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Howdy Y'all

Whoops, sorry I forgot that we aren't in Texas anymore! That's right we have already been to Quilt Market in Houston and are back, albeit a little bleary eyed and tired. Surely with all the modern technology around us these days there should be an easier way to get to the other side of the world without sitting on your rump for 14 hours breathing in recycled air. Apart from the time we spent in transit we had an amazing time at Quilt Market. We have come back with heaps of inspiration and endless ideas. Now if only we could find the time to put it all into practice. We took many photos while we we over there but it was not until looking back through them to choose some for this newsletter that we realized there seemed to be a common theme with many of them. FOOD! Boy did we eat some food and not all of it good. We will spare you the images of ourselves being gluttons and share some of the more interesting snaps

Tula Pink's vibrant booth was full of her new range How lucky were we. We got to met Katja Marek of

"Tabby Road" . "The New Hexagon" fame.

After a tiring day of walking at quilt market we thought Our pin collection from all the different traders at

we would take this baby for a spin. quit market.

Special Event: The planning for our special event is coming along nicely so we thought we might fill you in a little more.Our special event is ..................The Quilt Shop's Sunday School at Montsalvat When: Sunday 26th February 2017 Where: The Great Hall at Montsalvat - Australia oldest artists' colony 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham What: We will be offering 4 different workshops each teaching a different technique Who: Our tutors on the day will be Rae Telfer, Glenda Cust, Meredithe Clarke and Kim Batsiani.

Four of the loveliest ladies you would ever wish to meet. Why: Who needs a reason other than it will be a fantastic inspiring day Whats included: Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea plus the kit required for your chosen class Cost: This is a work in progress We are so excited about this event. It is the first big event that The Quilt Shop has hosted so we are super keen to make it a success so that there will be many more to follow. In next months newsletter we will have a full description of all the workshops on offer, the cost and we will open it up for bookings so stay tuned.

Classes for 2017: We are in the thick of planning lots of exciting classes for the coming new year. Just to wet you whistle we thought we would just give you a taste of what is coming up. Glenda Cust ran a La Passacaglia and Lucy Boston class for us this year and her participants are enjoying Glenda's insight and wealth of knowledge so much they have recruited her to continue next year. This will be a monthly workshop on a Thursday where anything goes. Glenda loves to paper piece, embroider and she also does some absolutely gorgeous work with felt. After her popular hand quilting classes this year, Meredithe Clark will be also be returning to The Quilt Shop in 2017. On the first Wednesday of every month Meredithe can help you with hand piecing, hand applique, hand quilting, machine piecing, machine applique and quilt design. Beginners very welcome. Emma Jean Jansen will be joining us at The Quilt Shop for a foundation piecing workshop. Leanne Humber will again be teaching a beginners sampler class that we have specifically designed to teach the basics to anyone taking their first steps into the patchwork world. Kim Bastiani will be teaching an applique workshop. BOM Programs: When we headed off to Houston for quilt market we had a list of things that we wanted to achieve while we were there. One of those things was to find ideas for Block of the Month programs. Well it is great to be able to say that we can give that a big tick! We have returned with 4 possibilities which we are working on right now. So if you love the idea of having all the choices of fabric etc done for you then make sure to keep an eye out for our programs which will be kicking off early next year.

New Arrivals: We are about to bombarded with new fabric this month which is exciting. Some of our recent deliveries have included some new Kaffe Fassett prints which Sharon has already taken home to use, Elizabeth Hartman's most recent range of Paintbox Basics (image on left), 60 bolts of the most glorious Shot Cottons and yesterday we took delivery of a gorgeous range of 1930's fabrics called Hop, Skip and Jump as well as lots of other bits and pieces.

Most excitingly of all, while we were in Houston we were able to secure a delivery of the background fabric that we used in our "The New Hexagon" quilt that is hanging in our store.We have been asked countless times for this fabric so if you would like to purchase some it is definitely a first in first served matter. Please let us know if you are interested. We also have in stock Tilda's Sew In Love 2017 Calendar which would make a great Christmas gift for any lover of Tilda.

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