What’s On at Apatchy and an Episode of the Sharyn Show

Well the dust has settled and my 15 minutes of fame has passed so we can now get back to the business of creating beautiful things and having fun – not necessarily in that order.

First the fun – there are three events coming up. For those who have been in a cupboard for the past month – the Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 1st November. To commemorate the event we will be having our annual hat competition judged by the world’s finest Apatchy-Melbourne-Cup-hat-competition judge – our visiting dignitary from south of the border. To add to the pleasure of the morning would you please bring a plate of food for us all to share for morning tea prior to the prize-giving ceremony.

The second event is the long-awaited ‘Christmas in the Country’ at Gatton on 4th and 5th November. We will have a stall at that show so pop in and say hello if you’re there. I might even give Dave an outing for the event.

Finally, the last event, which also requires you to bring a plate, is the annual Christmas party/Challenge unveiling to be held on 3rd December. No doubt you are full steam ahead with your challenge pieces based on the theme ‘Nature’ and remember that they are due in to me by 2nd December. And I’m sure you also remember that the secret Santa gift this year is to be a handmade Christmas decoration, the wrapping for which should include a card with your name. So I won’t remind you of that.

I knew that there would be a couple of show-and-tell photos to add to this blog but when I went through the list I realised that what we were about to see was an episode of the Sharyn show! Sharyn has consistently brought us all manner of beautiful projects and clever hacks that we all want to use (who could forget the slap band pincushion). In fact I forgot to take a photo of her latest effort which were very clever origami-like wine coasters – maybe next time. Anyway here’s what she’s been up to lately –

  • a very sweet Winnie-the-Pooh themed baby quilt;


and this great bag made around vinyl mesh (isn’t this a great photo!);


a coffee-machine cover for a very lucky person;


which, by the way, includes one of her famous d-i-y labels;


and a clever Christmas runner.


So there’s another challenge for you – see what you can create in the next couple of weeks to rival Sharyn’s output!

There were, of course, some other people who also finished a project or too. Here’s Robyn pretending she’s not the one who finished this;


and inspecting the seams here in this very, very cute baby’s quilt.


Meanwhile….I met Clare at the Maryborough Quilt Fair and she was quite taken with the vinyl mesh that I used to make my Doctor Who bag. So much so, that she went home to Tassie and told her sewing group about it. Nearly 40 rolls later these girls are whipping up mesh bags like there’s no tomorrow. And they haven’t just stuck to the rectangular tote version. Oh no – these girls have added all manner of curves and who knows what. Here’s one they prepared earlier (thanks to Robin for the photo)


So there you have it – the gauntlet has been thrown down for you to sew faster – remember Christmas is only weeks away – and there’s lots of fun to come before the end f the year. Until then

Happy Quilting


Go off like a frog in a sock

The title of this post is Aussie slang for “to be very excited”. It’s what my number 1 son said I should be doing (in the context of “if I were you I would be going off” etc – like the aforementioned imprisoned amphibian)!

Now I know you’ve probably had your fill of seeing my David Bowie quilt….


and you’re probably sick of hearing about the prizes won at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair last week


and I know you probably think I’ll need a bigger hat soon but, guess what……….


this morning, at Queensland Quilters meeting, I received the Viewer’s Choice Award (thanks to Logans Patchwork Fabrics).

So I’m still doing a happy dance – and will be for some time….boom boom shake the room!


The Starman Evolves

Just in case you’re one of the three people in the world that haven’t been told…..my Bowie quilt won 2nd prize in the Open Pictorial category as well as Judge’s Choice award at Brisbane Quilt and Craft Show today. Many thanks to the Apatcheez who were there as the cheer squad, to the class who sent me the victory photo and to everyone else who sent their good wishes. I really appreciate your kind words.


This is what was written on the attachment to the quilt:

“Bowie was unpredictable, theatrical, cutting-edge, genius. Colour here reflects his flamboyance. The quilting reflects his stage personas: Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin white Duke – as ghosts. Beyond them no quilting signifying the void that his passing has left.” I would have said more but I was only allowed 40 words!

Thanks again


Planes, Flowers and Quilts

My brother visited overnight last week so I took the opportunity to grab a couple of items from his secret-pilot’s-attaché-case to use as props (no pun intended) for the latest fabric arrival – ‘Aviator’. Thanks bro’. Designed by Dan Morris this is a great collection that has a masculine feel. The range includes logos, maps and, of course, cloudy skies. We are just waiting to take flight and do something wonderful with these aircraft-inspired fabrics. 



Unfortunately that project had to take second place as I was working on my challenge quilt all weekend. No doubt you are too! Details of the Christmas extravaganza and challenge details are here towards the bottom of the post in case you missed it.

There are other new fabric ranges arriving, it seems daily. I will have to update you with photos next time or, even better, why not pop in and check them out in person. Just to tempt you here is one new range that hasn’t even made it to the website yet. It is Tanya Whelan’s ‘Sadie’s Dance Card’


This range is really the definition of pretty and there have been some lovely projects made with it. Here’s one idea from the designer –


While you’re adding projects to your list don’t forget about our FOCUS (Finally Organising Chaos Using Support). Last week’s blog here really struck a chord with you and I was overwhelmed with the response. It seems, after consultation with the inaugural FOCUS group and others, that this is a bigger problem than I first thought and will need more time to resolve. So… rather than the cursory spring clean I originally suggested we are going to embrace the principles of the book (‘Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter: An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams’ ) that we are using as a kind of textbook and go the whole hog – think major re-structuring and alteration of your cupboard/studio/mansion wing – wherever you sew.

To be a part of the group you have to purchase the book from Apatchy Quilting. Apart from that you just need patience and vision. The hard part will be done over the Christmas holidays when sewing is probably not high on the agenda and there is time it sort it all out. There is still time to join – just send me an email and you’re in.

I did promise to show you a few of the quilts from the Coorparoo Quilters’ show. As usual these shows have quilts hanging on stands that are spaced nicely to see the quilts but not to photograph them properly. So here’s what I managed –


The quilt above was a fine example of needle turn appliqué from Cheryl Craig.imageVicki Carr made this beautiful sampler quilt and chose the perfect border.imageimage

I really like the shimmering quilt pattern and this is a fine example by Natalie Ravenswood.image

This quilt by Leith Woodall is called ‘African Dreams’.


The Coorparoo girls have discovered the twister rulers and made a challenge out of the process.

As our challenge is ‘Nature’ I thought I would leave you with some photos from Toowoomba’s Carnival of the Flowers. Enjoy.imageimageimageimageimageimage

Until next time – happy quilting


P.S. Wish me luck for this week’s Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair – my Bowie quilt is in the Queensland Quilt Show.