Jan 30

Drunkard’s Path Quilt

Classes for the Drunkard’s Path quilt with Top Ryde teacher, Irene Andrews are due to start in February.

Superb patchwork

Have a look at the picture of one of Irene Andrew’s “Drunkard’s Path” quilts to see the wonderful broken colour effects she achieves with the fabrics which she uses.  For Irene, the colours and patterns of nature are her major inspiration; the fabrics she chooses reflect the spectrum to be found in the blue and green of foliage and shadows, the glorious glowing colours of a sunset or autumn leaves, or the pretty pastels of gelato, as well as the shapes and swirls found in woodgrain, tree bark and even swirling muddy eddies.

An artist’s eye

As an artist, Irene’s passion for working with fabric has been a prominent force in her life since childhood.  She has always gravitated to the variety to be found not only in colour and pattern, but also style and technique. Her many beautifully crafted quilts are testament to this fact.

As a teacher, Irene is very popular with her students.  She has the knack of challenging the advanced student to produce their finest work, but is slow and patient in developing the skills of the beginner so that by the end of Irene’s classes every student comes away glowing with success and the proud owner of a beautiful quilt.

Join a class

If you would like the fun of learning how to make a Drunkard’s Path quilt under Irene’s guidance, why not sign up to her class at Top Ryde starting 5th February.  Click the link http://www.hobbysew.com/classes.php?classes_id=11 and select ‘Drunkard’s Path’ for more details.

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Jan 30


Posted in Uncategorized

Can you believe we are already thinking about Easter!   For all those people who are thinking of entering their quilts and crafts in this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, the closing date for entries is Wednesday 1st February.  The easiest way to enter is to use the online application.  Just click on this link http://www.sydneyroyal.com.au/artscrafts.htm to go straight to the competitors’ information on the Sydney Royal website.

Send us a photo of your entry so we can all look out for it at the Show.  Good luck and have fun!

For inspiration, the picture above is of the quilt that won first prize in 2010.  It was made by one of our teachers, Kay Haerland. How beautiful is this!

Would like to learn how to make a quilt like this?   Kay will be running classes on “Realistic Landscapes” at our Top Ryde store in May.

Click here   http://www.hobbysew.com/classes.php?classes_id=11 to take a look at the class list for further details of her workshop.

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Jan 23

Chris Jurd’s Classes

Posted in Classes, Make It!

Chris Jurd Classes

Check out the spectacular “Mariner’s Compass” blocks made in Chris Jurd’s recent class at Kings Park.

And if you love these designs, then you’ll love her new “Lots of Dots” quilt, which is being released at the end of January as a Block-of-the-Month through Sydney Hobbysew stores. You can buy the program over 12 months, with fabric chosen by Chris. For more about Chris, take a look at her own blog at http://chrisquilts.blogspot.com/

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Jan 23


Posted in Events, Hobbysew Stores

Erina store opening

Our newest Hobbysew shop is causing a lot of excitement with the opening planned for Saturday 4th February at Erina Fair Shopping Centre.

If you have ever been to Erina Fair, you will know it is the mecca of retailing on the NSW Central Coast. The Mall contains over 300 speciality shops as well as the majors Myer, Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Target, Aldi and Best & Less, and is the largest single-level shopping centre in Australia. And all with FREE car parking!

The new Hobbysew store is situated right in the middle of it all, in what is known as the Hive, beside the Hoyts cinema complex, where all the lifestyle shops and restaurants are grouped.

The easiest place to park is in the Red carpark and then walk to the right hand side exit which brings you straight past Hobbysew.

One of the best things about the new Hobbysew shop is that it has combined the much-loved Janome Sewing Centre. Currently situated in the Harvey Norman Plaza, the Janome shop is being relocated inside the new Hobbysew shop. It will be greatly expanded with lots more goodies on offer, a much larger range of machines, which will include Husqvarna, Brother and Handi Quilter, and all the accessories that go with them. And sewing furniture! There will be a completely assembled range of sewing furniture on display so you can have a look at how nice your sewing room could look with everything neatly stored away in made-for-purpose drawers and cupboards.

Hobbysew's enormous range of batiks

Of course, the main attraction at any Hobbysew store is the enormous range of quilting fabrics and the new Erina store will stock one of the largest ranges outside of Sydney – over 3,000 different patterns and styles – making Hobbysew Erina the most beautiful handcraft store ever opened on the Central Coast. A quilter’s paradise and crafter’s specialist store, it will support quilting and sewing enthusiasts as well as club members. When you’re in the shop, how about joining the Hobbysew Members’ Club for special discounts on your purchase? Just enrol at the counter. Bring your friends for a great opening day on Saturday 4th.

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Jan 22

Simplicity and scraps

Posted in Make It!

Reading a blog Pleasant Home reminded us of the beauty of simplicity in quiltmaking. The blogger gathered examples of postage stamp and scrap quilts from the wonderful world-wide web! It is enough to make us dive into the fabric stash and start cutting squares. Pictures tell a thousand words so here is a selection of her examples – thanks Jodi!

Postage stamp quilt 2

Postage Stamp Patchwork 5

Postage Stamp Patchwork 5

Postage Stamp Patchwork 4

Postage Stamp Patchwork 4

Postage Stamp Patchwork 3
postage stamp quilts
Postage stamp quilt 1

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Jan 10

Tidy up!

Posted in Make It!

craftsanity_recycled_craft_organizerWith nine days gone, we’ve all had a chance to implement some New Year’s resolutions but there’s still 356 days to keep at it! If keeping your craft space organised is top of the list, here are some fantastic ideas for inexpensive or even free options. The added bonus is that re-using packaging keeps it off landfill. You can use beautiful fabrics and scrapbook papers, your children’s drawings, even glossy magazines to cover up. You can even get the kids involved in making storage for their desks. Take a look at the video here and that’ll get your creative (and tidying) juices pulsing. Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood from CraftSanity gives great tips for making handy containers from things you have around the place. And here’s two for starters!


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Jan 9

New Store Opening at Erina Fair

Posted in Hobbysew Stores

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