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I’ve had a little word with myself…

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I’ve had a little word with myself…

OK, so, its no secret this has been one extremely tough year for me, both professionally and personally but as my daughter Gem would say, I’ve ‘given my head a little wobble’, had a word with myself’ and here I am, bouncing back! Quilting Antics is still here and from now on the only way is up, up, up! There have been times this year when I’ve been a bit of an ostrich but hey ho, that’s my way of dealing with things sometimes. So to anyone who has been frustrated because I haven’t as we say in Yorkshire been ‘framing myself’ I apologise and from today will be getting back to business. I look forward to sharing many blog posts with you and hope that you will stay tuned.

Just because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean we haven’t been having any Antics, in fact just the opposite we have had quite a few which I’ll fill you in with over the next few posts. Today though I want to share with you a class we did with Michaela Smith on bear making, simply because I loved them so much and its as good a place as any to start, awwwwwww.

 

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P1060884P1060884Our Denise is a clever clogs, look at this superb sewing machine cover decorated with pockets and raw edged applique. If you would like to make one please feel free to add your name to the list either by messaging me on here or ringing the shop on 01729 824708

If you don’t need a cover for your machine there are plenty of other things you could cover, I think Judy is making a cover for her Kenwood!

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Then as if the sewing machine cover wasn’t enough Denise has also made this small reversible quilt using the Quilt as you go method. If you would like to learn how to do this great technique, which will mean you never have to struggle to get a big quilt under your machine in one go, let us know and you would be very welcome to join the class. We set dates last Thursday for both these projects and the classes were full by Friday so we have had to set extra dates!

Tack and chat

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Well the world was well and truly put to rights this morning at our tack and chat session. Everything from racism, stockings and suspenders to air ambulance fund raising. I love tack and chat. As Eileen says, there’s not much that can’t be sorted out round our table! Land round for a brew, if your at a loose end on a Wednesday morning…Kettle’s always on!

Classes

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Classes

It’s been a long time coming but I have finally gotten round to updating the class list. If you would like to book onto any of our classes you can do so by either messaging me on here or by ringing the shop on 01729 824708

Classes cost £20 which does not include materials but you will get 10% off anything you buy on a class day (except sewing machines where class discount is 5%)

There are a few pics which I don’t have available yet. A full list of classes is available by clicking on the workshops and classes tab at the top of this page. I hope you like what we have on offer and don’t forget if you fancy learning a technique you don’t see here let us know and we’ll arrange something. Alternatively you can book exclusive classes if you are coming with a group of friends (minimum numbers apply.)

Rachel’s girls are coming on in leaps and bounds

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Rachel’s girls are coming on in leaps and bounds

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Rachel started our newest sampler quilt course in January, it has definitely been bonkers! But the 11 ladies are well on their way to completing their first sampler quilts. We have had 6 sessions so far, it is a great group and we have loads of fun. Today everyone has been very challenged with Foundation piecing. Have a look at the slideshow and look at the results. Then what a treat, Sharron has already made her first 10 blocks into a quilt! I was flabbergasted when she brought it in to show us. Well done Sharron you should be very pleased with yourself.

If you are interested in joining our next beginners course or even one of our improver’s courses you can put your name down either by leaving me a message on here or by phoning the shop on 01729 824708. Our next courses start in September and run once a month, we will run both weekday and weekend courses.

Paula Doyle’s wonderful retreat for Quilting Antics

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Paula Doyle’s wonderful retreat for Quilting Antics

Last weekend we had a quilt retreat with Paula Doyle, it was brilliant! So I would like to share with you the work that we did during the retreat. First of all on Friday, we met at the shop and spent a day making four mini mosaic blocks which were then going to become a cushion. The slideshow lets you see how it went.

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I was so impressed by how the blocks came together, Paula’s Mini Mosaic technique is so simple you wonder why you hadn’t worked it out before.

After a day of getting to know each other in the shop we all set off up the hill to High Trenhouse. I love it when everyone arrives there and I see how amazed people are by the location, it is a superb venue but also splendid in it’s isolation from the real world. We began on Friday evening with a really interesting talk from Paula. Paula told us about the charity projects that her and her quilt group have done. I think my favourite, even if it is just for the name, was itsy bits and wonky strips, don’t you just love it?

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So after all the anticipation we finally got down to the main part of the retreat. Paula continued with the Mini Mosaics theme and showed us how to make six of her sampler blocks. The plan was to make a wall hanging with an option to turn the blocks into Paula’s Tulip bag. We had such a laugh making the blocksn . On Friday morning we began as a group of strangers and by Sunday evening we left as a group of friends. Thank you girls I had a wonderful weekend with you all. Best of all I think Paula is going to come back and teach another retreat for us, YAY!

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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!

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To book or find out more information you can either e mail me at info@quiltingantics.co.uk or ring the shop on 01729 824708