Sunday, December 31, 2017

Open for 2018 tomorrow !!!

Opening for 2018 on January 2nd. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Vale Rosie Decker

Yesterday I heard the sad news (through Linen and Threads) of the passing of the wonderfully talented designer Rosalie Dekker. The Craft World has  lost one of its shining stars.  Rosie was an amazing talent but also a truly lovely person. Always smiling, even throughout her ongoing  battle. My heartfelt sympathy  to Rosie's  family during this difficult time. She will be sadly missed. RIP Rosalie xx

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas opening hours 2017-18

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. 
Li'l Bloke's will close at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday December 16th, and reopen and resume normal hours at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday January 2nd. 
Hours for 2018 as follows:- 
Sunday- closed
Monday by pre arranged appointment
Tues-Friday 10-3
Saturday 10-2

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Buttons from Theodora Cleave.

More gorgeous Christmas buttons from Theodora Cleave. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pre printed Linen

Just an experiment to see if this beautiful design (by Laundry Basket  Quilts)   on printed linen shows up. 
You could appliqué or embroider one as a cushion, use as a centre piece for a quilt or  have 4 (similar to what Edytasitar  of LBQ has done) for a whole quilt.
One panel as shown approx 60cm x 57cm priced @ $7.60.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Gollie Charm

My popular little "Gollie  Charm" quilt (approx 24x26"). Designed and made in 1996. 
In fact mine was so popular it was stolen from my shop. 
The sample shown here was very generously made under the cover of darkness by my friend Jean O'Connor who  surprised me with this  replacement.
 Patterns are $15.40 and kits which include all fabrics, threads and fusible web are now available with red, green or blue borders. Kits $66.00.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Amelia pre fused bear

Amelia Bear is approx 6&1/2" and all ready to press to your background and stitch. 
Faces are painted and just need an ecru French knot in each eye. 
Detail lines are also drawn for added embroidery stitches  to enhance this  little bear. 
Price: $13.50 per bear 

Each bear comes packaged and includes instructions to complete. 

Christmas packs

Even more delicious "in the flesh" are these beautifully rich fabrics. 
Christmas fat 1/16th packs ( 16 fabrics to = 1 metre) $26.40 
or fat 1/8th packs (8 fabrics 25cm x 1/2 width) in darks (mostly reds and greens) or lighter.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bendigo Cup Day holiday

As the majority of retail shops will close for Bendigo Cup Day,  
this Wednesday November 1st, I have decided to follow suit. 
Normal hours will resume Thursday November 2nd.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sue Daley designs

Two new books in. 

Priced at $17.60 each. 

Playing with paper - hearts - 25 pages - covers tools required, epp techniques, fussy cutting, and many individual  heart designs made by various epp shapes. There is also a section on using the epp hearts as  borders, and one on heart blocks. It shows how to use the various shapes to create the designs.  A fabulous jam packed booklet.  

Petite pincushions gives many pincushion designs including instructions and techniques to achieve them. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

163 View St's 17th birthday sale

Whilst I have been a registered business for approx 23 years, designing cloth dolls and matching  quilts, I have been in my current retail shop for  17 years so it's birthday time !!! 
Btw-many people still believe my business name is such because my designs incorporate my naive drawings of dolls, raggedies, bears or Gollies but it's not  so. 
My business name  has been my nickname my whole life. As the youngest of three girls, my Dad called me  Li'l Bloke- it was natural to me  that I used that name as my business name.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

AFL public holiday weekend.

Li'l Bloke's will be closed this coming Friday, 29th September for the AFL public holiday. 
The shop will be open for the morning only on Saturday September 30th.
I apologise for any inconvenience. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Raggedy Anne

Raggedy Hearts blanket available as a pattern or kit. 
The raggies are now available as pre fused figures @$15.00 each. Second picture shows a finished stitched raggy. 
With your pre fused figure, all you need to do is press to fuse then blanket stitch, adding extra details in back stitch. The  facial features are completed. Hair needs to be done in e.g stem stitch. 


Always great to see supportive customers like Jane who make regular visits. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

EPP- hexagons

Just s few pics to show you how I sew and prepare my hexagons. I like to use the Sewline glue pen on my papers. I hold the hexagons together with a wonderclip as I sew. I also use wonder clips to hold batches of hexies together ready to take with me  to  sew. 

Sarah pre fused bear & Head start sewing bag.

Pic no 1.
More of Sarah pre fused bear. Sarah is approx 11" tall and is ready to be pressed to background fabric and stitched. A reminder that no guarantees can be made for identical bears to be made as I often use pieces left over from my quilts. $15.00 per bear- hand drawn, cut and assembled by ne. 
Pic no 2
Head start - "take it and go stitch" - everything you need including instructions to make the sewing bag. No pattern.

English paper piecing tip for newbies

Firstly, I am reasonably new to English paper piecing, so many of you will know far more than me, but some folk are new to it and have asked  how I go about it. 
 No template ? 
Just a little tip for cutting shapes for epp. 
Pic 1. I have four layers of fabrics. I stapled the paper template through the layers. 
Pic 2. I used my rotary cutter lining up 1/4" seam allowance to make  the straight cuts.
Pic 3. I then used scissors to cut the curve. 
Now all ready for glueing ( or tacking if you prefer). 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Winter break

I will be off for a winter break, and seeing my niece has recently had a severely broken ankle, we have decided to open the shop for two days per week only. Read on for extra  details.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friends like flowers, grow with love

'An oldie but a goodie'- "Friends like flowers, grow with love" is a small quilt (35cm x 43cm) made entirely by hand- great for a beginner/child or someone who doesn't have a sewing machine. Kit contains everything except the tied buttons on the binding. 

Contact Li'l  Bloke's

Or 0424452024

03 54439195 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Competition winners

Competition winners !!! 

Many  thanks for the great reception to my competition. I was pretty chuffed with the response and therefore drew two numbers from my Lynn Hyland page and one from my Li'l Bloke's page. Sabine A was the overwhelming winner, with people preferring their own choice of hairstyle. It seems the clothing also had some impact  on decisions made, whereas it was the preferred head  I was trying to gauge. Luckily the two winners on this page chose different Gollies so the winners are:
Lindy Tormey for Sabine A
And Jo Upton-Seelander for Sabine B. 
Sue Handford  is the winner from my 
Li'l  Bloke's page. All three- Please send me your details ( private message or text 0424452024 ) so that I can send your gollie out to you. Sue, please choose a gollie from the other photo and nominate the head you would like A or B. If B I can swap the head for you.  Thanks again folks.
I am assuming Lindy and Jo will be happy with the original A and B.

If you want to find out the latest at 
Li'l Bloke's check out my Facebook page. 
I am about to get my head around Instagram as well. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Afraid to start ? Boy Gollies

More  in the "afraid to start ? " category. 
Bobbie and Serge are pre fused Gollies ready to press  to your background and stitch, adding the hairstyle of your choice. 
Check out  the gollie quilt, Bom, or mystery quilts categories for many hair ideas. 
Bobbie just shy of  10" and Serge 11" tall. 
These figures with the faces done( just need an ecru dot on each eye to give sparkle) are priced st $15.00 each. 
Available exclusively at Li'l Bloke's.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Competition time

Competition time ! 
On Facebook- go to Lynn Hyland or Li'l Bloke's Facebook page to enter. Details below- 
I have been fiddling about with my popular 'Sabine' pre fused gollie by changing the head. Sabine A has to have hair added after fusing to your background by e.g backstitch, French knots, plaited hair - the list is  endless . Sabine B has her hair within the appliqué  shape and just needs to be buttonhole stitched after fusing. 
Like and comment A or B to be in the running to win the Sabine gollie of your choice. Winner will be drawn on Sat 22nd July.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


"Sabine" pre  fused gollie approx 30 cm tall. 
Sabine is ready to be fused to your background and stitched with blanket stitch/buttonhole around the raw edges. Detail lines are drawn  for you to add extra dimension using e.g backstitch for dress gathers, detail on shoes etc.  Facial details  are already fused and drawn with  black pigma pen. Hair idea is drawn on background paper.  Of course many variations on hair can be viewed by looking at Gollies represented in  my many gollie designs. 
$15.00 per figure.
Contact Li'l Bloke's on:- 
03 5443 9195 or email

Friends in a Row

Two versions of the beautiful Birdhouse wallet. 
I made mine a little deeper than the pattern stated and slightly more patchy
 My friend Chris Laubsch made the lovely neutral one. 
Contact me for details on the patterns or kits. 

Jo Morton Fabric Bundles

Jo Morton fabric bundles $26.40 for  
16 x fat 1/16ths  or priced accordingly if not 
the full metre. 
Fantastic for appliqué projects, scrap quilts or epp to name a few. 

Sarah pre fused bear

"Sarah" pre  fused bear approx 30 cm tall. 
Sarah is ready to be fused to your background and stitched with blanket stitch/buttonhole around the raw edges. Detail lines are drawn  for you to add extra dimension using e.g backstitch for e.g. cheek outlines or  dress gathers Facial details  are already drawn with  black pigma pen- add a French knot in ecru thread or a small dot of white paint  to provide sparkle.
$15.00 per figure.
Contact Li'l Bloke's on:- 
03 5443 9195 or email

Happy customers

Absolutely one of my favorite customers. Great to see you again Jo Scorey. " Make it Blue" by Natalie Bird - what a fabulous book- one just had to go home with me as well. 
Fat 1/16th bundles $26.40 for 16 pieces or priced accordingly if not 1 full metre. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More blues

More blues - oh so delicious - fat 1/16th bundles solely made up of Jo Morton and Judie Rothermel fabrics- great to make up Gail Pan's One little Flower/ all in blues !!! 
You will have to be quick as there are limited bundles and some fabrics are no longer on the bolt.
Ps - have just made up more bundles as the first batch went after putting on fb. One or two replacement fabrics in the new bundles. 

Make it Blue

Make it Blue by Natalie Bird- so many gorgeous projects both big and small - all done in blues. 
Book $31.90 plus p&h. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New fabrics

Judie Rothermel School dress fabrics 1830-1860 and Pam Buda's Cheddar Friends have arrived.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Parking spaces are back !

Hooray - we have parking spaces again !!!
After putting up with the inconvenience of building gear including sheds, cranes, tradies' vehicles, concrete bollards blocking off even more parking spaces and blocked footpaths  since June , we are now back to normal and therefore should be able to accommodate your car with a parking space not too far from the front of my shop. .