Hands up if you retreated into a new or established hobby during the last couple of years? Most of us engaged in some form of a creative pass-time. Their importance has really been brought into sharp focus lately, and it's something I was missing for a long time. I was too busy to even think about having a hobby. The odd time when it [...]
With all the self isolation, which us introverts LOVE, many of us are breaking into our stash and picking up semi finished projects. During some bad weather last year when I finally had my own sewing space in the house I tried working my way through a few half started projects. I realised quickly that there were several quite different ones in varying states [...]
( I wrote this some weeks ago and felt that it was quite strong and not related to my sewing, I didn't want to delete it so we delayed publishing it while I thought about it. However reading it again nothing has changed and I am still angry. I need to say this. We all need to say it. Our leaders are dumbing down [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
ALWAYS BUY ENOUGH This month's tip is all about How to make sure you buy enough fabric for future projects. (Spoiler; there is no definitive answer!) Of course a quilt shop is going to encourage you to buy more right?!! When you have had as many desperate customers through the door as we have you will understand why we encourage this. There is [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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