Can we believe it – only 5 sleeps til the big man comes…. eeeek, where did that year go?
I of course have had a huge year…. trips to Bright, Salt Lake City, Houston, Victoria x 3, NSW x 3, SA for AMQF – and too many others to mention – whilst also opening a quilt store, a
café and lastly a learning centre – The Shed!
mmmm what was I thinking…….
Meanwhile, two fabric lines, a new book, several Magazine commissions and many new patterns…. but that keeps my creative juices flowing and the dopamine levels high….
I couldn’t have done this without so many special people in my life and I want to take this minute to publicly thank them…so please bear with me as I do…
Firstly – Jo!
Jo stepped in for me at an emergency moment and I bet she had no idea where her offer would take her.. So much for just folding a few patterns, a few bits of fabric and getting lots of inspiration to stitch – she now runs me, my business, runs the wholesale backend, the retail shop, the ‘shed’, the cutters, the folders, the café staff – and yes she even makes coffees. .. all with a smile and never a fluster… how could I be so lucky……
Judy is the most kind, caring genuine lady you’d ever meet and I'm so glad she asked for something to do. She cuts all of our kits and just jumps in where something is needed. She keeps me looking forward, on track and organised for the future so there are no last minute surprises.
Kat, is our Kona solids coordinator and has been our ‘Saturday girl’ this year. She is an extraordinary quilter and designer and has taken on our first batch of classes this year teaching her amazing skill set with great results from her students. Kat won’t be continuing in the shop Saturdays next year but will be teaching many more amazing classes to very lucky students, focusing on her designing and teaching – you need to follow her on FB to keep up with her amazing work. We are lucky to call her our teacher.
Abby and Lauren have begun the café journey with me. With various experiences in hospitality they have gotten us started, pout up with my lack of coffee knowledge and together we are learning daily to bring a café with quality, friendly service, a great atmosphere of support and community… and I’m told they make a great coffee!
And of course I cannot forget my family. Rohan has taken on café responsibilities – yes he can make a mean coffee and woo the ladies and has even made a few quilt shop sales.. he is my barista backup.
Tess has been my backup baker when she can fit it in between uni studies and work, Molly has been living away working her grad year for nursing and Miss Matilda, well she’s my little right hand.. again I thank them all for their support holding the fort while I am away visiting with all of you – my last people to thank – those of you who stitch my designs, make my quilts, join in with me to inspire, create and give to make a difference to yourselves and others.. You are the reason I do this…
so, this is a big Christmas thanks….
next year is not looking any less busy but I’ll cover that in the new year.
I wish you all a wonderful Festive season, may you make good memories, have quality time with those you love or just be at peace…
and see you all in 2017!
Oh – we will be closing for a short break between Saturday 24th December, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January.. that's Quarter Inch and Hugs ‘n Kisses. Feel free to place online orders still and they will be processed in order on our return.
You saw our wonderful gathering photos but I did forget to show you the new projects we made.
The Hexie gogo teeny table topper
This cute little runner could be for Christmas if you used Christmas fabrics – we just used my new Coonawarra Reds with my favourite Essex Putty linen background and a Cosmo Seasons #5006 variegated red thread.
There may also be a few kits left including everything you need for $20 plus the pattern.
the Christmas Dilly Bag
The pattern comes with an iron on transfer for the little stitcheries which you stitch all at once before fusing the included precut iron on hexies to the bag and making up this cut hexie dillybag..
a few kits left for this one also at only $20 plus pattern.
Gather Ye Blessings:
This one didn’t end up being a Gathering project (I made a few spares whilst deciding) but it was finished in time..
We have the metal stands as pictured or we have cute little wall hangers with a Christmas star in the 12” width for only $10 each.
These are not on the website and as I'm madly working on new websites they may not get there on the current one…
but if you’re keen you can just phone or email Jo on 03 62001304
til next time
hugs from Helen
What a wonderful and special day we had last Sunday in Hobart at our annual Christmas gathering. It was sold out months before and no-one had to pull out which was lovely for everyone.Of course Jo & Judy had also been working for months on our goodies and decorations to make the day feel extra special..
I had done some after Christmas shopping last year so we had lots of lovely treats for allSorry I didn’t order a few hundred extra of these special mini cloches – ladies – I have now, they are on their way across the seas and should be here next week. Tess lovingly made 70 little Christmas puds to treat everyone.Jo & Judy checking their handiwork – are we ready to open the doors?Amazing Abby and Emily – my helpers on the day (sorry no pic of Tess in the kitchen but she did an amazing job as always – couldn’t do the catering without her… and on uni holidays too..Shopping was frenetic!And much stitching was done amongst chatter, laughter and stories of days gone by.We had girls come from QLD, NSW, VIC and SA for the day – how lovely – I hope they enjoyed the trip..
Our next event however is at the shop at 224 Campbell St -
A late night Christmas shopping night – lots of treats to show you, demos, giveaways and a little toast to our first year..
Details are on Facebook – click the image below.
once again my sincere thankyou to my team. I know we do a great job at our events but its only possible due to the passion and dedication of my fantastic girls – who all share my love of joining together through stitching….
til next time
I’ve met the wonderful Pat Sloan many times and love working with her. She is so full of energy and ideas and no-one is too unimportant for her to stop and chat with in the aisles or online.
Her community is massive and she reaches out and brings quilters together across the world so that they may all share her passion.
I have done two radio shows with Pat – albeit quite early in the morning (to get the across the other side of the world timings right) but chatting with her over the airwaves is like sitting with your long lost friend and having a friendly banter.
You can listen to our last chat here:
Now the reason I mention this is because reading Pat’s latest book is just like chatting with her in person.. genuine, easy to understand, talks the ‘normal’ talk that quilters of all levels, background, culture and style will relate to and understand.
‘This is my 33rd book in 16 years, and the 3rd in my ‘Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to’ series. I wrote the book to step a quilter through the basics of quilting their own quilts. It’s for the person who has never machine quilted to someone that does it rarely or only does super simple like quilt in the ditch.
I first show them walking foot techniques, then free motion. It’s filled with photo step outs and tips.’
and…there’s even links to videos if you’re a watch and learn person.
Now there’s not just step by step instructions
there are also projects…
pieced and appliqued
So as part of her massive book tour – and only one of over 40 designer friends telling it like it is I have to tell you that you can win a copy of this book. These are the details:
Visit Pat's Giveaway Page to enter to win one of the 5 copies of her 'Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Book'!
Physical Copies for US residents, digital copies for all other winners. Be sure to enter by Midnight Dec 1 and then visit the others on her Mega Fun Tour to learn more about Pat's book, some have interviewed Pat, a few might have a giveaway, or have made a project... it's all listed on Pat's page!
The others on this, my day you should visit are
· Cheryl Brickey meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/
and the ever present
· Kimberly Jolly of fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
and on the ‘enter to win’ page you will see the full list of blog people to visit and see what they thought.
so, if you’re new to quilting, you need to enter this competition, and if you don’t win – then grab yourself a copy wherever you can find it… you owe it to yourself
a final reminder:
hugs for today
Don’t you just love Tilda? and a Tilda Tea Party or trunk show – how cute would that be?
I received some lovely pieces of the new Tilda fabrics several months ago and was asked to create some projects that could go on one long trip around the country….
Jo actually made them up for me as I was making these little projects in my Basically low fabrics – we both made our own versions.
This little block book is perfect for keeping your 6-8” applique or stitchery blocks in as you work on your project. Its very quick and simple to make and is finished nicely with a touch of ric-rac
This is Jo’s tilda version
And my original version in Basically Lows
Our second little project is this very useful project bag… These are so handy, you need more than one if you are a true quilter/stitcher like me with many projects on the go.
This was my original version in Basically Lows and Basically Hugs (new oranges)
Again, we have kits and patterns for both versions of these (the tilda kits are not yet on the website, please ask for them in the comments section) – but you may be able to see them yourself if you are near a Trunk show location
Next time I need to get Quarter Inch on this trip I think.
A huge thanks to my sidekick Jo for making up the samples – however I know she love’s anything Tilda and will quite happily take these home to use once they’ve finished their little journey.
so, who likes Tilda?
hugs for today