Nov 18

Our new Handi-Quilter machines have arrived!

Come around to Hobbysew Top Ryde City and have a look at two of our latest additions to our sewing machines family.

HQ18 Avanté

For the quilter who is looking for more quilting space, but wants a machine that makes the most ef­ficient use of a quilter’s reach, the HQ18 Avanté offers precision stitching with 15” of quilting space. Multiple track, table and frame options are available to suit your budget.


Sweet 16

If you love to free-motion machine quilt but struggle to fit your project in a small throat space, you’re going to love the HQ Sweet Sixteen®. Sixteen inches of throat space gives you room to quilt even a king-size quilt. The smooth surface of the included table allows your project to glide under the needle. The powerful motor handles quilting with ease and stitches up to 1500 stitches-per-minute. Choose your three favorite top speed settings, on the easy-to-use color touch screen and let the machine remember them.

Price: POA – Please contact Hobbysew Top Ryde City for price.

We also hire out the machines to be used in store for your own quilting. Please contact Hobbysew Top Ryde City for more information.

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Nov 17

Between kids and cows

Posted in Classes, Quilts

 Linda White Gum Valley Patchwork.You may know her as the winner of the Victorian Quilters Fabric of Society Challenge but Linda White is a dairy farmer first and foremost. “I milk in the morning and then the shop hours are actually factored around milking time, 11am until 4pm and then I am home again for the evening milking.” The profile of Linda in the Weekly Times Now is more and more intriguing as you read on and you can read the full article here.

Long story, short: this inspiring Victorian runs Gum Valley Patchwork, a patchwork store nestled on a block at the corner of her and her husband’s dairy farm at Cooriemungle, near Simpson, in southwest Victoria. Linda’s story is one of hard work and passion and she eloquently reveals the part patchwork plays in the community. “A lot of ladies would be quite capable of stitching their projects at home… they treat it as a real social outlet, most of them are farming ladies who are working on the farm,” Linda says of the quilting classes she started teaching in 2007.

“They treat it as interaction with other ladies, a social day out and they get some sewing done and lots of laughing.

“I’m not sure how much sewing gets done sometimes – but it’s therapy. Ladies know when they have a nice day sewing they go home and are happy at the end of the day and are in a good mood to head to the dairy…cheaper than a psychologist, I reckon.”

And as for her award-winning quilt, “Dear Prudence”, it took 13 months to make and about 1300 hours and half a million stitches. There were only two days in that time when Linda did not work on the quilt. It measures 200cm from point to point and comprises 17,977 hexagons. No, that’s not a typographical error! 17,977 hexagons each measuring about 5 inches in diameter. The quilt is on display at Gum Valley Patchwork, 486 Princetown Road, Cooriemungle until it travels as part of the Brother International exhibition touring capital cities from April next year so look out for that! And in the meantime, if you’re looking for somewhere to laugh and chat and get some sewing done, our Hobbysew stores are just the place.

'Dear Prudence' by Linda White

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Nov 16

Ladies who lunch

Posted in Events, Top Ryde City

Hobbysew Top Ryde recently hosted a special event for a group of friends and if you’d like to do the same, you’re most welcome!

The group of friends were greeted by Victoria our store manager and treated to morning tea and a personal tour of what is a very impressive store. Even if we say so ourselves, the store at Top Ryde is spectacular! It is big and airy with views over the piazza. Best of all there is oodles of space to stock masses of fabrics, kits, sewing machines and storage units. And we even have our very own cafe within the store. So these ladies were delighted to be shown around the place. One lady commented “I haven’t sewn for 50 years but this has inspired me to start again!” That’s what we like to hear!!!! The ladies enjoyed a beautiful lunch and went away buzzing with delight. Take a look at their faces as they sit together at the cafe.
Hobbysew Top Ryde hosts a special event
So if you have a group of friends or colleagues who’d enjoy being treated like a VIP at the best patchwork and craft store around, why not give Victoria a call on 02 9877 5067? You can also click here to send an email requesting more information. We’d love to show you around!

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Nov 9

You reap what you sew

Posted in Belconnen, Classes, Make It!

Here are some really inspiring words from a passionate sewer, Alison Kelly: ‘When I joined BurdaStyle as Editor and Creative Director, I met thousands of other people who share the same passion for sewing and fashion design. For many of us, it is the process of sewing, the journey of creating a garment from beginning to end, that’s so addictive, and the reward is being able to wear it. We all know how wonderful it feels to slip into your favourite dress—but imagine how you’d feel if you made the dress yourself? Chose the fabric and trim to suit your personal style? Made it fit like a glove? The feeling is extraordinary when you can dictate your personal style choices through dress and aren’t limited by trends or what’s available in your size.


You can start small—begin by sewing that hem that fell, or re-attaching a button. Try embellishing a simple garment with beads, sequins or rivets. These small, personalised expressions can really change how you feel about a garment, and you can be proud you put your own stamp on it.’

Now if that piece of wisdom has got you all inspired, why not take Marea Drayton’s class at Hobbysew Belconnen? In the ‘Connie Crawford Creations’ workshop, you’ll learn how to create a blouse that will be individually fitted to your own body shape and size using the Connie Crawford signature blouse pattern. It suits XS to 6X and all cup sizes. Construction tips will also be given for collars, buttonholes and more.

Hobbysew Belconnen

Monday 14 November

9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost $85  +  cost of the pattern Connie Crawford

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Nov 7

Modern Quilts

Posted in Events, Quilts

Just what is a modern quilt? Well, the International Quilt Festival in the U.S. has called for entries for an exhibit to be held in 2012 and here are their thoughts on the subject:

• Modern quilts are primarily functional but place a large emphasis on the design and art of quilt making
• They use asymmetry and rely less on the repetition of quilt block motifs
• They embrace simplicity and minimalism and may contain reinterpreted traditional blocks, utilise alternative block structures or lack any visible block structure
• In terms of colour, modern quilts contain bold colours, on trend colour combinations, solid fabrics, graphic prints and feature the use of grey and white as neutrals
• Negative space is increasingly seen in the modern quilt

And here are some stunning examples from the International Quilt Festival:

The Big Log Quilt by Latifah Saafir from International Quilt FestivalPicture Day by Elizabeth Hartman from International Quilt FestivalOrange Crush by Jacquie Gering from International Quilt FestivalModern Strips by Alissa Haight Carlton from International Quilt Festival

If you are interested in more about this exhibition of modern quilts click here.

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Nov 1

Unveiling Quilt Aid 2011

Posted in Belconnen

Here it is!!! The Hobbysew Belconnen quilt for Quilt Aid.

Belconnen-Quilt Aid 2011

This is the work of the very talented ladies at Hobbysew Belconnen. There is just so much scrumptiousness in this quilt! From the fabrics and quilting to the embroidered details and giant ric rac, this is a sensational piece. If you would like to see the real thing, it is at the Belconnen store. There are only a few finishing kits available so don’t delay if you have plans to make this beauty. You’ll get enough fabric and ric rac to complete the quilt top and binding. And you have the option of purchasing extra fabric for the backing too.

The backing fabric is our own range, Flutter, in red.

Red FlutterClick her for more information.

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