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Punch with Judy - July Newsletter 2012

Punch with Judy - July Newsletter 2012


Email: judy@punchwithjudy.com.au

In This Issue:-

1. Shows
2. Retreats
3. Online Classes
4. What's New?
5. Made in Australia
6. Specials
7. Nifty Notions
8. Judy's Blog
9. Free Projects
10. Damaged & Discontinued
11. Tips & Tutorials
12. Gallery
13. Did You Know?
14. Golden Oldies


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Hi Everyone,

Oh, what a month or so! Thanks to all those who visited our stand at Perth and Sydney and welcomed some new show staff. Have a couple of newbies for Melbourne too as Penny and John are not attending. Thanks also for the patience of those who placed online orders during June. We try to despatch mail quickly but June was very "trying" for all of us. However, the good news is, we have now caught up again. Gloria retired, the other staff have had Interstate Weddings to attend, winter health woes have caught up with them causing some "sick" days, John had his hip operation, I had the biggest show of the year at Darling Harbour etc. etc. and it was the end of the financial year. Glad June is over!

Appreciation to a good friend, Marg, who stayed for a few weeks, helping out and keeping house whilst I was in Perth, then Melinda whilst I was in Sydney, plus Sharelle and Rowan a day or so here and there. Couldn't have done the shows without your help. Thanks.

Another good friend who looks after the sheep when we are away also has been a great help in these weeks as John recuperates. This week he did some fencing, helped by Rowan and Reece. The boys have been here regularly doing all the things I can't or don't have time for. Say HI to Reece at the Melbourne Show this month too. If you wish to catch up with some farm photos then visit my blog. http://punchwithjudy.blogspot.com/ A nice little story re our emus too.

Jasmine (youngest granddaughter) has been made Vice Captain of the NSW Country U/14 State Soccer Team and is competing in the Nationals at Coffs Harbour this week. Very proud of her. Look out Matildas!

John is doing very well and now walking without any crutches and it's only 6 weeks since the hip operation. For those who've enquired too, my BIL Bruce, has been allowed to return home from hospital after that horrific farm accident and he's slowly on the mend, though still a long way to go. Still one amazing story that he's here at all.

Let me share with you something I've found on one of the other stands at the Shows. I've purchased cute little knitted flower brooches for only a few dollars from Brentwood Bears & Crafts. Aren't they cute? http://www.brentwoodbears.com/

I just love knitting and you may or may not be aware that I started with knitting before my sewing career! Hence my big interest.

Happy Sewing,
Your friend,



Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair

The Craft & Quilt Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff's Shed) is from 26th - 29th July - 4 days 9.00am to 5.00pm. There is no late night fair opening as there has been in past years. The Craft & Quilt Fair has it all - free workshops, hands-on classes, shopping and quilt displays - all under one roof. Please do come and visit Punch with Judy on Stand A11. We also will be demonstrating our Nifty Notions on the Into Craft Stand in Aisle C right at the front entrance, so visit us there too. A full schedule of each day's demonstrations may be found on the Show Schedule on our website. This concept has been accepted with real enthusiasm from visitors saying how much nicer it is to have smaller little demonstrations than in the workshop seminars as they feel it's more like a one to one. In Melbourne we'll have a few rows of chairs so as you may rest whilst watching as many have been staying for 2 or 3 30mins demos at a time. Glad you enjoy them.

Sandra Chandler from Just Curves USA is our International Guest once again demonstrating her revolutionary invention of the Curve Master Presser Foot for all curved seams. Also, Bill West from Westalee Designs, will be my Guest demonstrating new products they have released.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE SHOW and remember, i f you would like any order brought to the show, please let me know before Friday 20th July. Saves you postage on mail orders and saves you time at the Show. PLUS, the first FOUR online or phone orders requesting it be taken to the show receive a FREE Entry Ticket.

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

As previously announced, Punch with Judy is again exhibiting at the Craft & Quilt Fair in Hamilton NZ this year. The show is at Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre, Hamilton from 6th - 9th September, 2012 and we will have a small stand with mainly products we are demonstrating as part of the Nifty Notions stand for Into Craft. Stock needs to be finalized for shipping at the end of this month, so as much as we will love seeing our NZ friends again, please be aware that we will have a small stand. All our new products, of course, sort of the "best & latest of Punch with Judy". If you want anything in particular brought to NZ for collection at the show, I will need your pre-paid show orders by the end of July please. Looking forward to catching up with so many of our friends and customers in NZ. Please make an extra effort to attend.

Reminding you that the Tasmanian Craft & Quilt Fair has now been moved back to Hobart and also has a change of dates. Next year it will be from 28th - 30th June, 2013, once again at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

There is also a NEW Trade Show next year covering all categories for the Craft Industry. The Craft Trade Show will be held on 26th & 27th February 2013 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, giving a convenient location and great atmosphere for trade. Remember, this is a TRADE Show and not open to the general public.

There are two new shows in Brisbane next weekend and although we won't be attending, thought you may like a great day's outing as you visit TWO shows for the price of ONE.

The Love Vintage Show brings together the best vintage and retro sellers from around Australia. It is one giant pop-up shop for collectors, fashionistas and those who love a little bit of nostalgia. Visit http://www.lovevintage.com.au/ for more information.

The Brisbane Art Expo! This is a fantastic new event for Queensland bringing all aspects of visual arts together. If you are a collector, an artist, an art lover, a dabbler, a "wanna-be" investor, or just want to learn more about art and how it is created, this is the Expo for you! For more information, visit http://www.artexpo.net.au/ .

PLUS, your show ticket includes entry to BOTH Shows as they are located in adjacent halls in the Brisbane Convention Centre. WOW!


The Retreats for 2012 had to be postponed I regret to announce. During the local heavy rain earlier this year causing severe flooding in surrounding areas, although we live on a hill and weren't subjected to flooding, our mail room's roof wasn't able to cope and needs to be replaced. For this repair/replacement work, we need to evacuate to the warehouse for a period, resulting in the decision re the Retreats. Sorry to disappoint so many. However, Machine Embroidery Retreat will be held during 2013 and we are taking expressions of interest now, date to be finalized. It will be completely different to previous ME Retreats as we'll explore embroidery in the hoop techniques. We do already have a very exciting program for the three days, so hope you will consider attending. View full particulars on our Retreats section.


My FIVE Online Classes being held presently are really flying high. The girls are really "into it" and we're all learning so much between the actual Lessons and the discussions on the Yahoo Groups. The Westalee Mystery Sampler Quilt and the Westalee Constellation Quilts, Curve Master Course, the Pleatmaker Course and the Punchneedle Course are indeed in full swing. This week I have added finished work from students participating in my 2011 Westalee Course to the Gallery on my website. Pictured here is the Runner-Up Quilt in Westalee Design's competitions for 2011, made by Helen Sullivan, Sydney.


Where do I start here? There are numerous new products added in the last month that you certainly will have your eyes opened if you haven't visited What's New? for some time.

I added a range of products from TrueCut and must say that I am very impressed with their rotary cutter and ruler system. Mats and others in the range to be added later this month. The rotary cutter has a guide which rolls along a lip on the edge of the ruler so as it is nigh impossible to cut crooked. Remember how the tyres of your car get caught into tram tracks, well, it's similar. I feel sure this will help those who have problems rotary cutting. Their prices are reasonable too!

Another handy feature is that you may personalize your rotary cutter with your name or photo into a special insertion section on the handle. For those who take their quilting items to classes, groups or meetings, you will appreciate this unique feature.

The TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener allows you to sharpen your rotary blades, any brand of any size, without having to take out of the cutter itself. That's a plus!

Note that their cutters and rulers may be used with other brands as well.

An item I found in USA that made small or large pleats and even box pleats, took my attention. The Quick Pleater comes in two versions, small and large, each has 3 sized tools, enabling you to choose from 1/2" to 4" pleat repeats. These are larger than our own Pleatmaker can offer, so it is not in competition with the product we manufacture


Two of the demonstrations in our Nifty Notions program have drawn oohs and aahs.

The Prairie Points Ruler which makes large Prairie Points in a whole strip so quickly and the Scallops Ruler, giving a row of beautiful scallops as a border. The two tone variations captured everyone's imagination too. Both are available in 3 sizes or as a combo unit of all 3 options. You may have the Prairie Points or the Scallops radiating inwards or outwards of the quilt edges. We have two variations shown in each sample quilt, overlapping, or, under and over.

New patterns from By Annie, including The Ditty Bag which I'm sure you'll find handy for so many uses. Suggest to use Soft 'n Stable in the construction to give it a firm yet soft shape. Her Hold Everything Bag has been a big seller already at the shows.

Look at the difference that using Soft 'n Stable makes between two bags, one using regular batting as the support and the other using Soft 'n Stable. Inn-Control is another product giving the same amazing results.

Big difference for sure!

Lots of other bag, quilt and table runner patterns are in the What's New Section too, however, one I really like is the Zig Zag Bag Pattern from Southwind Designs. Remember how they are famous for their three-dimensional curves that is such a clever way of having curved sections without any curved piecing? Well, they have extended their tablerunner and quilt designs into handbags too with simply quilted dimensional curves.

Their new Spanish Tiles Small Quilt/Tablerunner is sure to be popular. Just love this easy method. Makes beautiful Cathedral Window effect.

Do you like felting but can't justify a big Felting Machine but don't like the speed of a hand held single felting needle? Simplicity has released a new electric Felting Machine that is comparable to a small hand held food mixer. Love the colour too. Not expensive either, just $89.00. Remember, it is electric.

Keep your pins close at hand with the Gypsy Pin Pal - a handy magnetic bracelet for quilting and sewing! They have other new products too in this section.

Also added is Press'n Seal from Glad. I do have some fabulously other exciting new products on their way too. Keep checking the What's New? on my website.


Julie Hall has released several new machine embroidery designs, just view them ALL here. Her new Baltimore Bling is superb, hope you think so too. I know you will love her Mums Roses - An Heirloom Sampler.

Buggin' is sure to appeal to the every age group. So cute and appealing!

1-2-3 Embroidery. Kay Hanley's designs are always great for the littlies or those of us "young at heart". Her "Adorable Bears: It's a Girl!" and "Adorable Bears: It's a Boy!" are sure to delight.

Kay has also designed some Sport Ball Bean Bags! Whether you use them as mini heat-packs, “stress balls” or for beanbag toss games " this set of beanbags are sure to be a winner for all ages!


If you knit or crochet, you may like to take advantage of our Half Price Special for an Electric Yarn Ball Winder.

Sewline Needle Threader especially made for FINE Needles is currently on special with a FREE Sewline Needle Threader Replacement Cartridge, saving you $11.00. We've been using it and think it's fabulous. The Sewline quickthru Needle Threader is designed for fine needles (Sizes 9 - 12) and it's ever so easy to use.

Both for $20.00 - too good to miss.


New links will be added to my website this week giving you quick access to my editorials in http://www.intocraft.com.au/ so as you may keep a record of all my columns together. The current editorial is the second part of Rotary Cutters and I deal with "Caring for your Rotary Cutter". I hope you find it most interesting! I've had so many comments re this column and I'm delighted with how it is received by you. Send me some suggestions of topics you may like covered - no promises though, I will need to know about the subject!


The Wildlife Centre in Sydney is now working with us showing visitors emus amongst other wildlife of Australia. Read a nice little story of interest in my current Blog. http://punchwithjudy.blogspot.com

While visiting my blog, why not subscribe to it so as you may be informed when there's a new blog posted?


A new FREE Project has been added which would make a lovely little class for those who teach craft and sewing. Using Clover's Bias Makers you could make their little Coin Purse using the Meshwork technique.


Simply visit Damaged & Discontinued, order whichever you please, then type in the Additional Comments section of your order that you wish to purchase the one from the D&D for such and such a price as the normal retail price will be showing on your order. Don't worry about that, we'll adjust manually. This week there are some new items added - a Springfield Ruler, Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool and Hoot 'n' Annie Owl Softies Pattern. All bargains! Visit the section for full particulars.


I've recently added several new tutorials here. Many to do with products mentioned in the What's New? column. This is a great way for you to learn more about products. Included are tutorials from The Leaves Galore Rulers, The Cutting Edge Rulers, Deb Tucker's Rulers & Tools and the Brilliant Binding Tool. Plus, two excellent videos using Fasturn Turning Tools and how to use their accessories. I hope you enjoy the education that is offered in these videos.


As mentioned above, I have added a Gallery for the Westalee Online Classes featuring quilts made from by students in our online classes. Also there are results from those who completed the Pleat Maker Online Course and the Punchneedle Online Course as we are currently running these again. It may encourage you to join? Pictured here is a quilt made by Elaine Istria during her Westalee Mystery Quilt Online Course.


Did you know that no piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven times? I'm smiling, because you will all try it, just like I did! Is this true?

Did you know that my blog now reaches 122 countries. Quite amazing. Are you a subscriber? It's FREE. http://punchwithjudy.blogspot.com/

Did you know that HAM & EGGS is only a day's work for a chicken but a lifetime commitment for a pig?

Did you know that you may soak your rotary cutting mat? Read my current Nifty Notions editorial in http://www.intocraft.com.au/

Did you know that we are desperately in need of another member of staff for our location at The Rock, near Wagga in the Riverina of NSW? If you know of anyone who lives close by and would like to work 3 days per week, please ask them to contact me.


On one of handiest little items to have in your sewing kit is a Needle Grabber! This little circle certainly grips a stubborn needle and pulls it through the thickest or most difficult fabrics. Saves your fingers and is worth its weight in gold!

Till next time,

Judy Hall
Punch with Judy

P.O. Box 62
THE ROCK (near Wagga)

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