Can you have too many quilts in one weekend – no way!

I thought you might like to see some more photos from last week’s craft show at Laidley:

There really was some beautiful work at the show – aren’t the people of Laidley and nearby clever?

Now not content with three days of peach blossoms and craft we decided to drive out to Samford on Sunday to check out their quilt show! We weren’t disappointed as we found wonderful quilts including miniature marvels from Lorraine Sheane-Smith. This lady’s work is truly amazing. I thought you might like to visit the show now albeit virtually. Prepare for a photo-fest…….


I’m sure you must be impressed. We certainly were. We also caught up with some old friends. Some of you may remember two delightful beginners from a couple of years ago. Tash and Joanne were both making baby quilts for their first babies and hurried to finish in time. They brought their babies to visit and then we have’t seen them for a while. Quite a while as it turned out. Those babies (Angelina and Asher) are now 3 years old and now have a brother and sister (Charles and Evie) respectively. How did that time go so fast? Just goes to show – life is short – quilt faster! Another reason to get all those UFO projects finished.

I believe there is another show in Toowoomba this weekend. Now should I do the laundry, work on my challenge quilt or nip up to Toowoomba tomorrow???


Laidley leaps into Spring

Jan and I are having a great time at the Spring Festival in Laidley. You can find us at the Uniting Church at the quilt show. Just follow the queue for strawberries and ice cream but be warned they are addictive. And so are the peach blossoms and the home-made cakes and, well you get the general idea.

As always the good folk of Laidley have done a sterling job and the show is a real hit. Come and see us tomorrow and stay for the street parade. Rather than me tell you about it any more here’s some photos:


We brought the ‘Flowers for Trudy’ quilt as you can see and everyone has been very impressed and we have sold more tickets which is wonderful although it’s sad to think we may only have it with us for another couple of months.

Jan’s been busy doing demos:


And the tablerunner Mum made was a big hit:



Oh and did I mention the food?



It’s the last day tomorrow so we look forward to seeing you.

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

Inspirational quilts

Went to the craft show on Sunday here in Brisbane  – great day to go on Sunday because there aren’t as many people so you could wander around the stalls without having to battle the crowds. I managed to purchase a few items that I am planning to use in my challenge quilt. When I say ‘a few items’ what I actually mean is that I now have enough for a dozen challenge quilts – and when it comes to the building of it I’ll probably use very little. Oh well more in the stash. Don’t forget the challenge quilt is due in by 30th November and the theme is ‘Holiday’.

As usual there was a lot of inspiration at the show. We chatted with Loani Prior – the guru of tea cosy makers. She is such a friendly person and I told her how much I had enjoyed the photographic exhibition ‘Portrait of a Tea Cosy’ that I saw at Warwick Art Gallery in July for the ‘Jumpers and Jazz’ Festival. If you missed it have a look here. She certainly is inspirational – and her inspiration has extended to Apatchy – here’s a photo of our Chris with Loani at the show last Wednesday. Chris is no slouch at making tea cosies herself and has produced several beauties – you can see a couple in ‘Your Gallery’.

craft fair oct 2013

Speaking of inspiration have a look at these few examples of the treasures we found at the show:


You can see that I am following a theme here with many of the pictorial quilts. Actually I was very pleased to meet Barry Deans – the winner of the Apatchy Quilting prize at the Quilt Show – and have an interesting discussion about art and quilts. He raised the question of whether the quilts should be judged on technical merit and then artistic or the other way around – what do you think? He lives on the Gold Coast and it is his first time entering so he has certainly set the bar high. Here is his winning piece (you can tell he is an artist – just look at that perspective).


At the same time the quilt show was on another show was on a little further along the building – the ‘Man Expo’ – featuring all things ‘blokey’ – beer-topia, bbq demos, billiards tables and the Bundaberg Rum ‘Distillatorium’. Rumour had it that there were bikini-clad girls as well . The menfolk in my family wandered along to it rather than come to the quilt show with me – can’t think why. I saw this group of guys waiting directly outside the quilt show doors. I suspect they hadn’t just come from the quilt show either – or am I being too stereotyped in my thinking?


Don’t Panic I’m Still Here!

The trouble with having responsibility for a blog is that if you don’t write anything for over a fortnight people start wondering what you’ve been up to. Of course if they knew that you’d had parents and then grandchildren staying for that time they would know the answer! So here’s a little photographic montage to explain the absence:

First the teenager-in-residence took me to the markets for Mother’s Day – a very pleasant way to spend the day, then the children arrived and we enjoyed baby ‘chino’s, pony rides and the baby animal farm as well as a trip to the City.



The youngest female in the family has been groomed to continue the quilting tradition. She attended classes while she was visiting and was very interested in the whole process. During one class she took some photos with my phone. The pictures she took show a interesting perspective on the class don’t you think!


It’s been an interesting time at Apatchy with classes as well as visitors. Last year we started the ‘Campfire Sessions’ where one of you clever ladies show the rest of us a glimpse into your expertise. A couple of weeks ago the talented Lynette showed some of the group how to go about free motion quilting. Her patience and simple explanations made it fun and there were at least two new converts by the end of the class. Here she is showing Margaret a thing or two while Sharyn gets going on her piece.


We also had two VIP visitors this week. Nicola brought her mother in law (who is visiting from Scotland) to see us and of course the lovely Isla, now 12 weeks old.


And so to this weekend – I had a look around the Mad Quilters’s Gathering. It is always fun to attend a quilt show and see all the lovely fabrics out there. Everyone seems to have slightly different ranges. I said hello to Nikki Tervo and she promised she will come to visit us again soon to show us all her lovely buttons and stitcheries in person so stay tuned!

Also chatted with Tamara from Twilight Retreats. She mentioned that she’d already spoken with some of you about our upcoming retreat so you probably know all the details already. For those who don’t we are looking at the weekend of the 16th August. Those of you who won’t be in class this week please contact me.

Finally today was spent re-arranging and sorting things out after the melee of the past month. The office mess was starting to take over and I was in danger of being buried by paperwork. Don’t you hate having to do all the tidying and so on before you actually get a chance to do some sewing (have I mentioned this before). Usually it’s just annoying but today was quite satisfying. After I’d juggled some papers I used some styrofoam I purloined from a shop to make a sort of design wall and pinned all the blocks we’ve received so far for Trudy’s memorial quilt – the one we’re donating to the Blue Nurses. All blocks have to be by the end of May so not long to go but still time. Not being a very patient person I didn’t want to wait until then plus you have been asking me what the blocks look like so here they are – not trimmed to size (obviously) and just randomly put on the wall (well as random as I can be). Don’t they look lovely? Wouldn’t Trudy be pleased – I think it’s a very happy quilt. What do you think?


Oh and last weekend, when I was in the city, we stopped in at Tiffany’s (live in hope). The release of ‘The Great Gatsby’ movie has obviously been an inspiration for their visual merchandising as you can see here


Have you ever been inspired to make a quilt by a movie? Where does your inspiration come from then?

Maleny Morsel

Out and about this weekend in Maleny to see the Quota Quilt Show and Wood Expo (Dad’s visiting). Saw some lovely quilts -here’s some we all liked:-


The last one was the result of a jelly roll race. At the Apatchy classes a couple of weeks ago we saw a video of the 1600 quilt made from a jelly roll and it was great to see one made from a race. I will put the link on another page very soon.

The log cabin quilt is also interesting. I think the log cabin is a very underestimated block and depending on how you place each block you can achieve interesting illusions as in this quilt. I always tell new quilters that, although it may be an ‘easy’ block it can still be striking en masse in a quilt.

After a very enjoyable morning tea it was off to the Wood Expo. This event was so popular that there was a traffic jam in downtown Maleny to get to it! It was interesting to see all the blokes looking at all the raw materials and tools and salivating just as we do when we see fat quarters and quilting patterns! There were also some amazing creations – one fellow makes magnificent pieces of furniture including doors with frogs and other animals carved into the timber.  Another innovative artist made this creation from rather more rustic pieces.


What do you think about our craft/art? Are quilting enthusiasts the same as others or not?

It’s amazing what can spark the inspiration for a new quilt project. Maybe it strikes when you’re browsing through a quilting magazine or when you see a new range of fabric. Colours and designs come together in your mind and a new project is born. Whether you choose a pattern or create your own the thrill is the same. Here in Brisbane we are heading into winter – perfect quilting weather. I hope you have a project or three in mind. If not you might like to check out my boards on Pinterest. Just Go to and look for Apatchy Kaye or else just call me for a chat.

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?


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.


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!

Made-to-measure in Maryborough

Out and about this weekend in Maryborough at the Craft and Quilt Extravaganza. Lots of beautiful quilts and stall holders with the most tempting  products (guess who’s bought more than they’ve sold?)

Sending through pictures of our fabulous stall – a great effort by lots of the Apatchy team to get this looking so good. Will we take out the best-dressed stall? Fingers crossed!