My Little Patch Newsletter – June 2017

My Little Patch Newsletter – June 2017

Welcome to our Newsletter. Our winter is certainly here with a run of Foggy/Chilly days.

Our first dinner for the year raised over $1700 which we donated to Sophie Freischmidt’s daughter Anne to help with the bills. Anne is the carer for her son Mitchell who has Leukemia. The strain that he has at the moment is unlike any they have seen before, so professionals from all over the world are working on it. Anne was in tears on the phone, so grateful. At our Auction, we sold off Libby Pearson’s Fabric Stash. Our 2nd Dinner raised $700. The next dinner will be held on 26 July.


The 2017 Challenge is 42 Squares. For some reason this has been a bit more difficult than the circles. Who would have thought. We only have 20 entries. Check them out at Strictly Quilts from 8 July until 16 July. Our entries of Quilts is about the same as last year.


Our 2nd Retreat for the year is from 8to 10September. Cost is $220 per person Twin Share. A great weekend to get stuck into your UFOs or start a new project.


Helen’s Workshop, Flying into Colours is back in 19 and 20 August. This a great Workshop using Helen’s technique of Paintchwork. Limited numbers so book early. There is over 20 designs to pick from. Helen will also have Show and Tell which is always amazing.


We are so pleased to be having Hiroe Mogi coming in July for Workshops as follows:

Monday 10 July – Introduction to Sachico. Three 2 hour times available. Tuesday 11 July – Paper Piecing Wednesday 12 July – Hand Piecing, Square in Square. Call in for more details. Bookings essential.


Will start again in June. Rekindle your sewing skills and learn all of the basics from Lizzie McKimmie.


We have had a request from the Maternity Ward at NE Hospital for Quilts for Babies. Size is 85cm X 85 cm. So if you would like to donate or join us in getting them done, please come and see us.


Monica Poole ran a workshop at the Center Quilters Weekend in May and the ladies loved her Quilt as You Go Quilt. I have booked Monica for Tuesday 21 November to do a new Quilt as you Go. We will also be stocking her great Animals Patterns that you may have seen at AQC. Book early as places are limited.


Greg has just completed some more training with Husqvarna. Need your machine serviced? Scissors sharpened? Bring them into us or take them to Greg at 19 Swan Street. If you live out of Town and want to get same day service, ring Greg on 03 5721 6877 to make a booking.


Check out the sample from Deb of folding flowers. which will be a Workshop in 23 and 24 September. This is a two day event so come along and learn some new techniques.


In February, I attended Academy Down Under, which is held every two years, in Queensland with lots of Overseas Tutors about Longarm Machines. Was a great experience learning from seasoned Long Arm Quilters and getting lots of hints and tips. Hopefully in July I will be getting Caroline from Handy Quilter to demonstrate use of Rulers on Longarm Machines. Please register your interest in the event.


with Letita Moore from Husqvarna: In May we had a very successful day with Letita and Cheryl Bryant from Husqvarna doing a demo on the use of different feet for our machines. We learnt lots of hits and tips. Letita had a bag that the ladies loved and she will be doing this Workshop on Wednesday 9 August. Great way to get to make a lovely bag. Booking essential.


After having a great day with the Demo of Feet for our machines, I will be running a refresher day so that we can back over those great Feet. It will be on Wednesday 19 July.

Bulk requirements:

Do you or your group have bulk requirements? You can order full rolls of Wadding at a discounted rate. Come and talk to me about your needs.

Save the date:
  • Strictly Quilts – 7 and 16 July
  • Stitched Up Festival – 7 and 16 July
  • Showcase  Jeffs Shed – 27 to 30 July
    Some news around my little patch:

Our long awaited extension of our family room has been finished and the space is wonderful. Phil dug the holes for the stumps early last year and with the permit taking time and the rain, it is finally done.

Phil and I had a week off to go to a Wedding in Coffs Harbour, for my cousins daughter Lauren. Was supposed to be on the beach but they had rain and we had to have it in the Surf Club were the reception was. Lovely to be with my Aunty Letty and my cousins and their children. Spud, Tink and Tank had to be left home alone with our friends looking after them. Spud was so happy to see Phil back and Tink wouldn’t leave me alone. Great to be loved by our furry babies.

Our Son in Law came out to OZ for a short visit to a Wedding of one of his friends. Was great to see Jay and get our parcel of photos of the Grandies. Jay told us that they will be coming out next July for a couple of weeks which did bring much joy to our hearts to see the grandies at our place. Raelene has been working hard as she is manager of a couple of the branches of the accounting firm that they both work for.

Belle has completed her first year at school. Annie had to have her photo taken twenty times before she smiled for her Dance Class. Billy is a dab hand at the Ice hockey stick and loves going to see the Sharks.

At Easter we went to Perth to see Megan and Greg and of course Cricket and Saffron. The dogs were so happy to see us (And so was Megan and Greg). Greg had had an operation on his foot so we just did some easy day trips.

October we are off to the states to see everybody and of course off to Houston for the Quilt Mart.

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Happy Creating