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Thank you

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I would just like to say thank you to everyone who supported me at Quilts UK, Malvern and again yesterday on the Hochanda channel. I am delighted with our new designs and I am so glad that you are too. If you haven’t seen them already have a look and see what you think. There is just one more pattern to put on the website and then I’m done and dusted www.quiltingantics.co.uk

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Tree of Life, by Michaela Smith

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Summer Meadows Bag by Sue Lenehan

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Low Tide from Quilting Antics

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The Seekers from Quilting Antics

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Angie Bag by Tracy Ankers

English Country Garden Runner from Quilting Antics

English Country Garden Runner from Quilting Antics

English Country Garden Cushion from Quilting Antics

English Country Garden Cushion from Quilting Antics

It’s such a great feeling when people enjoy your work.

With that said it’s heads down now as we start our Christmas shows on the 29th June!! It sounds bonkers but if you’re a crafter you need the head start in order to meet the deadline.

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So much to tell you, where do I start?

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So much to tell you, where do I start?

Oh my golly gosh, so much has happened lately that I don’t know where to start; today I will share with you our wonderful weekend retreat with Pat Archibald who is an incredibly talented quilt artist from Edinburgh. The first day was spent in our shop making gorgeous Indian elephants.

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Ten ladies joined us and we had a brilliant time. I hope you enjoy the slide show of the day

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At the end of a wonderful day with lots of shared giggles. We decamped to High Trenhouse where after a fantastic supper Pat took us around the world in 80 quilts, sharing many of her beautiful quilts with us. We looked at how and why she creates the ghost images which appear in many of her quilts. Here is some of the work she shared.

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On Saturday morning the real work started, with the retreat getting fully underway. I love how we meet as a group of strangers and over such a short period of time, using shared experiences, we part as friends.

However Saturday did start with a near catastrophe…the power went off! Oh noooo! Up there in the wilds of High Trenhouse that may not necessarily mean a quick blip. So all the sewing machines were out of action. Not to be deterred  Pat had a plan B; unfortunately for plan B to be achieved we needed the irons to set the Markal paint…to the rescue…Grandma Annie…or at least her old dry iron, quickly followed up by Bernadette’s old flat iron which were popped on the AGA and worked like a treat, I couldn’t believe how long they stayed hot for.

The power cut lasted until lunchtime, which was about the time the ironing was finished, meaning all’s well that ends well.

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We had a fabulous lunch and dessert then back to class and crack on with the job in hand. I hope you will agree that the slideshow shows what a great weekend we had. Following the success Pat has agreed to come back next August and show us how to do her Celtic designs.  Also breaking news I have managed to secure a retreat with Shirley Bloomfield to do her wild flower basket in May next year. If you would like to join us let us know by booking your place on 01729 824708

Memories of the Great War in Stitch

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I ‘googled’ Le Beffroi Arras 1914 and the following once I used Google Translate is copied and pasted below.
After the defeat of Charleroi, the French troops must withdraw. Arras is then declared an open city . The Germans occupy a few days, from 6 to 8 September 1914. The French offensive against German forces troops to leave the city but these remain firmly entrenched and during a month of heavy fighting will take place around Arras.

On the morning of October 6, 1914 , the German heavy artillery opened fire on the town. This are just the beginnings of future bombings. On 7 October 1914 , incendiary shells fell on the town. The Town Hall is in flames. October 21, 1914, from 10:30 to 11:20 , the Belfry is targeted. In just 50 minutes , it is in ruins . From 5 to 7 July 1915 , the palace and the cathedral Saint -Vaast already affected during bombardment of October 6 , in turn, are systematically targeted . In two days, the shells because of these monuments, rebuilt in the eighteenth century by Cardinal de Rohan.

Other important buildings were partially or totally destroyed as a result of the bombing :

The churches of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Nicolas and Saint Gery
Chapels of Our Lady of Ardent , the Poor Clares , of Chariottes , of Providence, Augustinian …
The seminary buildings including the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
The Palace of Justice (former hotel States Artois ) , the Theatre, the former Jesuit Novitiate , the Prefecture ( former Episcopal Palace).
Normal School , the Municipal College , College girls , the Institution Saint Joseph Boarding Jeanne d’ Arc, the Institution of deaf and blind children …
A steel deluge hit the city of Arras. The number of shells fired during a single day, June 26, 1915 is estimated at 15,000. At Arras, the dividing line between the two armies was close to the city, only at a distance of 800 to 1200 meters.
The record of destruction is dramatic. In addition to the civil and religious monuments , it’s the planning that is disrupted . Great and Little squares and the streets of Taillerie linking them, are destroyed. This urban fifteenth and sixteenth century included 150 Spanish- style buildings Flemish : 45 buildings were completely destroyed and other damage.

Quilt Retreat with Susan Briscoe

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Japanese Sashiko  was traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or repair worn places with patches in clothing, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance.

Susan Briscoe is arguably the queen of Japanese Sashiko, certainly here in the UK. Big drum roll…Susan is going to be at Quilting Antics, teaching our retreat from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June. She will teach a one day beginners class on Friday 30th May and then the retreat will begin at 4.30 pm Friday to 4.30 pm Sunday 1st of June; Susan will take you from the beginnings of Sashiko right through to starting to design your very own family crest!

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This is one of Susan’s pieces of work, I’m not sure we will get to this standard in a weekend but we’ll give it our best shot!

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To book or find out more information you can either e mail me at info@quiltingantics.co.uk or ring the shop on 01729 824708

Wonderfil Thread

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Yay!
It’s here! It has arrived! The eagle has landed! One small step for quilt kind bla bla bla…

The lovely Eddie from Wonderfil brought our gorgeous selection of threads this week we now have the full ranges of…

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Tutti 50 wt 100% Egyptian cotton (variegated), double gassed & mercerized. Tutti is fantastic for quilting, longarming, thread painting, embroidery, general sewing, and piecing. Available in 41 variegated colors in 1093yd (1000m) spools. £8.40 each

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork

 

 

 

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Frutti 12 wt 100% Egyptian cotton, double gassed and mercerized. Fruitti is great for quilting, longarming, topstitching, decorative stitching, and hand embroidery. Available in 41 variegated colors in 437yd (400m) spools. £8.40 each.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork, crafts

 

 

 

 

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Spaghetti 12 wt 100% Egyptian cotton, double gassed and mercerized. Spagetti is great for quilting, longarming, topstitching, decorative stitching, and sashiko. Available in 41 colors in 437yd (400m). £7.00 each

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork, crafts

 

 

 


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Konfetti 50 wt 100% Egyptian cotton, double gassed & mercerized. Konfetti is fantastic for quilting, longarming, thread painting, embroidery, general sewing, and piecing. Available in 60 colors in 1093yd (1000m) spools. £7.00 each.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork

 

 

 

 

 

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invisifil 100 wt cottonized soft polyester. Tone on tone, InvisaFil virtually disappears. InvisaFil is perfect for stitch in the ditch, bobbin thread for delicate machine embroidery, top & bottom thread for couching, lace designs, hand & machine appliqué, quilting, longarming, and excellent for fine fabrics. Available in 60 colors in Mini Packs of six 433yd (396m) spools. £10.60 each.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, handwork

 

 

 

 

 

DecWonderFil Product Sheet.inddobob 80 wt cottonized polyester. DecoBob creates high definition for any quilt stitch. It’s great as a bobbin thread for machine embroidery, top & bottom thread for quilting, quilt construction, all purpose sewing including button holes, digitized lace designs, and excellent for hidden stitching. Available in 36 colors in 2187yd (2000m) spools. £8.60 each.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight 40 wt metallic thread that is smooth running and soft to the touch. Runs at up to 1000 spm with domestic and embroidery machines. Spotlite is a brilliant and dynamic thread that is great for machine embroidery, quilting, decorative stitching, thread painting, and couching other threads and fibres. Available in 40 colors in 1093yd (1000m) spools. £12.20 each.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines

 

 

 

In true Quilting Antics (on a wing and a prayer) fashion I have not got these products anywhere near looking like they are ready for the web, www.quiltingantics.co.uk so if you want to place an order for the time being ring the shop and tell us what you need and we will post it right off. 01729 824708

Beautiful Book Covers

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Following last weeks highly successful silk painting session Liz, Mandy, Paula and Linda with the addition of Jade all came back yesterday to use their painted silk pieces to make these beautiful book covers. If you remember last week I shared pics of the class painting their silk; some traced trees butterflies and dragonflies using Gutta and they all had a bash at dropping paint onto wet silk and scattered it with sea salt creating beautiful patterns which students had not control over. Today they have used the randomly patterned silk and embellished it with french knots, beads and other gorgeous embroidery stitches before turning the pieces into book covers. We had a lovely day, loads of giggles, good company, tea and coffee…heaven

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What a weekend we have had, Denise’s class on Friday, Taster Day yesterday culminating in Silk Painting today. Poor old Diz will think that a bomb has gone off in the morning!

I’m not sure if old owly took pics of yesterdays class if she did I will post them as soon as I get them.

Today’s girls are going to bring their pieces back next weekend and turn them into book covers (excellent idea for Christmas and birthday prezzies) if you fancy joining us to learn how to make a fancy book cover next Sunday let me know.

For now enjoy the slideshow. I have asked Michaela to repeat this class, once again if you are interested in learning, let me know.