I am so excited to tell you that our Michaela has been accepted to teach in Kirstie’s grand make at The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court from the 16th to the 18th of September under the banner of Quilting Antics. This is so exciting, I have seen some of her ‘mock ups’ for the tweed brooches that she will be teaching and in true Michaela style they are simple but sensational. Her workshops will be at 10am each day of the show and I think tickets go on sale from tomorrow on The Handmade Fair website. Book early to avoid disappointment.
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!
I really want to share these pics with you. A lovely lady called Lisa came in to see us the other day and she brought in her beautiful felted creations. I loved them so much that I persuaded Lisa to come back and do a class creating toadstool houses, have a peak at her work it is exquisite or as we like to say here totes amazeballs!
Look at these characters from the Gruffalo, we love this story at our house.
Ah these are the houses, so cute, I want to put them in the garden to see if they will attract fairies.
I’m in love, I want a bunny!
Magnificent Malificent! She is awesome, the question is do you play with her or look at her?
This is a better shot of the toadstool houses, do you fancy coming to the class?
If you want to see more of Lisa’s work try Googling Heartfelt Creations by Lisa
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
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
This week has seen the start of our new autumn term. Friday was Rachel’s new beginners class, today was Michaela’s advanced class and tomorrow will see Michaela start a new weekend beginners class. Exciting times ahead, I love it when the new classes start and there are new friends to add to our ever expanding quilt community. I snapped a few pics yesterday as the new girls learned how to do rail fence, log cabin and courthouse steps.
At 11 o’clock yesterday morning we had a table of terrified newbys and by 4.30 a group of budding new friends with completed blocks, well done girls.
Also today I would like to pay tribute to Alan Henning a very brave man, murdered yesterday by terrorists. May God bless your soul. Rest in Peace.