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

The Countdown has begun

A rather belated happy new year to everyone. I hope you have enjoyed your little break and look forward to a motivating and inspirational year at Apatchy Quilting.

I arrived back in Brisbane early in the new year after a wonderful holiday with Luvvy, the teenager-in-residence, my parents and aunt. I, of course, enjoyed it all – from the tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok to the iconic stone houses of the English Cotswolds to the twinkling lights of the German and French Christmas markets. It is certainly a magical place to spend Christmas.

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Ok that’s it – if you want to see more you’ll have to wait for the slide night!

It was difficult to choose a highlight although snow on Boxing Day was hard to beat. How beautiful it was to see the way it gently fell and swirled around and such silence – quite an experience for people used to the tropics. Luvvy said it was a very tough assignment and, after the disappointment of the 2014 campaign where we circumnavigated the globe and didn’t see one drop of snow, he was pleased we were rewarded. Thanks Freiburg.

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The teenager-in-residence also agreed that it was difficult to choose a highlight – he was torn between the superior wifi in Singapore or the day he stayed at the hotel in Rothenburg and talked to his friends on Facebook… In fact there was no competition – it was the day he met Steve Tyler from the band Aerosmith and actually had the presence of mind to ask for a photo. And Steve had the good grace to oblige. Since he’d just come through security at Heathrow Airport it must have been a little annoying to be accosted by a fan. No doubt he was trying to grab his belongings from the conveyor belt before they became entangled with others owned by mere mortals. I thought he looked very rock star – especially the fur coat. What do you think? Nice one Steve.

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Here is Brizzie there was another VIP arrival with the birth of Sophie Blake on 30th December seen here with her unbelievably yummy mummy Sarah – one of our evening class ladies. Sarah started at Apatchy last year and did a great job finishing a lovely cot quilt – and just in time for Sophie’s arrival – check it out in the gallery.

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And so we are all back from holidays and special events and it is back to realty. Sarah has a good reason to be a bit disorganised in the sewing department but what about you?

There’s 10 days left until the week classes start again and so I’m going to shock you all by posting a daily blog for the next 10 days to help you get ready. I know you want to be in top form so I’ll be giving you advice and tips on how you can start the year off so it will be productive and enjoyable – things that you can ACTUALLY incorporate into your real life – things that are ACHIEVABLE!

Stay tuned

What are you all looking forward to in 2015? How can I make it the best year ever? I’d love to hear from you. Until tomorrow..

Happy Quilting

Kaye

Paradise Found

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Welcome to Paradise Island. This beautiful range from Michael Miller includes exotic flowers printed on the cotton couture combed cotton basecloth. Team it with solids of olive, mermaid and azure for a stunning project.

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There is a free pattern for this fabric range and you can find it here. Maybe you don’t want another quilt (is that possible) but still love this fabric – how about a beautiful skirt?

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Speaking of paradise, here in Brisbane it has been wonderful weather – not too hot not too cold – great quilting weather (isn’t it always). Our classes started off the year last week and Jan hit the ground running. She asked me to remind you about our class times. As last year, classes are on Tuesday and Wednesdays – the morning class is 9.30am to 12.30 and the evening class is 6.00pm to 9.00pm. If you are new to quilting we recommend all but the Tuesday morning class as it is so popular it is difficult to fit a machine on the worktables! You will have better chance at tuition at one of the other classes. Make sure you phone if you are planning on starting beginner classes this year so we have everything ready for you.

Thanks for making Jan feel right at home and stay tuned to next week’s blog – we will be announcing our block of the month for the year and may even give you a sneak peek. It’s related to paradise too and quite tropical – no more hints. Until next week……

More Opulence

Sadly we’ve come to the end of the Opulence Overlays workshop. Lisa Walton is teaching this class at Houston so those travelling to the show there should sign up before the places are all gone! Here’s the beautiful results our clever ladies achieved with Lisa’s help:

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Opulent Overlays

Here’s a sneak peek of the Opulent Overlays workshop happening here as we speak. The incomparable Lisa Walton is here today showing us how to incorporate the shapes and curves of intricate ironwork into our textile artwork. This is our progress so far:

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