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Saturday Night Dinner!

April 11, 2012

After a fantastically busy day at Handmade Market and then the Saturday Crafting Session, we’re going to break for dinner and leave the hotel for a bit of fresh, cold, Canberra winter air and a hearty meal.

A short walk from the Crowne Plaza, is the venue for this year’s dinner, the Tongue and Groove bar and restaurant. This year, your dinner is included in the cost of the Saturday Crafting Session. Drinks, however, are extra, and they can be purchased as needed from the bar at the Tongue and Groove. This has worked well in previous years. If you want to drink water, you’ll have a really cheap night. If you want to drive Veuve Clicquot, you won’t, but that’s up to you :-).

The menu for our dinner is a tapas type menu and includes all of the following dishes:

  • Marinated Olives
  • Baked Ricotta – sundried tomato tapenade, balsamic olives, garlic croutons
  • Sauteed Chorizo in Red Wine – wood fired bread
  • Crispy Polenta Squares – beetroot relish, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil
  • Sliders (mini-beef and wood-fired lamb burgers)
  • Chilli Salt & Pepper Squid – aioli
  • Tempura Prawns – ginger, soy, mirin & sesame dipping sauce
  • Twice Cooked Pork Belly – sticky ginger & caramel sauce

And you even get dessert!  The trademarked Pizookie – a pizza-sized warm cookie, served with vanilla bean ice cream and covered in white chocolate and peanut butter drizzles.

(Who’s up for a run in Canberra?)

The great thing about a menu like this is that there is something for everybody, and with no orders needed, we can do a fairly quick turnaround at dinner and head back to the Crowne Plaza for more sewing!

Having said that, I know there are people who have dietary restrictions, and it is imperative that you let me know as soon as you book to come to Sew It Together. I cannot make arrangements for you on the day. I can however make plenty of arrangements in advance, so that you are catered for. Please let me know – I am not a mind reader!

And just a reminder – you don’t need to pay separately for your dinner this year. It’s all included in the Saturday Crafting Session ticket!

Shop Update!

January 25, 2011

I’ve made a few changes to the shop this morning.

  • There is no longer an option to pay a deposit for the Saturday Crafting Session. If you wish to come along and join us (and please do!) you will need to pay the whole cost upfront from today.
  • You can now book and pay for your Saturday Night Dinner. Numbers are unlimited for this, but you must have attended the Saturday Crafting Session to come along for dinner (excluding Mathilda’s stallholders).
  • You can now pay your final payment for the Saturday Crafting Session (if you have previously paid a deposit). Please pay this by February 20, 2011 or your deposit will be forfeited.

And that’s about it! You can still book a place on the Friday Fabric Shopping Trip and the Prints Charming Stitching Session (just a couple of seats left) if you haven’t already done so.


What’s in store for Sydney 2011?

January 3, 2011

I know that you’re keen to know what’s planned for Sew It Together in Sydney, so here’s a rundown of what’s on offer. Keep times in mind before you book any flights to and from Sydney!

Remember, before you reserve your place at any of these additional events, you must have reserved your place, and paid your deposit for the Saturday Crafting Session. You cannot attend any of the other events without attending the main event on Saturday 26 March, 2011. You can do that here.

  • Friday Fabric Shopping Trip will be visiting The Remnant Warehouse in Alexandria, the brand-new Calico & Ivy store in Balmain and the Prints Charming studio in Annandale. The bus departs The Menzies Hotel in Carrington Street at 12pm sharp and will return at approximately 5:15pm on Friday 25 March, 2011. Only 24 seats available on the bus. Cost is $32.
  • Friday Prints Charming Stitching Session will be held at the amazingly gorgeous Prints Charming studio in Annandale, Sydney. You’ll spend two hours learning how to embroider one of their beautiful panels, and just enjoying the inspiration you’ll find all around you. If you catch the ‘stitching bug’, you’ll be able to purchase any extra Prints Charming products before you leave. Places *strictly* limited to 15 people. The Session runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Friday 25th March, 2011 and the cost is $70. This includes the lesson, the panel and transfer back to The Menzies Hotel via Maxi Taxi; and the Prints Charming ladies are throwing in some champers so we’re all very relaxed. Bookings are only open to non-Sydney bloggers. {Sorry, but Sydney girls can go anytime – this one is for the visitors only! Please don’t pay if you live in the Sydney Metropolitan Area – I will return your money straight away if you do}. You will need to make your own way, at your own expense, to the Studio at 2 Young Street Annandale if you are not on the Friday Fabric Shopping Trip.
  • Saturday Night Dinner will be held at the Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe, 135 Harrington Street, The Rocks. There is a  3 course set menu (which includes their awesome Mussel Pots), and drinks can be paid for on a cash basis at the bar. You can view the current menu here, although I am advised that it will change slightly between now and March. There are vegetarian options included in the set menu, but if you are even stricter than that (ie vegan), please let me know loud and clear at the time of booking. Saturday 26th March, 2011 at 7:30pm. Cost is $59.00 and includes food only.
  • Sunday Morning at Material Obsession – bus will leave The Menzies Hotel at 9:30am and head straight to Material Obsession for a private shop opening and demonstrations by Kathy Doughty and her team. Come along and explore the store, do some shopping, admire the sample quilts and be inspired by what Kathy and her team are going to show you. The minibus will leave Material Obsession and go directly to the domestic airport for your transfer back home. Please do not book a return flight out of Sydney before 2:30pm. Cost tba and will include the minibus transfer from The Menzies Hotel, and the return trip directly to Sydney Domestic Airport. Numbers will be limited, but will be advised.

I have tried to think of the best of Sydney to show our visitors. I hope that you enjoy any of these options that you decide to attend! Remember, they’re just options – it’s up to you if you come to all of them; or none of them.

Numbers are limited for everything except the Saturday Night Dinner, so I suggest that you do not hesitate reserving your place if you have your heart set on attending something. If you later change your mind, and I can fill your spot, you’ll be entitled to a full refund (excluding the Paypal fee).

Bookings will open for the Friday Fabric Shopping Trip and the Prints Charming Stitching Session soon, so stay tuned!

The Details

May 12, 2010

Here’s where and when you need to be:


  • Fabric Shopping – Citigate Hotel, 270 Flinders St, Melbourne at 12:45pm sharp.
  • Friday Night Drinks – Nicole Mallalieu Studio at  420 Victoria St, Brunswick (off Sydney Rd, past Brunswick Railway Station) from 5:00pm. Late-comers will need to call from the security phone for access. Nikki will leave the number on the door for you. The building is an old school and the front door is in the middle of the building that faces the street.


  • Saturday Crafting Session – Conference Rooms, Citigate Hotel, 270 Flinders St, Melbourne from 9:00am to 4:30pm. (Tea and coffee available from 8:30am).
  • Saturday Night Dinner – Cafe Italia, 56-66 University Street, Carlton at 7:30pm. Please only come along if you have already confirmed and paid.

Any questions?

Leave a comment below and I’ll answer as soon as I can. I’m outta here before dawn tomorrow, but I am bringing my favourite tech gadgets with me, so I should be able to stay in touch.

See you all soon!