Archive | March, 2009

The American Quilt and Book Signing.

28 Mar

mias-quiltHi Everyone,

What a glorious day again, aren’t we so lucky, summer  just seems to keep going.

I expect you remember that my daughter Samantha and her her husband Lance were with us a few weeks ago on a visit from America, she had been saying she was wanting to complete a quilt she had begun before she left for New Zealand, and finally it is all complete, as you can see it looks lovely, she has used soft colours and machine pieced and quilted it herself. The quilt is a gift for her friend Olga who has just had her second daughter Mia, this is a baby sister for Isabella, I am sure she will be thrilled with it.

Today, we have Dianne Barnden coming up to Sawmillers to sign copies of ‘The Circuit Riders Quilt’ book, her quilt design and pattern are in the book, so for those who ordered copies Dianne will be here, we shall also be taking orders for more books for those who are interested, I am sure Dianne will also come out and sign those for you too.

I am still trying to get a photo opportunity with the latest member of our family, Precious, but her feline side is just too energetic at the moment, I shall post a picure as soon as I am able.

Well, until next time and more pictures of scrummy fabric, have a lovely Sunday,

Happy Quilting


New Oriental Fabric

27 Mar

dscf10471Hi Everyone,

Just a note to show you the pictures of the newest arrival of the  ‘Sakura‘ range by Red Rooster, as you can see the colours are beautiful, apart from this lovely panel we also have the supporting fabric to make the quilt which can be downloaded from Red Rooster, we have this on display with the fabric.

dscf1051This is the border fabric which we also have. The day is lovely and sunny up here at Te Marua so if you want a relaxing break come along and see Kevin and have a Devonshire Tea at Stonestead and whilst the scones are being baked call and see me and check out the fabric and of course the canine assistants, Barney Official Greeter and 2nd Assistant and Archie 3rd Assistant (Unpaid). I shall get back to creating the next class project, have a happy day and until next time,

Happy Quilting

The Road.

27 Mar

dscf0829Hi Everyone,

No doubt those of you that have visited  Sawmillers in the past 3 days have had to experience the delays resulting from re-surfacing State Highway 2 just by Plateau Road, well all is quiet now, so I am assuming that the work has been completed, but for those who travel back and forth to the Wairarapa it must been a night mare.

I had meant to mention last week that our congratulations go to Adele one of our visitors and class participants on gaining along with her crew a Silver Medal in the Dragon Boat Race held last weekend in Wellington.Well Done, Adele.

The class and I had a lovely surprise last night when Dianne one of our tutors here at Sawmillers,   called in en route from Auckland with her friend Deneal,( apologies for any mis-spelling!) Dianne and Deneal, who is from  Missouri, have been corresponding for some time and this is the first time they have met face to face, we were very priveleged to have met Deneal and we wish her a great visit to our country and also Symposium, we look forward to seeing her again soon.

For those who ordered the ‘Circuit Riders Quilt’ book they have arrived and Dianne will be here on Sunday at 2.00pm signing the books at the page her design is on, so call in and we can orders for more books if you would like one.

We have just received some new fabric Oriental and Country, I shall be posting pictures very shortly, so until next time,

Happy Quilting

More New Stuff

24 Mar

dscf1035Hi Everyone,

Above is a close up of the Robert Kaufman Oriental we have at Sawmillers, we also have just received another oriental range, which until I get up to Sawmillers remains in the boxes in which it was delivered, but it will be unpacked, priced and displayed all ready for you to see on Thursday.

Don’t forget we also have the O’lipfa Rulers in stock, these are great for those who are a bit nervous at cutting their fabric, it has a handy lip which can attach to the edge of your cutting mat which enables it to remain in a fixed position whilst you cut.

On a more personal note, the canine assistants are keeping me company whilst I clear out my sewing room, I thought it time to go through all the treasures I have collected over the years, I hadn’t realised how much Ballroom and Latin fabric I had accumulated, for all those DWTS fans, I have almost every colour and type of fabric ever made, but I have decided to let it all go, so at some stage we shall be having a garage sale so that the accumulation can go some one else’s house! But it was so hard saying goodbye to it.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting

1st UFO Night, New Fabric and Dragonflies.

20 Mar


Hi Everyone,

We are so excited here at Sawmillers as we have just received some more of the very popular Dragonfly fabric, which ran out of the door the day after I posted that it was here, this really will be the last we get of this beautiful fabric, so don’t linger if you would like to get some, there will be Fat Quarters available, but we only have 4.00mtrs.


This is the new range of ‘Oriental Traditions’ by Robert Kaufman, we have this on display as you enter Sawmillers, there are 14 pictorial prints including Fans, Koi Carp, Geishas, and Japanese Dragons to name a few, we also have the Fusion blenders to go with them, all of these have a hint of gold to co-ordinate with the prints.One of Sawmillers customers has purchased this to make ‘Kevin’s Quilt’ in class and I know it will look stunning.

dscf1025This other new arrival is the beautiful  ‘William Morris Mix’ for English based company Fabric Freedom, this fabric is delicious, fabulous feel to it and the colours are lovely, you can call and see the little sundress which we made up in the fabric, it only takes 6 Fat Quarters and .25cms to make it and even though it is classed as a sundress it can be worn as a pinafore with a little top under for the cooler months, we have both colourways, blue and green. This would also make a fabulous quilt, come in and have a look.

dscf1020This quilt was made by Diane Marriott, using the ‘Heart of Garden’ Sawmillers Strips it was for her sons birthday, we were able to incorporate some of Diane’s collection of Canadian prints, which she purchased when she visited him whilst he was working in Canada as a firefighter, this was Diane’s first completed quilt, it was machine quilted by Sue Burnett and the final effect was lovely.Well Done, Diane.

Last but not least we had the 1st Sawmillers UFO Night last night, it was a great night, we had Fish n Chips first, then we moved upstairs at the tea house and stitched and laughed and stitched and laughed more, a variety of projects were worked on, cutting out, hand stitching, machining etc. Thank you ladies for a great night, if anyone is interested don’t forget to book your dinner if you want to eat, if not you can along afterwards and join in the fun.

Until next time, have a great weekend, and if you are able, call and see Barney No 2 Assistant and Official Greeter.


Happy Quilting.

Donated Quilt and a New Class

10 Mar


Hi Everyone,

My apologies for not updating the post before now, having said goodbye to my daughter Samantha and son in law Lance I had to get back to normal very quickly which meant sewing the binding on the quilt we are sending to the Bush Fire Relief Centre in Melbourne. We are very grateful to Sue Burnett of Sue Bs Quilting for donating her time and batting, she has done a wonderful job and I am sure whoever receives this quilt will be very grateful, we have been asked to put a note in with the donation for the recipient, ours will be from a ‘Quilt Angel’ and we hope that the bright cheery colours of the fabric will go some small way to ease the terrible burden that these families have to bear in the coming months.


The other project that has been completed is the long awaited ‘Kevin’s Quilt’ pictured below, this is a larger version of the quilt we have displayed outside Sawmillers, which so many visitors comment on, now the shop sample has been completed we are taking bookings for the class, ours has been made in ‘manly’ fabrics but we have class enroleees who are making it in Orientals and Pastels too, so if you would like details of this class just contact us at Sawmillers Tel: 04 526 2517 or email and we can help you.


For those that may be interested the original quilt was made for Kevin ( hence the name) to remind him of his first trip to Pennsilvania and the quilting area in Lancaster County, I bought the fabric there and made the quilt so he would always remember the visit.

dscf1012Well, I shall finish, don’t forget the Free In Store Demonstration on Sunday at 1.30pm at Sawmillers, this will be on Fused and Needleturn Applique, we also have many classes available to enrol for including beginners.

Have a great weekend & Happy Quilting

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