Hello Lovely Ladies
A busy first term is officially over and this week we are taking a bit of a break from our regular classes and focusing on our Kid’s Advanced Class – this time the girls are making project bags which are such a practical item that can be used as a creative storage option. I always look forward to teaching the kids and it’s encouraging to see them improving from one programme to the next. Jenny and I are always a bit exhausted by the end of the week, but I can honestly say it is so worth teaching this next generation sewing skills that they can build on each time they come to a class.
We have loved having Caroline work with us on Mondays and Tuesdays. She has put together some fabulous displays and has always made our new feature fabrics look quite irresistable. Unfortunately Caroline’s other part time job has now evolved in to full time work, and so, reluctantly we have had to let her go. I would like to publicly thank Caroline here for being such a hard and inspiring worker, and we wish her well in her new endeavours at Twentee Supply Company.
Carol is having great success in the Beginner’s Patchwork class on Tuesday mornings. The ladies who are a part of this group are churning out lovely blocks each week, and seem to be pretty addicted to patchwork at the moment. Carol has enough new ideas to keep the class going for at least the next 12 months! You are welcome to join this class if you want to build up a repertoire of new block patterns on a regular basis – but we do need you to to sign up term by term. The fee is $100 term + your fabric requirements.
Here is an example of the quilt blocks Carol will be teaching in Term 2
FINAL QUILT-AS-YOU-GO CLASS
Julie is booked for one more Quilt-As-You-Go class on Saturday 8th May. The class is open to anyone wanting to learn Quilt-As-You-Go techniques.
You will need to have completed at least two 12-1/2 ” patchwork blocks to get the full benefit of this class, and you will also need to have chosen suitable backing fabric and batting for your quilt blocks so that you can complete your quilt top in class.
The fee for this class will be $80 for the day + any other fabric requirements. A non refundable deposit of $40 will be required to save your space. Unfortunately several last minute cancellations have resulted in very small class numbers. We like to make the most of having talented tutors, so a full class is always more fun. Let’s make this last class a hit with a maximum of 8 students. Your Quilt-As-You-Go knowledge will be hugely expanded!
BERNINA eBOOK SERIES – TABLERUNNER USING RULERWORK SKILLS
Carol has put together a table runner released in Bernina’s eBook series called Ruler Work for Quilters. She will teach you how to make up a particular Table Runner in fabrics of your choice purchased from The Eye Of A Needle and then you will learn how to quilt it using simple ruler techniques.
You will need the ruler foot appropriate for your sewing machine. The Bernina Ruler foot is #72, but other brands will have their own number. We had initially asked that you purchase the full Bernina Ruler kit for this class which comes with 10 different rulers, but we are now offering in this class an opportunity to ‘try before you buy’. Carol is passionate about ruler work, so we plan to offer more workshops teaching various rulerwork techniques in the future.
Dates for the first class will be Friday 14th May & Friday 21st May from 10am-2pm. Our regular class fee will be $80 which covers both days tuition.
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
There has been a lot of interest in the Gypsy Wife Sew-Along advertised in the last newsletter, so I have now set the first date for Friday 4th June. The idea is to get together once a month and stitch a feature block in class, and then you have the following month to make the required number of the same block for the Gypsy Wife quilt.
This concept is similar to a Block of the Month, but you choose your own fabrics (preferably from The Eye Of A Needle), or you can use your own scraps or stash in your chosen colourway.
You will need to purchase a Gypsy Wife workbook from The Eye Of A Needle initially and this will cement your place in the class. You can start to gather the fabrics you need to make your blocks each month now – the idea of this is that everyone will be making their own Gypsy Wife blocks but will be stitching in the company of others on a regular basis.
The quilt is a sampler, with many one-off blocks, a smattering of square-in-square small blocks and vertical stripes. It finishes throw-sized at 59” x 68”. If you google Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife, you will see that there have been many sew alongs happening all around the globe, so we have the opportunity to join this network.
The booklets will retail for around $30; I am taking orders now, so if you want me to order you one, the cut off date for orders will be Friday 7th May.
I will set class dates once we have the books in stock; at this stage the class will be once a month on a Friday morning.
Future dates for Kid’s Classes in 2021 will be:
July 13th/15th – Kid’s Beginners Class
July 20th/22nd – Kid’s Advanced Class
October 12th/14th – Kid’s Advanced Class
These classes fill fast, so it’s always a good idea to put the dates in your diary, especially if you know of family or friends planning holidays who don’t want to miss out on the Holiday Programmes we provide for the girls. Girls need to be at least age 10 to enrol for their first Begininner’s class.
BERNINA CLUB WORKSHOP ALTERNATIVE DAISY PATHS CUSHION & TABLE RUNNER
This 2 day class will take place this coming Friday 23rd April and Saturday 24th April from 10am – 4pm.
A sample of the Daisy Path cushion is in store now; it has been a fun project to put together! I still have 2 workbooks available if anybody would like to fill a spot in this class – some prior preparation is essential, but it would be great to have a full class. I need to close off the class registrations by Thursday morning if you think you might like to come along. Some preparation is required before coming to class so you will need some time to get organised!
The workshop is best suited for those with Bernina machines; it isn’t exclusively for those who have bought machines recently, but if you want to learn more about what your machine can do, then this will be a great opportunity to learn some new techniques and I would strongly recommend this class to you.
The class will cost $100 for 2 days and includes a Workbook for both a cushion (which we will do in this upcoming class) and a table runner you could make in the future, once you have learned the techniques in this week’s workshop. We have put some kits together to make this cushion based on the colours in my sample, or you can choose your own fabrics.
I am hopeful that now the borders are open to Australia, Deborah Louie will be able to resume her original travel itinerary to NZ . At this stage we have some dates in August pencilled in for a cool class. Watch this space!
EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY DIAPER BAG- BACKPACK- PURSE
I am so delighted to be able to finally tell the world that I am going to be a Grandmother for the first time in September. My oldest son & daughter-in-law live in New Plymouth, so I can feel a huge pull in that direction a little more often in the next wee while! Of course becoming a new Grandmother has a few other perks – it means I can try out all sorts of lovely patterns to sew for Mum & Baby. This is the first of a few I have on my list.
For all you prospective Grannies out there… this is a fantastic bag for new Mums. The Every Day, Every Way bag has abundant pockets to organise diapers, wipes & bottles. It also has a handy changing pad included in the pattern. There are 4 handle options – padded handles, backpack straps, adjustable, detachable straps for over the shoulder or cross- body carrying, AND stroller straps, so everything is covered.
There is quite a bit to sew with this bag, and there is a lot of hardware necessary to purchase if you make all the straps. We are going to offer a class to make this bag over 8 weeks. Every second Friday morning, you can come along to a class and make the next component, then go away and get up to the next stage of your bag at home.
The dates will be Friday 28th May, Friday 11th June, Friday 25th June and Friday 9th July. The class will start at 10am and go until 2pm, so you should get quite a bit done in that time.
Because bags like this aren’t always the cheapest to make (but they are pretty amazing once they are finished!), I am prepared for you to pay for the bag requirements and class fee in 4 equal installments, so each time you come to the class, you make 1/4 of the full payment. I expect that to be around $80 (x4). This will include the class fee and all your fabric & hardware. To register for this class you will need to order the pattern and hardware before the end of April, to ensure we will have everything you need to make the bag in store in time.
FOUNDATION PIECING CLASS WITH MARYANN PATERSON
We have been very fortunate to be able to lock in 2 days with Maryann Paterson to teach a small foundation paper piecing class. Maryann is a Qualified Quiltworx Instructor and has taught a lot of foundation piecing classes at Grandmother’s Garden.
The dates we have booked are Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. Maryann will teach techniques to make a Bear Claw Cushion as shown in the photo above.
The class will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm with a half hour break for lunch. The cost of the class will be $60 per day. October might seem a long way away, but to get a qualified tutor of Maryann’s caliber requires booking a long way out!
Maryann has asked for a confirmation of numbers so that she can order the required number of workbooks for the class. Please register your interest in this class in store BEFORE 7th May, so that Maryann can get her order in in plenty of time as the papers required for this class come from overseas. We all know that things can take longer than expected to arrive these days!
With the shop being closed next Monday for Anzac Day, it means a short week but I have an opportunity for some professional development of my own, so I’ll be heading off to Hastings for a couple of days and leaving Carol in charge. David & I head to the Bernina Dealer’s meeting in Wellington at the end of next week, and look forward to the launch of a couple of new Bernina/Bernette air-overlockers while we are there.
Stocks of sewing machines are starting to get back to ‘normal’ with a big delivery this week and another drop due at the end of the month.
We have been patiently waiting on a huge shipment from Moda and ByAnnie products (including Soft & Stable batting which I don’t like being without). This shipment is over 8 weeks late, but has now thankfully arrived in Auckland. I hope to have some new fabric to show off to you next week.
I am working on a couple of hand stitching projects which I plan to finish before posting classes for them. With the ongoing success of Wendy William’s BOM ‘Urban Owls’, and the release of ‘The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey & Me’ from Hatched & Patched, I am coming to realise that hand stitching is my real passion, so I want to offer more projects along those lines in the future.
It is always good to support other talented people when they offer to teach classes, so please help me to support them by signing up for the classes on offer in this newsletter. It is becoming necessary to take non refundable deposits for these classes. As you can imagine, it is extremely frustrating when you are paying a guest tutor a fee for their time and anticipate a full class, to be told 24 hours before the class that something else has cropped up, and one is unable to attend. We do put a lot of time and thought in to the classes we offer, and I don’t wish to start charging a cancellation fee like Doctors Surgeries and Hairsalons do for the ‘no-shows’. I really don’t want to grumble and hope you can hear my heart on this matter.
Thank you for your ongoing support and for those of you who continue to ‘Shop Local’. We really do appreciate your custom, and hope to stay in business for a long time because of you!