Category Archives: Christmas

Fat Bird on’t telly

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Hello boys and girls, is it really a week since I last checked in with you? So much has happened this week that I think I may have forgotten most of it!

So we began the week in chaos, nothing new there! Hazel has begun chopping and lopping the kits ready for our One Day Special on’t telly on the 5th and 6th of October. We are at very very long last ready to launch the first quilt that Sue and I ever designed together, it is our interpretation of The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Returning to a project FIVE years after it was born is not without its trials but thankfully things are going ok so far…phew. We are in the process of adding five additional projects to go with the quilt I have shared the cushion below, which I teased you with previously, we have made it circular but it would look equally as good on a square. Over the coming weeks I might tease you with some more.

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The owl and the pussycat

I closed the working week on’t telly with a whole different set of stuff! It has been no mean feat this week, I have written two books one on Halloween and the other on Christmas projects, thankfully I have a great team around me nowadays or none of this would happen. So a big thank you to you all. Below is a Christmas pudding doorstop made by Sue.

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Weigh in this week went really well 2Lb off yay! so that is 3 stone 3.5lb in total and it feels good, more people are noticing that I’ve dropped a bit of timber and that puts a skip in my step. I’ve gone down another dress size, yippee! On the down side the new jeans are cutting a bit round the waist and I feel a bit like a sack of spuds tied in the middle. I haven’t had a chance to get the bike out again this week but knowing I can now do it is so reassuring.

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I made a pan of soup this morning so that I can trough on it when I’m desperate, its very simple and very yummy. Here’s the recipe so you can try it too, obviously you will tweak it to your taste.

  • pack of lean bacon, diced.
  • 1cm of ginger, peeled and chopped.
  • two or three cloves of garlic, copped or pressed.
  • stick or two of celery, chopped.
  • an onion, chopped.
  • two or three carrots, chopped.
  • one or two potatoes, diced, no need to peel.
  • tin of chopped tomatoes, tipped in pan.
  • cup full of red lentils, thrown in pan.
  • good tablespoon of medium curry powder.
  • enough chicken stock to cover (knorr stock cube.)

Lob everything in the pan and pop a lid on. Bring to the boil if you have a gas hob, simmer for 10 mins and leave to cool in the pan. If you have an electric hob once the pan is boiling, switch the hob off and leave the pan on the ring until it cools.

When the soup is ready chop a handful of fresh coriander and stir it in. Keep the soup in a plastic container in the fridge and reheat a bowl full in the microwave as required, I use half power for 3 mins stir the soup and then full power for 3 mins. Perfect, nom nom nom.

I had a passenger this week when I went to tellyland, Sue came with me and we had her screen tested because she is going to present the Owl and the Pussycat with me. She did really well and passed with flying colours.

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I had an exciting text tonight off Sue, telling me that one of our beginners on Michaela’s quilt class has just got first prize at her local show for her beginners sampler quilt. Well done Catherine, it is lovely.

I should actually say we are doing a new beginners course starting in October, there are still a few places available, if you are interested get in touch. 01729 824708 or leave me a message on here.

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Finally to end the week, we have had a full weekend of auditions with the little man. Two auditions for Opera North yesterday and another with the Upstagers today for their panto. So we are eagerly awaiting news of how he did. Yesterday he did well in one audition, whilst in the other didn’t get to the final stage. Todays panto audition is looking good, so keep your fingers, toes and everything crossed for him, I’ll let you know next week if there’s any news.

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My rock and roll lifestyle, writing patterns whilst Leon is in an audition.

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Have a great week everyone and I’ll see a little bit less of you all next week !

Squeezing life around the Secrets of a Fat Bird…next instalment

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Squeezing life around the Secrets of a Fat Bird…next instalment

This week has been absolutely hectic and I honesty did mean to post as I went along, I put a few bits on Instagram and Facebook but I thought as it’s bank holiday weekend I would take a few minutes to share properly with you all.

Before I go any further I would just like to give a huge plug to the Harrogate quilt show which is happening on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September. It will be at the Great Yorkshire show ground and there is lots of free onsite parking. Tickets £9 on the door.

So…the weight loss is still going well, another 2.5lb off this week, which means I only need to loose 1lb for my 3 stone award. Don’t you feel cheated when you jump on the scales and the milestone hasn’t quite been achieved, even though you know that you’ve done well and 2.5 is a great result. I’m beginning to feel ready to start cycling again, however I’ve done something to my knee so I’ve parked that idea until it feels a bit better.

This weeks achievement, fellow fatties, you will get this, the slim Jim’s may take a minute…what is the significance of this photo?

This is the gate I go through most mornings on my dog walk, prior to loosing weight, I manhandled this awful wonky gate every day, which really hurt my neck and shoulders. Over the last couple of weeks I can now climb over the stile. Might seem a small thing to many but to me it’s huge!

Back to the reality of work, we have had a really busy week, being buried under mountains of prep for the Harrogate Quilt show, sending out parcels for Hochanda and creating new designs for future Hochanda TV  shows. If you are outside the UK you can still watch the Hochanda channel live via their website Hochanda.com Our next TV show on 13th September is going to be our last offering of new Christmas designs for 2019 plus a little bit of Halloween/autumn thrown in for good measure. We have a one day special coming up on the 5th and 6th of October and have themed it on Edward Lear’s Owl and the Pussycat,  the cushion below, is just one tiny part of the set; wait til you see the full sized quilt  and other bits and bobs. As if that’s not enough I will also be on the telly on October 13th with even more goodies, including some rather special new designs by Michaela Smith.

The summer holidays continue to rumble on, Leons dance school are running a photo competition for pics of people making dance moves in open spaces, so this is our first effort, I’m sure we will have more attempts too. My young choreographer positioned me doing a ‘dab’.  I loved the heather moor as all the lovely purple is beginning to shine, which always signifies that Harrogate quilt show is near.

To finish off todays post, I came across a photo taken in May last year when I was on my way back from Malvern quilt show. The story goes like this, I had forgotten to fill the van up with diesel and as we got onto the motorway the fuel light came on (aarrgghh!!) So I pulled into the first services with only about 20 more miles in the tank, I was towing the caravan, good ole Dobbin, so probably wouldn’t have even got 20 miles. As we pulled into the garage, you can’t script this, there was a power cut. All the lights went out across the garage in a kind of fabulous Hollywood slow motion style. Stuck in the service station, with nowhere to go, we had no choice but sit there. I was in a bit of a silly giggly mood and as I looked to the pump at the side of me there was a young lad having what you can only describe as a toddler tantrum due to the power cut…what a plonker! I commented to Natters who was sat beside me that the child was wearing girls pumps (not a Mickey take I’d normally do but he was behaving like a baby) and good old natters shrieked OMG! its Dom off Love Island; having never watched this show, the comment was entirely lost on me but hey ho, for the fun of it I called across to him “Oy! Are you Dom off t’telly?” shouted in my best Yorkshire accent, to which the child stopped tantruming, turning round, flashing teeth so white that they would give Rylan Clark Neale a run for his money and replied “Yeh”. By this time Natters is squirming in her seat with embarrassment, having hurriedly filled me in with the show gossip. “Did you get your leg over on’t telly”. “Yeh!” He replies, sticking his chest out proudly, informing me how many hours or days into the series it was before he conquered the female. So just for the fun of it, I asked do you want a selfie? Honestly, I have never seen anyone run for a selfie with as much gusto in my life! I held out the camera but couldn’t reach the blooming button as I”m not a teenager anymore and so not the best with techno. quick as a flash he’s grabbed it out of my hand and as you can see in the pic I’m reaching out to press the button and he’s done it already…I wonder if he’s always this quick to complete with the ladies? Shout out to Natters who’s squirming in the background. Anyhow after war and peace…I came across this pic and tried to recreate the camera angle, and shirt, not easy on your own; I am staggered with he resulting photo, I think you will agree I’ve lost a fair bit of timber (private little whoop whoop.)

That’s all for now folks, if you want to see some of the stuff we’ve been up to have a look on my website www.quiltingantics.co.uk if you can’t see what you are looking for drop me a message on here as I’ve still got quite a few projects to upload.

 

August is Christmas time for crafters

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Oh my golly gosh! I collected this amazing advent calendar from Michaela Smith yesterday; she is going to teach it as a class for us on the 5th of September which is the first Saturday of the month.

The calendar is made from a combination of cotton and tweed fabrics with a bit of Christmas bling in the form of gold on the windows.

I will prepare a kit so that everyone has all the right bits and bobs, kit price to follow as soon as I’ve worked it out. If you would like a place you can either let me know on here or by ringing the shop on 01729 824708

eek I’m so excited!

Rustled these up today…

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I was messing around this afternoon and I rustled up these swish and stylish tablet and phone cases which have a ribbon mechanism inside so that you can easily draw your device out of the case . Beautiful soft tweed inside and out, means for those of us who are fabric strokers they are a real must have. I can’t take my hands off mine; I’m so pleased with them and they only took just over an hour to make. I’ve written instructions to accompany kits which tell you how to make a case exactly the right size for your own device, the kits which contain everything you need, work out at £15.50 for the tablet case and £9.50 for the phone case. If you want one give us a ring on 01729 824708 or leave a message on here, we have loads of colours to choose from.

 

Free postage and Packing on all UK web orders

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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 www.quiltingantics.co.uk

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 info@quiltingantics.co.uk 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.

More Crimbo Gifts

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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.

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quilted stockings

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I love this blog post as it is such a simple idea and such a simple pattern to share. Thanks Sam for giving us all inspiration 🙂

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I got the inspiration to take on this project from Pinterest (duh).

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I learned to sew when I was about 15, and it’d been since that time that I’d sewn anything.  But I decided to whip out the ole sewing machine and give it a try.

First, I had to go to Joann’s and get a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.  If you download their app they have a 50% off coupon, so it ended up being $30 instead of $60 for everything.

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I got my fabrics from Hobby Lobby.  They came in a little bundle of 5, so I got 2.  The stockings would probably have been cuter if I’d selected each fabric myself, but this saved time and money.  I also got some thin batting and fabric for the stocking cuffs and liner.

Next I cut out all my squares at 2.5 x 2.5.  54 per side, 108 in all.  And…

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How Angelic

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How Angelic

It’s that time of year when schools pull out all the stops; tonight we have been to Giggleswick Primary School’s fantastic school nativity performance. This morning Leon said to me “Mum I don’t want to be in my nativity because I don’t want to be a girl” guess what? My little man was an angel! We had a chat about how the Angel Gabriel was a very important man in the story and hey presto our lil’ man was well away singing his heart out. John Newman make way for my boy!

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Nothing at all to do with patchwork and quilting but I simply couldn’t resist sharing this with you.

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Oh no! We’re already thinking about Christmas

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I can’t believe that I am talking about Christmas when it isn’t even June yet!! I also can’t believe that Michaela’s Christmas wallhanging class is filling up so quickly that I have now booked Denise to do another one. We are going to run this one as a mini quilt course over three sessions. On Monday October 28th the first session you show you how to applique, the second session, Monday 11th November, is on foundation piecing and the final session, Monday October 25th, is layering your quilt and free machining meaning that this quilt will be ready to hang up for Christmas; so go on treat yourself to a mini quilt course for Christmas.