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Dear <<First Name>>

It feels rather weird to be sat here in the office typing the newsletter, it's amazing how quickly you can get out of the routine. Before I go any further I'd like to thank Becky for holding the fort for the last three weeks, especially as she only had about an hour training on our newsletter programme! I hope you agree with me that she did a marvellous job, as well as the newsletter, dealing with the emails, deliveries and organising classes on the hottest days of the year. She is a star!! - she can put her feet up this week and I can go away more often. I'll share more about my travels at the end of the newsletter for those of you who are interested/have the patience to get that far.
I know Becky shared some new fabrics with you while I was away so I know they didn't stop all deliveries, but this week has been a busy one with five - yes 5! - deliveries this week. You will have to wait until next week (or pop into the shop) to find out about all of them - I think there would be smoke coming out of Karen's ears to get them all on the website this week - but I will share the first one to arrive. It is called Camellia by Melody Miller and was inspired by the idea of 1960's tea room, layered in a assortment of prints and patterns - wallpaper, upholstery, women in kaftans, flowering plants and china dishes. It is a vibrant range and I can't wait to see what Karen creates with it.
This beautiful collection called Floral Fantasy from Michael Miller arrived last week after the newsletter and when I came in on Tuesday I couldn't help but stroke it, the picture doesn't do justice to the flower prints so do look at the website or pop into the shop to see it better. Oh and the girls added in some of the recent Lava Batiks in purples which look amazing so this will definitely have to go on my to do list...
A very quick sneak peak to next week - the girls have suggested we rename the shop The Blue Room (can't think why!), and there will no doubt be more added to my to do list and my fabric stash, oh dear...
Staying with the blue theme, Valerie has finished her lovely Liberty quilt. Obviously using some of our blue Liberty fabrics with the Cosy Cabin pattern by Modernly Morgan adding piano keys top and bottom and some modern quilting from our workshop with Claire Campion (you can find a video on Justhands-on.tv). I think it looks amazing. It took just 8 fat quarters and 1 metre of the white background fabrics to make and we are thinking of making it into a kit which would also include the pattern - we'd love to know what you think.
No, we haven't had another reorganisation - this is the fabric shop I found in Salzburg last week. Unlike Amsterdam I didn't get here within the first few hours - it was actually our last day - but I love finding fabric shops while I'm away, partly to see how other shops are set out and partly to see (and often buy!) different fabrics. I know I'm not alone in this as we do have customers here that have sought us out while in the area and next week we even have an Australian group visiting on Wednesday!
We have had some great makes in classes recently, Sue's Stained Glass classes have been super popular and today we had an Elephant and a Peacock under construction (the peacock left before I could get a picture). We've also had beginner quilters, bag makers and even Christmas projects started and thankfully the classroom has been a bit cooler. We welcome all levels of sewists and quilters, there are classes to suit everyone so do take a look at our classes - we still have some spaces on our Summer Term programme and the Autumn Term programme is also available.
Well that's all the shop news for this week, so for those who like to follow my antics here goes...
It feels like I had a whirlwind of a month; with Amsterdam, the Lullingstone Quilt Show and then finally getting to France after 2 years of not making it. I have to admit travelling on the hottest day of the year wasn't fun but at least I had a few days relaxing. I then had 24 hours back home before heading off to Austria with Lizzy (my eldest, who some of you will recognise from Saturdays in the shop) to celebrate her 30th birthday (yes I am old enough!) with an all things Sound of Music extravaganza. From the house (now hotel, where we stayed) used to film the terrace and lake scenes, to the fountains of Mirabelle Gardens, the gazebo and the views from near the Abbey it was beautiful.
Lizzy won't mind me telling you that she watched the film for the first time aged 3 and it was the only thing that kept her occupied for more than 10 minutes (she was a very inquisitive child!), so much so that when we bought her the vhs tape (remember them?!) she wore it out with the amount of watching she did. Thankfully dvd's don't wear out. I'm not sure how many steps we walked each day but we certainly covered a lot of ground. The Sound of Music coach tour was great fun and highly recommended. 
Before we found the fabric shop we were thinking these were the only ones we would find - in a Toy Museum! A great inspiration for any of you who are into vintage dolls houses - your own sewing room set out how you would like it!
On our final day we took to the wheels and enjoyed a segway tour of Salzburg and the mountains before finding the fabric shop where Lizzy couldn't resist some purchases! It was a fantastic break and I'm now back and ready for the autumn term and dare I say - Christmas (we had some of that arrive this week too!).
I'm sure some of our customers think we (or maybe just me) are mad; this afternoon we had some Macarons and one lovely customer commented that she enjoyed listening to us taking about them (we did eat them too!) for about 10 minutes - oops! Another lovely customer joined us in sampling them - who knows what treats you might have when you visit us! Anyway I'm off to finish the last macaron and head home for the weekend.
Happy Sewing,

Emma and the Creative Quilting Team
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