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Newsflash 18 April

Closing Down Sale

Thank you all for your lovely messages. We have set up a "Share Your Memories" Book at the shop so many of those are going into that.. Yo can email us yours if you can't make it in.

We have sold lots of stock but there is still plenty to go, so do pop by to stock up your stash before we go. Remember everything - fabrics, books, magazine, notions are all 40% off.

I am keeping the Japanese fabrics and Block of the Months going so they are not in the sale. You will be able to buy them online once the shop doors have closed. Our website and email will remain tth same.

Vouchers - if you have outstanding vouchers you will need to use them before we close.

Magazine Subscriptions: As we are closing I have cancelled our orders for Quilt Mania, Quilts Moderne and Simply Vintage. If you would like to keep up your subscriptions please ring Anne at Minerva in Wellington and she will take them over for you. Primitive Quilts and Projects people , you might need to get them direct as Anne hasn't been bringing them in. Check out your last magazine for details of how to do this.

Japanese Classes With Jane from BeBe Bold in Australia

Our first Boro Runner Class is full but there are spaces in the three other classes. So join us next week for a day of stitching Japanese style.

Kogin Zip Purse on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 12.00noon Cost: $90.00 including the kit for the purse. There will be some options of thread colour to choose from.

Cherry Blossom Hitomezashi on Thursday 26 April from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Cost: $75.00 including the pre-printed fabric for stitching I have sourced two more designs that are printed on indigo.

Boro Kinchaku Bag Create a drawstring bag using the very popular technique of Boro. Boro started as a mending technique so was traditionally made from scraps all stitched together and patched up. We will have rolls available to support this project so you can easily get a big variety of fabrics. Make your own runner with Jane on Friday 27 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $110.00 +bag parts


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NICU Little Quilt Programme I delivered 56 quilts to Auckland Hospital on Sunday. They are in need of some of the bigger sizes at the moment - these are the ones that they use in the hospital and that cover over the incubators to make the rooms look more homely and reduce the light on the babies. I will be doing two more deliveries on he last Sunday of each month. After that I hoping someone else will pick it up.  



Shop Closing

40% off most stock

Everything is on sale - minimum cut of 25cm (except the Japanese woven taupes, our indigo / sashiko range, Block of the Months and batting)


After 15 years our shop front is closing so I can begin another phase of my life - semi-retirement. Patchwork Passion is continuing with Japanese fabrics, projects and our favourite sewing notions. Our current Group Programme will continue at our local Onehunga Community House on Tuesday mornings from 9.30 - 12.30 Our Block of the Month Programmes will continue and more Japanese ones will be developed. I will still be doing Shows, Classes, Talks and Group Visits - so email me to book one.

Newsflash 7 March

This my last email before heading off to India for almost a month. This means that teh next few Newsflashes will come form India. I am doing a textile tour with the focus on tradition indigo dyeing and block printing, so you might this textile focus interesting.

Classes

Due to popular demand for the Boro Class with Jane MacDonald from Australia we have adjusted her programme as follows. The Boro Runner Class is now full. Go to our website Classes page to see other photos of these projects. http://www.patchworkpassion.co.nz

Kogin Zip Purse is now a half day class on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 12.00noon Kogin is done with straight stitches on an even weave fabric. A kit will be provided for this class but you will have a choice of thread colour. Cost: $90.00 including the kit for the purse.

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Cherry Blossom Hitomezashi is now another half day class on Thursday 26 April from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. This is a variation on the traditional Japanese sashiko stitching. The finished size of this pieces is 13½” (34cm) square so would make up into a great cushion, bag or table mat. Cost: $75.00 including the pre-printed fabric for stitching

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Boro Kinchaku Bag Create a drawstring bag using the very popular technique of Boro. Boro started as a mending technique so was traditionally made from scraps all stitched together and patched up. We will have rolls available to support this project so you can easily get a big variety of fabrics. Make your own bag with Jane on Friday 27 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $110.00 +bag parts

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Events:

There are two Quilt Shows coming up in Auckland:

Quilts Across the Ranges - Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 March from 10.00am - 4.00pm each day. Kelston Community Centre on the corner of Great North Road and Awaroa Road, Kelston.

The Auckland Quiltmakers - Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 |May from 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Jubilee Building, Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell.


Newsflash 28 February

Fabric:

New this week is a selection of Japanese woven taupes. I just love these soft mushroomy pink, cream and powder blue tones. Order your fat quarter set now - seven fat quarters $68.60 and get free postage.

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Books

We have two new books in which are both great 1800s Reproduction fabric resources.

"The 4" and 5" Quilt Block Anthology" has 182 blocks designed for reproduction fabrics. Each block has a colour photo alongside the piecing instructions. At the back is a section giving ideas for setting your blocks. $52.00

"The Big Book of Civil War Quilts" has 58 patterns for reproduction quilts from a variety of well known designers. $49.00

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Class

This is a new sample for our Japanese Kogin Class. You will making a Zip up little bag. This time it is stitched in indigo thread instead of the green. You will have a choice of colours. Join Jane to make purse on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $145.00 including the kit

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Newsflash 21 February

This is not the weather for hand quilting but it is good for English Paper Piecing, so we hope you are getting lotss done.

New Fabric:

This week it was anew range of indigo and ecru that arrived. I think our indigo shelves are looking great at the moment, but they are constantly selling and needing topping-up. Indigo seems to be making a big come back. On a personal note I am off to India soon on a textile tour where I am expecting to do indigo dyeing and block printing in the old traditional ways. This should feed my indigo addiction nicely.

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Kitsets;

This week we have made up kitsets for a new Clasp Purse. This new design features a cute row of toadstools. The kits is $50.00 and includes all the fabric you need including the lining and the lightweight Pellon as well as the antique coloured metal clasp and pattern.

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School Quilt Programme

We are now busy cutting the quilt kits for our sponsored quilt programme at Redoubt North School. This will be happening in Term 2, so we are now looking for sponsors. This is the quilt they will be making this year, but of course in a variety of colours. The cost for you to sponsor a student is $80.00 this year. Ring or email now to book your place in this programme. This is such a valued programme at this low decile school and a great opportunity to add lots of new skills to the students school programme, plus they all go home with a quilt to keep them warm in winter.

Newsflash 14 February

Window Display

We have a new window display this week featuring our 1930s fabrics and projects. The thirties were of course Depression years and many parts of the USA were hit very hard - not only financially but weather wise. The banks and financial systems crashed and many of the central states were struck by seriously dry weather and massive dust bowls followed. This meant many families were on the move south or west in search of work. Times were certainly tough, here and there.

But the manufacturers in the States got clever and supportive as it turned out. They started producing feed sacks in interesting prints instead of plain calico. Stock food, flour and other essential items were sold in the fabric sacks. This meant the women could use these fabrics to make clothes, quilts, curtains,etc. We have some of these on display in the window.

And of course all our 1903s reproduction fabrics are copies of these feed sack fabrics. Check out our comprehensive range when you are next in.

Fabrics:

The new French General fabric has finally arrived. It was delayed getting out of the USA. But it is stunning - such a rich red collection.

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Technique Class Series

The next in our "learn a new skill" series is on Friday 23 February from 9.30 - 12.30. Come and make a Japanese style Quaker Ball with Tricia. This is a quick English Paper Pieced project - a little pin cushion. Ring now to book your place. The price of $45.00 includes the kitset so all you need to bring along is a basic hand sewing kit. Check out the photo on the website Classes page.


Newsflash 7 February

Class Programme - it is so good to have our classroom in full swing again. Everyone has come full of enthusiasm and many are launching into new projects.

Stitchery Patterns

We have five new stitchery patterns that come pre-printed on the fabric. We have stitched up three and have mounted them on canvas boards which has worked really well - such a nice way to display some simple stitchery in your home. Each one features a flower - thistle, dandelion, sunflower, lavender and daisy (spider web). They are $29.00 and we have mounted them on 6" boards, but you could leave them bigger.

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Notions:

We now stock the Sewline Trio Colours. This pen has three colours - pink, white and black erasable fabric pencil leads inside. It draws very fine lead lines that you can rub off with the eraser or a lot of the time they have gradually worn off as we stitch. $25.60


Newsflash 31 January

Our regular classes and groups have started this week. First in were one of our three 1800s Groups. We certainly have a big following of these reproduction fabrics. And the latest range of fabric to arrive was right up their alley.

Fabrics:

This is Di Ford Hall's latest range called "Maling" and it is so nice.

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Class and Group Programme

1800s Group - Robyn Due to high demand we have set up a new 1800s group that meets fortnightly on Monday mornings. Robyn will be working on her Katrina Hadjimichael “Pemberley” quilt so you could join her with this or any other 1800s project. Dates: 5 and 19 February, 5 and 19 March, 16 and 30 April. 9.30am – 12.30pm. Cost: $65.00

Hand Quilting

Join Robyn to learn the basic hand quilting skills. She will take through the stitching techniques, discuss threads, needles, thimbles, batting, designs, marking designs as well as a Show and Tell of hand quilted quilts. Date: Friday 9 February from 9.30am – 12.30pm. $40.00 which includes a quilt sandwich and three needles.

Traditional Japanese Sashiko Stitching

Join Robyn to learn this hand stitching that is so popular at the moment. We have a kit for this class that is cushion size with a choice of two designs. Learn the traditional technique and some modern variations. Robyn will also do a Show and Tell of sashiko quilt projects to give you an idea on how the technique can be used across a range of projects. Date: Wednesday 14 February from 9.30 - 12.30. Cost: $58.00 including kitset.

Katrina Hadjimichael Patterns

We are now the only NZ shop stocking Katrina's stunning range of Medallion quilt patterns. So far she has released these two - Lambton and Longbourne. She writes very detailed patterns that are beautifully presented. $55.00 each

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New Email Address

We have changed our email to patchworkpassionnz@gmail.com Please update your records - note the addition of nz after our name Emails sent to the xtra address will be forwarded for a while.



Newsflash 24 January

This week is a busy one with Open Classroom and all the wholesalers back at work. So we have people back in the classroom and fabric coming in the door. So much fun.

Fabric:

We will start with fabric as we have three new ranges arrive. Firstly there was a small selection to add to our 1800s Reproduction ranges.

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Then there was this lovely modern minimalist range in soft pinks, greys, blue and teals. We think it would look stunning in our "Feature Plus Four" Cot Quilt pattern.

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Now look at this stunning children's range. I just love the blue with the pink and grey and such cute designs. It would make great cot or single bed quilts or little girls' dresses.

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International Tutor - Class Fees are set and classes are filling

We have Jane MacDonald from Australia visiting in April. She has a passion for all things Japanese. She will be teaching three one day classes. These classes will appeal to quilters and to embroiderers, as well as those passionate about Japanese stitching.

Kogin Zip Purse

Kogin is a traditional Japanese hand stitching technique originating from the Honshu Province in Northern Japan. Kogin patterns are generally formed with straight stitches on an evenweave fabric. A kit will be provided for this class but you will have a choice of thread colour. Join Jane to make this handy zip-up purse on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $145.00 including full kit

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Cherry Blossom Hitomezashi

This is a variation on the traditional Japanese sashiko stitching. It is a one stitch and the stitches do touch whereas they don’t normally in sashiko. The finished size of this pieces is 13½” (34cm) square so would make up into a great cushion, bag or table mat. Join Jane in Friday 27 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $130.00 including the pre-printed fabric for stitching

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Japanese Boro Runner

Create a Runner for a table, bed or the wall using the very popular technique of Boro. Boro started as a mending technique so was traditionally made from scraps all stitched together and patched up. It has had a big ‘renaissance’ recently with it now being used by contemporary brands in various products. We have packs of 7” squares available to support this project so you can easily get a big variety of fabrics. Make your own runner with Jane on Saturday 28 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $110.00

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Newsflash 17 January

Happy New Year everyone. We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and a\t lest a little time off. We are back to our regular hours now and the shop is getting busy again.

Don't forget our Open Classroom is on next week. This is where you can join us from 9.30am - 2.30pm to sit and stitch. Bring your own lunch. Morning Tea provided. $5.00 a session. But do phone (09 6222270) to book to make sure that there is a seat available for you as some days are looking quite full.

Magazine:

The latest edition of Quilt Mania is in and it is packed with international show review and quilt projects. The Log Cabin quilt on the cover is one of the projects - isn't it effective. There is also a very nice scrappy quilt made with the strip pieced 8" blocks. It has such a graphic look.

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Machine Quilter Visit:

Helen, our preferred commercial machine quilter will be in again on Friday 26 January. She is coming in a little earlier this month so you can book from 12.30 onwards. Bring your quilts that need quilting and have a discussion with her regarding your choice of quilting, leave your quilt for her to work on and pick it up from the shop the following month (or before by arrangement with her). We have several quilts on display that have been quilted by Helen.


Newsflash 20 December

Our last Group for 2017 was on Monday so we have changed the layout of the classroom space. It now has a display of possible class or group projects for 2018. Do check it out when you are in store over the holidays.

January Open Classroom

This will operate from 22 January until 27 January 9.30am - 2.30pm. You can join us to sit and stitch and catch up with quilting friends. You might like to organize to meet your regular group members if they are in town. Come as often as you like for as long as you like. Just ring at lest the day before to make sure there is a spare chair for you. $5.00 per day.

We have people booked for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but there are still spaces on those days and the Wednesday and Saturday too.

Fabric:

We had a box of woven taupes from Japan arrive today. It contained some new fabrics in their taupe range and some top-ups of old favourites. These are the new ones.

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Christmas Hours:

We will only be closed on Saturday 23 - Tuesday 26 December and Saturday 30 December - Tuesday 2 January.

Between Christmas and New Year we will be open from 10.00am - 2.00pm and then from 3 - 12 January 10.00am - 2.00pm.


Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a year ahead full of stitching.


Newsflash 13 December

Our Group and Class Programme for 2018 is up on the Classes page. As our 1800s Groups are both full to overflowing, we have started up a new one on a Monday.

We have one-off classes every second Wednesday and Friday. These are usually technique classes where you can learn a new skill or fine tune an existing one.

If you haven't joined one of our regular groups before they are definitely more social than classes. So if you want dedicated sewing time with like minded people do join us. We have some people who have been with us since we opened nearly 15 years ago. But having said that, they are not 'clicky'. Everyone is always very welcoming of new members.

Check out the full programme on our Classes page.

Kitsets:

We have been so busy creating lately. This is our latest kitset, with one or two more in progress - watch for them.

Funky Tote Bag Shirley has created this useful Tote Bay. She has used mostly Cotton and Steel funky linen/cotton blend fabrics as the outers and a co-ordinated solid on the inside. We have made up kitsets in a variety of colours. $68.00 - the kitset includes the two fabrics, the fusible wadding and the pattern

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Fabric:

The latest William Morris range is in.It is based on the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, so is stunning. We usually sell out of the Morris ranges really quickly so decide and purchase soon, particularly if you want a length for a border. Sorry I have played and played with the camera but cannot get the top layer of fabrics correct. They are basically greener blue than they look on my screen.

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Newsflash 6 December

Last week we had a big re-organisation of the shop, so do stop by and see what has happened.

Fabric:

New in this week is a divine and very cute fox range. The fabric across the bottom of the photo has those five designs running across the strip. It is photographed as two fat quarters.

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Kitsets:

We have two new little kitsets this week.

Japanese Style Quaker Ball This cute little Pin Cushion is easy to make using the English Paper Piecing technique. The kitset includes the fabrics and the card templates along with the instructions $17.00

Sashiko Fan Pin Cushion Make a quick little sashiko project. The kit contains the fabrics, Pellon to iron to the front and back, needle and thread. You just need to add stuffing. $16.00

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Classes:

2018 Class Programme is almost planned and ready to go up on the website. We have the usual number of Groups for you to join plus lots of new short one off classes that teach speicifc skills or small projects. We have two exciting International Tutors in thee pipeline for 2018, so watch for more information as soon as I have details confirmed.

January Open Classroom:

This will operate from 22 January until 27 January 9.30am - 2.30pm. You can join us to sit and stitch and catch up with quilting friends. You might like to organize to meet your regular group members if they are in town. Come as often as you like for as long as you like. Just ring at lest the day before to make sure there is a spare chair for you. $5.00 per day.

Christmas Hours:

We will only be closed on Saturday 23 - Tuesday 26 December and Saturday 30 December - Tuesday 2 January. Between Christmas and New Year we will be open from 10.00am - 2.00pm and then from 3 - 12 January 10.00am - 2.00pm.

Newsflash 29 November

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well. I am looking forward to putting up the Christmas decorations at home on Friday - I love this time of year with the house looking so festive. Not sure about trying to complete the Christmas shopping in the traffic - both foot in the shops and cars on the road, but choosing those special people in our live sin always fun.

Don't forget we have Gift Vouchers made to any amount that make great Christmas Gifts.

Classes:

Malcolm is offering and End-of Year finale for his students.If you have made one of his quilts we would love you to join us on Saturday 9 December for a Show and Tell of your quilts. Then he will show you what to do with your 'left-over strata" from your Bargello and Into the Light quilts. This will be a "Look and Learn" on how to create Placemats . . . always a timeless gift. Bring your leftovers and he will help you co-ordinate them to start your project. So sign up now for tea/coffee and Christmas Mince Pies. $5.00

Quilts For Sale:

We have a big range of cot quilts available for sale at $140.00. Plus this quilt is now on the market too. It is made with predominantly Cotton and Steel cotton/linens. It is 54" by 56" so is a generous throw size. $400.00

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Newsflash 22 November

Our Christmas window is drawing in lots of people in, so do check it out when you are over this way. It has ideas for gifts for your stitching friends and family. Plus we have Christmas fabrics and projects in store.

Fabric:

New in this week is more 1800s Reproduction fabrics. Most of these are designed by Nancy Gere. These are slightly brighter and stronger than she usually does and we are loving them. I think our taste is changing and going slightly brighter.

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Calendars:

Unfortunately we have just found out that Sue Spargo isn't doing a 2018 Calendar which is a real shame.

Books:

"Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen" is a great new book on our shelves. It has instructions for ten scrappy quilts and the really good thing about this book is that for each quilt instructions are given for four sizes - queen, king, twin or lap. $44.00


Newsflash 15 November

We have a new shop window this week. It presents lots of ideas for your Christmas Gift buying, so do check it out.

Block of the Month

We released this new Block of the Month at the Auckland Festival of Quilts. In act it is a Quilt of the Month. Our "Wall of Minis" is a set of six small quilts made in 1800s Reproduction fabrics. Get the fabric to make each month for six months and make a display in your home. $49.00 per month. This includes all the fabric for your mini quilt - the front, the back and the binding. The patterns suggests cool ways to use your left over pieces from the front as a pieced back. Each quilt is around 16" by 20".

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Magazine:

The latest issue of Quilt Mania is in with lots of nice new projects and reports of European Shows and Quilters. Karen Styles is a feature in this edition.

Quilts For Sale

We have quite a few of our quilt samples for sale. These have been Block of the Months or kitsets. There are also quite a few cot quilts in the collection. But we've got more samples than we can ever use and want to get them out into good homes. They are priced to sell. If you've seen one of our quilts along the way and always wanted to own it, feel free to email us and we'll let you know if it's for sale.


Newsflash 8 November

What a wonderful even this year's Festival of Quilts was. If you didn't make it this year you should aim to next year - the first weekend in November - save he date now. As a judge this year I got so much more time to spend looking at the quilts. Usually I am pretty tied to the stall and grab moments to look at quilts. But this year I had two days! This year's Show was a great balance between modern, traditional and art quilts.Even the two top prizes were nicely balanced - an arty piece and a Patchwork of the Crosses that was hand quilted.

Fabric:

New in this week are two Japanese indigo prints and two wovens. It is nice to see the lighter blues coming into the indigo prints - just what I have been looking for. I have already taken some of the indigo woven as I think it will make a stunning border sometime soon! We have learnt to buy 2.5 metres of border fabrics when we see them as they are so hard to find at times. This applies mostly top border prints but I am applying it to this print too!

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Newsflash 1 November

We are busy packing for Festival of Quilts which is on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So we look forward to catching up with you all. We are back in our usual place just in front of the main door and opposite the Best of Show quilt. We have two new Block of the Month Programmes to release. One wool quilt wallhanging and the other is a set of 1800s Reproduction Mini Quilts. Here is a taster of them. Check them out on our stall.

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Magazine

The latest edition of Primitive Quilts is in.This issue has some cool Christmas projects in. There are lots of little quilts and runners that you could even get made before Christmas, if you put your mind to it.

Block of the Month

We have one more of our "Elizabeth" Block of the Month left. This is the big quilt with the French General fabrics and the dramatic border print. See details on our website Block of the Month page and make it yours. http://www.patchworkpassion.co.nz


Newsflash 25 October

Our Katrina Hajimichael Retreat was a huge success. We had so much positive comment. Katrina is such a good teacher, so he whole three days flowed so well. What better way to spend three days than stitching in a magnificent venue with all food provided. No distracttions - just pure stitching and socializing with like-minded quilters. Look at these stunning fussy cut hexies+ going into our Hartfield Quilts

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Fabric:

New in this week is this gorgeous range for little girl's quilts - so bright and such fun.

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Event:

Festival of Quilts is on 3 - 5 November at Auckland Netball Centre from 10.00am - 4.00pm daily. 7 Allison Ferguson Drive St Johns. We have two new Block of the Month Programmes to release, so do check these out. If you get in early you are more likely to get the same fabric as the sample. We have other new projects as well.


Newsflash 18 October

I am back form a week's holiday in the South Island having seen lots of stunning scenery and paddocks full of lambs full of the joy of Spring.We were way down south for the first time.

And this week we have had a wonderful few days with our International Tutor, Katrina Hadjimichael. She has taught her two day Foundation Piecing class. Look at these beautiful "Spikes and Specks" Blocks.

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Now we are off to Vaughan Park for our three day Retreat.

Newsflash 11 October

I know I said there wouldn't be an email this week, but new fabric came in before I left so I was able to find the time to get one written. So here goes.

Fabric:

New in is this stunning 1800s range from popular designer Jo Morton. It is seling fast so be in quickly.

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Events:

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.

The Magic of Embroidery is the theme of the Warkworth Embroiderers' Exhibition to be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October, 10am - 4pm at the New Masonic Lodge, Baxter Street, Warkworth. Warkworth Quilters will also be exhibiting.


Newsflash 4 October

This weekend I am off to Stratford for their Regional Day, so if you are going to be there and want me to bring something specific for you flip me an email before 4.00pm Thursday and I can add it to the packing. I am looking forward to catching up with all soon.

Fabric:

New in this week is Tula Pink's new range "Spirit Animal". It is so coll and sits well with her previous ranges so you can add to your stash and mix and match.

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Sue Spargo 2018 Calendars

I will be placing an order with Sue for her 2018 Calendars in a week or so. If you would like one please pre-book with us now.

Events:

Whangamata Patch and Quilt Group Quilt Exhibition at Memorial Hall, Port Road, Whangamata Labour Weekend - Saturday 21st October 9.00am to 4.00pm & Sunday 22nd October 10.00am to 3.00pm



Newsflash 27 September

Term 4 Class and Group Programme

The dates for term four are now up on our website "Classes" page, so do check them out. There are spaces in some of the social groups so do think about joining us for a fortnightly stitching session.

We have four new Classes on offer also.

Into The Light - A Colourwash Quilt in Three Sizes Join Malcolm to make one of his stunning Colourwash Quilts. Choose a shade or fabric range and build 8 fabrics on it! Chose from three sizes - throw, double or large. This is an ideal second quilt for a beginner or an experienced quilter. Dates: Saturdays 7 and 21 October, 4 November from 10.00am - 1.00pm. Cost: $90.00

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'Tis The Season Join Robyn of "Tis The Season" to make three new Christmas Decorations to go straight onto your tree. Start with "Soie" - a dainty french doll made in beads and organza, then move onto "Ophelia's Treasures" - a gorgeous bauble and finish with a set of beautifully decorated Felt Christmas Trees. Full kits will be provided for each project. Date: Friday 1 December from 10.30am - 2.30pm Cost: $95.00 including all three kitsets


Traditional Japanese Sashiko Stitching Join Robyn to learn this hand stitching that is is so popular at the moment. We have a kit for this class that is cushion size with a choice of two designs. Learn the traditional technique and some modern variations. Robyn will also do a Show and Tell of sashiko quilt projects to give you an idea on how the technique can be used across a range of projects. Wednesday 8 November from 9.30 - 12.30. Cost: $55.00 including kitset

Hand Quilting

Join Robyn for a session on hand quilting. Learn the basic technique and discuss: thimbles, needles, threads, designs, batting, marking, as well as a Show and Tell of hand quilted quilts. Wednesday 25 October from 9.30 - 12.30. Cost $35.00 which includes needles samples and a calico sandwich. 

Fabric:

New in this week is a collection from Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts. Order your fat quarter bundle of eight now for $60.00 plus postage.

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Events:

Exploring Friendships - an exhibition of collaborative quilt making bu Margaret Chapman and Vicki Bradley at The Barrel Store, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson Dates: Friday 6 October to Tuesday 10 October but closed on Sunday. Times: !0.30am - 4.00pm

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 20 September

Fabric:

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.

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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.

Events:

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.

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Events:

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.