Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Hours

Due to a family situation we will be CLOSED tomorrow Friday 19th December.
We will be open all weekend and then closed for the Christmas Break. 

Our hours during the holidays are:
CLOSED Monday 22nd December
CLOSED Tuesday 23rd December
CLOSED Wednesday 24th December
CLOSED Thursday 25th December
CLOSED Friday 26th December
OPEN 10am till 4pm Saturday 27th December
OPEN 10am till 4pm Sunday 28th December
OPEN 10am till 4pm Monday 29th December
CLOSED Tuesday 30th December
CLOSED Wednesday 31st December
CLOSED Thursday 1st January
Reopening Friday 2nd January to normal schedule

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Looking for that last minute Christmas gift for a family member, friend or perhaps yourself? Berrima Patchwork does have gift vouchers which are available to purchase instore, online or over the phone (02) 48771382. We are able to send them via mail or email.
To order online go to CLICK HERE or go to

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gift Scissor Set

New scissor gift set. Great gift for Christmas! 

Set includes 3.5in Italian embroidery scissors, a 60in retractable black fiberblass tape measure and a magnetic thimble in gold color. Packaged in a high quality glossy cardboard gift box. The set is $34
We will have these in store by the end of next week, limited stock available. To order either phone us on (02) 48771382 or you can order online at by CLICKING HERE or at

Friday, November 14, 2014

Constantinople Quilts

Earlier this year we announced that Tamsin had been signed up as a new author for the USA company C&T Publishing. We can now reveal the front cover of the book.
Constantinople Quilts
It is called Constantinople Quilts and will be released next April. The quilts are due to be returned back next week and if you come into the store over the next few months you might even get a sneak peek at some of the projects.
So what is the book on????? This is the official write up of the book: Travel to an exotic land with timeless designs inspired by Turkish Iznik tiles from the Ottoman Empire. Bursting with flora and organic symmetry, the book’s exquisite fusible appliqué projects will take your breath away. Your journey begins with the basics—choosing the right fabric, thread, and needles for hand-stitched or machine appliqué. Newer or busy quilters can start with table runners or bags and work their way up to Tamsin Harvey’s stunning master quilts. Location photography enhances 8 patterns that effortlessly go from ancient places to contemporary spaces.In March of this year Tamsin travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to photograph all the projects on location and was granted special access by the Turkish Government to photograph the Iznik Tiles in several historic locations. The photos of the projects were taken by an AMAZING photographer by the name of Kagan Aybudak. Below is the set up for the location photo of the quilt - Topkapi which is on the front cover of the book. This was at the Rüstem Pasha Cami in
We will be taking pre-orders for the book soon and if you pre-order we will be including a special gift for you exclusive to Berrima Patchwork!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Trading Hours

Our Christmas/Holiday Hours for next month will be 
CLOSED Monday 22nd December 
CLOSED Tuesday 23rd December 
CLOSED Wednesday 24th December 
CLOSED Thursday 25th December 
CLOSED Friday 26th December 
OPEN 10am till 4pm Saturday 27th December 
OPEN 10am till 4pm Sunday 28th December 
OPEN 10am till 4pm Monday 29th December 
CLOSED Tuesday 30th December 
CLOSED Wednesday 31st December 
CLOSED Thursday 1st January 
Reopening Friday 2nd January to normal schedule

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Giveaway - Arts and Crafts Collection

To celebrate the release of Michele Hill's new collection - Arts and Crafts we are hosting a giveaway on our facebook page to win a fat quarter pack.

We are giving away two of these packs which contain 4 fat quarters. Simply go to our facebook page ( for more information. This giveaway will be drawn on Tuesday 9th September at 10am.
We have the full collection of this stunning range now in store and you can place an order via our online store by CLICKING HERE

Special Trading Hours

Special Trading Hours Sunday 7th Spetmeber we will be closing at 2pm and we will be CLOSED Monday 8th Septemeber. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will be re-opening Wednesday at 10am.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilts - Get Involved!

Berrima Patchwork Logo        Aussie Hero Quilts
Berrima Patchwork is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Aussie Hero Quilts.

Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) is designed to encourage sewers to make quilts and laundry bags for our Aussie Servicemen and Women currently serving Overseas. We care about the person, not the politics or the mission.
Aussie Hero Quilts Image
The photo above is from their AHQ Blog and is of some of those who received quilts on HMAS Darwin. The photo is taken on the Flight Deck whilst the ship was in Muscat, Oman.
Last week we were fortunate to have a meeting with Jan-Maree who is the founder of this organisation to talk about what we as a business can do to support them. It was great meeting Jan-Maree, the stories that she has about those who receive these quilts and laundry bags are very inspiring. Aussie Hero Quilts does have a facebook page and a blog and on these pages you can see many of the quilts and bags that have been donated, thank-you messages from those that have received these gifts and more.
This is the first organisation that Berrima Patchwork has directly linked up with. Why? Most of us have had someone in our family who have served in the military. For me both my Grandfathers fought in the Second World War and my Great Grandfather was an ANZAC who fought in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. While currently you hear on the news about our military forces not many of us are directly affected with family members or friends in the forces. Many of those serving leave family and friends for several months whilst on mission overseas. Aussie Hero Quilts are requested by both the personnel and their families. When they receive these gifts of a quilt it serves as a reminder of home and a small thank-you for  their service. They are touched by the fact that someone out there who doesn't know them will take their time to create this gift.
Aussie Hero Quilts are sent directly to the recipient, so you know where your donation is going. As part of our teaming up with this organisation Berrima Patchwork will take the responsibility and costs of the boxes for the postage of the quilts and laundry bags which are donated via our shop.
So what can you do to help?
We have set up 4 different ways if you are interested in taking part to help this organisation.
We have to stress that you don't have to donate via Berrima Patchwork, we are happy to do this to assist this organisation and to cut back the number of individual people that Jan-Maree has to work with (she gets up to 200 emails a day!) If you wish to donate directly with Aussie Hero Quilts you can contact them via their blog or facebook page.
1. Make Quilts and Laundry Bags
The main demand is for Quilts. The quilts are 42" wide, or width of standard quilting fabric, by 70-75" long. The quilts are made and sized specifically to fit into a Special Bx2 sized post box so that they can post them for free .  Anything posted to the members serving overseas under 2kg is free.  Some of you will think that this size seems a little stingy but the quilts also have to be small enough for the recipients to fit into their luggage if they are required to move from one location to another unexpectedly.  They also need to be the right size to fit on top of a navy bunk at sea and a bunk bed on land.  If you make the quilts too wide this makes them too big and bulky.    The quilts are often used whilst sitting on picket duty and for this the soldiers want to be able to wrap them around their shoulders.   PREWASH your fabrics or wash your quilt once it has been quilted.  
Theme: Quilts that will appeal to a broad range of tastes are best.  If you want to use up your themed fabric think about mixing a few themes and making an adult "I Spy" quilt as those have been really popular or make a quilt that is predominantly colour based and throw your themed fabrics into it based on colour.  Quilts made with a sporting theme, one sport or multiple, always go down well, regardless of whether the recipient is a particular fan of that sport. If in doubt about what to use, think about what the men in your family or male friends would like as a quilt. ONE BIG REQUEST - please keep your quilts gender neutral or masculine.  Yes, they have female members serving but they do not often request girly quilts.
Batting- Please use only 100% cotton batting. This type of batting has been trialled in country and we know it does the job.  The climates where these quilts are going vary from tropical to below freezing so these quilts need to be versatile.
Quilting- All quilts are to be quilted not tied.  Straight stitch quilting is fine as is stippling and fancier quilting designs.  Please, NO RAG QUILTS. At the moment we ask that the quilts donated are completely finished as we don't have the resources to quilt them at this moment in time.
Binding- Binding can be hand sewn or machine sewn. 
Label: All the quilts that are donated via Berrima Patchwork do not require to have a label attached, we have created a special label that will be sewn onto the quilt when it arrives at the shop that will include your name as the maker of the quilt.

You can also make Laundry Bags. At the moment the demand for these is not as great as the quilts. They need to be made to a specific size and Aussie Hero Quilts has written instructions which can be downloaded on their Blog. CLICK HERE to download these instructions or go to

To donate quilts or laundry bags you can either bring them into the shop or send them to us at Berrima Patchwork, 21 Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW 2577. Include your details - Name, Address, Email Address on a separate piece of paper (so we know who it  is from!) and include a small note about yourself that can be sent along with each of the quilts. Jan-Maree told us a postcard from your local area is great to write on and to be included for each of the quilts.
2. Take Part in our Special Sewing DaysBerrima Patchwork will be running special sewing days every month to create quilts for Aussie Hero Quilts. These will be a workshop style day in which you will be creating a particular style quilt. The fabric for the quilts will be donated by Berrima Patchwork and be ready for you to work on.  You can bring along your own fabric or donate fabric, let us know if you want to do this before the workshop. On the sewing day you will be provided with instructions and a teacher who will take you through the steps of creating that day's particular quilt. You will need basic patchwork/sewing skills to attend these classes (e.g know how to use a rotary cutter, sew on a sewing machine, sew a quarter inch) You do need to have your own sewing machine and to bring basic sewing supplies and thread. You will be working on the quilt top in the workshop. We will have 2 of these days a month and this may change depending on demand. The cost of the day is $10, this fee goes towards the postage of the parcels and fabric costs.
 September workshop's: Stack Slash and Sew
Workshop Dates: Saturday 20th September or Wednesday 24th September
Stack and Slash

October Workshops: Disappearing Nine Patch
Workshop Dates: Wednesday 8th October or Saturday 18th October
November Workshop: Aussie Applique
Workshop Dates: Saturday 15th November or Thursday 20th November
 To book your place in any of these workshops call us on (02) 4877 1382. The class fee is payable at time of booking and is non-refundable.
3. Make the Block of the Month
Every two months we will be posting on our website a 12" block Pattern. To take part in this program you can make as many of these blocks as you wish and then bring them or send them to the shop.  When we receive these blocks they will be sewn up to create quilts. When making the blocks we ask No Pinks, or Florals.
Our first Block is called the Friendship Star.
This Block is for the months of September and October
You can download all the instructions by CLICKING HERE or go to
(yes I know the sample in the instructions is made using pink)
Friendship star
 Once you have made up your blocks either bring them into the shop or send them to us at Berrima Patchwork, 21 Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW 2577. Make sure to include you contact details and email address.
4. Donate
We know that many of you are very busy and don't have the time to sew. Your family and friends may be interested in helping but can't sew. So what can you do help?

Donations of good quality 100% cotton fabric will be accept at Berrima Patchwork, please gender neutral or masculine fabrics, no florals or pinks. This fabric will either be used in the quilts made at Berrima Patchwork on the sewing days or will be sent directly to Aussie Hero Quilts to be used. 

Donations of Bx2 Post pack boxes will be accepted. These can be ordered directly from Australia post and you can either bring these into Berrima Patchwork or send them to us (you can place an order online with Australia Post and then enter our postal address) Once again we will be passing these onto Aussie Hero Quilts to be used.

Probably most usefully, but also the hardest to ask for, is a cash donation to the bank account.  Aussie Hero Quilts is not a set up charity and therefore raising money is difficult. Batting, backing fabrics, postage are just some of the expenses that this organisation spend money on. If you are interested in making a cash donation please contact us and we will provide you with Aussie Hero Quilts bank account details.

And Finally - Spread the word to local sewing/craft groups. They can either contact Berrima Patchwork via email for more details or contact Aussie Hero Quilts via their blog or facebook page.
We thank-you all for reading this email and hope that you will be interested in taking part and supporting Aussie Hero Quilts
Information and photos for this post was provided by Aussie Hero Quilts to be use by Berrima Patchwork.

Bernina September Specials

Bernina has put on two great specials for the month of September. 

 If you are interested in placing an order for either of these machines you can give us a call on (02) 48771382.
This offer is only available for the month of September 2014 or while stocks last.

bernette Chicago 7
The combo sewing and embroidery machine.
  • 7mm stitch width
  • Semi-automatic threader
  • Needle thread monitoring and bobbin thread checking
  • 100 embroidery designs
  • Embroidery module
BERNINA 350 Special Edition
Stylish sewing from the first stitch to the last.
  • New stylish design
  • Automatic buttonhole function
  • Extension table
  • Permanent memory function
  • Extensive stitch library
  • BONUS Quilting Foot #29
2 year warranty 10 year warranty
Download the full bernette Chicago 7 brochure here. Download the full BERNINA 350SE brochure here.
Available 1-30 September 2014 while stocks last.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilts

Today I had a meeting with Jan-Maree from Aussie Hero Quilts. Berrima Patchwork is going to be teaming up with Aussie Hero Quilts which is very exciting.
We have some great things planned for the next few months and will be telling you more about this next week in our newsletter and how you can get involved supporting this great organisation.
If you haven't heard about Aussie Hero Quilts you can check out their facebook page Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) and their blog at
So what is Aussie Hero Quilts? Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) is designed to encourage sewers to make quilts and laundry bags for our Aussie Servicemen and Women currently serving Overseas. We care about the person, not the politics or the mission.
The photo below is from their Blog and is of some of those who received quilts on HMAS Darwin the photo is taken on the Flight Deck whilst the ship was in Muscat, Oman

Friday, August 8, 2014

QITH 2014 Retreat Photos: Part 3

These are photos that were taken during Quilting in the Highlands 2014. These photos are from Sandra Leichner's workshops: Jason's Grasshopper and Unexpected Beauty.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

QITH 2014 Retreat Photos: Part 2

These are photos that were taken during Quilting in the Highlands 2014. These photos are from Julie Haddrick's workshop: Sunprinting, Skies, Silhouettes and Stitch.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

QITH 2014 Retreat Photos: Part 1

This year's Quilting in the Highlands Retreat was yet another huge success. We had a amazing team of tutors including from the USA Marti Michell and Sandra Leichner and from Australia: Ruth Bloomfield, Julie Haddrick, Yvette Stanton and Mariya Waters.
Lots of photos were taken over the four days of workshops and we will be posting photos over the next few days from the different workshops.
Below are photos from Ruth Bloomfield's workshop: Who Gives a Hoot

Below are some of the amazing quilts by Ruth Bloomfield that she had brought with her.