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Newsflash 20 September


Most of this selection is new in this week and most pieces are my Antique Quilt Collector, Mary Koval. The reds are a touch brighter than the usual which is very cool for lots of our current projects.


Quilts Japan Magazine Special

We have put our back issues of Quilts Japan Magazine on Special this week. They are $10.00 off the regular price which brings them down to $27.50. These magazines are inspirational and even though they are written in Japaneses the patterns and diagrams for the featured projects are easy enough to follow. I do find these magazines quite timeless as I can go through my own back issues for ten plus years ago and still be re- inspired. They feature more than traditional Japanese Quilts.


Helensville Quilt Show is on 7th and 8th October from 10.00am - 4.00pm at the War Memorial Hall which is right in the heart of Helensville. Do join them and travel through the Waterview Tunnel if you haven't already done so - it really is quite an impressive tunnel and makes getting out to this Quilt Show so much quicker for some of us.

Newsflash 13 September

I spent the weekend at the Pukekohe Quilt Show where there were some stunning quilts on display. There were two Patchwork of the Crosses Quilts, several Dear Jane Quilts, soem of our Block of the Months and ls lots of other inspiring quilts. Thank you for having me and looking after me so well.

Last week Shirley and Tricia did a new window display of all our cot quilts. We have quite a lot now that are available for sale at $145.00 which is a good price as that is just the cost of the materials.

Then today Tricia and I unpacked from the Pukekohe Show and then had a huge change around in the shop. We have moved and re-created new sections for the Indigo, the French General and 1930s Reproduction Fabrics. So the shop is looking quite different now. Do pop in and see all the new displays.

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New Fabric:

Look at this stunning new set of Indigo fabrics. They are all classical Japanese indigo designs and they are printed on textured fabric.Cut sof these have gone home into my stash already.



Our trip out of the shop is the Stratford Regional Day on Saturday 7 October. I am looking forward to this day as Guest Speaker and Merchant.

Festival of Quilts is on 3 - 5 November at the Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns. Their hours are 10.00am - 4.00pm daily. Entry is $12.00. See you there.

Newsflash 30 August


New 1930s Reporoduction fabric have come in recently. They are such sweet colours and prints.


New Class Dates:

Malcolm's Into The Light Class has filled to the brim so we have set up new dates for a second series. They are 7 and 21 October and 4 November from 10.00am - 1.00pm. Book soon as this series is half filled from our waiting list.



Counties Country Quilters Exhibition - 8 - 10 September (9.30am to 2.00 or 4.00pm) at Pukekohe Indian Hall, Ward Street , Pukekohe. I will be there as merchant so do ring if you would like something in particular brought out to the Show. See you there.

Fabric-a-Brac is on at the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby on Saturday 2 September from 9.00am - 12.30pm. This is a sale of vintage and unusual fabrics at bargain prices. This event supports Mercy Hospice

Auckland Festival of Quilts - save the date - 3 - 5 November at Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns.

Newsflash 23 August

I had a great time at the Hibiscus Coast Quilters Show over the weekend. Some lovely quilts to view and a wonderfully friendly group of people. Watch for their show that is on every two years.


New in this week is this range of low impact graphic neutrals.


Sashiko Panels

This Sashiko Noshi Ribbon is now completely stitched. We have three other panels in the range. Unfortunately they don't photograph very clearly. They are: two geisha walking towards the temple. one geisha and Te Mari Balls. They come pre-printed with a product that washes off at the end. They are 42" by 24"so hand longways. $54.00



I am off to the Taupo Quilt Groups Club Meeting on Thursday 31st August, so Taupo girls if you want anything in particular brought down let me know.

Auckland Vintage Textile Fair - Sunday 27 August at Alexandra Park Raceway, corner of Greenlane and Manukau Road, Epsom. Free parking on site. $10.00 admission. 10.00am - 4.00pm

Newsflash 16 August

We have had lots of new fabrics in this week - it seems a ship has coem as we have something from just about every wholesaler.


First up is a big top-up of our Japanese indigo fabrics. We were getting very low but now the shelves look great. These fabrics just seem to be continuously popular. I think we have the biggest range of these in NZ. Don't miss the feature fabric on the end of the indigo - it really is quite stunning.


Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar

Our previous Advent Calendar has sold out, so it is lucky that this one arrived in new this week. It is 90cm panel so is $26.90



We will be merchant at the following Quilt Shows:

Hibiscus Coast Quilters Show - Saturday and Sunday 19,and 20 August at the Orewa Community Hall, Hillary Square, Orewa.

Counties Country Quilters Exhibition - 8 - 10 September (9.30am to 2.00 or 4.00pm) at Pukekohe Indian Hall, Ward Street , Pukekohe

Also on soon: Auckland Vintage Textile Fair. Sunday August 27 at Alexandra Park Raceway ; Corner of Greenlane & Manukau Roads, Epsom. 10.00am - 4.00pm

Newsflash 9 August

Window Display

Thank you for all those lovely comments on our Christmas Window Display. Our Cushion and Advent Calendar panels are selling quickly so get yours now, before they all go. Remember now is as good time to start your new Christmas project as there is a good chance you can get it finished for Christmas 2017.

New Kitset

This is our latest Cot Quilt Design and Kitset. We have a limited number available and once they have ll sold the quilt will be for sale. The cot quilt measures 35.5"by 44.5". The kit contains all the fabric for the top including the binding. $105.00


Alice Tote Bag Panels

We have three different designs for this simple to make cotton/ linen Tote Bag. Each Panel makes two Tote Bags with cool "Alice" prints on each side and fabric for handles. $18.00 per panel

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Alice Tote Linings Just add 60cms of a co-ordinating cotton.linen for lining and start sewing your two Tote Bags . Lining - $18.00 for one of the spotted fabrics or $12.60 for the Kona Red


We will be merchant at the following Quilt Shows:

Hibiscus Coast Quilters Show - Saturday and Sunday 19,and 20 August at the Orewa Community Hall, Hillary Square, Orewa.

Counties Country Quilters Exhibition - 8 - 10 September (9.30am to 2.00 or 4.00pm) at Pukekohe Indian Hall, Ward Street , Pukekohe

Also on soon: Auckland Vintage Textile Fair. Sunday August 27 at Alexandra Park Raceway ; Corner of Greenlane & Manukau Roads, Epsom. 10.00am - 4.00pm

Newsflash 2 August

We have a new window display which I have tried to photograph for you, so please excuse the photo quality - the reflections from the other side of the road are a trifle annoying, but can't really be avoided.


It is time to get ready for Christmas now, so that you will be finished them ready for your Christmas display in December.

Advent Calendar and Tiny Christmas Cushions

This is a new Scandinavian style Advent Calendar. We just added a plain cream backing and a plain red binding. The panel is $18.00.

I love the combination of the Advent Calendar above the collection of little cushions. These cushions are made from a panel featuring eight 10" squares. When Shirley made them she quilted a flange on the edge of the border printed on each square. $18.00

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Traditional Christmas Fabric:

A more traditional American range is also in for Christmas. This one features poinsettia with red, green, gold overlay and black.



We now have stocks of three of Sue Spargo's books - "Full Blooms", Folk-Tails and her latest "Cuppa". Her books just keep getting better and better, "Cuppa" is packed with colour photos and diagrams showing details stitching ideas. These would be great inspiration for all your wool work projects, not just this particular quilt. "In Full Bloom" is $58.00 and the other two are $64.00.


Newsflash 26 July

Class Programme

Our Term 3 groups are off to a good start with lots of fun, laughter and stitching happening in the Gathering Room. But it is not too late for you to join one of our fortnightly groups. Check out the website Classes page for full details and dates.

If you need extra help with a project of are a beginner the Monday Morning Class called "Finishing Club"would be a group to consider as plenty of help and guidance is available at this group.


This week has seen a top-up of our brighter range of wool fabrics. We have 12" by 14" pieces for $16.00 and 6" by 7" pieces for $4.00



We have copies of the very final issue of New Zealand Quilter magazine in. This is issue number 100. They have been published 4 a year for 25 years. What an amazing undertaking and dedication from Anne Scott and her team. We thank them from the bottom of our quilting hearts for all the hard work and passion that they have put into this magazine. It has really put NZ Quilting on the world map as she has sold so many copies Internationally. Thank you Anne.



Helen is in this Friday from 1.00pm, so you can book an appointment for a quilting consult with her. Ring us on 622 2270.


Hibiscus Coast Quilters Show - Saturday and Sunday 19,and 20 August at the Orewa Community Hall, Hillary Square, Orewa. See you there as we are one of the merchants.

Fabric-a-Brac - Saturday 2 September 9.00am - 12.30pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street. Ponsonby

Newsflash 19 July

School Programme:

You are invited to join us at the shop on Thursday from 4.00pm - 8.00pm to view the quilts that the students from Redoubt North School made with us. They will be hanging all around the shop so drop in to see what these 11 and 12 years olds have achieved. You can catch up some shopping while you are here.


Look at this stunning linen / cotton mix fabric. I can see a divine beach house throw made in it. Just simple squares would look stunning.



The latest issue of Quilt Mania has arrived. I really think this is the best magazine on the market at the moment. There is something in it for everyone. You can organise with us to receive a copy each time it comes in - just email or phone us to join our mailout.

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Di Ford Bags

These Tote Bags from Quilt Mania are great - they are so strong, which makes them really good for taking projects to and from class. They are plastic coated so stay looking nice for ages and ages. I have been taking my one from Houston Quilt Market 2014 to and from work everyday since I got back and it still looks great. $25.00


Auckland Vintage Textile Fair is on 27 August 10.00am - 4.00pm in the Tasman Room at Alexandra Park Raceway Corner of Greenlane and Manukau Roads, Epsom.

Newsflash 12 July

School Quilt Programme

We had an amazing morning out at Redoubt North School last Thursday. All the students in the quilt programme had their quilts on display and had invited their sponsors in. It was a great opportunity for them to thank their sponsor personally and for their sponsor to view their quilts and get a flavour of how important and exciting this programme is for these students.


We will have the quilts here next week so will set up a display in the classroom on Thursday from 4.00pm - 8.00pm, so do join us to view them and complete a bit of shopping at the same time.


New 1800s fabric arrived this week designed by Betty Cutcheon. Love the stronger colours in this range. Order your set of ten fat quarters now.



We have made up some kitsets of the quilt sample that I made for the Redoubt North School Programme. The kIt contains all the fabric for the quilt top including the binding for $120.00. We only have four sets in the same fabric as the photo below, so order now. It is called "Trip Around the Pond" as it is made in Elizabeth Hartman's "Pond" fabric.


Machine Quilter:

Helen will be in again on 28 July to collect yours quilts and have a discussion with you about what you would like. Book you 15 minute session by phone 09 622 2270

Newsflash 5 July

Congratulations go to Katrina Hadjimichael as she has just won a Blue Ribbon at the Sydney Quilt Show for her "Hartfield"quilt. This is the quilt that she is teaching at our October Retreat. Her quilt won first in the Entrant's Quilt Top Quilted by Another, Professional category. It really is a stunning quilt with magnificent quilting. Check out her Blog.


Cot Quilts For Sale

We now have range of Cot quilts for sale. They are a generous size 39" by 49" approx, so they wlil go onto a single bed nicely once needed. They are all $145.00

Little Quilt Programme

On Sunday I delivered 88 Little Quilts to Auckland Hospital's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. That was great for a month's work. We have now made 276 this year, which is the best total by June since 2013 when we had made 387 by June. So let's keep up the good work.


Hibiscus Coast Quilters Show - Saturday and Sunday 19 - 20 August from 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, 368 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. We will be merchants so see you there.

Newsflash 28 June


Our Term 3 Group and Class Programme is up on the website. Have you booked for a new group this term?

Don't forget Malcolm is running his Into "The Light" Class in September and already has bookings for it.


Look at this cute new woodland feature fabric. Set it with some neutrals and a couple of sparks for a stunning cot quilt.


Laundry Basket Fabrics Our new section of the shop is growing but is selling quickly so come check it out. Many of these fabrics sit very well with 1800s Reproduction fabrics, giving them a bit of spark.

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Newsflash 21 June

Our Class and Group Programme for Term 3 was sent out by email today. You can see the updated programme on our website Classes page

Newsflash 14 June

New Fabric:

We have more new fabric from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. We have set up a whole new area of the shop for her ranges. So we are hoping to keep on adding to it as her new ranges get released.


Tula Pink Fabric I have just ordered some of Tula Pink's new range called "Spirit Animal" and it will be arrive in October or November. We still have a little of her last range left but it is getting low now, so stock up while you can.

"Little Acorns" Block of the Month

Last one We are down to the last one of this quilt project. Should it be yours? Runs over 6 months at $56.00 per month.

Simply Modern Magazine

The latest issue from Quilt Mania is in. This is a great source of quilt patterns in the modern style.


New Class:

Sit and Sew Saturday - join us on a Saturday once a month to work on your latest quilt project from 10.00am - 2.00pm. Dates: 24 June, 24 June, 22 July, 26 August, 23 September, 28 October, 25 November. $65.00 BYO Lunch.

Newsflash 7 June

New Fabric:

New in recently is this stunning blue, cream, and caramel range form Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. You could have a set of fat quarters for $75.00.


New Group:

We have a new fortnightly group starting up on Mondays from 10.00am - 3.00pm. It is called "Finishing Club" and is an opportunity to get those quilts that are hankering to be finished well on the way. So get them out of the cupboard and dedicate two days a month to finishing them. $65.00 for a term. BYO lunch. Dates: 10 and 24 July, 7 and 21 August, 4 and 18 September. Book your place now.

New Patterns:

We have two new patterns for big applique quilts. They have been selling well at our 1800s Groups. I am about to do another order, so pre-order yours now. You could join one of our groups working on these quilts if you are local. Auntie Tess (82"square) is the blue one and the brown one is called English Basket Quilt.(72"by 82"). $60.00 each and they are stunningly presented patterns with lots of detail.

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Little Quilt Programme

This year we have made 188 quilts for Auckland Hospital's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. Thank you for your support and keep up the good work. We are aiming for 850 this year. A big thank you must also go to Mercury Bay Quilters, form the Coromandel, who send up a pile of quilts every few months. Your support is really appreciated.

Newsflash 31 May

International Tutor:

Katrina Hadjimichael is returning to teach for us. Her Retreat last was such a success that we are running another one plus a two day class on October this year. Bookings are already open and both events have people enrolled and collecting fabrics. Her two day class, "Spikes and Specks" teaches machine foundation piecing and machine applique. It is on Tuesday 17 October and Wednesday 18 October at the Community House just around the corner from the shop. Class fee is $200. You will need to pay $100.00 on enrolment and the other $100.00 in August.


Three Day Retreat: Katrina is teaching her latest quilt in the Jane Austen Series, "Hartfield" at this live-in Retreat at Vaughan Park on Auckland's North Shore. You will learn her great techniques for hand applique and English Paper Piecing as well as have three days and nights of dedicated sewing. Thursday 19 October 4.00pm through until Sunday 22 October 4.00pm. Cost: $670.00. Pay $100.00 on enrollment, $200.00 in June and the balance of $370.00 in August


Katrina has made both her quilts in 1800s Reproduction fabrics, but you don't need to use them. Last year one of the participants at the Retreat made a stunnine version of her "Pemberley" quilt based around Tula Pink fabric so go for it - choose fabrics that you personally love. I can't recommend her teaching highly enough - she is just a great teacher - gentle, informative, supportive, fun and her classes are packed with techniques that are great. Several of her techniques were new us who have appliqued and English Paper Pieced for ages and we have changed to her new ideas.

Book at either event now and join us for some fun and stitching. Phone us on 09 622 2270

Newsflash 24 May

Thank you to all the Rotorua Regional ladies that I met up with on Saturday. I so enjoyed coming back to your area with the shop. We stayed for a few days and enjoyed the cool, crisp, sunny days exploring Rotorua.


New in this week are bolts and bolts of my personal favourite fabrics - yarn dyed woven Japanese 'taupes'. And these ones are all new designs from new suppliers so that makes them really special as we haven't seen these textures before. Some of the colours are so soft and delicate.



The latest issue of Quilt Mania has arrived. This issue is packed with some stunning quilt patterns and interesting show reports. It is always worth a read to see what is happening with the quilting movement around the world.


School Programme

Our 2017 School Quilt Programme is underway at Redoubt North School. This year we have reached a target of 100 students making quilts with us. The 26 students involved this year are making a Trip Around the World Quilt in a single bed size. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project - we couldn't do it each year without you. On day one they organised their quilt layouts and starting sewing rows together and what an impressive they all did.

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Newsflash 17 May

Now that the weather has changed and is a bit cooler it is great o see so many people in choosing new projects. Nothing bets a new project on a miserable day weather-wise.

This Saturday the shop is off to the Rotorua Regional Day. This is always a great day, full of quilts, shopping, fun and a good speaker. So see you there if you live in the central region of the North Island.


Now is a good time to make a flannel quilt for new addition to your family. These flannel fabrics are just so cozy and so pretty. Simple rectangles or squares would make a stunning, yet simple cot quilt.


We couldn't resist this - it just seemed perfect for all those rugby fans out there, especially with the Lions Tour coming soon. So get with the hype and make your Bunting.


Block of the Month

We have a new Block of the Month to release this week. As you can see it is made in woven and printed Japanese 'taupe' fabrics and is called "Kyoto Flower Pots". It was so much fun to make with the balance of appliqued and pieced blocks. It measures 59" by 75" We are sending this one out over three months - applique blocks first, then the pieced blocks and finally the borders and binding. We have had comments from people saying that they like to collect up all the fabrics and patterns before starting a new Block of the Month so this makes that more manageable. So three months at $105.00 per month


Newsflash 10 May

We have such a busy time processing new fabrics this last week. Most have been 1800s ranges or similar. These ones are "Riverbanks" circa 1904 by Jeanne Horton


These are "Putty and Mortar" by Pam Buda



For all our Tula Pink fans we have a new quilt kitset. This quilt "The Stars Align" measures 48.5" by 64.5" It is easy to make and has great impact. $184.00 for the top, pattern and binding.


Mothers Day

The perfect gift for Mothers Day is one of our Gift Vouchers - don't hestitate to mention it to your children!!

Newsflash 3 May

New Fabric:

This week a new range from Guterrmann arrived and it is as beautiful as their previous ranges. It is a particularly useful fabric as it is 60"wide so often works really well for smaller quilt backings. It is such a nice musky pink with soft navy.



Malcolm is running his last Bargello Class starting this weekend. He is starting a different way this year as his Introduction class covers colour theory in relation to colourwash quilts and then choosing of your fabric, so it is possible to join in at this late stage. The fill description and details are below, with photos on the website Classes page http://www.patchworkpassion.conz/classes Colourwash Quilts Combo At recent events Malcolm has shown his Bargello and Irish Chain Colourwash quilts. They were much admired.with many expressing an interest in a class to create one of these quilts. So Malcolm has developed a Combo Colourwash Class, incorporating Bargello and Irish Chain choices. In Class 1 you will discuss the Colourwash history, choice and co-ordination of the fabrics before moving on to select your own. Classes 2, 3 and 4 work on the step-by-step making of your quilt. Malcolm can guide you through to making your any size desired. Saturdays 6 and 20 May, 10 June and 1 July from 9.30 - 12.30. Class fee $120.00

Wool Group:

This group with Cindy has spaces in at the moment, so now is a good time to join. We have a new book in by Bonnie Sullivan that provides some stunning inspiration and we have a new wool Block of the Month that you could start and sew along with us. Wool Group During Term 2 we will be starting a new wool Block of the Month so you could get in at the beginning and stitch along with us or choose from our range small projects made from wool. Join Cindy monthly on Thursday mornings from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Dates: 27 April, 11 and 25 May, 8 and 22 June, 6 July. Cost: $65.00.

New Book

Di Ford's Book "Primarily Quilt 2" is now out and it is a stunning example of her well known passions of Broderie Perse and English Paper Piecing. It is packed with medallion quilts to make which also provide so much inspiration for fabric use and medallion quilt design.


School Programme

This year we are aiming to make the total of Redoubt North students who have made quilts with us reach 100, so we are adding in a couple more studetns to the programme. This means we need a couple more sponsors. You can join our community programme by purchasing a quilt top for one of these studetns,. Cost $92.00


The Auckland Quiltmakers Show is on this coming weekend at the Parnell Jubilee Building, Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Newsflash 26 April

Our new Japanese Country Display is up in the shop window. As requested here are some photos of what is in the window - my collection of tiny country dolls, my Boro Journal and my Boro Triptych Quilt

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Christmas Fabric:

Yes believe it or not the latest Christmas ranges of fabric have arrived. We have gone for the Scandinavian look that was so popular last year. These fabrics sit well with last years but are actually new designs. We have the panel which we will have a sample small quilt made of soon, so watch the future emails Newsletters. We have the Advent Calendar and the co-ordinating fabric range. Now is a great time to start a Christmas project as it will be finished by Christmas!! We will have a Christmas for making the planned quilt and in it you will put together a simple quilt (so it is suitable for absolute Beginners to join too) and will teach you hand quilting.More details will follow once the quilt is made.

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The Auckland Quiltmakers Show is coming up soon so we hope you have saved the date in your diary. It is on Saturday 6 May ansd Sunday 7 May from 10.00am - 4.00pm each day a the Jubilee Building in Parnell.

Patchwork Passion is coming to the Regional Day in Rotorua again this year so we will see you there on the 20 May.