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Hi Everyone, 
Isn't it strange times we are living in at the moment.  I just wanted to let everyone know we are doing everything possible to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy,  by wiping all surfaces throughout the day and also the eftpos machine is wiped between customers, and myself and staff are washing our hands often throughout the day.  Our shop and mail order website service is going full steam ahead so if you are not sure about coming into the shop then either jump on our website or ring us on (09) 4312443 with what you are needing, we can either courier product to you or we can leave it in a safe place outside for you to pick up if you are worried about coming into the shop.
Our classes will be suspended until further notice unfortunately.  
Being creative at a time like this is so important and good for our mental health and well being, with all the bad news around it is a positive pass time to do to keep your mind still and happy.  So please, please, please shop local to keep the shops in New Zealand able to continue to serve you.  
We have lots of gorgeous Blocks of the Month to keep you busy through this time so sit back, relax and have a read of our newsletter, and remember
Take care everyone, and happy creating.

Pretty Birds Block of the Month by Elizabeth Hartman

We are taking expressions of interest for this block of the month starting in May/June 2020.  Email us on or phone us on 09 4312443 to register your interest in this beautifully bright quilt.  A great project to look forward to.

Pretty Birds is a tropical bird sampler quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

Cockatoos, toucans, cockatiels, macaws and lorikeets!  This flock of feathered friends may not live together in the wild, but seem to be getting along famously in Elizabeth Hartman's latest sampler quilt.  

Block of the month members will  receive everything they need to make the 69 x 79" sized cover quilt including 

  • Manchester cotton for the background, plus dark and white detail fabric
  • coordinating Manchester cotton + Kona colours
  • 16 prints from Elizabeth Hartman's upcoming Library fabric collection
  • Binding fabric
  • the 28 page Pretty Birds pattern booklet

The Pretty Birds BOM will run over 8 months and will start in May/June 2020.  


Homegrown Block of the Month by Sue Spargo 

Homegrown uses a selection of Sue's favourite stitches and threads which she encourages you to try, as they add texture and depth to your blocks, what better way to spend your time while cooped up at home.  .
The cost for it will be $75.00 per month for 10 months + postage.  This is will include all wool fabrics, cottons fabrics for blocks borders and binding + ric racs and ribbons.  Threads are not included but I will do a kit for the threads if you want one.  You will need to purchase your book separately.  We will have these in stock if you need it at $59.90.  
I hope some of you join us on this delightful journey to keep your mind healthy in these trying times. 

Freshcut Block of the Month by Sue Spargo

This is another lovely quilt by Sue Spargo that we are doing as a block of the month at the moment.  This is available now and is a delight to work on.  Sue uses all her stitches in her Creative Stitching book and her lovely perle # 8 perle #5 and perle #3 threads. It is a great way to sharpen up on your embroidery.
This block of the month runs for 11 months and cost $75.00 per month includes all wool fabrics, cotton fabrics, rick racks and ribbons but not your threads.   

Merry Merry Snow Days Block of the Month by Bunny Hill Designs

This block of the month features the Merry Merry Snow Days fabric range by Moda and Bunny Hill Designs and is 65" x 68".  Make it to have on your couch at Christmas.  Such a lovely quilt to make with all the cute lamas and snowmen.  Use what ever type of applique you like to do and there is a little bit of piecing to do for the backgrounds before the applique starts.  Cost is $47.50 + postage for 10 months this includes all fabrics for the quilt binding and pattern.
Join us in making this gorgeous quilt.   

Simply Spring Block of the Month by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

This block of the month uses a mixture of 100% wool felt and cotton fabrics and has a mixture of hand applique, embroidery and machine piecing so a bit of everything in the one quilt.  
Cost is $66.00 + postage per month for 8 months.
Make this quilt for a special someone in your life.  It has machine appliqued blocks depicting the roadworks we all have to stop for when we travel anywhere these days.  It also has reflective tape on the border to keep your little person happy at night.

CF Collection by Carolyn Friedlander

C F Collection by Carolyn Friedlander is a lovely selection of modern fabrics for those that love this style of creating.  It is very clean and sort of minimal looking in beautiful colours.  Link in the heading or the photo to see all the fabrics up close.

Hello Little One by Northcott Fabrics

These fabrics are great for the little ones coming into your lives.  Great fabrics for cot quilts or floor quilts to lay baby on.  I think even if you just cut 4½" squares and put them together with a white sashing then used the largest print for a border this would make a beautiful baby quilt for a gift and it won't take long to make.  

Spectacular Savanna Kits

The Spectacular Savanna Quilt is a 64” x 84” sampler quilt and is made using conventional patchwork techniques. All pieces are square or rectangular except the rhino’s horn.  Kits include fabrics for making the sampler quilt top, binding, and the pattern. 
In addition to the sampler quilt, Spectacular Savanna includes complete instructions for turning each of the blocks into a variety of bonus projects. Zebra, Giraffe, Rhino, and Hippo blocks are 20” square. Lion, Wildebeest, and Leaf blocks are 24” square. Elephant and Gazelle blocks are 30” square. 20” and 24” blocks can be turned into pillows and all block sizes can be tiled to make quilts in multiple sizes. Scroll down to see the the bonus projects. Each one can be made with any block or combination of blocks within each size group.
If you love the modern look for your home this is the perfect quilt for anyone in the family.  Link in heading or any of the photo's below to order.


Embroidered Winter Pears by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Make one of these embroidered pears - they are lovely to do sitting in front of t.v. in the evening, and a nice little size to stitch.  Available as kits or pattern only. 

Embroidered Autumn Apples by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Make one or more of these embroidered autumn apples.  Kits come in three colourways - Red, Green or Yellow.  Lovely to make in front of T.V. in the evening and a nice little size to stitch.  Or make enough pears and apples to fill a fruit bowl and sit them on your table.  Available as kits or pattern only.


Boro Collage Kit
by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

This cushion is available as a kit and is a delight to arrange the fabrics in any order you choose, and then hand stitch it all on. Can be made into a cushion or put onto the back of a jacket.   A lovely quiet calming thing to do.  Available as a kit or pattern only.

I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and that this finds you all happy and well.
Take Care, from Ngaire and the team at The Apple Basket

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