A 'Bright' Idea

The recent Easter holiday coincided with the Anzac commemorative long weekend. Taking advantage of this break in the normal work schedule, we headed to the high country of Victoria; destination Bright.

The Ovens River in Bright

The Ovens River in Bright

The leaves were beginning to show their splendid Autumn colours and in the crisp evening air we could see our breath.

The Ovens River with a touch of Red

The Ovens River with a touch of Red


The many shades of red

The many shades of red

One of the highlights of Bright is visiting the Sew Bright Alpine Quilting shop. There is always a smörgåsbord of fabrics, patterns and kits on offer.

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Shop

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Shop

I picked up some gorgeous corduroy fabric and an  Amy Butler pattern, “The Liverpool”. You can glimpse a version of this shirt in blue in the photo above.

Perfect Pattern and Fabric for the cooler days of Autumn

Perfect Pattern and Fabric for the cooler days of Autumn

The Sew Bright Alpine Quilting shop also has an Aurifil Mako 12wt Embroidery Thread Club underway. You can contact owner, Angela Bradbury, for full details.  Aurifil Thread Clubs are a great way to enhance your thread collection over time.

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Thread Club

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Thread Club

We would love to hear about your ‘bright’ ideas for a short break. Quilt shop destination optional but always appreciated.


Tuesday Treats: Monday in disguise

Monday public holidays always throw my week into colourful chaos.

Some of the Aurifil orders picked ready to be packed

Not that I don’t enjoy a day at home, or out at an exhibition, free from work but ….

it does mean that the Aurifil orders from the weekend, that we would normally have picked and posted on a Monday, are still waiting for us on a Tuesday.

Aurifil Cotton Mako' 12 spools are great for hand embroideryDon’t you just wonder how these gorgeous Cotton Mako’ 12 weight pinks and purples will be used.

Aurifil Lana wool thread, in two spool sizesWhat about these Lana wool colours?

Aurifil Cotton Mako' 50 makes invisible stitches in needle turn applique easyor this collection of small Cotton Mako’ 50 spools?

Needle turned applique maybe?

Adding an Aurifil Cotton Mako' colour chart to your order is a clever ideaThis clever customer included an Aurifil colour chart with her order of Cotton Mako’ 40 threads

This customer has taken advantage of the discount for pre-selected thread packs in this orderand this one included some of our pre-packed selections in her order of Cotton Mako’ 28

Not all the orders go out to consumers.

The starter kits for an Aurifil thread club are ready to be posted out to a shop. Luck customers!The lucky customers at this Patchwork shop are about to start receiving an Aurifil thread club.

A new shop has just ordered an assorted range of colours as a starter to introduce customers to Aurifiland once we box and pack this order for posting, it will make a great starter selection to introduce customers at a patchwork shop to the joy of working with Aurifil thread.

As often happens after a day of picking & packing orders for our online store, I went home with a head spinning with colour.

this customer ordered a colourful selection of Cotton Mako' 40 & 50 weight threads

This customer ordered a colourful selection of Cotton Mako’ 40 & 50 weight threads

An Aurifil “derwent” collection anyone?

I had to laugh yesterday when Helen, from Logan’s Patchwork Fabric in Leichhardt (Sydney), told me that the ladies in her Aurifil Thread Club have nicknamed their collection “The Derwent Collection” after one member commented that it was just like having a box of Derwent coloured pencils when you were at school. They went on to discuss how envious they used to feel when someone in the class had a complete set of coloured pencils, in one of those pretty boxes, and finished up deciding that it was fun to have their own personal “derwent collection”  in thread for patchwork!

The complete Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne 40 thread club collection

Although we pack  the Aurifil Thread clubs, they are only available from participating patchwork shops.

Aurifil Cotton Mako' Ne 12, a wonderful replacement for pearl or stranded embroidery thread

If you want to own your own “derwent collection” you will be able to join in the fun at one of the shops listed below. Each shop offers their own customised version of the Aurifil Thread Club as the owners ask us to  select the colours, thread weights, and spool sizes  to suit their fabric ranges and patchwork style.  Most shops have more than one club type running so be sure to get all the details when you contact them.

One version of the Aurifil Cotton Mako' Ne 50 club

Magic Patch Quilting, Tyabb, Victoria
03 5977 3332
Cotton Mako’  Ne 40, Ne 50 & a mixed embroidery collection

Patchwork on Stonleigh, Wodonga, Victoria
02 6056 2030
Cotton Mako’ Ne 50

Logan’s Patchwork Fabrics, Leichhardt, NSW
02 9550 9119 
Cotton Mako’ Ne 50  

Patchwork Paradise, Rockhampton, Qld  
07 4927 6628
Cotton Mako Ne 40 variegated collection in 1000 metre spools

and in New Zealand
The Country Yard, Whangarei
09 4346748
Cotton Mako’ Ne 12 for stitchery work

ps: They may not know what you are talking about if you ask for an Aurifil “derwent collection” as,  up until now we have been a little boring and have simply called them “thread club”

An example of the thread club that has a mixture of Cotton Mako' Ne 50, Ne 28 & Ne 12 threads for embroidery

If you would like your local patchwork shop to particpate in the Aurifil Thread club, tell them about the club and suggest that they contact Always Quilting to find out how to join.