Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wow, Ive just received an order and its all Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Promo Packs, Sweet Rolls and the newies Turnovers (triangles)!! Heaps all @ once! Im now in competition with the bakery next door! So if you would like a large choice of designs, now is your chance!!
The ranges are: Sweet by Urban Chiks, Beach House by Blackbird Designs, Flag Day Farm by Minick and Simpson, Legacy by Howard Marcus, Urban Couture by Basicgrey, Fresh by Deb Strain, Snippets by American Jane, Love is in the Air by Deb Strain, Tradition by Howard Marcus, Sleepytime by Lori Gardner, Hello Betty by Chloes Closet (in 1930 and Retro), Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts, Wildflower Serenade by Kansas Troubles, Butterfly Fling by Me and My Sister, Portebello Market by 3 Sisters and Cranberry Wishes by Kansas Troubles and Soiree by Lila Tueller. I won't differenciate which ones are Jelly Rolls or Layers etc. but most designs have at least 2 choices of cuts. I realise those names may mean nothing to you but you can check them out @ Moda or better still come on in or call us. There are plenty of patterns and books with ideas on how to use them.
Great fun especially in the holidays. We have sold a few already today so be quick.

We now have more colours in the delicious Finca Presencia Threads, which we used for our Gathering with Helen Stubbings. Perfect for all stitcheries- no need to separate threads.

We are having another Market Bag Class on Friday 12 December 10am-1pm. These have been really popular and ideal for gifts for Chrissy. The girls usually get one completed with another one on the way.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Australian Quilt Market- Melbourne

Some gear I brought back from Quilt Market. NEW Sweet Rolls, Amy Butler patterns and flyers , with brochures from all sorts!
Leanne Beasley, Rosalie Quinlan and Gail Pan from Creative Abundance.

Amy Butler and me!

The biggest highlight at this year's Quilt Market (for shop owners), was meeting Amy Butler. She is so delightful as well as so clever and inspirational. I sat in on 2 of her presentations as well as chatted for ages with her @ the end of Saturday's market. She kindly signed a copy of her 'Midwest Modern' book for me also. Her longer presentation was about her and her family; David and 3 cats, her home(s) and her designing. The full room was silent, listening to every lovely word she said while watching her wonderful video.

Throughout the days, I saw some great new fabrics especially Amy Butler's Midwest Modern II as well as Moda's newies (of course). My favourite being a retro, 'Sweet' by Urban Chiks. We have in stock new Layer Cakes in 'Sweet', 'Flag Day Farm' and 'Urban Couture'. Jelly Rolls and the new Sweet Rolls (1 1/2" strips) in 'Sweet' and Charm Packs in 'Flag Day Farm' and 'Soiree'. Keep a look out for the 'honey buns' - 2 mini 'sweet rolls' in a box with pattern! Devine! Limited though.
We now have some pre-cut bindings on the roll (which I've been thinking about for ages..).

Another highlight was chatting with the Creative Abundance gang. A great booth full of new inspirational gear from Rosalie Quinlan, Gail Pan, Leanne's House, Melly and me, Lynette Anderson, Cinderberry Stitches, Candlelight Creations and Janelle Wind.
Pattern Press was always busy too. Helen Stubbings, now with 'The Quilted Crow' girls and 'One Red Robin'. These delightful girls are always good for a chat! Not forgetting Marg Low, Kerry Guillespe and the gang from The Birdhouse and Hatched and Patched.
One of the busiest booths was Highland Quiltworks, selling masses of Amy's books! As well as XLN selling her fabrics and having her signing her books. Madness!
We have a wonderful industry, with delightful people. So nice to catch up with good friends and acquaintances. Especially nice to have a surprise visit by Deb from Geelong. Such a dag!
As well as my travelling partner and friend, Dianne.

Friday, November 14, 2008

She's arrived.

She's arrived and in great shape! DH found this little sweety in the States, so she has come a long way to join our family. We have both been in love with Mustangs like.... forever, now our dream has come true! We are so lucky to have her, she's a beauty.
One problem... I have to go to Melbourne for the weekend (trade show). Well I suppose, its a good chance for her to bond with her dad...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Procrastination is major.

Had a lovely day yesterday. Delivered my brother and sister-in-law to airport (they're off to Italy...) We are minding my nephew, Alex (12) for the 2 weeks while they're gone. Waved the plane goodbye and enjoyed a much needed coffee and hot choccys @ Cocolat. When boys of 12 are sad, we always apply food!!

DD2 is training as a Beauty Therapist so DD3 and Alex(!) and I enjoyed a couple of hours there, having a facial and makeup. (for her prac.) Very nice, wish I could do it every week. Sadly I've been trying for ages and now she has only a couple weeks left... DD3 and DD2 even 'encouraged' Alex to try on some wicked blue falsh eyelashes, only for a minute or two.
Being our wedding anniversary (29th) I kept the makeup on.

Now I have some unpacking to do... Procrastination is major! After I post by blog, after a coffee, after I sort the mail.... I'm heaps better when I do it asap. Gotta get it done before tonight. We have our Xmas Cheer Club, so we might need a clear table to work on!

Had a good time @ the Quilt Fair. Always nice to see familiar faces walking by! No of course not, everyone drops by and at least says hi!
Big week this week. Is one supposed to rest with 'shingles'. Not a chance. Just keep taking the pills... Xmas Cheer Club tonight, Beginners Class tomorrow night, with BOM needing to be sent. Big day Friday. Prepare for Melb. Trade show, take my DAd to Dr. in arvo and early evening attend a concert on the river banks of Mannum with Adam Brand and Jimmy Barnes!!! Then early morning flight to Melb. for trade show for weekend. Attend lectures and hopefully meet Amy Butler. Perhaps order a few things..
Well the time has come. Boxes here I come...

11th hour of the 11th month. Lest we forget...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

All set for the Fair.

Well I'm set up and ready for action! That is ready for the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair ... starting tomorrow. Setting up today was a lot quicker than usual. Had help from DH (with carting of the gear) and DH3 (with setting up). DH at the moment is very helpful because I have shingles. He's had them and knows exactly how painful they are. I was diagnosed on Monday... which I said to the Dr. was such good timing.... not....
So long as I keep up the pain killers, Im fine.
Anyhow I think my booth, looks really pretty. Come on by and say hi! Booth E14. We have lots of new kits, patterns and fabrics.