Download Newsletter 2014 #1 - Gum Valley Patchwork

Classes / Shop : 486 Princetown Rd, Cooriemungle, 3268
Open Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Shop 0427 943 201 AH 55 943 201
Email: [email protected]
July 2014
I am not sure where the first six months of 2014 has disappeared to, but what I can say is that it was
chock a block full of quilting goodness. Mid March saw my very first Stitching by the Sea Retreat conducted over a weekend at Port Campbell. It was a bit of the unknown for me as I have never run a retreat before, but judging from the feedback it was a huge success. It was a great weekend with the 38
ladies all having a lovely relaxing two days of stitching, eating and laughing. (Dates and details for the
2015 Retreat are further on in this newsletter). Late March I attended the Colac Quilters Quilt Show
and, as always, it was a great show will lots of wonderful quilts on display. In April we headed to Melbourne with the shop to attend the Australasian Quilt Convention......Hannah and I had a great time
catching up with old and new friends and customers, as well as having a great ‘neighbour’ - my good
friend Lenora from Elm Grove Patchwork. I have booked my booth to attend again in 2015, but I have
made a promise to myself that I will be more organised next year . A fortnight after AQC, Hannah
and I flew to the US for 4 weeks....3.5 weeks of sightseeing prior to attending the International Quilt
Market in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While all of this was happening I was frantically stitching hexagons for my ‘Elenor Jean’ Quilt, and was so very excited when ‘she’ won 1st place in the Traditional
Quilt - Professional, and Best in Show in the recent Victorian Quilters Quilt Showcase. I am now the
proud owner of a new Bernina sewing machine, but I will have to have some lessons before I start using it.
Phew!........I hope that the next 6 months is a little quieter but I seriously doubt it with the Stitch in
Spring being run over 2 days in September.....double the ladies.....double the fun.....and just a ‘little’ bit
more work for me. With Gail Pan and Leanne Beasley my tutors for the weekend it is bound to be a
fantastic event!
Now onto a recap of some of the fabric that has arrived in the shop this year:
‘I Heart You’ by Moon Cookie Gallery, ‘Jelly Bean’ by Laundry Basket Quilts, a few bolts from
‘Bugaboo’, ‘Starry Nights’ & ‘Quilters Garden’ by Lynette Anderson Designs, and most recently
‘Baskets in Bloom’ by Gail Pan
And here is what is due to arrive over coming months:
‘Pine Fresh’ (Christmas range) by Sandy Gervais; ‘LuLu’ by Chez Moi; ‘Basically Hugs’ by
Helen Stubbings; ‘Lexington’ by Minick & Simpson; ‘Softly Spoken’ by Harriet Hargrave;
‘Persimmon’ by Basic Grey; plus more......lots to tempt you
Oh dear I might have to build another extension to the shop!
I am happy to announce 4 new Block of the Months that will be run over the coming months. Three are
regular type BOM’s while the 4th is just a little different.......Check out the details in this newsletter.
Linda White
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Block of the Months for 2014 / 2015
‘Bluebird Lane’ by Natalie Bird from The Birdhouse
Natalie is designing a new Block of the Month that incorporates
stitchery and appliqué, and once the
quilt is finished I will be able to
work out the pricing etc. If you are
interested in making this beautiful
quilt, please contact me and I will let
you know the details asap.
‘Blooming Fantasy’ by Helen Stubbings
from Hugs’n’Kisses
‘Blooming Fantasy’ a ten part BOM project with all step by
step instructions for the applique method by hand or machine, instructions to assemble the quilt, mitred corners, layering, quilting ideas, binding and labelling. Everything
you’d possibly need, including close-up photos of each
block, a full size template/layout guide and applique template pages, plus a whole pack of applique paper sheets is
also included (20 sheets). Quilt size : 60” x 60”. I will have
the price for the program in coming weeks for this beautiful quilt.
‘ A Merry Christmas to You’ by Susan Marth from Suzn Quilts
I saw this beautiful Christmas BOM quilt while I was
in the US and have decided to run it through the shop.
It will be starting later in the year but I wanted to
show it to you all. I am going to work on making up a
sample using the fabrics that it will be kitted up in.
The quilt can be pieced together to make a wall hanging measuring 45” x 48” or alternatively keep the four
blocks separate and make smaller hangings to keep or
give away. The quilt incorporates hand embroidery,
tiny Dresden plates, appliqué (using your preferred
method), pieced blocks and a saw tooth border. Contact me to register your interest.
Don’t forget......
the classroom is available for sewing days / group get togethers.
Fully equipped with large tables; irons; light box; cutting mat & rulers plus the urn with tea /
coffee. There is no charge for the use of the room and facilities.
Bookings essential.............Catering can be arranged.
(lunch, dessert, tea / coffee, free gift and lucky prizes = $15 per person)
‘Wise Words’ Block of the Month by Linda White from GVPW
Starting in August and running for 10 months, this project incorporates stitchery and machine piecing to make the simple blocks. ‘Wise
Words’ is a BOM project with a twist, and there are 2 options available.
Option One: Cost is just $5 per month but you must call in to the
shop to collect your block in person anytime during the month. If you
miss a month or have someone else collect it for you then the price
for that block will be $10.
Option Two: Cost is $10 per month. You can have someone else
collect your BOM for this price or have it mailed out to you at just
$1.50 per month (Australia)
The price includes: pattern sheets, stitchery fabric, block fabric, borders and finishing instructions. Excludes: Embroidery thread, binding, backing & wadding.
20th & 21st September, 2014
‘Stitch in Spring’ at Port Campbell, with tutors Gail Pan & Leanne Beasley
*****Fully Booked for 2014*****
(The shop will be closed on 19th, 20th & 21st September)
4th to 7th December, 2014
Christmas Sale. 20% off all stock. 11am - 4pm. Plus special evening sale opening on
Wednesday 3rd, 6pm - 8.30pm
25th & 26th December, 2014
Christmas Day & Boxing Day : Shop Closed
14th & 15th March, 2015
‘Stitching by the Sea’, 2 day Retreat Weekend in Port Campbell.
(The shop will be closed on Fri 13th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th March)
16th March, 2015
Registrations open for the 2015 Stitch in Spring @ 9am sharp. Phone registrations only to
0427 943 201
16th - 19th April, 2015
Australasian Quilt Convention at Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.
Yes I will be there again and so will ‘Elenor Jean’ for the judging of Best in Australia!
19th September, 2015
‘Stitch in Spring’ at Port Campbell, with tutors Helen Stubbings, Hugs’n’kisses & Gail Pan, Gail
Pan Designs. Registrations open Monday 16th March 2015 @ 9am
Plans are underway to organise a Shop Hop for later in the year.
Details will be available soon so keep following my blog and
facebook page
This year (so far) has flown by and I have found myself battling to find time to conduct classes in the
second part of 2014. I have decided to just run a couple of the favourites and will work harder towards
running more in 2015. There are plans to run a comprehensive beginners class along with some other
new projects.
Material Girls Club
What would my Newsletter be if I didn’t have the Material Girls Club! Yes it’s here again for another
year with three new projects to make and enjoy. It’s a chance to get away from it all for a few hours,
different projects each lesson to keep or give away as gifts, everything is included (and pre-cut), take
home something finished (or almost)! It also includes a coffee / tea afterwards as well as something
yummy to eat. NOTE: When you sign up for MGC you make a commitment for all three dates. If you
can’t make it you will still receive your kit and pattern.
Dates: Monday 28th July; 25th August; and 29th September
Time: 12.30pm - 3pm
or 7pm - 9.30pm
Cost: $25 per day ($75 in total)
‘Your Choice’ Days
These popular class days are back again. Ideal for starting a new; working on an existing; or finishing
off an old project. Just book in for the days that suit you.
Limited numbers (maximum of 4 per class).
Dates: Tuesday 12th August; 9th September; 14th October; and 11th November.
Class Fee: $20 / day
Time: 11am - 3pm.
Trellis Quilt
This quilt is designed by Karen Griska, USA and she has allowed me to teach it here in Australia. A
fantastic way to use up lots of scraps, or of course you can always add to your stash with some new fabrics. You will need light, medium and dark valued fabrics. The finished size depends on how big you
would like to make it or how much fabric you have! Class fee includes your own copy of Karen’s pattern (which I will purchase and print for you). I am hand quilting my sample so check it out next time
you are at the shop.
Date: Wednesday 1st October
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: $25
Christmas Club
Yes it’s back again for 2014 with three new Christmas themed projects to make and enjoy. A chance to
meet with other stitchers for a few hours to make different projects each month to keep or give away as
gifts, everything is included (and pre-cut). As with the MGC, it also includes a coffee / tea from the
tearooms afterwards as well as something to eat. NOTE: Please don’t ask me what we are making because I haven’t thought that far ahead yet....but at least I have set the dates!
Dates: Monday 13th October; 10th November; & 8th December.
Time: 12.30pm - 3pm
or 7pm - 9.30pm
Here is a list of just some of the products that I have in stock.
Wadding including Wool, Cotton and Bamboo
Cottage Garden Threads
Cosmo stranded threads, 443 beautiful colours
Triumph LED rechargeable desk lights in Red, Black & White
Wire hangers ranging in size from 6” up to 18”
Felt Balls
Weeks Dye Works wool in a variety of colours
Superior Bottomline thread in 16 colours
Hexagon papers in 1/4”; 5/16”; 3/8”; 1/2”; 3/4”; 1”; 1 1/4”; 1 1/2”
Honeycomb papers in 1” - suitable for POTC / Lucy Boston Quilt
Moda Felted wool on the bolt - lots of colours
Moda Prairie Cloth in 4 lovely colours
Fusible Parlan (thin batting) - fabulous for table runners, wall hangings etc
Yarn dyed which is great for stitcheries
Staflex fusible stabiliser
Hanky linen
Lots of fabric specials @ $8, $10 & $12 per metre
Gutermann cotton threads 100m; 250m & 800m reels......arriving soon!
And of course fabric.......over 1,000 bolts!
When God created Adam and Eve, He said:
I only have two gifts: One is the art of peeing standing ...
And then Adam stepped forward and shouted: ME!, ME!, ME!,
I would love it please ... Lord, please, please!
Look, it will make my life substantially easier.
Eve nodded, and said those things did not matter to her.
Then God gave Adam the gift and he began to shout for joy. He ran through the garden of
Eden and used it to wet all the trees and bushes, ran down the beach making drawings with
his pee in the sand ...Well, he would not stop showing off.
God and Eve watched the man crazy with happiness and Eve asked God:
What is the other gift? God answered:
Eve,..... a brain ... and it is for you ...!
All extra wide backing
fabric is 30% off
Massive pattern