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Squeezing life around the Secrets of a Fat Bird…next instalment

Squeezing life around the Secrets of a Fat Bird…next instalment

This week has been absolutely hectic and I honesty did mean to post as I went along, I put a few bits on Instagram and Facebook but I thought as it’s bank holiday weekend I would take a few minutes to share properly with you all.

Before I go any further I would just like to give a huge plug to the Harrogate quilt show which is happening on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September. It will be at the Great Yorkshire show ground and there is lots of free onsite parking. Tickets £9 on the door.

So…the weight loss is still going well, another 2.5lb off this week, which means I only need to loose 1lb for my 3 stone award. Don’t you feel cheated when you jump on the scales and the milestone hasn’t quite been achieved, even though you know that you’ve done well and 2.5 is a great result. I’m beginning to feel ready to start cycling again, however I’ve done something to my knee so I’ve parked that idea until it feels a bit better.

This weeks achievement, fellow fatties, you will get this, the slim Jim’s may take a minute…what is the significance of this photo?

This is the gate I go through most mornings on my dog walk, prior to loosing weight, I manhandled this awful wonky gate every day, which really hurt my neck and shoulders. Over the last couple of weeks I can now climb over the stile. Might seem a small thing to many but to me it’s huge!

Back to the reality of work, we have had a really busy week, being buried under mountains of prep for the Harrogate Quilt show, sending out parcels for Hochanda and creating new designs for future Hochanda TV  shows. If you are outside the UK you can still watch the Hochanda channel live via their website Hochanda.com Our next TV show on 13th September is going to be our last offering of new Christmas designs for 2019 plus a little bit of Halloween/autumn thrown in for good measure. We have a one day special coming up on the 5th and 6th of October and have themed it on Edward Lear’s Owl and the Pussycat,  the cushion below, is just one tiny part of the set; wait til you see the full sized quilt  and other bits and bobs. As if that’s not enough I will also be on the telly on October 13th with even more goodies, including some rather special new designs by Michaela Smith.

The summer holidays continue to rumble on, Leons dance school are running a photo competition for pics of people making dance moves in open spaces, so this is our first effort, I’m sure we will have more attempts too. My young choreographer positioned me doing a ‘dab’.  I loved the heather moor as all the lovely purple is beginning to shine, which always signifies that Harrogate quilt show is near.

To finish off todays post, I came across a photo taken in May last year when I was on my way back from Malvern quilt show. The story goes like this, I had forgotten to fill the van up with diesel and as we got onto the motorway the fuel light came on (aarrgghh!!) So I pulled into the first services with only about 20 more miles in the tank, I was towing the caravan, good ole Dobbin, so probably wouldn’t have even got 20 miles. As we pulled into the garage, you can’t script this, there was a power cut. All the lights went out across the garage in a kind of fabulous Hollywood slow motion style. Stuck in the service station, with nowhere to go, we had no choice but sit there. I was in a bit of a silly giggly mood and as I looked to the pump at the side of me there was a young lad having what you can only describe as a toddler tantrum due to the power cut…what a plonker! I commented to Natters who was sat beside me that the child was wearing girls pumps (not a Mickey take I’d normally do but he was behaving like a baby) and good old natters shrieked OMG! its Dom off Love Island; having never watched this show, the comment was entirely lost on me but hey ho, for the fun of it I called across to him “Oy! Are you Dom off t’telly?” shouted in my best Yorkshire accent, to which the child stopped tantruming, turning round, flashing teeth so white that they would give Rylan Clark Neale a run for his money and replied “Yeh”. By this time Natters is squirming in her seat with embarrassment, having hurriedly filled me in with the show gossip. “Did you get your leg over on’t telly”. “Yeh!” He replies, sticking his chest out proudly, informing me how many hours or days into the series it was before he conquered the female. So just for the fun of it, I asked do you want a selfie? Honestly, I have never seen anyone run for a selfie with as much gusto in my life! I held out the camera but couldn’t reach the blooming button as I”m not a teenager anymore and so not the best with techno. quick as a flash he’s grabbed it out of my hand and as you can see in the pic I’m reaching out to press the button and he’s done it already…I wonder if he’s always this quick to complete with the ladies? Shout out to Natters who’s squirming in the background. Anyhow after war and peace…I came across this pic and tried to recreate the camera angle, and shirt, not easy on your own; I am staggered with he resulting photo, I think you will agree I’ve lost a fair bit of timber (private little whoop whoop.)

That’s all for now folks, if you want to see some of the stuff we’ve been up to have a look on my website www.quiltingantics.co.uk if you can’t see what you are looking for drop me a message on here as I’ve still got quite a few projects to upload.


Yorkshire Air Ambulance Quilt


raffle quilt

The other day I shared my quilt pic (winner of the Langcliffe show) with you but silly bugger me, I forgot to tell you that the reason I entered this particular quilt is because I wanted to give it some publicity, it is being raffled in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and lets face it, living up in the dales we see it fly over at least every week rescuing crag hoppers, pot holers and motor bikers among others from around the district; so a very worthwhile cause as you never know when it will be your turn. If you would like a chance to win this beauty, if I may be so bold, you can buy your ticket from my shop at Watershed mill, Settle or from the Great northern Quilt Show Harrogate show this weekend.

More from the Festival of Quilts 2013


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There were so many quilts at the Festival of Quilts that I was unable to get round and capture them all, so for now here are a few more. I still have more to add but as its The Great Northern Quilt Show at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground in Harrogate this weekend I’m not sure when I will fit it all in.
Don’t forget that if you make a purchase on the stand and give me your name and address you will be entered into our prize draw, the prize this time will be a selection of Frixion pens which we will be selling on the stand


Trip down memory lane 3


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…and even more quilts from Harrogate 2009.

It has been the first day of the Spring Quilt Show at Exeter today and boy oh boy it has been busy. Thank you to everyone who came to our stand, we have shared many giggles with our customers and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The little man (Cocksparrow)  has been kept busy handing out flyers and asking ladies if they would like him to lift fabric down from the top shelf using his step stool!  He’s nearly 5 and feeling like an accomplished retailer of fabric now. Tomorrow I hope to post some pics of the show; I have been chatting to Christine from South West Quilters and think that their quilts might be a good place to start. So call back here  tomorrow.

Don’t forget if you are visiting tomorrow to enter our free give away by dropping your name and address off at the stand. We would love to see you.

From all the Canary Girls, Big Bird, Hip Chick and Cock Sparrow

Trip down memory lane 2


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As promised here is the next installment of lovely quilts from what I think was the Harrogate Quilt show 2009 at the showground. I am travelling down south ready to set up for the Spring Quilt show at Exeter tomorrow; the show will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Westpoint (full address on my Quilting Antics on tour tab.
Anthea x