Winners are Grinners!

Yay! Today we won the prize for the best decorated stall at the Maryborough Quilt Show. This was thanks in no small part to Lesa the Leonardo da Vinci of tree painters, Jan and others who helped with the ideas and the work of creating this display. We had several people taking photos of the tree during the day. In fact Cameron the president of the Rotary Club was challenged into making the owl that we had in the tree.  I have included a photo of him -he looks a little worried doesn’t he?


This was the inaugural show for Maryborough and we certainly had a good weekend. Jan had the crowd in awe with her demonstration of the new Kanzashi flower tool as you can see.


This was actually a family weekend as all of us (Including Mum and Dad) made the trip. We all had a fun time and it was certainly easier to pack up with the extra pairs of hands. Of course Mum helped on the stall during the weekend as usual and Dad helped set up and pack up – they are both important members of the team. This time Luvvy and the teenager-in-residence were on hand to lend support too so it really was a team effort. Thanks Apatchy people!

Made-to-measure in Maryborough

Out and about this weekend in Maryborough at the Craft and Quilt Extravaganza. Lots of beautiful quilts and stall holders with the most tempting  products (guess who’s bought more than they’ve sold?)

Sending through pictures of our fabulous stall – a great effort by lots of the Apatchy team to get this looking so good. Will we take out the best-dressed stall? Fingers crossed!


And the winner is………..

Unfortunately not us. Alas dear friends we did not win the Australian Small Business Champion Award on Saturday night. The winner of our category was Braaap who run an online store for dirt bike and mini bike parts. Congratulations to Braaap and watch out next year!

Although we didn’t win we had a great night and I would like to thank all of you for your messages of support. I was very grateful and felt quite humbled at your goodwill.  It was great to have a few days R&R and I am now refreshed and re-energised and I am looking forward to classes this week and the next event – the Maryborough Quilt Show in two weeks.

Here are some photos from the night:

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These were taken on my phone before it ran out of charge. I intended to update you in the IPad but left it on the bed in the hotel room. As you can tell technology is not my strong suit. I will upload an official photo when it arrives in a week or two.

Super Sister

Arrived in Sydney today for a few days R&R and to attend the gala presentation for the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. We are staying at my sister’s house and look what we found when we arrived here:



Our room was decorated with streamers, balloons and all things apatchy! The gifts are from Mum and Super Sister – jewellery to wear on Saturday night. Aren’t my family wonderful! The pressure’s on now. We’ll keep you posted.

Time for a tactical retreat?

While we’ve been at the Esk Quilt Show we’ve been staying with Isla and Ken at the Twilight Grove Farm B&B. Here’s the scene this morning……..


If you look closely you can see Jan having her morning cuppa on the verandah. It is such a lovely place and Isla and Ken are the perfect hosts. This is somewhere you want to spend a week- maybe next time.

While we’re on the subject of home-away-from-home I should mention that Isla and Ken’s daughter is Tamara Buchanan (of Quick Stitch Quilting). She runs Twilight retreat next door and very kindly gave us a guided tour. This is one of the best retreats I’ve seen – everything is here. Just look at the photos

Part of the workroom (couldn't fit it all in) with a table and light for each person

Part of the workroom (couldn’t fit it all in) with a table and light for each person

Half of the huge verandah

Half of the huge verandah

The view from the verandah

The view from the verandah

What I haven’t shown you is the formal dining area and the fabulous open fireplace for cold winter evenings. We might have to plan one of these retreats in the near future.

Gone Bush

On the road this weekend at the Esk Quilt Show. Last night we dined at the Club Hotel and not only did we have a very enjoyable meal up also we took out two prizes in the chook raffle – Jan’s going home with a chicken platter and I won the barbecue tray so guess what we’re having for dinner on Sunday night?

There are a wide variety of quilts here at the show including some made especially for International Women’s Day – all green, purple and white. The textile artist Hetty van Boven just opened the show and talked about why she enjoys quilting. She said that you can start from the beginning and make something beautiful (which is certainly true just look at the sampler quilts in the gallery that our new students have made). She said that patchwork and quilting inspires you to create your own pieces so even if you follow a pattern the end result is still individual (again just look at the gallery for proof of this). Finally she said that enjoys the camaraderie of the quilting group and how we can share our lives and “share our wisdom”. What a lovely expression.

Here’s a couple of the quilts in the show


And here’s some clever quilting by Tamara Buchanan that makes these bug jars come alive


And here’s the wonderful raffle quilt – hoo wouldn’t want to win this?