Archive | November, 2009

Beautiful Totes, Fabric, Peonies and Day.

29 Nov

Hi Everyone,

After the terrible weather yesterday it is glorious here now, we have had lots of out of town visitors including the Vauxhall Car Club, great cars. I had a lovely afternoon yesterday when I went to the Capital Quilters Christmas meeting, there was lots of fun and hilarity, the challenge bags were displayed, lots of Show and Tell, beautiful food and a glass of ‘glop’ or soft drink and the ‘piece de resistance’ was the ‘The Fabric or the Bag Contest‘ what a hilarious time we all had and congratulations to Pat and Gaynor for doing such a wonderful job.

The peonies pictured above were grown in the garden here by Kevin at Stonestead, they are so lovely, but since taking this picture, Mr Wilkes from across the road has brought in some more, these are a delicious deep crimson,

These beautiful sewing machine totes are a great Chrismas gift from a husband, partner or even as a combined family gift, they turn on a sixpence and there is plenty of room for all the necessities, Kevin and I bought them at Quilt Market and it was interesting to see them being used for carry on luggage on the flights out of Houston, come along and have a look, we only have four remaining so they are going pretty quickly, we can always put them aside for you.

This range of fabric along with the blue colourway only arrived on Thursday, so we rolled it onto bolt cards straight away and it went on display on Friday, it is a slightly heavier cotton, ideal for totes, bags and even baby slings, I made the club challenge in it so have decided I shall do a class after Christmas.

Kevin has built another stand, this time for all our patterns and we have just put the long awaited templates on the notions stand, come and have a look at them.

Anyway until next time

Happy Quilting.


Jim Shore Range at Sawmillers

20 Nov

Hi Everyone,

After the great success of the Houston Info Evening we still have some of the Jim Shore Figurines remaining, for those of you who are unaware of this delightful and clever man, his figurines are becoming famous throughout the world for having either a quilt block design or applique design somewhere on the piece, they may be on the skirt of an angel or on the base the figurine is standing on.

Kevin and I had the great pleasure of meeting Jim and his sister in law Houston, they were wonderful people and Jim is such a lovely person and as you can see by the pictures very clever too.

Most of our products are Christmas themed, but we do have other pieces that would make ideal Christmas gifts, including Snow White and a beautiful Fire Engine, these are becoming collectors pieces now.

So why not come up and see the display, they are very reasonably priced and the variety is huge, we shall be transferring the display to Sawmillers eventually, but until then they can be seen and purchased over at Stonestead Tea House.

I shall add a few more pictures here, so until next time,

Happy Quilting



Houston Info Evening and Winners

16 Nov

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry I have been so slow getting this post done, but we had a great evening on Saturday, when those visitors to Sawmillers who filled out our survey during October were invited to our Post Houston Info Evening and their names went into a draw for a Houston Goodie Bag, the winner was Adele Nicholson who has just become a regular visitor and class participant too at Sawmillers, she is a new quilter, so it was great that she won the big prize.

IMG_8782The Runner Up was Heather Harding, she has just held a Hand Quilting class at Sawmillers which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, so it was especially nice that she should win.

IMG_8783Throughout the evening we also had about 6 Spot Prizes of Fat Quarters and other little quilting gadgets and these were won by guests from throughout the Greater Wellington area. Dianne Barnden did a great job demonstrating the X Blocks pictured below, we brought back from Houston, so well in fact we sold out, and I have just reordered more, which should be with us by next week.

IMG_8769IMG_8770The main event for the evening was the presentation we did to show everyone what it was like to go to Houston Quilt Market, this gave everyone an insight into the workings of the event, how it was run, the designers who attended, the lectures, the wholesale floor and of course the exhibition, despite a few technical hitches the night before, everything went very well and all those who attended seemed to really enjoy it.

We had a display of goodies that we brought back from Houston with us, these included the new Creative Grid Rulers by Rachel Cross, Wallhangings by Rachel Pellman, Patterns by Debbie Caffrey and Jackie Robinson as well as a myriad of other patterns and kits and the highlight were the Jim Shore ornaments pictured below that only arrived from America the night before!! We still have some of these available and are currently on display at Stonestead.


Kevin and I would like to thank all those who attended and what a great night it was, I couldn’t finish this posting without thanking Dianne, Julie, Cheryl, Carol and Mamie and also my Official Greeter and 2nd Assistant Barney who was wearing his USA Bow Tie a gift from Samantha and Samantha herself for her idea.

IMG_8776Until next time,

Happy Quilting

New Range,New Thread, New Stand and Quilt Festival.

7 Nov


Hi Everyone,

My apologies, I haven’t been very efficient with the blog this past week, but we do thank all those who have visited us despite this. As you can see from the above picture we have another lovely range of fabric, it is ‘Celebration’ by Lecien I don’t feel the pictures are a true representation of the beautiful pink/terracotta, you really need to see it to appreciate it.

We also finally have our new threads, these were originally coming from Australia, but due to so many delays we spoke to the CEO of the company at Houston and they were sent direct from Canada, anyway we now have Invisafil,  it is a 100 weight, this thread is beautiful and recommended by many of our regular visitors to Sawmillers, it can be used for piecing, quilting and applique, it has an invisible quality to it and hopefully I shall have a shop sample alongside to show you all what it is like, we also have Mirage in variegated colours this is 30 weight and can be used for quilting, thread painting and applique and also have Deco Bob, which you can use in your bobbins as well as a top thread.


Kevin has also been really busy and has made a super notions stand, so no more rummaging around in the baskets, everything is on display, it is surprising what we have, apart from the stand we also now have a window display, so you will see fabric on display as you go past.

We have also been busy with classes, Adrienne Nelson was with us yesterday teaching a ‘Stack n Whack’ class and Dianne Barnden is continuing with her ‘Christmas Capers‘ class.

Last but not least is the 2nd Annual Stonestead Outdoor Quilt Festival, this is being held again on Sunday 7th February 2010, we shall be calling for registrations shortly once the Stonestead Blog has been updated, but if you require details now just phone Sawmillers on 04 526 2517



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