After all the fun of yesterday’s Blue Tit naming ceremony; we’ve decided to go with Erika’s suggestion of Sing Song Blue. Today we have another new cushion to name…we are literally on fire we are working so hard at the minute. Look at this gorgeous otter, illustrated by Sue Lenehan, when he’s finished he will be chasing golden fish weaving in and out of subtle green weed round his circular cushion. The background is done in Bargello so that it looks like he is displacing the water as he swims full pelt through it (I’ve given an easier alternative in the pattern) and the foreground is done in really easy appliqué but combined I hope you agree they do look fab. So go on peeps, what shall I call this design?
If you like him the pattern will be available at Exeter next week.
Bargello finished, circle cut, now for the appliqué.
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…
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.
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 😉
I think its fair to say I’m feeling a little stressed at the moment, three weeks off at Easter was definitely not what the doctor ordered. I had the two weeks school holiday off with the little man and then on the evening that he should have been going back to school he came down with the dreaded lurgy which he then passed on to me! So all told that was three weeks lost aarrgghh!!
Anyway I’m back to it, I’ve been running around all over the place to various quilt groups and now we are up to our ears in show preparations. Averil has been an absolute brick this week…God, I love that woman and I would be lost without her! but don’t tell her I said that hehehehe. She has been making kits for our Hare cushion
and then as many Winter Lovin’ Tote’s as possible, in as many colourways as possible; this is a new take on our Summer Lovin’ Tote which has been a runaway success.
Followed by as many Woodland friend kits as possible…
I’m hoping that before I leave on Tuesday for the show that I can cobble a few Holly and the Ivy wreath’s together.
There are so many jobs yet to do, I’d better get my head down. I hope that I will see lots of you at the show. If you are going to Malvern I will be on the first stand that you see when you come through the door. See you soon x
I really want to share these pics with you. A lovely lady called Lisa came in to see us the other day and she brought in her beautiful felted creations. I loved them so much that I persuaded Lisa to come back and do a class creating toadstool houses, have a peak at her work it is exquisite or as we like to say here totes amazeballs!
Look at these characters from the Gruffalo, we love this story at our house.
Ah these are the houses, so cute, I want to put them in the garden to see if they will attract fairies.
I’m in love, I want a bunny!
Magnificent Malificent! She is awesome, the question is do you play with her or look at her?
This is a better shot of the toadstool houses, do you fancy coming to the class?
If you want to see more of Lisa’s work try Googling Heartfelt Creations by Lisa
Clever Sue was playing around and look what she created, this lovely flying goose (still needs a bit of stitch detail adding.) We thought that she could add a flying geese strip…or two and then make it into something, we are pondering what would be best, a bag or a cushion? What do you think? She has chosen a beautiful duck egg blue wool tweed for the background with cotton fabrics for the applique. We have picked out some beautiful tweed plaids to go with this panel in gorgeous dusky pinks; even at this stage it looks totes amazeballs!
We have had a brilliant tack and chat session this morning, the table was full of chatter and exciting projects. Jean was finishing her Jennie Rayment Suduko cushion, if its finished in time she will be able to show Jennie when she comes to stay with us in July (spaces available if you are interested) Jennie will be doing her tucked and pleated circles with us. We also had Karen making another rag rug, however Karen’s rugs are nothing like us mere mortals would make, check out the photos below of these carved, textural extravaganzas.
I love tack and chat day!
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
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.
Oh my goodness we are preparing all our wool tweeds for our next show which will be at Ingliston, Edinburgh 20th – 22nd of February and our heads are overflowing with ideas about what to do with it. Bags, scarves, hats, throws; the list is endless…so many projects and only one lifetime to do them in! What would you do with them? Let me know your ideas.
Yes it is all one piece, what do you think to our scarf? Dr who?… Very Tom Baker do you agree? I love how this particular wool feels, it is so soft and not itchy at all
I don’t even know where to begin choosing a favourite from this lot.
I made this cheeky little block keeper for Averil at Christmas, she had been hiding her favourite tweeds at the bottom of the basket…so I pulled them out when she wasn’t looking and abducted them hehehehe
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.
I’ve been humming and harring all day about the weather as there is no clear information available. Our regional weather looks like snow is a possibility whilst the national weather looks like rain; so erring on the side of caution I have cancelled all classes this weekend. Merry Christmas to all our students and we will see you in the new year…have a good ‘un!
Also this weekend our shop will be closed, we are unashamed wimps and so going to have a couple of duvet days. Sorry if this causes any inconvenience but we’d rather be safe than sorry. We will be open on Monday as usual, though on our countdown to Christmas. We close at 1.30pm next Saturday 20th December for Christmas and reopen on Saturday 3rd of January.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our customers and thank you for your loyalty over the last 12 months from Anthea and the team 😉