I don’t know how I missed posting this, I want to introduce the latest member of the Quilting Antics team…Teddy our 8 week old Lhaso Apso puppy.
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…
I am so very proud to share this story with you, obviously when you read the story you will see that the circumstances are terrible, tragic and not what you would wish for anyone. The reason that I am so proud is that the boxer shorts quilt was made here at quilting antics with blocks that were donated to us by loads of you for our Linus challenge day last year. So once again thank you.
We are repeating the challenge again, this time with a musical theme. I will try and attach the patterns to this post but just incase it doesn’t happen properly you can ring the shop and we will post patterns out to you on 01729 824708
Hello you wonderful people, my two children received a beautiful quilt each today, given to them by their bereavement lady from Barnardos.
I will tell you a little about our story, my two children are 9 and 11 years old, and last year I had a baby girl called Alice, she looked prefect, but was a little sleepy and didn’t want to feed, but midwives felt she was fine, they sent us home from hospital, when alice was two days old she died suddenly in my husbands arms, we called an ambulance and tried everything to get her back, but nothing could be done, one of the hardest things we had to do was tell my two other children what had happened and seeing their hearts break in front of me, my oldest found it really hard as I had promised he could hold her after school, and he did the bravest thing he held her once she had died he was 10 years old at the time, some adults couldn’t face seeing her, but he did, he even kissed her goodbye.
Her birthday is in a few days the 9th October, so I have to say the quilts have just come at the right time for us, I do have a little good news and that I am 22 weeks pregnant but this leaves us with great uncertainty as this baby could have the same condition alice had, but this time the hospital know what to test for and look for, but I am sure the quilts will bring some comfort while I am in hospital to my children who suffer from anxiety when I am not around, so again I want to say thank you so much. Leone Edwards
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.
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.
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.
OK, so, its no secret this has been one extremely tough year for me, both professionally and personally but as my daughter Gem would say, I’ve ‘given my head a little wobble’, had a word with myself’ and here I am, bouncing back! Quilting Antics is still here and from now on the only way is up, up, up! There have been times this year when I’ve been a bit of an ostrich but hey ho, that’s my way of dealing with things sometimes. So to anyone who has been frustrated because I haven’t as we say in Yorkshire been ‘framing myself’ I apologise and from today will be getting back to business. I look forward to sharing many blog posts with you and hope that you will stay tuned.
Just because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean we haven’t been having any Antics, in fact just the opposite we have had quite a few which I’ll fill you in with over the next few posts. Today though I want to share with you a class we did with Michaela Smith on bear making, simply because I loved them so much and its as good a place as any to start, awwwwwww.
Our Denise is a clever clogs, look at this superb sewing machine cover decorated with pockets and raw edged applique. If you would like to make one please feel free to add your name to the list either by messaging me on here or ringing the shop on 01729 824708
If you don’t need a cover for your machine there are plenty of other things you could cover, I think Judy is making a cover for her Kenwood!
Then as if the sewing machine cover wasn’t enough Denise has also made this small reversible quilt using the Quilt as you go method. If you would like to learn how to do this great technique, which will mean you never have to struggle to get a big quilt under your machine in one go, let us know and you would be very welcome to join the class. We set dates last Thursday for both these projects and the classes were full by Friday so we have had to set extra dates!
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.
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.