Thursday, October 08, 2015

Quilts from the coast arrive at KoolKat

The first two cot quilts are from Christine at Ormeau and she asked for budget e2e patterns on these quilts.  Margaret from Kenmore sent us a Christmas quilt which is being quilted with the starlight e2e machine quilting pattern.  Margaret is taking a advantage of our quilt binding offer - her quilt is being completely bound ready to be given as a Christmas gift for half price.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Quilt from South Australia arrives at KoolKat

This is Ali's Churn Dash Trundle quilt all the way from Pasadena, South Australia.  Ali chose the daisy chain e2e machine quilting pattern for her quilt.

Local Quilter is Popular Choice

This year’s Viewer’s Choice winner at Toowoomba Quilters Inc. annual quilt exhibition announced this week was a colourful art quilt marking part of Tasmania’s history.

Kathy Adams of KoolKat Quilting took out the award with her colourful quilt “What a site!”  

The quilt was designed to celebrate the site of Tasmania’s Maritime Museum and Art Gallery at the Gallery’s inaugural quilt challenge and exhibition two years ago. 

Kathy’s quilt won Viewer’s Choice on that occasion and her quilt has proved no less popular with local quilt enthusiasts during last month’s quilt show held at the Salo Centre, St Ursula’s College during Carnival of Flowers week.

Kathy described her inspiration for the quilt as “The salty sea, ancient land, Port Arthur, the incredible harbour with Hobart at the epicentre – in all, what a site!”

The quilt was made using hand-dyed silk and discharged dyed cotton fabric, along with Google Earth images, her own photos and constructed using machine and hand quilting.

The winners of the Toowoomba  Viewer’s Choice award in the professional section were Kathy Adams and runner-up Robyn Ginn, and in the amateur section Norelle White and runner-up Trish Ostwald.


Monday, October 05, 2015

Free quilt binding offer at KoolKat

If you find binding your quilt a bit of a chore, KoolKat is offering free binding on one side of your quilt for this month only.  With your binding already machine-sewn on the back of your quilt, you can sit in front of TV or in a comfortable chair, and complete your binding by hand.  Or if you prefer, we will completely machine-bind your quilt at half-price.  The offer applies to all quilts machine-quilted by us from now until the end of October, and all quilting will be at the standard pattern rate.  The offer excludes fabric for binding, we suggest you supply 2.5 inch wide strips sufficient to bind your quilt, or if you purchase your quilt backing from us, we are happy to use this fabric (if there is sufficient left-over). 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Back in the KoolKat quilt room

The first quilt is from Dorothy from Maleny and this quilt is to be a wedding present.  It is being quilted with the Deb's Feathers e2e machine quilting pattern.  The middle quilt is from Toni of Toowoomba and is being quilted with the budget I Love It trailing hearts e2e.  The final quilt is from Cate of Cherrybrook, NSW and is being quilted with the budget loop-d-loop e2e pattern.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quilt from Pittsworth arrives at KoolKat

This charming applique quilt is from Trish at Pittsworth.  She asked for a budget pattern and we selected the loop-d-loop e2e machine quilting pattern using a cream thread.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jennifer's quilt

This quilt is from a long term customer of KoolKat Quilting, Jennifer of Brookfield on the western outskirts of Brisbane.  For this quilt she asked for the Belladonna e2e machine quilting pattern in a lilac thread.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kathy is True Blue

Kathy Adams's quilt True Blue entered for the Australasian Quilt Convention's 2015 quilting challenge was featured in the Highfields Herald newspaper this week.  The quilt will be on display at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair October 7-11 at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Close-up of one of the nine mini-quilt panels.  It has been quilted with a thread painting technique

Complete quilt that has been touring State quilt shows this year.

Quilts from the coast to the bush at KoolKat

The stitchery quilt is from Blondie at Bollon and this is being quilted with the jasmine e2e machine quilting pattern in a cream thread so as not to show up on the background of the stitchery panels.  The middle quilt is from Pam of Pittsworth, who had this quilt made for her by her friend Coral.  It is being quilted with the budget meandering leaves e2e.  The lime green quilt is from Tracey from Miami Beach and is being quilted with the stars and loops e2e pattern.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

See us at Toowoomba Quilt Show

Toowoomba Quilt Show is on now at the Salo Centre, Rome Street, Toowoomba, every day until 2pm this Friday September 25.  This is the opportunity to see the wide ranging quilts from Toowoomba Quilters' Inc. members including some original designs by Kathy Adams of KoolKat Quilting. Kathy has bargain fabric packs, pre-loved books and magazines and quilts for sale at the KoolKat stand.  Plenty to choose from if you are starting to think about end-of-year gifts.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today's quilts at KoolKat

The first quilt today is from Louise of Withcott and she chose the budget I Love It trailing hearts patterns for her quilt.  The second quilt is from Michelle of Callaghan, NSW, who chose the budget loop-d-loop e2e pattern.

Hello Kathy and Geoff, I want to thank you for the wonderful quilting you did for me recently. The quilt turned out beautifully!! I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much. Louise

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Busy Monday at KoolKat

Hilda from Mitchell sent the child's quilt and the Japanese Doll quilts, the first quilt is being quilted with the dragonflies e2e machine quilting pattern, and the second with the Maru Bishamon e2e.  The middle two quilts are from Lesleigh of Westlake, Brisbane, the yellow quilt has been quilted with the leaf meander e2e and the other quilt with the meandering leaves e2e.  The bottom two quilts are from Coral at Pittsworth and these have been quilted with budget e2e machine quilting patterns.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Marking the centenary of Kathy's grandfather

Just over 100 years ago, two young men were among the thousands who enlisted in the 1st Australian Imperial Forces in 1915. One was Thomas Sinclair Burgess, aged 25 and his younger brother Robert Alexander aged 23. Thomas Sinclair is the grandfather of Graham Burgess, Jenny Salanitri (deceased) and Kathy Adams.   The Burgess brothers enlisted at Chermside, Brisbane on the 11th of August, and the given sequential regimental numbers of 1160 (Thomas) and 1161. Thomas was passed fit and took the oath of service on the first of October, and was posted to the 6th reinforcements of the 11th Light Horse Regiment, part of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. 

The Light Horse fought as mounted infantry.  The smallest unit was a group of four men, when in action, the men dismounted and one man held the reins of all four horses.
Thomas was 5 foot 10 ½ inches, weighed 154 pounds and of fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He gave his occupation as “farmer”. His place of birth was near Tenterfield, and his parents’ residence as a property, “Lochiel” near Warwick.

Luckily for these young men, they were too late for the 11th’s action in Gallipoli, and they were posted to Palestine. Their departure vessel and date of arrival is unclear, but Thomas was “taken on strength” which is Army jargon for the commencement of pay, on 22.2.16.
His service record shows he faced the hazards of many a young soldier, wounds and sickness. In late November 1915 he was hospitalised with mumps at Abbassia Hospital, Cairo, which was a hospital attached to the barracks located there. He was discharged fit for service on 30.12.15. His service record notes he was posted to A Squadron of the 11th Light Horse Regiment on March 12th, 1916.

Later that year, between the 24 hours from 1300 on December 16 to 1300 December 17, 1916 Tom Burgess was A.W.L. (absent without leave). While this invites speculation, there is no record of his activity during this period. However, he was confined to barracks for a fortnight and lost two days pay.

In September 1917 both Tom and Bob Burgess received training on the Hotchkiss machine gun. Tom graduated as a first class gunner in September. The Hotchkiss was a type of portable machine gun that could be carried into battle, the other more famous example is the Lewis Gun, which was favoured by the infantry.

In December that year, the Burgesses of “Lochiel” received the following cyptic telegram “Reported that Pte Thomas Burgess will advise anything further received”. Seven days earlier, on 1.12.17, Tom had been wounded in action in Palestine. The nature of the wound is unclear, but it appears to have resulted in a torn left ankle that became septic.

My unfamiliarity with the cryptic nature of military records makes it difficult to determine what happened immediately afterwards, but it seems he was once more admitted to Abbassia Hospital, then sent to a rest camp in February 1918.   Near the end of the war in October 1918, he was again readmitted to Abbassia, this time with malaria.

On 20/7/1919, Tom boarded the “Morvada” at Kantara, Egypt for the journey home, arriving five weeks later on August 30. One month later on October 29, he was discharged from the army. He had signed on for the duration of the war, plus four months, in all he had just over four years of military life. Bob also returned home safely, his service record notes a wound to the left shoulder, and a similarly worded telegram received by his parents.

The 11th Light Horse Regiment took part in many actions in Palestine during the war, and in 1942, the history of the regiment was compiled by E. W. (Wally) Hammond. Bob appears to have been the family member who purchased it for 5 shillings, then it came into Tom’s possession. As Tom’s oldest son, Graham Sinclair, then took possession, and one hundred years later, Graham passed the book to his younger surviving brother, James (Jim).

History of the 11th Light Horse Regiment web version pdf

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Quilts from south by north-west at KoolKat

The purple and green quilt is from Annette of Toowoomba and has been quilted with the jasmine e2e machine quilting pattern.  The middle quilt is from Julia from Mount Isa in north-west Qld and is being quilted with the Yin Yang e2e pattern.  The final quilt is from Gerry at Coburg, Victoria and is being quilted with the Maru Bishamon e2e

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Wendy does her homework

Wendy learned how to make rag rugs at Kathy's stall at Rosewood Quilt Show last month.  Today she visited Kathy at the KoolKat Quilting stand at Laidley Quilt Show and showed she had put new skills to work.

Kathy of KoolKat at Laidley Quilt Show

Here's our favourite KoolKat at Laidley Quilt Show.  Kathy will be at the show today, Friday and Saturday at the Uniting Church Hall, Patrick Street, Laidley.  Drop in and say hello!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Contrasting colour quilts at KoolKat

The blue quilt with coloured squares comes from Carolyn of Ipswich and is being quilted with the leaf meander e2e machine quilting pattern.  The yellow and charcoal quilts is from Jan of Crow's Nest and is being quilted with the budget meander e2e machine quilting pattern.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Memories are made of this

The queen size quilt is from Johnelle of St George who finds herself making bigger quilts as her boys continue to grow.  It is being quilted with the dragonflies e2e machine quilting pattern.  The butterfly quilt has had some family photos added by Rhonda from Toowoomba, and this will become a treasured heirloom for her young son.  It is being quilted with the butterflies e2e machine quilting pattern..

Kathy's art noveau quilts on display at Country Quilt Co.

Country Quilt Co. in Ipswich has Kathy's Gather Ye Rosebuds and Art Nouveau Garden quilts on display. If you wanted to make these quilts but did not know where to buy the fabric, give Suzanne Conroy a ring on 07 3294 7000.

Gather Ye Rosebuds is a prize winning art nouveau quilt and examples of these quilts can be found in Kathy's Gallery

It is available as a 13 part pattern set, or a single complete pattern from our eBay store.


KoolKat at the Shows

KoolKat off to the shows

September is the start of Spring and the quilt show season comes into bloom for KoolKat Quilting.   We will have a stall at Laidley Spring Carnival this week Thursday-Saturday at the Uniting Church Hall, Patrick Street, Laidley.

Next week is the Toowoomba Quilt Exhibition held each year as part of the Toowoomba Carnival Flowers.  The quilt show starts Saturday 19th and runs through to Friday 25th, and is at the Salo Centre, Rome Street, Toowoomba.  See Kathy's latest fabric designs and her recent forays into ceramic sculptures for quilters.

Just a quick note about postage - we have received advice that Australia Post does not recognise its own "Do Not Safedrop" stickers, and will not return an undelivered parcel to your P.O. unless it is sent by registered post.  Should you wish to be absolutely sure of delivery to us, we recommend you pay the extra $3.00 for registered post.  If you have a street address, and may not be home during the day and do not want parcels left at your address, we recommend you ask us to  send it by registered post.  Unfortunately, due to rising postage costs, we cannot offer this as part of our free delivery service.

Kathy & Geoff Adams, KoolKat Quilting
PH 07 4696 8746, International (617) 4696 8746.

Mail: Reply Paid 18, PO Box 18, Harlaxton, Q 4350
Studio: 7 Crestview Crescent, Blue Mountain Heights, Toowoomba, Q 4350.

Quilters! - 7 day e2e machine quilting. Free delivery to and from KoolKat within Australia.  Please use our Reply Paid address above to send quilts free of charge.  Completed quilts returned free by Aust. Post with on-line tracking & insured to value of quilting.  Embroidered quilt labels, backings, wadding, original quilt patterns by Kathy Adams also available.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Blue quilts today at KoolKat

The quilt with the nautical theme backing comes from Lyn of Toowoomba and is being quilted with the not so square e2e machine quilting pattern.  Michelle from Callaghan, NSW sent the blue and yellow shaded nine patch quilt and she asked for the budget meander e2e pattern.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Quilts bound for Brisbane

The first quilt is from Margaret of Kenmore and this is being quilted with the not so square e2e machine quilting pattern.  Robyn from Teneriffe sent the cot quilt which is one of the first quilts she has made, and this was quilted with the budget I Love it trailing hearts pattern.  Both quilts are to be finished with complete binding.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Quilts fron interstate and from the west

The applique quilt is from Elaine at Doyalson North, NSW and is being quilted with the jasmine e2e machine quilting pattern.  The horse panel quilt is from Injune in Queensland, and is being quilted with the Fern Gully e2e.and the bottom two quilts from Merridy at Casterton, Victoria.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time for coffee at KoolKat

This is Gloria's quilt from Burpengary north of Brisbane.  It features coffee cup panels as part of the design and is being quilted with the budget Deb's Swirls e2e machine quilting pattern.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday quilts at KoolKat

The first quilt is from Allyson of Ipswich and is being quilted with the budget meander e2e machine quilting pattern.  The middle quilt is from Joanne on a property near Cunnamulla and is being quilted with the plush e2e pattern.  The bottom quilt is from Leda of Pinjarra Hills and is being quilted with the techno e2e pattern.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Quilts from Toowoomba

The first two quilts are from Carol of Toowoomba, the cot quilt is being quilted with the budget leaf meander e2e machine quilting pattern, and the large quilt with the dragonflies e2e.  The bottom 2 quilts are from Jenny and these are both being quilted with the budget meander e2e pattern.