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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Exciting Weekend Exciting Week begins

Wow!! finally I have found my self with time to blog...been a while.
It has been a very busy time at Country Hart, last weekend we had a fantastic time with Gail Pan and Natalie Ross at our 2 day Stitching Retreat. With a heaps of fantastic projects to work on over the weekend, great food, good company and heaps of give-aways everyone had a wonderful time I have received so many phone calls and emails over the last couple of days so I am in no doubt that everyone had a great time.'

Our hectic and exciting weekend may be over but today not only brought with it the Melbourne Cup.....and no I didn't win....but also the Launch of Quiltaid and so far everyone seems to be really getting into it
With 12 blocks designed by 12 great Aussie designers and 6  different finishing kits all made from the gorgeous Ruby range of fabrics what a wonderful way to support a charity
We have Gail Pan's and Brenda Ryan's block available which are both beautiful

we also have our finishing kit available which is being very well received and is strictly limited so if you would like our finishing kit it would pay not to sit back as they are going quiet quickly

so head on over to 
 and check out what it is all about

well off to kit up some more blocks 
til next time
Robyn :) x

Friday, September 2, 2011

lots Happening @ Country Hart

Wow what a few weeks it has been, our gorgeous puppy has grown up so very fast.....where has the last 4 weeks gone??????

There is a lot happening at Country Hart in the next few months here are just a few

Lily is in full swing and if you get a quilt top quilted by Lily you will recieve a FREE Quilt Tote.....these bags are fantastic to store a quilt, transport a quilt or even to keep all of your current project together
If you have a quilt you are looking at getting quilted for Christmas book your space NOW to garentee getting it in time for Christmas.......its only 113 days til Christmas

October 29th and 30th sees Country Hart favorites
Gail Pan and Natalie Ross
coming over to teach at our 2 day Stitching Retreat.
these retreats are great fun, lots of giveways, great food, fantastic company and the girls design wonderful projects just for YOU! So don't miss out register NOW!! at www.countryhart.com.au

In November I will be teaching a Patchwork/quilting class for Beginners/ intermdiates over 4 weeks
Classes will be held Saturday 5th, 12th ,19th & 26th and will cover piecing, appliique, borders and machine quilting all the details can be found on our website.

2011 POM My Sewing Room has been such a success and everyone who has participated has had such a wonderful time and loved all the wonderful patterns that we are looking at our next POM for 2012 so keep an eye out for that one

well best get back to work

about to kit up Bronwyn Hayes new Christmas Quilt "Gift Quilt"

happy stitching
Robyn :) xx

Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's been a while

It has been a while since I have posted in blogland there has been so much going on.
Firstly for my exciting news, last night at 12.30 after a long labour my beautiful Schnauzer Heidi was taken to the vets hospital for a c-section. To our total amazement Heidi returned home an hour later very tired with 1 single male puppy......Yogi (we reckon he will look like a little bear  with that endless supply of Mum's milk all to himself) as he has been affectionatley named is absolutley gorgeous looks just like his mum, I don't know that dad is overly impressed with his offspring but I am sure in time they will get along and have lots of fun together
Mum and Yogi are getting along wonderfully I took this pic with my phone when he was about 2 hours old so its not real flash.....sorry:)

On another exciting note as you all know "Lily" our A1 Longarm  is in residence at the shop and she has started earning her keep everything is wonderful with Lily and she is ready to quilt your quilt tops
This was "Lily's" first quilt
If you would like to know more about our long arm quilting service feel free to give us a ring on 0886323172 or pop into the shop at 176 Ellen Street Port Pirie where you can see Lily in action
 There is lots happening at Country Hart in the next few months with Natalie Ross and Gail Pan  set to return at the end of October for a 2 day retreat, Registrations for the retreat are opened now so don't be disappointed  register now all the details are on our new look website .....yes we had a little facelift over at www.countryhart.com.au

We are also one of the shops involved in Quiltaid this year we are very excited about being involved and I look forward to filling you in more over the next couple of months so keep a watch out for that it will be something you don't want to miss

Out Sit n Stitch afternoons are going really well and if you are looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon Sit n Stich is held every other Saturday from 1pm - 4.30pm at the shop
Augaust dates are 6th & 20th
we would love to have you join us

Well I am off now to check on the new Mum and Yogi and to hit my studio

have a wonderful day
Robyn :) x
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
the long awaited arrival of
 isn't she beautiful?? She is so quiet and graceful she just had to be called Lily. So
Clare Bower of Clare's Craftroom
on being the winner of winner of Naming Lily
Now Clare is going to learn a new skill.......patchwork......so she can make a quilt top for Lily to quilt... hehehe!!

On another exciting note registrations are now open for our next retreat
A Weekend in Creative Company
Country Hart Favorites
Gail Pan and Natalie Ross
October 29th & 30th
all the details are at

well I am off to play with Lily have a great day
Robyn x

Friday, June 10, 2011
Hi everyone

I hope you are all managing to stay warm, it is very cold here winter has really hit.
There is Lots happening here at the moment I really don't know where to start.......OK best let you all know that I have just pressed the button and opened up the registration to our next retreat in October
Yes  we are going to have more laughs and a great time with Gail Pan and Natalie Ross jeeeeez we might even learn something hehehehe!!!

 all the details and registration forms can be found on the website

so get in quick as we only take 60 registrations

so don't miss out reserve your place


We have been very busy getting ready for the arrival of our NEW baby..........yeah you guessed it our beautiful NEW Long Arm machine is being delivered on Sunday.......yay!!! only 2 sleep to go can't wait

Will post a pic and announce its name (along with the winner) next week......have to see a baby before you name it hehehe!
I have also been very busy at the design table lately 

I have just realeased a Jelly Roll Pattern

GeorgieLu's Jellyroll

 and Pretty Petals which features some gorgeous felt 3D flowers ......I used the gorgeous Cottage Garden Felt and threads

I am also just putting the finishing touches on a table topper which I used Cottage Garden Threads and the gorgeous Antique Fair range of fabrics so keep an eye out for that one in the next week or so.

Along with these I was given a jolt when I realised I am July's designer for My Sewing Room so it was off to the studio to make what i had in mind come to reality......nearly finished ...but its a secret hehehehehe!!!

The lovely Leanne Knell of Petals and Patches is our June designer and her pattern is just gorgeous......that one will be mailed out on the 28th June.....here's a sneek peek your going to love it

Thats all for now best get back and make sure I have everyhting ready for our Sit n Stitch afternoon tommorrow
Sit 'n'Stitch @ Country Hart
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
Please book before hand

til next time hugs
Robyn x

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Excitement's building

The excitement is building at Country Hart there is just so much going on.
The names are coming in for the comp to name our new long arm and there are some wonderful names in the mix it is going to be so hard to choose, so if you have a name for our long arm machine post it here on my blog or email me at

entries will close at the end of May.
While on the subject of our Long Arm......everything is on track and now it is just a waiting game, we are all eagerly awaiting Tracey's return from the US.......then it should be all go...will keep you posted.

My Sewing Room has been a huge success and all of those who are participating should have the second project designed by the lovely Natalie Ross by now and I bet you are all loving it,
I can't wait to see some of your finished projects so don't forget to take a piccy, email them in and i will open up a show and tell page over on the website 
yes you guessed it I have the patterns for project number 3 by Janelle Wind so I thought I would give you a little sneek peek.....Janelle's project will be posted out on May 28th.

We are working on lots of new things happening in store..............lots of surprises for a couple of the resident Stitch 'n' Bitch girls when they return from their trip to Canada......that will teach them not to take us!
seriously we hope that Louise and Barb are having a great time on their trip....

We are planning

Sit 'n' Stitch

afternoons at the shop on the 2nd & 3rd Saturdays of every month
all the details will be posted on

Lots more will be happening at Country Hart this year including a Christmas in July Workshop and the return of Country Hart's favorite 2 fun loving designers for another retreat
Gail Pan and Nataile Ross
will be back on
October29th & 30th
registrations will open in June so keep an eye out for that one

Well I am off to do the house work...yuk!!!.....no fairies around here,  then I have Somerhill House by Gail Pan to quilt, might even take that one outside it is such a beautiful day here today and after a week of rain I think I might have to take advantage and enjoy

til next time
Robyn x
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Where to begin??????????????

Where do I begin.....at the start I hear you say.
Well Ok I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo excited  over Easter there is to be some deconstruction and renos happening at Country Hart.......I am really good at the deconstruct part...lol
Why I here you ask and I know you are all thinking I am expanding the shop need  more room for fabric...well I always need more room for fabric but NO I have to make room for the A1 Long Arm which I have just ordered from the lovely Tracey Browning......I am soooooooo excited.

So in my last blog post I said there was to be a competition well here goes
Our beautiful new long arm needs a name and I am going to let you do it so get those thinking caps on and fire up those imaginations, post those names the winner will get one of their quilt tops quilted FREE on our new machine
So go to it Good Luck

As most of you would know due to popular demand we are begining a 2nd mail out of My Sewing Room next week so if you have been pondering over weather or not to join us I thought we might be able to help you out with a look at project no 1 from the lovely
" When Stitches are Sewn"
 rememebr too Gail will be followed by Natalie Ross (I have Nat's patterns and her project is just gorgeous), Janelle Wind Leanne Knell, Amanda Bergamin, Linda Haigh, Melly Hurlston, Helen Stubbings, Leonie and Diedre of the Quilted Crow and yours truly.
Come on jump on board and get some great projects for your Sewing Room
all the details can be found at

Well thats enough excitement for today get those thinking caps on and help me name my Long Arm.

Oh one more thing before I go keep an eye out in June when we will be opening registrations to our next Retreat with Gail Pan and Natalie Ross which will be in October

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and you all get loads of choccies talk soon
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

lots happening

Well what a time I have been having.... My Sewing Room has been so popular we are all really amazed at the response we have had. The first mail out with Gail Pan's gorgeous design was mailed out on March 28th, since then we have had so many enquiries that we have decided to do a second mail out which will begin on April 28th so if you would like to join up its not too late ....head on over to the website
and find out how.
Natalie Ross is designer number 2  and her patterns are on their way here is a sneek peek

I attended a machine quilting workshop on Saturday with the girls from the Pirie Quilters and we had a great time......oh we learnt lots too such a great group of girls off to quilting with them tonight can't wait for the laughs to begin

With all the fundraising finished up  Relay for Life was held last Saturday. I had a great time did lots of laps, did the yellow walk, the pink walk, the prom walk and even played circle gap which I hadn't played since primary school which is far too many years ago to admit. We did however come 2nd which wasn't too bad we may have even done better if it hadn't poured with rain ....we were drenched.
The candle light ceremony was very sad and extremely hard for my kids and I  watching the empty table and remembering who is missing from ours

So I had a great time although I didn't see the whole thing out....I went home early not by my own choosing but that of others who decided to act very nastily upon what  thoughts they had going on in their heads instead of  the facts which they could have found out quiet easily if they did the civilized thing and asked.
Oh well enough of that far toooooooooooooo many positives in my life to be worried about the negitivity some people thrive on there is not enough time for that.

I will be back later this week with some very exciting news........BIG news and a competition so keep your eyes peeled for that one

til next time keep on stitch'n

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Retreat with Rosalie and Melly

We had lots of fun last weekend when Country Hart opened its doors for a Weekend retreat with Rosalie Quinlan and Melanie Hurlston.
With a combo of   great projects, fantastic company, yummy food we were all in for a fantsatic weekend
We met Rosalie and melly at Adelaide airport on Friday afternoon and after the 2 hour drive home they set up before retiring to Sampsons Cottage....a great place to stay right in the main st of Port Pirie.
After a good nights rest the fun began 52 ladies.....2 great tutors and 4 wonderful projects....what more could a girl want.......check out the fun for yourself

Monday, February 28, 2011

My Sewing Room

All of us here at Country Hart are very busy at the moment there is so much going on.
We are full steam ahead in preparation for our Weekend in Creative Company with Rosalie Quinlan and Melly Hurlston which is only a little over 2 weeks away .....eeeeeek!!! think I will have to learn to cut fabric in my sleep.

We are all very excited because in a little over 4 weeks we will be mailing out our very first My Sewing Room POM, if you haven't popped over to Gail's blog and checked out her sneek peek of the first project have a look it looks gorgeous.....www.gailpandesigns.typepad.com If you would like to come and join us for My Sewing Room POM you can find all the details and reg  www.countryhart.com.au  but remember that we will be closing registrations on March 5th
Following Gail in My Sewing Room will be Natalie Ross, Janelle Wind, Leanne Knell, Amanda Bergamin, Linda Haigh, Helen Stubbings, Melly Hurlston, Leonie and Deidre of the Quilted Crow and Country Hart
so it should be lots of fun

I am also having so much fun designing using Pam's beautiful Cottage Garden Threads and Ric Rac.......thats between doing all the things I am suppose to be doing.....oh well I won't tell if you don't
we have the full range of Cottage Garden's handdyed stranded threads and ric rac in store now and they are just soooooooooooooo yummy!!!

Well best get back to it don't forget if you want to join in the fun with My Sewing Room Register NOW!!!

til next time
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Berries and Bluebirds

OK  OK I know what you are all saying  this is in fact block 2 of Gail Pan's beautiful New BOM Berries and Bluebirds,
I cut out the backgrounds for block 1 and then left them at the shop so I have started with Block 2......senior moment lol
Berries and Bluebirds is available as a BOM at
 in the country colors shown
It is $31.00 + postage per month  over 8 months
Berries and Bluebirds will be ready to mail out Monday 21st Feb

Our POM My Sewing Room is about to begin with the lovely
 Gail Pan
being the first designer......you can get a sneek peek of what she is up to at www.gailpandesigns.typepad.com
Over the following months there will be projects from Natalie Ross, Janelle Wind, Leanne Knell, Amanda Bergamin, Linda Haigh, Helen Stubbings, Melly Dekker Hurlston, Leonie & Diedre of the Quilted Crow and Robyn Welsh of Country Hart all designed for
Your Sewing Room
so if you would like to join in the fun and recieve 10 great kits for 10 great projects for your sewing room
head on over to www.countryhart.com.au and check out the details
it is going to be a lot of fun.......first mail out will be March 28th

I recieved the gorgeous had dyed ric rac from Cottage Garden Collection this week and it is just  yummy xxx love it

Last but not least our Creative Weekend with Rosalie Quinlan and Melly Hurlston is getting closer 4 weeks away infact so everything is go go go here in preparation so just a little reminder that all registration fees are due NOW
 well thats about it girls got to go book some flights and  maybe do some book work.....yuk!
til next time
have fun
Robyn x
Monday, January 31, 2011

Exciting Things Happening @

Hi everyone
Well the weather is terrible to say the least 42 degrees in the shade and worse still windy........yuk I can hear my pool calling me.
We have been on holidays down to the Tour Down Under for a few days while Ab held the fort here......it was great to have a rest but it is now back to work and all systems go

We have changed our opening hours and we will now be opened Mondays and you will be seeing Ab in the shop more often too

Plans for the upcoming weekend in Creative Company with Rosalie Quinlan and Melly Dekker -Hurlston are going well with most of the major plans for the weekend all fixed up......can't wait to see what the girls design for the weekend.

The Relay for Life Raffle is up and running and the Quilt is on display in the shop.
If you would like to buy a ticket you can do so via my website www.countryhart.com.au or give me a ring at the shop and I will be more than happy tyo send your tickets out to you

Big brain wave the other day.......Thanks Joan for being my sounding board xx
I wanted to do something a little different from a Block of the Month so  after some brain storming 
"My Sewing Room"
was born

My sewing Room is a Project of the month and each project will be for ......you guessed it Your Sewing Room
We have lots of talented designers on board, running for 10 months and we will be kicking off with one of Country Hart's favorites Gail Pan on the 28th March
So if you would like to sign up for My Sewing Room head on over to www.countryhart.com.au and check out all the details

well thats it for me today stay cool
Robyn x
Monday, January 17, 2011

Hope for Tomorrow Quilt

Well here it is already this beautiful Quilt has been made for
The Wornout Housewives Relay For life Team.

Relay for Life is a community event which raises much needed funds for the Cancer Council so as they may continue their fight against cancer

check out their website

The quilt is made of blocks which have been lovingly stitched, appliqued, embroydered etc by

the stitching friends of Country Hart

Naomi Benier, Kirrily Lorring, Abbie Welsh, Wendy Whiting, Judy Stringer, Raeleen Stigwood, Gale Dawe, Barb Ganley, Louise Thompson, Annette Rimmer, Joan mcLeod, Sandra Jobson, Maxine Northcott, Br idget Wright , Robyn welsh and quilted by Sarah Smith

The blocks have been pieced together using a Collections for a Cause Hope Jelly Roll with a Shadow Play and Civil War Borders finishing it off.

The quilt is on display at Country Hart

176 Ellen St
Port Pirie SA

Tickets are $2.00 each

Drawn 1st April 2011 at 1 pm at Country Hart

If you can't come and visit us tickets are available on Country Hart's Website
and click on the quilt

Thank you so much in advance for your support

Robyn xx
Friday, January 14, 2011

Queensland Flood Appeal

The Oz Material Girls are hold an online auction
TODAY at 10.30 (NOW)
for the
Queensland Flood Appeal.
There are tons of great items up fro grabs including a Country Hart Origional.
Just think you can grab yourself some wonderful goodies and be helping all of our fellow countrymen in Flood ravaged Queensland
So hope on line check out all the donated goodies and

I'm off to the auction now see you there

Robyn x

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