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Spring Fever is Wild

Spring has certainly started off well here in Brissie with blue skies and sunny days. The postman must be feeling it too – because look what arrived today! The aptly-names ‘Spring Fever’ is Jane Sassaman’s latest collection. She is well-known for over-sized leaves and flowers and this range goes all out to boost spirits with its fresh colours and energetic patterns. Did I mention that there is another colourway too –  I have literally just… Continue Reading

A challenge for you

After the ups and downs of the past couple of weeks you might like to see some photos of the wonderful projects the Apatcheez have made. And there might be a challenge announcement somewhere in here too. Now it’s been a while since you saw photos so prepare yourself –  Firstly Esther, who lives in Denmark, finished her version of The Edwardian House and made it sing with the bright fabric choices. Esther has a great… Continue Reading

Winter is for Quilting

Although we don’t care too much about the weather, June in Brisbane is always a great time to get stuck into a project and to start to work on that winter quilting programme. The fierce heat of summer is but a memory and the cooler weather starts to seep in. Sure we don’t see the beautiful snowy landscapes that a colder climate might enjoy, but as soon as the thermometer dips below 240 you see… Continue Reading

‘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

News from the frontline

Fame is all very well but it does mean you have extra work to do. I found this out after the success of the Bowie Quilt. I mentioned in the last blog that he had managed to score a front page position and two-page spread in the latest Down Under Quilts magazine and I believe this particular issue sold out in many newsagents around Brisbane. One of my friends had to travel to Buderim to… Continue Reading

Front page news

It’s been a big week at Apatchy Quilting. One of the major items to report is that I made the front page of the latest issue of Down Under quilts magazine! That is to say my quilt has made the front page – see there in the bottom left – And not only that but inside there is a two page spread – yes two pages – on the making of what has become known… Continue Reading

2016 – It’s a wrap

Well that was 2016 – went quickly didn’t it? Remember I promised to show you some of the projects the clever Apatcheez finished last year but which didn’t fit into the last post? Well here they are. Make yourself a cuppa and sit down because there’s quite a list – First up are the Tasmanians. You might recall that two ladies in particular had taken to vinyl mesh and were sewing up a storm. There… 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

Planes, Flowers and Quilts

My brother visited overnight last week so I took the opportunity to grab a couple of items from his secret-pilot’s-attaché-case to use as props (no pun intended) for the latest fabric arrival – ‘Aviator’. Thanks bro’. Designed by Dan Morris this is a great collection that has a masculine feel. The range includes logos, maps and, of course, cloudy skies. We are just waiting to take flight and do something wonderful with these aircraft-inspired fabrics.  Unfortunately that project… 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

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