New Fabric & New Idea!

26 Aug

Hi Everyone
We really hoped you enjoyed the shop hop, it is an ideal way to get to see other shops in the Lower North Island & we really enjoyed meeting you all

Here are the latest Orientals to arrive at Sawmillers, we know there is a great following out there so we shall be increasing our stock as new fabrics are released

We were wondering if anyone is interested in making the ‘Pemberley’ quilt designed by Katrina Hadjimichael, there has been a great response to her recent visit to NZ, & we have been offered the pattern
We would like to start a Pemberley group, this would consist of meeting once every 4 – 6 weeks weeks probably on a Sunday morning for a few hours so that we can all discuss what fabrics we are going to use, various techniques and stitch, we are able to get the pattern kit which consists of

1 pkt            ½” Hexagon pre-cut papers and acrylic template
1 pkt            1” Jewel pre-cut papers and acrylic template
1 pkt            ¾” Circle pre-cut papers
1 pkt            4” Rounded Dresden pre-cut papers and acrylic template
1 pkt            1½” Chubby Dresden pre-cut papers and acrylic template
1 pkt            2” Half Circle pre-cut papers and acrylic template
1 pkt            Curved K.H Dresden pre-cut papers and acrylic template
1 pkt            Pointed K.H Dresden pre-cut papers and acrylic template

The total cost for the pattern kit is $206.99 & whilst I hear you all gasp, we don’t intend to start until February 2017 & we can arrange for the patterns to be paid off between now & then, which makes it more achievable, could be a present from the family for Christmas???
The patterns are available now & we would like to order as soon as possible to ensure we get the quantity  we want, if you would like to see more details of the ‘Pemberley’ quilt go to Katrina Hadjimichaels blog, I am sure some of you attended Katrinas’ class at Symposium & we had an example of one of her pupils work in the quilt festival this year
Have a good weekend

Redwork/Bluework Class

6 Aug

Hi Everyone
We still have places available on Saturday 13th August for the above class, make a Christmas Table Runner or even a quilt in this lovely embroidery style, really easy, so if you would like a fun day filled with laughter, tea, coffee, bikkies & ofcourse the famous Stonestead Devonshire Cream tea for lunch all included in the price, email, phone or message us

Latest Classes

23 Jul

Attic Windows 6th August

Enhance & Mellow Jelly Roll 20th August

Japanese Meshwork + Reunion for past pupils an opportunity to bring your work & gain advice from the tutor, it doesn’t have to be completed either!!! 17th September

Call the shop for details

Decisions To Be Made

21 Jul

Hi Everyone

The time is drawing close when we have to close the registrations for the 2016 Quilters Friend Shop Hop, we have extended it to 29th July, to enable all those grandmas, aunties, and mums to register after they have been looking after the children during the holidays!!

This is a great fun way of seeing the other shops participating in the promotion, we are all different and the thing we love the most are being able to share and enjoy other quilters and their ideas

So as a reminder go through to the Facebook page of Quilters Friend Shop Hop to see what’s available and below is our offering too
So here are the rules, the registration is $45.00 for this you receive 15 Fat Eighths in total that is 3 in each participating shop of the project you selected to do, you also receive a free pattern of that same project and if you spend $11.00 in each shop you receive a 10% discount and your Shop Hop Passport is stamped, so that when you visit the final shop you hand in the stamped passport and this means your name goes into a draw for a $250.00 basket of ‘quilty’ goodies, so it’s easy and as we said great fun too

How Do You Fancy

17 Jul

Hi Everyone
How do you fancy making either a table runner or quilt incorporating Redwork Stitchery, these would be similar to the one that was on display at the quilt festival this year ( see picture)

The table runner could be made in time for Christmas this year or the quilt for next, mind you if you are quick you could even make the quilt for this Christmas, we can have a session on a weekend to get you up and running with hints and tips
This is an ideal project to sit and do in the evenings and doesn’t require experience so is ideal for beginners and advanced stitchers alike
Let us know what you would like to do and we shall get projects for you to select from

FRENCH GENERAL ‘ Madame Rouge’

This is the latest release from French General we shall have it in August direct from America go to and see what is in the range certainly delicious and we can’t wait for it arrive!

Let me have your thoughts on the stitchery

2016 Quilters Friend Shop Hop

26 Jun

Hi Everyone
In conjunction with Quilters Lane Masterton, Crafty Pear Pahiatua, Village Books & Crafts Palmerston North & Cherry Pie Bernina Levin, we are participating in this years Shop Hop, you can see what the other 4 shops are doing by going to the Quilters Friend Facebook page, but here is the picture of ours, it is a table runner using French General fabrics for Moda & you can substitute the French General Woad Blue for the Jade if you wish, you will collect 15 Fat Eighths in total from the 5 shops & for our table runner you can make this entire table runner from them except for the borders, binding backing etc, however if you want to make this heat resistant we also carry the Insulbrite to do that, all details are on the Facebook page or you can contact us at Sawmillers either by phone or email

Favourites from French General & Other News

16 Jun

Hi Everyone
Just received are some of the basic textured solids from French General, these are great to use as blenders in your projects, not just French General but other fabric styles too.

We also have another order from the USA arriving any day so shall let you know what goodies are in there, we have also received another order of the popular Apliquik tools, go through to You Tube & see the demonstration, these are invaluable for those of us that love hand applique but our needle turn skills may not be as good as we would wish!
More news soon & Happy Quilting


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