Archive for October, 2013

My Holiday in Port Douglas

Monday, October 21st, 2013

During term 3 break I had a wonderful holiday to Port Douglas Queensland, Australia with my daughter Jacqueline. It was just fabulous and I loved every minute!

For two weeks we ran on the beach at sunrise, rested and relaxed by the swimming pool, ate beautiful fresh fruit, salads and seafood! We visited the Daintree Rain Forest, the Cassowary waterfall and explored the famous Sunday market.

It was just what I needed!

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Port Douglas 4We finished our wonderful holiday by dining at the famous Nautilus Restaurant on our final night. We treated ourselves and indulged in a magnificent “7 course Chef’s tasting plates” as we sipped on cocktails and wine on a beautiful balmy night! Perfect!

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I was also delighted to attend one of my lovely sewing students wedding Emy, in Port Campbell. Emy has been a student of mine for many years as well as an assistant in my Zero To Sewing Beginner sewing course.

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Jacqueline and I had a fabulous road trip down to Port Campbell in Victoria Australia and here are a few pictures from our weekend.

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We hope you have enjoyed our holiday blog post today.

Have you been on a holiday lately or to Port Douglas or Port Campbell too? We would love to hear from you, please write a comment below.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

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Make your own HAT ~ NEW Millinery Classes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Would you like to make your own hat to match one of your outfits or simply to develop your creative and artistic skills?

We are pleased to announce that we have a brand NEW millinery class starting in Term 4!

Millinery Classes Geelong

Susan Younis is our new Millinery teacher here at Rosewood Cottage.

Susan is a member of the Australian Millinery Association, has a Bachelor of Education in Home Economics and Textiles. She has studied at Rusden State College, RMIT, the Ascot School of Millinery in Melbourne and the Gordon Institute Geelong. She has also completed a short course in Theatrical Millinery with Louise McDonald in Melbourne!

For the past 14 years Susan has developed many skills in traditional model millinery techniques and has been taught by some of Melbourne’s most qualified milliners and visiting milliners from England, America and Europe.

Many of Susan’s hats have been selected as “Best Hat” at Fashions on the Field around race meetings in Victoria including at the Geelong Cup, Bendigo Ballarat and Warrnambool.

Sarah Grace has worn Susan’s hats from Moore and Grace Acting school in Geelong and an actor in Winners and Losers has worn one of Susan’s hats to Emirates Day.

Be inspired by a selection of Susan’s hats below!








In this course you will learn how to make beautiful Sinamay Flowers

Here is an example of what you can make!

 Hat making classes Geelong

How to make a hat

Course Details:

This course includes x2 – 2.5hour lessons on

Wednesday 16th October & Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Times available:

Afternoon: 1pm until 3.30pm
Evening: 7pm until 9.30pm

Course cost: $97

Additional Requirements:

A Sinamay Flower Kit
• Sinamay
• Headband
• Felt Base
• Pattern

This kit can be purchased in your first lesson for $22

Sewing notion requirements you need to bring to your class are:

• Needles-straws
• Selection of sewing threads
• Scissors -NOT YOUR BEST pair – for cutting Sinamay
• Thimble
• 450 glue (from spotlight)
• Dress making pins
• Pliers –long nose
• Metal comb

Please feel free to bring the following items (which can be used to help decorate your flowers):

• Veiling
• Feather tips
• Scraps of lace
• Plain fabric scraps

To make your booking please email or call ASAP to secure your spot as positions fill fast! Don’t miss out!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Happy Sewing,

P.S. If you know of someone who would love to learn how to make hats please share this blog post with them too!

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

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Quilting Classes Geelong – How To Sew A Quilt

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Quilting Inspiration – check out what our quilting students have been making in our quilting classes at Rosewood Cottage.

In the video below Jacqueline shares her finished quilt and the beautiful quilts from our other quilting students PLUS find out what NOT to do when sewing a quilt!

Jacqueline is delighted with her finished quilt below and said

“One of the things I loved about joining the Quilting Class at Rosewood Cottage Geelong was not only to learn how to make my first quilt, surround myself with other wonderful creative people but also what gets booked in – gets done! I loved scheduling the class dates into my calendar to look forward to!”

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Kelly made her beautiful quilt below for one of her daughters and can’t wait to make a second one for the other!

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Fiona made this gorgeous puppy paw print themed quilt below for her dog but we all thought it was too good and should be hung on the wall inside instead :-)

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Dawn was delighted with the result of her very first quilt below – well done Dawn!

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Mariela had a grandson born on the same day as Prince George and made this very special quilt for him below. Gorgeous!

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Brigitte enjoyed the quilting class too and made this lovely quilt below – well done Brigitte!

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Sonia made this pretty pastel elephant quilt below for her granddaughter Rosie who just loves elephants! So cute!

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Well done everyone for a fantastic effort and a thoroughly enjoyable quilting class. We can’t wait to start our next quilting class, please contact us we are taking bookings now!


If you would like to book into our next quilting class you will learn:

  • The simple 9 patch piecing process
  • Machine applique, hand applique & curves
  • How to use rulers & cutters
  • How to cut fabric for quilting
  • How to piece your fabrics together
  • How to put blocks together for the block design
  • Sashing & corner stones
  • How to apply a boarder to finish your quilt

Our quilting class is perfect for you if you have basic sewing skills (you must know how to use your sewing machine and sew basic stitching) and you would love to try something new by making your first quilt.

* x4 Classes over 4 weeks

Held on Saturday’s – Please contact us today for more details and next available dates. 

* 10am until 3pm

* Morning & Afternoon Tea provided, bring your own lunch

* Maximum 8 students per class

* Sewing machines provided in class (you will need access to a sewing machine for homework in-between classes).

PRICE: $247

Simply call 0352641666 or email me today and please HURRY as positions are filling fast!

Happy Sewing,

P.S. If you don’t wish to learn how to sew a quilt but know of someone who would love to learn how please share this blog post with them too!

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

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