26 February 2010

Stash Magic

Stash Magic by Jaynette Huff allows all levels of quilter to take ordinary scrap quilts to a new level of design. Techniques featured include foundation paper piecing, string piecing and appliqué. Each of the thirteen projects is designed to make the most of your fabric collection by putting all those odd shaped and narrow scraps to very good use. The ultimate goal is to arrange those scraps of fabric into carefully planned and executed designs that combine an interesting mix of a magnitude of colours resulting in a beautiful quilt. This book features a variety: of construction techniques, block designs, quilt sizes, block settings, and borders, along with advice on fabric organization and fabric selection. The Key to Success is to use quality 100% cotton fabrics that provide contrast in value, scale of print, and intensity and impact. You need a wide variety of fabric choices, arranged into categories according to print type, theme or colour group. The instructions are methodical and allow you to work through what appears to be a little complex at times. The step-by-step process, diagrams, and colour images assist in making the desired results achievable. Requirements for projects may include: foundation paper, ½” hexagon paper pieces, and fusible webbing. Julia.

04 February 2010

Shop Safely At The Craft Mailbox

Credit card security has been prominent in the news of late. We want all our customers to feel (& be) safe and secure when they shop online so we have taken the step of installing a PAYPAL portal on our website. It is easy and most of all, safe!

How to Order Online with The Craft Mailbox:
1. Find your item(s) and click the 'Add to Basket' button
2. Review 'Your Basket' by clicking 'Checkout Now' (Top right side)
3. In 'Your Basket' click the green 'Checkout' button
4. Complete your details (if you have already registered, simply log-in for automatic completion of your details) then click 'Process Order through Paypal'. This will take you to a Paypal secure payment page where you enter your card number & details. Once you have completed this section, your payment and order is complete and you will be sent a confirmation email. You will then have the option of returning to our website.

How To Order 'Offline' with The Craft Mailbox:
We understand that many people are not comfortable ordering online, so if this is you, the following methods of ordering are also available:
Phone Orders: 1300 307 721 (by credit card payment, or request our bank transfer information)
Mail Orders: PO Box 226, Maroubra NSW 2035
Fax Your Order: 1300 307 754
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School Orders: We accept purchase orders from Schools and Textile Departments. Simply fax or mail your purchase order to us.
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Directions: Heading East along Wentworth Avenue, turn right into Page Street (at lights), take second left into Holloway Street, then first right into Green Street. There are visitor car parks in the complex. Unit 4 is on the right hand side, at the back of the complex.

Shop for Craft Locally

We urge all Australian crafters to consider ways to keep the quilting & craft industry thriving in Australia…Local businesses need your support, or they simply won’t be there for the future. Shop locally, book in for a class, stop by for a chat, start a local community group or adopt a community project! Invite a friend, mothers and daughters to a ‘teach a new generation’ session once a month…pass on your knowledge before the interest wanes or the skills are lost. We all have something to offer to our local community! Let’s all work to keep our beautiful crafts alive. Sandra May

03 February 2010

Quilting for Peace

Quilting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time by Katherine Bell; photographs by Allyson GowdyRetail: Bell, a writer and editor by day and quilter by night, says she knew she had to write this book upon realizing “how much tangible change quilters make not only in their own lives, but in their communities and in places they’ve never visited, among people they’ve never met.”
There are two major aspects to the book. First, it is a collection of more than 25 inspirational essays about people and organizations who use quilting as a way to comfort and provide for those in need. In addition, the book also includes 15 projects for quilters who would, themselves, like to become involved in a charitable effort.