Newsletter August 2017

Greetings from Country Dawn Quilting

Hello Everyone

There's something exciting happening in-store this Friday!!

Come and join us for a long-arm quilting, sewing, machine embroidery demonstration and hands-on play-day!

Our friendly and knowledgeable demonstrators Richard Stewart and Dianne Fussell will be in-store from 10am.

Richard will have two longarm Handi Quilter machines operating - the HQ Sweet Sixteen (a sit-down longarm quilting machine) and the latest addition to the Handi Quilter family, the HQ Simply Sixteen (a stand-up longarm quilting machine). Try them both, see how easy and what fun it is to quilt on these machines!

Dianne will be demonstrating the Husqvarna Viking Designer Epic sewing and embroidery machine, showcasing all the new features that are world firsts, plus the Husqvarna Viking - Sapphire 965Q a top-of-the-line sewists and quilters machine.

So come and join us, bring your questions and enjoy watching Richard and Dianne put these machines through their paces, then have a hands-on test drive yourself!


A Little Bit Country Block Of The Month Click Here for More Details

The 'A Little Bit Country' quilt is a ten month Block Of the Month project from Artsmart Craft Cottage Designs by the talented Libby Richardson.

This gorgeous quilt uses a combination of applique, stitchery and simple piecing.

Approximate finished size of the quilt 64.5" x 64.5"

To see our finished (but as yet unquilted) blocks in more detail visit our Facebook page here

We are offering two colourways - pink or green. The kits include the pattern, fabric and trim required for each block to complete the quilt top. Block 10 has the finishing fabrics required for patchwork, outer borders and binding. Where possible sashings and border strips have been die-cut to size ready for you to cross-cut to the required measurements.

Thread packs of the DMC and Cottage Garden Threads that Libby has used are available at additional cost.


Janome Sewing and Embroidery Machine News Click Here to see more

Janome have been busy too! The impressive new HORIZON Quilt Maker Memory Craft 15000 is now available. Some of the great new features include:

A tapering function page has been added to the home screen
RULER Work Foot and Ruler Work function in Sewing Applications

New Feet:
• Variable Zigzag Open-toe Foot (QZ)
• 1/4" Seam Foot (without guide) (O)
• Darning Foot (Open-toe) (PD-H)
• Professional Grade Foot (HP) and Professional Grade Needle Plate (HP)

6 additional frame types for 2-letter/3-letter embroidery monograms
New PC application
AcuSketch - You can make your very own original embroidery stitch data from sketches you have drawn or traced!

If you already own a Janome Horizon MC15000 there is the option to purchase the upgrade kit which is for the MC15000version2.11 or any previous version. Included in the kit are all the fabulous new feet plus the USB Stick with updates to Quilt Maker version & Horizon Link Suite V1.3. Pre-order your kit here

And they didn't stop there! You love your MC6500P and your MC6600P ... here is the new version!

Janome introduces the Memory Craft 6700P - A new, heavy duty professional design with flat bed and powder coated aluminium body.

Some of the new features include:

• Maximum sewing speed 1200spm
• 10 inch (255mm) work space
• Rotary Encoder Dials
• Customized stitch selection in 'Mode 1'
• Superior needle threader
• Professional Grade Foot (HP) and Professional Grade Needle Plate (HP)
• Brighter Work Space - LED lights in 3 places which means less shadow

To see more details on both of these new machine models click here

We've got some exciting new classes both underway and coming up!

In the knitting department we have monthly 'Knitting Adventures' with Sue Hoy and the weekly 'Sock-it-to-them....! Sock Knitting Workshop' with John Nielsen - from Quiltfairies at the Beach ... for more details or to sign up click here

Felted slippers anyone? Just back from Europe with even more 'felty' inspiration, Rita Wrend will be teaching another of her popular 3 day Slipper Workshop's from the 2nd of September - more details click here

Then in October we've got two fabulous textile/mixed media/surface design classes planned with two international tutors! Firstly, at the beginning of October, Caroline Sharkey from Australia will be teaching 'Freedom with Nature-Scapes', and then later in the month Judy Coates-Perez from the USA will teach her new class 'Paint & Print-A-Palooza'!!

Seats are limited for both these classes, to see more information and to reserve your place click here

New Fabric and Notions Click Here to see the new fabrics and notions

Along with lovely new fabrics, we've been getting some great new notions, gadgets and handy stuff in store lately ...

If your curved safety pins are letting you down - try the Prym Curved Quilter's Safety Pins we've just unpacked ...

We've now got Frixion Erasable Gel Pens in 10 colours - highly recommended, tried and tested by our hand embroidery/crazy patch tutor Lyn Manning ...

Then there's Mary Ellen’s Best Press - highly recommended, tried and tested by Kim Bradley of Kimpossible Quilting, another very popular tutor here at Country Dawn ...

To see these new notions click here

And of course some wonderful new fabrics from our favourite fabric manufacturers, plus beautiful yarns that just make you want to knit and crochet !!

Other News

Have you had your machine serviced lately? We recommend Robert Weenink Sewing Machine Repairs for efficient reliable servicing of any brand or model machine. Drop your machine in to us and Robert will collect and deliver in a matter of days. Standard Service Fee $85

Click Here to go to our Facebook page, share your Show 'N Tell - we'd love to see it, catch up with the latest goodies and other news!

Til next time

Happy Quilting, Stitching, Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting and Crafting!

The Country Dawn Team :) :) :) :) :) :)