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Top Quilting Tips – No. 6 – Pimp Your Machine

In our countdown to the start of quilting here’s tip number 6 OK your sewing machine has been dusted and cleaned but what about some customisation? You personalise your other possessions. Do you have those family stickers on the back windscreen of the car? Do you have the personalised address labels for your snail mail? Have you put a little dangly charm on your phone? Then what about your sewing machine? Don’t laugh – one… 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

And the winner is……..

A great day yesterday after our annual Challenge Quilt competition and Christmas event. We had a record number of entries with 16 clever ladies going with the theme ‘Music’ and creating wonderful projects. Because the scope of the entries was wide open we had a wide range of exhibits and techniques. The winner of the day was Suzanne with her amazing creation called “Bad Moon Rising” after the Creedence Clearwater Revival song. Not only was… Continue Reading

6 things I learned from the challenge quilt

Only 5 more sleeps until our annual Challenge Quilt unveiling / Christmas party. I don’t know about you but I just spent the weekend furiously trying to get my piece finished. As you know I like to share your pain and create a piece too – even though it is just for display. After spending around 200 hours on this work I have decided that some things are too much and so my offering will… Continue Reading

A baby AND a quilt show!

Great excitement on Friday when I was at the quilt show in Brisbane – a new grand-daughter – clearly a good omen I’d say. Number 1 son and his fair maid welcomed their first child – Eleanor Margaret Kaye – 8lb – mother and baby doing well. Here’s a photo, the best available so far of Lady Eleanor and her adoring grandmother: And here’s some of what you missed at the quilt show:

Can you have too many quilts in one weekend – no way!

I thought you might like to see some more photos from last week’s craft show at Laidley: There really was some beautiful work at the show – aren’t the people of Laidley and nearby clever? Now not content with three days of peach blossoms and craft we decided to drive out to Samford on Sunday to check out their quilt show! We weren’t disappointed as we found wonderful quilts including miniature marvels from Lorraine Sheane-Smith…. Continue Reading

Maryborough Show

Having a great weekend at the Rotary Heritage Craft weekend at Maryborough. Remember last year we were here we challenged one of the organisers to make up our owl? Well he did and here’s the proof. We hung our ‘Flowers for Trudy’ quilt and we have had a huge response to it. Everyone loves the bright colours and are quite disappointed when we tell them it isn’t a kit for sale. We have sold quite… Continue Reading

Winners are Grinners!

Well it has certainly been an inspiring weekend for some Apatchy girls – at the show at Brookfield two of our girls swept the awards – Lesa with her magnificent modern Baltimore and Chris with her wonderful tea cosies. Have a look at the photos and tell me they aren’t happy. Great work ladies, congratulations! And here’s the winning tea cosies:

Quilt show and Trudy’s quilt

We are having fun at the Boonah Quilt Show today and tomorrow. Hope you get a chance to visit because there are some beautiful quilts on display. The nicest is of course ours shown here- We have finally received permission from the Blue Nurses to hold a raffle for this quilt, the whole proceeds of which will be donated to them. For those who don’t know – Trudy, a good friend of ours passed away… Continue Reading

Ta-da! Block of the Month Revealed!

Finally I am able to reveal to you the new Apatchy Block of the Month – and it’s a Fiesta! This award-winning quilt took out “Best in Show’ in 2013 Quilt Show in Paducah, USA. Designed by Karen Kay Buckley it features vibrant applique blocks that are reminiscent of our tropical lifestyle here in Brisbane, Australia. In fact this quilt was inspired by the designer’s travels in Mexico. Nevertheless it is at home anywhere you… Continue Reading

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