Weekly pow wow

The Apatcheez have been as productive as ever this week with several completed projects. Some are a little shy at first at being photographed for the blog but eventually they see the funny side.

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Yes it’s Chris with her lovely scrappy quilt. Surprisingly Chris didn’t like the way this turned out at first. We thought it looked wonderful and her quilting is extremely good. That’s what practice does for you girls.

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This stunner was worked by Bev – a lady who always tries lots of different techniques and isn’t frightened to try something new. This quilt was difficult to photograph because it was so large but you can see the impact even with the poor photographic technique. It shows the effectiveness of the humble log cabin block, the force of the large block and of course the optical strength of the colour against the greys.

Elaine brought her Harry Potter quilt in for show-and-tell.

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Margaret has been a bit quiet lately in terms of finished projects. She has still been sewing, but set the bar high earlier in the year when she would bring several items every week. This week she had a very striking version of one of the Appliqué Club projects – love the bright colours…

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Lynette finished this quilt which is to be a gift for her friend.

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Lynette quilted this in class by tackling one long section at a time before joining the three sections together. This quilt-as-you-go method is a great way to approach a large quilt and complete the quilting on your domestic machine.

Finally, there is news of another Apatcheez victory. Lesa has taken out the  Hangers’ Award (akin to the Packing Room Prize for the Archibald) at the EKKA for her entry “Laura’s Garden”. You will have seen this quilt before when she won her section at the Brookfield Show. Well done Lesa. It is a beautiful quilt and a well-deserved win. Look at all those fussy-cut hexies people and be amazed!

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Until next time happy quilting

Kaye

A Challenge is Announced

It’s time to announce the annual Apatchy challenge. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make an 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 5th December. This means that your entry must be in by the 4th December. And the theme…..well just hold on for a moment while we review things……

It has been QUITE a while since we last spoke and so now there is much to share including projects from the Apatcheez:-

Suzanne utilised some Apatchy fabric in a very creative way. 100% cotton is great for sewing clothes - here's proof

Suzanne utilised some Apatchy fabric in a very creative way. 100% cotton is great for sewing clothes – here’s proof

Debbie's 'if it isn't in here I don't need it' hold ALL bag

Debbie’s ‘if it isn’t in here I don’t need it’ hold ALL bag

Joan's remarkable 3D cushion using yoyo's and bias stems

Joan’s remarkable 3D cushion using yoyo’s and bias stems

Next there was a trip to the quilt show at Brookfield. These girls always have interesting challenges and this year was no exception. The challenge was over a period of around 18 months and involved adding borders or other embellishments to a centre on point. Here are two examples –

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And here are two more –

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Then they had some other amazing quilts to see like these two –

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Anyone who is anyone was at the show and it was quite a sport spotting the rich and famous

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A short trip to Sydney was a welcome break from the end of year BAS calculations and the like. It was a beautiful weekend and everyone, including the birds enjoyed the sunshine –

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To add to the enjoyment the wattle was out

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Back at the ranch we all enjoyed the finished Apatcheez projects last week

We've enjoyed watching Bev hand quilt this beauty for a while now and it was great to see it finished. An awesome example of reverse appliqué

We’ve enjoyed watching Bev hand quilt this beauty for a while now and it was great to see it finished. An awesome example of reverse appliqué

Pat nailed her version of the kid's quilt kit

Pat nailed her version of the kid’s quilt kit

And Pat also whipped up this bespoke eye spy quilt in a very short time

And Pat also whipped up this bespoke eye spy quilt in a very short time

And on the weekend it was time for the Sherwood quilters show. They too had some excellent entries –

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The Sherwood group also had a very interesting challenge which involved each person drawing a number which corresponded to a page in a magazine. Whatever was on the page was the inspiration for the challenge. The Apatchy challenge is a bit broader than that ( or narrower depending on your perception) as it involves a word for the inspiration. And this year’s word is….’Home’.

So get your creative juices flowing  – maybe you’re thinking literally of your home, or a bird’s nest or a rabbit’s burrow. Maybe it’s a song like ‘Green Green Grass of Home’. The teenager-in-residence, who enjoyed a birthday last week came up with a Motley Crue song with home in the title. How you’d quilt that I can’t imagine, but I can imagine some other 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. Until then, happy quilting

Kaye

Busy as Ants

Another busy time for the Apatcheez with the usual classes as well as a trip to Maryborough for the Sunrise Rotary Quilt and Craft Extravaganza.

In order to be ready for the show I had the help of Mum and Dad who arrived just in time to help pack the cupcake liners with 5″ squares.

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Have you ever tried to roll up 26 small squares and keep them all uniform? It’s not easy – Dad wanted to know how he could get sacked from the job!

Mum helped me put together this tote – inspired by Bec’s suggestion to add quilted houses at the bottom and made out of the “Out of Town” fabric range – one of several ranges recently delivered (that I haven’t had time to photograph – too busy!).

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Pozzie was giving it his all as well…..

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When end we arrived in Maryborough we managed to set our stall up in record time. We put it down to pre-planning and the family effort. Apart from Mum and Dad, Luvvy packed up the Paj to the roof and unpacked it all when we arrived plus the teenager-in-residence helped put up the quilts in the backdrop – very useful having a tall son. Here’s Mum ready for action.

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Also a big thankyou to Jenne for her hack of the bunting kits resulting in the two baby quilts hanging on the back wall on the right – sorry I forgot to take a close-up – too busy!

The girls up in Maryborough liked the hexie projects we took with us and thanks to Jan we had a sample for each project.

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Naturally they were also impressed by our block of the month project Fiesta (thanks Jan again).

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It was difficult to get photos of the quilts on display because they were either behind a stall or hanging from the balcony in the Town Hall. Here’s what we saw:

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There’s no truth in the rumour that the photos above were taken during peak hour!

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This quilt (above) was a machine embroidered quilt and caused a bit of controversy when it won the viewer’s Choice award.

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After Maryborough it was back to the big smoke and our usual weekly classes. The Apatcheez managed to finish a few projects and I have added them to the gallery. I’ve added them here as well…just in case you’re too busy to go looking for them!

Jan amazed us by finishing this project in 3 weeks!

Jan amazed us by finishing this project in 3 weeks!

Angie designed and made this cushion as a special present

Angie designed and made this cushion as a special present

Margaret's original under the sea project is a winner

Margaret’s original under the sea project is a winner

Chris finished her very festive project - ho ho ho

Chris finished her very festive project – ho ho ho

Suzanne's been dabbling with jewellery making

Suzanne’s been dabbling with jewellery making

Margaret was also very busy this week and managed to finish her under-the-sea quilt – and very nice it was too. It has been a bit chilly here over the past week and Charlie took advantage of the fact that he didn’t have to sit on a cold floor for a while.

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Margaret wasn’t worried though – she said the cat had already taken it for a test drive – perhaps that was the attraction?

More action this week with the beginner’s sampler quilt – so many blocks to sew, so little time…

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And of course there are more shows to do this year so we have to keep the samples coming – thanks Mum

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Until next time, happy quilting

Kaye

 

Queen’s birthday weekend

Having a lovely time this weekend doing all things quilty. After spending weeks trying to get my new website up and running I put that all aside this weekend.

A free evening on Friday (just me and the muts) inspired me to try to finish one of my UFOs – a souvenir from Strasbourg at Christmas – and indeed I did manage to complete the entire project – a sewing machine cover – by Sunday night.

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An early morning call on Saturday to take the teenager-in-residence to soccer meant I was back in time to travel over to Mexico (the south side of Brisbane for those not in the know) to attend the Beenleigh Quilt Show.

These girls know how to put on a show and there was entertainment, lots of quilts, demonstrations, stalls and cake! The theme was military and everyone received one of the poppies when they entered. I tried to take photos of a selection of techniques including piecing, appliqué, stitcheries and so on so hope you enjoy:imageimageimageimageimageimage

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Another early start on Sunday led to breakfast at Woody Point where it was a beautiful day. I took this photo of a windsurfer enjoying the sunshine and the wind of course. Can you see him on the board?

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Bugger – just missed him

The Apatcheez were also busy last week and produced quite a few projects which they were happy to share…..

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Jan finished her amazing three dimensional project and it caused quite a bit of interest in class. Here are some close-ups…image

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Margaret wanted to try out printable fabric and turned her trial into this beauty…

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Not content with that effort, she also finished bespoke table setting again with cats – is there a series developing I wonder?

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But wait there’s more! She also showed us this beauty – what a great design and what great use of novelty fabric.

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Does that woman ever sleep? Apparently not. It is always exciting to be around someone who has so much enthusiasm for quilting and wants to make EVERY quilt. I know how she feels.

Speaking of excitement we had a surprise last week when Cathy from Cathquilts Bits n Bobs came to visit. We have been following her sea change on her blog Cath@Home but it was great to hear her stories first hand.

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If you want to read about a wonderful crafty lifestyle check out her blogs.

And now to indulge in a little more of my crafty lifestyle. Until next time happy quilting.

Kaye

 

Winners are Grinners 1, 2, 3

So I’ve been AWOL for a couple of weeks but much has been happening. I’ll have to tell you about all that in another post because this one is to let you in on the goss.

The Brookfield Show is on tomorrow and Sunday and if you happen to drive out there for a weekend excursion make sure you check out the building with the needlework and quilt entries.

If you do you will find that the Apatcheez have been victorious! Fortunately we had paparazzi Don in attendance and can bring you some photos live from the venue…

Firstly Chris won two prizes with her wonderful tea cosies. She entered the tea cosy challenge sponsored by Nerada. Can you tell it was sponsored by Nerada?

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Next the amazing Lesa won two prizes for her awesome, hand-pieced hexagon marvel – best in her section as well as Best use of Colour.

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And finally… Part of the reason for my silence over the past fortnight is because I was finishing this quilt – my entry for last year’s challenge. Bowing to pressure from several people I entered it in the Art/Pictorial section of the show at Brookfield and was very pleased to win first prize!

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Go and have a look at the show, not just the Apatcheez creations but also the other beautiful works that you’ll find there. Make sure you wear your winter gear though because it was quite chilly on Thursday night. Not that we cared – we were too busy jumping for joy!

Thursday pow wow

The Apatcheez were very busy this week and several projects were begun after the finishes of the past two weeks. That means that I don’t have any finished quilts to show you. What I can show you are parts of ‘The Gallipoli Quilt’ by Lucy Carroll. Lucy was the guest artist at the recent Melbourne quilt convention. She is a veteran of the RAAF so has combined her love of quilting with personal experience to create an impressive 12 metre long artwork. The quilt is actually made up of ten panels, each one illustrating an aspect of an Australian soldier’s life from his dockside departure to his arrival at Gallipoli Cove.

The quilt was one of the major attractions at the show so it was difficult to take a photo without a crowd of people around each panel. Nevertheless, infused with the Anzac spirit of persistence I did manage to get these images. I hope you enjoy them.

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For more information about each panel and for more photos go to Lucy’s website.

Until next time happy quilting

Kaye

 

And the winner is….

Big news! Karen Kay Buckley has won Best of Show with her quilt ‘Majestic Mosaic

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She is the designer of our Block of the Month Fiesta quilt

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She is also recovering from heart surgery and we wish her all the best. Also recovering from surgery is my No. 1 son and I would like to thank everyone for the waves of positive energy we all received! Everything went well and he is “ticking all the right boxes”.

Until next time happy quilting

Kaye