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Gifts to make in time for Christmas

If you are like me, you like to make gifts for friends and family, especially at Christmas. A few years ago I made several Eco Shopper bags and had fun choosing fabrics for different people. The pattern is based on the "green" shopping bag and is a great way to personalise the bag and also reinforce it so that it lasts longer. All you need is the pattern and 50cm of two different fabrics or 70cm of one fabric. There are instructions for two sizes of bags. How many will you make?

We also have some mindful stitching projects from Nikki Tervo. Each Mandala designs is 10" in diameter and look fabulous displayed in hoops after stitching. As you can see there are 9 designs available and when stitched in a variegated thread such as Valdani you create a unique hoop art. You can of course, use as many colours as you wish for a different look.

I have teamed each one up with a different Valdani thread, you will need two skeins to stitch out the design. You will find all our favourite embroidery supplies here

If you are looking for a nifty gift for a quilting friend, you will find all our stocking stuffers here

There are small projects to make or give as gifts along with some gifts for quilters.

You can keep up to date with all that is happening in store and in our quilting community by subscribing to our enewsletter. Sign up at the bottom of our home page. Also, we have several private Facebook groups where I post information about quilt a longs and special kits. In January 2023, we will be starting two quilt a longs. Sunshine quilt by Jason Yenter and the Wonderful Curves sampler quilt by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Wonderful Curves Sampler Book by Sew kind of Wonderful is the latest book by sisters Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn and this book uses their newest ruler, the wonder curve ruler. We will make our way through the book, there are 30 blocks to make. Also included in the book are instructions for 14 different quilts, some using all the blocks and others focusing on repeating one or two blocks. you can have fun designing your own layout or follow along as we make the Mod Sampler quilt using the Boho cloth range of fabrics and the Thirty Something quilt using a variety of solid fabrics.

Each week watch as Angela makes blocks and gives tips on cutting out and construction. The videos will be filmed live on our Facebook page and later uploaded to our Youtube channel for those who don't use Facebook.

We are in the process of putting the fabric kits together, which will be available early January in time for use to start late January 2023. You can preorder your kit now for a deposit of $50, which will be refundable off your fabric kit. The books and rulers are available in store and online now. We can send them now or with your fabric kit.

Other projects we will be working on include Field of Blooms by Lilabelle Lane and Grand Paddle Wheel by Lilabelle Lane, modern Fabric Art Bowls and Peacock Through the Window by Leesa Chandler to name a few.

Our next Template & Ruler Demo Day where we showcase projects using a variety of templates and rulers which will be used in our Summer Holiday classes is Friday January 7, 2023. Join us for morning tea, see all the new projects and classes preview. Bookings are now open.

Until next time, happy sewing.


Angela & Steve

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