August News

Hello Sewing Friends

A quick update of shop news and upcoming events.
The fabric sale went quite well and some say, over too quick, but I will hold more in the future.
The Australiana fabric has some gaps on the shelf at the moment but it is on order and ready to be shipped out soon.
There are some nice new fabrics, including a pretty Christmas Cardinal  and a Solar Plant print that is attracting the attention of a few.
Patterns are on the move, Sue Daley’s new pattern BirdSong sold quickly, and The Birdhouse bag pattern, Eva Zip Tote is selling fast and sewing up beautifully.

  Leesa Chandler has a new pattern, Oriental Blue Work, which has sold out first day but a new order is in the system.  Sharyn’s fabric selection for the Oriental Blue Work  is special and I can’t wait to see her first block, hopefully she will let me post it to face-book and blog.

Kate has only to add the borders to her adaption of ‘ Beyond the Porch’, I will post it in it’s current status, without the borders, so you can see her clever stitchery work. I wonder what Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse, will think of it. I have yet to start but I may try to rope in some home-help on the tracing the stitchery designs.

I am still short on class dates, I am getting desperate enough to consider leading a few myself but , with low staffing numbers, it is hard to organise, we are working on it. 

The Machine Embroidery group is still meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month, and they are making wonderful objects, such as last months Appliqued Table Centre. I have a couple of photos that I will post to the Blog and Face book. I’m sorry I can’t figure how to post photos in here.

Thursday, the 10th August. Machine Embroidery class is a beautiful Cutwork Doiley (see small photo insert) Dianne has stitched this out on Fairy Frost with Crystal Organza behind the cut-work lace design. We are doing and seeing quite a few of the Sweet Pea embroidery patterns, they are good to help learn your machine and to understand Machine Embroidery Applique and Techniques.

It doesn’t matter what brand of machine you have, we can help you, or I should say, Dianne can help you. We have a few Brother and Janome ladies and 1 Husqvarna lady who regularly come to class and are very happy with their achievements. We welcomed Dorothy to our group in July.
Wednesday the 16th August will see our next bag day when Sharon will help you make a lovely Box Pleat Purse, there are 2 seats left, if you are interested, I am planning on making these pursesfor my grand-daughters as Christmas gifts, if their Mums are lucky, I may make one for the Mums as well. These are ideal as small Clutches for young ladies, an over-night Cosmetic purse or for those special bits we pack on trips, it is surprising how much it expands with those box pleat inserts.
Saturday 26th August is English Paper Piecing morning. Just to relieve any boredom (seldom happens – we are too excited to be bored and in such good company)  we will be doing a Pin Cushion and  a Mug Rug design. We welcomed Vic in July and I am pleased to say that she is now one of My Merry Mates for Sit’n’Sew. 

Saturday 16th September to Friday 22nd September is the week of the Toowoomba Quilters Club, Quilt Show at the Salo Centre Rome Street Toowoomba. Please check my blog or go to the TQC website to see a full guide to the exciting exhibitions around town. 


This final Section of my Newsletter deals with a special project I am putting together to raise funds to help with the fight against Cancer. Sadly, we are all touched by this scourge, either personally or we know someone who is affected, or has lost the fight.  If a dollar taken at our event raises the hope of a cure from this dreadful disease, then the effort to do something, is no effort at all. I am a Cancer Survivor – how wonderful it would be if everyone could be.
Monday 28th August is my special Sew-along Fund-raising event for the Cancer Council. I will be posting this on my Blog and Face-book with updated details as I add items to the Day’s criteria. 
We are Planning: A sit-down Sew, Make and Take day with up to 50 Participants.
We are Making: A Table runner using the Ribbon Dance pattern-3 are pictured in the large Insert.
Where is this happening: We will be holding this event at the Baptist Community Church ( The Toowoomba Quilters new Club room) on the corner of Greenwattle St and 100 Glenvale Rd.
The Time of this Event: Arrival for set-up at 8.30am.  9am start – finish at 2.30pm.
Cost differs: My kit includes Fabric for the top $45. You supply your own Fabric $ 30.  Either option provides you with A ticket in the Quilt Raffle, a Lucky Door ticket and a small Thank you gift. The Cancer Council will receive all monies from these costs.
This is a class requiring a Sewing machine. You may have the opportunity to use a loan machine on the day but you must be quick to book for this as I have a limited stock for use. 
You will have take home Instructions and many Helpers and Hints to assist you on the day.
Food and Drink: Morning tea will be provided. Please bring lunch.
Shopping opportunities: I will bring some shop with me but these items will mainly be bits and bobs that you may forget, pins etc. BUT, anyone wanting to make and donate any sale-able item to lift the kitty for Cancer, please contact me or bring your Priced and packaged items to the shop.
My Hope for the Day is to raise money for the fight against Cancer and that everyone will complete a Table Runner top, or if not, be confident to finish it at home. DO NOT PANIC in regard to the number of people on seats, you will be assisted.
The Toowoomba Quilters Club has been very Generous and Helpful in assisting me to bring this to fruition. They are gathering Angels to help on the day, for ironing, to set up and help with Morning tea set-up and clean-up. Thank you Genelle, Fay, and Angels.
More information will be given as required. I am putting a pamphlet together, out-lining the full agenda.I will post this on the Blog and Face-book and I will send another detailed reminder in the near future. 
MarilynK of MK’s

Machine Embroidery Club

This Thursday 13th July is Machine Embroidery Club. The project is the Leaf Table Centre pattern from Sweet Pea Embroidery. I think the large size would be perfect for a Christmas Tree Skirt, and it is only 167 days until Christmas.

Sweet Pea Embroidery Leaf Centre Piece

What’s On and What’s been Happening

Tomorrow, Saturday 24th June, is English Paper Piecing Mug Rug club day. We will be creating 2 Rugs with Parallelograms and you will be needing 4 of your colours. Come and join in the fun. Cost is $10.

Pictured below are some results from the Machine Embroidery Club ladies. These embroideries are sewn on Net Food Covers and have been stitched using the Velvet stitching technique.


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June News from MK’s Sew-Able


Hello Sewing Friends

I’ve been very slack at composing this Newsletter and I do apologise but time just seems to slip by so quickly. These past months have been busy but I’m  unsure what I’ve been doing. I am a new blogger, so I am a little nervous about the formatting, especially inserting photos and PDF notices, but I hope you can read everything. If the photos don’t come up on your ipad or phone, go to my website: and you can view this news by clicking on the blog icon. Don’t forget to check the facebook page as well, quite often the latest news is written here.

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Mouse Pin Cushion by Nat Bird


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Ruler Rack

I have been doing some of the Natalie Bird stitcheries and I am enjoying her designs. The Birdhouse patterns are proving to be quite popular and we made the Mouse PinCushion as a sample and it has sold well. I have spoken to Natalie and she will come for a Trunk show sometime in the future, when we can set a mutually suitable day. I will ensure you know this date in plenty of time.

Sue Daley’s English Paper piecing patterns are moving well, with some pretty new patterns on the market. Whimsical, pictured below is now in stock at MK’s, along with Heartland, Flower Patch and Sundance. There are some amazing Paper pieced combinations created by the Sit’n’Sew and Little Things club girls. The Mug Rug club is doing very well, 4th Saturday each month, we stitched Clam Shells in May, and I admit to being surprised at how many ladies liked doing them.

Whimsical by Sue Daley

The Machine Embroidery Club is normally held on 2nd Thursday of each month but will be next Thursday the 15th June.  Di has been leading these lades through some very interesting projects, including Fringe flowers on Thread bins and Table runners, Wing Needle embroidery – some beautiful Duchess sets and runners, Lace Book-marks, Lace doileys and more. Club day is on the 17th of this month, and the project is a net food cover, pictured below, with the Embroidered Velvet technique flowers. We are doing a few of the Sweet Pea Embroidery designs and I am finding Applique embroidery in the hoop, to be quite interesting. Pictured below are the Sweet Pea Leaf

Sweet Pea Embroidery Leaf Centre Piec

Table centre and block 3, the Fox, of the BOM Wonder quilt. 

Food cover
Velvet Machine Embroidery Technique

I don’t have a new Calendar, but, apart from the Machine Embroidery club and The English Paper Piecing club, the only other class is a Cosmetic purse (pictured below) scheduled for the 16th August. Early payment, $15, ensures a seat.  

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Cosmetic Purse with Box Pleats

Of course the Sit’n’Sew groups, Tuesday and Friday, are going well and still have their humour and knowledge to share. It can be very hard to hand stitch with such tom-foolery going on around the table. At the moment, there is a variety of projects happening, knitting, crochet, Kate’s novel work on the Beyond the Porch, Stitcheries, Paper Piecing , Applique and Janita is doing a wonderful job of the Dancing Dolly quilt. It’s also nice how everyone offers help to finish projects, as in Sharyn’s case, someone like Janine to make the first cut in her Pin-Wheel quilt, a very Daunting thing to do. 

Sharyn and Janine cut
Janine showing Sharyn how to cut her Pin Wheel quilt.

It is unfortunate that the monthly Dress making/Drafting/Alteration class has been put on hold. We will re-visit this at some time in the future.

Chris is looking at some Patchwork and Quilting and/or applique projects that may interest you. A point of interest for William Morris / Michele Hill fans. Michele will be doing a Trunk Show at the new Toowoomba Quilters Club rooms, at the Toowoomba Community Baptist Church, 100 Glenvale Road, (cnr Greenwattle Street) Toowomba. Cost is $5 and there will be a complimentary morning tea supplied with the Trunk show commencing at 10am. I did a  class with Michele while in Teragil at a PFAFF convention, I found her to be very approachable and happy to share her knowledge. We have run a William Morris club in the shop and I still have ladies bringing in their finished projects for Show ‘n’ Tell. I still have Michele’s second book,  More Morris Applique,  in stock.

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William Morris Bag

Customers are often surprised at the variety of Rulers and Template stock that I hold and I also like to share that I sell good Local Made Ruler Stands, pictured below, these are great for Rulers and Templates. Darryl was in today and I am assured that he will drop in some new stock in the near future. thank you Darryl, I know how much you and Lorraine have on your plate, so I appreciate you fitting this in before you go away. I am often asked for the Westalee rulers but I confess these are not on my shopping list. I do sell the Handi Quilters rulers and the Curvit rulers. You are welcome to visit to check these out.

There is a current End of Financial Year sale on PFAFF Sewing Machines, valid while stocks last or until 30th June.  Fantastic pricing, this is the time to buy. I have the new Expression 3.5 in stock and I must admit I quite like it. Click on the following PDF link to view these specials. Stocktake-2017-PFAFF 

The Simply Sixteen with 5ft Frame and the Sit-Down Sweet Sixteen are both on Special.

On the subject of Sewing Machines, it is important to clean it occassionaly, especially after flannel, fleece or wadding work, see picture below, Not the way to treat a friend, this machine was having a number of issues and once I opened the top to take a look , I felt sorry for it. In this photo, I have already cleaned the feed-dogs. Just a small word of warning, place your parts in line so that you don’t have a problem putting them back, in the right order.

Clean your machine
Not the way to treat a Friend

I will leave for now and I will endeavour to drop more info as it happens. I am sorry for the scattered appearance of the photos. I don’t know why this is happening but I have spent too much time on them to try any longer. Please look my blog or facebook to keep up to date.

Until next time, Happy Stitching and Remember – If you See Someone without a Smile, Give them one of Yours.

cheers from Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able


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Pam and Barb 1 Shared Birthday Celebration

Bookmarks 9th Mar 17

Kite and Cody coasters
3″ Double Kite and Sue Cody Clover Mug Rug




EPP pincushion
Pin Cushion from the Pin Cushion Range


Lorikeets Panel
Kookaburra Panel














Fringe Machine Embroidery technique

Hello Sewing Friends

Happy Australia Day.


It has been good to see a lot of regulars in the shop since opening and good to hear their approval at the ‘New look’ that we achieved by changing a few racks and stands around. We are still a little slow in locating some of our products but overall I am happy with it.
Well, I am here, mainly with a calendar of classes and events on offer but also a reminder that the PFAFF and Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen and Simply Sixteen specials are due to close on 31st January. It is good that in these first 2 weeks of trade for 2017, machines are moving well. I have sold PFAFF Ambitions, Passports and a Creative 2 and a 4.5 and a Singer Tradition, but as yet, no Quilt Expression 4.2, so be the first for me in 2017 and receive a bonus Open toe Applique foot OR a pack of 20 bobbins to suit your new Exp 4.2.
You will see that I have booked a Special class with Julie Hall for Monday 13th February. Julie will be here for Craft Alive and has offered to conduct a Machine Embroidery class with the Brilliant Butterflys design in a Table runner. Julie has been with us before and did a class with Mylar paper and the Iris design. Ring or come to the shop for more information or to pay $30 to book for the class. You can see her work at
There are a couple of changes to the normal for the Machine Embroidery club, the days for February and April have been moved forward to the 3rd Thursday ilo the 2nd, due to othercircumstances.
Dianne has been busy producing projects for you to create, the first being a Wing needle design embroidered to make a nice Doiley set, as pictured, this will also tune your precise positioning expertise.  Some projects to come are Lace Book Marks, Mother’s Day card and projects in Embroidery Fringing and Velvet designs. I have found a project for an ‘ in the hoop’ Tissue holder’, which we will fit in somewhere, possibly ilo a software class. We are at a bit of a loss for the Software projects but bear with us and we will get something soon.
The Fit For Fashion group will meet on Saturday 4th March. Chris Dowell has been inspiring these ladies with her knowledge and willingness to share her ‘secrets’. If you want to learn or fine tune your Dressmaking skills, jump in, all new comers are welcome on the 1stSaturday of each month commencing on 4th March.
Lyn Crump has left us a sample of her Quilt to learn 5 easy Patchwork and Quilting techniques. A date or dates haven’t been set as yet so if you want to learn patchwork and quilting, call in and put your name on the list.
We don’t have dates for Wendy’s Whack’n’Stack, but, I promise I will remedy that once we are over Craft Alive, I can see some room in March. Wendy loves this method and is happy to share her techniques and anxious to get started again. Come in and view a few samples and you will be impressed and,  I hope inspired to make these, yes I said these, as most ladies go on to make more than one or two. I have finished one with Aussie animal prints, another 3 parts finished and 2 more cut, very naughty.
Sharon has agreed to continue the Bag club and we will set a date once we can get together to organise the project as well as a date. Sharon is helpful, patient and sharing, we all look forward to her special club days.
I am getting a lot of interest in The Little Things Mug Rug club and this is very pleasing. The first date is Saturday 25th February and will continue on the 4th Saturday of each month. This is a set of 29 patterns from the Sue Daley Mug Rug Booklet. I have a few samples to show and will be doing a Make and Take, cost $20, at the Craft Alive show, this would be a good opportunity to try your hand at English Paper piecing and learn how easy and peaceful it is. I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that I stock a comprehensive range of Sue Daley products from Papers and Templates, Patterns, Starter Packs, Books, Glue pens, threads, Fussy Mirrors, Sand paper boards, Rotating boards and much more..with the new display arrangement in the shop, it is easier to find all these bits and’ll be surprised at what you might find.
The shop will be Closed Good Friday14th, Easter Saturday 15th, Easter Monday 17th and on Anzac Day Tuesday 25th April.
I am finding it hard to think of other news so I will leave you in the hope that we will meet up soon.  I apologise for any errors that I may have missed in my self-edit. I have tried to correct some of the spacings etc, and the lack of photos,  but I have to give up as Mail chimp is beyond me sometimes.
Until next time
Stay Happy, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Keep Sewing
MarilynK of MK’s
JANUARY Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 27th
Saturday    28th
Little Things
Tues 31stSit’n’Sew
FEBRUARY Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1st 2nd 3rd Sit’n’Sew 4th
7th Sit’n’Sew 8th 9th 10th Sit’n’Sew
Craft Alive
11th & Sun 12th
Craft Alive
MONDAY  13thJulie Hall class
Brilliant Butterfly Table runner
14th Sit’n’Sew 15th 16th Emb Club
Wing Needle Doiley Set
17th Sit’n’Sew 18th
21st Sit’n’Sew 22nd 23rd 24th Sit’n’Sew 25th Little Things
Mug Rug Day1
MARCH Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1st 2nd 3rd Sit’n’Sew 4thDressmaking
Fit for Fashion
7th Sit’n’Sew 8th 9th Emb club.
 Book Marks
10th Sit’n’Sew 11th Know your Machine  PFAFF Purse class
14th Sit’n’Sew 15th 16th 17th Sit’n’Sew 18th
21st Sit’n’Sew 22nd 23rd 24th Sit’n’Sew 25th Little Things
Mug Rug Day 2
28th Sit’n’Sew 29th 30th 31st Sit’n’Sew
APRIL Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
5TH 6TH 7th
8th  ??Dressmaking
Fit for Fashion ??
18th Sit’n’Sew 19th 20th Emb club.
Mothers Day Card
21st Sit’n’Sew 22nd
Little Things
Mug Rug Day 3
26th 27th 28th
FEBRUARY: Due to the set up for Craft Alive the Machine Embroidery Club has been moved to the 3rd Thursday (16th) in February.

The Toowoomba Craft Alive is being held in the USQ Clive Berghofer Centre,  Baker Street Toowoomba on Friday 10th to Sunday 12th  from 9am – 4pm. MK’s will be at stand 122. I will be doing machine accessory demonstrations and A Make and Take Mug Rug class, this is a Sue Daley English Paper piecing class and is fully kitted. You can book online for the Make and Take at MK’s shop will be open Friday 9-4 and Saturday 9-1.

SPECIAL CLASS MONDAY 13TH FEBRUARY: Julie Hall- Machine Embroidery designs ( you will remember she had an exciting and inspiring day with us when you did an Iris with Mylar paper)  has offered to do the Brilliant Butterflys Table runner as a special class while she in town after Craft alive. Please contact me in regard to bookings for this. The cost is $30, this includes 3 designs for the table runner, as well as quilting design, template for quilting design, and full instructions, all on a USB that you can take home and use again and again. Limited seating so be quick for this one.
APRIL: Due to the School holidays, the Machine Embroidery club has been moved to the 3rd Thursday (20th).
The April project is a Mother’s Day Card embroidered on Cardboard.