Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at
Berrima Patchwork

Monday, December 24, 2012

Handmade Christmas Presents

Every year I try to make something for all the kids in the family. They always get so many toys that I like to give them something handmade that they can enjoy. Previous years they have received quilts, backpacks, Christmas stockings and more. I thought I would make them something that was personalised and be fun for them this year.

Kids Pillows

This year each of the kids received a pillow with their names on them.. The letters where cut out of the fabric with Steam a Seam 2 on them, then ironed onto the background fabric. I then satin stitched around each of the letters. Once the borders were added I backed the pillows with some of the Shannon's Cuddle - this is a polyester fabric, which wears really well, is excellent in the wash and has that cuddle feel to it. 

Kids Pillows
They look pretty good, but there is one more fun element to them. I use Superior Threads NiteLite Extra Glow Thread to stitch around all the letters. Once the lights are out the fun begins! This is a great way to get the kids to turn out the lights. The NiteLite Thread is available in several different colours and we have them all in stock at Berrima Patchwork.

For Zara's Pillow I used the purple and pink NiteLite Thread

For Toby's Pillow I used the blue, yellow and purple NiteLite Thread

This is an image from Superior Threads showing how the different NiteLite Threads "glow"

Superior Threads states "Charge it with natural or artificial light for a few seconds and watch it glow for up to 6 hours, night after night. NiteLite ExtraGlow 40 wt. polyester and is dryer and iron safe (low/med. heat). Recommended for quilting and embroidery. Available in six shades: Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, Purple, and White. The thread glows the color of children's glow-in-the-dark toys. White glows the brightest."

A couple of tips if you try to make these pillows.
  • Get letters that look great I enlarged an alphabet that when I traced them they didn't look too good so I changed the alphabet to another one. 
  • Don't forget to trace the letters in MIRROR IMAGE onto the steam a seam.
  • If you use a thicker thread - use a larger eye needle on your sewing machine. 
  • Use a good stabilizer when sewing the satin stitch. 
  • If you are using a polyester thread, don't place a "hot" iron onto it  - I learnt this on a previous project, some of those threads melt really easily, but so far I haven't melted any from Superior Threads.
  • The glow in the dark thread is great to find out if you have left out sewing any of the letters - I forgot to sew inside some of the a's. 
  • You don't have to use a glow in the dark thread, variegate threads can look fantastic. 
  • And lastly make sure you spell the kids name correctly (no I didn't make a mistake but when I was tracing all the letters I did forget to trace a few of them!)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sweet Treat for Christmas

Yummy Christmas offerings from the Gumnut Patisserie, our favourite sweet place to visit here in the Southern Highlands!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Opening Hours

The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is nearly here. All of us at Berrima Patchwork would like to thank you for your support over 2013 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and please if you are out of the roads or travelling have a safe holiday.

We do have special opening and closing hours over this holiday break.
Holiday Opening Hours
Monday 24th December to Thursday 27th December - CLOSED
Friday 28th December to Sunday 30th December - OPEN 10am - 4pm
Monday 31st December - Open 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 1st January and Wednesday 2nd January - CLOSED
Resuming normal hours from Thursday 3rd January

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Morris Apprentice Pre-Cuts

All the new Morris Apprentice Pre-Cuts are now available in Store. We have layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs available. This is the latest Morris inspired collection from Barbara Brackman. To see the full range of fabrics and to place to order CLICK HERE 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Kaffe Fassett Book in Store!

New book from Kaffe Fasset now in store - Kaffe Quilts Again: 20 Favorite Quilts In New Color way.

Readers are treated to 20 all-new versions of Kaffe's favorite patterns. This flawless how-to guide features an array of new fabrics and expanded colors. Complete instructions for creating museum quality quilts that will become family treasures. We have several of these books available in store and they are a great price. We have these books available for purchase on our website by CLICKING HERE 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Present

Christmas is approaching........ and we would like to get you organised! How often do you get the gift you don't want? So we have made it easy, print off the image below and give it to your loved ones so they know what you want. A Berrima Patchwork Gift Voucher can be purchased in store or online and is valid for 1 year. They can be used on anything in the store including sewing machines, workshops and more. CLICK HERE to purchase a voucher

Gift Voucher

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Morris Fabric - Special Offer

We have just heard that the new Morris Apprentice from Barbara Brackman is about to be shipped out to us!

SO AS A SPECIAL OFFER we have loaded this range onto our website and until Saturday 8th December 10am if you pre-order any of the fabrics in this range (excluding pre-cuts) you will receive a bonus 15% off! Offer only available to orders placed online and will be shipped on Monday! CLICK HERE to view this collection.

 CLICK HERE to view this collection and to place an order with Berrima Patchwork.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Fabric in Store - Age of Elegance

Age of Elegance is the latest in new fabric collections to arrive at Berrima Patchwork. 
The full collection can be view HERE

Age of Elegance is a range of designs inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha. Born in Bohemia in 1860 his most influential work was created in Paris, where he lived for 20 years at the turn of the 19th century and an inspiring place to be at the fin-de-si├Ęcle. Today Alphonse Mucha is recognised for bridging the gap between high art and the commercial world. He was extremely versatile and produced posters, silverware and jewellery, as well as wallpapers and borders. Mucha’s designs incorporating the decorative Art Nouveau woman have become synonymous with this style, as he glamorized and feminized the female form. He often used Eastern forms and symbols and used a very sophisticated interpretation of colour and decoration based on natural forms, to create his very unique decorative Art Nouveau style.

This range is available in two different colourways.

The full collection is now available for purchase from Berrima Patchwork. To view this collection CLCIK HERE

Saturday, December 1, 2012


 One day sale today only Saturday 1st December  
Instore from 10am till 4pm.
(including pre-cuts and fat quarters)
21 Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW
Online store at www.berrimapatchwork.com.au 

We are also offering this discount on all fabrics* on our online store. For orders placed via the website, orders can be placed from 12:00am Saturday 1st December (EST) until 11:59pm Saturday 1st December (EST). These orders will then be processed on Sunday, stock is subject to availability and will be posted out on Monday 3rd December - no pick up option is available before Monday 3rd December on these online orders. Unfortunately if an item has sold out we may not be able to process the order. Standard shipping costs will apply to all orders. We will not be able to take phone orders on this day - the sale only applies to orders placed online or in store. 
*Excludes Batting/Wadding /Vliesofix/Pellon/Interfacing  and fabrics that are already on special. MINIMUM CUT FROM FABRIC OFF THE BOLT 50cm & NO CUTTING OF FAT QUARTERS ON SALE DAY No further discount can be applied to these fabrics including stash club discount.
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