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Here’s what happened
As you know we had some issues with the rain last Friday week and there was a lot of water in my office which meant that everything had to come out. When the rain finally stopped it all had to go back in again – only re-arranged of course. We have spoken to a builder and we intend to commence waterproofing very soon so we don’t have this problem again. What you may not know is… Continue Reading
It’s a Washout!
Due to the heavy rain over the weekend we have had flooding so there won’t be any classes this week. Sorry for the inconvenience but there is a lot to put back in place.
Damn that 1/4″ seam!
As we batten down the hatches here in south east Queensland and wait for a cyclone to hit us, I got to thinking about the elusive 1/4″ seam, as you do when disaster’s imminent. An integral factor in achieving success in quilting, why is it so difficult to attain? Sure there are some people who can ‘eyeball’ this width and zoom through seams with their machines set on warp speed, ending up with perfectly spaced… Continue Reading
Over the past few months I have been trying to update myself with the world as it has become. This has meant coming to grips with the workings of Ipad and iphone as well as WordPress so that I can be clever and add links and videos for you all to enjoy. Furthermore I have been hounded by my children over the past years to “stop being a dinosaur” and get into Facebook. Well finally… Continue Reading
Thursday pow wow – Absolute beginners
Not just a Bowie song it has really been a week of ‘absolute beginners’ here at Apatchy Quilting. I’ll tell you about that in a minute. Firstly, here’s some photos from this week’s classes: Makes you wish you’d come doesn’t it? As for the ‘absolute beginners’ reference, well firstly I am working on a new website. the current one has a few issues so look forward to a brand new site coming… 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
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