Monday, 30 September 2013

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Free Patterns

Check out Lakehouse Dry Goods for more free patterns linked to each fabric range.
This is the project for Pam Kitty Morning.
Here's the LINK.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

And there are more free patterns...

...this time from In the Beginning Fabrics
Here's the LINK to It's Christmas, Tree Skirt.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Quilts in the Barn

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Go to Linda's wonderful blog, Quilts in the Barn, for more information.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Free Patterns

Another wonderful fabric Company providing free patterns is Classic Cottons

How beautiful is this Bethlaham Star.  Here's the LINK

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

More Free Patterns

There are more great free patterns at Windham Fabrics.

Here's a cute one called Ziggy Love.  Here's the LINK.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Yarn Bombing

I'm declaring Tuesday as Yarn Bombing day.
It always makes me smile when I come across some yarn bombing.  Hope these pictures make you happy too.

Monday, 23 September 2013

More Free Patterns...

...are available at Blank Quilting

Here's the LINK to this lovely pattern called All Around Town.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Free Patterns...

... from Benartex

are available HERE and there are lots to choose from.
Here's one called Organic Apples.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Free Quilt Patterns...

...are available from Andover Fabrics.
Just go HERE to see lots of choices.  This one is by Jo Morton.

Friday, 20 September 2013

More free patterns

Back to my little series on free patterns offered by fabric manufacturers.

There are some great quilt patterns at Anthology Fabrics and a new freebie is added each month.

This one is called August Shoofly. Just go HERE.
Sorry I just discovered this link is not working.  Simply go to the Andover Fabrics link above and then click on Free Patterns and you will be there.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A fabulous read

I just discovered this fabulous spot,  New Pathways into Quilt History
and thought you might enjoy it too.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Something to do

The Embroiders Guild of Victoria is holding its annual exhibition from 
September 7 -22
10.00am - 4.00pm daily
Embroidery House
170 Wattletree Road, Malvern 3144.
(Tram no. 5, Stop 46)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Look around...

...our local area and you should see these signs appearing soon.

Monday, 16 September 2013

AGM ‘13
NOTYQ will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19th September, 7.30 pm. Come along and share in this special evening
All committee positions will become vacant so please consider joining either as a

General Member or one of the other positions.
Don’t miss out on great door prizes and special raffle prizes. Wear your badge and go into the draw for a special prize. 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

A Moda Designers Blog Hop... happening right now.
Each designer will have a free pattern so hop over HERE for more details.  And to find out why each designer is wearing a moustache.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

A fascinating class at Kates Sewing Centre

Caroline Sharkey is coming to do a 2 day workshop called "Landscape Sewing Techniques" at KATES SEWING CENTRE
Tuesday 1st October and Wednesday 3rd October.
Colour, Texture and Pattern.
This workshop starts off with a smaller central design to set the theme and individual style of the quilt.
Adding borders to extend this and exploring shapes and symbols to represent and develop the possible cultural aspect. The central design can be off set for an individual styled point of view.
Bring along landscape ideas and fabrics relating to these images and drawings, also printed patterned fabrics that have interesting designs to cut shapes from.
Learn to build a surface with many different layers and stitching that enhances the finished quilt top.
Chop fabrics like you have never before and stitch them together to create new and interesting textures.
Thread paint and free machine drawing will add those final touches to your Art quilt.

Check out her web site for picture of students work. only has a couple of places left so please let her know if you are interested.
Cost $350 for the 2 day workshop plus requirement list and $40 additional kit supplied by Caroline

Kates Sewing Centre is located in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora at Shop 4, Dennison Mall.

The telephone number is 9467 1244.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 09:30 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Saturday - 09:30 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Friday, 13 September 2013

The NOTYQ Angel Mortal Swap

The NOTYQ Angel Mortal Swap

Time is whizzing by and it is now time to make something for your mortal with a 'Spring' theme. Spring makes me think of flowers, baby animals, sunshine and the outdoor life. It might conjure up other images to you. Whatever you think of please make a little gift for your mortal and pop it in the Angel Present Bag. The dead line for this swap is the October Guild meeting, October 19th but of course you can make it earlier if you wish.
Happy Swapping

Any questions please ask June or Melody

See you there

A huge thank you to all the fabulous and creative people who are the 2013 NOTYQ Quilt Exhibition traders. 

There will be even more to buy at the show as there are light refreshments for sale and of course our wonderful community quilts stall. A vast range of handmade gifts are on offer at bargain prices.

And there is a wonderful raffle to enter.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Embellish a Little

Embellish a Little

I asked Jennifer about her beautiful buttons and she replied -

Embellish A Little buttons are made from Australian stoneware porcelain creating a highly durable product. Every button is handmade,  hand sanded and hand painted then kiln fired. As they are individually crafted each one will be slightly different to the next. The buttons are washable and the colours will not fade.

Decal buttons are ceramic and have a decal transfer that have been fired into the glaze.

They can be used for a variety of projects, embellishing quilts, handcrafted items, teddy bears, dolls, scrapbooking, embroidery and patchwork.

I hope you love using my buttons as much as I love creating them.


Take a look at her website

and I'm sure you will be as excited as me about her fabulous creations.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Patchwork Collections

Patchwork Collections
Looking for personal service by experienced patchworkers, then you will find it at Patchwork Collections. They cater for all patchworkers, beginners and the more experienced, with a large range of interesting fabrics.
They stock

  • Patchwork Kits
  • Patterns
  • Fabric designed specifically for boys & girls
  • Fabric for specific occasions e.g. Christmas
  • New stocks arrive on a regular basis

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Ruby Rose Designs

Ruby Rose Designs
I asked Julie to describe her business and here is what she wrote.

Hello, my name is Julie O'Connell and I am the proud owner of Ruby Rose Designs. I am passionate about art and craft and have many years of experience with embroidery, creating for my own enjoyment as well as having worked for a number years in a local boutique craft store, where I saw a need for a range of beautiful embroidery panels for enthusiastic crafters with little experience or time. And so Ruby Rose Designs came to be.
A range of gorgeous hand-painted embroidery panels with easy to follow instructions designed to delight and inspire embroiderers of all skill levels and perfect to give as a special gift.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Westalee Rulers

 Westalee Rulers

Westalee Design sold its first product in March 2008 and based in Victoria, They have been supplying Patchwork Stores both in Australia and worldwide ever since
They have established themselves as a leading manufacturer of high quality, accurate Patchwork and Quilting Rulers, Templates and Guides and an extensive range of Long Arm Quilting and Custom Made Tools, all proudly made in Australia

The Adjustable Ruler was invented in 2008 by Leonie West and it came about as a result of a frustation with the ruler that Leonie had been using to cut 1200 3/8" bias strips. The ruler kept moving and was a nuisance lining up the fabric for each cut.

The Adjustable Ruler with its fabric guide and its companion Adjustable Triangles were a success, no slipping, accurate cuts every time and no need to struggle with lines on the ruler with edge of the fabric.

Once the Adjustable Ruler was set to the required size and using the guide to the fabric edge, every cut would be the same, no mistakes.
They took their invention to the ABC's New Inventors Show on July 2008 and won the Viewers Choice Grand Final. It was the first and last time a product associated with patchwork had ever been on the show.

Leonie has made quite a lot quilts for family and friends. Just prior to her invention of the ruler, her quilt "Every Quilter Dreams" was a finalist in the USA. The Quilt was hung at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and Chicago. Her quilt, "Epsilon Auriga" won first in its category at Showcase in Melbourne, 2011

Over the past 4 years Leonie has been sharing her 37 years of experience with demonstrations and in workshops all around Australia.

They now manufacture close to 300 products for patchwork, long arm quilters, custom work for patchwork stores and an extensive range of Quilters Rule products under licence.

Please note Westalee Rulers will only be at the Quilt Exhibition on Sunday 6th October, when they will be demonstrating their extensive range of products. 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Hillside Quilting

Hill Side Quilting

Anita Ellis of Hillside Quilting is a Professional Long Arm Quilter operating from her studio in beautiful Warrandyte in the north east of Melbourne.
You can contact her on 0430 135281 or by email at

Any one who takes a browse through Anita's delightful blog,
will recognise her enthusiasm for and love of quilting. She delights in helping her customers achieve their vision for their quilts by offering both sound advice and creative input.

Next time you are starting a new quilt give Anita a call to book your spot in the queue and she can help you with any quilting queries so that your quilt is constructed in a way that makes the most of the quilting. Try not to think of the piecing and quilting as separate processes. Giving thought to the quilting at the planning stage will result into a finished quilt result that you will be very proud to own or give away to a well deserving recipient.

Anita's approach to quilting is one where you can discuss your requirements and any ideas that you may already have and marry these to her extensive experience of the quilting process.  She takes great care to really get to know what it is that you want and what is the best treatment for each individual quilt.

During the consultation, quilting style will be discussed as well as thread choice, wadding, backings, time frames and costings. You will leave her studio knowing how your quilt is going to be quilted, when it will be ready and how much it will cost. She always deliver on this.

Anita offers inspiration, education and encouragement to all who participate in her Domestic Machine Quilting classes and in 2012 she was selected to teach at the prestigious Australian Machine Quilting Festival in Adelaide.  Due to the overwhelming positive response from participants she will be teaching again at this Festival in 2014.

So give her a call and your lovely patchwork tops will soon be be lovely quilts.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Leanne's Quilting Service

Leanne's Quilting Service 

To Leanne, of Leanne's Quilting Service , every quilt is special. She grew up sourrounded by quilts, as her mum was a foundation member of North of the Yarra Quilting Guild. Leanne started sewing in her early teens and fell in love with it. She trained and worked as a florist but when she felt like a change of career in 2002, her inspirational mum encouraged her to become a long arm quilter.

Each quilt top delivered to her studio is treated with as much care as she gives her own work. She will thoughtfully discuss all quilting options available and ensure you are happy with the choice of threads, batting and quilting design. Leanne is able to provide all over and custom quilting.

Edge-to-edge designs offer an all over pattern to suit the fabrics and quilt design you have chosen. Leanne has a large number of designs from which to select. Custom quilting is chosen when you want a more individualised quilt that allows each block, sashing  and border to be embellished with a complementary design. All Leanne's custom work is free hand and as she says, 'If I can draw it, I can quilt it.'

Leanne's work has been recognised countless times by both public voting and quilt show judges when she has worked in collaboration with her customers. In 2005 she was voted by readers of Quilting Down Under and by Bernina as the Favourite Professional Machine Quilting Service.

It is very important to Leanne that her quilting enhances your work and that you are satisfied with the end result. Many happy customers have stated that her quilting has added so much to their quilt and brought it alive.

Leanne's garden studio is located in Briar Hill and she can be contacted on 9434 5915

Friday, 6 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Jemima's Creative Quilting

Jemimas Creative Quilting

is located at 84 Cimberwood Drive Craigieburn
the shop hours are Tuesday – Wednesday 2.00 – 5.00pm
Thursday - Friday 10.00am – 6pm
Saturday 10.00am – 4.oopm
They are closed on Sunday and Monday
You can contact them on 9308 2699

Shirley and Veronica are a mother and daughter team whose love of quilting led them to begin their own Professional Machine Quilting Service.
The enjoyment of helping others complete their quilt tops and the continual contact with other quilters encouraged them to expand their business to include Patchwork Fabrics, Patterns, Kits, Quilting Accessories, Patchwork Classes and Workshops.
If you visit their friendly informative blog, you will discover the wide range of classes on offer including English Paper Piecing, Paint and Stitch, the magnificent Glacier Star Workshop and a Wedding Ring quilt. 
 The blog is at
Jemima's is a great place to make friends. There is a monthly stitching group and an annual retreat for all with a crafty heart who would like to gather with others of their kind for a fun filled relaxing weekend. They have Patchworkers, Scrapbooker's, Embroiderers, Teddy Bear makers, Knitters and Jewelery Makers - just to name a few. You can come with friends or family or come on your own.
All are welcome!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders Patchworks Unlimited

Gael and Pauline started Patchworks Unlimited over 18 years ago as a bricks and mortar shop in the northern suburb of Pascoe Vale in Melbourne, Australia. 
  The Shop is located at
25 Pascoe Street
Pascoe Vale
Victoria 3044

61 3 9300 4011


Opening hours  
10am - 4pm  Monday - Friday
9am - 12 noon  Saturday

They have a delightful range of fabrics which include beautiful florals, bright and pretty fabrics, Japanese and Oriental designs, interesting novelty prints, and complementary plain colours. They also carry best quality Osnaberg, linen/cotton, cotton velvets and other specialty fabrics for a variety of applications including embroidery, and a comprehensive assortment of efficient patchwork and quilting tools, threads and equipment.

The Patchwork Spirit is the name of the range of original patterns that have been exclusive to Patchworks Unlimited.  These innovative designs are written for easy understanding and are designed to be user friendly and achievable to all levels.  Gael and Pauline are especially aware of making their ideas accessible to their customers in places not necessarily adjacent to a patchwork shop for help or supplies.The designs range from fairly simple and easy, to quite complex and sophisticated, but the instructions are always step by step for ease of application. Their range of original patterns has expanded to include screen printed panels .  These are their own artworks, and are being hand printed by them as they are not available commercially. 

Patchworks Unlimited has an excellent programme of interesting classes and teaching for all levels of patchwork expertise.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Mrs Martins Quilt Shop

 You'll find Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop in Emerald,on the Monbulk Emerald Road, half way between Emerald and Monbulk. It is a home based business not a shop so look for the little green cottage with the roses growing on the front porch. They are easy to find and there's plenty of parking.

If you want to make a quilt or a wall hanging, maybe a bag or a pincushion they can help find the perfect project for you. There's something for beginners through to the more experienced and those somewhere in between. Some of their favourite designers are Viv from Viv’s Creations, Gail from Gail Pan Designs, Jennifer from Jennifer Knol Designs, Leanne from Petals and Patches and Lisa from Fig n Berry Creations. Between them their designs incorporate stitchery, appliqué, paper piecing and piecing. Something to suit everyone. As well as designing Lisa runs a long arm quilting service.
They also stock the range of Westalee Products and Matilda’s Own Cotton Batting, Olfa rotary cutters and cutting mats, Weaveline and pellon. As well as the necessities They like to have the latest gadgets available, because quilters love gadgets.
Reproduction fabrics  and the muddy country colours are popular with both the designers and customers and Mrs Martin.

There’s always something going on…..
They have a number of Sewing Circles, both day and evening, throughout the week.
There are also a variety of classes suitable for beginners through to the more experienced. Check out their website at
and don't forget to sign up for their newsletter.
Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop
133 Emerald Monbulk Rd,
Victoria, Australia, 3782
Phone: 03 5968 3360
Overseas 61 3 59683360

The shop hours will be reduced between August 19th and September 13th......Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.00am – 11.30pm.

Saturday: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Needles and Pins

Another fabulous trader joining us for our Quilt Exhibition on October 5th and 6th is Needles and Pins.

Needles and Pins have been in Warrandyte for over 20 years and in December 2000 Kaye Millsom took over as the owner. Kaye has sewn, embroidered, knitted, patched & quilted and created for as long as she can remember, so when the opportunity came along to take on a little quilt shop, selling the things she loved it was the culmination of a dream.
Needles and Pins is at the Goldfield Shopping Centre at 102 Melbourne Hill Road Warrandyte.
Phone: 03 9844 1720
Opening Hours:
9.30 - 5.00 Monday to Friday
9.30 - 1.30 Saturday
EFTPOS is available and most credit cards are accepted.

Needles and Pins is more than just a quilt shop, it's the place where you can learn, be inspired and be motivated, so hopefully you'll be able to visit and to have that touchy-feely experience and see the true colour and texture of their entire range of fabrics. You'll be assured of a warm welcome and professional service.

Needles and Pins are proud to offer all kinds of reproduction fabrics including well known ranges from Judie Rothermel, Jo Morton, Howard Marcus and many more, as well as ranges from Moda Fabric designers - the 3 sisters, Chez Moi, Blackbird Designs and The French General just to name a few. They also stock thread, habadashery items and ribbons.

You can visit the website at

Monday, 2 September 2013

Quilt Show Traders - Kates Sewing Centre

Some fabulous traders will be attending our Quilt Exhibition on October 5th and 6th.  It is a great opportunity to stock up on those must have quilting supplies.
Our major sponsor is Kates Sewing Centre.

Kates Sewing Centre is located in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora at Shop 4, Dennison Mall.

The telephone number is 9467 1244.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 09:30 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Saturday - 09:30 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

The store has been operating since July 4th 1994 and is an authorized Bernina, Brother, Babylock and Merrylock Embellishing machine dealer. Specialist, personalised service is guaranteed.

Kate believes in the importance of using your new machine to its fullest and offers free support and lessons on how to use any machine you purchase from Kates Sewing Centre.
With her extensive knowledge of sewing, embroidery and overlocking machines, Kate is happy to look at any issues you might be having with your machine.

The shop also has a large range of haberdashery and a beautiful selection of 100% quilting cottons.

Kate started sewing at a very young age and her passion continues to grow across all areas of sewing.  Starting out as a professional dressmaker, she has carried her techniques into patchwork, quilting, textiles and design.

Kate has completed many courses in fashion, quilting, patchwork, textile artistry, and has also judged many competitions in these fields. Her enthusiasm shows as soon as you step into her store. She makes you excited about any sewing project you decide to take on. She also enjoys running a variety of sewing classes and workshops.

Please visit her website at

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Add one more

South Sea Imports.

They have wonderful free patterns too.  Here is the LINK