The Victorian Quilt Showcase 2011 at the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne this weekend is not to be missed! There are over 300 traditional, innovative and art quilts to view. And don’t we love seeing them up close and personal! There are quilts made from the book ‘The Fabric of Society – Australian Quilt Heritage from the Convict Times to 1960′ by quilt historian Dr Annette Gero. Don’t miss the demonstrations of the entire quiltmaking process with both machine and hand-quilting featured. And if you buy a $2 raffle ticket, you’ll be in the running to win this fabulous quilt Kaleidoscope Stars by Emma Jansen!
Following on from Connie’s profile in Dressmaking with Stitches in Vol 19 No 7, she is now going to be in Sydney on September 9, 2011 to do a workshop just prior to her going to the Australian Sewing Guild Convention in Tasmania to teach. We urge you to take the opportunity of having the services of Connie available to us for one special day. The workshop will cover the various bust darts and fitting issues that ladies have for blouses, vests, dresses and jackets. It also covers the various design features that can be created by using a custom blouse. Within the workshop Connie will custom fit each attendee.
Workshop details and how to book:
Date: September 9, 2011
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Hobbysew Australia – Top Ryde City Shopping Centre
Fees: $10 per person (including morning tea or afternoon tea)
To register please contact Michelle Macready or Taalasi Ioelu at McCall’s Pattern Service Pty Ltd on:
Phone: (02) 8713 1700
Write this event in your diary NOW! Camden Country Quilters’ Guild exhibition is on August 6-7 so a relaxing drive to the country might be in order next weekend. Swing by the exhibition at the Camden Showgrounds AH&I Hall and you’ll see dozens of quilts on display from members of the guild. Jo Neich is displaying her winning entry in the Guild’s annual challenge. This year the theme was ‘Everything old is new again’ and Jo created an amazing quilt stitched from old ties. As well as the exhibition, there are merchants’ tables with vintage items, patchwork fabrics and members’ work for sale AND a country kitchen offering homemade goodies. Entry is $6. 9.30am – 4pm daily.
The Wrap With Love knit-in was buzzing yesterday as you can see from the photos! Everyone who came to the Top Ryde store to be part of the event enjoyed a good chinwag and some morning tea, while knitting squares or sewing up. So much so we’ve decided to make it a regular meeting – every fourth Tuesday of the month. So come along to help make some snuggly wraps for people in need. More about Wrap With Love.
Everyone’s welcome at the knit-in for Wrap With Love at the Hobbysew store Top Ryde. It’s on tomorrow, Tuesday July 26! Between 10am and 2pm we’ll be knitting squares to contribute to wraps for the needy in Australia and abroad. This is a great cause so come along and share your expertise, have a yarn and enjoy a coffee. See you there! Contact the store for more details. http://www.hobbysew.com/stores.php?store_id=54
If you like making little things to give as gifts, check out the Hobbysew website under the ‘Make It’ section. You can create a little production line and whip up a pile of lavender sachets ready for Christmas. You’ll need scraps of fabric, lace and some dried lavender. More great ideas to come over the next few weeks.
We know we keep raving about how much choice Hobbysew gives you. But when you take a look at the range of batik fabrics alone – there’s more than 300 on the shelves at the Top Ryde store. Batik fabrics not yet in your stash? They make great blenders and with the number of colours available you’re always sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. The subtley and beauty of the fabrics, some of which are handmade, makes them definitely worth a look when you’re next in store.
Knit-in Supporting the Wrap with Love Foundation
To be held at:
Tuesday, July 26 th , 2011
10am to 2pm
Can you spare a few hours to knit or crochet a 10 inch square that will be sewn together to make blankets for the Foundation to distribute to the homeless and less advantaged ?
We would love you to come along – bring your lunch – have a coffee – share your talent and make some new friends.
If you have any spare yarn to donate – we would welcome gratefully – mostly 8 ply is used for the blankets.
For further enquiries please contact Hobbysew Top Ryde City.
‘Conquer your overlocker’ and ‘Get to know your sewing machine’ are some of our most popular classes. Whether you have recently purchased a sewing machine or overlocker or you’re just a little rusty, Marea Drayton can help you get the most out of your equipment, whatever the brand.
Overlockers are really versatile gadgets and in ‘Conquer your overlocker’ you will learn about tension, threading, corners, gathering and elastic. You will also tackle 3-thread stitches, rolled hems, pintucking, flatlocking and more. Basically, everything you need to know!
In ‘Get to know your machine’ Marea guides you through all those functions you didn’t know your machine could do! These classes run regularly so contact your local Hobbysew store to find out more.
If you love anything Anna Griffin (and we do!) take a look at the accessories line at Hobbysew. You’ll lust after any of these totes in various shapes and sizes to suit a weekend away, to take to the office or shopping. Aside from the pieces available on our website, you can choose from even more at your local Hobbysew store including perfect little makeup purses. Laminated for durability, these are high quality and oh so stylish. And while you’re there take a look at the Anna Griffin fabrics too!