Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Mrs Billings x 2

Jenny from NSW came for a visit to the shop this week and brought along her beautiful version of Mrs Billings for show and tell. She has chosen a collection of lovely florals. Check out the fussy cut hexagon rosettes! Well done Jenny we hope to see more soon.

This stunning brighter version of Mrs B belongs to Mary... some of you may have seen this one in progress a few months ago. Mary is relatively new to hand piecing, but, I think we have her hooked now!

Don't forget to bring your quilt in for show and tell if you're passing through Melbourne this summer.
Keep an eye on the Mrs Billings' Coverlet page for lots more of these beautiful works in progress.

When in doubt, wear red shoes!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sue Daley is in town!

Sue Daley came to visit us at Somerset Patchwork last weekend. We had a wonderful evening on Friday with Sue showing us all of her gorgeous quilts from her new book she recently launched at Houston. We will be getting lots of these in store as soon as they are available, keep on eye on the website for more info.

On Saturday Sue, Michelle Yeo and I taught a class called 'Triple the Fun', in this class the three of us taught different techniques all of which could be used in one quilt.

Some of the girls working hard! mmmm...  they were fondly named 'the back of the bus girls, you know the ones, always in trouble and up to mischief!

On Sunday we had a more restful day playing with 'Clamshells' & 'Apple Cores'.

Working hard again! I think some of these girls were in ' that' group from Saturday!

Carolyn and Amanda's Apple Cores... Sue makes this traditional shape so easy using modern techniques

And Shirley's Clamshells... these wonderful shapes are all the rage at the moment.

A good time was had by all. I can't wait to have a little time to play with these shapes myself! Call in to Somerset for a visit to check out these shapes and many more of Sue's English piecing papers from Patchwork with Busy Fingers.

Till next time, yours in quilting, 

Monday, 21 November 2011

New Fabric... Morris & Company

There were lots of boxes...lots of heavy boxes...delivered during the week. We couldn't wait to open them all, so a quick peak was in order. Look what was inside!

These lovely florals are from Barbara Brackmans new 'William Morris' fabric range, Morris & Company. The beautiful florals come in large, medium and small sized prints in fabulous autumn tones. I think I can feel a quilt coming!

Lots and lots of heavy boxes...
All out of their wrappers and ready to play with...

Now which one will I choose!
Keep watching and see what I make from these,

Yours in quilting, Karen

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Welcome to my new blog...

Hello and welcome to my new blog. The time has finally come for me to branch out into new technology - well, new for me, anyway! So here goes....

There has been a lot of activity here at the shop lately; we have been preparing for some interstate and local Melbourne shows, planning special activities here in store and getting this months mailout of the Fabric Samplings Club ready for posting. 

Loads of cutting, collating and packaging, turning piles of fabric into lovely parcels ready for the postman to deliver. I thought you might like a sneak peak of whats coming this week. It takes a little while to organise and we are always pleased when its finished!

Step 1 - Piles and piles of fabric ready to be packaged...

Step 2 - All ready for processing....

Step 3 - All done, now off to the Post Office with it!

This weekend we are hosting a special guest artist ...... Sue Daley is coming to town! 
Sue will be presenting a trunk show this Friday evening with lots of projects and quilts from her newly released book. 
There are still a few spaces available if you would like to join us.

A little bird told me that there will be some new fabric arriving on Monday or Tuesday this week, this space!

Happy stitching, Karen