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I had a fun evening out in a fabric shop this week…

Sep 20, 2019 | A day in my life, Blog

YES, you heard that correct – I was buying fabric a 9pm!!! LOL 🙂

Well, I discovered a lovely quilting shop, about an hour’s drive from me, called Apple Patch Quilting & Craft. It’s in a place called Cooee. (Yes we do have some fun place names in Tasmania!)

Apple Patch Quilting


This quilt shop is owned by a husband and wife – Vanessa and Craig – who are passionate about all things to do with fabric. They have a huge sewing space and run lots of workshops and classes… and that’s what I was up to in their store this week. Helen Godden , a quilt artist (and Handi Quilt Ambassador) was visiting and doing a trunk show.


Free motion quilting is something I have been curious about for a while and Helen calls herself an “extreme free-motion quilter! AND boy  – I wasn’t disappointed! Her quilts look like stained glass windows to me – this one is my favourite with lots of different Australian birds.


Apple Patch Quilting - Helen Godden


AND how cool is this portrait of Helen’s daughter!

Helen Godden Quilt - daughter


We also got to see Helen’s latest quilt, which is quite a sad reminder of how man hunted the Tasmania Tiger to extintion. WOW!


Helen Godden Quilt - thylacine


I was so inspired to give free-motion a go so I bought some DVD’s of Helen’s showing you how to get started with free-motion quilting… which should be fun!

Apple Patch Quilting - Cooee


AND I also managed to find some interfacing for making some keepsake toys for my sew-along this week!

Vliesine interfacing!

What a fun fabric shop! You have to stop in and see Vanessa and Craig if you’re in the area! 🙂


Pauline McArthur

Till next time,

Happy Sewing,


1 Comment

  1. Tracy

    It was fun seeing you there!


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