As the rain falls on our roof tonight and my girls rush around making last minute preparations for school tomorrow it brings back memories of my mum taking us to school in January in our bright yellow raincoats and hats. I wonder if they still sell them – so cute –my girls would probably say not! I have a big year ahead with my eldest starting the final year of school – so of course this means a busy year with school work, her part-time job at the Dance Shop and of course all the social events that go hand in hand with Year 12.
Not only will I have a busy year at home but also at the shop as we host a bevy of wonderful tutors during the year and it is also my commitment to keep having gorgeous quilts and projects in the shop to inspire you to create beautiful heirlooms for your home and family.
So it is refreshing to start the year with a clean slate and what better way to do that then with our yearly birthday sale. This year we celebrate our 10th birthday and as I sit, typing this post I feel truly blessed to have been able to spend those years sharing my love of quilts and fabrics with you all. I have loved sharing your quilts, I have laughed and cried over shared stories, have been overwhelmed by your hunger to learn and inspired by your appreciation of the wonderful quilt makers that have gone before us.
So enough reminiscing – our Brithday Sale starts on Friday morning at 9.30am and runs until close on Sunday afternoon. Due to the Australia Day holiday the sale will only run for 3 days instead of the usual week. Our sale hours will be Friday 9.30-4.30, Saturday 8.30-4.00 & Sunday 9.30-2.00.
Majella and I started to pull the fabrics for the sale today and let me tell you there are some fantastic fabrics available in the sale this year – we have a fantastic range of backgrounds, country, bright, pastel all from our favourite designers like Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Blackbird Designs, Kansas Troubles – just to name a few. You could make a mountain of gorgeous quilts from the fabrics that have been chosen for the sale, but I warn you they will go quickly and as always if you bring cash your dollar will go further.
This week we welcomed a very happy range called Pam Kitty by Lake House. Pretty pinks and soft cherry, crisp and clear greens, delightful blues and happy yellows make up this range – we have a project under way and I am sure that you will all be absolutely thrilled when it is revealed. I hope this truly delightful fabric tempts you.
These last few fabrics are from a different range - Home to Roost - they are so darling that I couldn't leave them out. Hope you like them.
I always love to see the quilts that my customers and their friends or family members are working on and it is always such a pleasure to be able to share them with you all. So today Majella and I were so excited when both Kay and Kyleigh (must be something special in the letter K),brought in quilts to share.
Quilt: Flower Pots
Designer: Kim McLean
Fabrics: Kaffe and Friends
Started: Februay/March 2011
Finished: January 2012
Method: Machine Appliqued
Quilt: Square Dance
Designer: Sue Daley
Fabrics: Kaffe and Friends, Anna Marie Horner
Started: December 2011
Finished: January 2012
Method: English Paper Piecing and Hand Applique
It makes me want to start working again on my Flower Pots but my stick-ability is staying strong and remains loyally attached to my orphan quilt. I have one flower and two stars remaining to be hand appliqued and the borders to be sewn and voila! I promise I will share it all with you when it is finished – my sewing soul is excited by the thought of finishing this much loved quilt. Of course it will then set my SS free to start something new – yah.
This post seems to have gone on for quite a bit and am fearful that I will soon bore you. In the next post another date claimer for next year (already – I know – I hope I have you wondering), a new class with Bev McClune and more new fabrics and books to share with you.
A quick housekeeping matter before I go. Class registration forms will be going out in the post after the sale so please keep an eye out for them. You need to complete and return the form to ensure your place in class. I have been so excited by your response to the wonderful tutors that are visiting Precious Time and look forward to sharing these fantastic classes with you.
Quilts draw us close to those we love and pull our hearts toward home.
Catch up with you soon………..lisa