Aussie Aussie Aussie, launch launch launch

As I type a host of Australian designers are launching their fabrics and patterns at Spring Quilt Market in the USA. This market is being held in St Louis.

(A few of us are finding it hard to get out of bed as we are glued to our devices watching the Instagram feeds!)

I have already picked out a few of my favourite fabrics from both Jodie Carleton and Claire Turpin. Handy little numbers that will be right at home in your stash.

Modern refracted light – in four colours. 

Water droplets – lovely calming colour. 

Seagulls with attitude (reminds me of a teenager I know)

Or the handiest dots I have seen in forever.

Arriving in June, I have listed these online, at the cost effective price of just $16pm. That is so affordable for the Australian market, and reflects the beauty of Australian designed and Australian marketed/distributed products.

Get your seagull, dotty, refracted light laughing gear onto it.



Now THIS is going to be good.

Chroma by Alison Glass.

Her best yet in the Handcrafted series.

Incredible colour. To die for new patterns.

Fat Eight and Fat Quarter bundles now listed online. Also listed are five brand new patterns, which just have to be seen. Actually they are crying out to be made.

Arriving at my place in July. Lay Buy options also listed online.

Enjoy the rainbow of eye candy.

The Snugglier, the Better

You know that feeling when you just fall for someone the first time you meet them?

By way of background – I am very confident that I am a heterosexual, middle age Mother, with all the joys of tired joints, greying hair and hormone variations (that are memorable).

But when I met Josephine Kelly, of The Very Snuggly Quilt program, I was absolutely taken with her energy, commitment, organisation, (good looks and great hair) personality and charm.

Whether Ms Kelly likes it or not, she will be spending more time with me! I have a definite craft-crush on her.

The Very Snuggly Quilt program is a charity quilting group run under the Victorian Quilters Inc. banner. (

On the second Tuesday of every month the group deliver an amazing 170 to 200 quilts to the children who are patients at the Royal Children Hospital, located in Melbourne, Australia. (Hat’s off to the care givers in every children’s hospital, all around the world).

That’s every month people. They undertake to visit all wards except short term stays.

It is hoped that these quilts will provide some extra warmth and comfort to the children and their families at a difficult time.

Families frequently express their surprise that people generously spend time to create something that is then given to a child they do not know. As you can imagine, the quilts quickly become treasured possessions, with many of the children bringing the quilt back to hospital for another appointments or future admissions.

The group rely on fabric donations. They receive some fantastically generous support. They also receive a lot of brown fabric. A lot of very dated fabric, and we all know how quickly fashion changes, including in the world of fabric.

Cotton Factory will host a Charitable Sewing Day later this year. We will be actively seeking support from our local crafting community to come and sew on the day, and provide a good number of quilts to this fantastic cause.

But that got me thinking. The Cotton Factory Community is so much broader than the township of Ballarat, so I wanted to give everyone the chance to make a contribution to The Very Snuggly Quilt Program, by way of a fabric donation.

As soon as I had the idea I decided that we should set a target. First I thought 20 metres, then 50. But in no time at all I decided we should endeavour to donate 100 metres of fabric to this group, and really pump up their stash with some modern lovelies.

Each donation will be acknowledged. I’ll take care of the Big Cartel fees, the PayPal fees, the GST, blah blah blah, plus the cutting fees.

We are giving you the chance to buy a metre of fabric – at a substantial discount to retail, such that we make this affordable for all – and can race towards the target.

Fabric will be cut and labelled with your details at the time of purchase, and then presented to Josephine at the sewing day in August this year.

Choose the theme or colour of fabric you would like to donate, and we will do the rest for you.

As I will be handing each folded and wrapped metre of fabric to Josephine personally, there is no shipping charged, so crafters from all around the world are welcome to participate.

Here’s the link. You just decide what type of fabric you would like to donate.

Thankyou in advance crafters. Nothing like a community of people pulling together.


In mid April 2017 I offered a hand cut 5 inch charm pack of low volume fabrics. It was so well supported I thought we would continue the theme, and start a club, so we get to have the same fun regularly.

So, let’s launch this thing.

Offering hand cut charms six times a year, you have the choice of simply mix and matching the themes (and months) that appeal to you most, or jump on board all six sets, and save some coin.

The designers featured will include Alison Glass, Elizabeth Hartman, Tim Holtz, Tula Pink and whatever new and emerging designers blow my hair back, across design houses Free Spirit, Moda, Art Gallery, Lecien, Andover and others.

I will choose well, as let’s face it, I have loads to choose from.

Here’s the plan. 48 charms, (two of each of 24 prints) in each of these themes, delivered in the following months.

Text Charms (July 2017)
Modern Basics (Geometric, Dots, Stripes, Cross hatch) (Sept 2017)
Bright Modern florals (Nov 2017)
Modern Prints Rainbow (Jan 2018)
Solids (Mar 2018)
Low Volume 2 (May 2018). We will finish where we began, and this bundle will feature all new fabrics, so no repeats to those of you who purchased the most recent bundle, (April 2017).

Choose any single pack and the price is $22 ea (plus $3.30 Aust Shipping).
Choose all six and the price is $19.20 ea, so $135 for all six, which includes your postage in Australia.

International orders are welcome, and we have estimated postage, and we shall simply invoice you if additional postage is required.

#cottonfactorycommunitycharmoff is the hashtag we are using, and like all things related to social media and craft, we’d just love it if you started spreading the word.

Image courtesy of @charlisadesigns, who spread out her recent Low Volume charms, upon receiving them.

Here’s the link you will need:

Bonnie and Camille Tins

The one where a Bonnie and Camille fan contacted me, and offered to add in a little something extra, if we could do a joint promo.

Seems like a fine idea to me.

Here’s the link to that ‘someone’s’ blog post.

Cheers, peeps.


You asked for it

Since the launch early in 2016 I have had many requests to offer the Patchwork Puzzle collaborative quilt along, as a block of the month. Thank you for your interest in this lovely quilt – and for nudging me to make this happen.

In truth it has taken a bit of sorting, (as we are working as a group of one dozen Australian retailers) and in January 2017 we are cleared for take off!

One block, each month for 12 months, and with your final block in December, the big juicy Finishing Kit. It could not be easier.

I am also making the commitment to make this beauty, so you are invited to join my journey as we all tackle this head on.  I will start a FB group just for the Cotton Factory Community participants, and we will rock n roll this thing (of beauty) in unison.

You can sign up online, right here, or give me a tingle at 0434 600 817 for those who prefer to provide credit card details by phone. Your monthly fee can then be paid either by Pay Pal invoice, or directly against your preferred credit card.

So here is the eye candy to whet your appetite. I am limiting the number of participants, as these things tend to work best when small and manageable, and that way we can all help each other along the way.

Imagine how colourful our sewing rooms will look this time next year.

Toodle pip (and happy stitching) for now.



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Aussie Design. Many flavours.

Three new ranges are about to hit the Studio.

I cannot possibly decide on single bolts, so am offering bundles, to ensure we all get a little bit of all of it.

All very different.

All rather captivating – for different reasons.

Outback Wife – rich vintage inspired florals, printed on a gorgeous Barkcloth.

Eureka – rich with gold and depicting the gold rush of times gone by.

Sewing School – right here in the ‘here and now’ of teaching children to sew.

Links to the bundle details by clicking on each image.

(If a Lay Buy is your thing, please just get in touch and I will make that happen).

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Sewing School

Some of the nicest times in the Cotton Factory Studio have been teaching children to sew. I have two sons. One is sports mad, the other is technology mad. Neither are sewing mad, (yet) despite my best efforts.

So, onto those who do want to learn. And the magic of that process has been beautifully captured in this Fabric range, called Sewing School. Designed by my sweary friend and Ballarat local Jodie Carleton.

Arriving at the Studio in December, we have listed bolts for pre-order. We shall turn pre-orders around the same day, so you will be sewing with these before Christmas. (Or possibly just enjoy having them to look at in your stash).


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Link to my online store is here for your enjoyment. (And maybe a crafty plan).


So, I’ll give you the tip. If you want to significantly limit your own sewing time, then just open a sewing Studio.

Believe me, I am not complaining, but the image of shop owners sitting about all day sewing whatever they like, is not my reality. My current sewing projects are a range of hand sewing (mostly English Paper Piecing) and small projects that provide quick gratification.

I LOVE Cotton Factory. I love the vibe. I love the peeps who have become an integral part of our online and in-real-life communities and I really love the people Cotton Factory has introduced me to.

Sue Daley is one such person. An incredible talent, stalwart of the Australian industry, teacher, business collaborator and now friend. I have thoroughly enjoyed Sue’s support since connecting last year.

She reached out a few months ago and asked if I would like to be part of the blog tour for her new range Bittersweet.

When I happily accepted Sue’s invitation, I also warned her I would’t need much fabric. My contribution would be small. And whilst small it is, I am delighted with this wonderful little purse. Just look at that fabric!

It’s bright.

It’s vibrant.

It offers incredible fussy cutting opportunities and equally at home being used as a single piece.

These jelly clips are positively a piece of cake to use. The pattern is included with the frame.

And that black and white gingham against the red frame. Yep love that too.

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Congratulations Sue. This is the most delightful range.

Thankyou for welcoming my small contribution.

Our Bittersweet bolts are listed online. Jelly clips we stock all the time.





Up, Up and Away

My oldest son has been entirely obsessed with Aviation for as long as I can remember.

He loves maps, travel, and any and all electronic applications about these things. He can tell you the ins and outs of all makes and models of aircraft – loves seeing planes, being in planes, talking about planes or talking about aircraft disasters.

Well no disasters here today. When I spied this at my Wholesaler there was no way these bolts were not coming home. My rapidly growing pre teen will soon have an Aviation inspired quilt on his bed.

My four favourite from this range. Listed online for the Aviation lover at your place.

Enjoy. Toodle pip for now.


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