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New Block of the Month Quilt

New Block of the Month Quilt

Tah da!

At long last I would like to present, to you, our new block of the month quilt.

The Owl and the Pussycat, who sailed away for a year and a day in a beautiful pea green boat. They took some money and plenty of money wrapped up ion a £5 note.

It still needs quilting and a few stitch details adding here and there but we are ready, at long last to share it with you.

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I am absolutely blown away with this quilt, illustrated by Sue Lenehan who is a fantastic artist. This is the first time that we have collaborated to produce a quilt and I am incredibly pleased with the result. As I mentioned it is not yet finished and in some ways I think that it may never be complete as the possibilities are endless.

This quilt is now for sale as a block of the month (BOM) quilt with fabric. It runs over 8 months at £20 a month; this includes all the fabric, Bondaweb, trinkets, instructions and postage to make the quilt top and binding. It does not include threads, backing and wadding but we can supply these at competitive prices if you wish us to. If you want to give it a whirl ring us on 01729 824708 and you will find that your first block is waiting for you!

Even if you aren’t going to do it, tell us what you think about the quilt, we would love to hear feedback from you.

Busy girls at the mill

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
The main attraction at the show was our lovely wool tweed
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.
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…

00Dear! (007 was having a day off)

00Dear!  (007 was having a day off)

Brrrrrrr. The central heating went on for the first time last night and autumn is now well and truly upon us, the trees outside are not looking quite as green as they were leaves are more yellow and coming down at a great rate of knots.

This mornings tack and chat was the usual lively affair, especially as Tricia graced us with her presence, she played truant last week so was supposed to be on her best behaviour this week.


As usual she incited anarchy …


Oh my word to be a fly on the wall when these three have a get together!


Anyhow other things on the agenda. I have been plugging away at the Owl and the Pussycat quilt, I am now at the…  and were married next day by the Turkey who lives on the hill bit. I’m still hoping it will be finished for Malvern and Duxford’s autumn quilt shows. Here’s a sneaky peak of the turkey.


Once he’s stitched down and got a bit of detail on he will look  really good. I’m so excited about this quilt and I think that you will be too.

Our new block of the month quilt.

Our new block of the month quilt.

I’m not going to reveal everything today but here’s a sneaky peak at our new Block of the Month quilt, The Owl and the Pussycat.

Gillian, Sue, Averil, several visitors including Jean, my mum in law Muriel and I had a wonderful day all working together on the quilt, you know those precious moments when a group of women spend the day sewing together on a shared project. Magic. I’m hoping it will be ready for the autumn quilt show at Malvern, on the last weekend in October, so we shall be stitching, writing instructions, cutting kits like mad so that we are ready. I think you’re going to like it but for now I hope you enjoy trying to guess what it will look like.


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Arts and Crafts Block of the Month



Today we have had a fabulous first day at the Spring Quilt Show at Detling near Maidstone in Kent. Last October saw the first quilt show at Detling and as a first time show it was OK but this time there have been sooo many more visitors that I’m sure if the numbers stay up over the weekend it will become a regular feature on the annual show calendar.
It was also great to see familiar faces and it is for familiar faces that I am writing this post, namely Anne and Brenda who signed up to both our block of the month quilts and I’m pleased to say are enjoying them and finding that it is running well (except the odd little teething problem on our behalf which we have now fixed…phew!) As I promised ladies this post is a picture of the Arts and Crafts quilt so that you can see exactly what is coming next.
I hope you continue to enjoy the BOM’s
warmest wishes
(aka Big Bird)

Block of the Month


Block of the Month

Hi this post is especially for Vicky Cowburn (esteemed local co-ordinator for Project Linus) who called into the shop yesterday. It is the complete picture of our Block of the Month quilt called ‘Flock Together’ it runs over 10 months and is £16.50 per month, this includes instructions and all the fabric and DMC thread you need to make the quilt top and binding. (Wadding and backing can be provided by us but would cost an additional amount.) The first month is £16.50 plus a £16.50 deposit which is month 10 paid in advance. Each month my wonderful Dizzy Duck (aka Eileen) will ring you up for payment of the next block and we will then post out the next instalment. There are 9 blocks in total with month 10 being borders, binding and making up instructions. (The original red fabric is now out of print and has been substituted for another which is as close as we could possibly get; all other fabrics are the same as the photo.)
We can also offer this as pattern only which is £7 per month for 10 months. For full effect zoom in on the picture and have a good peruse, the peacock and barn owl in particularly are divine.
If you are interested in joining either message my blog, e-mail quilting-antics@hotmail.co.uk

or ring the shop on (+44) 01729 824708