Friday, May 1, 2009

It’s May already!

Hi everyone

A whole month has passed & much has happened here. I have new products to show you and some announcements to make also…..

First the announcements!

Limited tickets are still available for Sharon Schamber’s lecture here in Agery, on 23rd May Saturday night! Come join us for a fun filled evening to hear all about her quilting journey. Tickets are only $25- and includes supper, door prizes & shopping. Click here to purchase

Next I need to let you know that I am visiting the beautiful country of New Zealand in July. I will be on the North Island visiting  John Nielsen, to install an Intelliquilter on his A1 Quilting machine and providing 2-3 days of workshops in his studio to quilters. John lives in Baylys Beach north of Auckland.

Each workshop runs over a day, hence you can pick one, or decide to take all.  (Info & help with accommodation bookings will come later)

The workshops are demo style and run over 6 hours, and there will be a limit to 15 people per day

1. Fancy Feather Fiasco

A full day drawing and stitching heirloom style feathers in borders, sashings, blocks in unending variations! Participants will be required to bring pencils/pens for drawing and one of those $2- large drawing pads. Other notes provided. (Later at night you will start dreaming feathers!)

2. Tempting Templates

Time to dust of those templates and learn easy, efficient ways to use your templates to create original designs on customer's quilts.  Participants will be required to bring pencils or pens for drawing.  Extensive class notes will be provided.

3. Use your IQ to your best advantage! (Offered Tentatively)

This is (mainly) for the people with an IQ Computer system, and will start off question-based, then going over the latest upgrades, like no-sew zones, echo-quilting, - as well as introducing "Pre-Design Studio"  - a stand-alone drawing software, which can also be used to make dxf files for IQ, or to make paper-patterns for block and pantographs designs.

Introducing Baylys Beach!

Baylys Beach still reflects the wild and un-spoiled west coast of NZ.  There is a range of accommodation available from B & B's to our local camping ground which offers A-frame cabins to self-contained units.  There's private holiday homes for rent, as well as a very "upmarket lodge accommodation" available.

For evening meals we have the "The Funky Fish" - bar and restaurant, or "Sharkies" - bar meals and take-aways!

In Dargaville, which is 15 km's away, you will find more Motels, Hotels and Restaurants etc.

John is happy to help with specific accommodation suggestions and contact details later.

Your expression of interest feedback will secure your first options when Registrations opens.

Registrations will be taken on a first in - first served basis. A $60.00 deposit will be required.

Please contact John direct with your expression of interest. The tentative dates are Fri-Sun 10-12th July.

Quiltfairies at Baylys Beach! John Nielsen

09-439-5700 or/


New Products!

Twirly Girly Feathers Workbook/DVD by Kim Brunner is here!

Twirly Whirly Feathers Workbook/DVD

Think you can't do feathers? Think again! If you've been a chicken about learning these designs, Kim's much anticipated new Workbook/2 DVD Set will have you ruffling your feathers in no time flat. After three years spent teaching literally hundreds of students to do these feathers in both show classes and private in-studio classes, Kim has finally put her feathers techniques into a DVD format suitable for all quilters.

Set contains 2 instructional DVDs and a workbook filled with step by step directions and sample designs suitable for both machine and hand quilters alike. Also included is a bonus section which demonstrates how to apply binding to your quilt using your longarm, midarm or frame quilting machine.

Skill Level; Confident Beginner/Intermediate

Price: $AU77.30 

A selection of Diana Phillips publications are now available from Constantine Quilts.


Frameworks - A Border Idea Book

It includes -

Scallops, wide borders & 4 corners

Curves, Channeling & Hearts

Braids, Multiple borders & circles

by Diana Phillips of Cozy Creations

Price: $AU49.50

Line Dancing

Line Dancing by Diana Phillips of Cozy Creations

A fast and fun way for ALL MACHINE quilters to dance their way across a quilt top!

Price: $AU49.50



More Line Dancing

More Line Dancing by Diana Phillips of Cozy Creations

Line Dancing is a machine quilting technique based on repeating a single design line that follow a continuous path across a block or quilt top, using the piecework as a guide. This book builds on the first book 'Line Dancing' with even more designs to use.

Price: $AU49.50

Flower Power

Flower Power by Diana Phillips of Cozy Creations is her most recent book.

It is a continous line stitching guide for a NEW quilting technique and a great companion to the Line Dancing books.

Price: $AU49.50

Fast & Fabulous Quilts

Fast and Fabulous Quilt by Diana Phillips of Cozy Creations

This book is for all machine quilters that don't have time to create quilts for themselves! There are 12 different wholecloth quilts which can be made in a 24hr period or less....

Amazing ideas for the perfect gift!

Price: $AU57.50



Don’t forget……Investment Allowance: small business and general business tax break

To view more information visit the ATO website

The Government has announced an investment tax break for business.

The tax break, in the form of an investment allowance will provide:

  • an additional tax deduction of 30 per cent of the cost of eligible new depreciating assets acquired under a contract, or started to be constructed, after 12.01am AEDT 13 December 2008 and before the end of June 2009 and installed ready for use by the end of June 2010.
  • an additional tax deduction of 10 per cent of the cost of eligible new depreciating assets acquired under a contract, or started to be constructed, between 1 July 2009 and 31 December 2009 and installed ready for use by the end of December 2010.

New expenditure on existing assets may also qualify.

For both periods, small businesses will be able to claim the deduction for eligible assets costing $1,000 or more. Small businesses must have a turnover of less than $2 million a year to qualify.

For other businesses, a minimum expenditure threshold of $10,000 applies.


Latest News!! The Intelliquilter is now available for Prodigy & Proto quilting machines....

If anyone is even contemplating purchasing an A1 Longarm quilting machine or an IntelliQuilter computerised system that will go on nearly 'any' brand longarm machine, then don't hesitate to contact me!! Prices are subject to exchange rates at all times. We will be attending Quilt & Craft Expo in Sydney in June 2009, so come along & have a play on the A1 and see how simple & easy it is to use the IntelliQuilter! I will also be teaching  a class on the features of the Intelliquilter at the Longarm Symposium at this event as well.


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Tracey Browning

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