Welcome Spring

It has been a warm start to the season for those of us in Brisbane – perfect weather for a quilt show in fact and as it happens there is an excellent event on this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – the Laidley Spring Festival. The good people of Laidley will be out in force because the whole town gets behind this festival and there is lots to see – from the flower show to the street parade to the quilt show. Which is where we’ll be of course so pop in if you’d like to see the prize-winning quilts from the area.

And speaking of prize winners here are two of our own. As I mentioned in the last post, Robyne took out the third prize in her section and Lesa won Viewer’s choice at the recent EKKA  ‘Quilts Across Queensland’.

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I hope these women inspire you to enter competitions yourself. Doing so will help you see your work in a new light, will add to the show (more is more) and who knows, you might be lucky enough to win a rosette as beautiful as Robyne’s and Lesa’s!

I was pleased to find out that my Bowie quilt has been accepted into the Queensland Quilters’ Show in October so you see I’m taking my own advice. It will be great to see it hanging in the convention centre at the exhibition.

Speaking of exhibitions I hope you took the opportunity to visit the exhibition of costumes from the ABC television show ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’. It was delightful to see the couture garments as well as the inside information regarding fabrics and designs. Made you want to be a flapper ….

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There’s something very artistic about a collection of thread don’t you think?

And on the subject of art – don’t forget the Apatchy challenge this year is to make a quilted item with the theme ‘Nature’. Better get designing….

Estelle was our designer this week. She managed to finish two major works.

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The latter is an example of what you can do with a jelly roll and a little extra fabric. Great work Estelle.

And if you missed Robyne’s and Lesa’s quilts the first time round here they are again…..

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Congratulations to you both.

Until next time happy quilting (and see you in Laidley)

Kaye

 

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

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Then there was a visit to Vanuatu where the sun almost always shines and photos look like they’re fake (but aren’t)

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Where the flowers are as bright as the ladies’ dresses:

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And where there is time to relax and reflect on the meaning of it all:

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And finally a quick trip to Melbourne. On arrival I found that the National Gallery was exhibiting ‘The Making of the Australian Quilt’ – an exhibition to showcase the rich heritage of Australian quiltmaking from the ‘Rajah’ quilt (made by female convicts on the voyage to Australia) to quilts from the 1950’s.  Here are some of the key works:

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The hexagons that make up this quilt (by Prudence Jeffrey made around 1857) are only 1/2″ across – proving that some people were mad back then too!

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This quilt was made by Mary Jane Hannaford and includes a little poem to remind the reader to do the right thing.

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And this sampler quilt made by the Misses Hampson around the turn of the century shows Australian motifs.

I must say, even though I had seen many of the quilts before, they were certainly inspiring, especially some of the crazy quilted pieces that were made from the finest velvets, satins and silks.

While I have been gallivanting around, there have been several wonderful projects that the Apatcheez have finished – really it is like a factory here sometimes.

We also passed a bit of a milestone last week – it was Apatchy Quilting’s 8th birthday! But was there cake and streamers – oh no – the girls just kept working –

Pat finished this set as a gift for someone special. Apparently the origami folding at the top left was a little challenging.

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While Margaret finished her set which includes sashiko – again a gift for a lucky someone.

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To celebrate the birthday though we will be having our annual birthday sale this week so come in and say hello and grab a bargain.

I have also been asked many times over the past few weeks about this year’s challenge. As you know we have a challenge every year and it’s time to announce the theme for this year. (See I hid it here so you had to read all the way through until you found it – tricky eh?) Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a quilted item that is inspired by the theme. All the entries will be displayed at the annual Christmas gathering – to be held this year on Saturday 3rd December. This means that your entry must be in by the 2nd December.

As I mentioned this year the challenge will be to make a quilted item (it could be a quilt, wallhanging, bag, garment…..) that fits the theme. Again this year the theme is a word and the word this year is (drum roll please) ……’Nature’

So get your creative juices flowing  – if it’s animal, vegetable or mineral it will fit the theme. From a pebble to a mountain, a leaf to a forest, an insect to an elephant – all fit. I can imagine some ideas coming to life on the fabric. Hope you can too.

I’m sure we’ll talk more about this and I’ll give you more information about the venue and so on as we get closer to the time of the unveiling.

The other big news is that the world outside Apatchy has been taking notice of the Apatcheez. There are always quilt shows asking for entries and it is sometimes a little daunting deciding whether or not to enter – will my work be good enough? Will people criticize it? Will I win a ribbon? Personally I think you should go for it and as someone once said “sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”. It gives you a different perspective when you see you quilt hanging with others and it can be a useful exercise where you can see aspects that could be improved. If you do happen to win a ribbon well that’s a bonus. I have entered my latest quilt in the Queensland Quilters Show and will know next week whether or not it has been accepted.

Over the past couple of weeks the EKKA was held here in Brisbane and three of the Apatcheez were successful – Robyne won third with her Roseville Album, Christine won ‘Best Hand Quilting’ and Lesa took out the viewer’s choice prize for her ‘Roseville Album’. I’ll try to have photos for next week. Congratulations ladies you are champions!

Until next time, happy quilting

Kaye

 

 

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…

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And while we’re in the animal world – have a look at visiting tutor Susan Carlson’s work – Dingo Dreaming….

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and the AMAZING Stevie – Crocodylus Smylus – 20 foot long…

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There was a display of red and white quilts from Sydney –

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen needleturn that small – this quilt was quite incredible.

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And there was another competition fro ‘Tradition with a Twist’ – here’s some of what we saw in that category –

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There were war quilts from Annette Gero – quilts that had been made by soldiers – often from uniform fabric and whatever else was available –

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and there were the best of each state and the best of the best – quilts selected by each state guild to represent that state-

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There were fabulous art quilts and quilts by the tutors at the festival –

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And there was my quilt

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And there was fun times with friends –

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I think you should come with us next year – don’t you?

Until later happy quilting

Kaye

 

 

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!!

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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 also colour and inspiration over he past couple of weeks –

Margaret made these placemats and tablerunner

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And while she was on a roll these evolved from the Australian floral stacks (that were also a big hit at Boonah)

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Suzanne finished her Sashiko cushion-

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Chris finished another small quilt with her wonderful free motion quilting-

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Dee finished one the “boy version” of her Aussie stitchery quilt –

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And Pat really got stuck into the February project-of-the-month and managed to finish four aprons! Don’t the vibrant colours of the Kaffe Fasset Collective fabric pop?

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I wonder what we’ll see this week to impress? Until next time….happy quilting

Kaye

5 fabric ranges you won’t want to miss

The Apatcheez were right back in the saddle when classes started last week. The postman has been busy over the holidays and there were several new fabric ranges to tempt them. The most popular was probably Melba –
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Melba was designed by Emma Jean Jansen from Ella Blue and she used her memories of living in Melbourne when she was Textile Design Student, as the inspiration for her designs. The collection includes the iconic Melbourne tram on which she travelled daily, and fabrics listing Melbourne suburbs that she lived in and visited regularly. Old Public Transport Tickets and a fabulous Magpie print are included in the range giving it an overall very Melbourne feel. Beautifully designed Native Australian flora, Banksia and Gum nuts are also part of the fabric range. We used it to make the frilly apron above and it was very soft and easy to use.

Another range from the same stable is Ella Blue Basics. We have curated a small collection to start and had fun making the kangaroo. These go beautifully with the Melba range.

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Since it’s February and Valentine’s Day is close here is another love-ly range –

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Lovebugs is a Riley Blake Design fabric range and the ‘love’ text fabric would be great as a backing for that special quilt and we had fun making fabric envelopes out of the envelope fabric.

Another Riley Blake Designs range is Extravaganza.

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This is another pretty range with greens, pinks and lilacs taking centre stage.

Finally, now that we have some cooler weather here in Brisbane after the high temperatures/high humidity of last week it’s a great time to sew – and why not make something for your newly revamped craft room? How about a mug rug or sewing machine organiser with Thimble Pleasures

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or maybe you could use the free pattern here and make a whole quilt with this quirky fabric.

Of course the holidays meant that there were several projects finished and other progressed. Here are some of the Apatcheez’ work –

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Jane finished her dolly quilt in December but I was walking Hadrian’s wall and missed it – maybe you did too.

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Lynette surprised everyone by making this sewing basket. As she’s away for six months this will no doubt be useful – and beautiful.

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Maureen finished this quilt and gave it to her granddaughter who has run away to the circus – not really but she was chosen to learn to be a member of Circus Oz – way to go! Hope we’ll be seeing her on the high wire soon.

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Robyne wowed everyone with her magnificent rendition of this Kim Maclean design. Her use of colour is exquisite. And she did it again with this quilt called Mon Ami – another crowd favourite:-

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Not content with those two masterpieces we saw another – made from French General fabrics and embellished with lace –

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June has been busy over the holidays too –

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This whimsical piece has a place in her craft room and this bespoke peg bag is almost too good to use –

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Bev also finished a UFO that’s been hanging around for a while – and she did it beautifully – this is the Japanese log cabin quilt that Hiroe taught us –

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The Wednesday ladies were not to be outdone and Margaret finished a couple of minor pieces – just kidding – there’s this eye spy quilt –

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Oh and did I mention she finished Fiesta! Congratulations Margaret this is wonderful and the quilting is excellent – all her own work –

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Not to be outdone Sharyn slipped in a few finished projects –

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And finally Robyn showed us this piece which came together very quickly –

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Ir was lovely to see all the ladies again and catch up on tales of holidays and other exciting events. This year looks to be very promising and there are still more wonderful projects to come. Stay tuned.

Until next time, happy quilting

Kaye

Massed Flowers and Quilts

After the Laidley show weekend you would have thought the next weekend would be quiet but no – we managed to pack quite a lot into the days. Friday night was the teenager-in-residence’s formal and I trust you enjoyed the photos in the last post. On Sunday we decided to take a very pleasant drive to Toowoomba and see what all the fuss was about with the Carnival of the Flowers. For those who haven’t seen this spectacular make sure you add it to your diaries next year because it was definitely worth the trip. In fact we all decided we should stay for a couple of days next time so we could see everything. One day just wasn’t enough.

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Of course while we were there we had to check out the quilt show and see what the Toowoomba quilters had been busy doing all year. Like the massed flowers in the parks, the quilts were arranged en masse and they really were quite striking. With so many techniques on display there was something for everyone from intricate appliqué to avant garde art quilts. Here’s a few to whet your appetite:-

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This one didn’t have the maker’s name anywhere I could see. It featured beautiful needleturn and sashiko in an interesting way.image

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Lyn did amazing quilting on this (no surprise there) and there were interesting angles on the borders.imageRobyn Ginn – Quilted Wallpaper The photo doesn’t do this one justice.imageKathy Adams – Hobart – What a Site! This was an amazing art quilt which utilised printable fabric in a clever way and texture too – each piece of the grid was separately bound.imageimageKerrie Klan – Graduation Quilt for MatthewimageDorothy Cottee – Memories of Notre Dame

Our own Apatcheez have also been busy as usual – here’s what they’ve been up to:-

Maureen's modern quilt made with multiple half square triangles -nice one Maureen

Maureen’s modern quilt made with multiple half square triangles -nice one Maureen

Tracey's finished the baby quilt just in time

Tracey’s finished the baby quilt just in time

Margaret manages to make Audrey even more magnificent

Margaret manages to make Audrey even more magnificent

Suzanne's tea cosy design goes medieval

Suzanne’s tea cosy design goes medieval

Don’t forget the Apatchy challenge for the end of the year – due on 4th December – and the theme ‘Home’.

After the success of the pincushion swap last year, we thought we’d try the same type of thing this year at the Christmas Party only this year we’ll make it a needle book. If you would like to participate just bring a needle book as a gift. We’ll mix them all up and call numbers. When we call your number you get to choose a gift et voila you’ll have a new addition to your sewing tool arsenal.

Also now’s the time to start thinking about a trip to Melbourne for the AQC (Aust Quilt Convention. It is on mid April and I’m sure accommodation will go quickly.

That’s about it this week – until next happy quilting

Kaye

Lovely Laidley

I was chastised at Laidley Quilt show on the weekend for not keeping up with my blog posts. The lady in question was from Murwillambah and mentioned that she looked forward to my posts and noted that it had been a while….. Ok Apatcheez I’ve been a bit slack but here goes…..

Before we get to Laidley let’s recap what the ladies have been doing over the past couple of weeks. Margaret has been very productive and wowed us with this quilt for her friend…
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Not to mention the pillowcases she made with printable fabric

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Naturally her friend was very impressed.

Lynette also made a quilt and pillow for her friend and we have seen this coming together over the past few weeks – isn’t it lovely?

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While on the subject of people making quilts to give away, Robyn, who is always very generous with her creations finished this striking quilt which she donated to be raffled for an organisation which provides medical aid to women in Uganda.

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Chris is still making quilts but had a little hiatus recently which produced this beauty –

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Mum and Dad came up to help with the Laidley show and Mum brought a few of her recent pieces to show-and-tell. We didn’t know whether to be inspired or depressed when we saw what she’d been able to achieve in a couple of months. Here are just a few of the projects-

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Impressive isn’t she??? Not bad for 85!

As I mentioned, the reason she was here was to help deliver the Apatchy experience to the good people of Laidley and their visitors. Dad lugged the boxes from the car (and back again when it was all over) and Jan and I arranged and re-arranged until we were happy with the stall. With Mum on customer service it was time for the show. The good people of Laidley put on a great show as usual and even ordered perfect weather. The little touches like the table decorations are just one sign that this is a special event.

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Here are some of the quilts that were on display ….

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The organisers made sure that each stall holder was also demonstrating their craft. We had Jan in charge of that department and she showed everyone how easy the hexies are to make into great projects. Speaking of great projects isn’t this lady’s necklace great?

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Another demonstrator showed everyone how easy and satisfying hand quilting is to do. She certainly made it look easy…

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You can see how neat her stitching is in the photo above. She said she hopes to finish the quilting by Christmas – which shows you that quilting isn’t fast (especially if you do it by hand) and that it involves lots of work.

Of course it wasn’t all work – there was the street parade to watch on Saturday, lots of craft stalls to wander through to see what treasures you could find to bring home or maybe to eat there (don’t ask me about the incident involving the coconut ice stall. Let’s just say they made record profits this year). And let’s not forget the strawberries and ice cream. Laidley is famous for this delicacy and many people enjoy a serving after a hard day’s festival-going. Here’s a couple of people who did just that.

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Until next time, happy quilting

Kaye