Winners are Grinners!

Well it has certainly been an inspiring weekend for some Apatchy girls – at the show at Brookfield two of our girls swept the awards – Lesa with her magnificent modern Baltimore and Chris with her wonderful tea cosies. Have a look at the photos and tell me they aren’t happy. Great work ladies, congratulations!

Chris as winner

What a champion!

What a champion!


And here’s the winning tea cosies:
Chris is a winner!

Chris is a winner!

Chris wins again

Chris wins again

Chris makes her third cosy and takes a hat trick

Chris makes her third cosy and takes a hat trick

A little peep at Lesa's prizewinning quilt

A little peep at Lesa’s prizewinning quilt

Challenge revealed!

The gathering we had yesterday is what Apatchy people call a Christmas party. To those of you who have never attended one of these parties it is more of a delight for the senses.

Yes each person brought a plate of delicacies for all to share and yes we mingled and chatted and exchanged gifts and laughed. Yes we even had ‘secret Santa’ – a time to be amazed at how ingenious our ladies are in being able to buy lovely things for just $10 or perhaps to be amused at the reaction of some as they opened their presents. The thrill of expectation is always exciting and here was no exception.

We even had a visit from the Christmas fairy – unfortunately our Apatchy Santa (the teenager-in-residence) has hung up his over-sized shirt and polyester beard and declared this year that he is too old for such nonsense. Fortunately another generation is available to carry on the tradition (in the form of Miss B) although she can only appear as Santa’s representative.

The highlight of the day was the display of the challenge quilts – 14 in all – not bad when you consider there were 34 people present – I’d say that’s as good a percentage as any quilt group can manage. And manage my clever people certainly did. What a wonderful display of quilts of all techniques, colours, sizes and shapes. Congratulations to Robyn for winning the judge’s prize and well done for being the most surprised winner ever. Congratulations to Elaine for her ‘highly commended’ award and to Cathy for her ‘Viewer’s Choice’ award.

Moreover, congratulations to all of you who were brave enough to enter your quilts so that we could experience such a wonderful treat. And thanks to my Apatchy ladies for being the best customers a quilt shop could have. Thanks for a wonderful day and a wonderful year.

Here are some photos of the day so those of you who couldn’t make it can see  what missed. Prepare to be dazzled………

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PicMonkey Collage christmas 2

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Unfortunately when you take photos of quilts hang on the wall they become somewhat skewed and you don’t see them as beautifully as you would have if you were at the show – but you can see the general idea. I’ll try to put each quilt and it’s creator on as an individual image on ‘Your Gallery’ over the next week. Here’s a great photo of the winners of the awards – talk about ‘winners are grinners!’ Well done Robyn Cathy and Elaine:

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A Challenge is Announced

We had a great day on Saturday with Laura Macpherson showing us how to do altered books. We had such a good time that it was difficult to leave and that wasn’t because we’d glued our fingers together! The class was supposed to finish at 2.00pm but we didn’t finish until 3.00pm and even then….. There were books with teacups, birds, elephants, Paris, bats and the sea. Laura showed us how to make them our own and showed us lots of different techniques from watercolours to carving to make a unique piece. Thanks Laura for giving us a new addiction!

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It was great fun playing with paper, paint, pencils,glue and fabric and we all found inspiration from a range of places although it was quite a challenge for some of us. Just look around you and see how things can ‘speak to you’ whether it’s for an altered book or a quilt or some other challenge! I found these tulips were quite inspiring – they were a gift from Di for Apatchy’s 5th birthday. You can see a wall hanging that June made for the same event on ‘Your Gallery’.

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Many of us are looking forward to a retreat at Esk this weekend. Hopefully there will be many pieces completed during our sojourn (well started anyway). It will be like having a holiday…………

Now this leads us nicely into another subject. It’s about time that we have another challenge. This annual event has become something of a tradition at Apatchy and this year is no exception. So…. Announcing the 2013 Apatchy Challenge – here’s the rules:

– the quilt can be any shape but the combined total of all sides should be between 72″ and 160″ (so if you’re making a square item it will be between18″ and 40″ square.)

– any shape is allowable but it must be able to hang from a rod at the challenge prize event (so generally this means a sleeve on the back please)

– the quilt must be hand or machine quilted and bound

– the quilt can be any style and incorporate any technique (appliquéd, pieced, beaded, art quilt or traditional) as long as it fits the theme.

– your entry must be received at Apatchy no later than 22nd November, 2013.

– winners of the Challenge and Viewer’s Choice will be chosen at the Christmas party in early December (actual date to be advised but either 30th November or 7th December) when quilts will be returned to their creators.

and the theme for this year is …………………….

HOLIDAY

………so off we go!

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?

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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.

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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!