Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Max - pre fused bear

I had been requested to do a pre fused bear which matched Zoe, so here he is "Max". 
Max is the same size as Zoe ( approx 11" tall). 
He is available in various color ways  for $15.00, and all ready to fuse to your background and stitch. Max comes with instructions to complete your appliqué. 
Contact Li'l Bloke's on 61 3 5443 9195 or 
email me


Monday, December 12, 2016

Friends in a Row

Finished size 9x4"
A very easy project to make for yourself or a friend. Ideal to hold your special quilting pens and pencils and small tools. 
Simple wool appliqué combined with a little stitched comment. 
Pattern: $15.40
Kit price available soon- fabrics will differ to those shown- hopefully my photo be will ready around Christmas time. 


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Santa's Elves

Santa's Elves is a beautiful whimsical quilt featuring Santa's  many helper elves. 
Quilt is approx 46" x 52"

Pattern set $39.60. Beautifully presented in an A4 format. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Zoe pre fused bear

Zoe - pre fused bear all ready to fuse with your iron to your chosen background. 
Zoe is 25 cm tall. 
Zoe's facial features have been drawn in with a black pigma pen, and shading has been added where necessary to the face and shoe  soles. Just  add a  French knot with ecru thread to each eye to add sparkle, then buttonhole stitch all the raw edges,  adding detail with backstitch for creases in clothing etc. (which have been pencilled in). 
Price: $15.00
Price for Zoe and Wee bear is $20.50 (Wee bear being 12 cm tall). 
Various color ways available. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Annie and her lost bag.

This is Annie who I designed and made so long ago that she will celebrate her 20th birthday next month. My sister Barb Daykin wanted to photograph her, and I was very disappointed today to notice her beautiful leather bag (handmade specially for me by an elderly gentleman) had been stolen from Annie's shoulder - yes in my shop ! I will have to see if I can locate a photo of the bag so that someone might notice who has it - then perhaps it will be returned.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Making of the Australian Quilt

Photos of some of the quilts seen at the exhibition at the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne. 
The last quilt (gold) was made Tom ribbons from cigar boxes. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Making the Australian Quilt 1800-1950

A must see fir all quilt enthusiasts.
Do make an effort to see this exhibition. 
All details below. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pre fused girlies

Pre fused girlies all set ready to fuse to your chosen background. 
Available in packs of 3 or 6 being  $16.50 and $33.00 respectively. 

Also see pre fused Gollies as girls and boys can be used together. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pre fused - "Counting on my Friends"

Pre fused guys - bears or Gollies - take your pick. 
Buy one figure for $11.00 or 2 for $22.00 ( combination of Gollie and Bear or two Gollies or two bears). 
Figures are approx 11". 
Gollie's eyes and mouths are just ready to applique, with pupils in eyes drawn  in pigma pen. Bear features are drawn in pencil for you to embroider or pen. Pencil lines are also drawn for clothing details which could be done in backstitch. 
These  figures were used in my design "Counting on my Friends". 
Using my fat /16th bundles you can cut 32 pants and 32  shirts from one bundle. Check my blog for any further details :-

Photo below is my cot quilt "Counting on my Friends" 

Sorry the photo is a photo of a photo - forgot to photograph my quilt. 

Judie Rothermel

Three different fat 1/16th packs from Judie Rothermel, some of which I have taken from my private stash. Fantastic for Epp or Civil War/reproduction scrappy quilts, or Panama pyramids. 
Each pack contains 16 pieces totalling 1 metre. 
Priced at $26.40 or 2 for $50.00
Postage and handling to be added. 

French General Madame Rouge

French General is an absolute Favorite  fabric range  of mine and this specific collection entitled Madame Rouge is no exception. Layer cakes, jelly rolls and limited bolts are available. Pop in soon before they all go - to 
Li'l Bloke 's, 163 View St, Bendigo.

Kim Diehl's Garden Grove

I have just cut more Kim Diehl  "Garden Grove" fabric bundles. 
Bundles include 1 metre of fabric cut into fat 1/16ths. 
Priced @ $26.40 plus p&h. 
Overseas price $23.75 plus p&h. 
Payments via credit card or Paypal or contact Li'l Bloke's direct. 
A large variety of  bundles is available.

Pre fused Gollies

Pre fused gollies - another in the "Afraid to start" category.
Just find the perfect background fabric and press to fuse before blanket stitching in position. 
Sold in groups of three with three gollies for $16.50, 6 for  $33.00 
Girls are also available or a mixture of the two. 
Figures approx 15cm tall. 
Go to

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bears 'n' Dollies

Five appliqued bear blocks interspersed with four log cabin blocks, bordered with stripped pieces form this lap quilt.
Pattern: $23.10
Kit: $165
Kit contains all fabrics  for the quilt top including threads and fusible web.

Ring a Ring o' Roses

Ring a run o' Roses is approx 120cm  X 192 cm
It features a central panel in the Baltimore style - although it is buttonhole stitched with the added reverse buttonhole stitch adding extra textural effect to the flowers and leaves. 
Pieced hearts and gollie appliqués surround this panel followed by saw tooth borders,  and of course the gollies falling down (as in the traditional rhyme)  in the outer borders. 
Pattern: $17.60
Although some fabrics may differ, the overall red white and green still prevail. 
I also have a couple of kits in pinks, purples and green. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nancy Gere CWR

More bundles for my Civil  War/  Reproduction stock. 
This time by designer Nancy Gere.
16 X fat 1/16ths ( 1 metre total) for $26.40 or any two bundles for $50.00
Postage and handling to be added. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fat 1/16th bundles

My popular fat1/16th bundles priced @ $26.40 for one bundle (which is a metre of fabric).
Purchase any two for $50.00
Postage and handling to be added.
Why not use blue and green together !! Blue and green should always be seen - as in nature. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Little Birdie

Pattern- $16.50 

Circle template sets

Large and small circle template sets  priced  at $28.50 and $21.90 respectively. 
Large set has 6 templates from 5&1/2" to 8" in 1/2" increments.
Small set has 9 templates from 1" to 5" in 1/2" increments. 
These are beautifully sturdy templates by Matilda's Own. 
Postage and handling would need to be added for mail orders. 

Holiday Fun

Pattern: $11.00
Kit -price available  soon. 
Simple applique and embroidery enhance this charming table runner which is 9". 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bear dress ups

Just two of my many color combinations of fat 1/16th packs. 
Fat 1/16 th packs make ideal selections for dressing your bear appliqués. 
Team them with some suitable  fabric "skins".
Fat 1/16th packs contain one metre of fabric.
Priced at $26.40 or 2 for  $50.00
Bear skins available in fat 1/16th packs, fat 1/8th packs or by the metre.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Winter break

I am off to have a short winter break next weekend, so the shop will be closed from Tuesday August 9th and re opening Saturday  August 20th. 
Wendy will be happy to meet you on Saturday 20th, then I will be back on Tuesday 23rd. 
Please spread the word -hopefully to prevent people traveling unnecessarily. 


Meeting old customers

It's lovely to finally meet up face to face with customers you've dealt with from afar for some time, and yesterday it was a pleasure to meet Melleney and Gloria from Cambridge New Zealand. Pleased I could be of further service to you both. Wonder if we'll meet again either here or there ???

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Parking a nightmare

Parking outside Li'l Bloke's is not for the faint hearted.
A building is going up two doors away  and work will continue until the end of February.
With Marilyn on at the Art gallery( which finishes  this Sunday 10th July) most,  if not all of the parks opposite are taken for the entire  3 hour limit.
We have had some issues ( hopefully now past)  with workmen's  cars/trucks also taking up the remaining two parks outside mine and the neighbouring shops.

Li'l Lisette

Pattern: $16.50 
38cm (15") cloth doll. 
Painted face available $16.50 


Pattern: $16.50
53cm (21") cloth doll
Painted face available $16.50 


Pattern: $16.50
61 cm (24") 
Painted face available $16.50 


Pattern: $16.50
23" (59 cm) cloth doll.
Painted face available $16.50


Pattern: $16.50
62cm. (24") 
Painted face available $16.50 

Baby Bea

Pattern: $16.50 
30cm (12") raggies 

Beatrix and Baby Bea

66 cm(26") and 30 cm(12") cloth dolls. 
Painted face pack available 


Pattern: $16.50
23"(58 cm) cloth doll. 
Painted face available $16.50 


Pattern: $16.50 
Hannah is a 56cm(22") pretty country cloth doll. 
Painted face available $16.50 


Pattern: $16.50
46cm((18") cloth doll with her own little patchwork quilt easily made from strip piecing. 
Painted face available $16.50 


Pattern: $16.50
A 54cm(21") cloth doll. 
Painted face $16.50 

Franny and Pocket Little

Pattern: $17.60
Franny 46cm (18") a cloth daggy who has a special friend (12cm/4.5") who lives in her smock pocket. 
Painted faces  available. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Simple Christmas Tidings

This book will well and truly get you ready for Christmas with many beautiful projects to adorn your home as well as some sumptuous Christmas recipes. 
Stockings, tree skirt, table topper, wall hanging, holiday door hangers, candle mat, Christmas baubles, pillow and two lap quilts. 
Price $52.60 plus postage. 

Stitches From The Garden

What a stunning book. 
Book $48.30 plus postage. 
For those who love their stitcheries/embroideries, this is the book for you. 
So beautifully presented with many types of projects including cushions, needle cases, purses/bags, journal, and table runner.  

Scraps Made Simple

Price : $48.60 plus postage
Fifteen  varied designs from some of your favourite Moda designers. As well as the quilt design, designers give their tips on using scraps, storing  and cutting them. 
The designs are suitable for various types of scraps, as well as charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls.
Full color photographs are included with the instructions.  
Projects to suit all levels of quilt makers.