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Patchwork Shops in New South Wales

16 May

On my recent travels to Australia I couldn’t help but find some patchwork shops to feed the fabric obsession!

I managed to find two. Not many you might say but I did have to manage this round my other half’s indifference to all things fabric. My friend’s husband wasn’t much better either!

The first one I came across was on a trip to the Blue Mountains in a lovely town called Leura. Not only a fabulous patchwork shop there but lots of lovely gift and clothes shops as well. Even more reason to get huge groans from the spouse!

The shop was called Picklemouse Corner
and it had four rooms full of fabric and haberdashery- bliss! I was so pleased to be able to pick up some lovely aborigine designs and a koala bear pattern – courtesy of my dear friend!

It was a fascinating shop because not only did it sell all things patchwork, it also housed a vintage clothes shop which sold kimonos, and they also sold fudge!?

The second shop was Patchwork on Pittwater, the town where my friend lived.

It was a fabulous shop with a large workroom where you could just go and sit and sew using the machines that were available or join a workshop. Plus, there was the most amazing selection of fabric for sale. You couldn’t really not buy any!

pittwater shop

The woman who owned the shop was busy making a quilt for a wedding present. It was the most beautiful fabric with Kookaburra’s on it.

cookaboro patchwork web

Only two shops but perhaps enough – I didn’t really need anymore fabric anyway!

Monica Dennis

Beauty From The Ashes Quilt Project

28 Apr

On a recent visit to see relatives in Australia I visited Marysville, a small town in the Yarra Valley. It is a pretty town surrounded by waterfalls, not far from Lake Mountain and an alpine resort. It is on the doorstep of the Yarra Ranges National Park.

It is a town that was devastated by bush fires in 2009. 34 of its residents died and all but 14 of its 400 buildings were destroyed.

Despite the overwhelming devastation caused by the fires, the town is being lovingly restored to its former glory by its residents, who have shown great resilience and strength.

To show support for the Marysville community, two women Julie Bell and Julie Warren organised the making of a quilt

Quilters from across Australia contributed and the quilt was presented to the town in February 2010, the first anniversary of the fire. It now hangs in the town’s tourist information office, which is where I came across it.

Mary ville quilt1

What kind and thoughtful people there are in the world. I am sure the gesture was of great help to the community in the aftermath of the traumas they had suffered.

Monica Dennis

A Message From Overseas

13 Apr

Hi folks, Monica here.

Apologies that I am unable to post an update about the April meeting and the latest newsletter but I am abroad at the moment. I have been to Singapore, Australia and I am now in Mumbai, soon to be travelling to Kerala in the south of India.

I have visited a number of patchwork shops, seen a number of quilts, some with interesting stories behind them and will share more about them on my return, as I am sure you will be interested.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

In the meantime, happy sewing!