda for this quilt? Lots of fussy cutting! I have created some little windows to help me visualize and pick prints - such a great idea for all of you fussy cutters out there.
That's all from me. I hope you have a happy and safe New Year.

Wednesday, December 14


Received the following e-mail from Jan who is one of my BOMers (Block of the Month participants).

"Have just finished sewing on the final border strip - slight changes to your original, however I am very, very happy with this quilt - thank you very much for your beautiful creation, I enjoyed making it and truly enjoy looking at it and when it is quilted I will enjoy sleeping under it - once again thanks."

I love doing my block of the month designs, and creating quilts and getting lovely feedback like this just makes my heart sing.
So thank you Jan - you made my day!

Thursday, December 8

tough life

Fabric shopping can be hard work!

Monday, December 5

Thursday, December 1

Rockin Robin Round 4

Border 4 by Judy Newman.
Staff Profile:

My earliest memories are connected with fabric and textiles.  I remember a very few things way back, but inevitably what fabric I was wearing.  The blue rose party dress with multiple petticoats and the brown corduroy and tartan Sunday school dress (with matching hat and gloves of course).  I fell in love with Liberty working in the city in the 70’s and would run up the hill during my lunch hour to buy some.  Jobs Warehouse, not too far away, always gave up some memorable treasures. 
At first I dabbled in dressmaking, though without much talent.  It was when my children were very young and I had exhausted every other crafty pursuit that I stumbled upon patchwork and quilting.  It was love at first stitch!  That love continues, working and teaching at Amitie Textiles and designing patterns.  I meet many “can’t thread a needle” women in my classes and watch them go on to make beautiful and colourful quilts. My style I suppose is fairly classic, I love reds and blues with linen and quirky Japanese fabrics.  The most fun to be had I think is playing with all colours and putting them together watching a beautiful quilt emerge.

Favourite food: Chocolate
Drink: Coffee
Colour: Blue
Actor: Matt Damon
Song: Somewhere over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version)
I am currently reading: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Family Recipe: Greek style roast chicken with lemon
Gadget: My new Pfaff (is there a size limit on gadgets?)
Fabric: Liberty and the new one I see tomorrow!

1 chicken cut into 10 pieces
4 large red onions
2 lemons
Kalamata olives, pitted
Olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Brown garlic in pan with chicken (skin removed) 
Move to a baking tray.
Peel onions and cut up into large segments
Add a handful of olives
Squeeze over the juice of 1 lemon 
Cut the second lemon into thin wedges and add
Drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper
Add fresh rosemary

Place into over on 180 and cook for 1 1/2 hours, turning the chicken and onions over from time to time
Serve with couscous.