Category Archives: Quilt Show

Preparing for Malvern show

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Preparing for Malvern show

I think its fair to say I’m feeling a little stressed at the moment, three weeks off at Easter was definitely not what the doctor ordered. I had the two weeks school holiday off with the little man and then on the evening that he should have been going back to school he came down with the dreaded lurgy which he then passed on to me! So all  told that was three weeks lost aarrgghh!!

Anyway I’m back to it, I’ve been running around all over the place to various quilt groups and now we are up to our ears in show preparations. Averil has been an absolute brick this week…God, I love  that woman and I would be lost without her! but don’t tell her I said that hehehehe. She has been making kits for our Hare cushion

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and then as many Winter Lovin’ Tote’s as possible, in as many colourways as possible; this is a new take on our Summer Lovin’ Tote which has been a runaway success.

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Followed by as many Woodland friend kits as possible…

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I’m hoping that before I leave on Tuesday for the show that I can cobble a few Holly and the Ivy wreath’s together.

November 9th. A kit will be provided for this class at an extra cost.

There are so many jobs yet to do, I’d better get my head down. I hope that I will see lots of you at the show. If you are going to Malvern I will be on the first stand that you see when you come through the door. See you soon x

 

 

 

Preparations for Edinburgh are coming along nicely

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Preparations for Edinburgh are coming along nicely

Thank you soo very much, to everyone who reblogged and who rang us to buy the wool tweed which I put on the blog last week…its now all gone! We were absolutely floored by the response, it was amazing and so definitely something I will repeat as it seems that many of you struggle to get a variety of top quality tweed at the low prices which we offer, I’m really pleased that we can oblige you 😉 Would it be useful if I made it a regular Friday thing? Let me know.

Today we have been very busy bees, preparing for the quilt show at Ingliston, Edinburgh next week. I decided that I would ‘knock up’ a few Union Jack cushions to show people how they can use the tweed especially the off cuts. The long thin strips are ideal; whats more it doesn’t matter if the lengths are a bit short as botching them up only serves to add to the appeal.

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I don’t think it is a secret that I am a huge fan of wool tweed…I went shopping yesterday and I saw the most amazing fabric footstool; it was huge and had a hand painted cow on the top. It was also gorgeous but not the £150 worth of gorgeous the shop wanted for it. Then I had one of those light bulb moments and thought I bet we could make one of those in tweed…so we are! Continuing the theme of using up left overs, we decided to piece the top in small squares to use up as many bits as we could. Look at the photo, see how the random colours work together and compliment each other. I think that I will weigh the resulting block of squares and then if anyone wants to recreate our cushion we can bag up a random selection of colours so that you would be able to achieve the look as cheaply as possible. Again, feel free to feedback your thoughts as I am really eager to know what you think.

 

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Finally for today I wanted to share, with you, the progress on the flying geese. We pondered for ages and thought about the feedback that we’d had, this is the result, the beginnings of a bag. Sue will make another strip of flying geese to go along the bottom, should they fly the same way or opposite way? then she will make up the bag using a simple design so as not to detract from the wow factor of the geese. I love it, well done Sue you have created a beauty.

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Busy girls at the mill

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Busy girls at the mill

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came to see us at the Ardingly Quilt Show; this year was amazing we met so many lovely new faces and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We are going through a bit of a change at the moment so we left the yellow T-shirts at home, which means you are forgiven if you didn’t recognise us; we did feel a bit too incognito for our liking so might have to do something to remedy the situation in due course.
I have been busy attempting to become a designer maker over the last few months and the show was my first opportunity to display my ‘Sweet Jasmine’ baby bag, covered in lots of stitchery and needle turned applique. Let me know what you think to it. I love it, I have hidden a drawstring for security a few inches down from the top, so that the embroidery isn’t too distorted when it is drawn up and I put large roomy pockets inside to hold bottles, baby wipes and the like. We have just started to make ‘Sweet William’ the boys version it is sooo cute
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The main attraction at the show was our lovely wool tweed
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We are having a play around with the tweed to see what kind of things we can make in order to give people ideas, look at these pears I knocked up this afternoon.
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OK so they are not a perfect pair but the tweed is such good fun to play with. Averil has been making a large piece of crazy patchwork today which I will show off soon, we don’t yet know what it will become but we will let you know as soon as we work it…

Malvern Quilt show

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Malvern Quilt show

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?

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Quilts UK, Malvern

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Quilts UK, Malvern

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Just a quick line to let you know that I will be at the Three Counties Showground this week Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My pitch, Quilting Antics,  is right by the front door and ALL my quality craft cottons are priced at £6 per metre; no cheap cotton poplins on our stand!

If you’re visiting stop by to say hi, its great to meet old friends and make new ones.

What a wonderful few days

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Thank you to everyone who visited us (me and wondermum Sylv aka Hip Chick) at Ally Pally this weekend, friends old and new, some whose names I don’t know and others like Wynn, Brenda, Margaret, Davina, Ann, Another Brenda, Bridi, Richard and Stephen to name but a few who I look forward to seeing at many shows around the country. Special thanks to Margaret for my lovely prezzie, it has already been put to excellent use and every time I use it I shall think of you x.
Also thanks to Gillian who once again came and helped us, you were brilliant and now have your own following of people who look out for you at the shows, hopefully you will be working with us again at Harrogate in November.
For now though I’m off to the wholesaler to stock up on Merino Wool, silk cocoons and everything else we need for our forthcoming classes. See you soon

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Yarndale

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Today has been build up day for Yarndale, so I abandoned my lovely Dizzy Duck who was busy having a tea party when I left. We don’t have a final total for our contribution to the worlds biggest tea party so I’ll let you know next week.

I am ‘ totes amazed’ by the amount and standard of exhibitors at the show and I think that it is going to be an excellent event, please come and support the show so that it can become a regular part of Skipton’s annual calendar. Tweety Pie and I will be waiting to see you on stand 102 which is opposite Knitting 4 Fun and Colourcraft.

Skipton Auction Mart, Saturday 28th 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29th 10am to 4.30pm. http://yarndale.co.uk/

More from the Festival of Quilts 2013

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There were so many quilts at the Festival of Quilts that I was unable to get round and capture them all, so for now here are a few more. I still have more to add but as its The Great Northern Quilt Show at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground in Harrogate this weekend I’m not sure when I will fit it all in.
Don’t forget that if you make a purchase on the stand and give me your name and address you will be entered into our prize draw, the prize this time will be a selection of Frixion pens which we will be selling on the stand

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