Monday, 5 January 2015

2015... it's time for Summer School!

Another year has been and gone... and here we are in 2015. I had a lovely Christmas and New Year and I hope you did too!

This Christmas instead of our usual Gingerbread house we made one out of Shortbread! A little different but very yummy. 
See our little cheeky monkeys peeping through the windows? 

What's happening for Summer School you ask?

Well this year due to some very important overseas visitors and special family events we are trying something a little different. The theme for 2015 is 'A Mystery at Somerset'... over the last few weeks I have been cutting and sewing up a storm getting a secret project ready to share with you in classes over the next three weeks.

Would you like to join us? 
Classes are on from 10am - 4pm Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's in January. There are still a few limited spaces available.

What do you need to bring? 
Lots and lots of scraps, 4 metres of background and a set of our Lemoyne star templates. 

For more details and information call the shop on 03 9873 5992.

Keep watching to see what we get up to...

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas and Summer School...

For the first time in many, many years Somerset Patchwork will be closing for the Christmas Holiday break. We will finishing up at the end of the day on Saturday 20th December and returning on Friday the 2nd January with normal trading hours.

During the Christmas break we will be putting the final touches on our very popular Summer School program for January 2015. This year we will be taking a slightly different approach with an on going class over 9 days featuring the new Block of the Month for 2015. It will be a...
'Mystery at Somerset'

Each class you attend you will be given another instalment of the new BOM, stitch along with us in the morning then take some quiet time for your own projects in the afternoon. Classes will run from 10am till 4pm at a daily cost of $35 each session. Call the shop for more information and class vacancies. (03 9873 5992)

Our travelling days are over for this year and that means a sale on our pre-cut 30cm strips. Call in for a bargain!

Until next time,

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Houston highlights 2014...

Houston has come and gone for another year! There were many highlights including this magnificent display of Red and White quilts. The theme for Festival 2014 was Ruby Jubilee.

Sue and I had a great time too and it was fantastic catching up with so many of our blog, Facebook and Instagram followers! Thank you for calling past and saying hello.

These three ladies popped in to our booth with their matching carry bags. The bags were very full when we saw them :) I think they were having a nice time.

This was the display of my new quilt 'Kensington' and other sweet things on the Marcus Fabrics booth at Market! The lovely jacket is made from the Quilted Crows new wools and it looked amazing on top of the skirt made using my Victoria Park fabric!

And no trip to Houston would be complete without the compulsory visit to the Galleria and these two shops!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Today's adventure!

It's Sunday morning and I am sitting at the airport waiting to travel to Sydney, then catch a flight straight through to Dallas. Must admit the prospect of a 16 hour non stop flight is a little daunting but I know there are lots of adventures to be had once I arrive :)

While I am away there will be a slight change to business hours at the shop! 
Please check the times listed below before visiting... 

Hopefully there will be lots of fun to report on over the next few weeks!

Chat again soon, Karen

Monday, 13 October 2014

Travel time again...

Its that time of the year again when Paul and I start heading to Houston. I have been madly stitching, quilting and binding getting lots of new quilts ready to show. The suitcases are out and now its time to see what I can squeeze inside!

But before I arrive in Houston I will be visiting Eudora to stitch with the lovely ladies at Quilting Bits and Pieces and the local Eudora Quilting Guild. If you are in the neighbourhood stop by and say hello! Visit here for more information...

Monday, 22 September 2014

Almost Settled...

We have been in our new shop 4 weeks now and I think we are almost settled. Mrs Billings is on the wall, all the fabric is on the shelf and the delivery men have found us :)

There was great excitement on our first Friday stitching group with flowers, chocolate cake and of course something to drink!

But before the girls could join us, Sue and I made a trip to the local Ikea store for supplies...  Lots of pretty things to make the new shop feel like home. We filled three trolleys at Ikea and overloaded the car, it was touch and go there but Sue just fitted into the front seat. 

The shelves were filled with fabric and then it was time to set up all of our new tables and chairs! It was lots of fun but I think I am over building furniture for the next little while!

I am very pleased we looked at the instructions! Read first then call Ikea for help!
You only need 1 tool, some screws ... Yes, we supply a tool set for every chair, we assembled 12 chairs that day :) can you see?

Sue and I had a great day that day and felt very satisfied with the finished result...

Back soon with more,

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Moving Sale!

Paul, Sue and I are working well towards our relocation in August to our new home. 
We have collected quite a lot of 'stuff' in the last 5 years and it is time for some of it to go! 
So... we are having a big moving sale to help us make the trip to Vermont easier.

There will be a large selection of fabrics on sale at $17 per metre
 with some at $10 per metre too!

Each day we are uncovering some little treasures that don't want to come with us! 
There are a variety of quilt tops in all stages of finish, even some completed ones! 
Last ones of Block of the Months, fat 1/4 bundles, special fabrics and more...

Come for a visit and help us make the move a little lighter ... 
We will be open from 9.30 - 5.00 Tuesday - Friday and 9.30 - 3.00 on Saturday.

See you there :)

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Future!

Last post I mentioned plans for the future... Well its now official Somerset Patchwork is moving!
In about 3 weeks time our new home will be located at

Shop 4, 580-584 Canterbury Road, Vermont 3133 

Our telephone number will change and we will let you know what that is when it is confirmed but 
in the meantime please feel free to use the current number 03 9807 3399 

Our future home is brand new and I am currently spending my time choosing new floor coverings, colour schemes and planning where everything will go! A bit of fun you might be thinking. (mmmmm I will tell you later if it remains being fun!) 

Now because of this move Sue and I are doing a little bit of early spring cleaning and have found lots of little treasures. We have unearthed some 'oddments', 'orphans' and 'oddballs'!
i.e. some unusual pieces of fabric, lonely single block of the months, leftover 'things' and a few quilt tops in various states of completion. 

SO... watch this space and check out my Facebook page and instagram feed for updates each day for whats on sale!

Chat again soon, 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Where did that last 8 weeks go!

Its been a while, I know ... but I have been a little busy lately working on some secret projects and plans for the future ... 
I found this post in the draft section of my blog and thought it was probably about time to post it! 

While Paul and I were in Bedford earlier this year we visited the 'The National Museum of the American Coverlet'.  
Wow what an amazing place! They had an extensive display of antique woven bedcovers in all colours and designs. It was very hard choosing a favourite.

Have a look at these pics and see if you can choose...

The Museum is open daily all year round and if you are in the neighbourhood I would recommend a visit.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bedford County

We went exploring Bedford County yesterday in search of covered bridges. There are 13 within a very close distance of Mary's Quilt Shop..... We found most of them but not all! They were beautiful, the countryside is so green and lush. The rain came and we stayed in the car for this one, but Paul drove us through!

Back with more soon, Karen

P.s. Still haven't found a new pair of red shoes!