Tuesday, August 23

This is just too exciting!

We are getting ready for some pretty amazing visitors... and we mean, AMAZING VISITORS! The kind of patchwork royalty that make quilters weak at the knees. Yup, that kind of amazing!
Get ready because this is going to be awesome.


Excited?! We thought you might be.
These are going to book fast so MOVE. MOVE. MOVE!

Monday November 21st
12 pm - 4 pm
$150 per student
Afternoon tea provided

In this class, Anna Maria will teach student's how to switch up traditional colour conventions in order to develop individual and stunning palettes.
Anna Maria will discuss colour using the colour wheel, and how to translate this colour information to printed fabrics. Demonstrating how scale and proportion can be used to create new and interesting patchwork combinations. 
This class is ideal for anyone who wants to understand how to work intuitively with colour and print.

Tuesday November 22nd
10 am - 3 pm

$225 per student
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided

Using the traditional Broderie Perse quilt as inspiration, Anna Maria will guide you through building your own modern bouquet. The traditional technique uses mostly hand applique, Anna Maria will share several approaches to achieving a gorgeous result with combos of simple patchwork, a little improv and some applique on the sides. A wonderful class to break free of traditional patchwork!

Monday 21 November
6.30 pm - 9 pm
$60 per person
Refreshments provided

Designed to inform and inspire, this presentation is an autobiography about Anna Maria's path as artist and designer. A must see event including a slideshow and show-and-tell of handmade items (some that have never been shared online before)!

Friday December 2nd
10 am - 3 pm
$225 per student
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.

This workshop has a strong focus on colour and composition. It also involves a small insight on needle-turn appliqué
Carolyn says she tends to enjoy projects that embrace a "more is more" type of attitude and this quilt is no exception. "I designed it to be an outlet for a variety of little bits. Each appliqué starts with just a 2 1/2″ square–so it’s quite perfect for including many of your favourite fabrics." she says.

Saturday December 3rd
10 am - 3 pm
$225 per student
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.

Combine appliqué, paper piecing and colour theory with this strip-friendly project.
Carolyn will walk you through the techniques involved as well as how to create your own colour story with this bold and versatile project.

Thursday December 1st
6.30 pm - 9 pm

$60 per person
Refreshments provided

Come along to hear Carolyn's journey into the quilt world and discover more about her beautiful quilts.
"Carolyn’s aesthetic draws on elements of art, architecture, and the history of quilt making. Through practice, education, and frequent experimentation, she explores these influences and others for fresh ideas that will contribute to both the present and future of the craft. The result is a unique array of patterns and tools for today’s sewists."


Phone bookings only.
Places are limited.
Full payment must be made at time of booking.
Venues to be advised.
Amitie requires a full weeks notice on any cancellations for special workshops/events.


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The team at Amitie

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Monday, May 23


Well, no. Not really! It’s more the truth about Amitie.

{The shop}

We never write on this blog. We want to but it’s always at the bottom of the very long to do list and it gets bumped. Bumped to the next day, next week (maybe even next year going by the last post… eeek!)

So why now? Why this post?
We keep hearing things on the quilty grapevine. Things we mostly laugh at amongst ourselves because they’re so silly. But, recently there’s been a few that have made me think that some of these rumours could be a little damaging to our little fabric store so I using this platform to set the record straight.

{Daisy Do - Pattern from Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell, templates available now}

Here are the three biggies answered straight from the horse’s mouth (neigh!)!

“I heard you’re closing?!”
Never been on the cards.
How this started I do not know. Maybe because the building we are housed in sold, which is the truth but the little rumour that followed is just gossip.
We will be moving again (sigh) and are currently looking for a new, amazing premise which has space for all the wonderful things we have planned. So, yeah… We are FAR from closing!

“I heard you weren’t getting any new fabric!”
NEGATIVE! We have so much fabric we can hardly fit it all. It’s piled up on every flat surface, and (like always) it’s GORGEOUS!! We are also making a really big effort to load all new fabrics onto our website!! (http://www.amitie.com.au/shop/NEW--Fabrics.htm)

“I heard Jenny and Lucy had a falling out.”
A. BIG. FAT. NEGATIVE. We are on good terms. Great terms! and, we always have been.
This one cuts a little deep. It feels personal and it could not be further from the truth.
There was never an argument, or an issue. I wanted to try something new, and I did which lead me to studying and in turn, lead me back here. My mum greeted me with open arms because that’s what family does and the rest is very drama-free history!

So, there is it.
3 big NEGATIVES on 3 big rumours. Makes you realise, you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.

Thanks for reading!
I will try and post on here more.... promise!!



Thursday, October 8

Jules McMahon is coming to teach

About Jules

Jules lives just outside Canberra, Australia on a wildlife reserve with her three spirited daughters and ever-patient Mr. She is the founder and inaugural President of Canberra Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) and is the Region 5 Representative on the MQG Board of Directors. Jules learnt to sew as a small child and has been a passionate sewist her whole life, quilting for the past 15 years, she has found her calling as an improvisational quilter, quilting teacher and pattern maker and is spreading her love of quilting using her own set of . You can find her on Instagram @procrasticraft and online at procrasticraft.com

I met Jules at Quiltcon in Feb then saw her quilt hanging at AQC earlier this year. I'm super excited to have her come to Victoria. 
Every picture tells a story and I know from these that I want to take the classes.


Improvised Log Cabins

Saturday Nov 28 10-4pm

Give your next quilt a fresh and modern feel by free-wheeling your way to one of the most recognisable quilt blocks. Explore placement, colour and design in this fun-filled day. With so many options to play with, Jules will take you through techniques, tips and twists to make your very own contemporary take on the traditional. Suitable for all levels.

No Rules, No Rulers

Sunday Nov 29 10-4pm

You will learn how to let go, get loose and love improv! Stitching with reckless abandon will allow you to embrace perfect imperfection, making a quilt like no other. We’ll set free and learn how to incorporate wonks and curves as well as make quick decisions and accept outcomes – there are no wrong answers! 

Cost $100 per day Includes morning tea and lunch

All the details can be found at www.amitie.com.au  and click Class list 
Call the store on 03 95967225  to book your seat!! I know we are all going to have a great day (or two )

Wednesday, January 14


The ever so talented Sandra Boyle will be teaching the MOST amazing quilt here in February.

Her Peony Rose quilt is so stunning and you can get her expertise advise on making your own!

4 classes, running fortnightly.
Starting Thursday Feb 12th.
10.00 am - 12.30 pm.
$100 per person.

Places are limited to let us know if you would like to join Sandra for this class.
You can call us on (03) 9596 7225 to book.

Monday, December 15

Mystery BOM by Jen Kingwell

Do you like surprises? Or simply trust that everything Jen does is pretty freakin' spectacular?!

Well, then the Mystery BOM is for you!

This project is a mix of hand piecing, machine piecing and hand appliqué. Fabrics will be a mix of originals featured in Jen’s quilt and replacement fabric. It will be likeness for likeness (i.e. red check for red check) and we will do our best to make sure it all works as well as it does in Jen’s original quilt.

12 month program.
$40.00 per month for Australian customers. $45.00 AUD per month for international customers. This price includes fabrics for quilt top, pattern, postage and handling – all inclusive cost.


Sign up forms can be found HERE
Please return signed form via e-mail or post and we will get you started!


From the team at Amitie

Wednesday, September 3

So exciting

This week has been a really great one for me.

This great big box arrived from Moda full of my new fabric range "Gardenvale" I was holding my breath with anticipation. So surreal seeing my name on the selvedge 

Just a little tease. I will show you more as I cut into it ( singing along to Rod Stewart " the first cut is the deepest, baby I know"

Then my friend Tina told me my book was on Amazon available for pre order! Yippee 
Small typo....... There are 15 projects as the book suggests
So that is my news. I'm afraid next week might be a little disappointing, ah well I guess I can't have that much excitement every week. Don't think my heart could cope!

Thursday, May 29

Maleny Magic Retreat

I have been in Maleny Queensland this week teaching at a retreat run by Maleny Magic Patchwork and Quilts

What a spectacular view from the venue with the Glasshouse mountains as a backdrop

There were 27 ladies working on 8 different project. Here are just a few

Georgetown on my mind by Deb

Pam worked on Midnight at the oasis 

Brenda and Wendy were making What colour is an Elephant

Libby's Steampunk

Jackies Circle game

Jennifer's Broken Glass with vintage kimono fabrics

Emma's Gypsy wife

And Sues Circle Game in Japanese fabrics. The talented Cathy Hertzel was on hand with her killer machine skills to show the girls. Cathy has been teaching The Circle Game by machine up here on the Sunshine Coast and some of her girls bought their quilts along for show and tell

This is Cathy

And this is Barbara's version ( sadly my other photos were blury but I will see if Cathy can send some through) It was great to see all the different versions and in the class as a "challenge", everyone added a different border. Super idea

Of course we ate heaps. This is a gorgeous resturant called "secrets by the lake" 

And a little of this went on!

And some show and tell of past projects.
Of course this is just a small snippet of what has been a really fun week
Thank you to Bev who owns the store and organised the retreat with great attention to detail and also to Cathy.
It was great to meet and share the week with everyone who participated in the workshops and the girls who took the time to bring their Circle Game quilts in for show and tell.
If you are on the Sunshine Coast take a trip to this lovely little town and surrounding area

Jen xx

Monday, May 12

Quilt Market 2014

Jen and I are off to Pittsburgh in the states to attend the International Quilt Market.

The store is open as usual.
Monday to Friday, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.
Saturday 9.30 am - 4.00 pm.
Sunday Closed.

The office is closed until the 22nd of May.
This means BOM, fabric clubs, online orders and online inquiries will be on hold until then.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Tuesday, April 29

Cut, uncut, finished block size etc

I get e-mails often regarding Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell. 
Print edition 1 did have errors which have been corrected (yay). We only have the corrected print edition available now, but considering other stores carry this pattern too, there are some edition 1 still floating around for sale.

Errors or no errors there seems to be some confusion about block measurements. People still think there are mistakes but I am assuming this is due to some terminology mix ups. I guess it all can be a little lost in translation between different countries and different stores. We all speak the same language but use different terms (wadding vs batting etc).

So let’s try and clear some of them up…

Finished quilt measurement means a completely finished quilt. Easy!

“Cut” measurements refer to a piece of fabric unsewn – so all seam allowance is included in this measurement.

“Finished block measures” refers to the block size in the completed quilt. This means a 4” finished measurement will be 4 ½” as a standalone block.

Let’s look at a simple Four-Patch block for example. Finished block measures 12”.

Cut measurement of the 4 squares would be 6 ½”.

This block will measure 12 ½” before sewn into the quilt. The extra ½” is the seam allowance.

I hope this post helps anyone who is struggling with any quilt pattern. They can be very difficult to read! I have never sewn on of my Mum's patterns before, so I take my hat off to anybody who has. They are complex!