Newsflash 19 July
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The perfect gift for Mothers Day is one of our Gift Vouchers - don't hestitate to mention it to your children!!
Newsflash 3 May
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Newsflash 18 April
Our window changes this week. The new theme is country Japan. We will feature our indigo fabric and sashiko projects alongside an exhibition of Japanese Country Dolls and traditional Boro work. So do pop in for a visit.
Two new issues in this week - New Zealand Quilter and Primitive Quilts and Projects. Both are great magazines, full of inspiration.
These great little contains are designed to store you tools while they are still hot. They are made of silicone so are heat resistant.
Newsflash 12 April
Our window has changed now for Easter and will be up for another week or so. Do check out the Bunnies. They are divine and not just suitable for Easter. As you can see in the window we have become a bit addicted - we started with three and now there are seventeen. Well I guess that is what happens with Bunnies!!!!
Bunnie Kits You can purchase a Bunnie Kit with the pattern and fabric to make one Bunnie. You can also buy extra fabric packs for different Bunnies. The it is $28.00 and the extra fabric packs aee $8.00 each. Please specify which Bunnie pack you would like with your pattern.
French General Embroidery Group
Join Robyn to learn some simple embroidery stitches fortnightly on Mornings during Term 2. Bring along a piece of calico to practise new stitches on and then work on your chosen French General stitchery. You will have a choice of five embroidery designs to choose from and the cost of one is included in your class fee. You can make you finished design into a small cushion. Mondays 9.30am – 12.30pm. Dates: 1, 15 and 29 May, 12 and 26 June. Cost: $85.00
"Modern Triangles" has a new take on triangle quilts. They are pieced triangles then made into a modern style quilt - some stunning designs in this book.
School Quilt Programme
We are still looking for a few more sponsors for our Quilt Making Programme with Year 7 and 8 Students at Redoubt North School. We would love you to join us This is a low decile school where each of the 24 chosen students gets to make a single bed size quilt to take home to keep them warm over winter. Along the way they develop an amazing set of new skills and attitudes. Phone through your card details and join our Community Programme. $92.00.
Auckland Quiltmakers Show at the Jubilee Building, Parnell 6 and 7 May 10.00am - 4.00pm
The Auckland Vintage Textile Fair Sunday 27 August 2017, 10.00am - 4.00pm in the Tasman Room, Alexandra Park Raceway, Epsom
Easter Shop Hours:
We will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but open 10.00am - 2.00pm as usual on Saturday
Newsflash 5 April
This week our Newsflash contained our Term 2 Class Programme so head over to the Classes page to read all about it.
Newsflash 29 March
This is a busy week for us as we are trying to stocktake while the shop is open and so far it is working. So we hope to give you the good service that we are known for through this time, but the shop may look a little bit messy at times - our apologies.
On top of that new fabric keeps arriving and this new range from Jo Morton has been selling so fast that we seem to be constantly re-cutting fat quarters or 30cm pieces for people. I must admit some of it is definitely going to my house.
School Sponsorship Programme
We are gearing up to our Quilt Making with the Year 7 and 8 students at Redoubt North School. So we are busy cutting kits for their "Trip Around the World" quilts - a new project for 2017.
Each sponsored student makes their own single bed sized quilt and they get to take them home for winter. You can sponsor a student for $93.00 - sorry a slight increase from previous year's as the quilt is slightly bigger (it was $89.00 previously). This covers the cost of the quilt top fabric. I have suppliers who sponsor the backing, bating and threads.
So you can sponsor now by phoning in your credit card details or popping into the shop. We are about half way sponsored already, which is great support from our customers - thank you. Below are photos from previous years.
Bays Patchwork Show - Browns Bay Recreation Centre from 10.00am - 4pm on the 22nd April. Great Quilts, exciting merchants and of course great food.
Auckland Quiltmakers at Parnell's Jubilee Bulding on Satuday and Sunday 6 -7 May from 10.00am - 4.00pm
Newsflash 22 March
We had big excitement this week with the arrival of the latest French General range. It is called Pondicherry and is mostly blue, with reds, creams and taupe/grey. And a stunning border fabric. Check out the pattern we have to go with the range - it would stunning with the border print used on it.
I have attached photos of our current selection of wool pieces. They measure 14" by 12" and are $16.00 per piece or $4.00 for a 6" by 7" piece.
New Class - 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
Helen will be in this Friday so if you would like her to quilt your latest project book an appointment for Friday afternoon. Phone us on 622 2270 for a booking. We have quite a few quilts in the shop that she has quilted, so you can see what her work is like.
Newsflash 15 March
We hope you have survived the awful weather over the last week with no damaged or major inconvenience. We feel for those people have water everywhere.
We have new 1800s Reproduction Fabrics in - some really nice deep darks. We have been looking for prints that have more than one colour on and some of these work well for that target. So many Reproduction fabrics are tone-on-tone.
Then there is this stunning French print.
New Block of the Month
This is our latest quilt - Cindy and I had so much fun designing this one based on an 1800s Quilt. The finished Blocks are 5" making the finished quilt 68" square. We have called it "Settlers Sampler" and it is ready to go as Block of he Month. Month 1 $70.00 Months 2 - 6 $40.00 each
We have a great new book from Japan on Sashiko. It is in Japanese but the diagrams are great. The patterns / designs are large format so easy to copy and transfer onto your chosen fabric with Burda Dressmakers Carbon Paper, which we also stock. While the actual designs are traditional but this book gives Sashiko stitching a Modern twist by stitching in a variety of colours and on a variety of coloured fabrics. $55.00 We have a range of Sashiko threads including a new variegated blue one.
Newsflash 8 March
We had a wonderful evening on Wednesday last week, where we released about 15 new projects. Our new window display features some of the new projects and the rest are scattered around the shop and classroom. So do come and have a look for ideas to inspire your next project. They will gradually be coming out on the Newsflash and onto the website. We are thinking of making this release evening a regular event so watch for the Term 2 one. Apart for seeing the new projects it is a great opportunity to shop, especially for those who work full-time and have busy weekends.
Linen Stitched and Embellished Cushion or Wall Piece
Join Robyn to make a natural linen cushion or wall piece that is embellished with ribbons, motifs, laces, stitchery and buttons all in natural colours or make a Christmas version. Embellishing kits will be available for purchase. Saturday 25 March from 9.30am – 3.30pm Cost: $75.00
Beginners Cot Quilt Class
The next series of dates for this class are Wednesday nights 7.00pm - 9.00pm - 5 and 19 April, 3, 17 and 31 May. Our format has changed so you will need to attend all of these five classes to complete your quilt. Class fee is $80.00 for the series, but if you purchase your cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter from us at the time of booking your class is free. We have a range of Cot Quilt patterns to choose from. You fabric need to be purchased before class begins. You do not have to use baby style fabrics so you quilt can be designed for someone older.
Introduction to Traditional Japanese Sashiko
Learn the traditional rules of sashiko stitching and some of the history behind this Japanese stitching. Learn on a sample piece provided in class before launching into one of our pre-printed panels. Monday 3 April from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Class fee $50.00, but if your purchase one of our panels your class is free.
New Block of the Month:
This Block of the Month quilt is made with a Jo Morton range of fabrics. It is a big quilt 91" by 108" It runs over 4 months and is easy machine piecing. You have a choice of the brown border as shown in the photo or a red border. With the red border we have also swapped the sashing and side triangles colour. We have limited sets of this Block of the Month. $95.00 each month
Western Quilters Circle Show 17 - 19 March 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Kelston Community Centre Save the date for
The Auckland Quiltmakers Annual Show on 6 and 7 May from 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Jubilee Building, Parnell.
Newsflash 1 March
Oh my goodness it is March already. We have had a month of groups back in and many are full, so there has been a good buzz about the shop in the mornings. New fabrics are coming through steadily and we have made lots of new projects to take out and about to the Shows that we do this year. These of course will be the shop the rest of the time,. Several are limited editions due to availability of fabrics. In this case we will have the pattern available as well as the kitset or Block of the Month.
We now have the full range of Sue Spargo's wool / poly threads. They are so beautiful to sew with and we love them because they now come on small reels. There are 60 reels in the whole range.$6.50 each
Sue Spargo Thread Club
We are offering Sue's wool threads as a Thread Club - receive one of each colour over six months. This will be ten colours / reels per month for $60.00 instead of $65.00.
We just could not resist these three fabrics - they are not quite 1930s but sit very comfortably with our 30s ranges. I think they are probably more 1940s - 50s.
The next new fabric range in is stunning. It is by Elizabeth Hartman who is well known in the Modern Quilting Movement. Her range is called Pond and we have nineteen fabrics. Some are subtle coloured prints and then there are solids to co-ordinate. Some of the solids are woven and one has a very subtle metallic thread running through. These will add lovely texture to your quilt. These should be on the shelves tomorrow.