|Posted by AnnaLisa DiMonte on April 28, 2013 at 9:05 PM||comments (2)|
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|Posted by AnnaLisa DiMonte on March 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
I hope this Easter long weekend finds you all well and with lots of time for stitching! We are well, but struggling to find time to stitch, or do much else for that matter! We have been busy as ever whilst settling into our Mt Barker premises, but we are loving it here more than ever. It's been a while between blog posts from me as we have been so flat out, but I thought I'd take a quick moment to check in with you all and let you know what's been happening in the shop!
Since our last post we have had Ming's Machine Quilting Workshop and Needleturn Applique Workshop, both of which were a HUGE success! Comments on the workshops and Ming's teaching included:
"You learn so much from Ming, she's very generous with her knowledge, and I've found that not all teachers are' (Anna); 'Ming is just brilliant, I've been to other workshops where the time dragged, but today the time just flew by!' (Sheree) & 'I loved my workshop with Ming, she is just so patient and makes sure that everyone understands' (Heather).
I was also lucky enough to have Ming talk me through her very own needleturn technique that the girls were learning. I couldn't believe how simple it was, never in a million years did I think needle turn would ever be so achievable for me! I'm now itching to get started on a needleturn project but it will have to join the que, as there are many other projects that need to be completed first! Ahhh the problems a quilter must deal with!
Earlier this month we were lucky enough to be the shop at the Quilters' Guild of South Australia's monthly meeting and had a great time catching up with both new and old customers. It was a great opportunity to introduce our new premises to old customers who haven't been able to make the trip up, and the Guild were kind enough to let us present a slide show of images of the new shop. We've since seen Guild members popping up to Mt Barker to say hello and have a look for themselves, which is fantastic, and we look forward to seeing many more as time goes on! We are also very excited to be one of the shops at Quilt Encounter later in the year, but more on that a little later on.
For those of you who haven't been instore over the past few weeks, we are very excited to welcome our newest team member, Heather, to Quiltaholics. Heather will be working Mondays with us to start with, but you'll see more of her as time goes by. We are very lucky to have such a lovely lady join us, and she saved the day last Thursday when Cheryl and I both needed a day off for my graduation! So keep an eye out for Heather when you're in next, and please be patient while she learns the ropes, but I don't think it will take her long
Cheryl has been busy whipping up shop samples in her 'spare time' (I don't know how she does it!) and has come up with some stunning projects. Here is 'Rising Sun', a simple yet effective quilt she designed using panel pieces and 2 coordinate fabrics. I love the quilting in the 4 patches!
Next is a Leesa Chandler pattern featuring a new range of stunning poppy fabrics. This one is sure to sell VERY quickly!
We also have the first of the 4 small Thimbleberries projects on display in the shop:
Cheryl has also designed a golfing quilt, named 'Golfing Daze', which has been donated to the Leukaemia Foundation as a raffle prize for one of their sponsors' fundraising golf days:
Now, I have not been doing as much stitching as Cheryl, however yesterday's weather at Mt Barker was definitely Quilting weather, so I was able to get block 2 of Dear William fused together. I still haven't finished block one, of course! But now block 2 is on it's way too The girls doing the BOM will be able to pick up their block 2 soon!
So, that is about it on the project front for the moment. There are a lot more things on the go in our sewing room of course, however there's only so much we can put in one blog post!
Before I go, just a quick note about the first ever Littlehampton Ladies Evening! We are lucky enough to have a stall at this event and are really looking forward to it! Please come by to say hello and to support the community! We will have lots of goodies for sale from fabric, to haby, and even gifty bits and pieces! Plus, we have donated vouchers for the raffle prizes and a pack for the silent auction, so it's a great way to grab a bargain!
Lastly, we have been getting LOTS of stunning new fabric deliveries, but we're running out of room to put it all! So keep your eyes and ears out for details about our members only sale! It is not to be missed, more details will be coming soon (make sure you read the next issue of our newsletter!)!
Just a reminder we are closed ALL 4 DAYS over the Easter long weekend, including Saturday. We wish you all a safe and happy long weekend and a lovely Easter
P.S. For all those who have very kindly asked after my studies over the last few years, here's a happy pic of Mum (Cheryl) and I at graduation (Honours in Psychology)! It was lovely to have her there, thanks again Heather for working for us!
|Posted by AnnaLisa DiMonte on February 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM||comments (1)|
As promised, here is block 1 of 'It's Time for Christmas' in progress!! We have been flat out, so I only managed to iron on the applique late yesterday afternoon, and took a quick picture of it this morning. I brought my Bernina in today to machine applique the block, but forgot the power cord and pedal! Ooops! (Scary thing is I haven't seen them since the move to Mt Barker...fingers crossed they show up soon!) So, it really is a 'work in progress', and quite an early one at that! Our snowman looks a bit strange without the embroidery, so we'll upload a new pic once he's all done But it gives you an idea of the French General fabrics we will be using for the block.
If you're interested in doing this quilt yourself, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We're hoping it will be a fun BOM to do and finish in time for Christmas
|Posted by AnnaLisa DiMonte on February 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM||comments (6)|
What a busy couple of weeks we have had here at Quiltaholics! We have been absolutely flat out, which is fantastic, but has meant we haven't had time for all the 'behind-the-scenes' organising, blogging, etc etc. We have received all the information for two of this year's block of the month (BOM) projects that we will be running, and I'm very excited to post some details about them both here!!
The first BOM project is the 'Dear William' Sampler Quilt, a William Morris quilt designed by Michele Hill. The quilt photo is already loaded in our online store as a kit, but will be available as a BOM for $30/month including postage ($27/month pick up)! As you can see in the photo below, the quilt consists of 9 stunning Applique blocks, and don't be fooled by the colourings in this picture which do not do the beautiful fabrics justice! It is a lovely range of William Morris prints ranging from rich, dark colourings to lighter, softer shades. The finished quilt measures a very generous 73" square.
We have started putting our shop sample together and it is great fun! We have decided to do ours with machine raw-edge applique, below is a 'work in progress' photo of block one being constructed. The pieces have been ironed on with fusible web, and are waiting to be stitched down. I have chosen some beautiful sil threads to use, and can't wait to get sewing! Block one is on display in the shop if you're interested in a closer look, plus you can see all the fabrics in the flesh and see for yourself just how stunning the range is! But, for now, Dear William is going on hold so I can start block one of our next BOM to put on display...
We are excited to announce our second BOM for 2013, 'It's Time for Christmas' by Bronwyn Hayes. This is a BOM run by Homespun Magazine for 2013. Block patterns will be published in each issue, which we will sell in-store, and all fabric requirements for each month will be available from us in a BOM pack! We are excited to be one of only 3 stores in SA stocking this full BOM! 'It's Time for Christmas' is a gorgeous quilt featuring a combination of applique and embroidery blocks, as Bronwyn does just so well! The quilt uses the stunning French General fabric ranges, and makes it a beautifully unique christmas project! As the quilt is done block by block, month by month, it is a very achievable way to complete a detailed quilt ready for christmas!
I'm very excited to start block one today, as our pattern only arrived yesterday afternoon, and as soon as it is finished I will pop it up in-store for customers to view, plus i'll be sure to post a photo online We are stocking the magazine each month, so make sure you pop in-store to sign up soon before all the spots fill up!! Have a look at the gorgeous quilt pictured below, i'm sure you'll all agree it is a lovely design that, once made, will be treasured for many Christmases to come!
Unfortunately at this stage BOM's cannot be purchased online, I'm not that tech savy!! However please visit us in-store, call, email, or contact us using the form on our website (located on the contact us page) if you would like any more information or to sign up! We are happy to take payments over the phone and can then post out your project month by month
I'm off now to get tracing, but I will be back soon to keep you all posted on these two lovely projects and everything else that is happening in the shop!
|Posted by AnnaLisa DiMonte on January 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|