January news from MK’s Sew-Able

Hello Sewing Friends
Welcome to MK’s Sew-Able and a great year of Inspiration and Friendships. I hope you had a Wonderful Christmas and a brilliant start to your New Year.
It was my year for the Family Christmas Day. I was spoiled with gifts but I did get a very Special Present, a Son-in-Law. My daughter Cindy and her husband Allen, eloped on Christmas Eve. So exciting and wonderful for them, a perfect pair. Such a good decision, so much a ‘no stress’ way to go.
It was great to have 3 of my Children home, we were missing one but someone has to work Christmas Day. It’s always hard for everyone to be off at the same time.
I personally did not pick up a sewing needle, I took a machine and fabric to my son’s place in Buderim, but I suffered a severe migraine the first full day there, and of course the next day was very sluggish, by the time I was feeling strong, it was time to come home. I didn’t sew at home either but I have very tidy Linen and Laundry cupboards.

Well the Holiday is over and it’s back to work tomorrow. The shop opens at 9 am with the first day of Sit and Sew for 2018. I am looking forward to catching up with you.I would have loved the shop air-con at home a few days last week. Whew..

What’s new in shop? 3 colour ways of a lovely Paisley print arrived during the last week of 2017, and meterage was take from 2 colours as soon as it was seen. I also have new Owl and tractor prints. I am expecting a good top-up of Batiks to arrive during this week,along with some striking new panels. I am slso expecting pretty Pre-cuts packs. What a great way to start the year?

Kate and I spent a day in the shop last week, in PFAFF training on the new Creative Icon, along with 2 very special new owners of this machine, Pam was with us for awhile. I am so impressed !!! It has a 12.2in throat, 5in clearance from the head to the sewing bed and the distance under the needle to the stitch plate is 3 inches, finally, I can comfortably get my hand under there. And an incredible Threading system. The IDT lever has been lifted so it sits a little higher behind the head, there are new front ‘teeth’ on the feed dogs. I could go on and on. Everyone will say it’s just another Embroidery machine but I am here to say it is so much more, wow wow wow. No, I don’t have one in stock but there will be an event in-store to promote it. I may have the opportunity to baby-sit one for a few weeks while it’s Mum is away on the beach, fingers crossed. I will feed you teasers as time goes on. Impressed, did I say that??? Oh and Cath Quinlan, my PFAFF Qld Sales Manager and Educator, delivered my Sales Trophy, quite chuffed. You may be seeing a bit of Cath, if I have my way, a very knowledgeable young lady with a wide diversity of skills in the Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery world. Thank you Cath for a great day.

Looking for a bargain PFAFF machine. I have one PFAFF Creative 2.0 on the bench that I am selling for an amazing special price of $2699. This machine is equal to the Expression 4.2 but it has the added bonus of being an Embroidery machine. Come in for a demo, it won’t last long at this price and it is one only.

I have been thinking about this years classes and I have placed requests with Tutors for workshops, so lets see how we go. I do know Margaret Olive is definitely interested in tutoring for me and we intend to set a schedule during the quilt cruise to New Zealand. Marg is the tutor for the Quiltworx Fire Island Hosta pattern I am going to make, counting down and excited, we sail out of Sydney on the 31st January.

Our local artist, Chris Dowell, is also tutoring on this cruise, and we hope we can plan some interesting workshops together. Hopefully, we will also re-visit the dressmaking classes, but perhaps at a beginners level.

I will run Feet and Accessories events to help you understand the why and how of the feet you have with your machine, and also introduce you to extras. Perhaps Cath Quinlan of PFAFF will do a workshop or two.

I have sent invitations to Tutors from various genre, from making bags to stuffed toys, but until I get their acceptance, it is pointless to mention them individually.

Thank you for your time to read this, I will sending an update prior to my sailing on the 31st January.

Cheers and keep smiling, it makes everyone wonder what you’ve been up to

Marilyn of MK’s Sew-Able

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November News

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

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Toowoomba Quilt Show and Specials 16th September to 22nd September 2017

Hello Sewing Friends

Firstly, A Special Thank you to Fay Suley, Genell Lilley and the Angels who helped make the Cancer Sew-Along day, such a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated and assisted in the Cancer Sew-Along fundraiser. What a wonderful day! See some of the results at the header of this newsletter.  I am considering another project for next year, but time will tell.

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Some of the many Twisted Ribbon Table runners near completion at the Cancer Sew-Along .

It’s Show Time!

The Toowoomba Quilt Show at the Salo centre in Rome Street is nearly upon us.

Saturday 16th September, 9 – 4.30pm to Friday 22nd September 9- 2.30pm.

I will be behind the MK’s Sew-Able stand again so please note that the shop will be open for shorter hours during the week, but we will be open on the Monday as well.

MK’S SEW-ABLE SHOP TRADING HOURS DURING THE SHOW WEEK .

Monday to Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm

What a week it always is! Come and get reacquainted and find a bargain. I will have Fat Quarters and Packs, Patterns and Books, Templates, Rulers, Scissors and Cutters, Needles and Threaders, English Paper Piecing, Sashiko and samples, samples and more……New books and patterns from Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse – see Kate’s version of the BOM ‘Beyond the Porch” quilt – quite a surprise, our shop sample of the Mouse Pincushion – so cute, and Stitcheries from ‘Fairyland Circus’. Then there’s Pam’s ‘Friends’ quilt from Michele Hill’s William Morris, Janita’s ‘Antique Sampler’ English Paper Pieced, Needle turn and Reverse applique quilt from Sue Daley’s Designs, Sharyn’s ‘Wise Owls’ from Kookaburra Cottage, and so much more that you haven’t seen before..Crabapple Hill Studio’s cute ‘Girls Getaway’ and the very male ‘Vintage Tin’ quilt is available on the stand. And of course, work from the Machine Embroidery Club and the Little Things Mug Rug club, these ladies are always Creating wonderful projects.

Bag Ladies – I have new patterns coming in at regular intervals. Natalie Bird’s ‘Eva Tote’ sells fast, as does Leesa Chandler’s ‘Uptown Tote’.

Michele Hill fans – I have Michele’s latest books ‘Afternoon Tea with May Morris’ and ‘Stitching with Beatrix Potter’. And at last, “William Morris in Applique’ will be arriving soon.Hiro cushion

New stock from BeBeBold:  Dotty Sashiko, the One-stitch fabric.  Visit us at the shop or the show to see our Hitomezashi one-stitch sample and I will show you how it’s done. A photo is in our news header. I have stencilled patterns and kits available.

I will be demonstrating feet & machine techniques on 2 of my favourite PFAFF machines, the Expression 4.2 at an amazing show special of $2999 – what a saving!, and the wonderfully light Passport 3.0 – on special at $849 with an extension table valued at $135. Visit me for a demo or to try a machine yourself.

Chris Dowell will be spending time on the Sit down ‘Sweet 16’ free motion quilting machine, for anyone who missed her last year, make a point to visit….at this time, I don’t have a scheduled day for her but I will be sending a follow-up email later this week.

The Sweet Sixteen will be on a Show Special, along with the Simply Sixteen on a Frame. I will have a very special price for my Simply 16 floor demonstration model, with included extras.

Well that’s about it for now so I will close with the wish that you are all well and that I will catch-up with you soon. Have a safe and happy week and don’t forget – If you see someone without a Smile, Give them one of Yours.

Cheers

Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able

 

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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. 
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MONDAY 28th AUGUST ***SEWING PROJECT TO AID THE CANCEL COUNCIL***

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. 
cheers
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.

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Sweet Pea Embroidery Leaf Centre Piece

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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: http://www.sewable.com.au 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
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

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Sweet Pea Embroidery Leaf Centre Piec

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

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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. 

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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.

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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

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Pin Cushion from the Pin Cushion Range

 

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Lorikeets Panel
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Kookaburra Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fringe Machine Embroidery technique

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