Category Archives: Fabric Businesses

Stunning and Gorgeous

I’ve loved patchwork quilting since I started it as a bit of a hobby a few years ago, though I have to admit that some of the fabric really isn’t that eye catching or inspiring and so you are really having to get intricate with your designs to make the most of the fabric so the end result is eye catching and flows well.

While adding to my huge list, I found a site I wish I had found a long time ago, they stock some amazing panels which are simply breath taking. You can pick from 6″ square panels to 17″ square panels, all are beautiful. There are even sets offered such as Seashell Delight, Magnolia Sky, Leafy Katydid plus you can have a look at Peoples Creations. Certainly value for money and very inspirational.

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Some of the many fabric patches from Naturesface

Naturesface is located in Queensland though they do not give a business address so all your shopping will have to be done online on their website and they offer free postage worldwide on all fabric patch purchases. The patches are made from Organic Cotton Sateen Fabric and you can view larger images to see more detail.

I know where I’ll be buying a pile of fabric for my next patchwork quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

Bitten by the Bug

We’ve all been bitten by the bug at least once in our lives, I’m not talking about mosquitoes or the flu, I’m talking about a hobby or something you do once and just fall in love with it and have to keep doing it over and over again.

I grew up watching Mum sew and knit, grandma knitted too, so it was pretty hard for me to not follow in their footsteps. I learned to knit before I was even 10 years old, not that it was anything impressive, kept dropping stitches or making them too tight. Then, in the last couple of years I’ve moved on to sewing and in particular quilting.

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Thanks to this rather enjoyable hobby, I’ve developed an impressive list of businesses and enjoy sharing with you just what they have to offer, it helps to get people out and about, finding new places and hobbies, even Mum asks me from time to time which business is a good supplier of what.

Today I closed my eyes, pointed my finger at the list and landed on a business over in Western Australia called Carol’s of Midland, everything needed to start up a new hobby ofย  sewing, upgrade what you have or add to that ever towering pile of fabrics already stored in your little craft room.

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They have a Hooterville quilt kit, I’m set ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking through the long list of quilt kits, you can see why it is such a great store, quilts for new born babies, cot quilts, kids quilts for both boys and girls and then there are the quilts for the adults. They don’t only stock kits for quilts, they have kits for cushions, table runners and bags too. Don’t panic, if you haven’t got all the accessories they’ll help you out there too, they supply cutters, self healing cutting mats, Janome machines and Pfaff machines and all that goes with these machines.

If you have never done quilting or sewing before in your life then don’t be scared, at Carol’s of Midland you can take a class and learn how to make some of the most basic of designs right up to the more intricate, you’ll be snuggling up to a gorgeous patchwork quilt in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Vintage and Floral

Today I was on a bit of a mission, I was desperate to find some fabric to go with this quilt I’m making and so I ran through this HUGE list of businesses I have, looked local first but unfortunately it didn’t help. I did come across a business that was very interesting, nothing really like what I was after for my quilt but certainly caught my attention.

If you are in the market for vintage prints or you enjoy the lovely oriental prints that are around then this business is certainly right up your alley, so why not grab a cuppa and have a read ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve got a couple friends who are in their 20’s and just love the vintage fashion and they even attend swing dancing, they get their hair and make up done to look just like a 1930’s actress who has just stepped out of a movie, incredible.

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Quiltsmith specialises in vintage prints, the ones you would find in the 1800’s to 1930’s, but not just this, they also do oriental fabrics and many other treasures including books, patterns and of course Block of the Month Quilts. If you perhaps find it a little hard to imagine what a vintage print would look like then think back to your grandparents or great grandparents (depending on your current age) houses and the upholstery perhaps carpet and even the clothing they perhaps used to wear. If you are still in doubt then have a look at the Quiltsmith website and select ‘Our Products’ and be amazed at the possibilities.

I think I found fabric in there very much like an old plastic tablecloth we had when I was a child, white background with colourful dots all over it, aaah the memories ๐Ÿ™‚

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More Than Meets The Eye

This lovely quilting and fabric shop I’m about to tell you about is one that I’ve been to a few times before, it is in my home town of Port Lincoln. Though it might not be as big as the shops you would find in the city, it certainly has a nice variety of materials, supplies and projects, much more available in the shop than you can see on their website I assure you.

Patchwork Pear 03The friendly staff at The Patchwork Pear can help you with just about any problem you might have regarding quilting, they supply a wonderful assortment of wadding and can even put your quilt together for you, for a fee of course. If you are not comfortable in placing online orders using Paypal then give them a call and they can arrange something for you.

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You can even take classes, find a range of fabrics, they sell sewing machines and a variety of kits and projects plus all the tools you need to complete a beautiful masterpiece. The Patchwork Pear is, in a way, a bit like a book, you can’t go judging it from its website alone.

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Is there even such a word? If not then there should be because it would describe me well, though I would say I’ve only a mild case compared to some, it is intensifying with age ๐Ÿ™‚

People living over in Western Australia sure are blessed to have this wonderful business I’ve just come across, looking through the website it is an Aladdin’s cave full of everything a quilter would ever want, need or dream of having and more.

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As you can see they really do have a variety of designs from ones working with colours and others working with prints and they certainly have a large variety of prints to choose from. Oriental, floral, Australiana, birds and even your childrens style of prints. Put it this way, if you can’t find the print you are after anywhere, you will surely find it here in this store ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you aren’t in the area or want to have a look at what they have in store before taking a drive to the business, then you can have a look at their website where you can also order online. I don’t know about you but I love receiving parcels in the mail, it always feels like Christmas.

 

 

So much inspiration

If I wasn’t so careful I would end up with such a pile of debt and such a wonderful pile of fabric to go with it ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess that’s what you could call happily in debt.

For all you crafty people out there, you sewers, quilters and quite frankly anyone who loves to make beautiful things out of fabric, have I found a beauty for you. This business is in Clayfield in Queensland but don’t panic if you are nowhere near because they of course have a website, which is great for me because they stock some stunning fabrics.

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Though if you are not after fabric and more interested in finding a project you can work on while in the area or even while traveling around Australia, then look up Apatchy Quilting, they have a lovely range of stitcheries and kits you can really wrap your creativity around.

I’ve heard some people pick up little projects from towns they have visited as a memento, instead of buying a magnet I guess, makes good sense to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Australiana at its finest

Now you might need to travel a fair way to have a look at this business, unless you are in the Northern Territory, which is where this business I’m about to tell you about is found.

This fantastic business, believe it or not, started out as a simple clothing and repair business before fabrics were bought to sell to the public, and from there, the clothing and repair side of the business dwindled away and the fabrics really took off.

How could just simple fabric change this business, well, these were no ordinary fabrics, they were and are Aboriginal fabrics, they are filled with colourful Aboriginal designs and really are something quite spectacular.

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The Aboriginal Fabric Gallery can be found on Gregory Tce, just a couple shops down from the Todd Mall in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

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If perhaps you are not going to be in the area anytime soon and you are after something just a little bit different or wanting to add a bit of Australia to your next piece of art, have a look at their wonderful website.

 

Rose Amongst the Thorns

The next business I would like to share with everyone is located in the Australian Capital Territory, primarily a patchwork shop which is good news for all those who love to make patchwork quilts in particular, but also wonderful news for anyone who uses fabric in their craft or hobby.

At this wonderful shop known as Rosemont Patchwork Shop, located at 56 Athllon Drive, Tuggeranong, Canberra, you can find all your patchwork and fabric needs. So if you are in the area or just passing through on a holiday then drop on in and see what wonderful little surprises you can find.

PROD_13286_If you have never had anything to do with patchwork quilts then you can take a class and try your hand at making one.

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If you have a few skills up your sleeve but out of ideas on patterns, then you can browse through their range of pre-cut designs and enjoy putting together a quilt without the hassle of measuring and cutting the fabric.

They have a range of projects to suit everyone’s skill levels, from the basics to the more challenging designs.

PROD_15739_For those who have access to a computer to design their quilt patterns, Rosemont Patchwork Shop stocks the Electric Quilt 7 software, which to me looks like a piece of software I really need to get my hands on.

But don’t you worry, if you are nowhere near this wonderful business then you can check out their website and perhaps place an online order ๐Ÿ™‚

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Back to South Australia for this next beauty, though it isn’t on the mainland, its over in Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, well known for their bees and honey. But that isn’t what is in store in this lovely business.

This store is another delight for the quilter or sewer, those that love to make fabulous things with fabric either for themselves or their lovely family. If its quilting materials you are after then you are certainly in luck as that would be be their specialty, Heathers Designs Kangaroo Island is their label name and have been around since 2009.

bay-windowFear not if you haven’t a clue as to what to make, they have patterns and kits and friendly helpful service to go with it. If this all sounds right up your alley then have a look at their website where you can be kept up to date with all that goes on in the business and even what craft fairs they are going to be at.

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Or if you are in South Australia and planning a trip over to Kingscote, why not drop in and have a little look around The Bay Window Craft & Fabric store located at 74 Dauncey Street, Kingscote.

Both of the attached quilts can be found in store ready for you to make ๐Ÿ™‚

Roses in Ipswich

How I wish I had a magic carpet so I could visit each and every one of these fantastic businesses, who wouldn’t want to visit this next business I have to share with you. Products include quilts, dolls, bears, table runners and much more and of course, fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

All the way from Ipswich in Queensland comes the delightful Rose Patchwork Cottage. There are also classes for those who are just starting their journey with this wonderful craft/hobby and also for those who just love the social outing it brings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Australian businesses never cease to amaze me, we have some of the best out there.