Memories of the Great War in Stitch


I ‘googled’ Le Beffroi Arras 1914 and the following once I used Google Translate is copied and pasted below.
After the defeat of Charleroi, the French troops must withdraw. Arras is then declared an open city . The Germans occupy a few days, from 6 to 8 September 1914. The French offensive against German forces troops to leave the city but these remain firmly entrenched and during a month of heavy fighting will take place around Arras.

On the morning of October 6, 1914 , the German heavy artillery opened fire on the town. This are just the beginnings of future bombings. On 7 October 1914 , incendiary shells fell on the town. The Town Hall is in flames. October 21, 1914, from 10:30 to 11:20 , the Belfry is targeted. In just 50 minutes , it is in ruins . From 5 to 7 July 1915 , the palace and the cathedral Saint -Vaast already affected during bombardment of October 6 , in turn, are systematically targeted . In two days, the shells because of these monuments, rebuilt in the eighteenth century by Cardinal de Rohan.

Other important buildings were partially or totally destroyed as a result of the bombing :

The churches of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Nicolas and Saint Gery
Chapels of Our Lady of Ardent , the Poor Clares , of Chariottes , of Providence, Augustinian …
The seminary buildings including the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
The Palace of Justice (former hotel States Artois ) , the Theatre, the former Jesuit Novitiate , the Prefecture ( former Episcopal Palace).
Normal School , the Municipal College , College girls , the Institution Saint Joseph Boarding Jeanne d’ Arc, the Institution of deaf and blind children …
A steel deluge hit the city of Arras. The number of shells fired during a single day, June 26, 1915 is estimated at 15,000. At Arras, the dividing line between the two armies was close to the city, only at a distance of 800 to 1200 meters.
The record of destruction is dramatic. In addition to the civil and religious monuments , it’s the planning that is disrupted . Great and Little squares and the streets of Taillerie linking them, are destroyed. This urban fifteenth and sixteenth century included 150 Spanish- style buildings Flemish : 45 buildings were completely destroyed and other damage.

Antique Quilt

Antique Quilt

I am so very lucky, Quilting Antics is such a great place to spend your time. You never quite know who or what is about to come through the door and this week has been no exception. We have found our newest recruit, Averil, we haven’t set her start date yet but fate is certainly working its magic around Averil. Since our paths crossed recently Averil has been bombarded with ‘quiltyness’ not least her neighbour who is having a bit of a sort out showed her the exquisite antique quilt which I am about to share with you. If you click on the images you should be able to zoom in a bit and have a better look at this amazing piece of history which we think may have started life around 1903 just before the first world war and then been worked on again following the second world war on about 1947. I hope you enjoy the work as much as I did.

By utter coincidence I was also shown an embroidered silk cushion this week; originating straight out of the first world war. I will prepare the blog post and publish soon, I want to do a little more research on the historical message before I share it with you. If you think this post is historic brilliance be prepared to be astounded by the cushion and the history and stories that can be told through stitch.

Quilt Retreat with Susan Briscoe


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Japanese Sashiko  was traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or repair worn places with patches in clothing, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance.

Susan Briscoe is arguably the queen of Japanese Sashiko, certainly here in the UK. Big drum roll…Susan is going to be at Quilting Antics, teaching our retreat from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June. She will teach a one day beginners class on Friday 30th May and then the retreat will begin at 4.30 pm Friday to 4.30 pm Sunday 1st of June; Susan will take you from the beginnings of Sashiko right through to starting to design your very own family crest!

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This is one of Susan’s pieces of work, I’m not sure we will get to this standard in a weekend but we’ll give it our best shot!


To book or find out more information you can either e mail me at or ring the shop on 01729 824708

Quilt Retreat with Anja Townrow


Happy New Year everyone!anja 5Many of you will have seen this beautiful quilt in the Fabrications magazine during 2013 as it was published as a ‘block of the month’ quilt. It is by the hugely talented Anja Townrow. We are lucky enough to have Anja coming to us to teach a quilt retreat from the 2nd to the 4th of May. Anja works primarily with Batiks which she often uses in applique and embellishes. What I love about Anja is that she shows us how to use Batik fabric to its best advantage.anja 4See how she uses the delicate pattern of the fabric to make her work realistic. Batiks are particularly good at helping you recreate natural works of art.anja 2This wall hanging would look sensational on my wall, unfortunately it’s on Anja’s. Once again see how she has used the patterns in the batik to help her recreate a real life environment.

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Yet again the fabric allows Anja to create beautiful subtle stylised  flora and fauna.

If you like what you see and would like to come and learn more, come and join us at High Trenhouse, Malham. Anja will be teaching a one day class on Friday 2nd May followed by a retreat which begins at 4.30 pm  Friday 2nd May until 4.30 pm Sunday 4th May.  To book your place  or find out more information, you can either e mail me at or ring the shop on 01729 824708

Free postage and Packing on all UK web orders


Free postage and Packing on all web orders

My Christmas prezzie to you all. Free P&P until 4th January on all UK web orders at

Internet orders will be dispatched throughout the Christmas period though the shop has now closed until the 4th of January. Because I live locally if you e mail me at I can open by appointment for you.

Whilst we try hard to dispatch all orders as near to the same day as possible, there can sometimes be a wait on some of Moda’s basic ranges (plains, marbles, spots, swirls etc) whilst our stocks get replenished; however we can usually suggest a close alternative to speed things up a bit.

Beginners Sampler Quilt



Just a little teaser…Rachel starts her new Beginners Sampler Quilt Course on the 17th of January. This is a little sneeky peek of some of the blocks that students will be having a go at. From top left to bottom right there is Card Trick, Spiders Web, Monkey Wrench, Pineapple, Jacobs Ladder and I must confess I don’t know what the last one is called (shame on me that’s a poor do!) If you fancy joining in and haven’t already signed up there are 4 places left. You can either message me on here, e mail me at or phone the shop 01729 824708 remember that we will be closed from Sunday 22nd December  to Saturday 4th January so not answering the phone during that time; although I can open the shop by appointment if you e mail me to arrange a time.

Merry Christmas everyone :)

More Crimbo Gifts



Muriel, not my mother in law the other Muriel, came in the shop today. Muriel is a very good friend of the shop and has made these wonderful Christmas bits and bobs. The fabric really sets off the duck doorstep as it has a feathered effect and just look at the eyes…they are courtesy of my Grandma’s button box; I love it when Grandma’s buttons get used because it means that she is still with us. Awwwww.

And as if that isn’t enough look at the oh so cute snowmen…Merry Christmas everyone. You can send me your pics of Christmas bits and bobs if you like, so that I can show them off for you and share ideas with other people in our community.