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Hello and welcome to Gum Valley Patchwork.
Welcome to November and the start of another month.....we really are flying through the year. I am sorry for the absence of in October, but there was certainly a lot happening during the month that kept me away from the computer (and the sewing machine!). With the shop all packed up and ready to go in late September, we had to wait until the 3rd October for the big move. It was a long couple of days of lifting and moving boxes and boxes of fabric, along with shelving, cabinets and other bits and pieces. Our backs and knees were doing a fair bit of complaining, but once it was moved it was time to set up the new shop. Russell, being the handyman he is, was in charge of putting together the numerous extra shelving as well as lots of work involving different tools.....and generally doing what I told him to do! My job was to arrange the new shop, displaying all of the fabric, kits, notions and bits & pieces. The opening day came around very fast, and the weather was just perfect. I'm not sure that Timboon knew what hit it, with a great crowd of enthusiastic customers checking it all out. As I head into my fifth week of being in at Timboon.....yes it's been 4 weeks already.....I am thrilled with the way it has all turned out. The shop is light and roomy, and I have had so many lovely comments from visitors. I know that there is still some tweeking to be be done in the shop area, and as always, as new stock arrives the displays will change around. There is also plenty of work to be carried out on the building itself. Being built in 1908, it is an old building, and as we all know, the older you get things start to wear! If you come for a visit, make sure that you check out the stunning Art Deco ceiling roses in the shop area.....they are certainly beautiful. With the change in location comes a change in days/hours. The shop is now open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. I will be open on some Sundays, depending on what's happening......but I will let everyone know via my newsletter and socials if I am open.....or please ring in advance if you are planning a trip to avoid disappointment.
I have had some new fabrics arrive in the shop since my last update. The lovely new 'Hibernation' collection from Tilda arrived and is now on display, along with the 'Olive Branch' and  'Eucalyptus' Blenders. I have already sold out of a couple of the prints, so if you are after any, please place your order soon. I have two projects using the collection....'Woodland Blooms' Quilt kit and the 'Hibernation' Table Centre kit.  The other collection that arrived is the beautiful 'Butterflies and Blooms' fabric by Gail Pan. If you have been following me on Facebook you would know that I am in the process of making a new Block of the Month using this collection. The final details, including cost and when to sign up, will be available by mid November. I am two thirds of the way through making the quilt and writing the pattern (the worst part!), but the end is in sight. 'English Garden' by Laundry Basket Quilts is on it's way to me as I type this, so I will have this up on the website in the next couple of days.
There are three more collections due in before the end of the year......'Garden Party' by Poppie Cotton (November); 'Forest Ferns' by Julia Khimich for Clothworks (November); and 'Honey & Lavender' by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics (November). The in 2024.......'Antoinette' by French General for Moda Fabrics (January); 'Noah's Ark' by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics (January); 'Strawberry Lemonade' by Sheri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics (January); 'Sunkissed Sojourn' by Natalie Bird (January);  'Jubilee' & 'Farm Flowers' by Tilda (February); 'Chelsea Garden' by Moda (February); 'Finding Wonder' by Poppie Cotton (April); 'Crimson Garden' by Deborah Velasquez (March/April); 'Gentle Night' Flannel (April/May); and the full 4 collections of 'Creating Memories' by Tilda (June).  These are all full collections, with some including pre-cuts.
Til next time....


"I just wanted to let you know that my parcel of Bluebird of Happiness fabric arrived today. It really is stunning. Thank you for packaging it so well and thank you so very much for the ruler! It was a beautiful surprise and I will definitely  put it to good use :) Thanks again for your great service. You are my new favourite shop :) "

"A couple of weeks ago I placed an order for some fabric from you. It arrived today and I just wanted to thank you so much for it. I am thrilled with what I ordered and it was packed so also have a beautiful selection of material and with the wonderful service you provide, I know I will be back on your site again !! "

"Just wanted to say thank you, my fabric arrived today and I'm super happy as a first time shopper with you...(wont be the last lol) the care you took with the parcel and the little extra gift meant a lot."

"Just wanted to let you know that my fabric arrived today. I'm very excited and look forward to completing the quilt. Thank you for your friendly and efficient service and when I'm next down your way I'll definitely call in."

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