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

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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
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Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

21 22 23

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

24.

‘Grose on You’

QAYG – Block 1

Sampler quilt

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Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

 

 

28.    Tracey Sims

Make Machine Embroidery Lace

9am

29 30

CLOSED

GOOD FRIDAY

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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
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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

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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

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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

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15

Sit n Sew

9am – 2pm

16

BALI STAR WEDDING RUNNER

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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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MK’s Sew-Able Upcoming Events and News

MK’s has some exciting events coming to the shop in February and March, with more to come once a Tutor calendar can be finalised.

Saturday 17th February: Meet Kerry, an Enthusiastic, Patient and Sharing Quilter, and sign-up for ‘Grose on You’, our 9 block Quilt as You Go, Block of the Month, commencing on Saturday 24th March. Learn Patchwork techniques and Quilt as You Go while making this Sampler Quilt ‘grow’ each month. You will be Glad you did. Please ring,Leave a Message or send an email to book a seat. Morning tea will be supplied at no cost. ***PLEASE NOTE ON MY ORIGINAL POST 27/01/18*** I INCORRECTLY DATED THIS WORKSHOP as being 24th Feb not 24th March. My apologies if you have already marked your calendars

Wednesday 21st February: Meet Tracey Sims, Artist


Designer and Publisher, on behalf of Zundt present their latest Embroidery collects, Project Books and Patterns.  At her Trunk Show and Presentation ,Tracey will give  you insights into Machine Embroidery Design, Sketches to Stitches, Colour Theory and Tips and Techniques on Tensions, Stabilizers, Hooping and more… At the end of the Day, we hope to book a One, Two or Three day project for the end of March with Tracey.  You will be Glad you did. Please ring, leave a message or send an Email to book a seat. Cost will be $10. Visit Tracey at   http://www.traceysimsdesigns.com

Wednesday 7th March:  Come and experience the new PFAFF Creative Icon – the most advanced sewing machine PFAFF has ever created, a new 12.2” Work-space, 5″ space from Head to Bed, 3″ space from Needle head to Plate, Amazing new Needle threading, extra LED Brightness, Large work Screen, and many advanced Sewing and Embroidery techniques, watch how easy it is to Precise Position and Edit your Embroidery designs.. See the beautiful new Radiant, Floating and 3 Ribbon stitches, plus the Stitch Creator, all can be taken and Embroidered in the hoop. Where Perfection meets Freedom… demonstrated by Cath from Blessington. You will be Glad you did. I am so impressed by this machine. Please ring, leave a message or send an email to book a seat. Morning tea will be supplied at No cost. Take a look at http://www.pfaff.com.au or google pfaff creative icon

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IMPORTANT *** PLEASE NOTE*** TEMPORARY CHANGE TO TRADING HOURS

I will be away from 31st January til the 14th February, and as 3 of my back-up team will be with me, there will a change to the shop Trading hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Saturday trading will not alter : 9am to 1pm

Wednesday 31st January to Friday 2nd February  9.30am to 2pm

Tuesday 6th February to Friday 9th February 9.30am to 2pm

Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th February 9.30 to 2pm

Normal trade will commence Thursday 15th February  : 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday

It is important that the closing time is adhered to, Kate has other work commitments that require her to leave at this time. Please do not be offended if she has to ask you to complete your purchases to enable her to do the necessary close down and security functions.

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As you may be aware, I am going on a New Zealand Quilting Cruise that I booked in an excited moment, 18 months ago. I am sure I will enjoy this immensely once I am there, but currently I am in a nervous state of anticipation and a high state of anxiety, both for the trip, I suffer a bit from Claustrophobia and a Fear of Heights, not smart to be on a ship I think – as a fisher-woman, I am not too concerned about motion sickness, I have been on a few ‘rockin’n’rollin’ boats and have slept over on a couple, without any bad results.  My other anxiety is for the shop. Kate is very adept and efficient but there is always something that only I can fix or do, so I do ask that you give her patience and consideration as she applies herself to your task. 

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I NEED A CLONE 

I wasn’t intending to include this item at this time but the above statement reminds me that it is probably a good time.

I am needing to Employ part-time / Casual staff but I have some specifications that may be hard to fill. Are you interested or do you know someone who may be?

I require someone:  To work during and outside school hours:  maybe Tuesday and Friday each week, or sometimes drop a Friday and work Thursday while we have a workshop that I am needed to help with or run. For instance on the above days when Kerry, Tracey and Cath are in the store doing work-shop or presentations. Perhaps 1 Saturday a month 9am – 1pm. And sometimes when I go away for instance, when I am booked to go to the Sue Daley Shop Owners Convention or Blessington conventions – both events are normally Friday and Saturday. The more clientele we can assist, the more hours I can afford to hire you.

I would like someone who has some knowledge of Quilting & Sewing, Machine Embroidery would be a bonus – as would Stitchery, English Paper piecing and Sashiko – but these are skills I am happy to instruct you in – or someone in our sewing group would do so.

Of course, you may be asked to demonstrate a Sewing/Embroidery Machine or Overlocker. Or you may just be asked for some tech know-how or to thread an Overlocker. If you have these machines to hand at home, it is no big deal to learn how to use mine

I use Quick books for Sales and record keeping but if you are computer literate, you will no doubt pick it up fast enough, it is not rocket science. I use Excel and Word.

Stock needs to be unpacked and priced. Shelves kept clean of dust ( I do have a helper but the dust is faster than any of us). Fabric to be replaced on shelves or just plain tidy-up. Fabric pre-cuts and packaging is nearly a full-time occupation.

I would love to have someone to help with this most time consuming task, the Newsletter, and Blog, keeping the public up to date with New Stock and Upcoming events and publishing photos.

I need someone who can work unsupervised, find something to do if I’m not there. Take responsibility.  Honesty and Confidentiality is of up-most importance, as is a Sense of Humour, Empathy and Understanding of my Customers needs.

So I NEED A CLONE. Sounds easy enough to me. I am away from 31st Jan to 14th Feb but I will be more than happy to discuss this position with any interested party when I return.

On that note, I will say farewell until next update. Happy Stitching.

Marilyn at MK’s Sew-Able 16b Prescott Street (opposite pillowtalk) Toowoomba

0746 388 288 or email: info@sewable.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

Centrepiece
Sweet Pea Embroidery Leaf Centre Piece

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