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 –
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.
Since it’s February and Valentine’s Day is close here is another love-ly range –
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.
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 –
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 –
Jane finished her dolly quilt in December but I was walking Hadrian’s wall and missed it – maybe you did too.
Lynette surprised everyone by making this sewing basket. As she’s away for six months this will no doubt be useful – and beautiful.
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.
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:-
Not content with those two masterpieces we saw another – made from French General fabrics and embellished with lace –
June has been busy over the holidays too –
This whimsical piece has a place in her craft room and this bespoke peg bag is almost too good to use –
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 –
The Wednesday ladies were not to be outdone and Margaret finished a couple of minor pieces – just kidding – there’s this eye spy quilt –
Oh and did I mention she finished Fiesta! Congratulations Margaret this is wonderful and the quilting is excellent – all her own work –
Not to be outdone Sharyn slipped in a few finished projects –
And finally Robyn showed us this piece which came together very quickly –
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