November News

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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

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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

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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July Classes and News Updates

Hello Sewing Friends.
CLASSES:
Wednesday 4th / Thursday 5th: Junior Applique Group:
Let’s do Monica Poole applique animals. What a fun way to learn applique. There is limited seating left. Do 1 day or 2. Choose the day. Grandma / Mum / Aunt is welcome to come along.
Saturday 7th July: More than Feathers: Free motion quilting with Chris Dowell. Join Chris for the next step in your quilting journey and learn more about Feather quilting. Not to be missed. Limited seating left.
Thursday 12th July: Premier Software Lesson: Let’s have a look at Premier and Premier+2. Start with a basic lesson in Windows and learn the shortcuts to getting your designs into a folder that you can’t lose. We’ll go on to Embroidery Software and some lessons to make you more comfortable finding your way around, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at. I will help you.
Saturday 21st July:Block 5 of ‘Grose on You’ a QAYG 9 block sampler quilt with Kerry Grose. Growing your skill level each month. Fun, interesting and great tips, techniques and challenges for the inspiring.
Saturday 28th July: 9 – 12 English Paper Piecing the Sue Daley Way. Mug Rugs. Something new each month.
Saturday 28th July:12:30 – 3:30pm. Sashiko Club. A new design each month, make a Mug Rug or build it up to a Table Runner or on to a quilt. Endless.
The first half of 2018 is upon us, and what a busy time it’s been at MK’s Sew-Able. Firstly I would like to introduce you to Janine and Leanne, my 2 part-time casuals. They have both been at MK’s since March and have adjusted well to the mad whirl of MK’s. They are both mad keen Bag Makers and I think they secretly compete, as they seem to come in with a new bag each work day. Leanne is a member of the Toowoomba Quilters and has some good working knowledge of quilting but Janine is no slouch in this area as well.  They are both becoming familiar with the machines that I sell and it won’t be long before they can boast of making a sale. The poor girls have been building good biceps as I have had them madly slicing fabric for pre-cuts. Watch out for these future announcements about our strips and packs.
MK’s clubs and groups,English Paper Piecing, Sashiko and Sit’n’Sew, are forging ahead with new members joining on a regular basis. These groups have formed new friendships and support. The Sit’n’Sew group has a diversified range of activities – it could be Knitting, Crochet, Cross stitch, Paper piecing, Sashiko, and the latest is Diamond Dots – we even bring our mending and clothes repair along, it’s always good to get a second opinion. But, no matter what the activity, the one thing that doesn’t stop, is the chatter, the jokes and laughter and, most importantly, the care and concern of friends.
We’ve had exciting classes with exciting projects created.
The classes have been very well attended and I am constantly asked for new class lists. The first half of the year was so busy that I have taken time out for a second wind but there are exciting new things to come.
Classes such as the Free Motion for beginners and The Next Step with Chris Dowell are proven winners, and everyone is excited about the next class, which is ‘More than Feathers’ on Saturday 7th July. I am sure this will be quite exciting and I will be poking my head in, every chance I get.
The ‘Grose on You” QAYG 9 Block Sampler with Kerry Grose is also a Winner. The numbers are building and we may need to run the class over 2 days a month to take on new members. Kerry is a great teacher and we have learnt so many techniques with her, that we are more confident in our piecing processes.
Margaret Olive from Patchwork Paradise, Rockhampton, came for a 2 day workshop with the Judy Niemeyer Bali Star Wedding Qult. 10 ladies came along and though it is a challenging process to get started, there are some happy completions, with others going along quite well. Wednesday is the day they come in and you will hear a lot of voices, talking in what could be mistaken for maths formulas when they start calling for the A or B units, the CDMS, and the Melons. Great to hear them helping each other. Annette has completed her bed runner and it looks magnificent.Tracey Sims of Tracey Sims Designs and Zundt, came to do a Trunkshow which was a resounding success and led to 2 Lace workshops. Traceys designs are very well digitised and I am happy to say that I am inspired to do more lace work now that I have heard her tips and techniques. I am hoping to organise another workshop with Tracey in August but in a different field of Embroidery. I will have more on this soon.

Other events we hosted were product orientated, such as the PFAFF Creative Icon launch with Cath Quinlan of Blessignton, this was a very informative day with a good reception of the the machine.
Cath followed up with a very successful event for the Premier+2 software. The software has certainly come into its own with simplicity and, hooray, NO DONGLE. I’m afraid Di has moved away from Toowoomba and I am finding it hard to fill her space but I will get some new ideas to keep you creating with the Software and the Embroidery machines.The first of these lessons will be Thursday 12th July.
I led an Event day with Feet and Accessories and I’m happy to say that I believe that all who attended, appeared to enjoy learning more about their machine feet and the after sales accessories that are available. I will host another event later in the year and show more accessories to help you decorate and create while sewing or quilting your creation.
I do try to slip in some machine maintenance during these events but I do sometimes wonder if everyone is so excited about the feet that they pay scant notice of the importance of what I say about threading and cleaning etc. If you are having performance issues on your ‘normally’ well-behaved machine, do the 1,2,3 checks before assuming that the machine is having problems.
1. Take out the Top thread and re-thread it, make sure it’s in all the guides, the tension unit and the take-up leaver.
2. Take the needle plate off, take out the bobbin and bobbin case, give it a good clean, while you’re that far into it, feel the needle plate and bobbin case for burrs ( this happens often )
3. when you put everything back together, may sure that the bobbin thread is coming off the right way, clockwise or anti-clockwise.
These few tips usually fix your little problem If not, did you you wind a bobbin, have you moved the bobbin gear back to position. Have you done some free motion, check you have moved the lever across to raise the feed dogs and then turn the hand wheel one rotation,if your machine is automated, have you cleared the memory. On the subject of Feed dogs, when did you last clean the teeth, I have had machines in here that won’t feed the fabric through only to find the lint is higher that the teeth.
The right machine for the job. I sold a Creative Embroidery machine recently, to a lady who made a great point on the right machine for the job. She has 2 other machines at home, a Passport and an old metal Bernina. After doing a couple of bag days, she has decided to leave the Passport at home and bring the solid Bernina as it is more suited to the heavier work. If you have a Mini Coup and a Prado or Pajero in the shed, why would you pull the 25ft Caravan with the Mini.I’m not saying that the Passport is not capable of making bags but it makes sense to think twice, if you do have a choice.
Enough of that stuff, I’m sure that the majority of machine owners can work things out when things go wrong and we all know when it’s time to go to the doctor. I believe in caring for my customer, whether it’s a $2 purchase or a Top end Machine. You are my first priority. I am very conscious of the good name of the brands I sell and I am very conscious of my Reputation so I will go the extra to satisfy your needs.
I said at the beginning that the shop has been busy and that is true in many areas, not only with machine and Embroidery Software sales, but in all areas through the shop. English Paper Piecing still holds special interest and we are always happy to assist in your queries and stock., as is the continuing interest in Sashkio.
We are seeing new faces on a daily basis and that is a good thing for us. I know my store is no longer ‘exclusive’ on many of my products or classes but I am happy to say loyal customers stay loyal.
The Toowoomba Quilt show is coming up fast. The 2018 exhibition will be held at the Salo Centre, St Ursula’s College, Rome Street, Toowoomba, 22-28 September, 9am to 4.30pm. $5 entry. We will be there with lots of things to look at and buy.
I am sorry that the time between newsletters is so long but when I get so busy here, I seem to spend my time on orders and pricing and lately, keeping up with class organisation.

I will post another very soon as I have 2 August dates to send through.
Stay Well. Stay Happy and Stay Stitching.
warm regards
Marilyn of MK’s Sew-Able

Batiks are Beautiful and Versatile

Margaret Olive, pictured below, came to MK’s Sew-Able last month to lead a 2 day workshop with the Bali Wedding Star pattern. She had 10 very enthusiastic ladies with some wonderful Batik colour combinations. A few of the girls have been coming in on a Wednesday to help each other along and it’s pleasing to see the progress they are making. A new stock of Judy Niemeyer patterns arrived today and a couple couldn’t resist picking up a Cappucinno Table Runner/Place-mat , and the African Violet Table Runner/Place-mat patterns.

In stock, the Monica Poole Applique patterns. This is just a sample of the many in store. There will be a 2 day Junior class during the school holidays and these patterns will be used, with a twist.

March April and May Calendars

MK’s Sew-Able       0746 388 288.                   info@sewable.com.au          March 2018    

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY SATURDAY
    1 2

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

3
6

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

7.

PFAFF         

Creative ICON

Presentation  9.30-2

8 9

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

10
13

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

14 15 16

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

17.   Mug Rugs

English Paper Piecing                     9 – 12

Sashiko Club   12.30-3.30
20

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

21 22 23

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

24.

‘Grose on You’

QAYG – Block 1

Sampler quilt

27

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

 

28.    Tracey Sims

Make Machine Embroidery Lace

9am

29 30

CLOSED

GOOD FRIDAY

31

CLOSED

EASTER   SATURDAY

Wednesday 7th:  Experience the PFAFF Creative ICON. The most Advanced Sewing, Embroidery, Quilting machine PFAFF has ever created, a new 12.2” Workspace, 5” Head to Bed and 3” clearance from Head to Plate, brighter LED lighting, and many new advanced Sewing and Embroidery techniques. Where Perfection meets Freedom…demonstrated by Cath from Blessington, for PFAFF.

Saturday 17th March: Mug Rugs Club, English Paper Piecing, sew Paper-pieced shapes to make a Hexagon Mug Rug, join them together to make Place Mats, Table Runners or a Quilt, 9am – 12pm. This is followed by our revamped Sashiko Club, 8 members happily stitched along on Sat 24th Feb, each month there will be a new Design. 12.30 – 3.30pm…a lovely relaxed day of Stitching, Sharing, and Laughter.

Saturday 24th March:Grose on You”. Block 1 of a Quilt as you Go Sampler Quilt. This is a great BOM to learn Patchwork piecing and Quilting. Kerry has constructed these blocks to move you along in stages, with Block 1 as a beginner, finishing with Block 9 as a Confident, Patch-worker. Kerry also explains Colour theory, fabric grain and cutting technique. Not to be missed. Contact MK’s Sew-Able to enrol for a requirement list.

Wednesday 28th March: Tracey Sims will instruct you in a Machine Embroidery Lace work shop. Tracey will teach you how to Embroider lace and get a satisfactory result. Have you ever spent hours embroidering that beautiful lace Doiley, only to have it fall apart when you wash out the stabiliser? Haven’t we all? Tracey will help you to understand why this can happen, while you’re making one of the beautiful Zundt designs. Contact MK’s Sew-Able to enrol in this class or for 18th April.

 

MK’s Sew-Able       0746 388 288.                        info@sewable.com.au          April 2018

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY SATURDAY
3

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

4 5 6

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

7

LEARN TO FREE MOTION QUILT WITH CHRIS

10

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

11.

Fun with Feet and Accessories 9.30am

12 13

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

14
17

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

18.  Tracey Sims

Make Machine Embroidery Lace

9am

19 20

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

21

‘Grose on You’

QAYG – Block 2

Sampler quilt

24

 

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

25

 

CLOSED

ANZAC DAY

26 27

 

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

28 

Mug Rugs     9-12

English Paper Piecing                    

 

Sashiko Club  12.30-3.30

 School Holidays 29th March to 17 April

Saturday 7th April: Learn to master Free Motion Quilting with Chris Dowell. This is a great introductory and refresher class. Chris will set your mind free with Free Motion as well as learning to use Walking Foot quilting. Learn how to set-up your machine with needles, threading, tensions and understand the reasons why sometimes things can go wrong.  If you have a Sweet 16, you can be included in this class. DON’T MISS OUT, Seats filling quickly.  Relax and Learn. Book early. These classes fill quickly.

Wednesday 11th April: Fun with Feet and Accessories with Marilyn. I will explain and demonstrate the uses of your sewing machine feet.  I will take you from your standard feet that you acquired with your machine, then continue on to after-sales feet and accessories that can make your sewing day easier and happier.  You will have the opportunity to try these feet for yourself. Eg: Ruffler, Couching, both manual and free-motion, Narrow Edge, Over Edge, Narrow Open toe etc. This is the First of 3 events that I will host in 2018.

Wednesday 18th April: Tracey Sims will instruct you in a Machine Embroidery Lace work shop. Tracey will teach you how to Embroider lace and get a satisfactory result. Have you ever spent hours embroidering that beautiful lace Doiley, only to have it fall apart when you wash out the stabiliser? Haven’t we all? Tracey will help you to understand why this can happen, while you make one of the beautiful Zundt designs. Contact MK’s Sew-Able to enrol in this class.

Saturday 21st April: “Grose on You”. Block 2 Quilt as you Go Sampler Quilt. This is a great BOM to learn Patchwork piecing and Quilting. Kerry has constructed these blocks to move you along in stages, with Block 1 as a beginner, finishing with Block 9 as a Confident, Patch-worker. Kerry also explains Colour theory, fabric grain and cutting technique. Not to be missed. Contact MK’s Sew-Able to enrol for a requirement list.

Saturday 28th April: Mug Rugs Club, English Paper Piecing, sew Paper-pieced shapes to make a Hexagon Mug Rug, join them together to make Place Mats, Table Runners or a Quilt, 9am – 12pm. This is followed by our revamped Sashiko Club, each month featuring a new Design. 12.30 – 3.30pm…a lovely relaxed day of Stitching, Sharing, and Laughter.

 MK’s Sew-Able       0746 388 288.                        info@sewable.com.au          MAY 2018

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY SATURDAY
1

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

2 3

PFAFF SOFTWARE EVENT WITH CATH QUINLAN

4

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

5
8

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

9

 

10 11

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

12
15

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

16

BALI STAR WEDDING RUNNER

17

BALI STAR WEDDING RUNNER

18

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

19

‘Grose on You’

QAYG – Block

Sampler quilt

22

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

23 24 25

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

26

Mug Rugs     9-12

English Paper Piecing

Sashiko Club  12.30-3.30
29

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

 

30 31 1

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

2

Wednesday 3rd May: PFAFF PREMIER+2 SOFTWARE PRESENTATION with Cath Quinlan of Blessington. Are you still struggling with older versions of Embroidery software, and trying to use it with New Machines and Computer systems? Come along to see what the new upgrade can do for you. Cath will show you many Creating and Editing features of Premier Software from PFAFF. This is a must for all Machine Embroidery ladies and gents.

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May: A 2 day workshop with Margaret Olive representing Quiltworx. Make the exciting Bali Wedding Star Table or Bed Runner using Foundation Paper Patterns by Judy Niemeyer. Margaret is an Accredited Quitworx teacher, and you will be amazed at how quickly she can lead you to understand the pattern and get your masterpiece under your machine with surprising ease. Margaret was my tutor in the New Zealand Quilting cruise I was on last month and I will personally recommend her as will my 3 Toowoomba companions. Book early.

Saturday 19th May:Grose on You”. A Quilt as you Go Sampler Quilt. This is a great BOM to learn Patchwork piecing and Quilting. Kerry has constructed these blocks to move you along in stages, with Block 1 as a beginner, finishing with Block 9 as a Confident, Patch-worker. Kerry also explains Colour theory, fabric grain and cutting technique. Not to be missed.

Saturday 26th May: Mug Rugs Club, English Paper Piecing, sew Paper-pieced shapes to make a Hexagon Mug Rug, join them together to make Place Mats, Table Runners or a Quilt, 9am – 12pm.

This is followed by our revamped Sashiko Club, a new Design each month. 12.30 – 3.30pm…a lovely relaxed day of Stitching, Sharing, and Laughter.

 

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