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Thank you


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


Summer Meadows Bag by Sue Lenehan

hochanda low tide

Low Tide from Quilting Antics

hochanda seekers

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.


Time for a catch up…get’ kettle on

Time for a catch up…get’ kettle on

Where does all the time go? It’s ages since I last posted, I’ve been snapping pics and all that business but not getting round to actually posting; partly because I have been a bit under the weather on and off since August, I have been taking medication and to be honest at times I’ve been a bit ‘loopy loo’! The Owl and the Pussycat BOM is coming on a treat and I’m really excited about revealing it as it won’t be long now (famous last words.)
For today I wanted to share with you a quilt retreat that I was invited to at Parceval Hall, Skyreholme. The venue was on another level from the kind of places we are used to, owned by the church it is the most tranquil place to spend time. Thank you Connie and Di for the invitation and I look forward to visiting you again next year.

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00Dear! (007 was having a day off)

00Dear!  (007 was having a day off)

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.

More Wool Tweed


Hare Affair

After yesterdays post where I showed you my wool tweed cushions, Michaela came to teach her new beginners class and brought with her this blooming gorgeous creation. Of course I snapped her hand off and will be selling the patterns as soon as she has finished writing them. He’s entirely made from wool tweed and Michaela has made a superb job of him. I am absolutely loving the tweed trend  and I hope it hangs around for a good long while.

He hasn’t got a name yet so before I make the kits up can anyone suggest one?

We’ve been papped!!

We’ve been papped!!

It has been a really exciting day today because we have had a visit from the Craven Herald (our local rag) and if you ‘bear with’ I’ll tell you why.

A couple of years ago I made a quilt which I planned to raffle for charity…big do’s and little do’s I never got round to it.

Anyhow, when I opened the shop last year and started meeting lots of new people, many of whom are now cherished friends, I met Kate. Kate Lockwood is a prolific fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. During conversation I told Kate about the quilt that I had made and I offered it to her in order to raise more funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Kate registered herself in order to officially hold raffles and we set about selling tickets. We sold tickets locally and also at shows such as Yarndale, The Great Northern Quilt Show and The Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate. In total we raised £558.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, to Kate, the WI’s who sold loads of tickets and every person who bought a ticket. The winner was a lady called Anthea from Harrogate (great name.) I hope you will get many years of enjoyment from it. Below is a picture of the quilt. I hope you will agree it is lovely.

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 Gillian is displaying the cheque which we presented to a lovely lady called Ruth who was representing Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  It says £550 which was a typo by me the actual total is £558. Good effort everyone!P1060148

Presenting Mandy Middleton

Presenting Mandy Middleton

Presenting Mandy Middleton;

15 months ago we started our first sampler quilt course at Quilting Antics. I remember that first session so well, there was hardly a sound 9 ladies, most of whom had never met before, sat in silence headaches developing because they were concentrating so very hard. By session 10 however you could barely hear yourself think because this new group of firm friends were chattering so much…it was wonderful!

Our ladies have all come on in leaps and bounds developing their skills every time they visit the shop. Today I want to share with you parts of Mandy’s journey. If I told you that the first session reduced Mandy to a quivering wreck you wouldn’t believe me now but its true…she was!!!!!


This is Mandy’s interpretation of Happy Scrappy Christmas, there is an unsaid competition among the students to ‘bling’ this wall hanging up, so it will be interesting to see what finishing touches Mandy adds.


Next comes Mandy’s textured landscape. All our students made their own landscapes from views which were important to them, I love how this one conjures up the Middleton’s farm.


Mandy came to our woven baskets class, the background and the basket are both made of woven fabric and dare I say it, Mandy’s sample is better than the class one (oops.)


A while back we ran a class on bag making, Mandy took her skills and has now created her own bag, to her own specifications clever lady!


This block is one from the improvers sampler quilt course Mandy now attends and is a twisted log cabin, basically taking the regular log cabin block and building on the design to take it to the next stage



Finally, look at this unique pheasant design which Mandy has appliqued to go into her improvers quilt.

Just see how your skills can quickly build and your confidence grow at our classes. If you fancy taking part in any of our classes, you can find out what we are offering by clicking the workshops and classses tab at the top of this page. Ring the shop on 01729 824708 to check on availability and we can book your place for you.

From quilting antics www.quiltingantics.co.uk


Closed for Christmas

Closed for Christmas



Just letting you all know, the shop will be closed over the Christmas period. Our last day of opening is Sunday 22nd December and we will reopen again on Saturday 4th January 2014. During that time I will still be processing internet orders, so if you need something please feel free to have a look on line at www.quiltingantics.co.uk

If you fancy learning how to make a patchwork quilt, we will be starting new classes in the New Year. Don’t forget if you are stuck for what you want for Christmas you could always get a gift voucher from us, several people have bought their nearest and dearests places on classes.

Anyway for the first time this season I will wish you all a very happy Christmas!


Fabulous Fairies


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Twiddley Tracy has been in the shop today and I have booked her to teach a class on…of all things…fairies. Do you believe in them? Well I do! I don’t care if they are flower fairies, pressed fairies or Cottingley fairies, I love them and so does my mum!
Tracy’s are beautiful and can be made to go with any occasion, or room in your house, everyone needs a fairy at some point in their life.

The class will be on Friday October the 4th if you would like to reserve a place let me know as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out. Either message me on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708

Next chapter of the intermediates quilt


Judith Barlass has been with us today teaching the ‘big girls’. They have been doing prairie points today, looking at the different effects you can get and thinking about the maths behind them. They were working out what size their initial squares needed to be in order to fit a given size of block neatly.

I got the camera out to click the girls work so far but my battery conked out,  I switched cameras but all I managed to catch were Estelle’s beautiful blocks, just look at the detail on the brown tucked one, it is like a Cadbury’s Flake! Just as scrummy. And also Jean’s almost finished quilt. Jean has been putting it together today , choosing sashings and corner stones. The quilt I’m sure you will agree is wonderful; try and zoom in and have a closer look at the techniques which Jean has used.

Estelle's quilt is coming on a treat

Estelle’s quilt is coming on a treat

I hope you can see enough detail in the picture of Jean's almost finished quilt

I hope you can see enough detail in the picture of Jean’s almost finished quilt

If you fancy learning how to make a patchwork quilt we are now taking names for courses starting in September

Well done Diz


Dizzy duck sampler 2

Thank you to everyone who sent in their opinions the other week when I asked whether Diz should use the red or green fabric for her sashings. There were loads of votes unfortunately when we counted them up there was a 50:50 split between the two colours so, as you can see the result was a red frame with green sashing, best of both eh? I am sure you will agree with me when I say that it is divine. We have had a chat today about how it should be quilted and thought about echo quilting versus patterned and secondary patterns, all very brave for your first sampler quilt. Failing all that if Lucie the happy quilter is reading…tee hee 😉