Saturday, August 29, 2009

A good rain, brings in customers!

Well, while the Power and the Crows are playing, (it can get quiet here-believe it or not!) this post, I thought I would show you some new products in store or coming to the 'apple shed'. This little bag is 'The Fat Quarter bag' pattern by Melly and Me. We have made the sample (thanks Lyn) in the 'Andalucia' fabrics. (btw my ears pricked up the other day, when I heard Hamish and Andy were driving through Andalusia, Alabama- see, we do learn things as quilters!!) Just had news of the release of Gail Pan's first book 'Baskets in Bloom'. It will be here next week for $32.00. Well done, Gail! She would be so excited.
One of our new block-of-the-month's is 'Pies and Tarts' Size: approx. 70" square $35.00 for 10 months Each month for 10 months you will receive enough fabric to make 10 pie blocks and small pie fillers. The first month you will receive "Playing with Paper " Pack 12 (Includes: instructions, perspex templates and papers for month 1) along with your first lot of fabrics.The remaining months you will receive fabric and pre - cut papers.
Well it hasn't been quiet at all, its taken me forever to do this today. Not complaining.
Been madly cutting kits this week, in between writing my newsletter/class list. (out next week).
Quiltaid has me on my toes. Needing more kits still. Which is wonderful. The response has been terrific. More strippy retro kits have been done and a newey, 'Window Boxes'. A very large quilt (76 x 100") in blues, greens and cream flowers. A pretty bed quilt. We have a made sample.
Here is Rosalie Quinlan's new book. This much awaited book and new fabric range is due Sept/Oct. Our Aussie designers, do us proud!

Seeing the radio has just played, 'Choir Girl'. I thought I would add 'him' too. We went to see Jimmy Barnes a week or so ago, yeh I know, again... He just gets better with age! Its so good, he's everywhere at the moment, releasing a new album... radio, TV, on tour. Can't get enough.

Lots of rain here in Woodside as well as Lenswood (home). The highest rainfall in the state. We have just had more thunder bringing more rain today. We would be over 100 mm now this month. Bring it on! I like it when it rains, not only is it good for our apples, cherries, paddocks, rivers etc. it is great for business. In the quilting business rain seems to attract customers to a quilt shop, with the need to shop and sew!

Jimmy and I say, 'See ya'.
Off home now for some 'cheap wine' and put the feet up! Jane ***

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Quilted Crow shop visit

The Crow Girls!

When you visit Hobart next, you must drop by and see The Quilted Crow. The shop is fabulous. And Leonie and Deidre are delightful. We had a delicious lunch with Helen and I hung around for the rest of the day with them. We had a great day.

Got to say, I have never been greeted with a great sign before. It stopped me in my tracks! So special!
Its so nice having great mates in the industry doing the same stuff. Thanks guys! You'll have to visit me next time. Enjoy Houston and see you in Melbourne.

We even took corny pictures of ourselves!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tasmania continued

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Our time in Tassie has sadly come to an end. It is certainly lovely having time to do... nothing. DH had the cherry industry conference while I pleased myself on my days activities! We did do alot of eating and drinking... and socialising with good friends - that is partly why I go! Looking around being another reason! This trip I did alot of walking too.. the exercise didn't seem to help counteract all the eating though.
The beautiful harbour of Hobart welcomes the traveller with tranquility, as the boats rock gently in their marina. Snow capped Mt. Wellington dwarfs the city but seems to be quietly keeping an eye on things.

I particularly love Battery Point and Salamanca Market. Tasmania being on of the oldest states of Australia has wonderful old architecture, so a wander around the old buildings for me, is heaven. A stop now and again for a cappucino is a must for the weary walker who is sooo out of condition.

Winners are....

The lucky winners of the Christmas in the Hills, fat quarter bundles are:
Sue SA , pink needles and jstick.
Please send me your address and I will send asap.
Thank you for your lovely comments everyone.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Christmas in the Hills part 1

Christmas in the Hills was a special time of indulgence. The ladies enjoyed the gathering, with lovely stitching and friendship. Lots of goodies to eat, to buy, enjoy or win! My dear Sarah DD3, has been busy making pinwheels for the goodie bags for ages. (one of Rosalie's patterns in her 'Gift' book) All three girls did a wonderful job, helping me out with preparations while Sara ran the shop so well, leaving me to be able to 'swan' around and enjoy and chat to everyone!
Heres Rosalie Quinlan addressing her group of followers!

One lucky lady, Sandi even won a bundle of Rosie's new fabric range. Take a look, its gorgeous. We will have the range, as soon as possible. Possibly around end of year, once its released. Why not pre-order a fat quarter bundle now!

Finally a big thank you to all the ladies and I do hope you enjoyed your Christmas in July.

Seeing I was supposed to have a give-away last post - being my 50th. AND because I haven't posted for sooo long... I have been rather hectic.... I will have my first giveaway NOW!!!
Leave a comment on... 'what I wish for this Christmas' .....and I will randomly pick a winner.
Prizes are: Bundles of Fat quarters of Christmas fabrics. How about 3 winners.
Seeing I'm in Tasmania now- on holiday, I will draw the winners , Tuesday 11 August.
Jane *

Xmas in the Hills part 2

Well the shop is set-up some of the lovely food by Sarina

with everyone very busy...relaxing. Some lovely stitching and chatting. Good food, meeting new friends and generally having a good day.

One of the prizes. Very lucky Nell won this delightful bundle! Vicki and Rhonda (in background)are planning an attack in the carpark for it, I think.

Jane *