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Punch with Judy - Mother's Day Newsletter 2011



In This Issue:-

1. Shows
2. Retreats

3. Online Classes
4. What's New?
5. Made in Australia
6. Specials
7. Tips & Tutorials
8. Did You Know?




Hi Everyone,

May I wish every Mother and Grandmother a very happy Mother's Day for 2011 and, in particular, to those who are Mums for the first time and a special hello to those who have fond memories of their Mothers with whom they no longer can share today.  I  won't be seeing all my family today though they were all here for Easter, so can't be greedy.  Allow me to show you some photos of our Easter seeing as I can't for Mother's Day.  (This is not the usual Newsletter, but a special one for today's celebrations).

We had our usual Sunday morning Easter Egg hunt and here Hunter shows Courtney just how many he found.  Was the usual scramble and fun by all, including the dogs.

Beautiful weather we had for Easter and we relaxed on the front lawn with The Rock in the background.

John had the grandchildren plant some trees with an official ceremony etc though they omitted to let me know they were going.  Hmmm.  Anyway, I did get some snaps of them watering them the next day.

Funniest event over Easter is when I took 3 yr old Hunter into the paddock to feed "Midge" some bread and biscuits which she gobbles out of my hand. Eager to eat more, she chased Hunter round and round thinking he had more food.  I've never seen him move so fast with Midge in pursuit.  Then, I popped him on her back for a ride and I don't know who was more surprised, Hunter or Midge.  Just wish we had've been able to capture it all on video!  Here's Midge, named as such, short for Midget because when I had to rear her from birth, she was so very tiny; yet as you can see, has thrived ever since.  At present she is feeding twins. She literally runs from one side of the paddock to come to me for food, twins running behind.  Eats and gives me a cuddle. Funnily, the little lambs are not scared of me nor of the dogs.  Mother Nature is so interesting.

For those of us who no longer have their dear Mothers with us today, though we know they are in spirit - Happy Mother's Day to those Mums.

"If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me.  Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they're from me.  Tell here I love her and miss her and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.  Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away.

Once upon a memory, someone wiped away a tear; held me close and loved me.

Thank you, Mother dear."   Anonymous.

Now for some humour that I know you will all relate to.


My Mother taught me LOGIC... "If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the store with me."

My Mother taught me MEDICINE... "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD... "If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."

My Mother taught me ESP... "Put your sweater on, don't you think that I know when you're cold?"

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE... "What were you thinking?  Answer me when I talk to you..Don't talk back to me!"

My Mother taught me HUMOUR... "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT... "if you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

My Mother taught me ABOUT SEX... "How do you think you got here?"

My Mother taught me about GENETICS... "You are just like your father!"

My Mother taught me about my ROOTS...  "Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My Mother taught me about the WISDOM OF AGE... "When you get to be my age, you will understand."

My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION... "Just wait until your father gets home."

My Mother taught me about RECEIVING... "You are going to get it when we get home."

BUT, my all time favourite thing...JUSTICE... "One day you will have kids and I hope they turn out just like YOU.  Then you'll see what it's like!"

Now girls, how many times do you hear the same words come out of your mouths as you heard your Mother preach to you?  I know I did and now my two girls are doing the same to their children!

Happy Mother's Day to you all,
Your friend,



Perth Craft & Quilt Fair - Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, 18th to 22nd May, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Always great to journey to the West for the only show in the calendar we do in WA.  Read all about the Show at giving particulars about the displays, classes, guests and which Exhibitors will be present.  Make sure you add a Craft Tip to the Tree of Knowledge at the show and if your tip is judged to be among the top 101 of those received, it could be published in a book during 2012 called "101 Tips for Craft". 

We will be attending in our usual position of Stand A01 and holding daily workshops and hands-on classes - details following.  John will be driving over quite early, so I will need any special orders from you before noon on Tuesday 10th May please. This is very popular and so quick and easy for you at the show.  No special orders after Tuesday can be packed though.

Indeed a very busy schedule at the Show:

My daily workshop at the Show is at 10.30am in Workshop 4 

"Stars, Diamonds & Kaleidoscopes" - Don't be afraid of these shapes any more.  I will explain new techniques with new tools to make them all a piece of cake!  Suitable for both beginners and advanced.

At 12 noon, I will be a Guest Presenter on a new venture run by the organizers to encourage dressmaking and sewing in general. Not sure at this stage whereabouts at the show this is to be held, or indeed, it's full name, but it will be on the brochures handed out as you enter the Show.  It is encouraging people to sew for themselves again giving demonstrations of "how to do it" plus some quick tips for more professional results.  I have chosen to demonstrate the following:

"Why a Fusible Thread?  Once in a while, a new idea or technique or product comes along that revolutionizes the way we do something.  Such is the case with Charlotte's Fusible Web, a new fusible thread.  Ideas, techniques and results are amazing - hems, facings, putting in zippers, applique, binding etc."

At 12.15pm at the new "What's Hot Live", Liz will be presenting "Quick tips for making bags using accessories and hardware".  This has so many ideas that we possibly should've made it a full seminar.


Craft Circles are always popular as the hands-on aspect appeals to many.  We have a great class to offer you at 1.00pm in Craft Circle 2 where upon you'll learn "Stick


Liz will show you how to make a quick scarf using the age-old traditional technique of weaving with wooden sticks.  Absolutely easy, fun to do and suitable for any age.  Weaving Sticks are provided on loan in the class but students may purchase them for a special class price.  Kit includes 2 balls of yarn and instructions. 

Cost if $15.00 and you'll need to book on Stand A01.  I will also accept emailed bookings.



2.30pm brings us to "What's Hot Live" again and this time we show you how easy it is to make folded fabric flowers using Clover's new range of templates.

"Flowers, Frills & Kanzashi Folded Flowers". Learn how to make ever-so-easy flip 'n fold frilled flowers and folded-fabric Kanzashi flowers with traditional Japanese techniques. 


I said would be busy!

Don't forget your Show Coupons too. Print them and collect your discounted products or receive your FREEBIES.  No coupon, No Offer.


Confirmations have been requested for both Machine Embroidery Retreats to be held in September.  These are always booked out, so deposits of $100.00 are requested now to confirm your acceptance please. V iew full particulars on our Retreats section.


The Curve Master Online Class commences on 1st June and confirmations will be emailed with requirements list before I leave for Perth Show.  Not long now before we commence our first Lesson.  Enrol now if you wish to join us.

The Westalee Mystery Sampler Quilt Online Class has proven to be the most popular of all and students are producing some excellent blocks shown on their Yahoo Group.  This is a very busy, very chatty bunch of keen quilters; some experienced, some have never made a quilt before, some are teenages, some we don't discuss age. 


Numerous new products are being added every few days this month, so please keep visiting the What's New? on my website to keep up to date.  More specific information in my next full Newsletter. 

The new Havel's Dura Snips are proving to be popular.


Julie Hall has released several new CDs and they've been well accepted by visitors at the shows.  Some have been featured in magazines already.

This week I will be introducing a NEW Aussie Digitizer to the range of Made in Australia Machine Embroidery CDs and she is featured in the next issue of Machine Embroidery & Textile Art Magazine.  Keep tuned or keep visiting the What's New?


I've been receiving orders for Gift Vouchers during the day for those last minute Gifts for Mum.  If you've left it a little late, you may still opt for a Gift Voucher allowing Mum to choose what she would really like. 


I've recently added some more tutorials to the Westalee Design Rulers range that may be of interest to you.  The tutorial on Y Seams is particularly interesting.  Of course, there are many others in the tutorials section on our website to help you too. You can print them and use them side by side as your work.


Did you know that Clover's Fork Pins are ideal for holding cross section seams for Patchwork Blocks?  Online Students have been marvelling at how effective these are.  Maybe you should try them too?


Did you know that Clover's new Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower actually allows for each layer to separate, thus allowing you to take just a few selected threads to a class?  Great idea.

Footnote:  If anyone who attended my presentation for the Australian Sewing Guild in Launceston a week ago and purchased one of these, double check to see if you have the dark green base because I found one amongst my items when packing up.


Have you visited my Blog lately?  Keep up to date on our journeys to and fro the shows plus life at The Rock.  More and more are selecting the option to be informed when new postings are made.  They are available on Facebook too. 

Till next time,



Judy Hall
Punch with Judy
P.O. Box 62
THE ROCK (near Wagga)

Phone: 02 6920 2238
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