Category Archives: Quilt Retreat

Time to pull your finger out girl!

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Time to pull your finger out girl!

Once again I’m trying to get going with this blinking electronic stuff! AARRGGHH!!

I’d like to promise that I’m going to be a good blogger and keep it up but life, as we’ve noticed, has a habit of getting in the way, anyway here’s a quick catch up… First of all I have been updating the commercial website and the good news is that it should be open again in a few days YAY!

The spring show season has just come to an end for me at Sandown Park Racecourse and I now have two months of craziness preparing for the autumn season; that thought is bonkers as it’s still only June isn’t it?

If we’ve met up over the last few months you will know that I have been selling increasing amounts of British wool tweed. As this is still a fairly new medium for British patchwork and quilters to use we have been producing as many kits and patterns as we can to inspire you and give you ideas on how to use it. I absolutely love tweed, it is so satisfying to work with; the only thing I do differently to when I’m sewing, with cotton, is to reinforce my seams with either an overlock, zig zag or equivalent automatic machine stitch so that the seams do not fray. As an added bonus, the cost of the tweed is offset because there is no need for wadding between the layers of your throws.

The little man has taken up dancing recently and I find that three days a week I am passing the time hand stitching at Sanderson’s World of Dance in Nelson whilst he is strutting his stuff, this has led me to realise that my sewing roll was not up to the job because my bits and bobs fall out of it, so one of the many patterns that we have produced is for a more contained piece if kit to store everything in. To that end, what do you think to my ‘Measure Twice’ sewing case?

insideThere are two pencil cases to store my pens and my rotary cutter, a huge pin cushion, brass loops to hold embroidery thread, large pocket for glasses and mobile phone, needle case, scissor holder, bobbin holder and then large outer pockets for stuffing patterns in.

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I was a bit disappointed with the photos as they don’t do it full justice but I hope you will like it. If you want to buy a copy give us a ring on 01729 824708 we can also arrange to sell it in kit form.

Also what do you think to my Doorstop Diva’s? They were so easy to make and are set off by the huge wooden buttons. I may revisit this pattern and really go to town decorating them when I get a chance. For now if you want a copy or a kit give us a ring.

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Have you got any ideas for things we can create with the tweed? If so let me know and I will have a bash. Thats it for now folks so hopefully I’ll be back again soon toodleoo 🙂

Time for a catch up…get’ kettle on

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Time for a catch up…get’ kettle on

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.

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Shirley Bloomfield is going to be with us yippee!

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Shirley Bloomfield is going to be with us yippee!

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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

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So much to tell you, where do I start?

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So much to tell you, where do I start?

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.

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Ten ladies joined us and we had a brilliant time. I hope you enjoy the slide show of the day

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Quilt Retreat with Anja Townrow

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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 info@quiltingantics.co.uk or ring the shop on 01729 824708

Retreat with Ferret

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Retreat with Ferret

I would have liked to post this post earlier on in the week but hey that’s life! Following Monday’s Linus Challenge I have barely had a moment to myself as I am now at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate (stand A600 if you are going to be there call round and say hi.)

Last weekend we had Ferret with us at High Trenhouse, it was tremendous!

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She was with us on Friday and taught a masterclass on free machining, the students began by learning how to feed their fabric through their machines evenly; with loads of advice on needles, keeping your boobs out of the way, thread choices, using your machine properly and problem solving (which takes us back to the conversation on keeping your boobs out of the way when sewing.) Ferret was a hard task master but by the end of the day, as you can see in the slideshow, students were confidently beginning to machine complicated patterns best of all everyone enjoyed the day.

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On Friday evening we had a very entertaining talk where Ferret shared loads of her of anecdotes and allowed us to handle her quilts, inspecting her intricate machine quilting. It is so interesting when you get to find out about the person behind the stunning work. Unfortunately several extra people were supposed to join us but the fog on the top of the hill at Malham made it difficult to drive up to Trenhouse, so for all those who missed the evening rest assured we will be repeating it in July when hopefully the weather will be on our side. (Elaine I hope you are not too traumatised by your journey.)  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Diz for leading the way down the hill as it was really nerve wracking driving home, you are now redeemed for the last bad weather journey we made together hehehehe! 😉

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By Saturday morning we were all settled in and ready for the new class to begin. Ferret showed us how to  create one of her art quilts. I think we all felt incredibly daunted at first by the intricacy of the pattern, the colour choices, the order of the colours; in fact everything was daunting!!!!! I think we had all expected to be wizzing around with our machines but er…no…er…we spent all day and most of Sunday cutting out. This wasn’t ordinary cutting out, this was intense, mind altering, mega cutting out I would like to say on a grand scale but actually it was on a minute scale. If you had told me on Friday that I would have learned so much just cutting out, I would have scoffed but the process we learned was fantastic. Ferret showed us how to create our own patterns using an iconic image of Che Guevara which I found fascinating and felt by the end that I had the confidence to plan and manage my own art quilt, this was a huge step forward for me as I am quite traditional in many of my interests.

During the weekend we also planned Ferrets next visit to us in July 2014 we have decided that on the Friday we will continue with our master class on free machining and then over the weekend we will be making Ferrets own individual kind of wholecloth quilts.

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If you would like to come, get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as many of the group have already rebooked to have another go.

Thank you very much Ferret for a brilliant and very entertaining weekend 🙂

Ferret is going to be here soon

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I'm back!

Hi Everyone
This is my first post since the hugely successful Yarndale at Skipton Auction Mart in North Yorkshire. It was amazing, the first time that this event has been held and I for one really hope that it will become part of Skipton’s annual calendar. I would like to say a huge thank you to Rachel and Abz for their help on the stand and to my dad, Gary, Andrew and Natters for helping me get everything back into the van last night.
I believe that there were tailbacks of several miles in all directions leading to Skipton, not good for those stuck in the queues but what a result for the organisers. I think that it is fair to say it exceeded expectations. Well done to you all.

Now back to reality with a bump. I have put a slide show on this post to show you all the brilliant work of Ferret. She is an incredibly talented textile artist and very accomplished quilter and she will be with us from 15th to 17th of November. On Friday 15th Ferret will be doing a masterclass in free machining and will share her skills and knowledge which will be priceless and then over the weekend she will be showing us how she achieves her fantastic art quilts, we will be having a go at recreating one of her designs…I can’t wait, I am really hoping there will be a space left for me. If you are interested in joining us get in touch with me either here on the blog, or ring the shop on 01729 824708

Sudoku with Jennie Rayment

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We have had the most wonderful weekend retreat with Jennie Rayment at High Trenhouse, Malham. We spent the weekend making Sudoku cushions. Jennie showed us all how to twiddle and fiddle fabric into the most spectacular blocks. The weekend was perfect, great company, heaps of freshly home cooked food, comfortable en suite rooms, honesty bar and all in beautiful surroundings; unspoiled countryside to all sides perfect for Jennie’s morning run or a refreshing stroll in the evening after class.
The slideshow shows how our work progressed from a selection of squares through to finished cushions. Jennie was wonderfully generous sharing her knowledge freely throughout the retreat showing people how to get the most out of their machines using all manner of different feet to add embellishments and piping with hilarious anecdotes added for great measure.
We are planning another retreat in the summer of 2015 where Jennie will show us how to twiddle her circles; if you are interested in coming please feel free to get in touch either on here, by e mail info@quiltingantics.co.uk or ring the shop on 01729 824708

I would just like to acknowledge that this blog has recently been getting visited regularly from Azerbaijan so I would like to welcome you to my blog and hope that you will continue to enjoy it.