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Celebrating Gail Pan

In August we are lucky enough to have Australian designer Gail Pan coming to spend two days teaching with us. All the places sold out extremely quickly but for those unable to attend the workshops we thought we would showcase some of Gail's designs.

We admire the success that Gail has achieved as a female designer balancing family life with growing a business. Her patterns and fabrics are used all over the world. Her style includes needle turn applique in her quilt designs and simple stitching in her quirky and fun embroidery designs. She is known for her love of birds, bees, flowers and houses in her patterns, all in a simple but stunning folk style. Whet your appetite below with some of our favourites!

Plans are also underway to have a mini Christmas in July. Unfortunately our new workshop space is still not ready for us to move in to. Building works on site have been tediously slow so our Christmas in July will not include workshops at the moment but stay tuned for further information regarding what we will be offering hopefully by the Autumn.

As always, enjoy your sewing and have a wonderful week.
Best wishes
Sally & the girls

Getting to know Gail Pan

Gail Pan, lives on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, at the foot of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Growing up in a home where sewing was always an important part of life, it was only natural that she tried every craft there was. She has always had some kind of project in the works, trying everything from knitting to cross-stitch.
When her kids were little she made their clothes, and when they got too old for that, she moved on to patchwork.
Her design business was born out of her habit of always adapting whatever she is working on until it becomes a new design altogether. In 2003, at the encouragement of some friends who were opening their own patchwork business, she began to design and release her own patterns and has been designing ever since!
Gail has diversified with 6 self published books and 4 books with Martingale/That Patchwork Place and several fabric lines.
She teaches all over the world and gets great satisfaction and enjoyment from sharing her love of needle and thread, meeting some amazing women whom she now can call friends. We can't wait to see her here next month.


In the first photo we can see from top left clockwise -
Friendship Notebook cover
Pretty Hexagon Baskets
Flowers Around Table Topper,
Provence Quilt Pattern
In the Daisy Patch Table Runner
House on the Hill Table Runner,

Gail Pan often uses just blue or red in her stitching.
Sampler in Red Stitchery
Sampler in Blue Stitchery
My Stitching Things block keeper
Bloom Bag Stitchery
Beautiful redwork stitchery projects
Summertime Stitching Pattern
Fill Your Home with Christmas Love table runner
Love Christmas Stitchery

Colourful Applique

Gail Pan uses lots of needle turn applique with gorgeous results.
Clockwise from top left
Berries and Bluebirds quilt, Springhurst Wallhanging
Brand new pattern, Meadowrose quilt
Three quilts in blues. We have fabric packs available for all of these patterns. Come into the shop to see Mary's sample of Bluebirds in the Garden made using mainly fabrics from Regency Somerset Blues collection.

Bluebirds in the Garden

Beautiful Books

We have many of Gail Pans books and booklets including the Simply Christmas range of festive booklets filled with festive creations, quirky reindeer, gingerbread men, Christmas Trees and Santas.

Gail Pan Fabric

We have one of Gail's fabric ranges in the shop, Backyard Happenings. Bright and chirpy florals, chicks and flowers. We also have Bunting packs complete with all the fabrics for the flags including 5 panel images, plus bunting tape. The pack could also be used as a starter for a small quilt and use the tape for another project. The panel images vary in each pack but include butterflies, cats, birds, flowers and other garden images.

Pre Washed Cotton 55" wide Calico Fabric

Just in and perfect as a stitchery background is this soft Prewashed calico.

100% Cotton
Approx. 25cm x Width of Fabric Approx 140cm (55″)

To order 1m of fabric place 4 x Long 1/4s into your basket
3 x Long 1/4s = 75cm
2 x Long 1/4s = 50cm etc

Also available as fat 1/4s


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Pre Washed Cotton 55" wide Calico Fabric