We’re still here…

As I’m writing this there is a very cold wind blowing and it seems winter has arrived. No doubt that will bring more problems in the management of the coronavirus. I’m sure many of you are tired of the restrictions and the impact they have on everyday life. Trying to organise Mum’s 90th birthday party has been very difficult and it has been whittled down to a very small group at home. The Laidley Spring Festival has been cancelled which means that the Quilt and Craft Show is also cancelled which is really sad as we have been attending that show since Apatchy started. Many other events have been cancelled or re-scheduled and I’m sure there’ll be more cancellations in the coming months.

I know some of you are annoyed about the fact we can’t all get together but really we are very lucky that we don’t have a situation like they do in other parts of the world. Who would want to live in Brazil right now?

Apatchy classes are still on hold and I know many of you are getting together in smaller groups to keep your sewing a community activity. Just to clarify the situation here – while the classroom area could accommodate many people the 1½ metre – social distancing rule means that we could only have four people – and the big question is – which four? Even with staggered classes I don’t think this is a practical way to run things and I want to make sure you are safe. So it looks like there is a way to go yet until we can all get back – so I will thank you for your patience and support in advance.

You are still very welcome to come to Apatchy for your quilting needs and I really appreciate those people who have been supporting me during the whole class lockdown phase. I just ask that you call first to arrange a time to visit. You can also order from the website if that is more convenient. Or just give me a call on 07 3256 1410 if you need supplies and I can organise something for you.

We are getting some new fabrics and other products through now. The latest (which isn’t even on the website yet) is ‘Playground’. If you would like to add it to your stash just give me a call.

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Some of you have had birthdays in isolation and I want to wish a happy birthday to Sue, Lynette and Lesli for their May birthdays, June, Dee and Julia for their June birthdays and Michelle (and I) who are the only ones who have July birthdays. Obviously the Geronimo Club is on hold until we get back to normal so if you have paid your subscription and haven’t received your birthday voucher it will still be here for you when you come back.

Our self-imposed isolation has had a mixed effect on people. Some are still working so haven’t felt any effect, some are sewing up a storm clearing all their UFO’s, some have looked elsewhere and worked on other hobbies like gardening or cooking or learnt new skills and others are in a bit of a funk and can’t quite seem to find their muse.

One of the things that has changed here since we had classes is the garden. You wouldn’t recognise it! We have a new garden at the back – the Pozzie memorial garden – made with plants that some of you gave me when our lovely dog Pozzie died in March. This was it when it was made but it has grown a lot since then and is in flower. Its a lovely place to sit and stitch if we can ever get back to normal.

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I still miss him very much as he used to come to work with me every morning and now his chair is empty. The garden is coming along if I can keep the possums away and there are several flowers to brighten things up. It is near the coffee area – a place that he loved to linger in case someone dropped a biscuit.

The vegetable garden, which was my Mother’s Day present is also going full steam ahead and the tomato and broccoli plants are trying to burst out of their space. I am looking forward to fresh vegetables in the near future.

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As well as the back garden we have also done a lot of work out the front and…. we have a new pond at the front which is so lovely. I can’t wait until the groundcover plants grow a bit more and cover the area. It will be a lovely place to sit and stitch when the weather warms up.

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I was very chuffed to see that there is an article in this month’s ‘Material Facts’ magazine (from Queensland Quilters) about my Elvis quilt. Although I wrote the piece I didn’t know if it would be included or that they would print the whole three pages. There’s another one for the resumé.

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I can’t show you any of my sewing work because most of it is still in the planning stage or else has stalled but I’ve added photos of some of the projects since the last blog so you can see that the Apatcheez are very prolific. Now these are only finished quilts that I am showing here – there are heaps more works in progress but you would be here all day looking through photos. I hope I have included everyone’s project. If I’ve missed you it’s because I have to look at my camera, three facebook sites and emails so let me know and I’ll add you next time.

Faith has been as busy as always and sent through these photos of finished projects –

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and then there were these mini quilts that I forgot to add to the last blog post –

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Estelle sent these two –

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Jan has been going ahead with her Homespun BOM Quilters’ Holiday. I do have one of these kits left if anyone is interested. It includes the Homespun magazines to date as well!

She also managed to make this with our new fabric range –

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Jane worked on her Field Journal stitcheries and finished this quilt –

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Lesli made this wallhanging –

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and may have had something to do with my lovely surprise-

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and then had a bit of an accident after one of her dogs tried his hand at EPP paper removal –

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She was on the receiving end of this beautiful sewing bag from Pat C –

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Margaret was in gift-giving mode too and made these custom nappy bags-

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Meredith finished her Tula Pink 100 quilt blocks quilt and after it came back from the quilter we were all able to share in its beauty –

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Michelle was practising her embroidery and although she was working completed these projects –

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Mum and Dad are ensconced safely on a property out of Tamworth, NSW and Mum has been in bag-making mode –

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Pat C has been making things for other people (like Lesli’s sewing bag above) and this stitching book for Joy and casserole bowls –

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as well as making this clever project from just a few hexies –

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and a machine cover for herself –

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Pat P was also thinking of others and, after she won the Tilda Club prize this month, made this lovely doll for a little girl –

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Robyne was working on finishing her Field Journal embroideries and made her runner and lovely needle case –

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as well as extending her skills with this pincushion –

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Sue W finished this major project and it’s a beauty –

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Vanessa is working from home but finished all these projects so I think er supervisor might have to check her hours! Just kidding

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and finally Wendy, who used to come to classes before she and her husband moved to London, finished this lovely quilt for someone very special-

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Wendy will be keeping warm now that it is summer in the northern hemisphere. I hope you are keeping warm too and staying safe and can enjoy your time in your own little bubble. Charlie is missing everyone too.

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Until next time. Happy quilting!

Kaye


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Nice to see things are still humming along in Apatchy land.
Sure miss my Wednesday chatter.
Even volunteered to do some croquet refereeing to have a change of scene, its really unusual times for all.
Thanks for blog
Margaret

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Thanks for that Kaye,
Oh I do miss seeing the ladies Wednesday mornings and had full intentions with my time off.
However I have been down once and seen your garden out the back but not that lovely water feature in the front. Beautiful
The photos of what the ladies have achieved is amazing .
Robyne’s hexi embroidery is divine, Field of journal quilt.by Lesli, and what’s B.O.M. stand for.
Well done to all the Apatcheez .
I did make 3 baby quilts and and finished my aboriginal quilt, so pleased about that.
See you when WHO knows.
Cheers Rural Rob

Tracey
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Tracey

Nice to see the projects that the ladies are working on, I unfortunately have not had much time to do too much sewing as I am one of the lucky ones at present who continue to work but I’ve also had my son who was in Victoria move back to Queensland just as the pandemic started and is now out of work so living at my place with his wife and 3 kids under five. Yay!! No it is nice having them around just time consuming.

Anyway happy quilting everyone.

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Very late catching up with this fabulous blog entry. I used to get notifications but I’ve obviously turned something off 🙁 How incredibly busy all the ladies have been and what a wonderful assortment of quilts. The Tula 100 block quilt would have to be my favourite because I know how much work has gone into it. The colours and fabric choice really make it pop. I hate to say but Covid has enabled my alter ego to rear her ugly head and I have turned into a UFOer. I have not finished anything but instead started several things at… Read more »

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