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And they’re racing……

Broadcast from the supplementary course – bag-making in the tropics – a short course to complete the project started two weeks ago in Gail McMahon’s class ……. And the field has gathered for the running of the supplementary bag-making course. There are two scratchings – Faith and Julia were unable to take the field and, as a result, Joan, previously on the reserves bench has been given a run. So a great line up this… Continue Reading

Bag making in the tropics

Isaac Singer has a lot to answer for. Not for his bigamous private life that resulted in more than 20 children, but for his alterations to the mechanics of the sewing machine that resulted in his claim to fame – the Singer sewing machine – the forerunner of all the others we enjoy and curse today. While Isaac didn’t invent the sewing machine, his improvements turned the machine from an expensive, industrial device to one… Continue Reading

Boonah Show wrap up

Thanks to everyone who came to Boonah to say hello at the quilt show on the weekend. Jan and I had a great time and were really inspired with many of the quilts in the show. Of course I did take a photo or two so prepare to be quilt-bombed!! Wonderful aren’t they? Lots of colour this year which seems to be the trend in the quilting world. And in the Apatcheez world there was… Continue Reading

What’s on your design wall?

After weekends filled with many distractions I did find a few hours to work on my next major project. This one is a tribute to a great artist and also a challenge. Personally I have tried life-like faces (some worked better than others but I learned about value and the importance of it in design) and then went on to see if I could produce recognisable faces that were quite small (again some worked some didn’t)… Continue Reading

The Chinese zodiac, quilting and you

This week the Apatcheez thoughts turned to the Chinese New Year and in one class we had fun reading through the personality traits of each zodiac sign. I thought you might like to see how they relate to your quilting. The following is totally fiction so don’t put too much weight on it – it’s just for fun! Year of the Rat (1936,1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008) So you’re a rat. Don’t be down-hearted. It means you’re resourceful (so you can… Continue Reading

New Year new look

Hello and welcome to Apatchy’s 2016. Are you sick of seeing blogs with free printable monthly planners (too late January’s almost gone)? Or advice on how to achieve your goals for this year?  What about ideas for organising your creative craft room (and what else would a craft room be if not creative?)? And then there’s the comprehensive storage ideas to maximise space (which means minimise your cash by buying ‘storage solutions’ to load up… Continue Reading

2015 Challenge Winners

The Apatcheez had a great time at the Christmas party/Challenge reveal on Saturday. This is the fifth year we have run the challenge and three people (Jan, Chris and Lynette) were rewarded for having entered a project each year. That’s what I call consistency. We had twelve quilts this year and they were so interesting it made it very difficult to judge. Just think how great it would be to have 27 quilts on display… Continue Reading

Christmas party

Just a reminder that the Apatcheez are getting together on Saturday (5th December) to celebrate Christmas with a secret Santa needle case and the unveiling of the challenge entries for this year. Bring a plate if you would like to attend. The venue is the Presbyterian Hall, Queen’s Road, Clayfield and the event will be from 10am to 2pm. If you have an entry for the challenge please hand it in to me by Friday…. Continue Reading

Hit the Wall Tour – we march on Newcastle

The legion prepared itself for the final assault with the march to Newcastle. This would be a 12-mile walk – the longest yet but over mainly level ground. Petermus Maximus gathered his thoughts and resolved to ensure his Compeed blister packs were in readiness for this the final frontier. Dear old Hadrian had marked the way well and the company started with two good omens. – the first was a robin who had welcomed the… Continue Reading

Hit the Wall Tour – the campaign moves further east

Monday was a rest day for the legion – so naturally the company went walking! A reconnaissance mission around Chollerford discovered the following:- 1 the bridge has fantastic views of the trees mirrored in the water of the Tyne (that were not visible the next day due to higher winds). 2 The town has the most beautiful range of trees and the autumn leaves are an inspiration Another reccy to Chester’s Fort was very valuable… Continue Reading

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