Thursday, June 11, 2009

June already!

Well I really need to share some photos of our amazing weekend held in Agery with the most delightful Sharon Schamber and her husband Gene….

These photos are of my A1 table being transported to our local hall in preparation for our huge weekend with Sharon. Can you imagine how anxious I was???

A1 suspended a1 across paddock a1 into hall sharon & nicholas

I had to put this last one in LOL!  This my 13 yr son who came to the rescue when the batteries died in the wireless headset….the power pack is now duck taped to Sharon’s arm!!

Of course I sold out of all of Sharon’s books, but a new shipment has just arrived….there are a few new ones in there plus others that sold so fast last time that I’m mentioning them again.



Pieclique by Sharon Schamber

Award-winning quiltmaker Sharon Schamber shares her quiltmaking secrets from her years of professional garment sewing. Her need to produce projects fast and accurately evolved into a new machine technique she calls 'Piec-lique' (pronounced like applique). This method provides the speed and control to make curved piecing fun. There are four different applications of the technique: layered for gently curved seams, inset for enclosed shapes, combined for seams interrupted by other elements, and free-form for spontaneous piecing without templates. Three dozen gorgeous block patterns have been designed or redesigned with simple curved elements. The author's original designs include beautiful flowers, like the simple daisy, charming blue bells, and sophisticated black-eyed Susan. Quiltmakers will also find excellent information on fabric selection and help for figuring yardages.

Publisher's Review

Piec-Liqué: Curves the New Way by Sharon Schamber doesn t just come from a quilter; it comes from the originator of a new method of quilting: one which uses curved shapes from piecing which looks like appliqué. Thirty-six block pattern examples using this simple curved technique range from flowers to block quilt patterns. No pins are needed to use Piec-liqué, which helps make curved piecing without pins. -Library Bookwatch, September 2005, Midwest Book Review

Price: $AU48.00

Piece by Piece Machine Applique

Piece by Piece Machine Applique

Piece by Piece Machine Appliqué by Sharon Schamber & Cristy Fincher

Learn three different methods for achieving beautiful appliqué quilts. It's easy! Sit beside this award-winning quilter as she demonstrates her innovative techniques for turned-edge and raw-edge appliqué and paperless paper piecing. Unlock your creativity. You can achieve this gorgeous hand-appliquéd look on the sewing machine by simply following the step by step instructions written by this mother-daughter team. Contains all the patterns needed to make your own version of the prizewinning quilt Scarlet Serenade. Blocks, borders, and more!

Price: $AU48.00

All beaded up by Machine by Terry White

All beaded up by Machine by Terry White

All Beaded up by Machine by Terry White

Jump into the wonderful world of bead embellishment. Once you start, you won't want to stop!

Work magic with these clever and easy-to-master decorative stitches and beading techniques.

9 projects are included to create wallhangings, fashion accessories, and home decor with pizzazz. The variety of designs will help you envision your own uses for these super speedy machine-beading techniques.

Follow the clearly photographed, step-by-step instructions to add the element of beads to your work.

Price: $AU50.00

Machine Freehand Patterns by Nan Moore

Machine Freehand Patterns by Nan Moore

Machine Freehand Patterns by Nan Moore

These freehand quilting designs are for any type of machine - home, midarm or lonarm - and can also be used for hand quilting.

Be inspired by more than 90 patterns for blocks, faux pantographs, and borders.

Turn corners with ease! Quilt double borders in one pass! Easy to follow start and conintuation arrows guide your way.

Price: $AU48.00

Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry (Back in stock!)

Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry

Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry

Try this innovative, free-motion technique for amazingly versatile, no-mark feathers. The motion of the 'hook' makes all the difference. Eliminates backtracking! It's fun, it's quick, it's easy, and the results are spectacular. With her trademark teaching style, Sally shows you exactly how you can accomplish beautiful machine-quilted feathers with ease.

Publisher's Review

Machine-stitched feathers, from simple to fancy, are explained in detail in this comprehensive guide. You'll learn to stitch the basic traditional feather, and then see how easy it can be to make heirloom feathers to compliment your quilt. Sally teaches how to fill any space with feathers, whether it be individual pieces, blocks, sashings, or borders, with her no-backrtacking technique.

Price: $AU48.00

Quilt This by Lynda Smith

Quilt This by Lynda Smith

Quilt This! - Practical patterns for everyday quilting by Lynda Smith

Wondering how to quilt that newly finished project? Wonder no longer. Lynda has the answer Suitable for both machine and hand quilting, this compendium of quilting motifs provides designs for filling the spaces in your blocks, borders, and backgrounds. Dozens and dozens of delightful designs, from whimsical to elegant, from gracefully curved to geometric, can be adapted to whatever style of quilt you have. Lynda is a longtime quilter and designer for AQS. One after another of delightful designs are suitable for both hand and machine quilting. Lynda Smith has designed more than 50 books for the American Quilter s Society over the past eight years. A lifelong Paducah resident and enthusiastic quilter, her charming designs will have you confidently choosing the perfect motifs for all your quilting projects.

Price: $AU48.00

I also sold out of Towa bobbin tension gauges – size M but these are now back in stock along with the Tajima Thread gauge that you can use to test your top thread tension….

Towa Bobbin Case tension gauge

Towa Bobbin Case tension gauge

Towa Bobbin Case Tension Gauge

Allows you to consistently set accurate bobbin tension.

Comes in two sizes:

  • TM-1 - for "L" size bobbin cases
  • TM-3 - for "M" size bobbin cases

Price: $AU140.00

Thread Tension Gauge

Thread Tension Gauge

Tajima Upper/Under Tread Tension Gauge

This is a pen type gauge used to read a numerical value of upper or under thread tension. Hook the thread with a gauge-hook and read the thread tension when you pull it.

Price: $AU35.00

I also now have pigtail bobbin cases for the A1 machines only…

Pigtail Bobbin case M size

Pigtail Bobbin case M size

Pigtail Bobbin case for A1 machines - M Size  (does not fit a Gammill sorry)

Price: $AU66.00


Don’t forget my classes in New Zealand in July as well…dates are all confirmed now, so please contact John to make your booking!

Attention All Longarmers in NZ - You need to register now!

Email John at

We hope you are ready for some fun and lots of learning.....

Tracey Browning from Constantine Quilts, Australia ( ) will be visiting us at Baylys Beach, Dargaville,

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

Cost per workshop per day will be NZ$130.00pp - and includes morning/afternoon teas, as well as lunch.

Dinner is "a la carte" at the Funky Fish restaurant - or we may decide to improvise and have a shared buffet at home one night!

1. Fancy Feather Fiasco - Friday 10th July

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 - Saturday 11th July

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) - Sunday 12th July

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.

To Register:

You will need to send your details, and preferred day(s), along with a $60.00 deposit per workshop to:

John Nielsen, 17 Coates Ave, Baylys Beach, RD 7, Dargaville 0377.  (Ph 09-439-5700)

Bank details for internet bank payments: John Nielsen, ASB Bank Ac 12-3098-0278230-00.
(John is away in Europe and America from 24th of May to 24th of June - but will still be contact-able by email!)


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Tracey Browning

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