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Travel, Shows and Celebrations

A lot can happen in three weeks. Sometimes you stay put and sometimes you get out. It was that kind of time this month.  First there was a trip to Warwick for the Jumpers and Jazz Festival – where everything, whether it moves or not, is wrapped in wool Then there was a visit to Vanuatu where the sun almost always shines and photos look like they’re fake (but aren’t) Where the flowers are as… 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

Quilting on the Road

So you’ve decided to pack it all in and take off. Maybe for a year, maybe longer. The house is sold, the kids are settled, the dog’s going to be looked after and the van is packed. Now what are you going to take with you for quilting supplies? This was the question faced by one of the Apatcheez recently when Robyn did just that.  She and Brucie have said farewell to the ordinary life… Continue Reading

Four cities and a wedding in China

Strange place China. One minute you’re revolted by some of the customs – like  the excess of phlegm its inhabitants seem to be able to produce (and the public spitting IS quite gross) or the inclination to eat….anything!. The next minute you’re absolutely charmed by the abundance of roses cultivated on the median strips and along the highways into town. And then you’re overwhelmed by the extent of the development of the cities. A couple… Continue Reading

Best of the Best quilts in Melbourne

A little tardy I know but here is some eye candy – some of the inspirational quilts from AQC in Melbourne:- Firstly – from the ‘Paws and Whiskers’ competition… And while we’re in the animal world – have a look at visiting tutor Susan Carlson’s work – Dingo Dreaming…. and the AMAZING Stevie – Crocodylus Smylus – 20 foot long… There was a display of red and white quilts from Sydney – I don’t think I’ve… Continue Reading

Goodbye April

Another month gone and you haven’t seen what the clever Apatcheez have been up to for a while now. So here’s what they’ve been doing…. Faith finished this wonderful quilt – the flowers are entirely made from the fabric she won in the Apatchy Christmas lucky door prize – thanks XLN Fabrics! And thanks Faith for a wonderful job. Another surprise was Julia’s bespoke ‘beaded’ necklace – what a wonderful gift! Suzanne may have a… Continue Reading

15 minutes of fame…

Excitement at Apatchy this morning. I may have mentioned (a couple of hundred times) that my quilt ‘My Top 40’ was chosen to represent Queensland in the upcoming Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. Indeed several Apatcheez will be making the pilgrimage to the Exhibition Building and will see it there. So… the latest email from AQC talks about the quilts that are on show and provides a link to the ‘Best of the Best’ page –… Continue Reading

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

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