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

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