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110, 2019

APPLE TREE TIPS: NO.2; If in doubt rip it out

By |October 1st, 2019|Apple Tree Crafts News|

Ok in some ways this goes against our philosophy of 'ah it'll be grand' But we have often got to the quilting stage and it has become apparent that actually it is not grand. We have bumps and hillocks and tucks and craters where we should have flat flat plains. Oh yes, we are not the perfect seam conjurors our customers sometimes believe us [...]

3108, 2019

APPLE TREE TIPS: No.1; How to Deal with Birds Nesting, or threads clumping under your sewing

By |August 31st, 2019|Apple Tree Crafts News|

HOW TO PREVENT BIRDS NESTING In an effort to sound like we know what we're talking about we thought we would share some hopefully useful information with you each month. We plan to focus on questions that we get asked all the time and issues that students run into in class frequently that can happen to us all. This month's tip is all about [...]

2105, 2019

Guest Blogger – Trina O’Mahoney

By |May 21st, 2019|Apple Tree Crafts News|

Marie has been noticeable in her absence (blogwise) of late so I've decided to pop in and say hi! I'm Trina and I run Apple Tree Crafts with my mam Marie and sister Sinead. I'm loving our brief bursts of summer and even though I silently curse the rain each time our weather turns I also love how much greener everything is when the [...]

307, 2018


By |July 3rd, 2018|Apple Tree Crafts News|

We all make mistakes and I made a whopper. I made 64 quilt blocks and when I tried to join them together realised they were done wrong! After lots of bad words and tantrums I picked up my faithful stitch ripper and put it to work. I now have the blocks separated out again but the outside layer of each one will have to [...]

1105, 2018

Spring has sprung ( again )

By |May 11th, 2018|Apple Tree Crafts News|

The grass is ris I wonder where the birdies is. Some say the bird is on the wing, But that's absurd I say the wing is on the bird!!! Well the snow came and went and it was a great excuse to sew. I made a quilt of pineapple blocks and star blocks in pinks, cream and white. I was using up leftover fabric [...]

103, 2018

Spring has Sprung ???

By |March 1st, 2018|Apple Tree Crafts News|

I thought it had last week but it's now very cold and supposed to get colder. The many birds in the garden are going through their food fast, it's hard to keep up with them and the cats can't be bothered to chase them. We're very lucky here so far having escaped the worst of the winter  and it's good weather for sewing! Caitriona [...]

2001, 2018

There & Back Again

By |January 20th, 2018|Apple Tree Crafts News|

There and Back Again At last I am writing this blog, I had almost forgotten how to! We changed our website with the help of two lovely, very patient people. [The stocktaking was a nightmare, thank you for being so patient when the shop was upside down.] I don't understand most of the new system and have just been able to get into this page [...]

107, 2017

All Quilts are Equal

By |July 1st, 2017|Apple Tree Crafts News|

And none are more equal than others. The QuiltFest exhibition was amazing. Thanks to everyone who brought in their wonderful work. I loved seeing the variety of design and colour made by both new and experienced quilters. So many people were inspired and maybe some will begin or return to patchwork themselves. Thank you also to all our visitors, we [...]

2805, 2017

And sew on

By |May 28th, 2017|Apple Tree Crafts News|

While in school I went to a dressmaking evening class and learnt how to make a dress and a kilt and continued to make clothes for myself and later for the children. This was very enjoyable and economical. Funnily enough recently my husband brought two boxes of baby clothes down from the attic to sort for Caitriona's baby and inside we found several [...]

405, 2017

Bits and Pieces

By |May 4th, 2017|Apple Tree Crafts News|

First of all a very big "thank you" to all who attended the patchwork retreat in Glendalough. It was great fun and I really enjoyed it. It was great meeting new and old friends, you were all so lovely and got on very well together. Some people made the same quilt but they all had their own personalities. We would love to see the finished [...]

1204, 2017

Lets start at the beginning, it’s a very good place to start

By |April 12th, 2017|Apple Tree Crafts News|

As far back as I can remember I have sewn. As children my friend and myself used to rummage in a remnant box in a local junk shop for fabric scraps to make doll's clothes. I had a love of fabric then - the feel of it, the colour, and what it could become. I have no idea what else was in that shop [...]

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