Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Open Again

Hello to everyone, as of today we are allowed to reopen and have you instore but in limited numbers and requesting that you please stay 1m apart where possible. Hand sanitiser is available in store if required. We do ask that you please complete the contact tracing register as per guidelines, these details will be kept private and not used for any other purpose.
We'd love to see you in store and be able to assist you where possible. Seeing fabric in the "flesh" so to speak is the best way, photos never do colours as they really are.
Please call in, we are operating under normal hours (10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am - 1pm on Saturday). We do appreciate everyone who purchased items from us over lockdown, paying in advance and waiting whilst Level 4 was in operation and then pre-ordering and collecting once in Level 3. Your support has been wonderful and we APPRECIATE you.
Dianne

Monday, April 20, 2020

Lockdown Level 3 means we can operate online

Hello, I hope you are all surviving okay under our Lockdown. As the Government announced yesterday that we will move to Level 3 on Tuesday 28th April then we will be able to sell online and over the phone but unfortunately you cannot come into the shop. Since I don't really have anything but this blog and Facebook as my online I am happy to send photos of anything in particular that anyone is wanting more detail about. That would help you see what I am referring to and maybe you can choose from that.We operate from a studio at the back of our house so it is separate from the home and there is only my husband and me, we can leave items on the front porch for collection, or if local, we may be able to deliver to your door. If out of town then we can send by courier to you. Payment can be made by bank transfer or Paypal if you want to use a credit card. You can ring on (06)3555735 or you can email dianneandcolin@inspire.net.nz or direct message on Facebook and I will be happy to try to assist you.
Dianne

Monday, March 30, 2020

Quilting in Lockdown

We are just nearing the end of our first week in lockdown. I am lucky because I work from home, my business is run from a studio at the back of my house. It seems very strange not going out there Tuesday to Saturday as we are currently not allowed to open as we are a non-essential business and we want everyone to remain safe by staying away from each other. We are not able to do mail order as the couriers are required to serve essential services so that will have to wait until we are able once again to sell items. But there is no harm in checking out what has arrived in.....
The Thursday after closing down we had a shipment of Batik fabrics arrive in, which had been held up at customs for a few weeks. So sad that everyone cannot come in and see them but I will post pictures here for you to see them.
These first batiks are 112cm wide and are NZ$26.80 per metre. Beautiful aren't they!



These next 2 photos are for 275cm wide fabrics that are NZ$40.80 per metre. I love the stripe variations in these ones. They just make you want to do something with them.

There are some lovely patterns that come with these as well. it is amazing what you can do with striped fabric. Most of these patterns use only one of these striped fabrics to achieve the pattern



And then there are the striped fabric backgrounds that have silhouettes over them....


These all look wonderful using the fantastic stripes of these batiks. I will be cutting some background packs to go with these patterns soon. 
Dianne

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Lockdown in New Zealand

To all my customers stay safe and healthy. With the Government instituted Lockdown for 4 weeks being enforced from the next couple of days I am open Tuesday 24th March 10am - 5pm for you to purchase any last minute supplies, then we will close down the physical shop for 4 weeks as requested. BUT you can still purchase online from us - if there is something you require then phone, email, facebook or messenger us and we will try and get it to you. At this stage Post and Couriers are still operating - if this changes we will advise. Remember basics such as thread, needles and blades as well as fabric and batting.
If you need help with a sewing project then contact me by phone, email or facebook and I will endeavour to assist you - sort of like online class assistance.
Please stay positive during this experience, it is for all our safety. Just think of what you might achieve during this time - crafting/sewing/ cleaning - whatever you want to do I hope you achieve it. Do post online so we can all enjoy what you have been making, keep up your spirits.
Best wishes to all.
Dianne

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Fabric Strip Club

The latest Fabric Strip Club was last Saturday - I have been designing these strip quilts for 23 months now so it is a biggie next month - the 24th, 2 years of quilts, woohoo!
Here is January's quilt

This quilt uses Kaffe Fassett fabrics and is a braid style pattern

Here is February's quilt

This quilt was made using 20 grey background and 20 bright warm colours. Super easy to make and can be quilt-as-you-go if you want. So easy to sew each strip on quilting as you go so it is all done when you reach the end.
And here is the latest, March's quilt
This one uses 20 black on white and 20 white on black with an accent colour, I chose red which really pops with it. Fairly quick to make as well.
These quilt patterns are all available from my store or online. Contact me and I can send to you. They are only NZ$8 each so well priced.
The next event will be 11th April at 9am where I will unveil the 24th in my series. Yay, I've been doing this for almost 2 years now, and having fun creating these quilts.

Dianne

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Happy New Year Sale

Happy New Year to everyone, hope it will be a great year for you in this new decade.
As Stocktake time approaches I decided to have a sale in plenty of time. As of today (Wednesday 29th January) from 10am I have 20% off all patchwork fabrics and a large selection of $10, $12 & $15 per metre fabrics until Saturday 1st February at 1pm
A good time to stock up your fabrics at these prices.




The above photos are of the sales tables set up for the $10 per metre, $12 per metre and $15 per metre selections. 
Look forward to seeing you over the next few days 
Dianne

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Christmas Hours

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
We will only be closing our normal dyas off and Statutory days so
Monday 23 Dec closed
Tuesday 24 Dec open 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 25 Dec closed
Thursday 26 Dec closed
Friday 27 Dec open 10am - 5pm
Saturday 28 Dec open 10am - 1pm
Sunday 29 Dec closed
Monday 30 Dec closed
Tuesday 31 Dec open 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 1 Jan closed
Thursday 2 Jan closed
Friday 3 Jan open 10am - 5pm
Saturday 4 Jan open 10am - 1pm
Normal hours resumed.
If we can be of any assistance to you over the holiday period please ask or call in and see us when we are open.
Wishing everyone the best
Dianne