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‘C’ is for Creativity

Our craft is a very creative pastime. There are many opportunities, from designing a project through to working out the various components and then of course to the final quilting where you can put your own stamp on things. Sometimes your mind takes you exactly where you want to go and you can bring everything together into a unified project. Sometimes your sewjo just isn’t there and you can’t seem to focus.  Or you can… Continue Reading

The Perfect Quilter

If you’re perfect you will have re-arranged your sewing studio into the optimum ‘mission control for quilting’ by now. You will know where all your tools are and how to access them easily. All your fabric will not only be colour-coded but will also be systematically sorted into sizes and shapes based on an algorithm that you would have worked out in your scheduled downtime. Your embellishments will also be categorised according to colour and… Continue Reading

Double Gold!

All classes and some remote Apatcheez have been very busy making and finishing lots of projects but this post I wanted to show you the ‘Nature’ challenge entries. We had a record 17 entries and, since a picture paints a thousand words here are the photos of these wonderful entries. In no particular order: Lynette’s butterflies – Pat’s asymmetrical depiction of the four seasons – Suzanne’s very amusing testament to the unfinished – Robyne’s very sweet… Continue Reading

The Evening Class Strikes Back

Not so long ago in the Apatchy galaxy which is really quite close…………….. After the rebel evening class have been brutally overpowered by the sheer number of finished projects by the Wednesday-morning-class, a new threat arises. Sharyn has a new sewing table and is keen to create more quilts and Margaret is close to finishing several projects. As they and the rest of the Wednesdays attempt to rule the quilting galaxy, only a few can stop… Continue Reading

The Best Way to Sort Your Stash

The second time it happened I knew I had to do something. I’d been looking for a particular fabric in my sewing room and couldn’t find it. Earlier a pattern had gone astray. I can’t understand how this could happen. Hadn’t I spent much of the Christmas holidays sorting out this room so it could become my personal creative space?  How had the ‘summer of the great de-cluttering’ possibly resulted in lost supplies? Clearly something… Continue Reading

Welcome Spring

It has been a warm start to the season for those of us in Brisbane – perfect weather for a quilt show in fact and as it happens there is an excellent event on this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – the Laidley Spring Festival. The good people of Laidley will be out in force because the whole town gets behind this festival and there is lots to see – from the flower show to the street parade… Continue Reading

Quilting on the Road

So you’ve decided to pack it all in and take off. Maybe for a year, maybe longer. The house is sold, the kids are settled, the dog’s going to be looked after and the van is packed. Now what are you going to take with you for quilting supplies? This was the question faced by one of the Apatcheez recently when Robyn did just that.  She and Brucie have said farewell to the ordinary life… Continue Reading

Four cities and a wedding in China

Strange place China. One minute you’re revolted by some of the customs – like  the excess of phlegm its inhabitants seem to be able to produce (and the public spitting IS quite gross) or the inclination to eat….anything!. The next minute you’re absolutely charmed by the abundance of roses cultivated on the median strips and along the highways into town. And then you’re overwhelmed by the extent of the development of the cities. A couple… Continue Reading

Best of the Best quilts in Melbourne

A little tardy I know but here is some eye candy – some of the inspirational quilts from AQC in Melbourne:- Firstly – from the ‘Paws and Whiskers’ competition… And while we’re in the animal world – have a look at visiting tutor Susan Carlson’s work – Dingo Dreaming…. and the AMAZING Stevie – Crocodylus Smylus – 20 foot long… There was a display of red and white quilts from Sydney – I don’t think I’ve… Continue Reading

15 minutes of fame…

Excitement at Apatchy this morning. I may have mentioned (a couple of hundred times) that my quilt ‘My Top 40’ was chosen to represent Queensland in the upcoming Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. Indeed several Apatcheez will be making the pilgrimage to the Exhibition Building and will see it there. So… the latest email from AQC talks about the quilts that are on show and provides a link to the ‘Best of the Best’ page –… Continue Reading

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