Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Free Pattern 12 Block: Kings Crown

Kings Crown is this week's free 12" Block Pattern from Berrima Patchwork. With Christmas approaching fast this is a great block to make up with those Christmas Fabrics. Enjoy.

Kings Crown
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Timeless Treasures - Free Pattern

Another free pattern I found which looks great. It is from Timeless Treasures and can be downloaded from their website. It would look good in a selection of fabrics - couldn't you just imagine it in Asian fabrics! Timeless Treasures has a selection of free patterns available for downloading on their website http://www.ttfabrics.com/
This pattern is called Mosaic - Mixed Media can be downloaded by clicking here

Thursday, November 24, 2011


To all our friends who are celebrating Thanksgiving today, from all of us at Berrima Patchwork we hope you all have a great day, spending time with your family and friends, have a safe holiday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In The Beginning Fabrics - Free Pattern

Another free pattern. Today I was checking out  In The Beginning Fabrics's Website. We have their new new collection - Legendary Basics arriving any day in store, While I was on the site I took the opportunity to check out their free patterns. I have always loved the designs of the Floragraphics and Wintergraphics that Jason Yenter has designed however how to make a quilt with this fantastic fabric? This pattern uses Jason Yenter's Wintergraphic Collection however it would look fantastic in Christmas Fabrics (it's not to late to start that quilt for Christmas!). The quilts takes full advantage of the fabric collection, especially in the border.
The pattern can be downloaded at http://www.inthebeginningfabrics.com/pdf/Wintergraphix.pdf
Check out In The Beginning Fabrics upcoming collections at www.inthebeginningfabrics.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Anthology Fabrics - Free Quilt Pattern

One of the quilts that were on display at the Houston Quilt Market that really caught my eye was by Anthology Fabrics. 

Anthology Fabrics

I have just been onto their website and have found that it is a free pattern, looks like there is a lot involved in the pattern but what an amazing quilt you would have at the end of it. The free pattern can be seen at  http://www.anthologyfabrics.com/anthology_pdf/Florigia%20Pattern.pdf
Check out their free patterns as there are some stunners in their collection. http://www.anthologyfabrics.com/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Pattern 12" Block: 8 Point Star

This week's free pattern from Berrima Patchwork is called8 Point Star. This is an easy star pattern as there are no Y seams to sew and that pattern uses triangles. The block can be made up in just 2 fabrics or more. The sample we have made uses 3 different fabrics. This block is also a great way to use up all your left over scraps and create a fantastic looking quilt by sewing several of them together.

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To view previous free 12" patterns you can go to our website free pattern list having trouble with this link then type the link below to take you to the free patterns http://www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/freepattern

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fabrics on SALE

Several new collections have arrived into the shop so to make room for them we are having a clear out of some of our fabrics.
There is a selection of fabrics on special including the Coverlet Collections,  Novelty Fabrics and Children Fabrics including Dick and Jane, Snow White, Peter Pan. Several Panels are also on sale.
The fabrics are one that have been on our shelves, are top quality and are from fabric companies such as Moda, Benartex, Michael Miller, Quilting Treasures and Makower.
To view what is on special either CLICK HERE or go to www.berrimapatchwork.com.au and click on our Online Store - Specials
Below is just a selection of the fabrics that are available. 50cm minimum cut is applied to all fabrics and there are no further discounts available

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specials specials
specials specials


Also a reminder that Bernina Sewing Machines, Bernettes and Overlockers are all on sale until Christmas. The Aurora 440QE is now sold out however the Aurora 430 is still available.
Why Buy your Bernina from Berrima Patchwork?
We know these machines, we use these machines and Bernina is the only brand that we sell.
With every machine purchased from Berrima Patchwork you will receive one on one tuition on how to use your sewing machine. Purchase a Bernina Sewing Machine from the 3 series upwards and you will also receive 2 Bernina Club Classes for FREE.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

International Quilt Festival 2011 - Part 1

Below is a selection of the photos that I took while at the Houston International Quilt Festival. Festival runs from Thursday until Sunday HOWEVER classes for Festival starts on the Monday and run till Sunday. On the Tuesday night there is the International Quilt Association Awards night and on the Wednesday night there is preview night for the show.
While at festival I attend many of the classes that are on offer. This year I was fortunate to take classes from Libby Lehman, Melinda Bula, Nancy Prince, Gail Garber, Gilbert Muniz, Cathy Miller, and Susan Brubaker Knapp.
The International Quilt Association is responsible for all the "quilt show" if you can call it that, it is SOOO MUCH MORE! The quilts on display are the best of the best, there is nearly $100000, worth of prizes awards. Think of a top quilter and chances are they either have had a quilt hung or have won a prize at this show. On the Tuesday night before the show opens they hold an awards night. During the evening, all the prizes are awarded. They have a large screen which shows you the winners and their quilts. The winners of each of the categories have their quilts unveiled at the show and they are on display around the room. It is very exciting as I know the quilter who have won a prize are notified but are not aware of which prize they have won. The top award winners, are also notificed and recieve return trip to Houston to recieve their prizes and to talk about their quilt during the show, once again they don't know which of the top prizes they have won until they are revealed at the show.
Below are some photos from the International Quilt Associations Award Night
IQA Awards 


IQA Awards

Preview Night occurs on the Wednesday Evening before the show. This is a chance to shop before the show starts (and the crowds!) and to see the award winners before the show officially starts. If you have enrolled in classes or a member of the IQA you get early entry at 5pm otherwise a ticket can usually be purchased for entry at 7pm. At both these opening time there are lines to get into the show! I walked out just after 7pm and the line to get in was outside onto the sidewalk.
Here are some photos from inside the show.

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

Houston International Quilt Festival 2011 

This is a picture of the George R Brown Convention Centre where the International Quilt Festival and Quilt Market Houston is held
 Houston International Quilt Festival 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Special Suprise in the Mail

Just got the mail in and there was this special surprise in it from Carol Doak. I was fortunate to meet up with Carol during my time in Houston and have a great chat to her. I also gave her some goodies from Australia and this was the lovely card that she sent through to us as a Thank-you. Isn't it great! The heart is foundation pieced and the pattern is in her new book 50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks She placed it in one of the Keepsake Frame Cards she has designed for CT Publishing. 

Carol Doak's Card

Thank-you Carol!
Carol will be joining us for Quilting in the Highlands Retreat in July 2012 we can't wait it will be SO MUCH FUN! To find out more about the classes that will be held during Quilting in the Highlands you can CLICK HERE or go to www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/quilting

New Fabric In Store: Morris & Company

Morris & Company by Barbara Brackman for Moda Fabrics has finally arrived in the store at Berrima Patchwork
Morris and Company

We have the entire collection in store and hope to have all the precuts available next week. This stunning collection has 40 different pieces which includes eight prints in a variety of colorways. 

Morris & Company
Moda has written about the collection "This latest collection of William Morris reproductions by Barbara Brackman is named for "the firm", as Morris and his friends called their design workshop. Morris & Company included the designers, dyers, printers and weavers who followed Morris's ideals and continued them into the twentieth century. Morris & Company was in business from 1875 to 1940.
This collection highlights William Morris’s skills at translating nature into pattern. From Eyebright, a tiny alpine bloom, to the showy Anemone, the florals reveal Morris’s close observation of his garden. Brother Rabbit features visitors with whom he shared the garden---birds and rabbits. The large print Wandle is named “to honor our helpful stream,” the river that flowed near the dyeworks, providing water for the coloring processes as well as a lovely landscape. Subtle colors echo the shades of the natural dyes so important to Morris’s vision. Morris & Company will inspire all who love the Arts and Crafts look for quilts, clothing and decorating."

Or go to www.berrimapatchwork.com.au and click on the Online Store to view Morris & Company.
Below is a selection from Morris & Company collection - It is going to be hard to pick my favourite.

Morris & Company 

Morris & Company  

Morris & Company  

Morris & Company

 Morris & Company 

Morris & Company

I just love the detail in this print of Brother Rabbit
Morris & Company

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Fabric In Store - Etchings

Some new fabric arrived in at Berrima Patchwork while I was away. Etchings is a new collection by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics.
Moda describes this collection as:

"Classic French elegance is captured beautifully in this collection of lush botanical designs, some featuring delicate, sinuous line work to coordinate with the engraved architectural print derived from an antique book the Sisters acquired on one of their many flea market jaunts. Damasks and tapestry prints, as well as a lovely range of woven cotton in warm shades of grey stone, aqua, rich red and ivory parchment paper are reminiscent of stepping off the bustling Paris streets into a grand foyer of a historic theater with dramatic draperies and ornate moldings."
There are 3 different colourways that we have in store: Grey, Aqua and Red. I love the grey colourway, can't wait to sew something in it. We also have Charm Squares and Jelly Rolls available in this collection.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

International Quilt Festival Houston 2011

The International Quilt Festival is over for 2011. Had a great time, meeting up with everyone, taking some fantastic classes with great teachers, and getting to see all those amazing quilts on display. I was very lucky to meet up with 3 of the teachers that we will be hosting for the Quilting In The Highlands : Carol Doak, Melinda Bula and Sue Dennis. As an added bonus I even got to attend a class with Melinda (those of you who have booked into her class are going to LOVE it!)
I have been a bit slack over the past couple of days blogging so I decided to create a video slide show which has a taste of some of the classes that I took while I was at festival.

Most of the teachers that were teaching do have websites and many of them have books published if you are interested in more information about their work.
I'll be posting more when I get back to Australia (currently waiting in an airport for my plane)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Never Know What You Will Find in Houston!

You just never know what you will see when you are in Houston. I was walking through the foyer of the Downtown Hilton Hotel today and there was a display of Pumpkins by the staff of the hotel for Halloween. They all have a Disney Theme so I guess that was the guidelines. We don't really have a big Halloween events in Australia so I do love to see it when I'm over here in the US. It was rather scary however when I went down to breakfast in the hotel to be greeted by a server dressed up as the character from the Scream Movies! Enjoy the photos

Halloween  Halloween
Halloween Halloween