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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

I Hate Hexies!

The hexie craze has infected my ladies! Last time I looked there was the occasional person folding small pieces of fabric around six-sided cardboard cutouts but now every second project is a lesson in geometry. Now if you say “hexagon quilt” I see a Grandmother’s Garden – a design that became synonymous for many people with the depression but which actually developed long before that – in the early 18th century in fact. What it… Continue Reading

Top Quilting Tips No. 1- The Fabric of Life

In the Countdown to Classes series here’s number What would we do without FABRIC? People who don’t quilt just can’t COTTON on to why we love it so much and why we want to cut it up into small pieces and then sew them back together again. I don’t want to MUSLIN on your time but I think we could all use some more. OK I’ll stop now because I don’t have any more MATERIAL…. Continue Reading

Top Quilting Tips No. 2 – A Class Act

In the ‘Countdown to classes‘ series here’s number – Today I want to talk about classes and why you should attend one on a regular basis. As far as Apatchy Quilting goes I always envisaged that it would be a haven away from the stresses of everyday life as well as a quilting venue that nurtures creativity and inspiration. This is why I try to encourage everyone to think positively and why I discourage negative… Continue Reading

Top Quilting Tips – No 3 – Nuts and Bolts

In our countdown to classes series here is number Nuts and bolts – well no bolts yet – that’s for later. Your task today is to: Make sure your toolbox is packed and ready for action As with any activity you could spend a lot of money on lots of gadgets and tools but, for quilting I think you really only need a few. Apart from the operational sewing machine, thread and an iron we… Continue Reading

Top Quilting Tips – No. 4 – A Pressing Problem

In our countdown to classes series here is number So we all know that pressing is an important part of quilting and that, to perfect your technique, you need to develop a mutually- satisfying relationship with your iron. Maybe you never owned an iron before you started quilting. Maybe you iron everything including the underwear. Maybe you have shunned ironing as the result of a bad experience when you had to iron 48 shirts in… Continue Reading

Top Quilting Tips – No. 5 – Nice Threads Man!

In our countdown to classes series here is tip number Nice threads doesn’t refer to topics on message boards (for the more modern) or the white suit John Travolta sported in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ (for those of us more vintage than modern). I’m talking about the myriad thread choices we have when we are piecing and quilting (and hand sewing too). Do we choose cotton, metallic, silk or polyester? And what does weight mean? Different… Continue Reading

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

7…Sew Ready

Here’s the next in our countdown to Apatchy Quilting classes – How are you going with your countdown to classes? I had the stereo cranked up listening to David Bowie while I sorted out my UFO list and I nearly Ziggy Stardusted when I realised how many I had – occupational hazard when you own a quilt shop! Pozzie Dog was helping me sort out the paperwork. He just turned ten and, even though he’s now… 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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