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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

Breaking the drought

I gather you haven’t appreciated the silence over the past month. Sometimes you can either do things or write about it – this past month has been the former. And the Apatcheez haven’t been left behind. Here’s what they’ve been up to: Teresa finished a large project… and a small one… Suzanne’s sashiko proved difficult to photograph at its best Susan finished her magnificent hexagon quilt that has been slowly coming together this year. This… Continue Reading

Queen’s birthday weekend

Having a lovely time this weekend doing all things quilty. After spending weeks trying to get my new website up and running I put that all aside this weekend. A free evening on Friday (just me and the muts) inspired me to try to finish one of my UFOs – a souvenir from Strasbourg at Christmas – and indeed I did manage to complete the entire project – a sewing machine cover – by Sunday… Continue Reading

Thursday pow wow (belated)

Here’s what’s been happening at Apatchy over the past couple of weeks- Sharyn thought ‘outside the square’ and upcycled some denim skirts into the quilt above which she intends to use for a picnic rug and also managed to make the other little projects above. That was the week before last and this week Sharyn showed us another completed work – the sampler quilt she commenced when she first started at Apatchy and based around… Continue Reading

Thursday pow wow

We had a lot of fun this week in the classes and managed to share tips from pinning to plumbing – now that’s quite a range of topics. And of course as usual the Apatcheez have been very busy again this week creating beautiful things.  Some have been ‘upcycled’ from the leftovers of other projects (I don’t like the term ‘scraps’ as it has connotations of discarded waste and fabric is never that.) One such… Continue Reading

Thursday pow wow

Ok well it’s actually Friday but let’s not be pedantic. The Apatcheez have been very busy this week – here’s what they’ve been up to: June made these purses as gifts for her travels when she jets off next week. Hope the recipients appreciate all that work! The purple fabric was the result of a long search and was eventually found in the surprise box when June won the lucky door prize – how’s that… Continue Reading

Thursday pow wow

The Apatcheez have been very busy this week with lots more projects finished. Prepare for photo-bombing…..   As well as the above there are also some wonderful works in progress. Here’s a couple we saw around the table this week. Actually there’s lots more but I’ll save that until next time. Except to say that we had several people start with Apatchy this week. Some came to learn a new craft, some for the company…. Continue Reading

Festival of Broken Needles

Today women in Japan are celebrating Hari-Kuyo: the Festival of Broken Needles. Those who rely on needles for their livelihood come together at shrines to acknowledge their tools and give thanks for the hard work they (the needles) have done during the year. Additionally the women pray that their skills will improve in the next year. Traditionally seamstresses, embroiderers and the like take a day off from their work and bring their bent and broken… Continue Reading

8…UFO Sightings

Here’s the next in our countdown to classes at Apatchy Quilting So now your sewing room is organised and you can see what’s in there – now I know the joy is in the journey not the destination BUT your job for today is to unearth your UFOs – all of them! Now I’m not talking about the magazine pages you marked with little Post-it notes while you were reading and decided to make-that-when-I-get-a-chance (or is… Continue Reading

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