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Date added: 18/08/2011 Busy, Busy

After a lovely day out visiting quilt and antique shops in Geelong yesterday, I really do have to get cracking today.

My bare root roses have arrived, and they MUST be planted .

The block of the month is due to go out today too, and I need to get a newsletter sent out as well.

I used to thrive under pressure, but not so much lately...you do realise that you have to stop and smell the roses.

It is 6 years since my fall and broken neck, and 9 ribs etc etc, and I am thankful for each day that I have now.

I was chatting to a gentleman at the Spasa show last weekend, and he was telling me how he was miracuously saved from the Vic bushfires, and we both agreed how lucky and blessed we are to be here, and also that we feel that we have work/things that we still have to do in life.

It is time that I made a start on cleaning out Angelos' garage...my Stitch in Time shed ! .. and so if you look at the book category, you will see that all books have been marked DOWN to $22.50 each plus postage.

This special will last until Sat 27th August.

Better get cracking!

All the best, Rosemary

 

Date added: 08/08/2011 Mad Quilters Gathering

We are driving home from the first ever "Mad Quilters Gathering" at Penrith NSW.

And what a fun time we have had!

The gathering was dedicated to quilters, with so many wonderful shops showcasing every style of quilting product. The venue was great---parking was free, and entry only $5. Once inside, you could find friendly service and advice with ease.

Stitch in Time launched our new long awaited Block of the Month from Millamac Creations

"More Farmyard Frolics" is such a fun appique quilt....I hope to have it on the home page of our web-site asap. We have lots of interest for this BOM which starts at the beginning of September.

Contatc us to sign up....$34.95 per month for 8 months, plus postage.

We were priveldged to exhibit Libby Richardsons latest Christmas quilt....Teddy's First Christmas".

We are taking orders for patterns and kits...fabrics used are Lynette Anderson's Scandinavian Christmas.

Check our feature product section for more information.

I will post more in the next few days.

All the best,

Rosemary

Date added: 18/07/2011 Clean Out Specials

I have spent the weekend cleaning out... yes..it is still on-going.

I have found a great collection of quilt fabrics from the 1980's and have decided I have to unclutter, and so have put together some great fabric packs, and scrap packs.

We are going to have a stand at the all NEW quilt show  " The Mad Quilters Gathering" at Penrith Panthers at Penrith on 5,6,7 August and also at the Paskeville Field Days at the end of September, and so I have decided I have to get cracking on getting my special stock organised.

There will be special packs of DMC threads, some old Moda scrap packs, Guterman Thread packs,and much more. I am having fun with all the memories that the fabric evokes, including the cotton seersucker 90cm wide that was for PJ's for my now 36 yr old son.

Until next time, keep warm and be happy.

Rosemary

Date added: 12/07/2011 Roses

I have always loved roses, especially David Austin and other old fashioned types. I was sad to leave the beautiful garden that I had created at Naracoorte, but am now having the pleasure of creating a new garden here in Melbourne. A new rose catalogue has just come in the mail, and I think it might be time to sit with a cup of tea and a rich chocolate brownie ( just like the ones I made for the Squilters) and have a good read. I am planning a garden of lavender and roses..the lavender came from Leonie at Belle Fleur Lavender at Hilltop in the Southern Highlands. I just love her lavender products.... and they can be purchased through Stitch in Time. I hope to get some fabric specials packed this afternoon...keep an eye out for the specials in this weeks newsletter.

 All the best, Rosemary

Date added: 28/06/2011 Friends

It was so special to catch up with several old friends at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Show last week. Christine Book and husband Martin visited on Sunday, and it was good to see these wonderful friends who were so good to me when I broke my neck..Christine's late father Brian was my tower of strength at such a scary time.

Christine has designed an Australian themed BOM , stitchery based of course, and we are looking forward to being able to offer that very soon. I think this quilt will appeal to so many, it is nostalgic but fun. So keep an eye out for more news of this quilt.

The Quilt Exhibition was outstanding as usual, and I was especially thrilled to see so many quilts from South Austalian quilters, I must say I am still very paraochial. It was good to see the gorgeous Rachelle Denenny again.

For those of you on Face Book, our Stitch in Time face book page is slowly growing...I have been a bit quiet, but have my office set up now, so will be posting much more often. Go to our page and become one of the friends of Stitch in Time. 

All the best, Rosemary

 

Date added: 15/06/2011 Naracoorte and Gloria Loughman

I have been very priveledged to be the shop at the Naracoorte Art Gallery at the beginning of June

The gallery has  a wonderful hanging space, and it is truly a pleasure to see Gloria's amazing quilts hanging in this gallery. The landscape masterpieces seem to come alive when hung as a separate exhibition rather than in a quilt show.

I had a great time catching up with so many old friends, and it was the perfect opportunity to introduce the great range of Wonderfil Threads to the students in Gloria's classes.

I am retailing these threads, and you can purchase them on-line (soon) or better still email or phone me and I can help you with your enquiries.

Invisifil thread was popular, as it is great for piecing and quilting. It is a very fine 100wt polyester that is perfect for all patchwork applications. Long arm quilters love it too.  They also love Konfetti, which is 50wt Egyptian cotton, and if you feel that  ou are still a traditionalist, this the perfect thread for you. To make it even better it sells for $11.50 for 1,000 metres...brilliant value.

I am working on a newsletter, and hope(fingers crossed) that I can send it out today.

Rosemary

Date added: 17/05/2011 Southern Highlands

We have just returned from a trip to the Southern Highlands of NSW, where we met up with Leonie Yip from Belle Fleur Lavender. Leonie has just opened a delightful shop in her town of Hilltop. I love her lavender products and highly recommend the Antiseptic Hand Cleanser, and the Hand Cream. As a quilter working with fabric I find dry hands can be a real problem,but the Belle Fleur Hand Cream is absolutely perfect, as it leaves no residue, and is all natural products, with no chemicals. Stitch in Time will have these products available on the web very soon.

Date added: 15/02/2011 Valentines Day

I know that Valentines Day seems so commercial, but it is nice to be spoiled and to dress up, and be taken out to  have a special dinner, as I was last night.

I hope that you all had a wonderful day, but each day is wonderful if we look for the small but beautiful things around us. Be it flowers, clouds, fabric, or just colour.

 I am really looking forward to some great new challenges this year.

I am now part of the Wonderfil Specialty Thread team, and I cant praise their product enough.

There are so many colours in their cotton all purpose sewing thread,and the variety and style of their specialty threads is just amazing.

I will let you know more in coming news, but I think that one of the best comments came from a customer Kerry in Adelaide. She had used the Invisifil in her bobbin, and had heavily machine quilted the quilt in gold metallic, and had ONLY 2 breakages for the whole quilt. That is just amazing.

Stitch in Time is also involved in the Aussie Shop Hop, and I will be sending out a newsletter with lots of info about prizes and specials.

Until next time,

Rosemary

Date added: 12/02/2011 Tasmania

I have been so lucky to have a friend take me to the beautiful state of Tasmania for a few days.

The scenery, wine and food are all amazing.

We were priveledged to stay at Bridestowe .....the largest and oldest lavender farm in Australia. We met Mr Tomita from Japan, who has the biggest lavender farm in the world, and has 30,000 visitors a day!

It was great to catch up with some quilt shops while there. We had 2 superb lunches with  Lillian from Esme's at Launceston.....and Annie from Annies' Country Crafts in St Helens.... a truly lovely place to visit.

It was good to meet with Helen from Pattern Press, and I am really excited about our involvement with Helen's latest project. The Great Aussie Shop Hop.

Helen is very talented and with so many great ideas. I wish I had her energy. Her "Life is Beautiful" Block of the Month has been extremely popular, and we are still able to take orders for it. We used Helen's original colours of Civil War reds and taupes. Please send me an email if you would like to sign up.

Until next time,

Rosemary

 

 

 

Date added: 02/11/2010 Houston...Mecca of Quilting

Quilt market is over, and Festival starts Wed evening. The major prizes are announced tomorrow evening, and I am waiting to see which prize South Australia's Rachelle Denenney is awarded. I met her and her mother in the hotel lobby this evening, as they just arrived. I walked through the quilts today, and it was only about a quarter of the display, and in that time I was totally blown away by what I saw. All styles of quilting, but all so BRILLIANT. The Naturescape section was awesome, as were the hand pieced. Eileen Campbell's Flowers were truly beautiful, and she has won a $2,500 prize. You would have to spend 2 full days going through the quilts to get a good look at them all.

I am off to Nasa with a friend tomorrow, and then to start to set up.

Rosemary