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Hello and welcome to Gum Valley Patchwork.
Welcome to my March update, and apologies for the absence of one last month. February was a busy month with our Friendship Frolic held early in the month. We were blown away by the number of people who participated in our annual event, not only in store, but also online. Lenora (Elm Grove Patchwork) and I certainly appreciate all of your support, and plans are underway for our 2025 event. The Tilda Jubilee Event followed up a couple of weeks after the Frolic, and wow what a great event that was. I was more worried about driving and finding the loading dock at the venue than I was about the event! The retail event (for ticket holders) was on the Saturday, with the wholesale information day on the Sunday. Tone Finanger was very generous with her time, and I was able to get her autograph and a photo on the Sunday afternoon before she headed off. I did bring a few kits and bundles home with me, so the Tilda display in the shop is looking very pretty and very full!
With our local Ag Show over for another year, my focus has now turned to the Weekend Retreat which will be held next weekend in Simpson. I am very glad that it wasn't this weekend, as the weather has been extremely hot in not only our area but for all of Victoria. With the Retreat on, the shop will be closed on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March, but will reopen on Wednesday 20th March for normal trading.
In amongst all of the things that have been keeping me busy, I am excited to announce that in conjunction with Tanya Campbell at Travel Managers, I will be leading a short Craft Tour to Hobart in early September. The tour includes sightseeing in and around Hobart, a day at the Hobart Craft Alive event and Tasmanian Quilt Show, a visit to the famous Salamanca Market, an afternoon with Helen Stubbings at Quarter Inch, as well as some free time to relax. For pricing and more information contact Tanya, she will be more than happy to send you all of the information (details below). Places are limited, so don't leave it too long!
There has been an influx of beautiful fabric collections arrive in the shop since my last update. These include 'Antoinette' by French General for Moda Fabrics; 'Noah's Ark' by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics; 'Strawberry Lemonade' by Sheri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics; 'Jubilee' & 'Farm Flowers' by Tilda; and the newest arrival 'Sunkissed Sojourn' by Natalie Bird. There is a great pre-printed stitchery panel that matches the 'Sunkissed Sojourn' collection, and is available HERE. Once the Retreat is over, I will be able to get back in to the sewing room and make up some new projects using these lovely fabrics. I might even have to get Russell to work a few extra days to allow me more sewing time!
'Forest Ferns' by Julia Khimich for Clothworks, was due late last year, and is due to arrive very soon; 'Chelsea Garden' by Moda (March); 'Finding Wonder' by Poppie Cotton (April); 'Crimson Garden' by Deborah Velasquez (April); 'Gentle Night' Flannel (April/May); the first of the Christmas collections, 'Winterly' by Robin Pickens for Moda (May/June); the full 4 collections of 'Creating Memories' by Tilda (June); another Christmas collection 'Down Tinsel Lane' by Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched for Henry Glass fabrics (June/July); 'Beach House' by Laundry Basket Quilts (July); just 10 prints from the 'On Dasher' Christmas collection by Sweetwater for Moda (July); 'Cottage Charm' by Poppie Cotton (August); 'Simply Be' by Anni Downs for Henry Glass Fabrics (August); and 'Grand Haven' by Minick & Simpson for Moda (Setember). This, sadly, will be Laurie Simpson's final fabric collection as she will be retiring. I will definitely be adding some of this to my extensive M&S fabric stash.
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Til next time...


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