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I’m such an old…ahem, new bag!

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I’m such an old…ahem, new bag!

It’s that time of the month again…it’s the time when I’m preparing to go back on’t telly. We have worked our socks off this last month and have eight new designs with a bit of a Spring theme going on. I hope you like what we’ve done, I’d love to hear your comments, feedback is always welcome.

You will find me on the Hochanda Tv channel on Saturday 13th and Sunday the 14th of April. Freeview 85 Sky 673 and Freesat 817. I’m not sure what the channel number is if you are viewing from the U.S but I think you can watch online.

I nearly forgot to say that all the goodies (kits and patterns) will be available on my own website www.quiltingantics.co.uk from this weekend.

I’d like to start with Susan’s Satchel. I have been asked loads of times to make a tweed satchel, the last time being at Duxford show in March, by a lady called Susan…I told you I would name it after you hehehehe! It fits an A4 ring binder inside and is very easy to make.satchel pic

I forgot to add apart from the huge discounts I”m offering on the eight new patterns whilst on’t telly, I’m having a go at doing some happy hour deals too; so watch out for some genuine great deals. I don’t do an annual sale in the shop, so I’m doing this instead. There will be extra fabric on selected orders, bundles of bag haberdashery, bundles of basic utility fabrics (such as wadding and calico) and sets of Moda fat quarter bundles. Each individual offer will be available, at a discounted price, for one hour only!

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Back to the task in hand…next up is Rosa’s bag, named after my Sue’s adorable granddaughter, apparently this dusky shade of pink is this seasons hot property, we have teamed it with a beautiful silver grey, what do you think? It is a bit fiddly to make in places so not for an absolute beginner but once you’ve got your head round the zip area, it should be plain sailing. I love this little bag, as you can make it to coordinate with any outfit and it is ideal for leisure time; it would hold all your basic essentials whilst you have a great time, playing out.

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Third on the list, let’s shake things up and do something different. Here is our Green Man of the Woods, a wonderful emblem of the emerging spring season. He reminds me a bit of Parsley the Lion from the Herb Garden, do you remember the programme? Roberta has constructed him in the most simple way, I was pleasantly surprised when I wrote the pattern and realised how easy he actually is.

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So you like ornamental dolls? How about our Steam punk Scarecrow called Seth? He is such fun to make, his clothes are unbelievably easy and if you are feeling cautious don’t forget that as a scarecrow you could always distress (code for disguise any cock ups) his clothes a bit, to give him your own spin. I would be really interested to know if you like the Steam punk theme as, if you do, we may a bit more of it.

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So after a foray into the macabre lets return to the bags…

We brought you a bag, designed by Tracy Ankers, right back at the beginning of our Quilting Antics journey and it has sold and sold and sold. I can’t believe how many of you have loved it, so, using that as our inspiration I present to you the Crazy Chick bag. The fabrics are from the newest range of tweeds woven in collaboration with the National Trust and personally I think they are stunning, very chic.

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Nearly at the end, we have been asked loads of times to do an across the body bag. I saw a bag aimed at dog walkers, where you had a hole, to pull your poopy bags through. I didn’t have any suitable rings to make the hole, so we appliquéd a dog instead! If you aren’t a doggy person, you could leave the appliqué off or simply swap it for something you like better.

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Last but not least and just for a bit of a laugh, I give you the Doorstop Diva! It’s a doorstop in the shape of a handbag. If you filled it with something really heavy you could use it to keep everyone in check…I think I might be tempted to add some handbag jewellery, what do you think?

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I hope you like our new designs. It’s a really scary thing when you launch new stuff as you could sink like a brick. I hope we have tried hard enough this month..

www.quiltingantics.co.uk

August is Christmas time for crafters

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Oh my golly gosh! I collected this amazing advent calendar from Michaela Smith yesterday; she is going to teach it as a class for us on the 5th of September which is the first Saturday of the month.

The calendar is made from a combination of cotton and tweed fabrics with a bit of Christmas bling in the form of gold on the windows.

I will prepare a kit so that everyone has all the right bits and bobs, kit price to follow as soon as I’ve worked it out. If you would like a place you can either let me know on here or by ringing the shop on 01729 824708

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Kirstie’s Handmade Fair

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Look what I’ve got…complimentary tickets for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London and I am going to start giving them away. If you would like to win a pair of tickets all you need to do is add a comment to, then like and share this post. The show will be open from the 18th to the 20th of September 2015. I will be there with lots and lots of projects to make and do using British wool tweed and I will also be launching my newest range of goodies which will make ideal Christmas presents for crafters.

Before I forget, Kirstie is also going to do a Christmas Handmade Fair at Manchester Central from the 20th to the 22nd of November which I will also be at.

So for now, get liking and sharing of you want to be in with a chance of winning tickets!

Do you like the changes?

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What do you think? We’ve had a bit of a move round over the last few days. It’s not perfect yet but we are getting there. I was worried with our old style of display that we weren’t showing off all our new tweedy things as well as we could of. As the tweed is sold in rolls rather than on the bolt it is very difficult to do a ‘grand’ display, anyhow feedback is warmly welcomed if you would like to share your thoughts.

I have been beavering away with the web stuff once again, more photos and descriptions etc etc, it just seems to go on forever, I think its fair to say I’m not a natural techno person! I wrapped up about 75 new parcels of tweed yesterday ready to post out when the time comes and I’ve put a surprise free gift in them!! I love surprises, so I hope our customers will too…

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Good news! Whilst we were having our change round I found a very small piece of the red which we used on the pheasant; which means that we can make a couple more kits yippee! One is sold already, so if you want one get in touch sooner rather than later.

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I just had to slip a photo of these Burlap ribbons in, for no other reason than that I love love love them, there isn’t much of the rose one left as I used loads on my ‘Measure Twice’ sewing case so I will have to get some more pretty soon.

And now as they say…that’s all folks! I’m off to enjoy the rest of the evening sun with a long cold drink. Catch you soon 😉

New class dates!

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New class dates!

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

Wool Tweed Friday

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Wool Tweed Friday

Thank you to everyone who contacted us and bought tweed from us last week; once again it sold out very quickly. Thank you also for your ongoing support, it means an awful lot to a new and emerging business.

We have been very busy making new samples and are planning more free patterns to give away very soon in appreciation of your support, so watch this space 😉

Enough of this small talk here’s the main event of the evening, more scrummy wool tweed for your perusal. I hope you enjoy this weeks selection. If you like any of them and would like to buy some you can either message me on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 don’t forget it’s  first up best dressed so…good luck!

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Roll 32 Beautiful fine, purple and pink herringbone pattern. 114″ x 6.5″ (2.89m x 0.16m) £16.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 33 Lovely plaid in country shades of grey/blue and green very useful addition to your stash. 143″ x 8″ (3.63m x 0.20m)  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

Roll 34 Trendy lightweight cream and beige herringbone  will add brightness to any project or make a lovely background on which to applique. 104″ x 8.5″ (2.64m x 0.22m) £16.25  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

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Roll 35 pinky tones. 158″ x 8.5″ (4m x 0.21m) £25. Very useful plaid (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

Roll 36 Green and plum tones. 156″ x 8.5″ (3.95m x 0.21m) £25. Another very useful plaid  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

 

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Roll 37  Orange/red and grey herringbone pattern 144″ x 7″ (3.65m x 0.18m) £16.  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

Roll 38 Plum shades of autum 140″ x 8″  (3.55m x 0.20m)  £22. (Can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 39 Purple and navy dog tooth check, very very soft to the touch. 102″ x 6″ (2.59m x 0.15m) £15.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 40.Lovely lavender coloured herringbone pattern, beautiful.  110″ x 7″ (2.79m x 0.17m) .£15.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

Door stop pattern giveaway

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Door stop pattern giveaway

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As promised last week, here is a free pattern giveaway; its a simple one to get us started but a good one.

You will need

  • A piece of fabric (mine was narrow so I’ve used a long length) 60″ x 8.5″ (1.5m x 22cm.)
  • An A4 sheet of paper.
  • An ugly fat quarter.
  • Cat litter, bird seed or rice.
  • Toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow.
  • Scraps of brown and green fabric, tweed or felt for leaves and stem.

On an A4 sheet of paper draw a pear shape. I’ve tried to attach one here but if you can’t get the image it’s easy enough to draw yourself by drawing the pear as big as you can on the paper, fold the paper in half and cut out, doing it this way, your pear will be the same on both sides. Cut out 4 pear shapes in fabric. Insert a pin to mark the top and bottom middles.

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Sew  two pear shapes together from the pin at the top middle almost down to the bottom middle. Repeat for the other pair of pears. (Couldn’t resist saying that.) Because wool is a looser weave than cotton I sewed my seams twice to reinforce them by pivoting with the needle down at the end and sewing back to the start point, I did a few reverse stitches too.

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Sew the two halves together, from top middle almost to the bottom on each side, you will now have a saggy looking old pear

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Using some scrap fabric, or that ugly fat quarter you bought and now wonder what on earth possessed you. Cut two rough circles, mine were a bit small with an 8″ diameter so make yours a bit bigger. Sew almost all the way round, leave a gap to fill.

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I used cat litter to weight one pear down and bird seed in the other. Fill the cushion with the heavy stuff and then sew the hole closed. Stuff the top half of your pear with toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow and then feed the heavy stuff in last. It will be difficult to sew the hole closed in the bottom of the pear, so with the last piece of your fabric cut a circle to cover the hole, turn under the edge and slip stitch in place.


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We used tweed for the leaves and stem but you can use whatever you have to hand at the time. Cut a 1.5″ strip  of brown fabric and roll it up to form the stem. Slip stitch the loose end in place and then stitching through all layers of the stem and top of the pear, attach it to the top of the pear. Put two layers of green fabric wrong sides together and sew two leaf shapes on the fabric (no need to free machine) if you begin at the point that will be stitched onto the pear once you get back to the start you can then sew some veins on with a continuous row of stitching. Cut around the outside edge of the stitching to free the leaf from the scrap. Stitch the leaves in place on the pear. Next find a door to prop open and show off your posh new doorstop.
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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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Wool Tweed Lengths For Sale

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Wool Tweed Lengths For Sale

We have had so much interest in our wool tweeds that we thought it was about time that we started to offer them for sale on line. Below you will find our first batch to be photographed. We only have one role of each colourway so it really is a case of first up best dressed…you snooze you loose! When you have made a selection you can either ring the shop on 01729 824708 to reserve your wool or you can leave a comment here. Good luck and I hope you like what you see.

We are also working on some simple patterns, using the tweed, which we intend to give away free on here. Yay!

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Roll number 1. shades of purple, blue, black red and white. 136″ x 10″ (3.46m x 0.26m) £27.50 (can sell as a half length.)

 

Roll number 2. shades of blue, purple, Grey, white the piece measures 104″ x 10″ (2.64m x 0.26m) £25. (Can sell as a half length.)

 

 

 

 

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Roll number 3. Autumnal shades, with  blue/purple highlights . 152″ x 8.5″ (3.86m x 0.21m) £27.50. (Can sell as a half length.)

 

Roll number 4. Autumnal shades, with green/orange highlights. 152″ x 8.5″ (3.86m x 0.21m) £27.50 (Can sell as a half length.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Rolls 5, 6 and 7 shades of mauve/dusky purple, click on the image to have a closer look at the colours. Exceptionally soft to the touch. All measure 116″ x 8.5″ (294m x 0.21m) £25. (Can sell as a half length.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll number 8 Slate Green colour.

Roll number 9 Dark Olive colour.

Roll number 10 Slate Blue colour.

All roles 137″ x 6.5″ (348m x 0.16m) £19.50

(Can sell as a half length.)

New Block of the Month Quilt

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New Block of the Month Quilt

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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.

Click on the picture and it should expand to fill your screen

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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.