If you would like to join us to make any of the projects that I have listed today, you can either message me on here, call in the shop or ring us on 01729 824708 to reserve your place. I hope you like all the goodies that we have got
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.
A few months ago one of our customers asked if she could book onto a beginners course, we said yes, sent her home to get her kit, within the hour she was enrolled on and attending Denise’s class! We can’t always claim to be so prompt but we aim to please. Anyhow Janine has absolutely blossomed in a really short time. Today she brought all her bits and bobs to class, many of which she has made herself on classes with us and I just wanted to share her work with you all as it is lovely. No prizes for spotting that her quiltofax uses the same kitty fabric as our cushion posted earlier.
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!
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 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.
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.
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?
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!
Just a little teaser…Rachel starts her new Beginners Sampler Quilt Course on the 17th of January. This is a little sneeky peek of some of the blocks that students will be having a go at. From top left to bottom right there is Card Trick, Spiders Web, Monkey Wrench, Pineapple, Jacobs Ladder and I must confess I don’t know what the last one is called (shame on me that’s a poor do!) If you fancy joining in and haven’t already signed up there are 4 places left. You can either message me on here, e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the shop 01729 824708 remember that we will be closed from Sunday 22nd December to Saturday 4th January so not answering the phone during that time; although I can open the shop by appointment if you e mail me to arrange a time.
Merry Christmas everyone 🙂
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 🙂
I got the inspiration to take on this project from Pinterest (duh).
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.
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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Presenting Mandy Middleton;
15 months ago we started our first sampler quilt course at Quilting Antics. I remember that first session so well, there was hardly a sound 9 ladies, most of whom had never met before, sat in silence headaches developing because they were concentrating so very hard. By session 10 however you could barely hear yourself think because this new group of firm friends were chattering so much…it was wonderful!
Our ladies have all come on in leaps and bounds developing their skills every time they visit the shop. Today I want to share with you parts of Mandy’s journey. If I told you that the first session reduced Mandy to a quivering wreck you wouldn’t believe me now but its true…she was!!!!!
This is Mandy’s interpretation of Happy Scrappy Christmas, there is an unsaid competition among the students to ‘bling’ this wall hanging up, so it will be interesting to see what finishing touches Mandy adds.
Next comes Mandy’s textured landscape. All our students made their own landscapes from views which were important to them, I love how this one conjures up the Middleton’s farm.
Mandy came to our woven baskets class, the background and the basket are both made of woven fabric and dare I say it, Mandy’s sample is better than the class one (oops.)
A while back we ran a class on bag making, Mandy took her skills and has now created her own bag, to her own specifications clever lady!
This block is one from the improvers sampler quilt course Mandy now attends and is a twisted log cabin, basically taking the regular log cabin block and building on the design to take it to the next stage
Finally, look at this unique pheasant design which Mandy has appliqued to go into her improvers quilt.
Just see how your skills can quickly build and your confidence grow at our classes. If you fancy taking part in any of our classes, you can find out what we are offering by clicking the workshops and classses tab at the top of this page. Ring the shop on 01729 824708 to check on availability and we can book your place for you.
From quilting antics www.quiltingantics.co.uk