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It’s been a while so make a cuppa, sit down and relax to catch-up with Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able.

Hello Sewing Friends.

It’s been a while so make a Cuppa, sit down, relax, and catch-up with Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able.

I guess the news that’s on everyone’s lips is, MK’s Sew-Able IS for Sale. This is a wonderful local business, created by me and built by listening to your needs, a business with the potential to diversify into other areas. For Genuine enquiries, please contact me for an appointment to discuss this further.

Phone the Shop 0746 388 288 or by email at mkworking@bigpond.com.

My realtor has suggested that I reduce my stock cost for any prospective purchaser. You will notice that I will be having more than the normal EOFY and Carnival Sales.

SAFETY WARNING:

Please be aware that on windy days, the front entry door can be pulled open by the force of the wind, this can be very sudden and we have had 2 Glass panels smashed in the past. On these days, we will have a sign on the door to say that the door is locked. Beside the danger of having the door slam into you or wrenching your shoulder, there is also the chance that if you are parked too close to the door, your car will be damaged.

NEW PFAFF PRODUCTS:

PFAFF Quilt Binding Attachment $159.00. I am playing with this and hope to be competent when you want to come for a look. You do need a special foot plate, but if you have purchased the Expression 710 720 or the Performance or Icon machines, you will have the correct plate on your machine.

PFAFF has introduced new machines to the range. There are additions to the Ambition line, the Ambition 610 at $1490 and the Ambition 630, at $2190.

The Expression 710 is now on my bench at $3590, a saving of $1000.

The Expression 720 has much to offer the Specialist wanting to go further than just stitching. I enjoyed selling this one, a pleasure to stitch on. Special price $4590.

NEW STOCK PRODUCTS:

Sue Daley Bobbinators with 10 Wonderfil threads.

Karen Kay Buckley Orange template Scissors – completing the full range Australian Batik Colour Wheels (Jelly rolls) in 5 colour-ways

Parlan: A light iron-on stabiliser suitable as Embroidery felt, great for Wall hangers.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th June.

Clam Shell Accessory Case pattern and template, RRP is $7 discounted to $5 . I will carry to the second week or until stock runs out.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Tuesday 2nd July to Saturday 6th July.

Sullivan Sewing Kit for Travel reduced to $5 and Birch Beginners Sewing reduced to $6

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Tuesday 2nd July to Wednesday 31st July.

20% off Lights, Torches, Light Pads and Light Pad Carry bags. NO Rain checks. You can pay by phone if you can’t come in.

Sale Product
Product of the Month: 20% off All Light Pads, Lights, Torches and Light Pad cases
on special for the month of July.

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The recent Pattern/Book tidy up has shown that I am carrying far too many patterns. There will be Sales discounts in this area including Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers Patterns, Books and Playing with Paper Packs.

Stabilisers:

Parlan is now available, this is wonderful for Wall hangings and stitchery backings.

Iron on Pellon in both thicknesses, as well as Sew in Pellon Iron on Embroidery weft is light and soft for Stitchery and Embroidery backing.

Vlsiofix and the new Applifix applique paper in A4 sheets or the 3mtr Roll.

Tearaways, Wash-aways, Solvy and Vilene interfacing.

Buckram and Bag stabiliser and padding.

Machine Embroidery Designs, Beautiful Designs and CD’s. Look at some of the Sampler works of Tracey Sims Zundt Designs: the Blue Wren, The Kingfisher and the Embroidered Lace Bowl and Doiley.

Machine Embroidery Design CD SPECIALS; check out the Yellow Dot specials in the Blue Basket, designs by Sue Box, Pfaff, Julie Hall, and Amazing designs. Prices are ridiculous but I can’t fight the Internet shopping in this area.

Fabric:

Australian Batik 2 1/2″ Colour Wheels. 5 Dazzling colours.

Pre-cuts, we have Fat Qtrs, Layer Cakes, 6 1/2″ Square Batik charms, 5″ Charms and Mini Charms.

Check our Flannels, we have a small fun range, on special at $ 5 metre.

Check our Fleece, we have a small range of Fleece at a special price of $ 5 metre.

Waddings, we have 100% Cotton and Poly, as well as Hobbs Heirloom Wool Poly and Hobbs fusible Backings, we have 2.8mtr Wide 100% Cotton and Cotton Batik backings.

Classes.

Well, this has a whole new concept to it now. It seems to be very “On the spur of the moment’ with ‘Old” things Finished and ‘New’ things begin on Wednesdays. I call this group, the ‘ODDS’ (when I wrote this on the whiteboard it looked like I’d written 000 and sometimes these girls have little 000 events). I help them to finish Projects like the Shady Daisy, Bali Star and the Poinsettia Quilts, or help them read and understand their patterns etc, but, we may start unplanned Projects, like Table runners, Coasters, Monica Poole Appliques and Pin/Scrap bags and more. The rule book has been thrown away, I appreciate forewarning but we try to accommodate all requests.

Free motion Quilting Class: We are planning to do another in the near future so please contact us to secure a spot and we will promote a date as soon as we have numbers.

CALENDAR

Sit’n’Sew group is on every Tuesday and Friday 9am to 2pm

June:

Thursday 20th : Software Premier Ultra+2 ‘Embossing’

English Paper Piecing ‘The Sue Daley Way’
with help and instruction from Marilyn
on the 4th Saturday of each Month.

Saturday 22nd: 9am English Paper Piecing 12.30pm Sashiko

Wednesday 26th: ‘Odds’ Group

Thursday 27th: Isabella’ Machine Embroidery Quilt Group

Saturday 29th: Viva La Triangle, the  ‘Hour Glass’ block.

JULY:

Saturday 6th: Viva La Triangle continues Wednesday 10th: ‘Odds’ Group

Thursday 11th: ‘Isabella’ Machine Embroidery Quilt Group

Wednesday 17th: ‘Odds’ Group

Saturday 20th:  Viva La Triangle continues

Wednesday 24th: ‘Odds’ Group

Thursday 25th:  ‘Isabella’ Machine Embroidery Quilt Group

Saturday 27th:  9am English Paper Piecing 12:30pm Sashiko

Sashiko and One Stitch Sashiko
held on the Fourth Saturday of the Month

I had a few problems producing this newsletter. It seemed that every button I pushed was the wrong one, so I called on Carolyn Brown of Time Made and now I am up and running again. She is so helpful and so patient. Check out her site https//timemade.com.au

I will leave you at this time but you will have my emails more frequently in the future as I try to decrease these stock levels. Don’t forget to check the Blog from time to time.

Until next time, Take care of each other, Take time to Stitch, and Remember, If you see someone without a Smile, give them one of Yours, it’s Free.

Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able

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Sales award for fbMy latest PFAFF award, a nice surprise. Thank you.

Hello Sewing Friends
Here I am once again, lost for words, surprising isn’t it? I’m full of information and comments until I have to do these Newsletters and then it all becomes a blank. So here goes with something that is informative, not too short but,not boring.

What’s Coming? 

Sew-Along for Cancer, Ribbon Braid Table Runner: There will be a smaller Sew-along at the shop this Saturday 11th November, from 9am – 3pm. Sorry for the short notice but If you missed out the first time or want to do it again, please ring to secure a seat. I do have a few kits left over from the first run. Kit and sew $45, sew only $30. All monies will go to Cancer.
Cancer Quilt Raffle: These quilts will be drawn on Friday 1st December. If you don’t have a ticket, please make the effort to purchase tickets to support the Cancer Council.welcome_photo
MK’s Sew-Able Christmas Party This year the party will the held at the Engine Room Cafe at 1 Railway Street Toowoomba on Saturday 25th November at 12:30pm. The cost will be $10 (with exception of drinks outside the table juice) for a choice of Garden Salad with either Chicken or Ham, and a Plum Pudding with Brandy Custard for Dessert. It is a BYO cafe and I will be taking some Wines, but of course you may bring your own selection. The normal Secret Santa Gifts will be given out. For those who wish to purchase gifts,please keep the cost  from $10 – $15. I will, of course, have some fun Quizzes to tickle your funny bones. Sister Bev will, no doubt, have some giggles for you. Seating is limited so please book and pay with me as soon as possible.

What’s been happening:

3d Gerbra
3D Machine Embroidery 

The Machine Embroidery club has been busy with a little more than the normal amount of progress in their endeavors. The mesh insert Swimming bags have turned out quite well, with some very interesting Embroideries, sizes and techniques.The Cork coasters were very nicely done but a bit of grizzling because of the amount of cleaning to do at the end, more on that further into the letter. This month the Ladies are making a 3D Gerbra embroidery on a cushion cover, this is starting from a Software exercise to Embroidery with placements and then to a sew-out.  This is a lovely project. Next lesson is Thursday 9th November. The last club will be Thursday 7th December where  you can catch up with some Unfinished projects.

English Paper Piecing Mug Rug Club. The Mug Rugs are coming along very nicely and we continue to have a good Roll-up for this group as well. There are some interesting shapes in these Rugs and the Ladies are using a very mixed array of fabrics and colours. I did throw in a Pin cushion surprise in September and that seems to have put a bit of a halt to the speedsters.Regardless, if you’re interested in learning English Paper Piecing, this is the group for you.the next club day is Saturday 18th November and the final club day for the year will be Saturday 16th December.
Sue Daley‘s new BOM is Round We go. I am expecting the Seed Patterns to arrive this week. Sue has a new Quilt design “WindChime“, this  is very pretty but it is not in stock at this time.
The One-stitch Sashiko. The one stitch Sashiko trend seems to have taken off in our area. I am selling quite a few patterns and the interest in the Hitomezashi Pin Cushion has continued from the Quilt show. My apologies to any ladies who may have purchased the kit to find they don’t have enough thread to do a 6 1/2″ square, I kitted it to the size of the cushion but with extra fabric to practice. I do sell the Dotty sashiko fabric, a 15cm piece will cost you $6.50.
Sashiko Templates: I have 6 styles of Acrylic Sashiko Templates in stock, including the Straight border, Clam shell, and Apple core.  Books and Patterns are also selling quickly.

Michele Hill’s Books: I am waiting a delivery of Michele’s Afternoon Tea with Mary Morris and Beatrix Potter Stitching books that could be in store late this week.  I am still waiting for confirmation of which month or year that we will receive the William Morris in Applique books, this changes from month to month, very tiresome, Yes I have spoken to Michele and the book publisher.  It can be purchased as an  E-book, this appears cheap enough but remember you will need to print it yourself.

New and Old at MK’s 
I am often asked ‘What’s New?” and I often say “I don’t know, things just arrive and I forget if they’re new or old stock”. I hear from Ladies who have been to the shows and I’m surprised that the ‘New’ gadget that they’ve found, has been on my shelf for quite a while, so I’ll try to mention a few here.
Applique Sheets; this product was promoted well at the Toowoomba Quilt show. This paper,  by Hug’n’Kisses, it is a soft iron on A4 paper that is used for Needle Turn Applique and is a semi to full wash out paper. It is very easy to use and I personally like it. We used it in the ‘It Takes Two’ quilt that I have hanging at the shop. It can be purchased in a pack of 20 x A4  sheets, or packs of Pre-cut paper piecing shapes. Stock is hard to get at the moment, my Supplier sent an email last week and it is hoped I will be able to get stock at the end of November. I sell an A4 pack  or single sheet.
The Purple Thang is a thin tool about 6″ long, it has a flat end that is a 1/4′ measurement, a slot in one end for threading elastic,a great Sixth finger and it is also good for turning points or stuffing toys etc. The cost is $ 7.50.
The Halo is a Silicon covered metal hoop that is used to grip fabric while you are free-motion quilting. You may have seen Pauline Rogers demonstrating this at the Brisbane show. I have this in stock, along with the Teflon Super-Slider machine mats that cover the feed dog slots and enables your fabric to slide across the machine while you are quilting.
1/4″ Graph Paper: This is a large A3 book of 1/4″ blocked graph paper.
Vliesofix, Heat and Bond in Ultra or Light is available.
Hand Embroidery Backing: I am currently selling a light Iron-on backing for Hand Embroidery. It is 1.5 wide and costs $3.50.
Thimbles: I have a large range of thimbles, from the small Latex slip-on to the Leather and Brass. If you’re looking for a good thimble, check my stock.
Superior Titanium Needles: I have Topstitch titanium needles in 70, 80 and and mixed size pack.
Monica Poole patterns are now in store. She has a lovely set of Animals, see the photo insert Fi Fi Flamingo, I have this sample hanging in the shop.I am currently working on the Kitty Reel quilt. Monica has a good range of Bags that I will access patterns for in my next order. Monica also keeps good children’s patterns.fifi.jpg
Fabrics: I have BMX Dirt bikes and a range of Ned Kelly now in stock. These are going fast.There are many items that I have forgotten and the most important will be remembered as soon as I hit the Send button.
Cleaning your Machines: Don’t be afraid to get under the needle plate and clean the lint and dust away. It is amazing how much residue is left after Foundation Piecing, Quilting, Machine Embroidery and lately, cork. This residue makes it way to other unseen parts of our machine and mates with the pre-packed grease, and it can set like cement, once this happens your machine can seize up. Don’t be ‘tight’ about replacing your needle.Buy a renown Needle brand.You get what you pay for. If you’ve been sewing any of the above, your needle will be blunting quickly, also, if you’re sewing heavy fabric and you’re a little heavy-handed and pull it along a bit, the chances are that you will have bent your needle slightly and this will escalate a problem with it hitting on your hook race or needle plate.
Visitors: 40 Coorparoo quilters arrived on Saturday 21st October for a lunch break and a little shopping time. What a delightful group! They were so well mannered and patient while waiting to purchase their goods. I am assured that they will return.
2018 Classes Groups and Clubs
I have become rather disheartened with class attendances but I am willing to give it another go as I am constantly asked for help. My scattered thoughts for 2018 have included some new ideas but I am afraid you will have to wait for the list. The Machine Embroidery and English Paper Piecing clubs will remain as they stand, fantastic attendances.  I am encouraged by the Sashiko, William Morris, Bag and Patchwork club requests. I will be running a fortnightly 2 hour children’s or beginner class from 3.30 to 5.30, on a week-day to be decided.
Leesa Chandler has been approached to visit and I am coordinating with the local quilt club to have her come for a Bag workshop.
I am making plans for a Retreat of two, but again you will have to wait for the list.My ‘Away’ time in 2018 includes a Quilting Cruise to New Zealand from 31st January to 13th February. I booked this in an excited moment in Oct 2016.  I am doing a Foundation Piecing class with Margaret Olive from Rockhampton. Margaret is a Certified Quiltworx teacher and I am looking forward to my classes with her. I met Marg at a Sue Daley shop owners retreat in Noosa in 2015, and we clicked. Marg has been down this way a few times and calls in to Show’n’Tell when she has retreats in the area. More about her another day.
In March, I will attend a Shop Owners retreat in Noosa with Sue Daley and I am hoping to bring an International guest to Toowoomba. She will be a great draw-card but I’ll keep her a surprise until I have cemented my plans with her.Finally my Christmas break times:   Close at 4pm on Friday 22nd December
Open Tuesday 16th January 2018.

If you need anything in that last week of my break, I normally go in for cleaning, if you see a vehicle in the drive-way, please phone the shop and I will help you out.
31st January to 14th February the shop will be on short hours because of my time away
Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm
Saturday                9 am to 12 noon

I hope I have passed on some informed news to you. Until my December newsletter.
Remember, If you see someone without a Smile, Give them one of Yours.
cheers
Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able

News March 2019

MARCH 2019

Hello Sewing Friends

Welcome to another newsletter from me at MK’s Sew-Able. I hope you will this informative and hopefully interesting. I struggle writing these letters as I often wonder what you want to hear, so in the end, I just prattle and hope you find something of interest to you.

Firstly I would like to express my condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one recently. It is so hard to imagine life without someone who was always there, and then, suddenly gone. I hope you will take the offered strength and love from your family and friends. I am always a little more fragile at this time of year so when last Monday, we had a mini reunion with a special Aunt, it reminded me of how important memories are and how important it is to keep contact with the living as well.

How are you coping with the sudden heat-wave, it is rather draining isn’t it? We don’t have air-con at home so it’s full blast fans and open windows. I am suffering from sinus and the fans are drying my eyes but that’s only a minor hiccup, back to the shop air-con tomorrow. I may be feeling a little discomfort but I don’t have animals suffering with the drought. I had a customer in last week, her free motion foot had broken and she was anxious to get a new one. She said they have been in drought for 20 years and the sewing machine keeps her sane. I feel for these lovely ladies. We complain about our dry lawns and wilting flowers but we don’t have to see the devastation that they have to cope with daily.

Sad loss of another local business:

Quote from- Central Jewellers – closing it’s doors. ” Sales practices have changed and people these days are accustomed to buying only when things are on sale. People want the quality product but they don’t want to pay that price

“Quote from CTPUB.com: In this day and age, with so much commerce on the Internet, it is critical that we all support our local quilt shops. Every year, more and more of these shops are closing, and that breaks my heart. A friend who owns a shop tells me people will often come in and ask for help choosing fabrics, then write down the information on the bolt and leave—presumably to order it online. This is extremely distressing to me. And why is it so important to support your local quilt shop?

“Shopping online may save you a dollar or two, but you don’t get the benefit of the experienced sales people who can help you find that right fabric, offer advice when you hit a snag, or tell you how to accomplish something you haven’t done before. It is the local shop where you can take a class, look through a book, or connect with other quilters. It is the local shop that will help you find the right sewing machine, show you how to use it, answer your questions when you run into trouble, and service it when needed.”

The above quotes are two recent items I posted on MK’s SewAble Facebook page.

What’s moving at MK’s Sew-Able?

Fabric and backing, of course, is always on the move. Rulers and Templates have been in an extra hurry to leave us as well. A big seller has been the Quick Curved Rulers and Patterns, this has been encouraged by the class with Bev McLune. This stock is on special at 20% off.

Sewing Baskets, Ports, Bags, and storage holders have moved during our sale.

I still have a quantity of Machine Embroidery Design discs available at greatly reduced prices, you may be surprised at what is still on offer.

Have you taken the time to look at the amount of Sue Daley patterns and papers in stock at MK’s? There are patterns for little things like Pin cushions up to Quilts. Check out the increasingly popular Classics, like the Sunflower, Dahlia and Arkansas star, these are 12″ finished blocks.

Stitchery patterns have been busy with lots of interest in the Australian Afternoon and Noah’s Ark two of the best sellers. McKenna Ryan is always a  favourite.

What’s been happening at MK’s Sew-Able?

I feel like there’s something happening every day, I only wish I was finishing as many projects as I see finished in the shop.

Bev McClune spent a day with our group to make the ‘Fun Poinsettia Block’ and there has been some stunning results, I have posted a picture at the top of this newsletter.

If you are reading this mail with an ipad or phone, you may not be able to download the photos so go to www.sewable.com.au  and go to Blog to view this email with photos.

We have Sit’n’Sew on Tuesday and Fridays, these ladies love to hand sew, Knit, Crochet, do Stitchery, English Paper piece, Sashiko and much more, Sharon was tracing dress patterns on Friday. It’s lovely to see the ladies wearing their home made dresses, I hope you get the opportunity to see Janine (staff) in her black and white spot dress that she made recently, very 60’s Rocker. I also hope you get to see some of the Bags that Janine makes, it seems,a new one every week, we have a few Sample bags from Monica Poole hanging in the Shop.

We have a group using Sewing Machines on Wednesdays, these ladies are doing a lot of UFO work and have done a couple of classes with me, in particular, the Shady Daisies quilt and the results are stunning. It has been good to revisit this quilt.

These ladies have convinced me to do a Stack and Whack class on the 20th March, this is filling fast, there is not much time to get booked and to do the prelim homework prior to class day.

I am starting a total Patch work beginner on Wednesday, using Sue Daley’s lovely ‘Key Lime Pie’, a pattern with Stitch and Flip, English paper piecing, Needle turn applique and of Quilting and Binding, I am sure we will have fun with this one. We might even get a few more started with us.

I normally reserve Thursday for the Machine Embroidery ladies, been a little slack but I am working on something to happen soon. A few ladies will be starting the Singer Isabella Quilt so if you have the Project Book and want to get started, book as per the following calendar. I will send out an April date to do the ‘Birds of a Feather Milk/Jug cover’ by Tracey Sims designs.

The 4th Saturday morning of each month is used for English Paper Piecing club, I supply a set of papers to create a Mug Rug or Cookie Catcher, using new papers shapes. You bring  your fabric, needle, glues etc. cost is only $10.

The 4th Saturday afternoon is for Sashiko with a new fabric traced design each month and at the low cost of $15.

A lot of Saturdays are in use with Kerry Grose’s ‘Viva La Triangle’ quilt, we are powering along to enable an early end of year finish.

We have had a great day with Cath from Blessington creating a Software embroidry Cross-stitch project, Cath will be back with more later in the year.

We have also had another Free motion quilting class with Chris Dowell, the talent shared by Chris is so special. Everyone goes home happy. Some ladies get special tuition on the Sweet 16 and this has become quite a popular addition to the class.

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Please take special note of the Dates that are listed below. In particular please note the dates the SHOP WILL CLOSE AT 2.30pm NOT 4pm. It is only for a short period so please be understanding while I take a short break.

CALENDAR

Saturday 16^th:   ‘Two by Two’ Viva la Triangle with Kerry Grose

Wednesday 20^th:  ‘STACK and WHACK’.  A great twist on fabric.

Thursday 21^st:  ‘ISABELLA’.  Lets get started. A beautiful quilt made with the Singer Lace 1 and Lace 2 cards. You must have the Book.

Saturday 23^rd: 9am start: English Paper Piecing using a new shape’ The ¼ Circle’.  Only $10 includes morning tea.

Saturday 23^rd: 12:30 start: Sashiko club with a new design on fabric each month. You asked for it, One Stitch Sashiko. Only $15 includes refreshments.

SHOP CLOSED THURSDAY for TOOWOOMBA SHOW HOLIDAY Saturday 30^th: ‘Quilting row 1’ Viva la Triangle with Kerry Grose

APRIL 2019

Saturday 6^th: VIVA LA TRIANGE  ‘Four Patch Variation’

Thursday 11^th: Software Embroidery ‘Mystery’ class Thursday 18^th: ‘ISABELLA’ block  2.

SHOP CLOSED 19^th – 23^rd APRIL for EASTER long weekend.

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SHOP CLOSED Thursday 25^th for ANZAC DAY .

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TEMPORARY CHANGE OF TRADING HOURS:

TUESDAY 23^rd APRIL to FRIDAY 3^rd MAY

9am to 2:30pm.                 SATURDAY 9 am to 1 pm.

Saturday 28^th April: 9am start: English Paper Piecing using new shapes.  Only $10 includes morning tea.

Saturday 28^th April: 12:30 start: Sashiko club with a New Fabric Print Design each month. Only $15 includes refreshments.

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I hope you have enjoyed my latest news.

So until next time, keep smiling and remember, If you see someone without a Smile, give them one of yours.

Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able

Hello Sewing Friends. We’ve been busy so I apologise, again, for my lateness in sending you this newsletter. Firstly, the dates for my Christmas closure. We will Close at 12 pm on Saturday the 22nd December 2018. We will Open at 9 am on Tuesday the 15th January 2019. Final events and classes for 2018. Christmas Party Lunch is Saturday 12:30pm at Cobb & Co. Bookings are closed. For persons attending, if you wish to participate in the Secret Santa gifts, please remember that pricing is structured from $ 10 to $ 15, you can bring your gift to the party, or to the shop up until 11 am on Saturday. Feel free to bring Show and Tell. Put your thinking caps on, I still have time to get a quiz or two together. Cobb & Co advised that if anyone is interested, there is a Guided tour of the Museum at 2:30 pm. Thursday 13th December: Christmas Place Mat. Learn more about using your machine by using your decorative stitches to make a Christmas Place Mat. I will teach you steps to making a Decorative circle. You will require a Tone on Tone fat quarter for the Top, heavily starched (or enough fabric to make a place mat of a size to suit your taste) wadding and backing, Christmas thread  – Red, Green, Silver, Gold etc, and construction thread.  Saturday 15th December; ‘Grose on You’ completion. If  you’re interested in doing the BOM quilt , “Viva La Triangle 2″ with Kerry in 2019, please come along after 9 am to get the finer details. This is a great opportunity to learn quilting with a very patient and supportive tutor.  Wednesday 19th December: Shady Daisy ‘muster’. Let’s discuss quilt sizes and fabric quantities, and cut some blocks. We will be starting this quilt on Wednesday the 30th January. Thursday 20th December: ” Blue Wren Table Runner / Wall Hanging”, Embroidery Software class to assembly your Embroidery and/or Quilt designs to make this Runner/Hanger. We will help you cut your fabric and provide you with edited notes. You must own the Tracey Sims “Birds of a Feather” Book and CD to participate in these classes. First construction class will be on Thursday 24th January 2019. Saturday 22nd December the shop closes at 12 pm. Tuesday 15th January the shop opens at 9 am. Tuesday 15th January: Sit’n’Sew begins  Thursday 24th January: “Blue Wren Table Runner / Wall Hanging”. We will construct the project and use precise positioning  to Embroider and Quilt your design. Wednesday 30th January: “Shady Daisy” Quilt block 1 and 2. Do machine applique blocks with mitered corners using Jacqui Karls techniques.  FEBRUARY DATES TO BE CONFIRMED: Chris Dowell – Learn Free Motion Quilting and free your inhibitions. You will leave this class wondering whatever there was to be worried about. Bev McClune: Curved Ruler “Poinsettia” project. Make a quilt block, a large cushion cover or Table centre. This is a great beginners class to learn  how to use your Curved Ruler.  All stock of ‘Sew Kind of Wonderful’ Patterns, Books and Rulers are currently on special at great discounted prices. JUNE 2019: Brenda Burgess will return with her wonderful Flip La K templates and workshops.                                 ************************************************ Shop News: Machines are selling well with the Christmas catalogue tempting many a Happy customer to add a little joy to their shopping trip.View the Catalogue online or pop in to the shop for a copy, specials are available until 15th January.There is allowance for the time I am closed over the holiday.  A striking array of new Batik has arrived today, and already, these are attracting a lot of attention. I have taken my due ration, and had to subdue Janine’s enthusiasm. Mk’s is also stocking ‘Tracey Sims Embroidery Design Books and CD’s, along with the Zundt metallic thread, this is amazing thread. I am not afraid to use it anytime.  Tracey Sims designs are magnificent, I have stitched out the Cardinal and Berries (for a Table Runner ,on Fairy Frost fabric)  from the ‘Christmas Traditions Book’, and the Blue Wren from ‘Birds of a Feather’, that we will be running workshops with, beautiful. Pop in to the shop to see these samples. Tracey is Ambassador for PFAFF and Blessington is stocking her Designs and Zundt threads. This makes for simple ordering. Janet Samson Embroidery Designs are also with Blessington. I have 2 or 3 or her quilts  samples but Pat has been busy over-seeing the embroidering of ‘Madeleine’, in Robison Anton Varigated thread and it has come up beautifully, very feminine. Glue pen Refills have arrived are now available in packs of 6 for $16.00, this is a saving of $2.00 The pretty Riley Blake ‘Abbie’  pre-packs,10″ Stackers, Roly Polies and 5″ Stackers  are selling well, along with The cute ‘Abbie’ port which has also proven to be a popular purchase. ‘Digger and Dixie the Dachshund’ is also here, and sewn in 2 of the Abbie fabrics, this pattern is also available. So very cute that I think I will have to make it up in other combinations, and I DON’T do stuffed toys. Monica Poole applique animals are still hot sellers, It is lovely to see the many results and interpretations of her designs. Monica’s bag patterns are moving well. I am having difficulty keeping up with stock of the ‘Piccadilly’ bag. A new shipment is expected soon and I have included the ‘Retreat’ bag in this order, I am anxious to see this one sewn up. I have Superior Titanium Machine Needles. These are the best needles that I have ever used. Excellent for applique and metallic thread use. Sashiko samplers, Runners, Wall Hangers, Coasters and Panels are great gift ideas, made or give as a Hobby gift. I am loving the Red background .  ‘Round We Go’ by Sue Daley is still going around. I have new stock on the shelf again. I am so pleased with the continued response to this BOM, as I am with the ‘Sundance’, ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Sue’s Florals’ fat quarter packs. Well I’m on a roll so I’d best stop or this will be the January news. I said at the beginning of my news that we have been busy and it is with pride that I say I am very happy with my little corner of the world. I do forget to cater to some little matters at times and I have had to apologise to people who has had to wait a little longer for an order because I wrote it on a missing piece of paper, shocking to admit that.  BUT we now have a new rule, NO PIECES OF PAPER, we write it in the book and it is working, as long as I’m not asked while I’m in the back end of the shop, because I am apt to forget it before I get back to the counter.  I will be sending another mail before the 22nd December. I will include dates for the February classes. Until next time, keep Smiling, and Remember that if you see Someone without a Smile, Give them one of Yours, you will make their day a little brighter, and with the rush and panic of this time of year, we do forget to Smile, Remember, this is a Special time, a time of Happiness, Peace and Joy, so allow some Peace for yourself as well. Cheers  Marilyn K of MK’s Sew-Able

Hello Sewing Friends. I hope you are all well and that you have received some of the wonderful rainfall without damaging storms. I have been rather busy but I can’t spend time on that in this quick catch-up, so more at a later date. I have lost a pair of Prescription Glasses that I use for close work, if you have been in for a work-shop or demo, could you please check your bag, in case they fell in. They are large sapphire blue frame in a drab dark grey case, thank you. This could have happened at the end of the Flip La K workshop last week and what an amazing workshop it was, anyone waiting on orders should expect a phone call next week. SPECIAL WORK-SHOPS THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER: Tracey Sims Machine Embroidery. We will be making a beautiful Wren Wall-Hanging from the Birds of a Feather book. Tracey is renown for her amazing Art and Digitising and her association with Zundt Designs and Thread. Don’t miss this opportunity, regardless of your machine brand. $60 plus design. THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER: Cath for PFAFF Blessington will be conducting a Precise Position workshop including a Software demo on converting a Picture into an Embroidery stitch-out of a Bird on a Branch using multiple hooping. You will leave here wondering whatever were you worried about. $40 SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER: Chris Dowell Free Motion Quilting: Chris will show you how to Free Motion quilt and calm all your fears. This is a class not to be missed. Learn how and why it goes wrong. Kit provided. $40 THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER: Learn to use your Machine while using your decorative stitches to make a special Christmas place mat. Any machine will be okay for this project. I will be running it. Ladies who have recently purchased machines, this will be great for you. Booking essential as these classes fill quickly. $30 or $45 if kit is required. END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS LUNCH PARTY MK’s annual break-up lunch will be held at Cobb and Co museum at 12.30pm on Saturday 8th December. This will be followed by a Free Guided Tour of the Museum. For further information please call, but bookings are essential. Thank you for reading this newsletter. Another will be sent soon. Keep Smiling and Keep Sewing. Marilyn

August Classes and News

Hello Sewing Friend,
August News and Classes from MK’s Sew-Able.
PRICE RISE COMING: SINGER and PFAFF machines will be subject to a price rise as of 1st September. If you’re considering an upgrade or update of your current machine, now’s the time to talk to us at MK’s Sew-Able. I know we run specials at the Quilt Shows but I am not confident that those prices will match the current specials available.
PLEASE NOTE: The class originally scheduled for Curved rulers, Poinsettia, on 30th August has been postponed due to the delayed delivery of stock. I apologise for the inconvenience to everyone who has been waiting so patiently for this class.
Sit’n’Sew every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Cost is $3 per day. This group is sewing, crocheting, knitting, diamond art and sew much more. New friends welcome any time.
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE:Mug Rugs and Sashiko club will be held on this coming Saturday 18th August. I will send email and/text to participants.
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: ‘Grose on You’  Block 5 class will be held on the 4th Saturday 25th August. I will send email and/text to participants.
SOFTWARE and MACHINE EMBROIDERY Club will be held on Thursday 30th August. We will be using Software Designs, Motifs and Lettering to create a Pin Cushion and Thread Bag.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Pin Cushion and Thread Bag; If you don’t have an Embroidery machine and would like to join a class in this project, I am looking at Thursday 6th September. Please contact MK’s to put your name down.
We held a day for the Junior ladies during the July school break and we had a wonderful time doing Monica Poole’s Appliques. My grand-daughters certainly enjoyed their day and are quite excited about coming in for another holiday at the end of the September break. I will try to set-up a little project for the Juniors again.
How the months are flying!!! It is just 6 weeks to the Carnival of Flowers and the Toowoomba Quilt Show 22nd September to 28th September, this year’s theme is ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful”. We are busy at MK’s, making samples, cutting pre-cuts and kits. A little change to our stall this year with a new approach to stocking the stand, but don’t worry, there will still be lots of the ‘normal’ stock on show. I hope to show a different  ‘Bali Wedding Star’ Runner each day, the ladies have produced stunning results and it will be a pleasure showing them to you. We have also had a tremendous response to Monica Poole’s Animal Applique designs, so we will have quite a few samples and kits for these as well. A great attraction  to our stand this year, Cath Quinlan from Blessington (Cath from PFAFF) will be at my stand Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September. Cath will be showing the brilliance of the new PFAFF ICON Embroidery / Sewing and Quilting machine. This is truly an amazing machine, easy threading, so much space, vision and beautiful in-built Stitches and Embroideries. We will of course have the Sweet 16, Expression 4.2 and the Passport machines available for demonstration as well. I haven’t locked a day with Chris Dowell but I am sure we will welcome her for a sit and show day.
I will, of course, have English Paper Piecing stock and displays, we will be showing a few of our Mug Rugs but also some of the new “Classics”, which will be introduced as our monthly club projects from October. I will also have at least one block of Sue Daley’s newest release, block of the month, “Abbie”. This also has a delightful fabric range and I hope to also have some pre-cut packs to suit. Visit our stand for a demo if you aren’t quite sure how to get started. I love showing the Sue Daley way.
Sashiko Club has grown to a surprisingly big group, see what we’ve been doing and opt-in to join us. Samples of our club work will be on display.
I will hang Pam’s wonderful ‘Friends’ from William Morris, we had it up last year but now it is quilted and finished.We may also hang Pam’s Singer quilt “Isabella”, this is going to be a block of the month option for 2019.
The “Grose on You” quilt is going along well with great attendance numbers. You will see samples for this great Quilt as You Go, 9 block Sampler.The colours are fabulous.

The shop has been quite busy with many new faces arriving daily. Newcomers are surprised at the size of MK’s and certainly surprised by the range of fabrics and the diversity of stock we carry. The range of Sue Daley designs and accessories is always a talking point. Especially, the lovely bright colours of the Lace Zips that are used in many of Sue’s bags etc. We have sold a lot to the ladies using the Veronica Appleyard Pretty Pocket pencil cases.
The full range of Karen Kay Buckley Scissors are now available with the new Orange template scissors on the shelf. Check these great scissors at a great price.

Michele Hill with William Morris is also well represented with both the Morris Applique books available, plus Afternoon tea with May Morris and the beautiful Beatrix Potter book.
Sets of Missouri Star Quilt block books are available but stocks are selling fast. Don’t miss out.
If you enjoy Paper foundation patterns, we have a good variety of Judy Niemeyer designs.
Along with the brilliant range of Batiks, we stock the Batik Australia panels and stripes. We also have a great range of Australian Indigenous fabric and Australian Icon fabrics.
Have you checked out our Sashiko stock lately? We now have new Samplers, Panels and Fabric, as well as a good variety of Threads and Accessories.
The DMC stranded embroidery thread is well stocked and now includes the 35 new colours. Check our Stitchery patterns by Leah Paech, The Birdhouse, Crabapple Hill and many more….

 
I recently took a 2 week home break and I am proud to say that I don’t think I was missed all that much either. The ladies on staff, Leanne and Janine, with Kate backing them up, have done a wonderful job of holding the fort. It’s great to take time out knowing that I have such competent people taking care of things for me. Thank you ladies, I am enjoying my working days with you.
Well it’s time to get this in the send box, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or check the blog through my website, www.sewable.com.au.  I will sign off with my normal good thoughts and a quote of unknown origin, ” If you see someone without a Smile, Give them One of Yours”. You know it costs nothing but normally it makes you and the receiver feel good.
Happy Sewing. Safe Travel.
cheers
Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able
MK’s Sew-Able
16b Prescott Street (opposite pillowtalk) Toowoomba
Ph: 0746 388 288

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