Where does all the time go? It’s ages since I last posted, I’ve been snapping pics and all that business but not getting round to actually posting; partly because I have been a bit under the weather on and off since August, I have been taking medication and to be honest at times I’ve been a bit ‘loopy loo’! The Owl and the Pussycat BOM is coming on a treat and I’m really excited about revealing it as it won’t be long now (famous last words.)
For today I wanted to share with you a quilt retreat that I was invited to at Parceval Hall, Skyreholme. The venue was on another level from the kind of places we are used to, owned by the church it is the most tranquil place to spend time. Thank you Connie and Di for the invitation and I look forward to visiting you again next year.
I am so very very excited to let you know that Shirley Bloomfield will be with us in May 2015 to teach us how to make her wild flower basket. The flowers are 3D you can actually put your finger up inside the fox gloves and almost pick the other blooms
I’m freshly back from Malvern quilt show. As usual it was brilliant! Thank you so very much to everyone who stopped by to see us, we had such a giggle. I managed to do a whistle stop tour of the quilts during the last hour of Sunday. I didn’t manage to snap them all but have attached a slide show so that you can enjoy them too. My personal favourite was the black and white Flying Goose, it was simply stunning. Which one do you like best?
Oh my golly gosh, so much has happened lately that I don’t know where to start; today I will share with you our wonderful weekend retreat with Pat Archibald who is an incredibly talented quilt artist from Edinburgh. The first day was spent in our shop making gorgeous Indian elephants.
Ten ladies joined us and we had a brilliant time. I hope you enjoy the slide show of the day
At the end of a wonderful day with lots of shared giggles. We decamped to High Trenhouse where after a fantastic supper Pat took us around the world in 80 quilts, sharing many of her beautiful quilts with us. We looked at how and why she creates the ghost images which appear in many of her quilts. Here is some of the work she shared.
On Saturday morning the real work started, with the retreat getting fully underway. I love how we meet as a group of strangers and over such a short period of time, using shared experiences, we part as friends.
However Saturday did start with a near catastrophe…the power went off! Oh noooo! Up there in the wilds of High Trenhouse that may not necessarily mean a quick blip. So all the sewing machines were out of action. Not to be deterred Pat had a plan B; unfortunately for plan B to be achieved we needed the irons to set the Markal paint…to the rescue…Grandma Annie…or at least her old dry iron, quickly followed up by Bernadette’s old flat iron which were popped on the AGA and worked like a treat, I couldn’t believe how long they stayed hot for.
The power cut lasted until lunchtime, which was about the time the ironing was finished, meaning all’s well that ends well.
We had a fabulous lunch and dessert then back to class and crack on with the job in hand. I hope you will agree that the slideshow shows what a great weekend we had. Following the success Pat has agreed to come back next August and show us how to do her Celtic designs. Also breaking news I have managed to secure a retreat with Shirley Bloomfield to do her wild flower basket in May next year. If you would like to join us let us know by booking your place on 01729 824708
I love my job! I also know that I am very incredibly lucky to be able to say that. Today I love my job because we had a visit from Anne, who brought the two Linus quilts in the picture; it is difficult to appreciate them fully in a photo for two reasons. Firstly you cannot tell that the bows on the pink one are all 3D and on the reverse behind each bow is a beautiful heart applique. The second reason is photographs do not fully show Anne’s exquisite hand quilting and her intricate designs, see if you can zoom into the pictures for a better look.
I would like to extend a massive thank you, to you, Anne whoever receives these quilts is going to treasure them for a very long time and I also feel today that we have begun a lovely friendship xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
After making a hash of attaching the patterns yesterday, I hope that these will work for you. All the patterns are drawn onto A4 paper so if you are unable to print them off at the right size from here, you should be able to increase the size on your photocopier or printer.
If you would like to contribute to our Linus Charity Challenge 2014 it would be wonderful if you could make blocks of appliqued musical instruments and send them to us at Quilting Antics, Watershed Mill, Settle. North Yorkshire. BD24 9LR England. Blocks to arrive by Friday 15th November 2014. Hopefully I will post patterns in the coming days.
The boxer shorts pattern was lent to me by a very good friend called Averil. I have simplified her original pattern, I would like to credit the original designer but I’m afraid I don’t have their name. The musical instruments are pictures which I found on line and have tinkered with. None of the designs are my own.
For Linus charity challenges, I usually request 13″ blocks just in case anything frays or isn’t quite at the angle which works with the other blocks.
Thank you in anticipation of your help x